GLOSSY BOX: TRICK OR TREAT? HALLOWEEN REVIEW

If you remember, I started off my blog with a monthly feature of my Glossy Box subscription service showing you what I’d receive and what I thought – after a few months though I began to feel like the boxes were a bit samey and I eventually cancelled my subscription. However, because it’s Halloween, I had a feeling there would be a themed box (even though there wasn’t when I was subscribed before), and my hunch was right: A themed box was being sent out for Halloween. So I put my hands in my pocket and decided to resubscribe specifically for this Halloween edition.

I definitely think though, for full transparency, that Glossy Box isn’t something you should stick to. I did it for a full year and found that the sameyness was a massive lack of appeal, and this is a one off purchase unless I like the Christmas box, if you’re interested in Glossy Box trying it for 3 months is the best option and then dipping your toe into it every now and then may be the better way to go about it, I have so many products still from previous Glossy Box’s that I’m trying to get through, many of which are the same.

The Box:

To my honest disappointment I received the Treat box, I actually was eyeing up the Trick box since it contained everything that I don’t already own, there are products in this box that I already have whether I’ve bought them individually from Boots or Superdrug, or even things from the Glossy Box catalogue, and there’s even things that they’ve sent me in boxes from over a year ago (Really, Glossybox?), but I actually really like the design of the actual box and the colour scheme and the purple theme throughout is very consistent, apart from one primer, you can tell that the team behind putting this box together really went out looking for fitting items for a Halloween box, even though it was mostly in the names and not the contents.

The contents:

  • MUA Strobe & Glow Kit (already owned from a purchase)
  • Luna by Luna loose setting powder
  • Sleek i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette
  • In Transit This Works Primer (Already owned from past box)
  • Illamasqua Antimatter Lipstick – Nebula

 

What I thought:

I’m going to get through a few mini points here just to make sure that I’m giving my full honest opinion in every category that I can come to think of.

Is this worth the £10 that it’s sold for?

I could say: Because of the value of the products being way higher than the cost of the box: yes. But we shouldn’t forget that a lot of these products are minis, and even though this box contained 3 full sized products, since I already owned two products, it kind of lost it’s value for me a little bit anyway.

I also think that these boxes aren’t necessarily good at making every box feel different. It’s been a year since I last had one of these and when I opened it up I didn’t feel excited by it, and the only thing Halloweeny about this box was the Luna by Luna powder and the design on top of the box. If you’re doing a themed box, go all out and then maybe it’ll feel like it was worth the money.

Were the products inside good?

  • Mua Strobe & Glow Kit

This is already pre-owned by me from a past purchase in SuperDrug, so I can already tell you that this is an amazing highlighter and beautifully cheap, only costing £5 – they actually sent me the exact shade I already own too, I haven’t worn this in a while and seeing it again in this box did make me kind of want to start using it again, it gives you a beautiful crystal glow and it lasts all day, it’s definitely one of the best cheaper highlighters on the market right now.

  • This Works: In Transit Primer

This was sent to me before in a Glossy Box and I have used the other one a lot, but only to get rid of it. I actually don’t love this product and I didn’t feel like it made much of a, if any of a difference to my makeup or my skin. This definitely doesn’t work as well as they’d like it to, and as much as I’d like it to – so I can’t say that I rate this product very much and I’m gutted that it’s back in my possession.

  • Illamasqua Anti Matter Lipstick – Nebula

This is a new product for me and it’s also a colour that is completely out of my usual comfort zone. When I swatched this on my hand the texture felt a little bit try but the pigment was there – it looks as good on as it does inside the tube. I can’t see any reason for me to wear this in my day to day life, it’s a bit bright for me and since I’m very pale, I think it’d make my skin look a bit eh too, but for Halloween usage it’s perfect. I could definitely wear this on a themed night out with a costume or even just to do my makeup a bit more on theme if I didn’t fancy getting properly dressed up. This retails for £20 which I can see, but I wouldn’t buy this shade outside of the actual Glossy Box, but I would definitely consider buying a lipstick from Illamasqua in a shade I’m more comfortable in.

  • Sleek i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette

I have experience with Sleek from previous boxes and my little sister really loves the brand, but I personally don’t lean towards Sleek a lot. In all honesty, every shade in this palette are shades I have in other palettes that I own, which isn’t really a fault but it is a bit disappointing on Glossy Box’s behalf, Sleek definitely do more out there palettes that would’ve fit better for the Halloween Box.

Sleek is a good brand though and the eyeshadows are all very pigmented, even though I felt like the darkest black shade was a bit chalky, this retails for £8.99 which I do think is the perfect price, I wouldn’t complain if I had to buy this, but I don’t have much to say about this one since I honestly only swatched it and then gave it to my sister.

  • Luna by Luna Loose Setting Powder

I was the most excited about this product because the powder I already own and use is by another brand and I feel like I don’t love my makeup when I have it on. So, a new loose powder to try was very exciting to me, and Glossy Box even wrote down tips to use it on the cardboard sheet they give out which tells you what’s inside your box. When I used this I found it a bit tricky to dust it off my face, and it did leave a brightening effect like it promises to. Overall, I was pleased with this powder but not wowed by it.

Do I think you should buy this?

To be honest, I think that this box left for more to be desired. I got excited by the Halloween theme and was left disappointed by what appeared to be a lack of real effort – I said earlier on that you can see where they’ve gone out looking for items fitting for a Halloween box, which is true, but it was a lazy effort and I didn’t feel wowed by this box at all.

Do I think you should buy this? Well, if you like what you see and you think this is a good box despite my opinion, then yeah sure – but if you’re looking for something a bit more, something more on theme, then no, this isn’t the box for you and I don’t even think it was the box for me. Nice try though, Glossy Box.

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  1. Rebecca
    October 15, 2018 / 11:53 am

    Thank you for sharing! I’ve been wanting to try a beauty subscription box for a while now but I haven’t been able to decide which one I want to try. Like you recommended I will probably go a 3-month subscription instead of a full year! x

    Rebecca | http://www.rebeccalouised.wordpress.com

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