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The Badass Box Subscription Review – Summer 2018

Anna Reilly
ByAnna ReillyJun 13, 2018 | 11 comments

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The Badass Box is a lifestyle subscription box for bold women who love fashion and expressing themselves. To give an idea, the tagline on their about page is "Unabashed. Unapologetic. Uncensored. Unf*ckingstoppable."

Reviewed by popular demand!

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The box is curated by actress Shenae Grimes-Beech (who you may remember from the Beverly Hills 90210 reboot!) and Jessica Totillo Coster.

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About the Badass Box Lifestyle Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: The Badass Box

The Cost: $75.00 per quarter + $8.00 shipping

The Products: Lifestyle, beauty, and fashion accessories for women who like bold, edgy style. Think cool, rocker-chic items and plenty of black!

Ships to: the US only

The Badass Box Summer Box Review

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My box was topped with a handwritten note from Shenae, one of the curators.

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I love how thorough this info booklet is! There are descriptions of the items, prices, info about where to find the brands in question online/social media, and contact info for getting in touch with The Badass Box.

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Perverse Luxe 2 Cat Eye Sunglasses - Retail Value $55.00

I LOVE these sunglasses! Sunglasses are my jam—I have countless pairs, but I'm always game for a new style. These sunglasses feature my favorite color combo—black and gold—and are a great midpoint between round sunglasses and retro cat-eyes. The packaging is really sleek, too. You get a magnet-shut box AND a silky pouch to store them in!

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Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette Neutral Eye Finish, 1.4 g each - Retail Value $65.00

These colors are neutral enough to let me shake up my makeup routine without forcing me to abandon my classically neutral look. I like that the palette pairs a matte shade with a metallic shade to match it (though no two tones are exactly the same). I was impressed by the amount of pigment these colors bring to the table. Some of the lightest colors add more of a finish than a hue to my super pale skin. But I love how easy the other shades were easy to apply and build up.

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iDeal of Sweden Phone Power Bank - Retail Value $54.99

I am so good at losing power banks like this one, mostly because the ones I typically get are on the small side. This one, on the other hand, is about the size of an actual phone. You might not be a big fan of that, based on your needs, but for me, the bigger size is better. I can slide this tool inside the inner pocket of my purse and head out for the day with no need to worry that my phone will run out of battery life. This charger can hold as much as two phone batteries and uses a 2.1A style USB charging port. Oh, and can we talk about the dark blue marble pattern? I love it! I want a bracelet or necklace to match it!

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Kris Nations Lightning Bolt Earrings in Gold - Retail Value $38.00

I love these teeny tiny earrings! The lightning bolt shape is just edgy enough for my personality, but because they're so understated, I could totally wear them to a sophisticated occasion. (Sometimes I feel out of place in super polished work outfits, so wearing these earrings with something like that will help me feel a little more me.) The earrings are 18K gold vermeil and only about a quarter inch big. They're quickly becoming my everyday earrings!

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Pore Perfection Skin Rescue Vitamin Rich Mask by Veise Beauty, 2 oz. - Retail Value $24.00

I have combination skin that leans on the dry side (outside of my annoyingly oily T-zone), and usually, I find clay masks a little too drying on my skin. I don't know if it's because of the addition of the rosehip powder or vitamin C, but I felt like this pale green mask was just a bit gentler than the clay masks I've tried before. It did leave my skin feeling squeaky clean after use. I didn't notice a ton of brightness or change in texture after the first use, but I'm eager to see what happens if I keep using this mask once every week or so.

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Evil Queen Let's Makeout Candle, 12 oz. - Retail Value $20.00

When it comes to home fragrances, I almost ALWAYS prefer traditionally "masculine" smells over frilly, floral scents. This candle is right up my alley with its mix of woody mahogany and teakwood aromas. I love the black color and the sassy name. It's a big candle, too, at 12 oz. I would totally burn this myself or give it as a cheeky gift.

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B. Toffee Canister, 3 oz. -  Retail Value $6.95

Heck yes, chocolate! This toffee is deliciously salty, buttery, and sweet. I'm not typically a toffee fan, just because of how easy it gets stuck in my teeth, but this stuff was surprisingly forgiving. The tin is really cute, presentation-wise, so if I wanted to pass this off to a friend as a gift, it's ready to rock.

The Verdict: I really liked this box, though I think it's important to clarify the genre of "badass" they're aiming for. It's kind of a craft-cocktails-and-skinny-jeans-at-a-trendy-LA-bar kind of edgy. More of an Alexa Chung/Kristen Stewart than a Bjork/Grace Jones, if you see what I'm sayin'. If you're the kind of badass whose dream wardrobe involves bold jewelry and black clothes... from Madewell or Chanel... then I think you'll be pleased with the goodies you get here. I was really happy with the size and quality of the products I got, and I feel like they're a bit more aesthetically my style than what I find in other women's lifestyle boxes (which tend to feature bright colors and traditionally feminine shapes/designs, especially in their spring and summer boxes). The box is on the pricier end of what I usually budget out for a single subscription box, but I do believe the quality (and retail values) of the full-sized products makes the higher price feel valid.

To Wrap Up:

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? No. (Sign up now for the fall box!) But you can still shop for some of the individual items here!

Value Breakdown: This box costs a total of $83.00 ($75.00 + $8.00 shipping), but I received $263.94 in retail value. That means that the proportional price of each item, when purchased via the box, is approximately:

  • Sunglasses - $17.30
  • Eyeshadow - $20.44
  • Power bank - $17.29
  • Earrings - $11.95
  • Mask - $7.55
  • Candle - $6.29
  • Toffee - $2.19

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A lifestyle subscription box for the glamorous badass! Full of fashion accessories, full-size beauty products and lifestyle items carefully curated by actor/blogger Shenae Grimes-Beech and partner, Jessica Totillo! This box is for those who believe style is a vital form of self expression, the har... read more.
Anna Reilly
Anna Reilly
Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she's swooning for all things kawaii!

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Mary K

The Doucce shadows swatched poorly & if they’re like the singles Allure gave out, they probably perform poorly on the eyes. Friends don’t let friends Doucce. 😉 I love the pattern on the power bank but it looks so much like a cell, I know I’d get frustrated grabbing the wrong one all the time. On the plus side, the toffee looks tasty & you have beautiful eyes, Anna!

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Yeah…that is one of the least pigmented palettes I’ve ever seen.

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Like the box but please no more Doucce! It makes the boxes less special since its everwhere! And a bit too pricey! I’m so used to free shipping, as are a lot of people.

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How do they get a way with using Ricky’s Cult logo?

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While everything looks nice and I wouldn’t mind getting these things,nothing screams “I have to have it”. Ecspecially at that price range.

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Sorry but nothing badass or edgy about this box. Seems like another generic “lifestyle”/beauty box in an already crowded space. And the pigment in that palette is terrible – I think one came in a FFF box and the quality was quite subpar.

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There are definitely some things I like about this box – the overall aesthetic that they are aiming for seems a little bit darker than FFF, but in the same wheelhouse of items. They have a good variety of items too, which is nice. The earrings are really cute, and the power bank looks neat.

But…I’m not digging the price tag at all, especially because several of these items feel like those subbox priced items (I’m looking at you especially Doucce palette). The power bank, for as cool as it is, seems crazy expensive compared to similar power banks. Plus the shipping cost is a major turn-off.

It’s always frustrating to see boxes with potential that could use a little bit more research to make them really stand out.

I also am disappointed to see the $65 palette is broken? Anna – did you reach out to CS about that? I’m curious to see how they handled it and it’s not mentioned in the review.

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Michelle Bross

Finally some wearable earrings! I like this box but the price…ouch. The box would really have to wow me. This box was nice but not $83 nice.

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This subscription looks awesome but the price is just outside of my comfort range as well (especially with the extra $8 for shipping). It helps that it’s quarterly but I think it should be in the FFF/Causebox price range.

Also, I’m bummed about power banks I can’t use (with my USB-C phone).

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This box is edgy in the sense that happy rebel is (as in, barely hah). I am ok with it, value seems great and the items are usable and look to be high quality.

Just don’t know why they bother saying uncensored when the most “offensive” thing is the name of the box!

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I love this box!! This is so much more my style than most womens boxes on the market. The price is a little steep for me right now, but I could definitely cave with a good fall spoiler

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