CURATEUR Review + Coupon – Spring 2021
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: Limited Time Only! Use code FINAL40 to get $40 off the fall box.
The Products: Every season Rachel and the CURATEUR team will hand-curate more than $400.00 worth of their favorite fashion, beauty, and lifestyle items.
Ships to: The U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia
CURATEUR Spring 2021 Review
Jules Kae Zola Bag – Retail Value $95.00
- 15″ x 15″ x 12″
- Strap Size 8′ x 23′
- PETA-approved vegan leather
When the spoilers launched for this curation, I wasn’t excited about this bag at all. In my mind, I assumed it would be super small, like the knock-off Prada bag I used to carry when I was 17, filled with Smuckers lip balm and candy. C’mon, you know this bag! They were cute back then, but totally not functional. Luckily, I was SO wrong about the bag in our delivery! It is so much bigger and the very chic braided strap is long enough to wear crossbody as well as over the shoulder. And, honestly… the whole look is kind of badass. Most of you know I am not into pleather bags. I love leather! But the styling on this one is really, really good. And though it’s not leather, as far as the fake stuff goes, this isn’t bad quality at all and it feels good. Inside there is a zipper pouch for all of the lip products and candy I still haul around, as well as enough room for all the adult nonsense I also carry, like my phone and wallet. I never in a million years expected to love this bag, but I do! It works just as well with a polished blazer as it does with my black Nikes and an oversized hoodie. Does anyone know of a similar bag in real leather that isn’t thousands of dollars??
It even somehow works with my casual athletic wear.
Vita Fede Cassio Earrings – Retail Value $388.00
- 3.54″ Drop
- Stainless steel with gold finish
Ok, I think we can all agree that the pricing on these earrings is bananas, but the styling and quality is really nice! They also feature links that you can change, making them really convertible (I will show that below!). I don’t know about everyone else, but even as someone who loves a statement earring, it has felt weird to wear them with masks. I have been much more into my studs and huggies. So it is a good thing that I can convert these into a chic and shorter look and then add the more dramatic hoops later on. I am also someone with metal sensitivities, but I find that stainless steel doesn’t bother me one bit. The gold finish on these is shiny and lovely, and they aren’t nearly as heavy as they look. I like these quite a lot!
The following two items are subscriber choice! You can receive ONE of the following in your box:
Teressa Foglia X Curateur ‘Lynn’ Hat – Listed Value $400.00
- 4.25” crown; 3.25” brim
- Felt and upcycled fabric
- Vegan suede band
- Adjustable interior sweatband
I don’t know much about hats, but I have received many of them in subscription boxes. This one was a collab with Teressa Foglia, a brand that sells some seriously pricy hats. Most of the felt ones on the site were well over $1,000. While this one isn’t quite that luxe, I was immediately impressed with the weight and styling. It feels expensive. I am considering removing the faux-suede band and replacing it with something else eventually, but on my head, you would think it was a real suede band. I am also very pleased to report that it actually fits my big head!! Usually, hats are a little on the small side. If you have a smaller head, this one does feature an adjustable band inside, under the ribbon sweatband, so you can adjust it smaller. My only real complaint about this hat is that I am terrified of getting it dirty! (Does anyone know if you can wax felt?) Otherwise, I absolutely love the look and the soft color. If all hats in boxes were as nice as this one, I would want to see them all the time.
Vita Fede Cassio Pave Ring – Retail Value $250.00
- Stainless steel
- Individual rings are size 7.5
- One ring adorned with pave crystals
While I would 100% recommend the hat over these rings, it is worth noting that these links will work with your earrings because they feature the same removable link design. So if you choose them, you can create even more looks with those gold earrings! Each ring is about a size 7.5 which is just barely too small for my ring finger. Together, they fit more like a size 5.5 or 6. You can totally split them apart and wear them one at a time if you prefer.
All subscribers will receive the following items:
Hugh & Grace Renewing Night Serum, 1 fl oz – Retail Value $90.00
I am always happy to try out a new night serum. This one falls into more of a facial oil than serum category, at least in my mind. The ingredients are really nourishing and totally in line with the sort of ingredients I want on my face at night. This blend has an ingredient list that you can read and literally understand what everything is inside. The majority of the ingredients are plant extracts and seed oils, with the addition of vitamin E. It is on the heavier side, but the hydrating texture and truly delightful scent make it a relaxing experience for a pre-bed facial massage. While I think the price is really high for what’s inside, I did end up really loving this serum and I think it was a great inclusion for subscribers because most of us are dealing with drier wintery skin that could use a little extra love right now.
Illamasqua Beyond Powder in ‘Daze’ – Retail Value $45.00
My final item is one of the prettiest highlighters I have ever seen. Most of you know that I absolutely adore highlighters and I never get sick of seeing them in boxes. Most that cross my desk are a little warmer or have more of a champagne feel, but this one is an icy pearl with a pink flash. The powder is super finely milled and you can’t really see the sparkle particulates, but rather just the glow they leave behind. Because it has a little bit of a pink finish, I really love it layered on top of my cheeks, bare or in combination with blush. It’s going to be a great spring glow.
Here is a shot in direct sunlight from my window.
And here is an arm swatch! (excuse my Fitbit impressions!)
Verdict: I am really loving this quarter’s CURATEUR assortment. This is exactly the sort of curation I want to see! Though sure, I wish the bag was leather, the styling and quality make up for that (mostly). The hat is basically my new favorite accessory. I love it so much that I hang it on my wall when I am not wearing it. The earrings were classic enough for anyone to enjoy and the way you can change them by playing around with the links is genius. The facial serum feels especially nice on my dry face right now and I enjoyed that the ingredient list is simple and botanically inclined. Finally, the highlighter was a hit for me! I think it is a unique addition to my collection and I will wear it a lot.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, as of publication, this box is still available.
COUPON: Limited Time Only! Use code FINAL40 to get $40 off the fall box.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $99.99, meaning each of the 5 items has an average cost of $20.00.
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