Stowaway Cosmetics Essential Edits Box Review – June 2016
If you’re not familiar, Stowaway Cosmetics is a beauty brand that sells “right-sized” cosmetics – smaller versions made for tossing in your purse or clutch, and also for you to finish them before they expire.
They’ve also released the themes for the upcoming months:
- July: BBQs, Stars & Stripes draw string
- August: Pools, Long Reads & Road Trips
- September: Back To School, Back Being Cool
- October: Nest, Rest & Discover Your Best
- November: How To Be Thankful For The Family Circus
- December: Holiday Parties, Being Foolhardy & Getting On With Gifting
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Stowaway Cosmetics Essential Edit
The Cost: $50/month + free shipping
The Products: “Smart women know life requires an essential edit! Simplify your busy life with our unique monthly curations for only $50 per month with surprises that could be worth up to $200, including items from brands like Blow Pro, Flight 001, Baggu, Bkr, and more.”
Ships to: US
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Global Glamour Fashion Tobago Tote Bag Natural/Turquoise – value: 175?
FYI – I’m not sure how to price this. I found it at Global Glamour Fashion but you have to “request more information” to get a price and I didn’t want to give them my email and phone number just to find out a price. However, I did find it for sale here for $175! And it says this is a real turquoise, which is great. So, I’m going with the only price I could find it for, but I’m letting you know I’m not 100% on that. Especially because the box value is supposed to be “up to $200” and this definitely pushes the value way over.
I can tell you that this is absolutely a high-quality bag. It’s big, too. And if the button is real turquoise then that does add value for sure. The weave is small enough to work well and it feels sturdy enough to be quite practical – this will be a great beach bag!
It can stand up straight (when full) thanks to this bottom surface, and that also makes it roomier too.
BlowPro Beach Blow Texturizing Mist – 2 oz, value: $8
This texturizing spray does adds texture to my hair, in the way that it makes it a little stiff, but probably not more so than it’s supposed to. It doesn’t give me magical Blake Lively hair, but it seems to work better than most other sea salt spays and such I’ve tried. I think I’ll experiment with this for a bit.
Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel – 0.75 oz, value: $1.80
This product is a little misleading! The label says “Aloe Vera 100% Gel.” Well, it’s 100% gel, I guess, but it’s not 100% aloe, which I’m assuming is what they want to trick you into thinking when you read the label. It has some ingredients I don’t care for on it, and it also didn’t come sealed. I’ll be tossing this, unfortunately.
And now for the little box of cosmetics!
The box contained a palette, two mascaras, and two eyeliners.
Stowaway Cosmetics Essential Eye Palette – value: $25
This palette is the size of a credit card – super portable and perfect for simplifying your makeup routine! It has great colors for eyeshadow, lighter brows, and a black that you can even use for eyeliner. The quality of the shadows is great, and I like the color range, especially for my coloring. Photos of eye looks done with this later in the article.
Extreme Lash Mascara – 0.18 fl oz, value: $12
Defined Lash Mascara – 0.14 fl oz, value: $12
I’m pretty sure the main difference between these two is probably just the brush. They both stay on well and don’t end up under my eyes throughout the day. My main gripe about these is small: they don’t say which they are on the bottles, just the boxes. However the brushes are distinct enough that if you ever needed to figure out which is which you can look it up on their website easy.
Effortless Eyeliner in Jet – .005 oz, value: $10
Effortless Eyeliner in Spice – .005 oz, value: $10
These little eyeliners are so tiny! Like, a little longer than a toothpick! Perfect for tossing in a clutch or for a trip, though. I like their formulas: they glide on easily and they have good pigmentation. The black is a nice matte black and the brown has just a little bit of metallic-ness to it.
Here’s a swatch of the eyeliners.
And here are a couple looks with it. The shades are all neutrals, and the couple darkest colors lean very warm/reddish, which works with my hair/skin tone. I love the golds and lighter shimmers of the first three shades. I’ve been using this ever since I got it! And I’ll definitely be bringing it on a family reunion trip I have coming up.
Verdict: This Stowaway Essential Edits box is a win for me. I’m happy with the performance and quality of Stowaway’s cosmetic products, and I’m also happy with the bag and the hair spray, but I’m tossing the aloe gel. Which is fine because it was only worth a buck or two anyway. I also think Stowaway has an interesting idea with their vision (the “right size” products so you use them up before expiring). I think their products are great for minimalists, people who travel light, or even people who just want to make sure they have a set of touch-up makeup with them or in their purse. Value is hard to pinpoint here because of the aforementioned ambiguity of the price of the tote bag, but even without factoring in a value for the tote, the other items add up to $78.80, so I’m happy with that!
I’m very excited to see future boxes from them, too.