For the first time in a surprisingly long time, I’m not subscribed to a beauty box. After the moral outrage that ensued from last month’s Cohorted box, I unsubscribed earlier than planned. I’ve been subscribed to Glossybox, My Little Box, Look Fantastic, Love Me Beauty, Look Incredible and Cohorted, and I’ve written a hell of a lot of blog posts about them. I’ve spent a lot of money on these boxes, trying out different products and even finding a few new favourites along the way. While occasionally discovering something amazing, I’ve also received a fair amount of crap.
|From the August 2016 Look Fantastic Box|
I think I’m finally done with spending my money on what is essentially a gamble. I have an extremely long list of products I’d like to purchase that I’m gradually either saving for or waiting until I’ve run out of something else before I buy them. Beauty boxes are great for when you’re lacking in inspiration and want to try something new, but when you have a wishlist as long as your arm you’re just wasting money on things you don’t want rather than saving up for the things you do.
|From the December 2016 My Little Box|
I’ve tried out quite a few beauty boxes in the last two years or so, not all of which have featured on this blog. Many of them I wouldn’t go back to, but some of the others I would consider returning to if I need some inspiration. Immediately written off for me are Cohorted and Glossybox. Cohorted because of how cross I was at receiving a tester in last month’s box, and Glossybox as I generally found the quality of products to be a bit poor; the sample sizes were always so small that you didn’t really get much chance to try things.
|From the June 2017 Cohorted Box|
While in the end, I became dissatisfied with My Little Box, I think I would still go back to it. While some of the lifestyle items were gimmicky or just a bit crap, the branded skincare and makeup items were generally good quality, and the French theme presents an opportunity to try things that I wouldn’t necessarily know or hear about in the UK.
|From the February 2017 My Little Box|
I haven’t been subscribed to Look Fantastic or Look Incredible in over a year so I can’t speak for recent boxes, but they were probably the best overall boxes. They consistently contained something unusual or high quality, often featuring luxury and international brands. I would be most likely to subscribe to the Look Incredible Deluxe box in future as the extra money guarantees you some amazing products. I did a quick search for the most recent beauty box and it featured Chanel, NARS, Too Faced, Decleor and Spa Retreat. In one box! And all full-size products! I may subscribe to this box at some point in the future but for now, I think I’ll work my way through that very long list…