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GlossyBox Subscription Box Review – May 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 the box during some months. So, there may be some variation between what I review and what you receive.

The Subscription Box: GLOSSYBOX

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

The Products: Deluxe and full-size beauty products.

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

Ships to: US and Canada

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


NIOXIN System 3 Cleanser and Scalp Therapy Conditioner – 1.7 ounce each Value $5 total

This system is designed to remove oils and residues that clog hair follicles. I tried it out last night and I really like the minty scent, and I can’t tell if I’m just expecting my hair to look better, but I swear it looks shinier today!

One thing to note, though – this is designed for thin hair, and my hair isn’t thin. I didn’t notice any difference in volume, either.


Veraspa Face Moisturizing Gradual Tanner – .5 oz total Value $8.75

(Good to know for swaps – inner foil seal)

I’m happy to report that this self-tanner does not have that self-tanner smell! It really doesn’t have a scent at all, and it is gluten free, paraben free, cruelty-free, and noncomedogenic.


Benefit Roller Lash – .1 oz Value $8

I’ve already sampled this mascara from Benefit and I love it! I’m able to build a lot of volume and length without any clumping on the lashes.


Talika Photo-Hydra Day – 1 oz $39.50

(Good to know for swaps – inner foil seal)

(This is listed as $29 on the info card, but based on value per ml, the total I got was $39.50.)

This moisturizer is lightweight, and almost a hybrid gel/cream. I think the formula is great for summer – it absorbed almost instantly with no shine or greasiness. It is scented, though, so if you have issues with scented skincare items, this might not be for you. (I’m pretty particular when it comes to skincare, but the scent didn’t bother me.)

RITUALS Cosmetics Shower Foam in Zensation – 50 ml Value $3.75

I’ve sampled this product before and I like it! It’s a shower gel that transforms into a foam with water. A little goes a long way too, so I should get many uses out of this sample!


 Verdict: This box has a value of about $65. (Or $55 going by the $29 value of the Talika moisturizer.) I think the value is pretty good, and I’ll use every item included, so I’m happy about the curation. Admittedly, this box didn’t look super exciting when I first opened it, but after trying the products, I’m a fan. I wish the value was distributed a little more evenly between the products though – if you don’t like the moisturizer, this will likely not be a great box for you.

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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 | 139 comments

Comments (139)

  1. For anyone interested in this box who lives in Canada.. it looks like they changed whom they ship through.

    Prior to this months box, I never had COD charges on arrival.. this month’s box arrived today with $47.16 CAD COD charge [the mother’s day box arrived with about $15 COD].

    I’ve been getting Glossybox since August 2015 and this month is the first time I’ve had COD charges. Not happy! Hoping I can get out of my annual subscription early.. otherwise I’ll just be refusing shipment until it ends.

  2. So let’s see. I didn’t get the nice serum even though my profile says I’m over 40. I got shampoo and conditioner samples for normal hair despite the fact that my profile says I have color treated hair. I didn’t even get a nice face tanner for my pale skin. I got some more hand cream.
    Last month I got a small bottle of yet another sea salt spray instead of the higher valued and super cute bottle of perfume.
    I’m done.

  3. I feel like I got really lucky with this box. I liked almost everything in it when I first opened it but loved once I tried them out. I got estee lauder supreme global anti-aging creme in a tiny little package (.1 oz) instead of the facial self tanner or the serum. I also don’t have thin or fine hair but the Nioxin sample smells really good and I also kind of willed myself into thinking my hair looked shinier after using it. I won’t know if it’s really working for another week or so. I’m a fairly new subscriber (april) and so far I haven’t been supremely disappointed.

  4. Another HORRIBLE box that I literally threw in the trash. The only product I would have used, the mascara, was completely dried out. Furthermore, my box was “shipped” on May 9, and arrived today, May 23rd. It’s a shame my husband paid the entire year subscription up front….what a waste of money.

  5. great….
    Instead of the self tanner or serum, i got yet ANOTHER sample of Le Source hand cream.
    That’s 3 times now in the last 6 months

    • I’d prefer that to self tanner when I’m already tan ? and the customer service chick was rude.

    • Me too – at least my 2nd time in so many months. I would have loved to have gotten the Adore Cellmax sample, but I’m just happy I didn’t get the tanner. Overall, I’m pretty happy with this month’s offerings.

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