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Trendmood Mystery Box Review

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakDec 15, 2021 | 10 comments

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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 Mystery Box, which is now sold out.

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First Impressions


Each Trendmood Box comes inside a signature purple box, with the products inside wrapped in tissue paper and a layer of bubble wrap at the bottom. This box doesn't come with an info sheet, but there's a sticker on the lid of the box with a QR code you can scan for more information about the products inside. All of the products come in their original packaging, which is great if you want to break up the contents for gifting.

The Breakdown – What’s Inside The Trendmood Mystery Box

Goop Glow Peel Light, 4 ct - Retail Value $45

four foil packets next to white box

My sensitive skin and I don't really love peels- we use gentle exfoliants, and if I really think I need something deeper I will usually make an appointment for a facial. I still had to try these out, though, and I was intrigued by Goop's claim this was made specifically for sensitive skin (it has a 5% glycolic acid blend instead of 15% that their full-strength peel uses, and both peels also have hyaluronic acid, banana, mango, and Kakadu plum extracts). The instructions say to apply it before you go to sleep and you will wake up to radiant skin, but I took an extra precaution and applied it on a Saturday afternoon so if I noticed my skin started to react I could immediately wash it off. Thankfully, I didn't have any immediate issues with sensitivity when I did this, and my skin did feel noticeably smoother the next day. By the end of the next day, my skin was also pretty angry at me, and I had some pimples showing up and saying hi. I can't for sure say those pimples are due to this peel, but I am hesitant to reach for this again.

Dermstore Daily Mineral Sunscreen, 1.75 oz - Retail Value $35

I wasn't super stoked about seeing the Dermstore-branded sunscreen in my box, but it may have been the surprise star of the box- I have been reaching for it every day! A lot of mineral sunscreens leave a bad white cast, and because of that brands will usually make their sunscreens tinted to counteract it. Unfortunately, the tint usually ends up way too dark or orange for my skin. I didn't have any of those issues at all with this sunscreen from Dermstore- once I applied it my skin looked just like my regular skin. I haven't had any issues with sunburns, so I would say it's been doing its job, too.

e.l.f Lash it Loud Mascara, 0.24 oz - Retail Value $6

I haven't had a great track record with e.l.f mascaras, and unfortunately, that continued with the Lash it Loud. I loved the finished look- my lashes looked super long and had some volume added to them, but within a few hours of easy wear (meaning I was hanging out inside my apartment, not exercising outside in the humidity), I already had noticeable smudges under my eyes. There are enough mascaras out there that don't smudge that badly on me for me to not feel inclined to try and make this work- it's a bummer, though.

RoC Multi Correxion Revive+Glow Daily Serum, 1 oz - Retail Value $32.99

bottle of orange serum next to gold box

I am not super crazy about this brand, but it isn't the brand's fault- they haven't done anything to wrong me, I just don't find them exciting. This is a vitamin C serum designed to improve skins luminosity, elasticity, and texture, and along with vitamin C this is made with antioxidants, peptides, and "advanced hydrators." I'm not sure which ingredients are the "advanced hydrators" on the list- I see hydrogenated castor oil and glycerin, but I don't see ingredients like hyaluronic acid. This was a thin, lightweight serum that absorbed into my skin pretty quickly. It did leave a slightly sticky residue behind, but since I followed this up with my regular moisturizer it wasn't an issue for me.

Juvia's Place Glass Gloss in It's Electric, 5 mL - Retail Value $13

Well, this is a fun little lip gloss- bring on the sparkle! "It's Electric" is a clear lip gloss with lots of gold shimmer, and while this definitely leaves my lips shiny it doesn't make them look like a reflective disco ball. The formula didn't have any major issues with stickiness which I love, and I also really liked the large doe foot applicator you use to apply. This gloss kind of looks intimidating in the tube, but on my lips, it isn't nearly as sparkly. It was comfortable to wear, and it made my lips look plumper too.

Dominique Cosmetics Soft Focus Demi Matte Lipstick in Pretty Natural, 4 g - Retail Value $20

At first glance, I thought the shade Pretty Natural would be too much of a pale nude and not pink enough for my skin tone, and I felt that way when I swatched this creamy matte lipstick on the inside of my arm, too. When I actually applied this to my lips, though, the color grew on me quickly and I actually felt quite pretty in this nude shade even though it's much more brown than the colors I usually reach for. This was a really comfortable matte lipstick to wear (probably because it's a demi-matte), and it had great staying power on my lips, too.
Here we have, from top to bottom, swatches of the Dominique Cosmetics lipstick, the Juvia's Place lip gloss, and the Dermstore Sunscreen (unblended to give you an idea of the tint).
Here I am wearing the DC lipstick along with the e.l.f mascara and the Dermstore sunscreen. What do you think?

e.l.f Holy Hydration Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm, 2 oz - Retail Value $10

I did not love the user experience of this cleansing balm. Not because it didn't work- it is actually pretty effective at removing makeup, including mascara (and doesn't make my eyes burn, either). But because the texture leaves something to be desired. It has a grittiness to it that doesn't feel lovely when I massage it into my skin, and while that clearly doesn't affect the effectiveness, life is too short to use skincare that doesn't make you happy. If you're looking for affordable and function over texture, though, this definitely performs well for a reasonable price.

Glo Skin Beauty Anti-Stress CBD Drops, 30 mL - Retail Value $125

I remember being really, really excited when I received this in a past Trendmood box because my skin gets stressed easily and I love CBD. This is made with 1000 mg of full-spectrum CBD along with adaptogens, and both of those ingredients are ones my skin usually loves. I kept using this (for more than a few weeks, I went more than halfway through the bottle) before I realized that this serum doesn't actually do much for me. I never really noticed a difference in redness, I never saw a decrease in my skin's sensitivity levels, and I never even really noticed a decrease in irritation. I know that it can take consistent use with products to see results, but if I use a serum like this for more than a month and still don't notice a difference in my skin, I'm not sure this is the product for me. If you've used this product I would love to know your experience- maybe my first bottle was a dud or I didn't stick it out long enough. I'm all ears!

Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $39 + free shipping

Value Breakdown: 

  • Goop: $45 → $6.11
  • Dermstore: $35 → $4.75
  • e.l.f Mascara: $6 → $0.81
  • RoC: $32.99 → $4.48
  • Juvia's Place: $13 → $1.77
  • Dominique Cosmetics: $20 → $2.72
  • e.l.f Cleansing Balm: $10 → $1.36
  • Glo Skin Beauty: $125 → $16.97

Everything in the box adds up to $286.99, which is more than seven times the cost of the entire box (you're saving more than 80% off of retail value). Alternatively, it's like you're paying $4.87 an item!

Key Takeaways

I'll be honest, I'm feeling a little meh over my mystery box experience. There's no question that I got a decent deal when you consider the cost of my box vs the value of the products I received, but nothing was super exciting to me. Thinking it over, though, I did really end up liking the lip gloss, lipstick, and sunscreen. That's not even half of the box, but I'll take it. We know that is one of the risks we run when we purchase mystery boxes from companies, and I do appreciate that 7 out of the 8 were brand new products to me. Mystery boxes can definitely be hit or miss, though, and I do know I prefer the box I received to some of the boxes I have seen pictures of online. Plus, if the products were misses for you, at least they come in their original packaging so you can use them as stocking stuffers if need be. If you didn't get this one and have FOMO, fear not- Trendmood Vol. 14 will be here soon ( and don't forget they just released an app to help you snag future boxes).

Check out all of our Trendmood reviews and our list of the best beauty subscription boxes of 2021, as voted on by MSA readers like you.

Other Things You Should Know

Is this box still available? No, this limited-edition box sold out fast. Trendmood boxes are notorious for selling out quickly after launch, so keep an eye out for upcoming boxes, and consider downloading the app for future notifications.

Where does Trendmood ship? To the continental U.S. for free, Alaska and Hawaii for added shipping.

Does buying a box sign me up for a recurring subscription? No, this is not a recurring 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.

What do you think of the Trendmood Mystery Box? What new launch do you hope appears inside Volume 14?

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Jessica Hapak
Jessica Hapak
I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

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I’ve always wondered about that ELF cleansing balm since it’s less expensive than what I usually use, but looks like it’s a perfect case of “you get what you pay for.” I need a cleansing balm to be silky smooth, so I’m glad you reviewed it here.

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Jessica Hapak

I’m glad it was helpful, Danielle!

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I’ve purchased a few of her boxes, but stopped after one arrived with a broken product. I purchased insurance, but they refused to replace the item. They only wanted to credit me a portion of what I paid for the box, which is ridiculous, especially since I purchased insurance.

This box is a letdown. I think that’s why it was the mystery box. Otherwise, it wouldn’t sell out. I’d personally be upset if I spent $40 on it.

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I grabbed one of these as well. I received: glo Skin Beatuty Anti-Stress CBD Drops; Dermstore Daily Mineral Sunscreen Sheer Tint SPF 4; Murad Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum; elf Holy Hydration! Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm; and ABH Mini Dewy Set Setting Spray – Mango; Dominique Cosmetics Soft Focus Demi-Matte Lipstick – Pretty Natural; and Nudestix Nudies All Over Face Highlight – Bubbly Bebe. Total retail value of $319.

Like you, I was pretty meh about the box. Definitely a few items I’m happy to have, some solid brands, and the value is there for sure, but as a whole, I wasn’t that thrilled, and there are a few things I don’t/can’t use (e.g. the makeup items are both in shades that don’t work for me).

I had also gotten a mystery box the previous time they were offered, and was much happier with that one. Still, it’s a mystery box and that’s the chance you take, it is what it is.

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Jody E

Jessica, I wanted to buy the Juvia lip gloss online but wasn’t sure if it would be too bright? I wish I could see it on you. I assume the swatch is heavy handed? Thanks.
I decided not to get a mystery box.

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Nice review, Jessica! I love your look and your curls are so pretty! Happy Holidays!

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Those eyes!

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I really like that sunscreen, and I thought I was going to hate it (I don’t usually use tinted products due to my constant peeling from Retin A).

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The title says this is for Volume 13, but it is actually for the mystery box.

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Jessica Hapak

Thanks for catching that, Melissa. The title has been updated.

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