CURATEUR Review + Coupon – Winter 2020
The Rachel Zoe Box of Style is now CURATEUR, a style + beauty subscription box for women.
Our mission is to provide women with the foundation they need to lead a life of style. Imagine luxury home decor, cocktail accessories, latest fashion pieces, the most-coveted makeup and skincare products, plus much more. Not only do we deliver a hand-picked curation every season, we also hold an infinite space for content and community. As we deepen the roots of our new persona and its presence, we will be rolling out even more exclusive benefits for our members. We’ve only just begun, the best is yet to come!
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The Subscription Box: CURATEUR
The Cost: $99.99/quarter
COUPON: Use code MSA25 to save $25 off your first box!
The Products: Every season Rachel and the CURATEUR team will hand-curate more than $400 worth of their favorite fashion, beauty, and lifestyle items.
Ships to: The US, Canada, the UK, and Australia
CURATEUR Winter 2020 Review
Included this month was a pretty mini-mag with loads of details on our items. All of the brands featured this quarter are female-founded, which is very cool!
CUSHNIE Grey Horizon Ombre Scarf – Listed Value $150.00
FYI: This scarf measures 45″ x 75″.
I am not often a big fan of scarves in boxes with huge values attached. I get that this is from a pretty awesome brand, but this is a pretty ordinary feeling (though very stylish) scarf. Made of 100% polyester, (but feeling more like a light cotton) this scarf features a dramatic black to ivory gradient that would seriously go with anything. I will admit that by the time I am reaching for a scarf I am already beyond feeling especially chic because I am likely already bundled up in an oversized winter coat. I do wish this addition had been something other than a scarf because I just don’t wear them often. In the info booklet, wearing it as a belted top was also suggested, but I don’t see myself attempting that.
Understated Leather Crescent Clutch in Ivory OR Onyx – Listed Value $110.00
FYI: this clutch measures about 10″ long, 5″ tall.
I am totally a leather person. In fact, I never really buy or reach for pleather. So (secretly) I wasn’t very excited about this clutch when the spoilers for this box launched. Upon actually holding it though? It is seriously made so well and the pleather itself is buttery and pretty convincing. It is also heavier than it looks too, and for all of my tassel-averse readers out there, this one is removable! I think I also really love this little clutch because, without the chain and tassel, it looks very much like a smaller version of this $2,700 Bottega Veneta clutch I will never be able to afford. Is it worth the $110 listed value? Maybe if it was real leather! But I am pleasantly surprised by this clutch and I have my fingers crossed 2021 brings fancy events to carry it to. It actually ended up being my favorite item in this box.
Here is a quick shot of the scarf and clutch from my snowy porch.
Amber Sceats Emery Cuff – Retail Value $169.00
Most of you know I am way into cuffs and I have a real thing for sculptural jewelry. That being said, I also have skin that totally eats through anything without a decent gold plating. With this cuff, it is so far, so good! Plated with 24k and with a texture that is endlessly interesting, I have found this looks great on my wrist alone or with other cuffs and bracelets. It does feel a little formal, so dressing it down with more casual bracelets makes it feel a lot more wearable with jeans, IMO. It is heavy duty and you can bend it to adjust, though it is a little work. My wrist is 6.5 inches at the smallest point, and this fits just fine.
Here I am, keeping it casual.
TALIANNA Lilypad Catchall Tray – Listed Value $75.00
FYI: this tray measures about 7” x 4.25” x 1”
This is a lovely little tray in an ivory color featuring a soft rose gold geometric design. I do like to keep little trays like this in my guest bathroom for soaps or just as catchalls for jewelry. It would also make a very chic hostess gift! While I like this and I will totally use it, I am not sure it is what I would expect to find inside this box.
Elaluz 24k Lip Therapy – Retail Value $28.00
My final item is a little pot of balm with gold flakes. The balm itself has no scent or taste and is made with ingredients like Papaya Seed oil and Acai Berry oil to promote smoothness and give a boost of antioxidants. It actually feels a lot like vaseline on the lips, which I personally don’t mind, though maybe a little bit of scent or flavor might have been nice! It also has 24k gold flakes which are said to help collagen levels, but I think they might be more for aesthetics!
Verdict: I wasn’t totally sold on this curation from CURATEUR. I loved the clutch and the cuff and thought the tray and balm were pretty nice, but I think if they had replaced that scarf with a great skincare or makeup item this would have been much more of an impressive assortment. I just have a hard time finding scarves to be a standout fashion item and 100% polyester doesn’t get me too jazzed. The clutch and cuff felt much more on-brand for this box and I would like to see more like that in the future, personally. If you consider that at $99.99, each item has an average cost of $20, this box feels like a pretty good value but I have higher hopes for the Spring box.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, as of publication, this box is still available.
COUPON: Use code MSA25 to save $25 off your first box!
Value Breakdown: This box costs $99.99, meaning each of the 5 items has an average cost of $20.
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