Topbox Review: November 2012 – January 2013

So it’s been awhile since I’ve mentioned that I broke up with Glossybox and started a whole new relationship with Topbox. Topbox has definitely been my favorite subscription box thus far. It doesn’t come with the full size products that Glossybox did but it has introduced me to brands that I’ve never heard of.

Another reason I like topbox is the option for me to get my samples in eco-friendly packaging and every little bit helps in my opinion. Plus I don’t really need that many fancy boxes – soon, I will have to start recycling these anyway. Also I really appreciate the fact that topbox ships in and around the 10th of every month and they have not really deviated from their schedule, this way I always receive my box before month end.

Eco-Friendly Topbox

Eco-Friendly Topbox!

Now without further adieu, here are my first three boxes (February actually arrives today!).

November 2012 Topbox

November 2012 Topbox

My November topbox came with the following:

  • Benefit They’re Real! Mascara (3g)
  • Cuccio Naturale Butter Blend in Pomegranate & Fig (9.24g)
  • Pandora’s Makeup Box Polish and Perfume in Aqua Pretty (full size)

I love the mascara – it’s perfect for travel or as a just in case item in my purse. I haven’t tried the Cuccio lotion yet but I did love the Pandora nail polish. The Pandora perfume is ok but a bit floral for my tastes.

December_2012_Topbox

I have to admit, I haven’t really touched the December box since I have lots of other similar samples to use first. The only one I’ve tested is the nail polish and it is now happily ensconced in my polish collection. I am ridiculously loyal to my favorite perfumes (DKNY Be Delicious in all its iterations are my go to scents) so it takes a lot for me to change scents, plus I rarely wear perfume since a co-worker is quite sensitive to scents. If anyone has tried any of these items in the December box – please let me know what you think!

  • China Glaze Nail Polish in Purr-fect Plum (full size)
  • Chloe Eau de Parfum (5g)
  • Ferro Cosmetics Ultimate HD Foundation (sample size)
  • Goldwell Hot Form Spray (30ml)
January Clinque Prive Topbox

January Clinique Prive Topbox

January was a different type of topbox as it is focused all on a specific brand. Topbox is calling these Prive boxes and for February we were given the option of potentially getting a specific prive box (boxes are limited) or the regular February box. I did choose some of the Prive box options so I’m excited to see if I get one or if it’s going to be a regular box.

  • Clarifying Lotion (60ml)
  • Rinse Off Eye Makeup Solvent (60ml)
  • Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo in Like Mink (1.6g)
  • Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector (7ml)

Again, I haven’t used the items in the box yet, but I’ve tried Clinique before. The clarifying lotion is a bit too strong for my skin and tends to dry it out so I’m probably not going to be use this one, but rather passing it along to a friend. The eye makeup solvent is ok and does the job, but I’ve never had issues removing eye makeup with just cleanser so I rarely buy a separate product. I love the neutral colours in the eye shadow duo and it’s definitely something I’d use for a low key look. The wrinkle and uv damage corrector is new and sounds a bit intense for me, so I’m very tempted to give it to Argenplath Mama and ask her what she thinks :p

So What Would Argenplath Pay?

Obviously most of these items are samples and not full size products, but if you look at the packaging, I think you can agree that it’s not made for large full size items. I don’t think that this is a mark against topbox because you’re told this is a sample service (albeit larger size samples). I’ve seen people say “well they only give you samples” and it bothers me because all these subscription boxes were created as a sample service and I don’t think for $12.60, you should expect full size goods. Also I would rather receive samples from new and interesting brands instead of stuff I can get in the grocery store or drug store. As a makeup junkie, I want to find new brands/products to try and not the same old same old.

Topbox used to be $10, but they have raised the price to $12 – I still think is quite reasonable and it is definitely one of the cheaper subscription boxes on the market. Below is a price breakdown of the boxes (with the exception of November ($10.50), I paid $12.60 for each box):

November 2012 (Total Value: $35.47)

  • Benefit They’re Real! Mascara ($10.24)
  • Cuccio Naturale Butter Blend in Pomegranate & Fig ($0.73)
  • Pandora’s Makeup Box Polish and Perfume in Aqua Pretty ($24.50)

December 2012 (Total Value: $33.19)

  • China Glaze Nail Polish in Purr-fect Plum ($10)
  • Chloe Eau de Parfum ($9)
  • Ferro Cosmetics Ultimate HD Foundation ($10 (guesstimate))
  • Goldwell Hot Form Spray ($4.19)

January 2013 (Clinque Prive Box) ($46.10)

  • Clarifying Lotion ($4.80)
  • Rinse Off Eye Makeup Solvent ($12)
  • Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo in Like Mink ($16)
  • Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector ($13.30)

As you can see, I certainly got more value than what I paid for and so far I have to say that Topbox is my favorite service to date. I look forward to receiving their boxes every month and I love that they run contests (almost weekly) on their facebook page and also put up certain topboxes for sale on their online store. Their online store is also great for picking up full size versions of products in the boxes and everything ships for free. So if you’re interested in trying a beauty box service, I would suggest starting out with topbox.

3 thoughts on “Topbox Review: November 2012 – January 2013

  1. I am also loving my Topbox subscription – it is miles better than the Glymm box I was getting. This month I got a Deborah Lippman nail polish!
    I have used the Goldwell hot form spray from December and really like it.

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