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GlossyBox CEW 2017 Limited Edition Box Review

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GlossyBox is a monthly beauty subscription box. In addition to their subscription, they occasionally do Limited Edtion one-time-purchase boxes. This is a review of their most recent GlossyBox CEW Beauty Insider Awards Limited Edition Box.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

The Box: Glossybox CEW Limited Edition Box

The Cost: $35 for subscribers, $40 for non-subscribers

The Products: 7 full size CEW Beauty Award finalist products!

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

Ships to: US and Canada

This box comes with a fold-out sheet detailing all the items included:

All products included are CEW award finalists:

Now, on to the items!

Butter London Sheer Wisdom Nail Tinted Moisturizer in Fair – Value $18

Tip: take off the top cap to make this nail polish easier to apply.

This is like a no-makeup makeup look for your nails. Two coats provide a sheer glossy finish:

And the formula is designed to help with brittle nails and nail breakage. I love a neutral nail, so this is a perfect fit for me!

BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Scandal – Value $19

The formula is creamy, highly pigmented, and non-drying with a matte finish. Pretty impressive all around. And it smells like brownie batter!

It isn’t the longest lasting long wear liquid lip I’ve tried, but it lasts for a long time and wears down nicely.

Here it is swatched:

All boxes will have this brown berry shade.

Manuka Doctor Drops of Crystal Cashmere Touch Serum – Value $40

This serum is designed to help plump and firm skin. (And allergy alert – it is made with purified bee venom!)

The formula is a gel that absorbs quickly and leaves skin with a smooth, matte finish. (It can work for both day and night, too!)

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush – Value $48

This item alone more than covers the cost of the box! And it’s a fab brush! I love IT Cosmetics for their makeup, (their Bye Bye Undereye Concealer is amazing if you have dark circles like I do), and this is my first time trying their makeup brush collection!

The brush bristles are soft, densely packed, and anti-bacterial! (They are also infused with collagen, but I’m a little skeptical about those benefits.) I was super impressed with the practically flawless finish I got when using this to apply liquid foundation, though! (Works on both liquid and powder foundations.)

Jafra Paris Et Moi Eau De Parfum – Value $52

This scent is a “blend of juicy Mara strawberry, romantic rose petal macaron, and elegantly enduring creamy silky woods.”

I’m not much of a perfume wearer, but I kind of like this sweet scent. (And the bottle is pretty, too.)

Supergoop! Shine-On Lip Screen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – Value $22

This formula has a ton of shine, no stickiness, and most importantly provides SPF 50 coverage!

Laneige Water Bank Soothing Gel Mask – Value $4.80

This sheet mask is a little different than most sheet masks in that it comes in two parts. (That works great for me because my face doesn’t always match up well with the eye, nose and mouth holes on the one-sheet-fits-all masks.)

This mask is a 30-minute one. A little longer than I would have liked, but it left my skin feeling super soft and refreshed, so I can’t complain!

Also, Laneige side note: Target no longer carries Laneige? No more Laneige in Target Beauty Boxes? 🙁 (But on the flip side, Sephora is now carrying, so we’ll probably see it in Play! by Sephora boxes!)

Verdict: This box has a value of about $203.80. That’s amazing for a $40 beauty box (or $35 for Glossybox subscribers). Plus everything is full size! And the products are fab, too!

GlossyBox has some issues with sending out monthly subscription boxes that are consistent across subscribers in terms of value and product sizes, but they do a fantastic job with Limited Edition boxes. (Everyone gets the exact same items.) I definitely recommend grabbing this one!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, this Limited Edition box is still available for purchase as of 9/20!

Coupon – No coupons for Limited Edition boxes, but Glossybox subscribers save $5.

Value Breakdown: At $40 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Butter London Nail Polish: $3.53
  • BareMinerals Liquid Lipstick: $3.73
  • Manuka Doctor Serum: $7.85
  • IT Cosmetics Brush: $9.42
  • Jafra Perfume: $10.21
  • Supergoop Lip Screen: $4.32
  • Laneige Mask: $.94

What do you think of the Limited Edition 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.

51 Comments

  1. I never received anything from this company, I contacted them when my first box didn’t arrive. Brittany didn’t do anything, gave me 3 page UPS form to fill, and even after that nothing was done. And thereafter they had the balls to me charge me one more time, and again not deliver. I can understand that stuff gets lost, but at least address the issue before shipping another one out. Never seen a company with a worst customer service. It is a scam, dont get it!

  2. I have received my box today. I love everything except the lipstick – it’s liquid and a strange colour. I would have preferred 5 sheet masks as it’s supposed to be and no alcohol and bee venom in the serum, but at this price I can’t complain. I’ll try everything for once!

    Now, if only their subscription box was as good…

    • At least you have gotten yours ? I still haven’t got mine ?!

  3. Caved and bought one. Reasoning is since I cancelled the monthly box, I deserve to splurge on myself.

  4. I do like this Limited Edition Box. But the regular sub box I have to say is pretty disappointing. Some of the products are not even enough to try they are so small no point. I also think they are very cheap something you would find in a drug store. Pathetic. I definitely will not keep this subscription. But I can see spending the $40 for the Limited Edition.

  5. Hi, I don’t know how to swap, but if anyone is interested in swapping the lipstick and polish for my brush, i am sure we can figure out something.

    • Hi Sheila, would love to swap with you! But I didn’t buy the box exactly because the brush and mask are the only things I’m interested in. I do have a bunch of BM lipsticks and several polishes listed on my swap site if you’d like to take a look. My swap ID is 33503

  6. I found myself rolling my eyes at the Supergoop lip sunscreen until I remembered that I got such a bad sunburn on Labor Day that I even burned my lips so….

  7. Greatly and accurately described. The brush is my favorite item for sure.

  8. I love this box at the first sight. But after carefully reading the post, I decide to skip this one. The colors of nail polish and lip product are totally misses for me. I’m interested in trying a new perfume, but the gel mask is a meh. I like the brush though.

  9. This is going to sound crazy, but is the Paris Et Moi unusually scentless?? I received my box today and just opened the fragrance. I have sprayed it all over myself and around my house and I swear I can’t smell anything. Nothing has been tampered with, is it possible heat did something to the scent? I have never experienced anything like this before. I am still happy with my box, but is this just a very light scent?

    • I received my box yesterday and am loving the box… 🙂 btw

      The perfume has a moderate strength to it. The scent is light and floral…lasts quite a while on my wrists….maybe the heat did something to yours. 🙁

      • Thank you for info about the fragrance. My package sat for weeks waiting for delvery because of hurricane Irma. I think maybe something happened. Great box none the less. 🙂

  10. Liz, I love the looks of this box, but I am on the fence. I know I won’t use the serum since it has alcohol high on the ingredients list. I love the formula of the BareMinerals lip product, but I am unsure if the color will work for me. In the future, will you consider doing lip swatches instead of just arm swatches? Lip swatches are much more helpful for me when determining if a shade is too dark/light, etc.

    Thank you!

    • I second this!!! Not that the arm swatches aren’t helpful, but a close-up of the color on lips would be super helpful to see!

  11. Anyone interested in a box split? I’d love the brush, serum, and lip sunscreen although the last 2 are negotiable. Daisydoodle2u at hotmail.

    • What are the other products again. I like all the ones your keeping too.

    • I don’t have the box, but I have to comment on your username! I love it. We call our little Doxie Daisy Doodle. 🙂

  12. Looks amazing. Does anyone have any info on how the bee venom is extracted? Sounds like a waste of bees.

  13. Liz one thing you missed was that you only received 1 mask! Full size Laneige is 5 per the information fold out paper.
    We are supposed to get seven full sized items. I contacted customer service and after being on hold for 45 minutes iMessage came on and said I could either leave a message or send an email. I sent an email I got a reply and the lady said she would contact the warehouse and get a tracking number for me to which I replied I already got my CEW box but I missing the other for mass to make it a full sized item. I’m now waiting for reply to that email

    • Please update with their response to you. and thanks for bringing attention to this.

      • Ok so after getting no response by email except for a reply saying that they were so sorry they would check on the tracking number which had nothing to do with the email I sent explaining the Mask situation.

        Here is what I received on Instagram because I took to IG since I wasn’t getting a response by email and the phone sent me to voicemail

        Hi Rebecca 💋,

        Apologies for any miscommunication! Our product card gives you the information based on the online site only! The brand informed us that they are sold singly in certain retailer locations. Once we receive more info on that, we’ll definitely get back to you.

        Again, we apologize but we will definitely get back to you once we receive a response from the Brand 😘 look our in your email for more info from customer Care!

        My Response:

        Thank you. I appreciate that. It had just said on the information card that a full-size item was five masks and everything else matches up perfectly to the full-sized items. I just wish I had an item that had more than just one use when it supposed to be full sized. I love the box in general and the perfume smells wonderful

        GB on IG Response:

        Yeah we totally understand your concern and customer Care will reach back out once we have more info! We are so happy you love the box! 😉☺️

  14. This box looks great, and the value is definitely there, but I can’t justify the price right now 🙁 I hope it goes on sale.

    • Yeah let me know when it does. Or even a CODE

    • How do you get 50% off older boxes?? or where??

  15. I received my CEW glossybox on Thursday. It took 2 weeks from the day I ordered. The packaging is gorgeous. I love the serum, perfume and lip serum. That is what I tried so far. I look forward to trying the IT brush. It does require a special brush cleaner from Sephora to retain it’s properties as someone else pointed out in a prior post. Word of warning- That brush is expensive and available on Ebay- that being said- many of them are likely counterfeits. So if you purchase from there- ask for a serial number! The brush says you can use it to apply skincare products too. The lippie sunscreen is a terrific product! I kept reaching for it throughout the day. I am really glad I bought this box- GREAT deal and I will use it all. I didn’t subscribe to glossybox- I just bought this one. But, based on this purchase- I will definitely check out more of their LE boxes.

  16. Do you guys think this will go 50% off like the Mother’s Day limited edition box?

    • How do you get 50% off older boxes??

  17. I would love to get this box. Anyone looking to swap. Can I use a coupon code on this?

  18. Hi Liz,

    I love your blog ,and I do agree with your option that Glossybox has a good array of special edition,but don’t you think that with the scandal that is their behavior with customer service,(in your own page we rated 3.3)is just check out their Facebook page or comments, isn’t risky you “recommend” if we are NOT going to have a more careful care as I’m sure they would have with someone that reviews their products in a big website?
    I mean think about the newbies , shouldn’t have at least some red flags
    Like caution, reported several customer service issue?
    I wish I knew that before my nightmares with them…

    • The reviewer can reply for herself but as an outside observer, it is my opinion that he (or in this sites case, she) is reviewing the PRODUCTS and the BOX, not customer service.

      NOW, if the box was due much sooner than the reviewer received it, than yes, I understand her stating something about that.

      Quite frankly, there’s enough, ahem, negative talk about the companies, the boxes and even the reviewers that you can get a feel for company. It’s right there in the comments section.

    • I have had many issues with GB customer service as well, but those were always related to the subscription. (Which I have now cancelled.) I would not recommend their sub to anyone.

      That said, I have never had a problem with any special edition box. I will continue to buy AND recommend the special edition boxes. Their curation and value are top notch. Just know they take a l-o-n-g time to ship.

      • That’s good to know!thank you!So it’s safe to buy special edition.
        My problem was in that GILT PROMOTION,long story short the box came with the broken seal,they didn’t send a tracking number for the second box…a headache
        They didn’t bother to substitute or anything ,but that are people that got worst.
        But thank you for the replies I’m really looking out for others it sucked so much my experience that , I don’t Wich on anybody…

        • *wish lol

  19. Love, love, love!

  20. So excited about this brush!

  21. When the box was purchased, did any of you get a “Thank you for your subscription!” message after you placed the order?

    • Whew! False alarm (I hope). I just looked at my account, and it says I currently have no active subscriptions under “Recurring Subscriptions”, and it does show the CEW box under “One Off Orders” along with my other Glossy LE box purchases. Hopefully that was just their equivalent of when they used to have the “Subscribe Now” button in place of the “Place Order” button.

      • I did the same thing, Luna! I saw that and said to myself, “Umm…did I accidentally sign up for a sub?” I too went to my account and checked and my order also shows under the “One Off Orders” section. Whew!

  22. Thank you Liz , I just grabbed one of these boxes. I want the brush and I will gift the rest of the items.

  23. So excited to get this..arriving this week…! Bought it for the perfume…and curious about the IT brush…and the serum…

    and and and..! yep, excited…

  24. I’m interested in the perfume if anyone doesn’t like it. Click on my name for my swap site!

  25. I love this box! Literally, it’s beautiful…and the contents are fantastic! I just ordered one. I’m most looking forward to the lip screen (I got a sample a while ago and loved it) and the Butter polish. The sheer tint is so pretty and I struggle with breakage, so I’m hoping this will help! The bee serum will have to be swapped/gifted since I’m super allergic (thanks for the heads up on that, Liz!), but still such a great value for me! Yay!! 🙂

    • Yay! Glad to hear you love the box, too! (And the packaging is just gorgeous!)

  26. I’m so glad I bought one of these boxes. That brush looks so great I might need a second box!

    • That’s not a bad idea… 🙂 The brush is really good!!

  27. That is too bad about Target no longer including Laneige in the boxes! It was probably my favorite brand to receive from them.

    • I know! It’s a bummer! 🙁

      • Hey Liz ,
        Did Birchbox stop doing their CEW & Prestige brand box ? It usually came out July /August?

        • Yea, I’m guessing only one beauty box company can get the CEW deal every year, so since this one is GlossyBox, I don’t think we’ll see any Birchbox CEW boxes this year.

          Hope that helps!

  28. I was charged last month and am still waiting for my box. However, I love most of their limited edition boxes and they are usually incredible. While I am not happy with their customer service most of the time, I have always loved the product quality in the LE boxes.

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