Total Beauty Mystery Collection Review – August 2013
So, let me start this review by saying that the original Total Beauty Mystery Collection was a mixed bag for me. While I liked a lot of the items, and I thought the value was good, I was disappointed in the fact they included a wine coupon/gift card as a part of the value of the box. This irked me especially because I live in PA, and I can’t even ship wine to my house if I wanted to use the gift card.
Anyway, in the description of their new Mystery Box they stated:
“Worried about doubling up on items from your last mystery collection purchase? Don’t worry, this collection has a whole new range of full size and deluxe sample items valued at over $75 for just $26. All products, no gift cards.”
That made me super excited because it sounded like they really listened to the feedback on the first box! Unfortunately, while this box didn’t have a wine card, it still ended up being a mixed bag for me.
The Cost: $22.10 with coupon code MYSTERY1 plus free shipping
The Products: 7+ full size products from past collections, plus 3 samples with a value of over $75
Revlon ColorStay Nail Polishes in Trade Winds, Sunburst, Jungle, and Seashell – Value $8 Each
I actually really like all these colors. I know they are from the Spring/Summer season, but they look like good fall colors to me.
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Pink Lemonade and Sorbet – Value $7.50 each
Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow in Sea Mist – Value $7.50
I actually already received each of these products in the Revlon Total Beauty Collection from a few months ago. I ended up really liking the lip butters, so these will go to use, but I was a little bummed to see that this box wasn’t so much a mix of products from various collections, but more of a Revlon mystery box.
Natural Olive Cream Light Formula – .35 oz
Chella Exfoliating Cleanser – 2 ml
I love the Chella highlighter pencil I received in my June Ipsy bag, so I have high-hopes for this cleanser!
NYX Roll On Shimmer – Value $3
NYX Color Lip Balm -Value $3
Honest Co Lip Calm – Value $4
(The NYX products were the bonus products they added to this box). The Honest Company is seriously one of my favorite brands ever, and I use their lip balm every day. I also seem to lose lip balm nearly everyday, so this will go to use very soon!
Ferro Cosmetics Samples in Terra Cotta and Suzie’s Glow – Value $4
I have nearly mastered opening up these Ferro cosmetic sample containers! I really like that the Ferro brand is all-natural mineral makeup, and both of these colors have a nice shimmer to them. I will definitely use these bronzers!
Verdict: Like I said in the beginning of this review, this box is a mixed bag for me – I think in part because I was so excited for it and I feel a little let down. I guess I expected the 7 full-size products to not all be Revlon products. It also seems like all the mystery boxes are exactly the same, which isn’t my expectation for a “mystery box.” At the same time, I’ll use most of the items in this box, and the items are worth more to me than what I paid ($22.10).
So to keep this review more constructive than negative, here’ is my advice for a better mystery box from Total Beauty Collection in the future:
1) Box variation! Part of the fun of mystery boxes is that you may get an incredible value box, but at the very least you know you are getting a $75 box. Having different values and items in each box makes it more interesting and truly a mystery!
2) One awesome spoiler – It would be great if they had a new full-size item that would be guaranteed in each box. Ideally this product would be close to (or more than!) the value of the box, so it’s easy to justify buying the mystery box!
3) Product variation – Lots of different products from many different brands means that even if I don’t like one brand, I won’t be disappointed in the box.
What did you think of the Total Beauty Mystery Collection this time? Any other advice you would give Total Beauty to make their mystery boxes better? (Or if you were totally happy with this box – that’s great too!). I plan on reaching out to Total Beauty with this feedback, so I’ll make sure to include your thoughts as well!