Mission Cute Subscription Box Review + Coupon – October 2016
MissionCute is a monthly subscription box of cute items for your home and wardrobe, including finds from indie businesses. What’s more, they donate 50% of their proceeds to a different charity every month.
MissionCute recently started offering a mini box subscription, in addition to their regular box. The regular box is now called their “deluxe box.”
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
This review is of the MissionCute Deluxe, $39 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: MissionCute Deluxe Box
The Cost: Deluxe Box: $39/monthly, $108/3 months, $198/6 months, and $348/12 months. Their other box, the Mini Box, is $20/monthly, $57/3 months, $108/6 months, or $204/12 months. Shipping is free!
COUPON: Save $10 off your first box with code MISSIONTEN!
The Products: The Deluxe box includes 4-6 hand-curated items. The Mini box includes 2-3 hand-curated items.
Ships to: US
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
The MissionCute Deluxe box includes an info card listing each item and its value.
On the back of the card, MissionCute shares a little bit about the month’s featured charity. This month, it’s Operation Smile, which helps low and middle-income children born with cleft lips or palates get the care they need.
Full Hands, Full Heart 16oz Plastic Travel Mug – Listed Value $14.00
If you couldn’t tell from the items listed on the card, this box includes a few items to help you celebrate what a friend of mine calls “pumpkin spice culture.” It all starts with this travel mug, which has a cute quote on it in a pretty grape-colored script. I like purple as an outside-the-0rdinary fall color (I get bored with all of the orange and tan I see this time of year).
The mug has a screw-on top with a hinged closure on the lid. It’s super lightweight plastic, so it won’t crack if you drop it on the go. That said, I wouldn’t trust it in a microwave or dishwasher. MissionCute prices this item at $18.00, and while lots of Etsy sellers have similar items for sale between about $10-$20, the price still feels steep to me. Something about the weight and quality makes it feel more like a promotional item than a handmade find.
Moe + Co. Adjustable Silver Braid Ring – Listed Value $19.00
Okay, so this one isn’t pumpkin spice themed, but it will make your hand look glam as you’re holding your mug! I looked around the internet, but I couldn’t find Moe + Co. (apart from a hair salon in Australia). MissionCute prices this ring at $19.00, but again, I’m skeptical. It’s pretty, but I just didn’t feel like the quality was there. Equivalent styles I found were closer to $10.00, which feels a bit fairer.
The ring is silver in color, but the metal itself is likely something of lesser quality. It fit a little loose on my size 7 finger, but I found that you can squeeze the sides of the ring together to adjust it. The “braid” design is pretty and versatile, and I could see it being a piece that I turn to in a pinch to finish an outfit.
Here it is on the other side. Once you start adjusting, I’ll admit it’s hard to get the two sides to line up right (you can see that mine are a little off-center). It’s nice to be able to adjust the ring to fit, though!
Pumpkin Spice Soap by JustNeem, 4.2 oz – Value $4.76
If you couldn’t guess from the rich pumpkin-pie color, this puck of soap smells delightfully of pumpkiny, fall spices. What I really liked about this item is the story behind the company—JustNeem makes products using natural ingredients like the Neem tree, which they grow alongside their partners in Mauritania, West Africa. In doing so, JustNeem seeks to provide economic stability as well as restorative body products.
Gold and Pumpkin Necklace – Listed Value $12.00
I love this little necklace! Now, MissionCute calls this a “Gold and Pumpkin” necklace… a little bit of a stretch to keep up with the pumpkin spice theme, but it’s all in good fun. These seed beads are a vibrant shade coral orange, and they lay just below choker length.
MissionCute lists the price of this necklace at $12.00, which I think is fair. Lots of similar necklaces I found, like this one on Etsy, are a little bit more expensive, but they also have more strands of beads. For what this piece is, in terms of quality, I think the price here is perfectly fair.
Dream Big 5 x 7 Print – Listed Value $9.00
I know dreamcatchers are a big trend, but I’m not super into them. That said, I do like the colors and watercolor style of this print. MissionCute prices this item at $9.00, but similar pieces go for around $5.00. I feel like the less expensive price might be more accurate, as it’s on cardstock, rather than something more substantial and it’s not framed or anything.
Manna Kadar Radiance Bronzer/Highlighter Duo – Value $21.00
I’ve seen this brand in a couple subscription boxes now, and I have to say I like it a lot. While I’m not big on contouring, these colors work just as well as an eyeshadow duo as they would on cheekbones. They’re highly pigmented with plenty of shimmer (but not so much that you feel like a teenager wearing them). They’re subtle on me, too. Did you notice the swatches on my hand?
My only thought is that, if these colors don’t complement your skin tone, they probably aren’t very fun!
Manna Kadar has a similar sized pan that’s $21.00 on her site, but it’s packaged differently (a twist-off top instead of the compact). I’m a little suspect as to whether the one I have is a slightly smaller sample, in which case $21.00 might be a bit much. But the quality is equivalent to other name-brand cosmetic products you’d find at makeup stores, so I could also see that price being on the money.
Haribo Bears, 2 oz. – Value $0.83
MissionCute didn’t mention this treat in their list! I’m too old for trick or treating, so I’m grateful to receive some Halloween sweets in this box.
Verdict: This MissionCute box definitely got me excited for fall. I like that they covered pumpkin spice season and even threw in a Halloween treat for good measure. I do struggle with some of the prices, though. I think the quality of the mug, ring, and print, in particular, didn’t feel quite up to what MissionCute suggested. The value of the box that I found was about $68.00, which still feels super high for what’s inside. Most of that value comes from the bronzer/highlighter, but I wish the value was spread more evenly throughout the box. That’s likely enough to breach the $39.00 price, though. And remember, much of that money goes to a worthy cause!
Did you like the fall finds in this MissionCute Deluxe Box?