Lola Beauty Box Subscription Review – January 2019


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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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This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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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 January 2019 Review

contents outside of box

This month features makeup, skincare, and nail products. One of them is not listed, so I’m assuming it is a bonus item. Let’s check it out:

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Each box comes with a card detailing the brands and products included along with the prices and websites for each. This month’s theme is “Beautiful Year to Shine.”

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Pure Cosmetics Rose Gold Three-Dimensional Fiber Lash Mascara Set – Retail Value $30

I’m not really a multi-step lash girl, but I was excited to try this pretty rose gold set. Two tubes are included – a tube of black fibers and a tube of black lengthening mascara with lash serum in it. The fibers are dry and need to be applied to lashes coated with wet mascara to stick. Thankfully, they don’t fall everywhere while applying. The mascara has a mousse-like texture and a nice, big brush. You have to be careful to get excess product off of the tip before applying or there will be a mess. I can’t say I love the mascara formula on its own, but I did notice a difference when I added the fibers. Some before and after photos are below:

before mascara dup 1

after mascara duo 1

Top: naked lashes

Bottom: I applied a coat of mascara to each side. Then on the left side only, I dabbed some fibers onto my wet lashes, let it dry, and applied a last coat of mascara to seal them in.

before mascara dup 2 after mascara duo 2

Top: naked lashes

Bottom: Same as above. While the mascara alone isn’t that impressive (right side), the addition of the fibers (left side) really adds some volume and length. I’m just not a fan of any clumpiness, so I don’t think I’ll be using this set for normal days.

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Bang Beauty Eyeshadow Brush – Retail Value $15

I’m kinda scratching my head on the value of this eyeshadow brush. I don’t think it’s as good as some of my brushes that cost half of what this one does. The synthetic bristles are long and packed into a cylinder that works for applying color directly to the crease, but won’t work for blending since they aren’t fluffy at all. The short length is good for travel and fits into my makeup bag easily. This isn’t a bad brush, it’s just not worth $15 in my opinion.

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Doucce Luscious Lip Stain in Red Glimmer – Retail Value $28

I really like the berry-mauve shade of this liquid lipstick. It smells like icing and applies easily with the doe-foot applicator. The quick dry formula doesn’t feel sticky, dries down super matte, and only transfers a little from the inner part of my lips. I find my lips feeling dry after an hour or two and while the included gloss does infuse my lips with some moisture, it also causes the lip color to transfer and feather a bit. Also, I feel like my tube of gloss didn’t have much in it when I opened it.

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Measurable Difference Brilliantly Bronzed Collection – Retail Value $18

I’m coming right out and saying it – this collection is not for me. At first glance, the shades look pretty and I like that there’s basically a full look in this box. But, the shadows are not buildable and have barely any pigment. The bronzers, on the other hand, are SO pigmented that it’s nearly impossible to blend them out. Besides the lip color washing me out, it is goopy and sits on top of dry areas and settles into lines. Not a win. In the above look, you can see that the eyeshadows are hardly visible and that, even with excessive blending, I have an orangey perimeter around my face.

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NCLA 7-Free Luxury Nail Laquer in I Been Drinkin’, 13.3ml – Retail Value $16 (on sale here for $10)

This nail polish is 7-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. The color is bright coral that is going to be perfect for summer; I love this shade on my toes. Two coats give full coverage and a smooth finish but I still recommend a top coat for max shine and durability.

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Bonus (?): Juice Beauty Green Apple Cleansing Bar, 34g Travel-Size

So, I think this must be a bonus item this month. I can’t find this particular bar on sale anymore (even in full-size), so I’m thinking that it has recently been phased out of Juice’s lineup. I’ve tried it before and this one performs the same, so I’m not worried about an expired product here. It leaves a squeaky clean feeling that is a bit too much for my face but perfect for cleaning makeup brushes and sponges. I also think it’s great for hands and body for an invigorating clean.

The Verdict: Lola Beauty Box sent some interesting products this month. I’m not wowed by anything, but I like the nail polish and the lip color part of the Doucce lip kit. I’m not a fan of the eyeshadow brush and the palette was totally underwhelming. I’m happy to have received a bonus item, but I’m not counting it in the overall value. As promised, all of the listed items are full size and the retail value exceeds $70. While this month might not be a winner for me, maybe some subscribers enjoyed the products. Let me know what you thought in the comments!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? If you sign up today, your first box will be the February box.

Value Breakdown: The box cost $21.00 (with free shipping), and I estimate that this box had $107 in value. The cost of each item breaks down to the following:

  • Pure Cosmetics Mascara Set – $5.89
  • Bang Beauty Eyeshadow Brush – $2.94
  • Doucce Luscious Lip Stain – $5.50
  • Measurable Difference Brilliantly Bronzed Collection – $3.53
  • NCLA 7-Free Luxury Nail Laquer – $3.14

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Written by Tiffany Waldorf

Tiffany Waldorf

Tiffany found out about subscription boxes from a friend who followed MSA. The curiosity started with mystery beauty boxes and grew into an addiction from there. Beauty, clothes, home…she loves the sight of a subscription box in the mail.

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19 Comments

  1. Lola beauty box has horrific customer service. I had leaky masks that were destroyed. I sent pictures like they asked and didn’t hear back. Since they ignored me, I asked to cancel FOUR TIMES via email and was still charged! No phone number or address (that should be illegal). I’m disputing it through my credit card now.

    Awful awful company who is mean to customers.

  2. Is their shipping generally slow? I subbed to this box late February, tracking shows a label was created 02/21, but it still hasn’t been picked up. I was then charged on 02/26 for a second box that has yet to be sent.

    Is this normal for Lola?

  3. This was the last box I got by lola. Over the last few months they havent wowed me with any products. Actually quite the opposite with broken or kissing products and poor customer service. I cancelled lola and started with Slayglambox. Last month was there first ever box and killed it and the spoilers for upcoming are killer. Plus great customer service

  4. The nail polish and the soap are definite winners. The doucce looks like it might be good. but not interested in that palette or the mascara all. Decent box but can’t add on any more subs.

  5. You are always glowing girlfriend! Gorgeous….loving.

  6. Thank you for an honest review, us readers really appreciate them!

  7. Measurable difference palettes are literally like 3 dollars at Marshall’s lol. I bought a few out of town when my luggage didn’t arrive and took hours and I needed a look the pigments were so poor lol

  8. Tiffany you are too kind! I WAS a Lola subscriber. When I saw the contents of this box I immediately cancelled. I think they should be embarrassed to have released this array of items to be honest. Your review just reinforced my opinion.

    To Nina, I am not familiar with every one of the boxes you listed but I subscribe to Look Fantastic and I am happy with that so far, especially for skincare. I would recommend that over Lola any day. Hope that helps!

    • I agree. I have loved all my Lola boxes except this one. This was horrible. The mascara set had like carpet fibers – I felt like I was putting dust on my eyes, and the palette was horrendous. I didn’t cancel, because most subs have one bad apple a year, and I’m glad I didn’t, since the next one was right back up to par. But this one just sucked.

  9. I just signed up for this sub and have yet to receive a box. I’m wondering if I should exchange this box for another to add to my rotation. The only ones I don’t have are Yes Oh Yas, Look Fantastic, Sweet Sparkle, Glow Addict, Glitz Glam and Luxe Box (Top Box bi-monthly box) Any suggestions on which of these boxes are best?

    • I love yes oh yas. I’m down to 3 subs now. Ipsy, yoy and new beauty test tube. Ipsy might not be around much longer if they keep sending me lip liners and brow pencils.

      • Lol ya, I’m definitely on overload of some products. I’ll check out YoY. I’ve been checking out the unboxings on YouTube.. it does look pretty good! I’ve just gotten off the waitlist for Ipsy Glam Bag Plus.. hopefully it’s as good as I keep hearing!

      • I don’t know if you realize that Ipsy will let you opt out of 2 kinds of products, not colors though. I am opted out of all highlighters and bronzers and have been re-assured that I will never see them in either my GBP or regular bag.

    • Look fantastic!! Hands down…

    • I canceled YOY. They rarely met the promised value of the bag and their C.S. is lackluster to say the least. I’ll rejoin if they work the kinks out. I’d like to see them be successful but they need to work on a few things. Have you tried Tribe? I enjoy them. While they can’t promise as huge of a value as GBP, the owner truly cares about and interacts with her subscribers.

      • Yup I love Tribe! Wish it wasn’t bi-monthly!

    • Don’t waste your time on Luxe box. Samples are often small & things you can get for free. Look Fantastic is UK based so they have a lot of different brands & do include some great products. It’s worth the price but check the reviews so you know what to expect. Yes Oh Yas has had customer service problems from the start & their product quality isn’t the best. Also wouldn’t stick with Lola. I was a big fan for several months & then they sent out a box with two broken items & I couldn’t get any response from their CS. Ended up disputing through my credit card & received a full refund.

      • Luxe is over for US subscribers anyway. They emailed us and said March will be our last one, that they are shutting down the US box.

    • I am not familiar with some of the boxes you mention, but really if you want makeup the heavy hitters are Boxycharm (and expecially BoxyLuxe) and the Ipsy Glam Bag Plus.

      If you want skincare, then the best ones are BeautyFix and New Beauty Test Tube.

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