Trendmood x NABLA Cosmetics Beauty Box Review
Trendmood is an Instagram account that has amassed a 1.5 million+ following for breaking the latest beauty news since 2012. Ever since the first-ever Trendmood Box was released in mid-December 2019, every box released since then has sold out almost instantly.
This review is for Trendmood x NABLA Cosmetics Beauty Box.
My Subscription Addiction purchased this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About the Trendmood Box
The Cost: $44.00. This is a one-time purchase and not a subscription.
The Products: 2 eyeshadow palettes, 3 eye pencils, a lip plumper, and a body oil
Ships to: The continental U.S. for free, Alaska and Hawaii for added shipping.
Good to Know: This is not a subscription box and there is no guaranteed release cadence for boxes. According to Trendmood:
Each box will be treated as a separate launch. Some months could have 1-2 launches, while others might not have a launch.
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NABLA Cutie Palette in Midnight – Retail Value $24.00
If Elsa had an eyeshadow palette, it would be this one- and I love it. The glittery shades of Quiet Storm and Sapphire are gorgeous and unique, and the shades Alma and Air are perfect if you want to play with color without being too dramatic. I love all of the shimmers here, and the formulas were really like butter to use. I would use this palette more so for an accent color rather than do a complete look, but I love the shades- I don’t have any quite like this in my collection. You do need an eyeshadow primer if you’re wearing the glitters to prevent creasing, but that is pretty standard for those types of shadows.
Here are the swatches.
Here I am wearing the shades Air, Alma, and Quiet Storm. If you like that pink lipstick, it’s the Fenty Stunna Lip Paint in Unlocked from my July Glam Bag Plus!
NABLA Cutie Palette in Analogue – Retail Value $24.00
If you read this post about my favorite K-Beauty subscription box discoveries, you would know that I am obsessed with peach eyeshadows with gold shimmer- and this palette delivers the perfect one in the shade Overexposed. The rest of the shades are a mix of reds, browns, and a gold shimmer, so you can get a really pretty Smokey eye in earth tones or just apply one of the shimmers all over your lid. Like the Midnight palette, these formulas are buttery smooth, and there was no fallout when I applied the shimmer.
Here are the swatches.
NABLA Cupid’s Arrow Eye Pencil in Beige Biscuit, Midnight Blue and Medium Cherry Brown 0.03 oz – Retail Value $18.00 ea
Okay, I really love these eye crayons. The formula is creamy and glides easily onto my skin, but I had no issues with smearing. The cherry brown crayon as a liner paired with the shimmery overexposed shade in the Analogue palette may be my new favorite quick and easy eyeshadow look, but I love how easy it is to swipe and go with these eye pencils. I’ll probably use these just as a liner, but you could also use these all over your lid or smudged out for a smokey eye. When the tip gets dull, I love that there is a built-in sharpener at the other end of the pencil.
Here are the swatches.
NABLA Viper Lip Plumper, 0.13 oz – Retail Value $20.00
I am not a big fan of lip plumpers, and this didn’t change my mind. It’s made with caffeine, capsicum, ginger, peptides, and menthol, and that formula was way too strong for my lips. Once I applied it, within a minute or two my lips went from tingling to a painful burning. That experience is not uncommon for me with these products, and I also had the other side effect I get when I try these- a pimple right on my lip line that was super uncomfortable. I think this formula is incredibly effective for those who can tolerate lip plumpers, but I’m not one of them.
Here I am wearing the shade Overexposed with the Beige Biscuit pencil as a liner and the Viper lip plumper on my lips (my lips do look much fuller only a minute after applying, but right after this photo I had to wipe it off). You can see a video of me applying these below.
NABLA Body Glow in Max Relax, 2.81 oz – Retail Value $35.29 (€29.90)
This shimmer body oil packs a punch- I kind of wish I had received the more muted shade of Sugar Babe that probably would have been a better fit for my skin tone, but there is no denying how gorgeous Max Relax is. This is like an instant tan in a bottle with the deep bronze shade and copper micro-shimmer, and it worked great on my legs underneath a sundress. While I’m not usually one for tanning, I like how this helped to blur some of the scratches and scars I have on my legs. This was pretty easy to blend in and didn’t leave me sticky, and it definitely left me glowing.
Here it is on my hand, before and after I rubbed it in. You can see that it definitely leaves skin glowing!
Verdict: This was another truly fantastic box from Trendmood. I had never even heard of NABLA Cosmetics before getting their products in this box, but their formulas are fantastic. I love how this box included a wide range of colors, so just about anyone should be able to make an eyeshadow look that works for them. The crayons are so easy to use and didn’t smudge once applied, and all three shades are ones I will be getting a lot of use out of. Sure, the lip plumper didn’t work for me- but 6 out of 7 isn’t bad when all of the products were brand new to me. Plus, the value is awesome. This box cost $44, and I received $157.29 worth of high-quality makeup.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $44.00 for this box, here is what you are paying per item:
- Midnight Palette: $6.71
- Analogue Palette: $6.71
- Beige Biscuit: $5.03
- Midnight Blue: $5.03
- Medium Cherry Brown: $5.03
- Viper Lip Plumper: $5.59
- Body Glow: $9.87
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