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After two very similar GlamSense campaigns, I was accepted into their TopBox Luxury Essentials campaign. For this campaign I received the Luxury Essentials Box, that is still available, and will start shipping on November 15th.
TopBox has these one-off purchase boxes often, and if you like subscription boxes, but are afraid of the “surprise”, these boxes are for you. The box content is revealed upfront, so you know exactly what you’ll be getting. Again, this is not an actual subscription, so you have to purchase each box separately, meaning you can get skip or get them as often as you want.
The cost: US $26 (free shipping)
Ships to: Canada, US (including its territories, PO Boxes, and APO, DPO, and FPO boxes), UK, Australia
Frequency: Limited edition one-off purchase
This specific box comes with 6 deluxe-sized luxury makeup and skincare products, packaged in a sturdy cardboard cylinder, that comes in a shipping envelope, so it will remain pristine, and you can reuse it. These are all the products that you will receive, and there are no variations:
- Smashbox | Photo Finish Foundation Primer (7.1mL deluxe sample)
- Bobbi Brown | Crushed Lip Colour – Ruby (2.25g deluxe sample)
- Darphin | Exquisâge Beauty Revealing Cream (4mL deluxe sample)
- Estée Lauder | Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex ll (7mL deluxe sample)
- Clinique | TAKE THE DAY OFF MAKEUP REMOVER (50mL deluxe sample)
- GlamGlow | SUPERMUD (15g deluxe sample)
Wow! I was really surprised to see a Darphin product, since they are very high-end. The full size of this serum retails for $165/ 30ml, making this little sample worth $22. The serum is a lightweight fluid with a somewhat perfumey floral scent. It absorbs very quickly and gives a dewy, but not greasy finish. It comes with a pump, and I need 2-3 pumps per application for my face and neck. I found it quite hydrating, but the few days I’ve been using it were definitely not long enough to have any bigger effect on my skin. I’d say this sample would last about 5-10 days, depending on how much you use.
From the retail price $44/ 30ml of the full sized primer, I calculated that this deluxe sample is worth $10.27. This is the cult-classic primer that almost everyone tried at least once. These samples are actually a bit overexposed in boxes, and I’d love to have tried a different variety of a Smashbox primer. That being said I do like it. It has that classic silicone feel that glides smoothly over my skin, and makeup applies good over it. It’s not greasy and gives my skin a smooth and somewhat blurred finish.
I was so happy and surprised to see this lipstick in the box, since it’s Bobbi Brown’s new release. This sample is more than half the full size, which retails for $38/ 3.4g, making the sample worth $25.15. When I saw the color, I expected a rich, deep burgundy, and I was surprise to see that this lipstick is quite sheer (then I looked it up). This is a type of lipstick that gives a blotted lip look with one swipe, and can be built up to give more color. It’s somewhere between a tinted lip balm and a regular lipstick in terms of color and hydration, and lasts about the same as other lipsticks on me (not long-wearing ones).
Here’s how the lipstick looks on me. Top photo shows one swipe only for a natural, blotted look, and lower is built up quite a lot to give a deeper color.
This is another highly praised skincare product, and I was so glad I received it in this box. Full size retails for $86/ 30ml, so the sample is worth $20.07. The thin liquid inside smells exactly like quince jam to me, absorbs instantly into my skin, and the scent pretty much goes away once its absorbed. It’s very hydrating, and my skin is loving it. Again, the few days I’ve been using it were definitely not long enough to have any bigger effect on my skin, but I see it lasting at least 2 weeks, since I only need a small amount.
I saw this size being sold for $11 on some online sites, so I’m taking that as it’s worth, with full size retailing for $24/ 125ml. It’s a dual-phase makeup removes that is obviously slightly oily, and removes all of my makeup easily, including mascara. I only need a small amount and don’t even need to rub much. I love a good eye makeup remover, so this is a treat. It’s gentle and doesn’t sting my eyes.
This product has various retail sizes and prices: $24/ 5×0.1oz, $79/ 50g, $115/ 100g, $24/ 15g, making this sample worth $24. This is a vary minty mud mask, that feels cooling and tingling on my face, making it borderline uncomfortable. It’s quite thin, easy to spread over my skin, I don’t need much and it dried really fast. I used it only on my T-zone. It’s a bit funny, as it dries I can see tiny dots where my pores are. It didn’t really clear my pores in one use, it more opened them up, but overall my T-zone looked clearer and brighter.
I really like the selection of sample in this box, and they are all definitely luxurious. I wish there was a different variety of the Smashbox sample, and it is surprising that there are two serums, although both are amazing and I’m glad to have received them. The Luxury Essentials Box is sold for $28 and I calculated the total value of $112.49. This is an amazing value! I appreciate the free shipping, too. This box will start shipping on November 15th, so you can still order it!
Do you have any questions about this box or the products in it? Do you subscribe to any boxes? Do you like to be surprised or to know the contents beforehand?