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GlossyBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – January 2016


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)

COUPON: Expiring Soon! Use code SPRING16 to new subscribers get the April box for $16

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.


Emite Makeup Diamond Heart Base Primer – FULL SIZE! Value $29

This primer is really full, so be careful opening it! The formula has a bit of a peach tint, but goes on sheer. I like it (but to be fair, pretty much all primers are good in my book!)

Royal Apothic Moisturizing Body Cream in Venetian Grove – 1.25 oz Value $4.70

(Scents will vary for subscribers. Good to know for swaps – inner foil seal).

I like the other Royal Apothic products I’ve sampled through boxes, so I was excited to try this one. The formula itself is lightweight and absorbs quickly, so A+ there! It is a little too fragranced for me, though. If you prefer lightly or non-scented items, I would recommend gifting/swapping this.


-417 Foot Nourishing Cream – 1.7 oz Value $9

Wow – a foot cream that isn’t minty scented! The formula is pretty lightweight for a foot cream, and I like the scent – it is light and refreshing!

Beautiful Nutrition Lemon Rinse Gentle Clarifying Treatment – 2 oz? Value $1.50

This product is designed to help remove dulling product buildup and enhance shine. It’s free of parabens, phthalates, synthetic colors or fragrances, and it is color safe too. (Plus it smells like lemons!)


MeMeMe Lip Glide in Playful Peach – FULL SIZE! Value $12.50

This might be my favorite item in the box. It has a good amount of pigment but still goes on somewhat sheer. And the finish is matte BUT! the formula isn’t drying! Here it is swatched:


Verdict: This box has a value of about $56.70. I think that’s a good value for a $21 box. I think they did a good mix of makeup, body, and hair care products this month too. (Plus I appreciate that the makeup items are both full size!)

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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 | 80 comments

Comments (80)

  1. I love the lemon rinse, I just ordered the full size from the company’s site. I wasn’t crazy over the body lotion or lip crayon.

  2. I love this Glossybox!! For me the last few have been Amazing!! I love everything in this box & Put it to good use!! I don’t mind all the hand lotions & Creames- especially since it’s 25 below Zero where I am! And for all the ladies where it’s warm & Hot it would work!! Nothing in my Box is going up for Swap!! If anyone does not want their hand lotion or Foot Creame or anything I would love to Swap! Please reply if your interested.

    • Hey there Kristin,

      I am so glad to hear you’re enjoying your GLOSSYBOX subscription!

      One of my favorite tips for surviving the harsh winter weather: Use the Royal Apothic cream and -417 foot nourishing cream after the shower, to lock in the moisture your skin is lacking.

      Gabrielle from GLOSSYBOX

      • Thank you so much for the Tip!! Thanks #LoveGlossyBox

  3. I have been receiving Glossybox since October and I have loved every single one. I think they do an amazing job of including a variety of products so that there is something for everyone and the value is great at $21 but even better at the discounted price through Gilt City. I have to say though that I love creams, lotions and anti-aging products of all types, so I love when those are included. This month I was excited to see so many European brands to try. When I started my annual subscription with the Gilt City discount, I canceled my monthly subscription. I did receive two boxes that month, but I kind of expected it because with this kind of operation once something is in production it probably takes 2-3 weeks to stop it, if that makes sense. Everything has to be packaged, labeled and ready to ship more than a day or two ahead of time. Anyway, I loved the box and didn’t mind getting two especially with one being such a great discount.

    • Hi Lynn,

      I want to thank you for taking the time to voice your opinions about your GLOSSYBOX subscription! It means a lot that you took the time to share your experiences with others. We are especially pleased to hear your thoughts on this months GLOSSYBOX.


      Gabrielle from GLOSSYBOX

  4. Hey

    I brought the one year deal at glossy box via giltcity but the one year subscription offer is no longer available.
    It says one and 6 months only on the glossy box website
    Any advice?


    • Hey there,

      I’m sorry to hear of your troubles. Please write to our Customer Care team at [email protected], so they can further assist you.

      Gabrielle from GLOSSYBOX

  5. I got the same exact box as Liz’s except with Cutting Garden scent for the Royal Apothic creme. I love everything except the lip glide. I still love this box, 4 out 5 5 are winners in my book.

  6. My favorite Glossybox in a long time! And an amazing thing – NO NAIL POLISH, YAY!! For the first time in a long time, I’ll use everything and don’t plan to swap anything away. Plus, I’m a lotion girl, so this one’s a good fit for me 🙂

  7. Since the primer isn’t actually full size, my estimated value of the box is about $48.

    I got the same box as Liz, except my body creme is a different scent (cutting garden). My favorite item is actually the clarifying treatment, even though I know it’s also the cheapest by far. I needed a new clarifier, so I’m excited to try this one.

    I’m also excited to try the primer, even though I didn’t really need a new one. The body cream and foot cream are useful but kind of meh, and they seem so similar – I’m surprised they were both included in the same box.

    I like the lip crayon’s formula because it isn’t drying, but I tend to prefer more opaque colors and don’t know if I’ll wear it much.

    Overall, this is an ok box for me. I’ve had lots better, but I’ve also had a few worse.

    • Danielle, I got the same exact box as you did (same as Liz’s except with Cutting Garden scent for the Royal Apothic creme). I hesitated to try the lip crayon because that would ruin it for trades or giving it to someone, but I did it anyway and regretted it. It seems nice and smooth, just not a good color on me 🙁 It seems to be more of a summer color, so maybe if I have a tan it’ll look better.

    • I got the same box today, never even got shipping notice. It just arrived! Agree that the primer isn’t full size and it and the Royal Apothic cream are leftovers from November’s UK Glossybox it looks like. But I’m excited to try the primer and I love the lotion. Cutting Garden smells amazing! The primer is still worth about $23, a fantastic box for only $8! It’s also kind of funny the lip glide is made in Poland and the foot cream made in Israel. I’m also excited to try the clarifying treatment, I’ve never tried one before. The only thing I’m not excited about is the lip glide, just because I don’t care for the color.

      • Hey there Sara,

        We work with vendors all over the globe! If we do see a product is successful in one of our GLOSSYBOX counterparts, we reach out to the vendors to secure a spot in one of our boxes.

        Hope this better clarifies!

        Gabrielle from GLOSSYBOX

    • I got the same box and the value is closer to $40. The primer is 1/2 oz, while the full size is 1.2 oz, so it has a value of around $12.50

      I’m happy with the box, though. All stuff I’ll use except for the crayon – but that’s just because the color doesn’t work for me. It would work for my daughter, but she has too much stuff already.

      • Hey Nana,

        I suggest using the MEMEME lip glide to prime your lips, then finish off the look with a pink or red tinted gloss.

        Gabrielle from GLOSSYBOX

    • Hi Danielle,

      Thank you for your review of GLOSSYBOX! We are delighted to see your post, as well as the honest feedback given. I will be happy to take your thoughts to my colleagues and hope we can continue to keep you 100% satisfied with your box.
      Gabrielle from GLOSSYBOX

  8. This is the one beauty box that I would like to sub to, but it is so annoying that sales like Gilt City are only open to the US. I already have to pay extra for shipping to Canada – ok, I can understand that, shipping prices can be high… but why can’t I take advantage of a sale? That makes no sense.

    • It’s not only Canada. I live in Denver CO and Gilt City isn’t available to me, either.

      • But you can chose any other city to buy the deal.

    • Because Gilt City is a US based site? Why can’t I buy all my Enchanted polish from Nail Canada on the same day as the Canadians can???? Oh….maybe it’s a Canadian business….

  9. I guess I’m in the minority but I love Glossy Box. A hand cream and a foot cream isn’t an issue to me…..I can always use both and in winter my feet get really dry. I always get what Liz gets – just with the scent/colour variations. Sure sometimes I don’t like something but there is always someone to give it to. I actually save all the things I don’t like from sub boxes and donate to women’s shelters – believe me those women are very excited to get a lipstick or nail polish and it sure makes everything seem relative

    • Hey there Kim,

      Wow, we are excited about the wonderful things you have to say about GLOSSYBOX. We here at GLOSSYBOX appreciate that you take the time to review this month’s edition.

      What a great and generous idea you have provided, regarding your products! I am sure you have brought a smile to many faces.

      Gabrielle from GLOSSYBOX

  10. I was happy with this month’s Glossybox – I received the same items as Liz, in a different body lotion scent (Cutting Garden.) The lip pencil is convenient and easy to wear, I can never have enough lotion, and I love the lemon rinse. It seems to have helped with my dandruff. (I know. Gross. Winter. Sigh.) I like getting skin and hair care products – trying them without committing to buying an entire bottle.

    • Hi ! I’ve had problems with dandruff and after years of trying lots of shampoos the netrogena t gel worked, and then I switched to an all natural shampoo. I was so excited to find something that worked so I figured I would share.

    • This is exactly what I got 🙂 Haven’t tried any of it yet. Did get the hair stuff in a previous box and really liked it. Although I don’t use a lot of products on my hair (just shampoo and conditioner plus a masque), it really makes my hair smell good.

    • Hey there Lilla,

      I want to wholeheartedly thank you for your post! It means a lot that you took the time to share your experiences with others. I take your feedback seriously and look forward to hear about your future experiences with us.

      Gabrielle from GLOSSYBOX

  11. This box was waiting for me when I got home from work today. I think I will use all of the items. No sharing of makeup that is the wrong shade for me this month! Thanks glossybox!

    • You’re welcome, Cindy!

      Gabrielle from GLOSSYBOX

  12. I am beyond annoyed with glossybox. I was charged for a january box, despite the fact that i cancellee last month and had the one year deal, which i started in january. This happened to me before, so i thought i made sure this didnt happen again, but still i am receiving 2 boxes and customer service is the worst. For the first time ever i am going to dispute the charge. Even though the gilt city deal was pretty good, i regret getting in bed with this company for a year. I have heard many people say they are shady, and honestly before this they were ok to me, but now unfortunately i see where they are coming from. Very disappointed:(

    • Hello,

      I am sorry to hear of your troubles. Please contact our Customer Care team at [email protected], so they can further assist you.

      Gabrielle from GLOSSYBOX

  13. I got my box today and like others have said they have definitely been doing a lot of lotions lately. But I am really loving that foot cream, the smell is really nice and light… It reminds me of something but I can’t figure out what it is. So far the only thing I wouldn’t use is the lip product.

  14. I was surprised to receive my box today, since it usually comes later in the month for me. I received the same contents as the reviewed box, but my Royal Apothic cream fragrance is “Cutting Garden,” which has a nice and light floral scent that is not very overpowering. I do not mind receiving body and foot cream because I will use them both quickly.

    I will be giving the lip crayon to my sister who has a warmer complexion than I do. I am very fair skinned and the peach color on my lips washes me out. The texture is very smooth, so hopefully she’ll enjoy it more than I do.

  15. I just got my box today and was surprised since I checked the night before last and it still said just “packed.” I did not know it shipped. I was pleased with this month. I am not really a hand cream lover (too lazy) so probably will save it for my future (PopSugar) Bingo party I want to have but the rest of the items were great. I realized I never get shampoos, hair care etc in my boxes so was really happy to get the lemon rinse.

  16. I just received my January GlossyBox today and got the same stuff as Liz. Can’t even begin to explain how disappointed I am!!!! I activated my gilt voucher in December, never got it (it’s on his way now) and now my first box is full of creams that I specifically said I don’t use in the style quiz! What’s the point of having us take a quiz when they just give everyone pretty much the same stuff?

    • I never understood why they do that. I mean, I really dislike hair products, lip pencils, and mascaras due to allergies I use spesific mascara. I also, asked them not to send me thsoe thing. Yet, a box is almost guaranteed to have a hair product of a mascara.

    • Hello Tabytha and Donna,

      I’m sorry to hear you’ve both been unsatisfied with some of the contents you received. I can certainly appreciate it must have been disappointing for you both to not be able to use some of the items inside. We try to cater to our customers beauty preferences, however, we are not able to completely personalize the box. Each month, we select an item for each category (nails, hair, skin, makeup, etc). Sometimes, we have to give all subscribers the same items (e.g. for this month, everyone will receive the same the Emite base primer and the MeMeMe lip glide).

      Gabrielle from GLOSSYBOX

  17. Please correct the info! The Emite primer is NOT full size. It is only worth $12, not $29. The Royal Apothic is full size, and the price is $14. I got these five items. The box’s value is $48.

    • This is really confusing about theses boxes (not just Glossybox).

      They list the value of the full sized item, but you’re getting a smaller size than what’s listed. A lot of times, they don’t even list the size of the sample sent, so you really have no way of nailing down the exact value of the box. In the end, I’m left wondering if the price of the sub was at least equal to what was sent & usable.

      Hoping I get this box, but last month I got a variation of Liz’s. Instead of the body scrub (which is what I REALLY wanted, I got the face mask.

      But still, do I dare say, “For $8.75, totally worth it!” ha, ha, ha!

    • Dea the Royal Apothic is not Full Size either, I loved my lotion so much I went to BB & bought the full size one for 30.00 it’s the size of a large toothpaste. They have them in both scents. I bought the Garden one 🙂

  18. I got the same items. ..the Diamond Heart primer is only 15ml. I estimated the box value around $30. This is my farewell box and this kinda confirms why

    • Hi Ali,

      This months box is valued at $63.50!


      Gabrielle from GLOSSYBOX

  19. I got the exact same products. I’m pretty satisfied with this month’s box, but I do agree that Glossybox has been sending out quite a few creams and lotions recently.

  20. I don’t consider all these lotions and creams valuable. I wish I could find a box subscription with color cosmetics only.

    • BOXYCHARM IS THE BOX FOR YOU!!!!! This month we are getting the full coastal scents smoky eyeshadow palette PUS 3 eye brushes as well as BLINC mascara! FULL SIZED! and some other things – BOXY CHARM IS THE BEST and NEVER disappoints! Always FULL SIZED

  21. I’ve always wanted to try Me Me Me brand!

    • Hello Jen,

      We here at the GLOSSYBOX office are so glad to hear of your excitement for the ME ME ME Lip Glide Pencil! This lip pencil is great for any season. It hydrates and gives you that pop of color needed during these cold winter days!

      Gabrielle from GLOSSYBOX

  22. It’s a nice box from Glossy (see my ashy skin comment from before lol) and it would’ve been nicer if I had taken advantage of the $8 deal 😛

  23. I am another one who is waiting to redeem GiltCity voucher and undecided yet. I have read numerous customer service issues here, so Glossybox needs to step up this year to improve our experiences for sure. I know the deeply discounted GiltCity price will come up every review, but this box needs to look like $21 box, not compared to $10 boxes. I am not sure what other $21 beauty boxes are out there because I can only think of BoxyCharm which I think they constantly deliver over $100 worth of products. What Glossybox can do is use their European leverage to bring us more European brands that are new or hard to get, like this primer and lip pencil this month if values cannot be met. I am ok with the variation so long as everyone’s box is fair in values and variation (such as color or scent). It seems they send out the best variation to bloggers, so I will try not to have high hopes, especially with the voucher. I did a quick research and they sent out this primer and body cream back in November or December to the UK customers. In return they are receiving the light purple eye shadow (the Glossybox brand one) in January… interesting. And I think they send out variations in Europe as well.

    • That’s an interesting observation. That makes me wonder how long the items have been on the shelf.

      • I ordered LE Holiday box and Nuxe body oil had a sticker and behind the sticker, there was a sign “display only, not for sale” on the bottle. My bottle looked new. Maybe they got them for free as their total value was really high. Anyway, I did more research and found out that Glossybox was founded in Germany and currently have 10 locations; US, Canada and the rest of them are in Europe. I saw some reviews from Japan and Spain, but it looks like they ended their services there. Hope they revamp their services/products so that some of us will continue at full price. I think we all want them to do well.

      • I’ve got the same stickers on my Nuxe Oil from the LE Holiday box, too.

    • Hey there Kay,

      Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience with GLOSSYBOX. We appreciate your post, as well as the honest feedback given. I will be happy to take your thoughts to my colleagues and hope we can continue to keep you 100% satisfied with your box.
      Gabrielle from GLOSSYBOX

  24. I have gotten 2 Glossyboxes so far and I agree, they are not particularly exciting but I do use most of the items. The Gilt deal for $8.75 a box makes the value seem very good to me. $21/month is way too much for what you get, in my opinion, and that is why I cancelled my Boxycharm subscription. The Glossybox brand eyeshadow I got last month is AWFUL though, terrible pigmentation and doesn’t last on my lids at all.

  25. I redeemed my point and got for December and waited until end of the year to use my voucher for the next 12 months. I got an email notification saying my box was shipped sometimes last week and I got the box. It was December box. I was thrilled that my box was shipped, I thought I was going to get early now. But nope. My 1st December box doesn’t even have the items from the card they put in but for redeemed points items from web are for the items that wasn’t in the box. So confusing. 2nd December box got eye mask I got in my November box. I ended up with 2 November boxes since I redeemed for points and I got voucher when using for holiday box and instead of giving me for later and canceling for points redemption they sent me 2 same boxes. It was a bit of waste. Now, I don’t know they started counting for my 12 months starting with December but I didn’t redeem my code till end of the year. Is anyone else have same issues as I am? Or just me. I swear they probably are sick of hearing from me. Every months something is not right.

    • the month you applied your voucher is the month’s box that you start with

  26. I have found with subbing to Glossybox since July that none of the boxes ever really excite me- but when I think back I actually use a lot of the products they send me/like them. So I decided to get the Gilt 12 month deal. So once again this box isn’t exciting to me- but I will probably use/like most of it.

  27. This is a great box. Everything looks useful, but nothing is exciting. Also, I don’t understand why they would give a foot cream and body lotion in the same box. Nevertheless, I don’t regret that I will be getting this box, since I will use everything in this box.

    • Hey there Donna,

      The winter months can be extra harsh on the skin. With the Royal Apothic hand cream and -417 foot nourishing cream, your hands and feet will hardly notice the change in the weather!

      Gabrielle from GLOSSYBOX

  28. Glossybox has been my favorite of the three I get (Birchbox and Ispy) but my Nov and Dec boxes were really, really disappointing. If it keeps up, I’ll cancel and try a different one – maybe boxycharm or beautyfix.

  29. I redeemed my Gilt deal a couple of days ago and my box shipped today – super excited to get it! (I need more Glossyboxes for organizing!) The primer alone is worth more than the $8.75 to me, and I would use everything else Liz got, so I’m sure even with variation I’ll be happy.

  30. Everything looks really useful, albeit not really exciting.

    • I agree. The lip pencil’s color looks nice but not something I “need” so I don’t regret canceling at all. In fact, I think I’m going to do what other people said which is wait for spoilers and buy if I want.

  31. I bought the 12 month voucher from Gilt City for only $105 back in Nov. and just redeemed this month. So, this box is great for only $8.75!! 😀

    • I got that deal too and can’t decide if I should redeem it now or wait until Feb. I think it has to be redeemed by Feb 2nd?…
      This box seems pretty good but I wonder what the other variations will be?

      • I was going to redeem till February too, but decided to redeem this month just in case they come out with another great deal for Black Friday again:D

      • Or Cyber-Monday..

  32. About half the box looks really good to me.. so here’s hoping we all get the items we really wanted among the variations!

  33. Why are all the subscription boxes doing foot cream in the winter? I need those products in the spring/summer when my feet are exposed! I will have a nice stash come springtime.

    • Love foot creams. Winter is very drying to skin.

    • I’m actually really grateful for all the hand and foot creams lately because my hands and feet crack, as do my husband’s. We really only need to use them in the winter.

    • My feet are worse in the winter than summer. I’m happy for more.

  34. Seems a bit disappointing, but last month I only had a 60% homology with Liz’s review items, so I’m hoping I’d get a couple of different products this month, too. Thanks for the review!!

  35. I had a six month subscription. Just cancelled
    Isn’t worth $21 a month.

  36. Liz, I’m very new to these subscription boxes (although now I am an addict myself!) but I just wanted to say thank you for your prompt and comprehensive reviews and I LOVE that you dive right into the boxes when you get them, providing us with even more information than just the contents – like the warning that the primer might explode on us if we aren’t careful opening it. I know people praise you and thank you regularly for what you do, but I wanted to pile on to the commendations (and specifically thank you for the explosion warning too!). THANK YOU!!!

  37. I was going to ask about the foot cream scent, then I looked and saw that you mentioned that! I don’t know what it is about foot creams and strong mint smells. I hope that’s in my box; I’m looking forward to possibly trying it, as well as the body cream. Thanks for the review!

  38. Nothing is really excited about this box, but I’ll use everything. Hopefully I don’t get a variation. Excellent value for only $8 though!

  39. I will be thrilled if I get the same products in my box.

    • Hey there Emily,

      We here at the GLOSSYBOX office are so happy to hear you are looking forward to your January box.

      Gabrielle from GLOSSYBOX

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