GlossyBox Subscription Review – October 2019


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Glossybox October 2019 beauty subscription box review

GlossyBox is a monthly beauty subscription box. They have the best packaging in the business, their products are usually a deluxe size or full-size, and the value is usually good too.

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.)

FYI: GlossyBox sends out multiple variations of the box during some months. So, there may be some variation between what I review and what you receive.

About this Monthly Beauty Box

The Subscription Box: GLOSSYBOX

The Cost: $21 a month. Save with longer subscriptions.

The Products: Deluxe and full-size beauty products.

Ships to: The US for free and Canada for $5.00

GlossyBox October 2019 Review

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    Each box comes with a fold-out card detailing the items included.

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      Also included were two promo cards for Naked Wines. Curious about this wine club? I have all the deets for you!

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        John Masters Geranium & Grapefruit Body Wash, 2 fl oz – Estimated Value $6.00 (Buy a full-size 8 fl oz for $24.00)

        This stuff smells so good! A mix of citrus and herbal geranium, it is bright and complex. It also has the benefit of being a totally unisex sort of fragrance, so anyone can use and appreciate it. The number one ingredient on the list is aloe, so you can imagine how moisturizing it is. I still felt thoroughly clean after rinsing it off and appreciated how soft it left my skin.

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          John Masters Geranium & Grapefruit Body Milk, 2 fl oz – Estimated Value $6.00 (Buy a full-size 8 fl oz for $24.00)

          This coordinating body milk is perfect for layering on after you finish your shower with the body wash. Although it is specifically called “milk” it is thicker and creamy, like most body lotions. It was also quick-absorbing and left my skin feeling moisturized and soft.

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            Bellapierre Pro Concealer Palette, 15 g – Full Size! Retail Value $27.82 (€25.00)

            I never seem to have much luck with this brand, which seems to be a subscription box darling. I was pleasantly surprised that this palette was actually light enough for me to utilize, though this doesn’t bode well for many people who don’t consistently buy the palest shade of foundation on the shelf. I also suffer from redness, so I have found that green-tinted concealers really help me out. While the shades worked well for me, I did find this formula a little cakey on my face, but I do have larger pores and extra texture that I am working to smooth out with my skincare routine.

            This is a great palette for fairer skin.

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              Illamasqua Mini Hydra Veil, 7 ml – Retail Value $9.00

              I have tried this gel before, and even though I prefer a balm or cream, it is still a nice product and the packaging is downright sexy! It only takes the smallest amount to coat your face and the hydration benefits are immediate. It did a really great job of evening out my skin texture and making my foundation last a bit longer throughout the day.

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                SKIN&CO Roma Truffle Therapy Polishing Micro-Exfoliating Truffle Face Gommage, 30 ml – Estimated Value $5.60 (Buy a full-size 150 ml for $28.00)

                Honestly, this reminds me of a much gentler and fancier version of cult favorite St. Ives Apricot Scrub. Love that OG skin scrub or hate it, gentle exfoliation is always a good thing for your skin. A gommage is a much gentler version of most physical scrubs that binds to impurities on your skin and buffs them away. I usually associate them with that “pilling” action that many have. I used this on dry, clean skin, applying a nice amount and letting it dry for a few minutes (though the instructions did not specify to do this. I just know traditionally you do with gommages). I then massaged it in circles for about 2 minutes. I didn’t notice any pilling, and honestly, it felt just like any normal exfoliating cream that I had to wash away. It did leave my skin super soft though, so how can I complain?

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                  -417 Time Control Firming Radiant Mud Mask, 20 ml – Estimated Value $7.80 (Buy a full-size 100 ml for $39.00)

                  This is an exfoliating and purifying mud mask made with Dead Sea mud. I don’t use clay products like this because they dry my already parched skin out really badly. I will gift this to my husband who likes drying clay masks for his nose.

                  Verdict: GlossyBox has a value of around $62.22 which is good for a $21 box, although it felt lower than is the norm for this box. The assortment was pretty good, and I especially liked the John Masters products. The palette is totally useable for me, though the hunt for the perfect concealer still continues for me. The gommage and mask were both from brands I have never tried, so even if I wasn’t super into the products themselves it was still nice to find new brands to try.

                  To Wrap Up:

                  Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! If you sign up in the month of October, this should be your first box!

                  Value Breakdown: At $21.00 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

                  • John Masters Body Wash $2.03
                  • John Masters Body Milk $2.03
                  • BellaPierre Palette $9.39
                  • Illamasqua Veil $3.04
                  • Skin & Co Gommage $1.89
                  • -417 Mask $2.63

                  Alternatively, each item in this box has an average cost of $3.50.

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                  Written by Megan Kirkland

                  Megan Kirkland

                  I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

                  Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, GlossyBox Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: glossybox | 21 comments

                  21 Comments

                  1. Giving this box through the end of this year and then I’ll probably cancel. It has become very dull.

                  2. If you are looking for a good concealer for pale skin you should try the one from Julep. It looks like a pen and works surprisingly well on my paleness.

                  3. I am so sad to see what happened to this sub. I use to love it but it’s nothing like it was before.

                  4. I got that exact same concealer palette from Boxycharm over 2 years ago and I love it. I am extremely pale and it works great for me.

                  5. I got that exact same concealer palette from Boxycharm 2 years ago and I absolutely love it. I am extremely pale as well and it’s become one of my favorite concealers. To be fair though I seem to like the sub box brands that nobody else does. I love Bella Pierre, Manna Kaddar and Purlisse.

                    • I was just shocked it was a good shade assortment for me!

                  6. These are the same products they send on almost every box. I am so glad I stopped getting these, though I am always curious if they change their curation.

                  7. I love that primer! I have dry skin and it’s like giving it a nice drink of water. It also minimizes the appearance of my pores.

                    • It’s my favorite primer too!

                      • Glad to hear so, Kristin!

                  8. For me it’s been worth it because I got a yearly subscription $210 but had a 25% OFF coupon code so my boxes have been about $13 per month. I wouldn’t have subbed were it not for the 25% off coupon code. If you get a discount code and can use it off a yearly sub and find it worthwhile go for it. That’s why it was worth it for me cause I ended up about $13.13 per box. I get alot of use out of their boxes afterwards too. They’re really sturdy and useful to me also which adds to the value for me personally. I won’t sub again however unless I have another 25% coupon code to use.

                  9. I know a lot of people love this box so please enlighten me as to why. Do they have a great point system or something I don’t know about? It seems like a lit of money for samples and the highly inflated bella pierre brand that I have seen this very product at toss and tj Maxx for five dollars. What am I missing here? I realize not everyone has access to those stores, but knowing this about that brand wouldn’t make me any happier with it. Thanks for any info.

                    • Oh my gosh I need to stop talking into the phone and proofread. Sorry for all my mistakes lol

                    • When I was in Mexico, I saw an actual Bella Pierre store! I was shocked. It was an independent store and it had kind of a MAC vibe

                      • Did it seem nice or kinda cheap?

                    • For me personally, I like the variety and size of samples.
                      I have Birchbox right now and the samples are so tiny. They don’t follow my profile very well, and customer service is so-so. Also (for ME) I like the mixture of items in Glossybox. I prefer skin and hair products and I get a lot of makeup with Birchbox.
                      I used to like Beauty Fix too, but lately I haven’t. It’s obviously all over the place with who likes what the best. Combination of product, sizes, what works for you and cost. And it helped to get a sub for 30% off, lol.

                  10. Wish the pretentious trend of using the word “gommage” would go away. The word in English is “scrub”. If there’s a word for it in English, then there’s no need to use a word in another language (unlike, say, the wonderful sentiment “schadenfreude”, for which we don’t have an equivalent, although “nyah-nyah” might come close).

                    • Or hygge lol

                    • Actually, the word “gommage” translates more accurately as “erase” instead of “scrub”. I’ve seen the term used mostly in products from companies like this who originate from continental Europe, so I just figure it’s a more common term over there. I do agree that some of the foreign terms can be confusing for Americans, though. If I didn’t take French in high school, I wouldn’t have known what it meant.

                    • This product is made in Italy and sold throughout Europe, so it makes sense that the packaging has non-English words. It has nothing to do with being pretentious.

                    • I love the use of ‘gommage’.

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