Lola Beauty Box Subscription Review – January 2019
Lola Beauty Box is a monthly personalized box that helps you discover haircare, skincare, and makeup products from emerging to established brands.
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.)
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.
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Lola Beauty Box January 2019 Review
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:
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.”
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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