So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night…
October 2014 is my final Beauty Box 5 subscription box, and I’m sad to say that after nine months, I won’t miss this subscription at all.
This month’s box, ‘Effortless Allure’ is all about ‘less is more’, which in my mind translates to ‘Let’s pass off uninspiring products to our subscribers, and charge MORE for them for Canadians’. None of these products can help ‘pull together’ a look, but the marketing copy will try to spin it that way anyway!
Through my ten months of this subscription, there were some highs and some lows, but unfortunately all those lows seemed to come right after they priced Canadians out of the market by upping our boxes by $3 while dropping the value of items in-box. I cancelled my subscription in August, RIGHT after I’d resubscribed for three months at the previous price in July. And since then I haven’t had one good box, just ones there were more disappointing than the next.
Is BB5 the next Glossybox? Who knows, but let’s dissect this final offering.
Extend Your Beauty Cosmetic Tool - $5.49
Yup, it’s a stick with a paddle on the bottom to get the most product out of your makeup. Very alluring. Sigh. Sigh. Sigh.
Chapstick Hydration Lock - $2.99
Chapstick. Chapstick? CHAPSTICK?! I have lip balms in my purse like any good Canadian but this is probably one of the last things I’d expect from a BEAUTY SUBSCRIPTION. Please tell me how this is alluring. No.
Nanacoco Ocean Breeze Nail Polish - $3.49
You know, there’s nothing too wrong with this compared to some of the really cheap polish I’ve received from BB5 lately, but it’s nothing to get excited over. Especially since it’s a summer shade in October.
Lashem Picture Perfect - $1.70
The product is only $3.95 for .5oz and this sample is 0.17oz so who knows how far this will go. I loathe ‘wrinkle creams’ but apparently this doubles as a primer? Verdict is out. I’m bored.
Bellapierre Cosmetics Cheek and Lip Stain in Pink - $19.99
Now don’t get me wrong, this is really the only product in the box worth getting excited by, but I’m a bit tired of these faux-prestige products in subscription boxes. This really should be a $12 tint, not a $20 one. That said, it’s light and buildable so it offers some versatility whether you use it on your cheeks or lips.
Thing is? I keep seeing people post this online with ‘OMG AMAZING’, ‘I LOVE my BB5 this month!’ or ‘So much cool stuff to try!’ Am I crazy? Spoiled? Bitter? This stuf seems like one good thing, the Bellapierre, and a bunch of stuff I could get at the dollar store or that I could get a more prestige sample of for free from Sephora. (Looking at you Lashem!)
Next month I’ll run through my favourite products from Beauty Box 5 as a post-mortem, because I certainly found some amazing products from the subscription, just nothing in the last three months really.
Do you have a subscription to Beauty Box 5? Or did you have one and cancel? Do you agree with my review?