Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Topbox January 2013 Review, Photos
This month, Topbox sent out each subscriber the very first Prive Box, a box featuring samples from only one brand. In future months, subscribers will be given a wishlist to choose which Prive Box they would like to receive, but only some will actually receive it (depending on the number of boxes available). Those who don't receive a Prive Box will get the regular Topbox, and subscribers can also choose not to fill out the wishlist if they just want a regular box.
Some people were confused about this month's box, as Topbox had sent out the first wishlist for February's box early (boxes are being shipped earlier next month as well), and this brand was not on the list. But everyone was meant to receive a Prive Box this month, with next month being when only some will receive
Topbox promised an iconic brand, and I have to say, they delivered! Clinique is not a brand I've used often, but I am pretty happy to receive this box.
Clarifying Lotion 3
"Formulated to help lift the world's impurities to create healthier, younger skin."
Full size: $16 (200mL), $27 (400mL)
Sample size: $2.39 (30mL -- using first value)
This is Step 2 of their 3-step skincare set. This was one of the samples customized to our beauty profile, and they did well to give me this one for Combination/Oily skin! This works as a toner and I will definitely make good use of this.
Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent
"Make it a clean sweep, from lashes to brows. Or use for on-the-spot makeup fixes. Oil-free."
Full size: $25 (125mL)
Sample size: $12.02 (60mL)
I've tried this before, but I can't remember if it's as effective as Lancome's Bi-Facil. Either way, it's a great-sized sample and will definitely come in handy.
Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo in 02 Like Mink
"Go-together shades of silky, easy-to-blend colour in a chrome slide compact."
Full size: $25 (2.5g)
Sample size: $15.63 (1.6g)
I was a bit wary when I heard there were eyeshadow duos in this box, but I'm happy to report the shades are quite buttery and pigmented! My wariness came from lackluster duos in previous GWPs (gifts with purchase) from Clinique, Lancome, and Estée Lauder. I guess Clinique has upped their game here. I do love these shades -- the cream has a nice sheen to it and the brown has subtle sparkles. My picture shows them a bit warmer than they really are; they're both a bit deeper in real life. The compact itself is quite nice as well, though the chrome part is a fingerprint magnet!
Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector
"A second chance for skin against sun damage and wrinkles. At 12 weeks, the visible wrinkle-reducing power is remarkably close to a dermatological laser procedure. 63% to be exact."
Full size: $57 (30mL), $86 (50mL)
Sample size: $13.26 (7mL -- using first value)
Ah, the requisite wrinkle cream! I don't have wrinkles (yet), but sure, I'll play. I really like that it's a UV damage corrector too, as I'm sure many of us have made the mistake of not wearing sunscreen outdoors. The sample might not be that useful for me, but I'll still try it out on the very fine lines on my eyes.
Total box value: $43.30
What did you think of this month's Topbox? How do you feel about the Prive Boxes?
Subscription bought and paid for myself. All opinions are my own.