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Rachel Zoe Box of Style Winter 2015 Subscription Box Review

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanDec 10, 2015 | 89 comments

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The Rachel Zoe Box of Style from The Zoe Report is a new subscription box from Rachel Zoe. I am a huge fan and love her taste, so I think this may be my favorite subscription box launch of the year so far!

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

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Let it Zoe! (Love a good Rachel Zoe pun!)

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The packaging on this box is fabulous – it definitely feels like you are unwrapping a luxe gift! (Each item is individually wrapped in black tissue paper).

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The Subscription Box: Box of Style by The Zoe Report

The Cost: $100

ACTIVE DEAL: Use code SPRING25 to save $25 off your first box
CODE: SPRING25

The Products: “Every season Rachel and our TZR editors will hand-curate more than $300 of our favorite fashion, beauty and lifestyle items.”

Ships to: US

Check out all of my Box of Style reviews!

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The box comes with an info booklet with Rachel’s styling tips, and a letter from her introducing the box.

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Brands also included coupon codes for Box of Style subscribers.

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Alexis Bittar Gold Tone Swarovski Crystal Adjustable Ring - Value $198

Love the packaging and pop of orange with this box!

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This is the hero item of the box. (Each quarter Box of Style announces the Hero item ahead of time - it's a great way to decide if you should subscribe for that box!)

Here is a closer look:

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And here it is on:

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I'm in love with this ring! The sparkle is great for holiday parties, and it's nice to get a stacked ring look without wearing tons of different rings. It is adjustable too. Here is the back:

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Honest Beauty Makeup Remover Wipes - Value $10

I thought these would be identical to the 3-in-1 Facial Towelettes from Honest Company that I also use for makeup removal, but these have an added refreshing scent. Not sure if that difference alone is worth the $3 price difference, but I like them!

Honest Beauty Lip Crayon in Mulberry Kiss - Value $18

This lip crayon packs some pigment! It goes on smoothly, and you really only need one swipe to get a lot of color. The result is similar to a lip stain. Here it is swatched:

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Lelet NY Swarovski Crystal Hair Pin - Value $98

This piece is gorgeous:

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I've never worn bobby pins before. (My hair game is lacking in general), but I'm going to try to make this work instead of just deciding it will be gifted/swapped! Here it is styled from Box of Style:

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Our Heiday Leopard Note Card Set - Value $20

These were included as a chic way to send post-Holiday thank you notes! Here they are out of the package:

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I love that even these have a touch of gold with the envelopes!

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Ciate Nail Polish in Ivory Queen - Value $15

(Colors will vary for subscribers)

This isn't a super exciting item for me, but I love the Ciate nail polish packaging (the formula is good too), so I'm good with this box addition.

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Marula Oil Rare Oil Intensive Mask and Complementary Rare Oil Treatment - Value $45

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(Good to know for swaps - the mask has an outer plastic wrap and inner foil seal).

This hair mask smells so good! And I like that you only have to leave it on for 3-5 minutes. I will be trying this out tonight!

And they also included a bonus Rare Oil Treatment (7 ml):

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This works for both hair and skin. I love oils like this for my cuticles too. It's more perfume-y than I was expecting but other than that I like the formula.

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SOS Foot Petals - Value $7

In each box, Rachel always includes a styling tool item. I've ended up using a few of them so far, so I appreciate being able to create a styling emergency kit thanks to this subscription!

 

Verdict: I may be in the minority this quarter, but I really like this box! I think one big part of my love for this box is that I LOVE the hero item. The other items are great too. I definitely wouldn't spend $100 on a hairpin, but I'm going to give it a try now that I own it! This box feels festive and special to me, and I can see how everything ties into holiday parties, and beauty prep.

What do you think of the Winter 2015 Box of Style?

Also - this was a bonus I received with my box:

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I love that they are rewarding subscribers who have been with them since the first box!

Here is the additional gift item:

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Boulevard Origami Pouch - Value $32?

I couldn't find this exact pouch on their site (not sure if this is a Rachel Zoe exclusive?), but I found a similar bag for the value estimate.

Here is the lining:

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CURATEUR (formerly Box of Style) is a luxury subscription service curated by designer Rachel Zoe and delivered 4 times a year. Each seasons box contains at least 5 statement staples (fashion, beauty and lifestyle) valued at over $400, curated to elevate your everyday look. Seasonal subscriptions ... read more.

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!

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89 comments

Auvriel

I received my winter box but I was missing three items: Alexis Bittar ring, the hair pin and the nail polish. I received my box last Friday and emailed the same day. I haven’t heard anything from their customer service so I emailed them again today. Was anyone else missing any items? I’m so disappointed because I was really looking forward to this box. 🙁

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Lisa

I’m so pissed I’ve been waiting for this box. They sent me an email with tracking number that came up invalid. I emailed them yesterday and they responded with tracking number that my box was delivered last Monday. I never received it, my husband works from home and I have packages coming weekly. I am so upset because the box is sold out so I guess I just don’t get a box and get a refund. I wanted that ring so bad. I received my Birchbox, Pop Sugar and Marvel, Hollister, Qvc without a problem last week but this box is MIA. I finally looked at the spoiler tonight since my box won’t be arriving.

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Liza

Finally received my box, very underwhelming for me personally. If anyone wants to buy I will sell mine. Items were removed from the black tissue paper but that’s it.

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Brittnay

I FINALLY got my box and I’m so unimpressed. I was super excited for the hair pin and the stones on mine are glued so haphazardly; they look like they’re going to fall out any minute. And I’m really bummed that my box shipped so late that I missed out on the Alexis Bittar coupon. So disappointed ):

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Stephanie

I am so disgusted with the wait I am STILL experiencing on this box. I will NEVER buy a Rachel Zoe product/box/anything ever again! Was supposed to arrive today, Dec . 21. Now the update is not to arrive until AFTER CHRISTMAS, Dec. 26! Really? I did not even GET a shipping notification until I requested one from the on Dec. 9, after seeing a bunch of you wonderful, helpful women suggesting that you contact their customer service for a shipping notice. That is when the shipping label was actually created. So they were supposed to begin shipping Dec. 1. Mine did not go out until Dec. 16 and is STILL floating all over the country in limbo. REALLY? Nearly a MONTH to get a box shipped to Maine? Thanks for ruining Christmas, Rachel Zoe. Pathetic. And trying to avoid spoilers with this one? Sure … just stay off of any and all websites like this for a MONTH? And now I’m hearing there were coupons to use that are already expiring? Nice, Rachel. I cannot wait for it to arrive so I can put it immediately up on e-Bay, unopened. That’s how I feel about her. Major FAIL.

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EC

Why not contact customer service and ask for a replacement? My hair pin was well made so it’s possible you just got a damaged or defective item. It happens with all subs at all price points eventually. I’ve had great experiences with their CS so I can’t imagine they’d leave you hanging. But it’s doubtful they’ll respond here.

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B.

Oh no… I was most excited for the pin. 🙁
I am still waiting for my box. I am so very disappointed with the way this box unfolded.

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Kayla

Got my box yesterday and am thrilled with the ring! I wasn’t excited about it when I saw the spoiler as it is so not my style but after receiving it and trying it on, I absolutely treasure this piece. It fits my middle finger perfectly (i’m a size 6) and you can definitely wear it as an every-day piece, not just for the holiday.
I like everything else so they are just a bonus. Only thing I am not super thrilled with is the ivory queen polish. I used it last night and it’s quite pale (even with 3 coats it still matches my skin tone) but it may grow on me. I did love in the booklet that they recommended creating an accent nail for the holidays and I used a gold on each ring finger to make each hand pop and love the look, especially with the gold ring.

Great selection Zoe team!! I personally am happy she did not include a scarf – I have enough to last a life time, even without subscription boxes. & I love you can use everything she sent in 1 head-to-toe look, love the curation of it.

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Blythe A.

I finally received my box today. Love it so much. I do wish the nail polish was more winter than spring. If anyone is interested in the hair pin, I would be willing to sell it for best offer.

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Meghan T

Just got my box today!! It was supposed to have arrived on Tuesday, but it somehow took 2 days to get from southern MN to Minneapolis?! And then it took another 2 days to get from the Smartpost to the post office to my apartment (all within 3 miles of each other).

I really like this box! I don’t know if the ring looks good on me… I’m like a size 9/10/11 depending on which finger I want to put it on. It only fit my pinky out of the box, but I think I have it stretched out to about a 9 right now? I used a combo of a wooden spatula handle from Williams Sonoma and just using my hands to stretch it.

I got a beautiful burgundy/purple glitzy color nail polish.

The only thing that would make this box a home run for me is if they had done a $98 scarf instead of a $98 hair pin. Or a $98 necklace.

I was planning on cancelling this subscription after this… I don’t know if I can bring myself to cancel!! So far I’ve enjoyed Fall and Winter boxes.

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Anne

I just got my box and I love it to pieces! I even used the coupon code for the Alexis Bittar jewelry. There are a lot of beautiful pieces on the website and the coupon code works for even sale items. The ring is amazing – it is so beautiful and stunning. For me the ring alone is worth the price of the box and everything else is a bonus.

The only bummer is my box was missing the hair pin. I am not sure how to use the pin, but it would have been nice to have it. I am also a little over burdened with nail polish and was actually glad to get the Ivory Queen instead of the glitter one because I have a lot of silver glitter polish and I don’t have one in the Ivory Queen color. Either way I am very happy with the box.

This is my favorite subscription besides Popsugar!

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Anne

I went ahead and e-mailed CS and they responded very quickly! A replacement was sent and delivered to me on December 29. I really love this box and love the pin. Very pretty!

Thanks!

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chris

Email them. They will take care of you.

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Kimberley

I’m still waiting in Ohio??? Anyone else still waiting???? Can’t wait to wear the ring! Hope to get it before New Years!!!!

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Karen L

Still waiting!

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Kim

I am one of those still waiting on a box. I wanted to wear the ring and hair pin to a Christmas dinner last night but sadly delivery is just “pending.” No word on when I’ll get it and it makes me sad. I wanted to gift a few items so I’m really hoping it shows up before Christmas!!
Maybe I can give the fedora from the last box as a present. 😉

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Jerilynn

Still waiting in South Carolina. I am beginning to think she will announce the next hero item before I ever see my box.

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Amy

By far the best sub box out there. I love everything in this box. The ring is AMAZING!!! The hair mask is something I probably would not have bought but WOW it makes my hair feel amazing! Great box!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Brittnay

I CANNOT believe I STILL don’t have my box yet. It was finally shipped last week after I emailed them and kept getting apology emails. It was supposed to arrive today, but every time I check the tracking it hasn’t updated since Saturday morning. I’m SO disappointed with the zoe team this time around. I really wish they would switch to ups. I was hoping to have my box by tomorrow so I could wear the ring and hair pin for a holiday party, but doesn’t look like that’s happening now. I’ve been a subscriber since the beginning, but this is making me rethink continuing

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B.

Brit.
Okay so besides us having the same first name… My box was supposed to arrive today TOO and it ALSO hasn’t updated since Saturday. So either we are the same person or hopefully it’s a tracking glitch and it arrives today… becase I really want my box for a holiday party tomorrow. Just kidding- no holiday party, but everything else is true. 🙁

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Brittnaylea

Lol that’s so funny! Discrimination against Brits maybe? (: I have my fingers crossed that we both get our boxes tonight!!

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Jennifer

I really like this box. RZ has been my favorite subscription box. I LOVE the ring in person. It is the perfect size and **so sparkly**. Love it.

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Susan

Originally, except for the ring, I was underwhelmed by the spoilers. BUT…I received my box on Saturday, and, with a new exvited attitude, I opened each item and was thrilled! The ring is beyond what I expected. I was able to make it smaller to fit my middle finger. (I’m a 4 on my left ring finger.) Wore it right away. Compliments, and I super love it. Tried the hair mask and felt like I was taking care of me. Not sure it did anything, but I’ll try it again. Love the marula oil though. Smells amazing! I seriously could not stop smelling myself. I also received the Ivory Queen nail color. I have very short and weak nails, but this light color looks great! Haven’t worn the hairpin yet, but it is very pretty. I have super fine, thin hair and am going through scalp surgeries after deep skin cancer, so I’ll try it for Christmas to dress up my necessary wide hair bands right now. The lip crayon is a terrific color and nice for the holiday season. I wore it but needed a bit of gloss, since my lips are very dry. Definitely a keeper though. Love the cute notecards, and I’ll be happy I have them at some point I’m sure. Still need to try the face wipes. Overall…totally love everything. No spoilers in the future for me though. Better to judge in person and experience the thrill of feeling like someone went shopping just for me! Hope you love your boxes, ladies!

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Anna

On the bonus gift, the Get Gorgeous pouch, did anyone notice that on the tag it says “this product may contain a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm”?
Very tempted to just throw this out, as cute as it is…

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chris

CA writes that on EVERYTHING. Even on residential buildings. 🙂

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B.

That is because of the Proposition 65 law. It’s *most likely* because of the fake leather on the bag- if it is because of the fake leather, it’s such a small part of the bag I wouldn’t worry about it.

Vegan leather often has that warning though which is one of the reasons why I don’t wear fake leather jackets, bags, or shoes. Also, it doesn’t ever specify how it can be harmful. Could be if it’s ingested.. or the fumes if it burns.. or something used in the manufacturing process… stuff like that.

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Jennifer W.

I received my box yesterday. I really like the ring, something I can wear all the time. The hair pin is right up my ally, I have to pin my hair back every day or it is crazy all over the place. I am a nail polish junkie, lovvve stationary. I have been wanting to try a hair mask and I have a mild lipstick addiction. This is only my second box and I have enjoyed all items. Fave box right now!!!

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Liz Cadman

Sounds like a perfect box for you! 🙂

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Sue

Is anyone selling the full box. I love it so much I want to buy one for a friend.

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Diana

I will sell it to you if you are interested. I won’t even open it. If you are interested you can email me at the email above. I will ship immediately with UPS and tracking number.

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ST

If anyone wants to swap or sell their ring, let me know. I received the PopSugar LE Box for Her.

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B.

Finally, my box has shipped. I received an apology email saying “We are doing everything we can to make this right” but then they sent it Fedex SMARTPOST. Ha… Yeah thanks.

Gonna watch cross the entire country and then pass by my city and half way down the state before it backtracks towards me. I just hope there are no missing pieces and the jewelry is without issues.

They forgot about my fall box until I reminded them I still existed and they overnighted to me.. That is making it right.

Even still, I am keeping the sub because I really think it’s a great one. All I want is for the box to arrive like normal without me without me having to beg for something I paid for months in advanced.

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Jc

Mine is the exact same scenario. They had it thirty minutes away and sent it three hours away. And it was to be here 12/9 and now 12/16. Smart post sucks this season- athleta shipped something 12/1 and it is not getting here until 12/15

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B.

Ps. Liz I am sorry I have used your posts as a venting spot. I love what you do here. It’s just there is no one else in person I can complain to that gets the sub thing besides this community, haha.

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Liz Cadman

It’s all good! 🙂 I hope that everything arrives as it should!

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lisad

This has to be my favorite box from her all year. I love everything in it. I’m wearing the ring now, it’s stunning! The extra thank you pouch is a really nice touch and was packaged so cute as well.

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Courtney Clark

I hope I receive the extra gift. I signed up from the beginning but I got the year sub for the next box and cancelled my monthly sub. Fingers crossed D:

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Courtney Clark

I didn’t 🙁

But I am going to contact them and see if I still can get it.

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Rachel

I love it, too! The accessory items are so beautiful in person, and everything else is super useful. I’m thrilled with the value, and it all feels very luxe and special.

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Jodie

Selling my entire box for $100 PP F&F. Email at jodieh at bcm dot edu if interested!

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Sue

Did you sell your box. I want to get for a friend of mine.

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Cristina

I was disappointed when I first saw the spoilers but I just got my box last night and I love everything. The spoiler picture of the ring did not do it justice. It’s beautiful in person. I love the hair pin. Everything else will be used. Great box!

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Marie

Wish I had purchased this box rather than the PSMH For Her! I know better next time. 🙂

If anybody wants to trade, let me know!

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