Lack of Luxe in April 2012’s Luxe Box

Alright, so y’all remember my disappointment in my first three luxe boxes, well April was not much better so I’ve never been more relieved that I have finally cancelled my subscription. I was originally worried that I would find April so super amazing and awesome that I would regret my decision.

Let’s start out with the arrival of the box. It came on May 1 – I don’t think I’ve ever received a box before the very last few days of the month (maybe February) but according to their website, luxe boxes are supposed to get shipped mid-month (so even if it takes 5-6 days to arrive, you still get it by the early 20-something dates)  and then you get charged for the following month at the end of the month. If you are like me and receiving boxes at the end of the month, it really sucks that you pretty much get charged for the next month before getting the current month’s box. I think if the boxes were more awesome, I could deal with the lateness but if I am constantly on the verge of cancelling, I need the box to show up early enough to convince me that I should/shouldn’t cancel.

So how did April’s box look? Well see for yourself:

April luxe box

April luxe box

One bonus of this month’s box – finally no more perfume samples! I think I would have unleashed my rage monster if I received any more department store freebie perfume samples. Instead I got:

  • Bobos Remi Leave-in Conditioner (2.70oz)
  • China Glaze Nail Polish in Prism (full size)
  • Yves Rocher Gentle Eye Makeup Remover for Sensitive Eyes (50ml)
  • Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Shampoo and Conditioner (50ml each)

So the Bobos Remi leave-in conditioner was my “first in line” pick (since it seem like the one I would most likely use) but that process was an absolute gong show this time as well. I guess the system crashed or something with everyone trying to login so afterwards everyone had to pick time slots to select their products, which is fine but I just wish they had considered that earlier especially since last month had indicators of this being an issue. To be honest, I’ve never heard of Bobos Remi and I have no knowledge of their brand, so I can’t form an opinion of whether or not it’s a “deluxe” brand. I did give this a quick test and it smells ok and seems to work ok, but I am a fan of pureology’s leave-in conditioner and have been using it for a while now, so it’s going to take a lot to convince me to switch brands. Pureology is more expensive than the Bobos Remi, but I think it’s worth it.

Although you can’t really tell in the picture above, the China Glaze polish is actually purple-y sparkle instead of silver. It goes on quite nicely and I think I can use it as a glitter top coat on some of my other polishes. I don’t think this is something I would wear on it’s own, but it can find a home in my polish collection – if it still doesn’t work, I’m sure I can find it a good home with someone else.

I only used the Yves Rocher eye makeup remover once and it was fine. I don’t normally have a lot of eye makeup on, so I don’t tend to use a lot of eye makeup remover as washing my face seems to do the trick. I will probably pass this on to my sister since she can use it. But I would like to express my disappointment with this being considered a “deluxe” brand. In my opinion, Yves Rocher is not a deluxe brand at all, I would peg it as semi-drugstore brand and the fact that I’ve gotten their products in 2 of my boxes (50%) is not making me feel like my money is going to good use. If I wanted a semi-drugstore brand, I would just buy a full size bottle, it doesn’t cost that much more.

And finally, the kicker in this box is the Pantene Pro-V shampoo and conditioner samples. Seriously? While I have used Pantene and it’s a pretty decent brand of shampoo, it is nowhere near what I would consider a deluxe brand. And P&G runs a sampling program called BrandSampler where they will send you samples a few times a year and I’ve always managed to get Pantene samples of this variety from them for free. I mean I’ve gotten Pantene samples on the street (I was in Vancouver and they were literally handing out samples at the train station) for goodness sakes! And I’m just going to say it, with coupons and sales, you can probably get a bottle of Pantene at the store for $3 so this has no value to me whatsoever.

So What Would Argenplath Pay?

Luxe boxes are $12.60 ($12+tax) so I did some math and figured out what the box contents were worth:

  • Bobos Remi Leave-In Conditioner ($2.70, $10 for full size (10 oz))
  • China Glaze Polish ($8)
  • Yves Rocher Eye Makeup Remover ($2.40, $6 for full size (125ml))
  • Pantene Pro-V Shampoo and Conditioner ($1.60, $12 for full size (375 ml x2))

So in total, this box was worth $14.70 and the majority of that value comes from the full size nail polish. This box, to me is not worth paying the subscription price for considering the nail polish is probably the only thing I liked. I feel very disappointed that the luxe boxes didn’t live up to my expectations in terms of brands or in a small way service (late boxes are not cool), but this is definitely a learning experience as I’ve never paid for samples before and I’m not really sure this is the best option for me. However, I am testing out a different service for the month of May and we’ll see if I am happier with that – either way, I will be sharing my thoughts on that experience later on.

2 thoughts on “Lack of Luxe in April 2012’s Luxe Box

  1. Pingback: Glossybox Review: May | What Would Argenplath Pay?

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