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GlossyBox Limited Edition Karl Lagerfeld Box Review

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanJun 25, 2018 | 47 comments

GlossyBox
3.2 overall rating
483 Ratings | 119 Reviews

GlossyBox is a monthly beauty subscription box. In addition to their subscription, they occasionally do Limited Edtion one-time-purchase boxes. This is a review of their most recent GlossyBox Karl Lagerfeld Limited Edition Box.

FYI – several readers have brought up concerns about comments Karl has made. I’m reviewing this box purely on the contents of the box, but I wanted to call this out, and I also recommend reading the comments from readers before making a purchasing decision. (As always, thank you to MSA readers for keeping us informed!)

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

The Box: Glossybox Limited Edition Karl Lagerfeld Box

The Cost: $35 ($30 for subscribers. Subscribers must use the link in their email to get this discount)

The Products:

  • Blush Brush – Retail Value $31
  • Liquid Liner – Full-Size Retail Value $30
  • Lip Gloss in Ramatuelle (Mini) – Value $15
  • Lip Couture Lipstick in Red (Mini) – Value $15
  • Lip Liner in Red – Full-Size Retail Value $29
  • Baked Blush – Full-Size Retail Value $44

This box comes with a fold-out sheet detailing all the items included:

Now, on to the items!

Karl Lagerfeld + ModelCo Lip Liner in Red – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $29

This bold red glides on easily, has a satin finish, and the pigment is great, too. (Swatched in lower photo.)

Karl Lagerfeld + ModelCo Lip Gloss in Ramatuelle (Mini) – Value $15

This minty lipgloss is high-shine and not too sticky. The pigment is good, too. This Ramatuelle shade is a good neutral for me. (Swatched in lower photo.)

Karl Lagerfeld + ModelCo Lip Couture Lipstick in Red (Mini) – Value Listed $15

This red lipstick pairs well with the lip liner, but it’s not as heavily pigmented as the liner. (It goes on somewhat sheer.) It’s creamy with a matte finish. (Swatched in lower photo.)

Karl Lagerfeld + ModelCo Baked Blush – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $44

I’ve sampled this before thanks to the April Glossybox, and I’m a fan! The formula is a shimmery pale pink. I was worried it would be too sparkly (I mostly stick with matte blushes) but this goes on subtly.

Here it is swatched beneath the lip liner, the lip gloss, and the lipstick:

Karl Lagerfeld + ModelCo Liquid Liner – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $30

As you might be able to tell from the tip of this eyeliner pencil, it’s not going to give you a thin precise line, but if you want a bold thick liner, you are in luck! This is a highly pigmented liquid liner pencil that doesn’t budge once it sets. Here it is swatched:

Karl Lagerfeld + ModelCo Blush Brush – Retail Value $31

I’m always happy to get new makeup brushes in subscription boxes, and this one is fab!

Super soft, dense bristles, and this is perfect for the blush in the box!

Verdict: This box has a value of about $164 That’s amazing for a $35 beauty box! If you love a bold red lip, I’d definitely recommend this box.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes. Buy it here.

What do you think of the Limited Edition GlossyBox?

GlossyBox is a beauty subscription box that sends five deluxe and full-size products to your door every month for $21 (with free shipping to the U.S.). Subscribers should expect to discover new brands of hair care, makeup, and skincare in each pink box, wrapped up nicely with a different theme each ... 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!

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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47 comments

Ash

Firstly this looks cheap, not well thought out and does not look to work for all skin tones. I would love for brands to think about universally friendly colors and products.

Secondly, Karl Lagerfeld is a terrible person, so I wouldn’t spend a cent on something like this.

Cindy Perez

I bought 5 boxes and gave them as gifts to my girlfriends. Can’t beat the price and I come here for subscription box information. I could care less what he said or will say. I also purchased Allure for Kat Von D. Her business is her own and could care less what her stance is on anything. If I like the products I’m all in. I’m not coming here to vote for President because after all look how that turned out. Lol. Great review Liz keep doing what you’re doing. After all it’s because of you that most of us are sub addicts and loving it!

Ingo

I’m sick of the Fake outrage by people, I wonder if they go this hard on any friends or family members who say ignorant things? Now stop expecting companies to be political all the times because they are in the bussines to make Money not to please entitlement individuals.

Amy

Red lipstick and black eyeliner? Groundbreaking.

DawnS

Does anyone realize that these collaborations take months or longer and his comments about the me too thing might have been made after Glossybox had already signed on? He is an eccentric designer who gets more people to buy his collections by saying something controversial. You all have contributed to showing that he has made some kind of impact on you and you know his brand because of it. You feed the fire.
And by no means am I saying he was correct or anything like that. But lets just stop making everything, especially a make up sub box, a political statement. Go for Slut Box if you want politics. I truly believe that Glossybox was not trying to make any political statement, they just were doing a colab with a high fashion name.
I am glad I saw it reviewed. I think the colors are universal even if the packaging might feel a little low end. But that swatch of the lip liner has me tempted to grab one.

Michelle Bross

Hear Hear. You would think the guy was running for office with Kat Von D with all the misogyny comments. Get a Grip Ladies. I’m sure there are more important things to throw all the negative energy into

Anna

I just don’t understand why any LE box would be full of items that anyone that gets sub boxes and beauty boxes has a plethora of, I could go several years and not need an eyeliner, blush or lipstick. At least they weren’t that horrible nude color I guess.

Michelle Bross

What else is there? No eyeliner, blush, or lipstick in a beauty box? Maybe a Beauty Box should start surprising us with ashtrays and toilet bowl Night Lights

Brittany

I mean, there are other colors they could include besides black eyeliner and red/nude lipsticks…. There are also a lot of other types of makeup and skincare beside eyeliner/lipstick/the same light pink shimmery blush

ks

I respect people’s moral stance on various issues but man, y’all have a LONG list of companies to boycott if you don’t want to be involved with Karl Lagerfeld. That man has an enormous impact on the world of fashion.

Cookie

This is true. Kat Von D is an anti-vaxxer. Many companies have started to sell in China which requires animal testing on beauty products. Other smaller companies that practice ethically or use sustainable materials get bought out by larger companies that don’t care about such things.

Pick your battles, I guess.

Flo

I work with survivors of sexual trauma. I don’t think it’s too much to ask that we withdraw financial support and free advertising for men who minimize the results of it. The harm they do is enormous, both in trivializing the effects on victims and normalizing the practice of abuse. I’m disappointed with the decision of MSA.

Emilia

I agree with Jackie – the packaging looks cheap, especially the lipstick: the cap doesn’t stay in place, the bullet is wobbly and the overall impression is indeed that of ELF. Now, I love ELF, but ModelCo charges different prices for the same quality. The lipstick is on the sheer side and not creamy enough for my tastes. The blush I have already received and don’t care for neither. The lip gloss is a ridiculous size along with the lipstick and I don’t wear any – gift pile. The eyeliner will be gifted, as well, as I don’t use these. The brush is good. Now the lipliner was a total shock – it is the best one I’ve ever used. Overall, feels like a $20 box.

Shari

I did not order this box for personal reasons and also because I can not wear red, some of us older ladies look like old ladies of the night wearing red (Not, to insult anyone SOME of us) Red never did suit my skin tone only wear bright pinks or berries.

Michelle Bross

I can’t wear Red because my lips are too thin. It looks terrible on me 🙁
Sometimes I wish I could look like a lady of the night though 😉

LB

Lol. I can’t wear a red lip because I look like a clown.

Pilar

I have never heard of this man before but I read about his comments in early post, so I’m guessing if some readers knew about his controversial comments I’m guessing Glossybox did too and still decided to worked with him. So everyone getting upset about this is being ridiculous because the box is already here and done with.

cookie

I don’t think it’s ridiculous to be upset. You can call or email Glossybox to let them know that you’re disappointed that they chose to work with Lagerfeld. He’s not just sexist (for those who don’t know, among other comments he’s called Adele fat, criticized the #Metoo movement, etc), he’s also made some unfortunate comments about the Holocaust. I think probably half of what he says is just for the sake of shock value and drawing attention, but yeah. I’ll roll my eyes at him, and I won’t buy the box.

Pilar

I dont care about the sexiest comments, but if he said something about Holocaust Survivors then he is foul and should be lock up in a cage.

Michelle Bross

I’m sure they did just fine without you

Jody

I love how the red lipstick looks on the skin. Seeing in the tube I would never have thought to try it. I love the blush as well.

Jackie

Karl Lagerfeld aside –

Something about the makeup looks cheap to me. Like drug store brand packaging maybe? For a lipliner that’s more expensive than most high end brands (Charlotte Tilbury, UD, Makeup Forever, etc.) it looks like it could be from ELF. The little Karl on the blush reminds me of the Barbie/Mac colab and looks silly.

ModelCo isn’t a makeup brand I’m super familiar with besides seeing it in sub boxes, so perhaps that’s why for me this looks super underwhelming.

Melissa

Model Co is a cheap made in china trash brand, so I can’t understand these prices.

Kim Hernandez

Easy pass for me I’m sick of sub boxes catering to pale skinned women then want to turn around and call themselves feminist, none of these colors are a good match for my medium skin tone but that’s a great value for the price.

Ash

I agree with you.

katie

Catering to pale skinned women???

Kim Hernandez

YES! I said what I said!

Michelle Bross

Please. I wouldn’t be caught dead in these colors (pale faced woman here) Red lipstick is a multi skin toned color.

Pilar

I do agree with you about the hypocrisy of feminism as a whole, but the colors in this box would look great on ANYONE because I personally think a bold red lipstick looks good on all skin tones from the pales to the deepest.

Rosemary

I disagree…I have pale skin and these colors would look terrible on me. I don’t think the color selection was based on any skin tone, it’s just a collection of colors that some people will like. I think a lot of these colors would look good on pretty much any skin tone if you liked the look.

Tat

No way in hell.

Nicole

I still don’t think this box should have been reviewed. Although it focuses on the products, it still provides Karl Lagerfeld unnecessary exposure. He is an awful misogynist.

Brandi

I’m okay with it being reviewed. Don’t love the referral link and coupon code on it though. But it’s your site and I’ll respect that you get to do what you want with it.

Liz Cadman

I’ve removed the links + coupon. I had just copied and pasted that info for the review like I always do and didn’t even think about it. Thank you!

Liz Cadman

I appreciate the feedback. We thought about this and since there were multiple requests to review this box from MSA readers, we decided to review. However, I wanted to make sure no one purchased this box without all the info that other readers had brought up, so that’s why I called it out at the very beginning of the review.

Bonnie

Thanks for the review. I come to a site like MSA to check out sub boxes, not political opinions. We can all make our own decisions about what to buy based on our beliefs and those represented by the companies and creators that produce boxes. I feel MSA should be as impartial as possible and review the product. Good call.

Michelle Bross

You can’t please everyone thanks for the review

Kelly

Absolutely right to do the review. Thanks Liz.

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