So, I’ve had a Glossybox subscription for a month and a half now, and even though I didn’t get around to reviewing October’s box (my laptop has had a bit of a keyboard issue so typing out long posts was too much of a chore), I really enjoyed the products. What a great box to start on! And it arrived a couple of days after my birthday!
So in the box this month we had the obligatory voucher codes for graze boxes… Does anyone ever use those? Surely everyone has a graze account by now… Anyway, we also had a lipstick, a primer, false lashes, an eyeshadow palette, and a body cream. Three full size and two travel size products, which is absolutely fine, because the two travel size products were still a very good size.
Anyway, here’s a more detailed review of each product:
Eylure Natural Lashes (£5)
I haven’t tried these specific lashes on yet, but I will when I have an event that requires a bit of lash-related drama. I have used Eylure in the past for false lashes, and they’ve always managed to do a good job, so I’m confident that these will work out as well.
I haven’t seen a huge appreciation of these on social media, but I quite like the idea of getting lashes this month. It’s something a little different, and I like that.
I love a neutral palette, I really do. I’ve had a personal attachment to gold eyeshadow ever since I was a kid and for some reason my dad let me buy a body shop eyeshadow in the brightest, most offensive shade of gold you have ever seen. So naturally, I have very warm feelings towards this. It has some really rich browns, a really nice cool bronze that is super pigmented and really nice for autumn, two pinky pearl shades that will be perfect for a powder highlight, and it even has a darker few shades for when you want to smoke up your look a little bit. Not all the eyeshadows are equally pigmented, with the shimmery ones tending towards a bit of a thicker consistency and the matte ones being a little bit more faded when put on skin. However, I do really love the colours, so would be happy to just spritz my brush with a little Fix+ before applying, just to give the shade a bit of depth.
In terms of the packaging, it looks nice, very sleek and you can see all of the colours clearly. It comes with one of those useless spongy applicators, which i wish they would stop including because they go straight to the bottom of my makeup bag, never to be seen again. Also, I don’t know if this is typical, but mine was so hard to prise open that I had to use the end of my tweezers as a kind of crowbar and lever it open. When I did manage to crack it open, I really enjoyed what was inside, and it’s something that I’ll definitely be playing around with in the future. I was actually really surprised by the price, which goes to show that you can get quality from a drugstore brand.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – Fire & Ice (£7.49)
Red lipstick is one of my favourite ways to sex up an everyday look, or give a monochromatic look some vigour, so I was quite excited when I saw that I had got a red shade in my box this month. However, when I looked a little closer, it was like the colour was burning my tiny eyes out of my head. I applied it and washed it off almost immediately. It’s the brightest lipstick I’ve ever seen, let alone worn, and it just will never suit me, so I gave it to my housemate.
This all said, just because the colour isn’t for me, it doesn’t mean that it’s not for everyone. If it was the summer and I had a bit of a tan, maybe this lipstick would be totally for me, but as it stands, I’m just not feeling it right now.
In terms of application, it went on very smoothly. It has a creamy texture, which is nice and moisturising for my constantly chapped lips, it’s long-lasting, and can be blotted to take away some of the creaminess, giving the impression of a mattified lip, which is very of the moment right now. Overall, I didn’t hate it, but I will just never wear such a bright colour on my face, so it doesn’t make sense for me to keep it.
Emite Diamond Heart Primer (travel size, but full size retails at £25.99)
Yes Glossybox! Get on that primer hype!
This product is everything that I wanted to get a subscription for – it’s something I would have never come into contact with before, it’s something I probably wouldn’t have thought to buy even if I had, but wow. I love it.
My dry skin adores products like this – ones that nourish my skin and give it a barrier under the makeup I wear almost every day. It isn’t a mattifying primer, which suits me fine because unless my skin is super hydrated, anything with ‘matte’ in the title will make my skin look ridiculously patchy and gross.
It smells amazing, is packaged beautifully, applies so smoothly onto my skin and gives me such a glow. If I were on holiday, I might even just wear this with a bit of concealer instead of going the full foundation route. My one and only concern is that I do tend to use quite a bit of the product in application and I’m scared I’ll run out of it too quickly for it to be worth the money (if I bought it in future), but we shall see. At this moment in time, I cannot sing its praises enough.
Royal Apothic Cream Crème Body Lotion – Venetian Grove (travel size, but full size is £14.50)
I have way too much body lotion for any average lotion to really break the mould for me, and unfortunately, this product wasn’t even average in my eyes.
While the packaging is nice, with really cute ornate detailing, it’s just not a nice product for me. The smell rests somewhere between old lady perfume and the chemical aroma of hair dye. Not something I want to be hanging out on my skin every day.
It does do the job of moisturising, but there are so many other cheaper products out there that do a better job and don’t smell like an old lady hair salon that I just can’t give it a positive review.