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GlossyBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – March 2017

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GlossyBox is a monthly beauty subscription box. They have the best packaging in the business, their products are usually deluxe size or full size, and the value is usually good too.

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This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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FYI: GlossyBox sends out multiple variations of the box during some months. So, there may be some variation between what I review and what you receive.

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The Subscription Box: GLOSSYBOX

The Cost: $21 a month (save more with 6-month or annual subscription)

FLASH SALE – For a limited time, use coupon code WOMANCRUSH to save 25% off a 3 or 6 month subscription to Glossybox!

The Products: Deluxe and full-size beauty products.

Check out all of my GlossyBox reviews and the list of the best beauty and makeup subscription boxes!

Ships to: US and Canada

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Each box comes with a fold out card detailing the items included:

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Now, onto the items:

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Catrice Cosmetics Rose Palette – Value $7

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This palette includes 3 matte and 3 shimmer shades. The pigment is pretty good across all shades. (Definitely use a primer, though!)

(Swatched in lower photo.)

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Studio 10 Brow Lift Perfecting Liner – Value $26

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This brow lift has a brow pencil on one side and a highlighter on the other end. You have to apply some pressure to get any color payout, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally overdoing it in one swipe!

Here are the brow and highlighter pencils swatched beneath the eye shadow palette:

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(The highlighter pencil is barely visible.)

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Incoco Nail Polish Applique – Value $9

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I’ve tried a lot of different nail stickers thanks to subscription boxes, and these are by far my favorite brand.

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These nail appliques are made from actual nail polish, so the finished look actually looks like nail polish, and not like you are wearing stickers on your nails. (Issues I’ve had with NCLA nail wraps and Jamberry.)

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To apply these, you stick them on your nails, then bend the excess portion over your nail and file your nail to remove it.

Here they are on:

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These have excellent staying power, too!

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Mary Kay Timewise Sampler Set

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I was surprised to see Mary Kay in this box! This set includes:

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Mary Kay Timewise Repair Volu-firm Night Treatment with Retinol – .3 oz Value $9

This cream is designed to help boost skin hydration and improve skin tone. It’s a rich cream, but it didn’t leave my skin feeling greasy – just soft! I’m a fan.

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Mary Kay Timewise Repair Volu-Firm Eye Renewal Cream – 3 g Value $8.40

This cream is designed to improve deep lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. It’s a lighter cream than the night cream, but still felt really hydrating on my skin. (And it was gentle, too.)

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Mary Kay Timewise Repair Volu-firm Foaming Cleanser – .5 oz Value $3.10

This is a gentle, creamy, cleanser. It’s fragrance-free but it still has a scent. (It reminds me of one of the Gap body mists of my youth!)

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Mary Kay Timewise Repair Volu-firm Serum – .25 oz Value $17.50

This serum is designed to help firm and lift skin. It is fragrance-free, but it still has a subtle minty fresh scent. The formula is creamy, absorbs quickly, and left my skin feeling smooth and hydrated.

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Mary Kay Timewise Repair Volu-firm Day Cream – .3 oz Value $9

This day cream has SPF 30. I like the formula, but I’m not crazy about the scent – I’m guessing that’s the SPF.

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Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – Value $32

I’m always excited to see Tarte in a subscription box – I love this brand!

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This sunscreen smells lovely, absorbed quickly, and worked well under makeup. The only downside is that my bottle has an expiration date of June 2017. Still, I try to use SPF regularly, (not just the summer months), so I should be able to get through this bottle before June hits!

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Figs & Rouge Avance+ Mattifying Emulsion MT+ Sheer Primer – 15 ml Value $18.60

(Good to know for swaps – this item has an inner foil seal.)

I like this gel primer. It has a nice, beachy scent, and it gave my skin a perfect finish for applying foundation.

Verdict: This box has a value of about $139. The value is amazing, and I really like all the products in this box. (I’m loving the Mary Kay products more than I thought I would!) This is one of my favorite Glossyboxes in a while. Now I just hope all variations Glossybox sends out this month are similar.

What do you think of the March 2017 GlossyBox?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

70 Comments

  1. Glossybox posted a 25% special on their actual Instagram page. 25% off a 3 or 6 month subscription using the code “insta25” or 50% off your first box using the code “insta50”.

    They must be losing subscribers after the exploded eye shadow palette incident of March 2017.

  2. Has everyone gotten their boxes? I STILL haven’t gotten mine!
    They told me they couldn’t refund my charge because it had already gone out when I told them I wanted to cancel my sub but is has yet to arrive.
    They said I would be charging for April too!

    • Well, that’s annoying! FWIW I got mine 2 weeks ago.

    • Same! I haven’t received any kind of shipping notification or anything. Yet I was charged for it.

    • Mine just arrived today

    • I finally got mine but I knew what i was to receive before I got the box because I have the glassdots up to review
      Kind of bummed on this I got a repeat item from not that long ago
      Especially since I was dumb enough to pay full price

    • I just received my box today – it took a while from when they billed me too. Hope yours arrives soon!

    • I just got mine today. It’s worth the wait! 😉

  3. Awwww!!! I’m getting so frustrated! My Mary Kay products.. the ones with the pumps, won’t come out! I have been pumping the pumps for over an hour already! I tried taking the top off.. nothing, it won’t open in anyway! How are we suppose to use these samples? Is anyone else having this problem.. or did I get defective ones? I’m ready to get a hammer already.. I might get the serum out then!

    • OMG!!! I finally got it opened! It’s completely empty! Nothing at all inside! No wonder it wasn’t pumping anything out! I’m mad now. How can they give us empty samples!! Check your Mary Kay products with the pumps ladies. Is anyone elses empty?

      • I’d planned to take mine on vacation next month, so I checked it based on your experience. I only had to pump a couple times and it works fine. So yours seems to be defective.

        • Yes, your right, I just got a defective one. I actually have 2 Glossybox accounts and I ended up checking the Volu-Firm serum with the pump that I have put away from my other account. ( after I wrote these comments..lol), and it works and it’s full! So.. I’m happy again! At least I still have one good one to be able to try. I still think it’s odd the other one was empty though.

          • The serum is $17.50, so I’d probably send an email to see if they’ll replace it for you.

          • I thought about it.. but I’m okay with it now, being I still have another one. Boy.. was I mad yesterday though.. I was pumping that thing for over an hour..lol.

  4. I received my box today, the same variation Liz received. I’m pleased. My sunscreen expires in August, which is fine, it should be gone by then. I’m actually looking forward to using the Mary Kay products, and trying the nail product….I’ve never tried the nail product before. Its a good box.

  5. Just got my box today. It’s the same as the one reviewed, the only difference is the expiration date of my sunscreen is August.
    I’m taking a break from Glossybox.

  6. i have an eye gel liner from eve by eve from last months box – if anyone wants to swap for lip liner or mascara

  7. I just received my first box – the makeup palette was damaged, and I only got 2 of the 3 extra samples. Getting ready to contact them; hope I have better luck than it sounds like others are having.

    • I got two of the samples from the right side of the fold out card also. I received the Mary Kay set and the Figs & Rouge Mattifying Emulsion.

    • Hi…I received the same as you. I emailed them on Tuesday and received a response today. They are going to replace the palette, and it was a mix up about the 3 items, everyone got 2 etc. So, hopefully the palette will be sent, they said by the end of next week..hope this helps

  8. Is it normal to be subscribed and not receive your March box till April? I subscribed in February, they took the money out for March but still hasn’t even been mailed out… I was waiting too actually check out the box before I canceled. NOT a Mary Kay fan in the least and February I only liked for the nail polish so I don’t see myself continuing but for $16 I was hoping it would be worth the gamble and now I’m even doubting that…

    • i have not rec’d March either and I have been subscribing for over a year

  9. I guess the packaging shouldn’t worry me but I am shallow like that:-) The box is gorgeous and frankly I would love to save it for storage. But it is such an unusual box for a sub – normally they don’t hav aa lid like that. How come the box reaches you without everything spilling out and in such good shape? (obviously never subbed to them, I’m used to regular mailers that tuck in and everything). Is the lid taped to the bottom? Is it placed inside another box (I would hate extra packaging.) Or is wrapped in clingy film? Curious people want to know…

    • It is shipped in an outer corrugated cardboard box which can be reused to ship items to other people.

  10. I got my box today and I do like it more than I thought I would. However I can’t help but noticed that in the brochure on the right side, they mentioned that you will receive 3 products out of that page, but I only receive 2 (Mary Kay set and primer). Liz seems to be getting 2 as well. Is it a printing mistake or did they forget to put in one more item?

    • I got mine today with 2 products as well, sent an email (my shadow palette was smashed) questioning the pamphlet saying 3 etc..now I wait…

  11. I signed up for Glossybox in February, (unfortunately after the 15th) and my first box was disappointing for me. I got an eyeshadow that was broken all over everything in my box. I wanted to cancel, but couldn’t cuz of when i signed up, so I was stuck with March. Well 2nd month in a row, my eyeshadow palette was completely broken, and everything was covered in eyeshadow. My box was in complete disarray.
    However, both times when i emailed them i did get a response. Last month they gave me a list of products i could choose from. This month they said they would send me a new palette. (still havent received the replacement product from last month)
    Very bad impression for me though. I cancelled. Will stick with Boxycharm.

  12. My box is almost the same, only instead of a brow pensil I got Emité tinted eye cream. This is my free box and it just happens to be my best one ever! I’ll use every single thing, which had never happened before. I have no prejudice about Mary Kay or cheaper brands. Expensive does’t always mean good.

  13. I haven’t seen an item in glossybox that i’ve been excited about in over a year. It just isn’t a $20 box anymore. The ‘high end’ samples they send out are no name brands. Yuck.

  14. My eyeshadow palette was shattered and covered everything in my box. That wasn’t great, but I do like the other items I received. My nail polish has graphic triangles, which is a very nice look.

    • Me too…the shadow was all over everything. I cleaned up my other products and emailed Glossybox, but have not heard back. I would like to try the shadow, but it’s obviously a cheap brand so it’s not the end of the world if I can’t.

      • Ulta carries them online, or did recently.

    • My pallette was also shattered.i emailed.no response.3rd month with glossybox. So far not impressed.i like my $10 boxes better.

    • My eyeshadow palette arrived the same way crushed and all over everything in the box.

  15. The nail appliques are so pretty! I want to try them.

  16. I got the same box as the spoiler and the printout is different.

    I cancelled and want to resub for 6 month deal but will I get March again? I’ve seen others comments but I’m still confused.

    Also, according to that printout there should be 3 products and looks like there are only 2.

    I have mixed feelings about glossybox but I loved this month’s box.

    • My printout was also different. But instead of the brow pencil I got the eye brightener. And I was also confused about it seeming to say that 3 items from the right side should be in this box and there only being two. Maybe they realized they messed up the printouts and changed them?? But mine didn’t mention the pencil at all….

      The post about the 25% off 3 and 6 month subs said that the first box would be March if you (re)subscribe now. So if you already got March, which it sounds like, I’m assuming you’ll get another one when you resign up. If you didn’t cancel before March 14, you’ve also already been charged for April so you may get a duplicate of that box too. I’m not really sure though…

      I cancelled my month-to-month on March 10 and resubscribed on March 14 with the 25% off deal. It doesn’t show any shipment notification yet but I assume I’ll get another March box.

      • Thank you. When I went on their website yesterday to find the contact info it said you could cancel on March 15th until 11:59pm so I did and resubbed for 6 months to get this deal.
        I lucked out since it’s usually the 14th to cancel according to their other info.

        I’m curious to see what my 2nd March box will be. The caviar product looks interesting.

    • I was able to ‘change my subscription’ on my account from month to month to 6 months and it allowed me to put in the code ‘womancrush’ promo for 25% off so my total was $83.25. My March box was paid for but hadn’t shipped yet and I wasn’t sure if I would get 2 March boxes or if the subscription will go to September, but when I checked my account today, it says my ending month is September 2017 so I think it extended it. Either way, I’m happy with this promo working 🙂

  17. Anyone know how long the code is good for?
    If not, how long are glossybox coupons usually good for?

  18. Did anyone that used the tarte promo code in February receive an extra full size item?

    • Upon a careful reading of the promo, it looks like the code wasn’t for an “extra” item, but rather to “ensure” that you received a full-size Tarte item in your box. All the mentions of it being a “bonus” item were from MSA, not Glossybox. 😕

      • Yeah…but since all March boxes had the sunscreen, the need for a promo code was absolute BS to unload unsold February boxes. Very shady business.

        • I’m so sorry about our previous post about this. Moving forward we’ll take a much more lengthy look at any GlossyBox coupons and details to make sure we understand them correctly, and also explain them as clearly as we can.

          • It was a weird move on Glossybox’s part. A promo code shouldn’t be needed to get an item they’re already planning on including – this code seems like its purpose was to generate hype along the lines of the ol’ “limited supply” gimmick. It’s understandable why you assumed it was for a bonus item, Liz. We’re all only human, after all! (That is, I assume you are. Given the ’round the clock posting you do though, perhaps you’re some type of sleepless android…)

          • Thanks for understanding, Jay!

            – from a human who needs at least 7 hours of sleep to function 🙂

          • Liz, you interpreted the promo exactly as I did and Glossybox wanted it interpreted… As a promotion, a bonus. No need for an apology from you! I will still enjoy the sunscreen but canceled the subscription.

    • Me, Too! Thanks for posting the link, I needed some Intel on the eye product, it’s Great! I’m so glad to have the $25 full size!

      I’ll throw the Mary Kay kit in my travel bag for next vacation. Too bad I just returned from one last week, the kit would’ve been nice.

    • I hated my box, but I looove the concealer!! Have you tried it yet?

      • Yes, I love the concealer! I didn’t love the box at first but it’s growing on me. I think I will use it all, even the Mary Kay set for an upcoming vacation.

    • I really like the concealer and am so glad Glossybox sent it out in Light, so that I can actually use it.

    • I loved the Eye Light, too! I’m so glad I got it! It masks my circles without looking like I’m masking them, if that makes any sense. 🙂 It’s like it is lightening them up a bit, but not all the way, so it doesn’t look fake. Maybe that’s a better description. Anyway, I love it, too! This was a good month for Glossybox, IMO!

  19. I received my box but the pallette was beyond damaged and powder debris was all over the box. I sent an email but have heard nothing back. I think this box has a lot of potential but as a new subscriber I don’t like unresponsive companies!

    • I am having the worst time with their customer service right now. My feb box showed as delivered but I never got it. Customer service ignored my email for over a week before I sent another one. 6 days later I finally get a reply. All it said was “the box shows as delivered” with a link to the tracking number.

      I firmly replied that I was aware it claimed it was delivered but after checking with my neighbors, leasing office, and post office it did not make it to me, and this is why I messaged them asking about it in the first place. All they did was send me a link to a form of some sort on the USPS website? This is my first box with them and I am FURIOUS, I have never been treated so dismissively by a company. I want nothing more to do with them but god knows when they’ll answer me again. I tried calling their number and they put me on hold for an hour.

      This is after I will admit I felt a little mislead by the promo code. If it had clearly stated this was not a bonus item I would have used the $15.99 promo code instead. All in all I’m pretty mad about their business practices at this point.

      • I too experienced poor cust srvc from them! (Especially compared to the other 5 beauty subs I get).

        I subbed at the end of Feb so they sent me the Feb box. The gel polish leaked and the whole box stank like it and if course it was messy. Also they sent me eyebrow stuff that is WAY too dark for my profile skin tone.
        It took them over a week to respond to my email offering glossy dots.
        I replied explaining I was trying them out for three months with a promo and was uninterested in ‘glossy dots’ because after that box I wasn’t sure I would keep the sub past 3 months. The reply again days later was just a ‘we apologize for your troubles’.
        I requested a refund for March and cancellation (I haven’t gotten a March box, or shipping notice yet) – I do not care for another box. Their CS is terrible as was my first box.
        I have yet to get another response.

  20. I think it’s really shameful that they are sending products that are going to expire in a few months and I’m surprised more people aren’t upset about it?

    • It’s sunscreen. You use it every day. You have three months.

      • I don’t. It breaks my skin out, so I only use it when I actually need it. Not sitting in an office all day.

      • To be fair, I also spend 90% of the time the sun is up this time of year in an office Monday through Friday…and I’m in Ohio where it is currently about 10 degrees so we don’t exactly spend a lot of time outdoors (or with our faces exposed). I guess I lucked out though and mine expires in August so I at least have all summer…

        • Also in OH, where it’s often so gray that many of us have vitamin D deficiencies, so sunscreen is hardly necessary

    • Thing is, it isn’t going to go “bad” or become 0% effective on July 1st. The expiration date is somewhat* arbitrary – the date stamped on a bottle is more reflective of the duration of the manufacturer’s tests than it is of absolute fact. Many manufacturers don’t test formulas beyond 2 or 3 years for effectiveness, so they can’t speak to effectiveness beyond the test duration – though the product, if stored properly, may continue to be effective well beyond the date stamped on the product.

      That said, I do agree that sending in March a product stamped for June is questionable. The Tarte sunscreen is the high-value “hero” item of the box, and I know there will be many consumers who take those dates at face value. That date does tell us the product was likely manufactured 2-3 years ago, meaning it’s older stock that retail stores likely wouldn’t put on their shelves right now.

      And to the argument that we should use sunscreen everyday anyway, so what’s the big deal? Well, if you’re like me, and have several beauty box subscriptions and shop for cosmetics frequently, you may already have upwards of 27 different sunscreens and moisturizers and BB creams and primers all with spf that are already in your queue of products to get through. This likely won’t be the *only* sunscreen product a sub box addict finds herself possessing.

    • Mine expires in July. I’ll probably use it all summer. There’s generally a bit of flex in expiration dates.

      • Yes. It isn’t going to go “bad” or become 0% effective on July 1st. The expiration date is somewhat arbitrary – the date stamped on a bottle is more reflective of the duration of the manufacturer’s tests than it is of absolute rule. Many manufacturers don’t test formulas beyond 2 or 3 years for effectiveness, so they can’t speak to effectiveness beyond the test duration – though the product, if stored properly, may continue to be effective beyond the date stamped on the product.

        • This is so true. I’ve never worried too much about expiration dates (but that’s not to say I wouldn’t take action if I got an expired product in a box). If it passes the looks okay, smells okay, and feels okay test, then I’ll use it. 🙂 Maybe some of the key ingredients may not be as effective, but at the very least I’ll get some decent cleansing, toning, or hydration out of the product.

    • I admit, I use sunscreen every day, so it’s a non-issue for me. I can see how it would be, if you don’t use sunscreen daily. Perhaps put it out there to exchange on one of the facebook groups? It’s a great product, so you should get a great exchange!

  21. Mine also had an expiration date of June. Kind of made me sad, but really is forcing me to use it every day!

  22. Hi Liz – They do sell the rose palette at Ulta for $6.99.

    • Oh! Thank you! I’ll update the review.

    • Inexpensive, but I love the colors.

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