Lola Beauty Box Subscription Review – July 2018
Lola Beauty Box is a monthly personalized box that helps you discover haircare, skincare, and makeup products from emerging to established brands.
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About Lola Beauty Box
The Subscription Box: Lola Beauty Box
The Cost: $21 monthly + free shipping. Discounts are available for longer commitments.
The Products: 4-5 full sized haircare, skincare, and makeup products that are on trend. Each box will have at least a $70 value.
Good to know: Lola Beauty Box offers a loyalty program where you can review the items you receive each month in exchange for points. You can use these points for free beauty products or a free beauty box.
Ships to: US for free and Canada for $5
Lola Beauty Box July 2018 Review
This month features mostly makeup with a little bit of skincare. Let’s check it out:
Each box comes with a card detailing the brands and items included along with the prices and websites for each. This month’s theme is “Sparkle and Shine”.
Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid Shadow in Champagne – Retail Value $26
I’ve been loving metallic shadows lately so I’m excited this is included. The shade is a true champagne shimmer that looks nice alone or as a topper over darker shadows. The shimmer is pretty subtle and not quite as metallic as I’d hoped. But, the staying power is great and it resists creasing all day. Also, one of the benefits of a more subtle shimmer is that it blends well with powder shadows so you can achieve a nice smoked out look.
Aesthetica Cosmetics Jetsetter Contour, Highlight, & Blush Palette – Retail Value $25
This contour, highlight, and blush palette comes with some literature to help you find how to use it to best enhance your features. I really appreciate that since contouring can be intimidating, especially for beginners. The contour is a warm, matte shade that I could easily blend and build. The highlighter is a bit chalky and can quickly become too white on my skin so I use a little at a time for a subtle sheen (great on the eyes though). The best of the bunch is the blush!. It’s a coral tone with gold shimmer that looks gorgeous even if it is the only face product you use. It blends well and stays all day. I think this palette is best suited for light or (maybe medium) skin tones.
I usually steer clear of cleansing bars for my face because they can be too drying and leave my skin feeling tight and uncomfortable. This one is very gentle and suitable for even my dry skin. I like using it to cleanse after I’ve removed my makeup and have been keeping it in the shower because it is great for the body too. This isn’t a full size though. I found it on JuiceBeauty.com as a free sample size. I’m glad I got to try it but I’m disappointed that it is listed with a value of the full-size bar on the info card. I’ve adjusted the value above.
Cinema Secrets Mini Super Sealer Mattifying Setting Spray, 30ml/1oz – $7.13
I just ordered some of the Cinema Secrets’ brush cleaner, which I’ve really been enjoying, so I expected good things from this. I think it’s a pretty good setting spray for my dry skin. I’ve read that some people with oily skin aren’t crazy about it because it can leave a shiny finish. My biggest gripe is that the sprayer doesn’t give that nice fine mist that many setting sprays do. Another product size note: This is the size that is part of the travel kit offered on CS’ site. It is not available for individual purchase as far as I can tell. I’ve adjusted the above value to reflect this.
Doll 10 Beauty Illegaleyes Mascara – Retail Value $20
I like the rich, matte black color of this mascara and the narrow spoolie brush, which allows me to wiggle the wand close to my lashline without injuring myself. It does a good job of lengthening and feathering out my lashes and lasts all day without flaking. I think the packaging is pretty too with the gold foil lettering on cream.
Swatches (from left to right): Wander Beauty Liquid Eyeshadow; Aesthetica Palette contour, blush, and highlighter.
I’m loving that all of the products work well together this month! Here, I’ve layered the Wander Beauty liquid shadow over a medium brown shade that I applied over my lid and into my crease. It gives a nice pop of shine and blends well. Then, I applied a coat of the Doll 10 mascara which did a great job of fanning out my lashes. I used the Aesthetica palette to contour and highlight my cheekbones and the blush to add a flush to my otherwise pale face. Lastly, I misted the setting spray on to help everything meld together and keep me looking fresh throughout the day.
The Verdict: Lola Beauty Box was ok this month. There aren’t any products that I dislike but there also aren’t any that I’m head-over-heels for. I certainly will use everything but I don’t think I’d repurchase. This is the first month I’ve encountered issues with the “full-size” claim. The soap and the setting spray were both great deluxe sizes, but not full-size like you’d purchase on Sephora or another beauty retail site. The total value is coming in at $81.13 which exceeds the $70 or more value promise. I’ve seen some spoilers for August, so I’m hoping to find some products I love!
To Wrap Up:
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Value Breakdown: The box cost $21.00 (with free shipping), and I estimate that the products came to $81.13 in retail value. That means you are spending approximately the following on each item:
- Wander Beauty Liquid Shadow: $6.73
- Aesthetica Palette: $6.47
- Juice Cleansing Bar: ¢.78
- Cinema Secrets Setting Spray: $1.85
- Doll 10 Mascara: $5.18
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