Here we are again, it is Glossybox time! The twelfth box of the year has arrived, and it is a lovely limited edition design, simply titled ‘Mistletoe Kisses’ which is perfect for the festive season.
Inside are 5 items, 4 of which are full-sized, and they all centre around preparing the perfect festive makeup look. As you can see, it’s a fairly makeup focused box this month, which will be sure to please many subscribers. So let’s take a closer look at the contents…
First up, is the MDMflow semi-matte lipstick in the shade ‘Bossy’ Now, I knew I’d be receiving this item, as subscribers were given a choice between two lippies, with the explanation that the other items in your box would compliment it. So as the other choice was a festive red colour (not something I would ever wear) I went for the nude shade, as it seemed to be more my style. The packaging is rather cool, although its somewhat similar to a golden tampon, but unfortunately the shade wasn’t how I’d pictured it to be. It is very brown in colour, from the photos on the models online, I expected it to be a little bit more pinkish in tone. But both myself and my sister tried it out, and it’s not a bad shade, I reckon with some pinky gloss over top I could definitely make it work. As it’s a semi-matte, it goes on easily, without dragging, and definitely felt smooth on the lips, rather than drying. So, I’m gonna try hard to incorporate this into my makeup routine as something a bit new and different. This is a full-sized item, valued at €21.
Another full-sized item included was the Browcote Waterproof Brow Sealer from Lipcote. I’ve heard of Lipcote as a brand before, and I’ve wanted to try their lipstick sealer for ages, so I was disappointed to see some subscribers had received it instead of this! However, a brow gel is always something I’ll use, so it won’t go to waste at all. I tried it out on my brows today, and a little goes a long way, this stuff is rock solid, it sets your brows in place so well that they definitely will not budge at all. Not the most exciting of additions, but one most subscribers will use I’m sure. This is valued at €8.95.
Next up was the only sample sized item in the box, the Lavera Basis Sensitiv All-Round Cream. It’s an ultra rich moisturiser that can be used on both face and body, and promises to be a perfect makeup primer. It smells so nice, down to the addition of organic shea butter and almond oil. At first, I thought it may be really heavy to use on the face, but upon testing it, it feels quite lightweight and absorbed quickly into the skin. My only slight gripe is the packaging. The little tin looks neat and compact, but the lid keeps falling off which is so irritating, so I wouldn’t be popping this in a travel bag, as I’d imagine it’ll end up going everywhere! This is a sample size, but a full-sized tub retails at €8.95.
Next up, another full-sized item is the GOSH Mono Eyeshadow in Dark Green. I’ve had quite a few GOSH products before, and loved them, but honestly this is the dud of the box for me. Yeah, I get it, a forest green is good for a festive look, but unfortunately I would just never wear this shade on my lids. I was rather disappointed to find this in my box, as I’d understood that the products were meant to match the lipstick to create a ‘look’ but I personally wouldn’t have paired the lipstick shade with this shadow, nor would have I have paired the red lip with it either. But that’s just my preference, plenty of subscribers will adore this. This full sized shadow pan is valued at €9.99.
*In this photo and the swatch photo below, the shadow looks almost greyish for a smokey look, but trust me, in real life it is a sparkly dark green!*
Finally, the last full-sized item included was the Essence Light Up Your Face Luminzer Palette. I love Essence products, but in a way I often think, oh well I could’ve picked that up in Penneys, when one pops up in my box. It can be a tad disappointing receiving such an affordable brand that is very common in Ireland, instead of a more niche or unusual brand. Still though, I was happy with this little strobing trio, ‘cos I’m a huge fan of highlighters in general! The three shades are lovely, with the left one being the only matte one, and it is quite light, but I think I can make it work on the browbone. The other two shades are shimmery, a light pearl and a golden glow, and all three feel creamy to the touch. I havent popped them on my face yet, but I’m dying to give this palette a whirl. This is valued at €4.95.
Swatches L-R: MDMflow lipstick in ‘Bossy’, GOSH eyeshadow in ‘Dark Green’, Essence light up your face palette (3 shades)
So that’s the lot! I’ll be honest, my first impression was that this box is a pile of crap. I went as far as to text my boyfriend, who very kindly pays for my Glossybox, to cancel the subscription as I thought it was complete and utter shite. However, when I played around with it, my thoughts changed a little. Yeah, the eyeshadow will go in the bin, it is of no use to me. The lipstick? Well, although it’s not my usual shade, I’ve vowed to wear it at least once, to try something new. I’ll obviously get plenty of use from the brow gel, and I’ll use the cream, either on my face or body. Finally, the Essence highlighters are a nice little addition to my already heaving highlight collection, but a welcome addition at that. Basically, its all ok, but nothing wowed me. It’s a pity, as last year’s December box was one of the best I’ve ever received.
Next month’s sneak peek is an eyeshadow from The Balm, and to be honest, it’s all too reminiscent of the teeny sample sizes they send out in Birchbox, and the shades don’t really appeal to me, so it’s not really something that I’m getting excited about.
So what are your thoughts on this month’s Glossybox? Did you receive anything different in your box? Let me know in the comments below!
If you’re interested in signing up for Glossybox you can do so here. You can get 40% off this box by entering the code SUGAR at the checkout 🙂