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Trendmood Box Volume 14 Beauty Box Review

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakFeb 24, 2022 | 6 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. Since the first-ever Trendmood Box was released in mid-December 2019, most boxes released have sold out quickly.

This review is for Trendmood Box Volume 14, which is now sold out.

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out our editorial guidelines to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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. This volume also came with a small box of conversation hearts, which was actually the only Valentine's Day candy I got this year so I'm really happy about it.

The Breakdown – What’s Inside The Trendmood Volume 14 Box

Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer, 1.7 oz - Retail Value $39

 

Glow Recipe is one of those trendy brands with cute packaging that is great at attracting attention on social media and store shelves, but I actually really like their products. I've tried every moisturizer made by Glow Recipe, and I would say that Plum Plump has a cream-gel texture that's thicker than the Pink Juice moisturizer but not as heavy as Banana Souffle. For me, it's a great morning moisturizer, and I love how once I start to massage it into my skin, it seems to melt and is absorbed quickly with no sticky or greasy residue left behind. Plus, if you like this moisturizer, you can save $6 when you repurchase a refill pod because you can pop it into the original jar without having to waste the extra packaging!

Kopari Bumps Be Gone Body Scrub, 8.45 oz - Retail Value $24

 

I like that the Trendmood boxes tend to include a body care item of some kind. This newly released body scrub from Kopari is made with 10% alpha hydroxy acid (a form of chemical exfoliation), volcanic sand, coconut shells, and green tea extract. I was surprised by how fine the texture of this scrub is - it's very reminiscent of wet sand, and doesn't have as heavy of grit as the First Aid Beauty KP scrub that was sent in a previous Trendmood box. I like this, and have used it on both my arms and legs and was left with much smoother, softer skin.

Danessa Myricks Infinite Chrome Pencil in Emerald - Retail Value $22

 

Danessa Myricks eye products have been making frequent appearances in Trendmood boxes as of late, but I am not mad about it- I have loved everything from the brand I have tried, and I find the products to be incredibly unique. This eyeliner is just a dream. I normally hate pencil eyeliners, but this is the exception to the rule. It has an almost gel texture so it is incredibly smooth and creamy (meaning it applies to my lash line with ease), and since it's waterproof I can apply this to my waterline if I so desire. The way the color changes based on how the lighting hits it is so unique, and I love applying this close to my lash line really just made my eyes pop without any real effort on my part.

 

Here are swatches of the shade Emerald (which came in this box) and the shade Rose Quartz that I already had. I took two shots in different lighting to give you an idea of how light plays a role in how the liner looks.

Here I am wearing Emerald on my top lash line.

And here I am wearing Rose Quartz on my top and bottom lash line. This selfie was also taken around 2 p.m. in the afternoon, after the eyeliner was applied around 8 a.m., and I personally thought the eyeliner still looked great.

Good Molecules Hyaluronic Acid Serum, 30 mL - Retail Value $6

 

I'm pretty sure this serum has been around for a while, so I am not quite sure what it's doing in this box when Trendmood focuses on sending newly released products. That being said, even if this was brand spanking new, I still don't find it to be very exciting. If you don't have a hyaluronic acid serum I would consider this to be an effective one, but it's also kind of boring - there are only eight ingredients total in this serum, and none of them are particularly unique or exciting. That being said, this is easy to incorporate into your skincare routine, and didn't leave a sticky residue on my face. If you apply this to damp skin, it does help your skin retain hydration, but so many other products have hyaluronic acid plus additional ingredients with other benefits that I don't see myself reaching for this again.

Unwash Dry Cleanser, 3.3 oz - Retail Value $24

I truly never use dry shampoos, so I am not the best judge of their efficacy, but I give it my best shot. This is made with volcanic ash, vitamin E, and panthenol to absorb excess oil and condition and strengthen your hair. I didn't find it to be irritating on my scalp the way some dry shampoos can be, and it didn't leave a white residue on my dark brown hair either. It was also pretty lightweight- sometimes after I try dry shampoos, the hair near my scalp feels kind of heavy, but this didn't make my hair feel that way at all.

Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $52 + free shipping (and a total value of $115)

Value Breakdown: 

  • Glow Recipe: $39 → $17.63
  • Kopari: $24 → $10.85
  • Danessa Myricks: $22 → $9.94
  • Good Molecules: $6 → $2.71
  • Unwash: $24 → $10.85

Everything in the box adds up to $115, which is more than double the cost of the box.

Key Takeaways

Trendmood knows how to put out a good box, and that is just undeniable. I do think this box was good, but I don't think this is the best I've ever seen from them. While I definitely still think this box has a good value, the total value is lower that what I have seen from previous volumes. Additionally, while I am over the moon about the Glow Recipe and Danessa Myricks products, and am really happy with the Kopari scrub, I am a lot more meh with the Good Molecules serum and Unwash dry shampoo. I don't think I am the only person that feels this way, as the box was available for a while when typically this box sells out within hours (or minutes...) after launching. I still believe this box is a great way to try out popular brands and new launches, and I look forward to the next Trendmood curation that is released (like, alarms set to remind me to not miss it as soon as it's announced look forward).

Check out all of our Trendmood reviews and our list of the best beauty subscription boxes of 2022, as voted on by MSA readers like you.

Other Things You Should Know

Is this box still available? No, this limited-edition box is sold out. Trendmood boxes are notorious for selling out quickly after launch, so keep an eye out for upcoming boxes, and consider downloading their 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 Volume 14 Beauty Box? What new launch do you hope appears inside Volume 15?

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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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Snow

Oof I feel like this needs another product to justify the $52. Since I am still trying to recooperate after ravaging my skin (I’m talking full fledge destroy), I have cut wayyyyyyyy back on like everything. It’s hard to get excited about products like these when all I can think about is whether or not my skin is going to freak out and continue to ruin my life (dramatic I know). That said, Vanicream does make a really nice facial moisturizer if anyone is in the same boat as me.
Jessica, since you are a fellow cystic acne survivor….do you have any tips for healing those God awful, painful zits? Any and all tips would be much appreciated! 🙂

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Flora

Snow, I had a huge cystic acne breakout, like all of my chin and nose were one big swollen lump. (age & medication related) It took me around 6 months on Curology to fix things. Now my skin barrier is tougher than ever and look, Ma, no break-outs! I have done some professional med spa microneedling that has reduced all the scars and texture as well. My skin still has some pink scars but they are no longer giant raised welts. Good luck and remember, it is a marathon not a race dealing with cystic acne

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Flora

Thanks Snow! It’s not an issue about mentioning your skin troubles. I think everyone has Skin goals and when they get derailed, it can be quite a difficult road to get back on track (figuring out what went wrong, the time it takes to heal let alone what works to fix it). I think I started out without Tretinoin. My first few bottles were Clindamycin, Azelaic acid and niacinamide. She also recommended Vanicream, so you’re on the right path! Good luck and hope your skin heals quickly.

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Snow

Thanks so much Flora! I am currently on tretinoin, but I think my skin barrier was so damaged, even my low dose retin-A cream was wreaking havoc on it….and I have been on the stuff for years with no issues. I apologize for constantly bringing up my skin issues here, but it was (is) really eating into my self esteem and making me feel (and look) miserable. I’m hoping to climb back on the tretinoin wagon in a week or so. Thanks again for your response and I am so glad you found something that works for you! ☺️

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Sherri

Another great review, thanks Jessica! I was so happy (maybe I should say relieved, lol) to get the eye pencil in Rose Quartz, which is a color I can use (I was certain I would get the yellow, which would be a hard no for me). I haven’t used it yet so I appreciate that you included the swatch. And I already had the GR moisturizer and love it, which is really what prompted me to get this box so I’d have another when I run out. I didn’t realize the value until I saw your numbers – I mean, it’s still a deal but yeah, not as good as past boxes, but since I’ll use everything (except the serum), I was pretty happy with this box.

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Jessica Hapak

I’m glad you got the rose quartz eyeliner- it’s such a pretty shade! And isn’t that Glow Recipe moisturizer just so nice?

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