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GlossyBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – November 2015


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 really good too. The only issue with this box seems to be the late shipping – I would recommend just keeping that in mind and setting your expectations accordingly if you sign up for this box.


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

FYI – GlossyBox sends out multiple variations of boxes each month – so not every subscriber will receive every item in this box.


The Subscription Box: GLOSSYBOX

The Cost: $21 a month (save more with 3-month, 6-month or annual subscription)

DEAL: Now through 11/13 (or while supplies last) take advantage of this Gilt City deal to get a 1-year subscription to GlossyBox for only $8.75 a box!

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


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


Florapy Strength + Energy Mask – Value $8

This mask is free of parabens, synthetic fragrances and dyes, and it is vegan and safe for sensitive skin! I’m wearing it as I write this review, and I’m finding it to be refreshing. It has a slight rose scent, but nothing too strong. (You leave this mask on for 15-20 minutes, then let the remaining formula on your skin sink in).


Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme – .17 oz Value $8.50

This creme almost instantly absorbs and made my skin feel so soft. It’s scented (I prefer unscented skincare), but the scent isn’t too strong and fades.

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy – 25 g Value $9

This hand cream has an fresh, ocean scent, and isn’t as heavy as I was expecting for a hand cream – I like it!


Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in You’re Toast – FULL SIZE! Value $22.50

I really like the Marsk makeup brand. All their products are free of parabens, synthetic fragrance, etc. and they work well too! This shade is a light copper shimmer. (Swatched below).

Beauty For Real D-Fine Perfect Lip Pencil – FULL SIZE! Value $14

When I first opened this box I thought “another black eyeliner….” but it’s a lip liner! Yay! This “universal shade” works well for my skintone too. I think it is my favorite discovery in the box. (Swatched below):


Verdict: This box has a value of about $62. I think that’s a good value for a $21 box! I wasn’t super excited by all the items at the first glance, but after going through the samples, I realize I’ll use every single item in this box, so I’m happy!

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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!

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, GlossyBox Reviews, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: glossybox | 90 comments

Comments (90)

  1. It was through my introduction and subsequent newsletters from my subscription addiction that I decided to take the plunge and sign up for this subscription box. So happy I found the deal through Gilt City–what a steal! I usually only buy limited edition boxes as I know exactly what I’m getting (usually), can calculate the value and know whether I’d use the products or not. I had purchased the Net-A-Porter and Allure Thrills Beauty Boxes in the past and loved them. I recently signed up for the Walmart Beauty box and what an enormous disappointment–the calculated value was UNDER what I pay for and considering I’m not going to use 75% of the items, was definitely let down. Will give them one more season.

    As for this Glossybox, I got everything Liz did and absolutely loved it. I received my voucher from Gilt City about 2-3 days after purchase (which I wasn’t expecting, thought it was more like a Groupon-esque instant deal, but anywho), submitted it to the Glossybox website on Nov 9 and received my November Glossybox on Nov 14–how amazingly fast is that! Can’t wait for my future boxes. Yaye to my first awesome subscription box! Thanks MSA!!!

    • Yay!!! 🙂

    • Hello Anya,

      We here at the GLOSSYBOX office are so happy to hear you are enjoying your subscription.

      Gabrielle from GLOSSYBOX

  2. I got the $8.75/month deal for 1 year too from GC. Thanks for posting the details on that Liz. I am new to the subscription boxes too and I am really enjoying everything. I really like the Glossybox November box too. Mine was same as everyone else’s also just FYI. I will use everything in the box. So far I have received lots of black eyeliner, which I don’t wear, black mascara, don’t generally wear that either but have tried a few times because I’ve received so many, and lots of dry shampoo, which I have yet to try. I fully intend on trying it out though. So this box from Glossybox had everything I didn’t have and everything I am happy to try. When I’ve received too many items to give away then I believe it will be time to find something else I enjoy.

  3. I received my first box today and found everything useful. Glad I bought the 1 year gilt deal. The products are great for the price.

  4. I just got my first box from the Gilt offer and I got this exact same box. I definitely cannot complain for the price. And the box is soooo cute! My daughter loved it.

  5. I just got my first GB from my yearly deal I bought from Gilt City. I think it’s the fastest I’ve ever received a Glossybox, usually the shipping is so late I get it the following month. It was also the lightest box ever I think. I LOVE the lotion that’s why I wanted November’s box and for $8.75 it’s a steal. So glad I canceled Ipsy for this.

  6. This is my first Glossybox. I paid $8.75 and got three full size items and two deluxe samples. $62 of stuff I’ll use up for just $8.75, plus a cute box. Who could ever complain!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. The limited edition Glossybox spoilers are on Glossybox’s Instagram! There are two released so far and they will release one a day until Sunday!

  8. I got the same box as Liz and it showed up yesterday. I also really liked my October box. Not really that thrilled about my September box….

  9. Just got the box today and love it. The eyeshadow color is so pretty and very pigmented, lipliner matched my lips almost exactly. I like the hand cream but I am not crazy about the scent and I’m excited to try the other 2 items.

  10. I just got my box! I bought the 8.95 yearly subscription from guilt citY and i got the same exact box as Liz! I love everything inside it. the marsk eyeshadow is gorgeous. im so happy with my glossybox.

  11. I received the same box as Liz & I love it ? Just waiting for the holiday box to be available ?

  12. I just received my first Glossybox about a week ago, the October one. I love it. The beautiful box, the way it is packaged and the items inside are all amazing for $21. I loved that it wasn’t too much makeup, but hair and skin care which is my main interest. I am very excited I was able to sign up for the Gilt City deal. Thanks Liz for letting us know about that. I’m looking forward to the coming year of Glossybox at a fabulous price.

  13. Actually there should be a correction. The mineral eye shadow is not a full size, it is about a tenth of the full size and drops the value of this month drastically…another 20, so this month is a real bummer. If I had not already paid for the entire year I would cancel it. For that Gilt City deal, it is worth it, but this sub box has really disappointed me.

    • The eyeshadow is full sized per the Marsk website. The GB card is a misprint.

    • It is clearly a misprint if you look on the website also I have never seen a .47 oz eyeshadow.

      • Yeah, that would be a body bronzer at that size!

  14. I cancelled my box last month(too many subscriptions and Im getting bored- of course then I bought that gilt voucher for a year LOL) but im still getting Novembers and I’m actually looking forward to it I love neutral eye shadows and in one year I have yet to get a lip-liner in 4 sub boxes Im hoping to get the same box as yours I will use everything in it!

    • I signed up with the gilt promo too and I also like this box, I will use all of it. I have only seen a variation in the sheet mask (just the scent) so far this month. So I think everyone will have the same as Liz 🙂

  15. I just signed up for Glossy Box and Boxy Charm at the end of October. I have been impressed with Glossy Box shipping! I recieved the GB October right away and have recieved a shipping notice for the November GB box.
    So far I have been billed for two months of Boxy Charm (Oct. and Nov.) and recieved nothing. Its been 10 business days and even tho I emailed customer service to verify that I would recieve an October box and they confirmed I would, no shipping notice yet. Crickets.

  16. I actually got the exact same box as Liz.. just got it today.. I love Glossybox and I’ve been receiving it for over a year with no complaints.. they even sent me a Mega thank you box worth over 120 bucks just for sticking up for them on Facebook last year. Filled with amazing products!

  17. Wow, I got the same box as Liz except for a variation of the mask. I got lavender vs. her rose which is perfect since I am allergic to roses. I actually like my box this month and don’t feel box envy. And my box is already here rather than coming the last week of the month or later.

    I didn’t sign up for that good deal since I’ve been unhappy with GB lately but maybe I should reconsider….

  18. I’ll be getting my first box on Monday and I’m excited because I love face masks, can’t stand not having hand lotion along anywhere I wash my hands (this is a great purse size) and use another of the Estée Lauder moisturizers regularly so will be happy to try this one out. Don’t need the lip pencil but can easily give that away.

  19. I am new to GB and just purchased GiltCity deal. I saw the November spoiler as eye shadow and lip pencil. I decided to wait for December or January to activate the voucher. I like everything else Liz got in her box. I understand that there are variation to this box, but I thought the spoiler items were sent to everyone, but it seems some people are receiving totally different items. I wonder if they send different box for voucher customers. Anyway, I am looking forward to start my sub and also looking forward to gift items 🙂

    • After hemming and hawing about it for several days, I broke down and bought the GB year through GiltCity. I am torn as to whether to wait until December or not.

      • Rebecca, for me, I am more into skincare than makeup, so the two higher priced spoiler items that were makeup pushed me to wait. I am pretty simple/conservative when it comes to makeup, so. I hope the voucher sales gave them good purchasing power up front. I really hope that they send voucher customers with the same products.

  20. Well, I for one love Glossybox but then I am new to beauty subscription boxes (this is how new, I still haven’t gotten any dry shampoo, this month’s Birchbox will have my first). It also helps that I have just started using skincare and make up products and so I need everything! Still, the hate that Glossy gets seems a bit excessive. I started getting Glossy in August and the only thing Liz got that I wish I had was the perfume in October, but other than that, my boxes are the same as hers so far.

    • I have gotten just over a dozen different boxes from 4 different subscriptons in the last few months and so far no dry shampoo. And I actually want some! Ha ha.

      • Haha you can have mine! I just started my first sub in July (Birchbox) the got ipsy from Agust, and just sub’s to GB today. SO… in 7 total boxes, I already got 4 (!!!) dry shampoos! I hope I never get one again…. Same goes for nail polish (3 already… ALL in different shades of purple) 🙂

      • Lol, meanwhile I have gotten four shades of nude polishes when all I want is some kind of purple.

      • That’s hysterical. everybody in all the boxes are complaining about getting too many copper shaded eye stuff, when I would DIE to get even one! I didnt get the bronze pencil 2 months ago, nor the mica shadow last month. I would kill for one bronze/copper eye shadow…
        I am willing to send you the purple polish. I don’t use nail polish at all

      • I’m with you, Sandra – I hope i never get another dry shampoo – ever! Also sick of mascara, and also have received too many dark purple nail polishes from my subs, and gold eyeliner sticks (doesn’t show up on my skin tone). Copper mineral eyeshadow – yawn! Again, does nothing for my medium beige skintone.

  21. Just my 2 cents, but my observation over the past couple of months is that we are on a “Trash GB bandwagon.” I know they hit a period of time where the impressiveness of their boxes was less than in the past. I’m hoping their attention to message boards and better customer service (which I’ve had several instances of lately) is indicative that they’re aware they need to get back on track.
    But bottom line for me anyway, even just looking at this Nov box, is that the products are different than my usual arsenal or anything I would likely take the time and energy to find on my own. And isn’t that the point of these subs? No sub can cater to every sub addict that’s been doing this for years. I like GB a lot for myself. And when they send something that’s not quite right for me, I feel perfectly good about gifting it because the items are quality enough.

    Didn’t mean to rant, just thought some folks might like to know there are people that are enjoying this sub 🙂

    • Well said, Meghan! I think people’s expectations are too high sometimes. This is supposed to be FUN! 😀

  22. I got all of these products in my November box, but the value of my box I calculate at about $38. Marsk shadow was .04 oz, not the .47 oz full size. C&E lotion is 25g, making its value $5.50 (card indicates full 100g size is $22). Does glossybox send reviewers larger size samples? Very misleading to have a reviewer so overstate the value of the box other subscribers are getting.

  23. To get the price $8.75 do you need to pay all at once? Or pay monthly?

    • You pay it all at once upfront.

  24. I know this doesn’t look like an exciting box, but it is useful for me. I am almost out of my lip liner in this color so I am glad I don’t have to buy another. The eye shadow looks like it could go with the NYX palette I got from Ipsy a few months ago since the lightest shade in the palette was not very pigmented. I love hand cream. I have several at my desk and in my purse since AZ is so dry. And I’ve started using anti-aging creams this year to hopefully help prevent those wrinkles from coming in.

  25. I actually really like this box, the only thing I won’t use is the lip liner. The eyeshadow is a pretty color and is all natural, hand cream is a nice size for purse, and I love face masks.

  26. At least I’ll be getting this month cheaper via Rue LaLa. Let’s hope these not very exciting November boxes redeem themselves with way better December boxes!

  27. I am very excited about this box! I was just thinking about purchasing a new lip liner, and now I don’t have to! Plus, this eyeshadow will compliment my blue eyes! Personally, I love Glossybox! I subscribed in June, and do not think I will cancel my subscription EVER! I am also subscribed to Boxycharm, and I love them as well, but to be honest, I think Glossybox offers higher quality samples, and products. They are both great though! The October box was just phenomenal! Such beautiful packaging, and great products! I will admit, I don’t love every product in every box, but I always find that most of the samples in the box, I fall in love with. All in all, I am Glossybox fan!

  28. I also received my first box a couple days ago. I also did not get any of the items the Liz got but I really like what I got in my box. I received a full size Emite blush that is a great color for me. I also got a full size sheer lip gloss from Julep. I received a Nails Inc polish in Uptown which was also a great pink color. I received Biossanse the revitalizer and 12 Benefits Love at First Lather Foaming Hair Shampoo. I am excited to try that as well.

    • That was the November box ? I received an email that said everyone would receive the marsk shadow in November.

      • I just signed up in mid October. So I am was assuming it is the November box since I was not signed up in September.

    • That actually sends like the September box

      • Sounds **

    • I got most of those items in October

  29. I just gift the items I don’t like. No reason to complain since I will be paying less than $10 for the next 12 months. (:

  30. I received my first box today. What a let down. It didn’t have any of the same items…a bad red lip gloss and nail polish…and some other things I won’t ever use. i had read this box was so much more elevated than Birch Box. Same crappy samples. Do not waste your money!! I cancelled right away.

    • Sounds like the October box.

      Still, yeah, it’s hardly an “elevated Birchbox.”

  31. I think this is by far the worst glossybox this year 🙁 Nothing in there strikes me as interesting at all. I hate lip liners, I hate Estee skincare products and I’m sick of seeing coppery colored shadows in boxes, sigh…. I’d love to sub to BoxyCharm but they just can’t seem to get on board to shipping to Canada which is annoying because they could make so many new customers who are itching to get their hands on this sub.

  32. I’ve been wanting to subscribe to Glossybox. Where do I get the coupon so I can get the year subscription for $8.75? Thanks!

    • Visit the Gilt City website. You’ll find a deal for a voucher for a year of Glossybox for $150. Use the promo code WELCOME30 and it takes the cost down to $8.75/box. Use the voucher to sign up on the Glossybox website.

      • Thanks!

  33. This makes me feel a lot better about not going for the Gilt deal this week. I subbed to Glossy for nine months and was so, so disappointed by it for the last five. Nothing in this box interests me at all. Even for $8.75!

  34. $8.75 a month is like one lunch out. I can’t pass this up. Nothing to lose for $8.75 a month. Here I come!

  35. Not super exciting, but all stuff I can use.

  36. Yawn!! I wouldn’t waste my money on this sub for products I can’t use. Besides the eyeshadow everything is boring.

  37. I don’t have my box yet, but I already know I’m going to be sick of all the people saying — for the next year, mind you — “Yay! So glad I got this box of crap for 8.75 a month instead of full price.” Yippee for the rest of us, LOL….

    • I’m sorry. That is hard. But you could do what we did or I did, unsubed and then resubmit with the year deal so that you don’t miss out too on the $8.75 box. I think the codes and the 1 year deal is still valid.

      • Or buy a second sub using the deal, then cancel your first.

  38. I subscribe to glossybox in august and unsubscribed in October after i found out about boxycharm. But then the 9 dollar deal came up from guilt city and i could resist. I think its well worth it at 9 dollars a box im excited for my November box.

    • Couldn’t *. Sorry.

    • “Guilt” city is a hilariously accurate typo..kind of how I felt about buying that deal, but I couldn’t resist the price!

  39. I definitely tried to resist the gilt city deal, but of course signed up anyway. But for 8.75 a month it is a great deal even if I only use one product from the box. I am new too glossybox so I’m not sure if they have any type of rewards program yet.

  40. To me, Glossybox is far from what it used to be. I wouldn’t dream of paying $21/month for it. I look at it now as a upscale version of Birchbox. I bought the 1 year deal from Gilt so I’m getting it for $8.75/month. As a result, I don’t mind so much that the offerings are so far from how great they used to be. In the $21/month price range it looks like Boxycharm is the best deal going.

    Oh, and I think Glossybox still sends the best boxes to bloggers. Drives me crazy that Liz won’t take a look at what others get and mention that she always gets the best of what Glossybox sends out that month.

    • I am so sorry – I will call that out in the beginning of the review that this is one of several variations. Thanks for the feedback and sorry again!

      • Ooooh, I hope I didn’t sound harsh. I just went back and reread and if I do I apologize profusely. I meant as a suggestion and that’s the way I talk – “drives me crazy” just an expression I would use with one of my girlfriends. I hope I didn’t offend, but thank you for noting the variations in the future.

      • Not too harsh – I appreciate the feedback. I definitely want these reviews to be helpful and accurate! 🙂

      • I got the EXACT same box as Liz and I’m just a regular, non-blogger person for what it’s worth.

      • I sub to 10 boxes and have rarely gotten products different than hers, (excluding Ipsy) unless the box clearly states a product will vary in boxes. I wouldn’t necessarily say she’s getting preferential boxes and I think she certainly does a fantastic job calling out the products that may differ from other subscribers’.

      • I got the same box as Liz as well, except my mask is lavender. I got the same box as she last month as well, except my perfume was the solid, which I preferred.

    • See, I think GB is much better because it is more consistent than ever. The first year was depressing (I used to hang on MUT then and a bunch of us were dying for GB to come to the US and literally sat on our computers to sign up; I think I was number 57 or something). The reality was a massive letdown. CS was seriously nothing but a bunch of unpaid interns! Boxes didn’t ship, we found expired makeup lots ala Peaches and Petals, etc. I stuck it out but unsubbed after 18 months or so.

      I resubbed last year after a long fallow period and I think the boxes are MUCH better than they used to be. I am really dying to know what was in that year I missed that everyone keeps talking about!

      Really, I think it all boils down to taste and expectations. I also think taking a break from a sub really helps. I have never found bloggers getting better boxes than I- but I loved the solid perfume last month that sent some people in spasms – it did not activate my allergies the way most 99% of perfumes do.

  41. This will be my first glossy box. I’m very curious as to what I’ll get. I’ve decided that the value for me will have to come from reviewing it (I really like to review things :-), not from the items itself. So I’m sort of hoping that I will get the less glamorous boxes that people are complaining about.

    I don’t find anything in this box exciting, though after a year of subscription boxes I’m not sure what would excite me. I would use the hand cream and the mask. I’m stocked up on face creams, so I would probably use that as a stocking stuffer for my one of the women in my family, and I’d swap the two other items.

    • I still get excited after nearly 5 years of boxes. I think the way to keep it fresh is to cancel and try something new for extended periords and mix up the kind of subs you get. I did nearly a full year of mostly K-beauty and now I am ready to come back to GB and the rest! It has really kept it fresh for me! But I will be happy if I never see another dry shampoo or black eyeliner. I fear I might die drowning in dry shampoo, pinned to floor by black eyeliners.

  42. Nice box, even better price with the Gilt deal, but I wonder what other variations everyone else got? 🙂

  43. I just cancelled my Glossybox. The last 4 or 5 boxes have been letdowns. I’m down to just Birchbox for beauty boxes right now. I’m anxiously awaiting Sephora Play to start in my area!

    • Yeah, I’m so on the fence about Glossybox even with the deal. I just don’t want to have no money when Black Friday deals come about (and I can maybe scoop up some good Birchbox deals or bonus points or samples). I feel pretty good about my Birchbox sub and the Target boxes when they look good (I think I skipped one last month). I’m VERY excited for Sephora Play and hope to be able to join that soon!

  44. Yay I can’t wait for this box, I know everyone is getting the eyeshadow & it looks like maybe a mask- but I’m curious to see what other varieties there are! (I’m not a huge lip liner girl) Last month I was super bummed to be one of the few who didn’t get the exfoliator.. It’s what I was looking forward to most! I received my shipping notice today and can’t wait! It never normally ships this early! So excited!!

  45. I love Glossybox and love it even more that I am only paying $8.75 a box. The October box for me was one of my favorite boxes ever. Looking forward to getting my November box, i got my shipping notice yesterday too!

  46. I’m sorry, but that box is boring.

    • I agree. I bought the annual subscription deal at $8.75/box but after seeing this I’m waiting until December to activate my membership.

  47. I think this is a decent box. I don’t think I can use the mask due to the ingredients and that EL item is often in their gwp.

  48. I love Glossy Box— even if it’s something I don’t use my co-workers love me. I’ve got my shipping notice yesterday…..and I don’t even mind when it shows up……it’s a surprise 🙂

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