Thursday, May 3, 2012

Glossybox USA Inaugural Box May - Review, Swatches, Pictures


Much buzz for the USA introduction of Glossybox, the latest beauty sample subscription service to hit our mailboxes.  Glossybox is a well known international brand that has been providing a beauty sample subscription service around the world.  Most popular in the UK, Glossybox has had a very high customer satisfaction rating.  Now, thanks to the latest ventire into the US, the beauty junkies across the pond can get in on the action!

Some time this May, 2012, Glossybox will be opening up subscriptions for American based subscribers.  As a way of promoting the launch of Glossybox US, I was sent a sample box for review.  So without further ado, here is what was in the first USA Glossybox.


First you will see that it arrives in a pretty baby pink box, it's a fairly sturdy box that I could see storing all sorts of items in, once I have used up the samples.  Inside you will find a Trend Guide.  The trend guide walks you through the samples in your box, gives tips and tricks and allows room for your own personal notes.  Perhaps you could use it as a "lemming book" for when you are shopping and can't quite remember what it was that you "needed" in the beauty section.


A nice welcome note from Glossybox is under the Trend Guide.


The box' contents are wrapped nicely in baby pink tissue paper with various international landmarks. It looks very sweet and like you're opening a gift.


Inside the box that was sent to me at 5 FIVE full sized, yes., FULL SIZED items and one sample sized item.  I was quite taken aback at the full sized items because the Glossybox website says that each month subscribers will receive "5 exciting travel-sized beauty products..."  I suppose that the items I did get are small enough to be taken on travel with me. So we'll see what future boxes hold.  See Below for UPDATE

OK.  So inside I got:


Basq - Cucumber Tea Eye Gel ($24 / 0.5oz)


C.O. Bigelow - Lavender & Peppermint Shampoo ($12 / 5.2oz)



Cargo - EyeBronzer ($22.00 / 0.035 oz)




Kryolan - High Gloss Brilliant Lip Shine (Toffee) ($18.00 / 4ml)


O.P.I. - Kiss Me on My Tulips Nail Polish ($8.50 / 0.5 fl oz)


Sample sized Erno Laszlo - Hollywood Collection (NR) - This Hollywood Collection of 5 Cream's commemorates 85 years of Erno Laszlo with formulas inspired by his iconic devotees; Ava, Katharine, Marilyn, Grace and Greta.

All in all an excellent box.  A nice mix of cosmetics, skin care and hair care. 

OK.  Now here's the bitter pill to swallow.  The monthly subscription is $21 USD.  That's more than twice the monthly cost of most other beauty subscription services.  If I had paid my own $21 for this SPECIFIC box I would be satisfied. I received a Kryolan gloss and Cargo eyeshadow which I like and have wanted to try anyway. I received a pretty pink OPI nail polish that looks perfect for my summer pedi and a full sized shampoo which smells wonderful. The only thing in the box I wasn't so hyped about is the eye gel and that is ONLY because it smells a lot like menthol to me. If it had smelled differently I would probably be excited about that as well.  So as far as value this SPECIFIC box would have been worth my $21.

HOWEVER
I just received clarification from the Rep that sent me this Glossybox.  Here is part of our conversation (VIA e-mail):



Pink Sith: "I have a few readers concerned about the sizes. Everything that was sent to me is full sized. Will people that subscribe (once registration is open) also receive the exact same sizes of these products?"


Glossybox Rep: "I understand your concern about all the products being full size in our first box. Since this box was promotional to celebrate our launch in the US…" "In the future we will have at least 5 products in our box and at least one of those will be a full size product."


Pink Sith: "Just to clarify. You will be sending 5 items. One of which would be full size and the rest would be , what you call 'Deluxe Travel Size/Samples'?"


Glossybox Rep: "We don't intend to send foil samples but I also don't want to mislead people. You can post that we will have 5 products in our box and one of which will be full size and the rest travel size."


I'm not sure if future boxes will be worth it but I am excited to find out.  When Glossybox opens for subscriptions I will definitely be subscribing. I'll give it the 3 strikes and you're out litmus test as I do with all of the beauty subscriptions I have.  I am optimistic about Glossybox and I look forward to their official release and future boxes! 

Knowing what I know now, that the actual subscriber boxes will NOT be ALL full sized products, I am skeptical that Glossybox is actually worth the high price tag. 


If you want to be notified when Glossybox is open for new subscriptions you can click this link HERE and sign up for the newsletter and create an account on the Glossybox website.

What do you think?  Worth the money?  Can't wait to try? Meh, Just another beauty subscription box?  I'd love to hear from you.

57 comments:

  1. I want to subscribe, but how can this type of box really be considered as an example of boxes subscribers could expect in the future? They said they will be sending travel sizes, after all. It makes me a bit wary that they might be trying to give the impression of sending full-sizes...

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    1. hopefully they won't do such a thing. That would be disastrous for their reputation.

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    2. You were right Sarah S. This box is not representative of an actual box a subscriber would get. Disappointing.

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  2. I am super excited for this one, and even more so now that I see what you got in your review box. Can't wait for subscriptions to open!

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    1. Grace: Please read my update before you make the decision to subscribe.

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  3. Interesting. I got sick of waiting on Glossybox to allow sign ups, so I signed up for Sample Society and Beautyfix last month. I really want to see what next month's Glossybox looks like, but if it's as good as this, I'd consider dropping one of the other subscription services.

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    1. Yeah. I just quit myglam (SO GLAD I DID) and I quit beauty army a few months ago. and just signed up for Sample Society and will get my first box in June!

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  4. I will definitely be signing up for this one. I'd rather pay a little more and get full sizes rather than sample sizes that I they give away for free. Thanks for showing us this :)

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  5. I signed up for their newsletter thing or whatever, based on this box it sounds very promising! The only thing I am worried about is it being the typical bait and switch...first box is amazing then people sign up and suddenly it's shit. But I've heard good things about the other Glossyboxes so I have high hopes for this one.

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  6. Mine is almost the same as yours (body lotion instead of shampoo and I think a different shade of gloss). I am impressed with this one. I've quit two so far because of the stinky samples and stinky bags. This has possibilities and look at all the cosmetics!!

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    1. YAY! I think I might have preferred the lotion, only b/c I worry about color fade to my red hair with any shampoo. But you're right about "smelly" bags. And I still see people RAVING about that particular company. I just don't get it.

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    2. REad my update Marcia. I'm not sure this is as great as it seems.

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  7. I ended up signing up for birchbox and my glam bag because I really wanted to sign up for glossy box and was unable to do so. I am hoping that the box that you received is an indication of great things to come from the service and I am very excited.

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    1. I think you dodges a bullet on this one. See my update.

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  8. ThatfashionistaMay 3, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    I am so, SO impressed with the Glossybox! My only gripe was that my Kryolan lipgloss came without a box. I'm assuming yours didn't either...? It seemed as though other reviewers and Youtubers had ones that came packaged. It's no biggie, but something about an unboxed makeup product always gets me :)

    I'm highly considering canceling Myglam and seeing how Birchbox fares this month (especially having this month's theme as Gossip Girl!)

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    1. Check my update darling. It's not what it seems to be.

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  9. It disappoints me that they sent out these amazing boxes to bloggers but it's not an actual indication of what normal folks will receive. It would have been nice to see what a REAL box would look like to decide if I want to sign up for Glossybox :/

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    1. I completely agree. I real box would have been best. I appreciate the sentiment giving me full sizes but I don't like misleading my readers.

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    2. Agreed. I feel like they're starting out with a lie before I've even subscribed to anything and it's already leaving a bad taste in my mouth.

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    3. Well it's not a lie per se, but misleading if I had not asked about the sizes to be expected in a real box.

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    4. Yeah, lie is harsh I suppose. But I know I would have been miffed expecting full sized products when in future boxes if I hadn't known otherwise! :p

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  10. Totally not surprised by this update :-(

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    1. Isn't that sad…that this isn't surprising any more. :-(

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  11. They seem a TAD BIT misleading to me with the size shenanigans. I'm so glad you got them to clear that up b/c I'm sure they'd get a lot more people subbing to them if they thought they were getting a lot of full-size things every month. As for moi -- I think I'll wait and see what future boxes have to offer. I've been wanting to subscribe to some box service but haven't decided on one yet. With my luck, any service I sub to will instantly switch to an "all laundry detergent" model. /sigh

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    1. LOL I know, right? I suggests you wait to see some REAL glossybox boxes befor plunking down $21 a month

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    2. I definitely will wait before I sub to this one! I'm still trying to decide which to try. Ideally I'd want one that didn't focus much on skin care but instead on makeup/perfume/nailstuff.

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  12. Dude thanks for going the extra mile and talking with the Rep about the full size/real size for their boxes. I have been drooling over Glossybox for a while and this preview and the update have left me feeling like that trombone sound effect... you know the one? *wah waaah waaaaaaaahhhh* :/ I'm going to wait for a couple boxes and see how it goes. $21 is steep for tiny stuffs. xo E

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    1. Yeah. I'm really glad I asked. And I heard that trombone when I got the reps email. Trust me. $21 is height for "travel size" stuff.

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  13. I'm still hopeful for glossy boxes. I like what I see of the reviews on them from across the pond :) Still, the size issue is confusing and a bit misleading. I think I will still give them a try, though.

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  14. I wanted to send a quick thank you for tying all of these boxes for us and posting reviews. It helps me discover new sample societies that are great (Sample Society) and avoid ones that are not so great.

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  15. Well I got sample society. My first ever subscription box...except real beauty test tube. Not impressed on the very first box. We will see. I'll give it one more month.
    -Jen

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  16. I've wanted to subscribe to GlossyBox forever and sadly now I think I will have to pass. I'm getting MyGlam and BirchBox every month for 2 dollars cheaper and get high end products in both of those. I'm really saddened to see this because its not worth it. I've gotten full sized items in some of both of the boxes I'm subscribed to and theyre both only $10. Guess I'll keep waiting for Eco-emi and GoGoGirlfriend to open back up subscriptions. Thanks for this review, but sad I had gotten my hopes up :o(

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  17. Right now the only one I am subscribed to is Birchbox, and I am not that pleased with it, to tell the truth. I've gotten three boxes so far and, of course, the contents are hit or miss. So...I might just cancel and spend my $10. on a bottle of Zoya. Le sigh.

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  18. My question is (because I am a pain and have to ask) is if the full size product is worth $21? That's what you're paying for as little packets are not $4 a piece that you get for free from purchase with Sephora, etc. It would stink if your full size product is worth $15 and the you get some little foil packets of stuff. But that's just my opinion.

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    1. That's a VERY valid question. They did say they won't be sending foil packets but in my opinion sample sizes are worth no money. Travel sizes are worth anywhere from $2-$8 depending on the product. If the full size product is worth $15 and I get 4 more travel size products worth an average of $4 each I suppose you get your money's worth.

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  19. I find it odd that US would have to pay $21 a box when elsewhere it is $15 or £10. You think it would be cheaper?

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    1. You're totally right! I was a bit confused by the price too because I remember reading elsewhere that it was less expensive.

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  20. Am I a bitter Betty if I just say that if you have subscribed to Birchbox, etc...you've subscribed to them all? Not surprised by your update at all. I figure since you were reviewing this that you would have received full sized bottles.

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  21. I think it's misleading for them to send out to select people an "inaugural box" fill with full size samples. It's misleading because beauty bloggers who were able to get that box will gush about how fantastic it is so their readers will think "oh my gosh! FULL SIZE items for $21! Sign me up!" only for the next month's box to be deluxe or mini sizes.

    Birchbox has managed to send out full size (not always) to deluxe size samples for only $10 a month so there is no reason why ANYONE should pay $21 for what you can get from Birchbox for half the price.

    I'm remembering what happened with MyGlam when it first started, and while I'm a MyGlam Ambassador I have to be honest, when beauty bloggers were gushing over how fantastic the December bag was people ran to sign up only for January through March's bags being complete disappointments. April was better and May looks promising but still if I was paying $21 for that I'd have quit back in January. Thankfully MyGlam is only $10 a month and they've listened to their subscribers so it's improving.

    So to me when I read that the boxes may not contain full size items or MAY contain only one full size item... I really don't think it's worth my month. I'll try it once but I can't justify spending $21 when Birchbox and MyGlam are only $10 while Beauty Army is $12 and Beauty Bar is $15.

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  22. It won't be worth my money, honestly. In Canada they pay $15, why in the USA is it $21??? And, not only is it only one full-sized item with the rest being samples, you can't even choose your samples (like I hear you can with BeautyArmy). Sigh. I have yet to be fully impressed with *any* subscription service.

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    1. This is intended to come out sounding nice.

      I just read thru this string of comments and read yours.

      I'm Canadian....it's SOOOO hard to read US prices on things. We pay a inflated price on almost everything.....try living in Canada...lol...it's brutal to see the cheaper US prices all the time lol.

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  23. Beware of Glossybox and its promises. Over here in France it started out the same way, with an amazing first box and lots of people subscribed for a whole year (the fine print saying they couldn't unsubscribe during that year) and now the boxes are plain rip-offs: we get products worth 1 euro or itsy bitsy tiny samples (15ml for a body lotion?!)
    My advice is to steer clear from them, you'll only end up bitterly disappointed.

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  24. Same over her in Germany. By the way the April Box came in May because of some short notice superproduct. But it was on the card, so it couldnt be that short notice or ? Without it he box would have been crap (1ml parfum, 50cent samples you can buy in drugstores etc.) The extraproduct was a Illamsqua Gloss but a lot people became one in black or teal, really wearable product right ;-) ? Rumors says they have problems to get enough stuff for the box. But sure you ll have to pay 3 weeks in advance. Best stuff is for bloggers - a lot of full sizes and good colours and real high end products - all other boxes are never that good. Sometimes discontinued Make up Lines, old last season crap. Drugstore Samples you can buy yourself or 1ml perfumes youll get free in stores if you'll ask for. Now they changed the price from 10 Euros to 15, to hold on to their good quality standards (err yes, which good quality ?)The ther box we have in Germany is the Douglas Box (Sephora like). Youll ge one full size (sorth minimum 10 Euros) and 4 real luxury travel sizes for 10 Euros. And you'll be able to choose the travel producst if youd like from next month on. If not youll get a surprise box. Thumb up. If you are interested what it is about the Glossybox: It is owned by the Samwer rother who make millions in cloning Internet Ideas and selling them to the original like ebay. So i think th only come to the U.S. to find finally an international buyer.
    http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2012/04/features/inside-the-clone-factory?page=all

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  25. I was on the waiting list for Glossybox US and SO glad I read this! Thank you Elvira!!

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  26. I have birchbox, and am pleased with its affordability and its products so far (been a subscriber since Jan, every box or so you get a full sized product and a nice mix of samples/ themes). I think the pricetag for US Glossybox subscribers may be due to the exchange rate? IIRC the British box is 10-12 GBP, and the pound is worth almost twice the US Dollar. Still, for $21 a month at least one product better be the goose that laid the golden egg or something, otherwise it's not worth it. I'd rather blow $21 on something that I would use or have two Birchbox calibre subscription boxes. I think I'm going to have to hold off for a couple of months, let the blogging community seperate the wheat from the chaff before I decide if it's worth it. I'm kinda hoping Boudoir Prive would come to the US, butttttt it doesn't seem likely.

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  27. I've tried them all...the 5 that Canada DOES have lol....and Glossybox is BY FAR the best. My boxes (no joke) have retailed for WAY WAY WAY more than the $15 CAD that I pay each month for the subscription.

    The Marcelle mascara that I got for April is out-of-this-world AWESOME!!

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  28. Glossybox always starts off really good in each country but when you look on the Facebook pages of different countries you will find out the following things:

    1) Fullsizes are aren't the usual thing in the boxes or only cheap things like Adidas shower gel

    2) No high-end products, but things you will find in every drug store or that were taken off the market already. Also mostly it's weird colors

    3) Blogger always get way better boxes than regular customers

    4) The time span between them taking your money and sending out the boxes gets longer each month, some people are still waiting for their April box

    5) More and more people don't get their ordered boxes cause Glossybox claims there wasn't enough money in their account wich is in fact not true for all of these people

    6) You have to fill out a beauty profile but they don't use it to put the right products in your boxes, it's just for marketing purpose

    7) People think Glossybox has to pay for the products but I know someone working for a cosmetic firm and they get all the stuff for free, plus get paid for the results of the survey you can fill out to get Glossy dots

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  29. Hi, I just came across your post, I'm from the UK and have been getting Glossybox for almost a year, although they say only one full size item over here we seem to get at least 3 if not full but really good sizes I think they just can't guarantee anything! I've done a blog post on a couple if you want to see the kind of items we tend to get, I've only been disappointed about once and that wasn't due to size it was because I didn't like the products. Hope you get good boxes out there like we do here, it's such fun receiving this through the post like its your birthday :-)

    Love Sarah
    Sarahjanesobsessions.blogstop.com

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    1. Sorry I just spotted your disclaimer about blog links, I'm using my phone to post so didn't spot it

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    2. That's OK SaraJane. My readers can use your link to read your reviews!

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  30. I was so excited for Glossybox when I heard it was now open to the US, but now that I've read your update and the comments it sounds awful! To think that people are going to pay $21/month for samples (and maybe one full size product) is ludicrous. I have a Birchbox subscription and I'll stick to that.

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  31. GlossyBox launched here in Canada a couple of months ago and I have received April and May boxes. Each box contained at least three full size products and pretty good size samples.

    I will email you a link to my blog so you can take a look?

    Cheers,
    Lori
    (NewfieGirlWithBrushes)

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    1. Hi Lori: You can link it here. I'll allow it to go through b/c you let me know ahead of time! :-)

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  32. I've been thinking of ordering a beauty type box but can't decide which one. My friend in the UK gets Beautybox and loves it. I'll wait till I see more US reviews before shelling out $21/mo. I'm curious though - of the choices out there, which is best (pros/cons)? I've seen here there Beauty Box, Birch Box, Sample Society, Beautyfix, MyGlam bag, Beauty Army, Beaty Bar and Eco-emi & GoGoGirlfriend (not accepting new subs).. Any comments/recommendations?

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  33. Got a May Glossy Boxit stinks. Had toothpaste in it give me a break this is a hygiene product to me.I would rather get a lip gloss from ELF cosmetics.I will give them 2 more tries and I'm going to cancel if at least one product is good. Something was wrong with my nail polish too wonder if it sat in warehouse to long. I am disappointed.

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