I’ve been a subscriber to Luxe Box on and off for a couple of years now. If you haven’t heard of Luxe Box before, it’s your typical beauty subscription box, and it’s one of the only ones I know of that’s available in Canada. The cost is around $25 per box and they come once a quarter, typically around when the seasons change. Value for money-wise, it’s probably not the greatest deal (a mix of 7 to 8 trial- and full-size products); but I do enjoy getting sent a box of surprises and discovering new products and brands that I wouldn’t have tried otherwise. Luxe Box is where I discovered my absolute holy grail skin product (the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant from Paula’s Choice), which completely turned my skin around for the better and is a product I don’t think I could live without!
I just received the box for this fall, and so I thought I’d give a quick review of the products that came in it in case you’re interested in seeing what it’s all about and perhaps trying it out for yourself. This season I was surprised to receive two boxes in the mail – the regular subscription box with 7 products, as well as a separate box of 10 products to try from Unilever. I’m only going to talk about what I received in the regular box because otherwise there would be way too many products to go over, but I’ll show you what came in the Unilever box anyway in case you’re curious. So without further ado, let’s go ahead and get started!
The first thing that caught my eye in the Luxe Box was the Blush and Bronzer Mini Palette from Coastal Scents. It comes with five powders: a highlight shade, two bronzers (one matte, one shimmer), and two blushes (again, one matte and one shimmer). From a quick swatch test on my hand these seem pretty nice – they are highly pigmented but still blendable, and the bronzers look warm enough so that they won’t look like they’ll end up looking dirty. In terms of blush there is a lighter pink with some shimmer which actually looks very bright when swatched (it reminds me of bubblegum!) The darker, matte colour is more of a berry fuschia shade which I think will be very nice for fall (but I’ll have to be very careful not to go too heavy-handed with that one as it is very pigmented and seems to be the least blendable formula). This is the first time I’ve tried anything from Coastal Scents so I’m excited to see what it’s like. And the size of each product is pretty large, so I feel like that is actually very good value for being in a Luxe Box.
Next is a trial-size Photo Finish Foundation Primer from Smashbox, and it is the pore minimizing, oil-free formula. I was so excited to see this in there because it perfectly suits my skin type and I do really love Smashbox products. This is probably something that I would have considered purchasing for myself anyway, so I’m really looking forward to trying it out. We’ll see if I end up investing in the full-size product!
Back to cheek products, there is a Coral Cheek & Lip Stain from a brand called Bellápierre. I’ve never heard of this company, but a quick Google search tells me they are a mineral makeup brand focused on natural products. I’m definitely getting more into natural and organic products, and just being more conscious of what I’m putting on my skin, so I’m excited to try this and see if the quality is there. The one thing I will say is that although I do really like the coral colour, it’s much more of a summer product, so it’s a bit disappointing to see it in the fall box.
Moving on, we have a Velvet Shine Lip Jewel from Jing Ai in the colour Champagne. I hadn’t heard of this brand either, but similar to Bellápierre, they offer natural beauty and skincare products. The shade Champagne is really more of a peachy pink, which I don’t mind – but again, I feel like this would have been so beautiful to wear in spring and summer! I typically can’t wait for fall and winter to start playing with the more deep and rich tones that suit the season, so this one might have to wait for next year. I’ll say that it looks very pretty on and definitely feels nice on my lips, like more of a balm than a lipstick, so that’s a plus. It actually really reminds me of the Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain, but the fact that it’s a natural product definitely gives it an edge in my books.
The last of the makeup products is a Fat Eye Stick from Eyeko in the shade Smoke. I’ve never tried Eyeko before but I’ve heard good things, and this one definitely passed the swatch test. It’s a dark, metallic black shade with a hint of blue, and really reminds me of the old MAC Shade Stick in Gunmetal (not sure if I’m remembering that name correctly). This is clearly not an everyday product, but the next time I’m going for an intense smoky eye, I’m definitely reaching for this. It goes on smoothly and is very easy to blend for a cream product, so it seems like it would be great for using as a base for a dark shadow. On it’s own, I’m not sure how well it would set and not smudge throughout the night because it does say it has a glossy finish, so that remains yet to be seen!
There was one hair product in this box, and that is a gorge* (short for gorgeous I’m guessing) leave-in conditioning spray. I’m actually not sure what it’s called, but based on the label, I think it is the “I’ll Make You Look Amazing Daily Spray”. It also says it is “a magical leave in conditioning spray that will turn your hair into the sexiest hair ever.” That is quite the proposition, but I’ve got my fingers crossed that it lives up to it, because wouldn’t that just be so nice? I popped off the top to take a look at the product and it is actually more of a cream-like consistency than a liquid spray, and it smells so good. I can’t wait to try this one out and see what it can do for my hair!
Last, I was sent a Ciaté Paint Pot in PP205 – Night on the Tiles. This is the second time Luxe Box has included a Ciaté nail polish (there’s usually one nail product in each box), and although I’ve heard such good things about this product, unfortunately both times they’ve sent me colours that I wouldn’t wear. Night on the Tiles is a full-on glitter polish with what looks like light blue, dark blue, silver, and gold/green pieces in it. Previously I was also sent the shade PP176 – Brocade Parade, a glitter polish with black and silver pieces. To be fully honest, I haven’t tried either of these because I’m just not into wearing glitter polish at all. I do usually wear nail polish on a daily basis, but I stick to the nudes and red shades, and maybe a few darker, more adventurous colours in fall and winter. So I’m not sure what I’ll end up doing with these ones – I may pass them on to my sister or a friend, or otherwise donate them to a better home!
So that is it for the Luxe Box products. However, in case you’re interested, here is what I received in the second box which was full of Unilever products. There are some skin wipes; a spray-on deodorant; some Vaseline lip balm and hand lotion; shampoo and conditioner; a hair serum; a moisturizing body wash; and two hair styling products, a mousse and salt spray.
As you can see, there are a lot of trial-size hair products, which I love getting because I always store them and save them up for travel. A few of these products I’ve actually used before, including the Simple wipes (which I love but can never justify spending the money on) and the Vaseline Lip Therapy. I am curious to try the spray-on deodorant because I’ve never used one of those before, and I was also happy to see a decently-sized hand cream because for some reason my hands have been unbearably dry lately and I need to carry something like this with me at all times. Other than that, I won’t go into too much detail on these products, except to say that Luxe Box really did come through on value for money this season by sending both of these boxes. You never know what you’re going to get, which is half the fun!
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Until next time,