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Rachel Zoe Box of Style Fall 2018 Review + $25 Coupon

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanSep 6, 2018 | 64 comments

CURATEUR
3.2 overall rating
257 Ratings | 66 Reviews

The Rachel Zoe Box of Style from The Zoe Report is a subscription box from Rachel Zoe. Each box includes a hero item which is revealed before boxes ship, and other fashionable items and accessories, plus a few beauty products and styling tools, too. I am a huge fan and love her taste, so this is one of my favorite style subscription boxes!

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

The Subscription Box: Box of Style by The Zoe Report

The Cost: $99.99

Use coupon code FALLAFF25 to save $25 off your first box!

The Products: Every season Rachel and her team will hand-curate more than $400 of our favorite fashion, beauty and lifestyle items.

Ships to: US, Canada, the UK, and Australia

Check out all of my Box of Style reviews!

The box comes with an info booklet with Rachel’s styling tips, and a letter from her introducing the box.

   

(And this booklet also includes coupon codes for some of the brands featured in the box.)

Now, on to the items!

Cleobella Sevigny Capelet in Bordeaux – Retail Value $228

This is an exclusive design for Box of Style members. Subscribers can pick between this color or a solid black version.

The fabric is 100% Acrylic, hand wash recommended.

Here it is on:

It features four pom tassels, and the knit is medium weight.

The sleeves are closed, so laying flat this capelet would look like a rectangle. Here is a better look at the sleeve:

This is one of those items that are perfect to pull on over any outfit when I’m cold (which is always.)

B-Low The Belt Camille Wrap Belt Exclusive – Retail Value $70

This belt is available in two size options for subscribers:

  • S/M: 47″ long
  • L/XL: 55″ long

It’s made from 100% vegan leather with metal yellow gold rings. Here it is on with the capelet:

I’m still trying to master this belt style, but the suggestions in the booklet were super helpful!

What do you prefer: open capelet or belted?

Ettika Chloe Tassel Necklace Exclusive – Retail Value $80

This is an 18K gold-plated necklace with crystal accents.

This necklace measures 15 inches long, or 19 inches at the longest setting.

Here it is on:

I love delicate gold jewelry, so this piece is perfection for me. I love the crystal sparkle, too.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum – Retail Value $79

I’m always very happy with Rachel’s skincare brand choices for the Box of Style, and this is another fabulous selection.

This serum is ingredient-conscious and designed to improve skin texture, dark spots, and dry skin. The milky formula smells lovely and absorbs almost immediately.

I’m thrilled that we get the full-size version in this box! I need to see results before I spend $$$ on skincare, and this should give me enough time to test it out.

(And with coupon code FALLAFF25 you can get this entire box for $74.99, so if you were planning on buying this serum, you can get it at a discount, and get everything else for free!)

Beauty Pie Über Volume Boost Mascara – Retail Value $24

Beauty Pie is one of those brands I’ve been wanting to try (members pay $10 a month to get makeup and skincare products at deep discounts compared to what those products would be at retail cost.)

This mascara has great lash separation and the black is nice and bold. The volume isn’t as intense as I like (tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara is my go-to for volume), but this is fab for a more natural, everyday look.

And Beauty Pie included a coupon to get a free trial membership:

Verdict: This box has a retail value of $481. That’s fab for $99.99! Even better with their $25 coupon! I am SO over summer, so this cozy fall box was great for me, and I think the Caudalie full-size serum is such a win for one of the beauty items! (And if you aren’t going by retail values, this breaks down to $19.99 an item, or $14.99 an item with the FALLAFF25 coupon.)

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, as of publication, this box was still available!

Use coupon code FALLAFF25 to save $25 off your first box!

What do you think of the Fall Box of Style? Which capelet color did you pick?

CURATEUR (formerly Box of Style) is a luxury subscription service curated by designer Rachel Zoe and delivered 4 times a year. Each seasons box contains at least 5 statement staples (fashion, beauty and lifestyle) valued at over $400, curated to elevate your everyday look. Seasonal subscriptions are... 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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64 comments

Rochelle

Liz, I’m having problems with comments not posting on the site- it’s so frustrating. This probably won’t post either so I’m not going to type much this time lol. Please help!

Rochelle

Hi Liz, I posted a long comment and it’s not showing up. It happens to me frequently after I type a comment on the site & has happened a few times in the last week. I’m not posting any links or names of other sites, swear words or anything like that. As you can imagine, it’s pretty frustrating to waste the time & effort.

Could you tell me what causes a comment not to post so I can avoid it ever happening in the future? That would be very helpful, thank you!

Rochelle

I’m not sure if anyone is still following this thread, but I have a question about the necklace if anyone could help?
I swapped for two and one was perfect but one just arrived with dirty/discoloration/dark spots on some of the gold tassels at the bottom. I’m wondering if this one is used or if anyone else received their necklace like this? This one wasn’t packaged exactly like the first one which could just mean it was taken out to look at, which is fine, of course. I believe the first one was new/never opened at all and still packaged the exact way it was shipped.
If anyone has any input, I’d appreciate it…I’d hate to tell the swapper it looks used if some of them shipped out like that.

Thanks for any help anyone can give!

Kristi

Guys, I want the fall box now and it’s too late. I thought I heard that they sell the old boxes on some other websites. Does anyone know where I can buy one?

Amanda

Love the belted look, and your boots are gorg!

Tiffany Gilbert

Does anyone know how long it takes for new subscriber boxes to ship? I just signed up and would love to have an idea. Thank you!

Michelle

They told me 2 weeks from your payment date. I think now that they have everything together that should be accurate (they initially had a delay because the belt got caught up in customs).

Kim

Well I think that my favorite items include the add on items of the envelope clutch, Rachel Zoe earrings and cult nail polish. All of those items were high quality and fall like!
The serum us lovely!
Belt…. I will wear it! Would be better if it were leather in my opinion…
Necklace super cute! I wore it once and it broke on the clasp. Very fragile….
Cape! I ordered the black. First I took off tassels. Then it was soooo large that I cut it down the middle in the back, cut out about 6 inches and sewed it back together. Now it fits better! But I must say it’s still not as flattering as I thought it would look. Well, next step to make some pillow covers with the fabric and tassels!

amyr

I got the box for $50. It arrived today. I am 5 feet tall and it is so long and drapes around me twice. I like it better than that poncho thing FFF had last fall.

I love the necklace and the belt is way better than I anticipated.

I got my $50 worth. But it is certainly not a box of “style” on me. There should be two size options. S/M and M/L/

I got the small belt and it is huge on me but I think I can do something with it.

PopSugar’s fall box was a lot better than this one.

I doubt Rachel Zoe and her home girls wear acrylic in real life.

Vickie

Were you able to get the add ons when you rejoined? Wonder if this code still works?

pb

fine print says code is good through Oct 31 midnight PST

Cindy Keen

$50 that’s awesome was there a special deal?

Veelee

I got a code in email to resubscribe. REJOIN50

Nikki

Okay, something seems seriously off here – the first time I ordered BOS was winter 2016 and cancelled afterwards since I just wanted the one box. My necklace was defective and the lipstick had stuck to the lid, so I contacted CS. Long story short, it took them almost THREE MONTHS to admit fault and send me a new necklace and lipstick. They promised me a complimentary gift for the delay, but I never received it. Didn’t really mind since I was just happy to have the actual box items.
Fast forward to now, I liked the spoilers of this fall box and decided to sign up. Received my box today and guess what? The Caudalie leaked everywhere and my box was missing both the necklace AND the mascara.
I’m almost scared to contact CS now… what’s wrong with this company’s quality control??

Jacki

Hmm they have taken away the ability to change credit card info. How convenient. There is no way to prevent them from billing over and over long after a cancellation has been requested. Guess if they bill me in November, I’ll wait until they ship to contact my bank. Surely they’ll stop sending boxes they can’t collect for at some point.

MissJ

Careful. They can dispute chargebacks and win since you have the product.

Jacki

Actually, the law is on my side. Unsolicited merchandise is considered a gift with no obligation to return the items or pay for them. It’s fraudulent to charge me for something I didn’t order.

Janine

Got my box today, was excited about opening it up but my excitement quickly fizzled after I took a look inside the box… the Caudalie leaked EVERYWHERE, my capelet was the wrong color (I chose black and got sent the bordeux) and my mascara looked like it had been used in the World Cup, the box was totally smashed in and the brush was hanging out of the tube. So disappointed, hopefully BOS can fix it 🙁

Tc

I still haven’t received my Box?? Is anybody else having this problem? I ordered it on August 30th?? I’m getting very upset.

Tlc

For $50 off use REJOIN50

Michelle

@Liz can you say how you wrapped the capelet? I just got my box today in the mail and it’s kind of disappointing how lost I get in the fabric. I tried to belt it exactly as you did and no mater what the capelet flares awkwardly at my hips, which makes it look like I have pillows stuffed in my hips! Please help with styling tips, I got this box mostly because of how wonderful the capelet looked on you, and now it’s all kind of crumbling! 🙁

Jacki

I’m not Liz but this is what I do. Start with the cape on with the belt a bit loose. Reach behind you with both hands. Take ahold of the fabric about 5 inches from the center at belt height with each hand. Pull this section out to flatten while tucking the extra fabric behind. You can adjust the front by overlapping the wrap or pleating there too. This will pull most of the extra material away from your hips. Once you have it adjusted, tighten the belt

BB

I bought the box but haven’t received it. I emailed them over a week ago and I keep getting automated messages ” We are extremely busy and will get back to you as soon as possible” type non- message messages.

Has anyone else had problems communicating with their CS dept. and receiving their box? This is getting to be a concern.

Thank you!

BB

I sent a third message saying that it has been almost 30 days since I placed my order and I am preparing to contact my card company for a chargeback.

As usual with sub boxes, this did get a response from a live person. They say the box has been stuck in the warehouse since the 17th.

If you have a long shipping delay like I’ve had, you might try the wording I used. Also, in the drop down menu, select Missing Items in my box ( because the entire box is missing) instead of ” General Inquiry”.

Good luck to all who are still waiting on their boxes with me.

Tc

Yes! I haven’t received my box either and no communication from them either! I’m am also getting very concerned.

Jodie

Did Rachel sell the box? That would explain a lot! I did discontinue my sub in May finally. I was a charter subscriber too., I love Rachel and her clothing designs, love her style. I loved the box last year even but it has declined. I do like the cape in the pattern, but I hate acrylic! So I’m not looking forward to it if it’s itchy… I am a higher end shopper so I hate to see that in her box! I also know now that it literally goes on sale EVERY. Single. Time. So I waited to buy it and it’s one of the reasons I cancelled my annual subscription there is literally zero incentive to stay an annual subscriber. With most of them now! PopSugar either I cancelled my annual there too….and I miss the monthly box… I enjoyed it

Sonia

This is what it’s on the internet. They are in the middle of the transition.
“ The acquisition includes the Zoe Report’s 2 million email subscribers.
The Zoe Report, the style website founded in 2009 by Hollywood stylist Rachel Zoe, has been acquired by Bustle Digital Group, the news and culture site aimed at millennial women”

Kim

Box of Style has always been my favorite. This time around has been mixed. The capelet is underwhelming. It is 100% acrylic and feels like it. It is shapeless (which I get since it has to fit a huge range of bodies), but even when I tried to style it with the belt, I wasn’t impressed. It is does not look or feel high end. I got the black one. Maybe the patterned one is better. The necklace is not bad. It feels like something I could pick up at Loft or Ann Taylor, though. Not terribly impressed with the belt, but it is better than I expected (I got the b-low the belt offering in the FFF box last year, and this one is indeed different and the buckle is large and heavy in the hand). I guess I can always use mascara, but I have plenty on my own. I am looking forward to the face serum. I have always really enjoyed the higher end skin care that comes in the BOS. The Kate Somerville moisturizer from the last box has been great! In general, my thoughts about this box are this: The exclusive collabs for the box feel like they are likely lower end than the retail “price” suggests (though we’ll never know since the box exclusives are not in stores). It feels sort of like when brands have “outlet” versions that trade on the prestige of the brand, but the quality is lower. This box feels redundant to previous BOS and, sadly, other subscription boxes that are at a lower price point (like FFF). I was so inspired by BOS last year, so I renewed my subscription at full price. The Fall 2018 box is a “miss” for me. Last year, the items seemed unique and ahead of the curve. I really want the Box of Style to succeed and hope that Winter hits it out of the park.

Lydia

That’s two clothing items in a row from this box that make me look like a little girl trying on my mom’s wardrobe (I’m 5’2″ and don’t have very long arms). I’m so sad they don’t work for me (a petite option would be awesome!) because I loved the style for both of them and would have worn them all the time! I was planning to renew my yearly membership but I’m going to have to cancel.

Anne

I’d really wanted to buy this, but I’m glad I held off because I just got a coupon in my email for $50 off to resubscribe!
I got the similar Fab Fit Fun belt in a mystery bundle this season and not only is it simpler (one ring so less pretty to close) but it only came in one length, which is too short for me to wear with a nice tail as is meant.

I love this curation! I need a new serum and mascara, the cape looks like it’s fabric I wouldn’t be embarrassed to go outside in (like other sub box wraps) and I am really pleased the company bothered to offer two sizes on the belt.

The necklace is pretty too!

Elizabeth Yutzy

I finally took the plunge and got BOS, I have been a FFF annual member since 15 and am at the point where I only keep the box for the add ons. My bar for the BOS was above the FFF but I was blown away with this baby. From packaging (the sleak black and white) to the product, I feel like this one box is worth my entire annual FFF sub. This necklace is nothing like the quality of a FFF, this is solid, looks and feels much more high end. And for those comparing the FFF belt to this one, let me just stop you right there, not even in the same ball park. From start to finish this is truly a lux his worth every penny$!!!

Kim

So when is this box shipping?

joanne

I agree that’s a box of style has gone downhill The cape looks cheap something you could find at Marshall’s or Ross it used to be a great buy now it’s just Something get at a bargain basement. Time to cancel I’m disappointed the boxes to be so great and I look forward to receiving it

Faith

I just wrote to C/S asking that this capelet not be described as 1) knit, and 2) reversible. It’s woven acrylic with an unfinished seam (not even serged) which makes it wearable on one side only. Definitely not worth the claim of retail value.

Lacy

I cancelled this box and just noticed a charge on my credit card. No no no.

nonya

This happened to me as well as so many others in May. Had to get my bank involved to get my money back since customer service was nonresponsive. There is a reason they have an “F” BBB rating.

Kristin

Did you get an email confirmation after you requested to cancel where they acknowledged your cancellation request?

Dahlia

I canceled box of style, but actually love the cape, belt, and necklace. I will wait for this box to go on sale 🙂

Christina

It’s sad what happened to this box. Used to be such high quality, personalized picks that clearly seemed to come from RZ herself. Now just seems like the usual bargain bin, Marshalls quality, cut rate stuff you get from the usual Popsugar/Nina Garcia Quarterly bargain bin monthly boxes that eventually go out of businesses. I mean the last thing we all need is another polyester ill fitting cape that went out of style years ago. Someone mentioned that she sold her box – is that true?

I used to be a yearly subscriber from the beginning but I cancelled my sub. I imagine this box will go out of business soon like the others that have gone this way.

Jules

Sadly, I have to agree. I miss the old days when the boxes were higher quality. I don’t even see myself using much of this. The serum is average, at best.

JGirl76

I definitely would purchase IF the necklace were silver or rose gold. But it’s not so I guess I just saved some money…..

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