Target “Best of Cosmetics” Beauty Box Review – December 2020
While Target no longer launches a beauty box every month, they still release curated sets from time to time.
This is a review of the “Best of Cosmetics” Target Beauty Box which is still available for purchase!
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About Target Beauty Box
- Real Techniques Miracle Powder Sponge
- House of Lashes Demure Lite False Eyelashes – 1 Pair
- Sonia Kashuk™ Radiant Blush Brush No. 5
- Blossom Delicious Kiss Roll-On Lip Gloss – Strawberry – 0.1 oz
- NYX Professional Makeup Butter Lip Gloss – 0.15 oz
- Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss – 0.13 oz
- e.l.f. Bite-Size Eyeshadow Palette – 0.12 oz
- Pixi Skintreats Peel & Polish – 0.5 fl oz
Ships to: The U.S.
Good to know: Target has a 14-day price match policy! If you purchase this for full-price and it goes on sale within 14 days, a quick chat with customer service can get you a refund for the price difference.
December 2020 Target Beauty Box “Best of Cosmetics” Review
The back of the box lists the products included and their size.
Real Techniques Miracle Powder Sponge – Retail Value $4.99
This is an interesting concept! I’m familiar with using a damp blending sponge to apply setting powder, but this sponge is made with a velvety texture specifically for applying powders, wet or dry. I tried this out as a dry sponge with a powder foundation compact, and I was actually really pleased with the performance. It gave me good coverage and still blended out well, and the application process couldn’t be easier. This is a product I’ll continue to use!
House of Lashes Demure Lite False Eyelashes – Retail Value $12
Special occasions are really the only time I whip out false lashes – the hassle (for me) isn’t usually worth it. This pair features crisscrossed lashes that flare out, and this pair can be re-used up to 15 times with proper care. If you have any Zoom holiday gatherings coming up, these could help to make your eyes pop on camera even if you’re not going to in-person social events this season.
Sonia Kashuk™ Radiant Blush Brush No. 5 – Retail Value $9
This brush is a stunner- I love the chic design of the brush, and the nylon bristles are soft. I’ve used Sonia Kashuk brushes before, and they hold up well over time.
Blossom Delicious Kiss Roll-On Lip Gloss in Strawberry, 0.1 oz – Estimated Value $1.25 (buy the 0.2 oz version for $2.49)
Well, this is fun. The tube of this roll-on lip gloss contains real flowers, and it does actually taste like strawberry. Once I applied it, my lips felt more moisturized for at least an hour, and I liked the soft shine this gave. For the low price, I say it’s a fun lip treat.
NYX Professional Makeup Butter Lip Gloss in Creme Brûlée, 0.15 oz – Estimated Value $2.77 (buy the 0.27 oz version for $4.99)
I’ve tried this lip gloss formula from NYC before, and it’s a nice one for the price point. It doesn’t have a thick, sticky finish the way some glosses do, and the creme brûlée shade gives my lips a light wash of color. I like it, but I’m not really wearing lip glosses right now due to my mask wiping them right off.
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss in Plums Up, 0.13 oz – Estimated Value $5.08 (buy the 0.23 oz version for $8.99)
I am very wary of plumping lip glosses after too many experiences with burning sensations and lip pimples after using them (ow!). However, I haven’t tried this brand’s lip gloss before so I gave it a shot. It does have a tingle that slowly builds up, but it never turned into a burning that hurt. The sheer mauve shade is a “my lips but better” color that I enjoy, and I do think this thick, slightly sticky gloss made my pout look plumper.
E.l.f. Bite Size Eyeshadow Palette in Rose Water, 0.12 oz – Retail Value $3
My first impression of this palette is “wow.” I love the shimmery pink shades, and the quality of the pigment for the $3 price is pretty fantastic. For fun, I shared swatches of this palette to my Instagram story and asked people to guess what brand the palette came from, and guesses included Viseart, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and Charlotte Tilbury. The one matte shade didn’t swatch well (in the photo below it took multiple finger swipes), but when I applied it with a brush to my crease it became a great base shade (that wasn’t patchy) for the shimmers. This palette is so wearable it could be an everyday makeup item for me, and E.L.F. really impressed me with this.
Here are the swatches of the eyeshadow, with the NYX lip gloss and Soap and Glory gloss swatched below it.
Pixi Skintreats Peel & Polish, 0.5 fl oz – Estimated Value $4.44 (buy the 2.7 oz version for $24).
I’m not too sure why an exfoliating treatment is included in a “Best of Cosmetics” box, but I love Pixi so I’m not complaining. I’ve actually used this exfoliating mask before, and I’ve heard some people compare it to the Babyfacial from Drunk Elephant. This features lactic acid, papaya fruit acid, and sugar cane extract to exfoliate your face and dissolve dead skin. To use, you apply to dry skin, wait two minutes, and rinse off. The formula does have some grit to it, so you can gently massage in the product before you rinse for more of a polish. I use exfoliating masks like these sparingly on my sensitive face, but the price point and decent ingredients list makes this a great option if you’re in the market for one.
Here I am wearing some of the items in this box! I used the sponge to apply my powder foundation and used the E.l.f. eyeshadow palette on my eyes and the Soap & Glory lip gloss on my lips.
Verdict: I think Target actually did a great job on this Best of Cosmetics Box, both the Real Techniques Sponge and E.l.f palette genuinely surprised me, and I enjoyed everything else in the box (though two lip glosses during the season of constant mask-wearing could have been curated differently). The value of the lashes and E.l.f. palette alone meets the cost of the box, so if you like what you see I say grab this while it’s available. Value-wise, everything in the box adds up to $42.43, which is a few dollars shy of the promised $45 value.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you order today? Yes, as of publication, this box is still available for purchase.
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Value Breakdown: This box cost $14.99 and has an estimated value of $42.53; here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Real Techniques: $1.76
- House of Lashes: $4.23
- Sonia Kashuk: $3.17
- Blossom: $0.44
- NYX: $0.98
- Soap & Glory: $1.79
- Elf: $1.06
- Pixi: $1.56
What do you think of the Target Best of Cosmetics Box?