Now, I’m an all of nothing kind of person, if I like something I really like it and if I hate it, it’s dead to me. So when I decided to try beauty subscription boxes, I went a bit mad and tried loads. I recently wrote a post about Birchbox, which I really loved. But, because of testing each box fairly (and not because I’m a beauty addict who rarely needs an excuse to buy makeup…) I thought I’d try Glossybox.

July and August Glossybox

Just like with Birchbox, I signed up for Glossybox at the very end of the July, when they had an offer code to get the first box for £6. This (or other similar codes), run quite frequently so it is definitely worth signing up for at least one month. Each subsequent box costs £10 with £3.25 shipping. As the boxes are charged at the start of each month, I received two in quick succession. I found that Glossybox shipped their boxes quite quickly which was a pleasant surprise.


July GlossyboxThis was the first of the special edition summer themed boxes, and I have to say I absolutely adored the packaging. The finishing touch of the tissue and ribbon felt so lovely and like a little gift to myself.

July Glossybox Contents


July Glossybox

Spectrum Collections Small Fan A10

What has really impressed me with the Spectrum brushes recently is how soft they are. They are also so pretty. This brush works really well when used with the banana powder that is also in the box or to apply powder highlighter. The A10, like all Spectrum brushes, also gets bonus points for being cruelty-free.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Banana Setting Powder 

This was actually a full size product – worth £25 – so already more than double the cost of my box. I’m not really a huge fan of using loose powders, but the fascination with baking makeup isn’t dying yet so I’ll give this a go. I’ve tried it once to help set my under eye concealer and the yellow tone did help to counteract the darkness.

Papanga Spiral Hairbands

These are always useful for when I need to tie my hair up and don’t want to risk damaging it with normal hair bands.

Emité Make Up Lip and Cheek Tint

I love multi-purpose products, and this actually wasn’t too bad. It gave a nice berry colour to my lips but it did have to be reapplied frequently. Unlike other lip and cheek tints, I didn’t find it drying and it was comfortable to wear. It lasted a little longer on my cheeks, but I had to make sure that it was blended promptly as it dried very quickly.

Monu Professional Skincare MonuSpa Soothing After Sun Lotion

In order to keep skin hydrated and cool after sun exposure, this cream contains aloe vera, vitamin E and shea butter. This lotion smelt so refreshing, felt gorgeous and cooling on my skin, whilst left my skin feeling moisturised. Another great product!


 August Glossybox

Again, the packaging was so cute and lovely! I was definitely impressed. So were my kids who have taken the boxes to store their pencil crayons in!


August Glossybox Products

Valquer Ice Hair Mask

This sounded interesting. It is designed to be used once or twice a week and gives a cooling effect to hydrate hair. My hair is curly and it’s taken me forever to find a hair care regime that I’m happy with so there’s no way I would mess with it! Needless to say, I haven’t used this.

Baptiste 2in1 Dry Shampoo & Conditioner Orange and Pomegranate 

Another hair product, so another product I couldn’t use. But I know that lots of people swear by dry shampoo and this one claims to refresh the roots and condition the lengths which sounds interesting.

Rodial Suede Lips 

I received the shade Big Apple which was a ‘my lips but better’ shade for me and a perfect daytime look. It was matte, but contained vitamin E so wasn’t at all drying. Longevity wasn’t amazing, but it didn’t transfer every time I gave the kids a kiss, so I can’t complain.

Modellauncher Safari Sun Bronzer

This looked so pretty in the compact, it was a beautiful animal print and because it was mineral-enriched I really wanted it to work, but unfortunately it just didn’t. The shade was just too light for my skin. I’d be interested to find out if the do darker shades.

Purelei Aloha Bracelet 

This was so cute and pretty, not really my style if I’m honest but my girls loved it!

Essence live. Laugh. celebrate! palette

I’m a sucker for packaging, and this was packaged absolutely beautifully! Glitter and sparkles are always a winner for me. I really liked the idea of this Essence palette, which consisted of little pans that you could add in to create your own palette. I received 2 eye shadows (Best Friends Are Forever and It’s My Birthday), Rhythm of the Night, which is a shimmered blush and My Special Highlight – rather predictably – a highlight. The pigmentation of the Essence products wasn’t amazing but it was easily buildable so I could make it work for me, even though the colours were not my first choices.

Would I continue with Glossybox?

I have to say, I was really impressed with Glossybox. They shipped incredibly quickly and there was real thought behind the packaging and product choices. It’s a shame that the August box has two hair products that I couldn’t use, but experimenting with the other products more than made up for it.

I think that when I have finished my testing of beauty subscription boxes that Glossybox will be the one that I return to, mostly because of the packaging. I’m a such a sucker for pretty packaging.

What were your thoughts on this month’s Glossybox? Are there any  other subscription boxes that you would recommend?

29 thoughts on “Glossybox Unboxing and Review”

  1. Loved all the products especially the July one. These beauty boxes give you a bunch of products to choose and that’s why I love them. But honestly, I loved the Birchbox packaging than this one. Otherwise great post, Nay 🙂

  2. Such a bummer you got hair ties you couldn’t use, but the rest of the stuff looks amazing. I love how there are so many subscription boxes popping up. It makes coming home to surprise packages so exciting 🙂

  3. I used to get Glossybox for a while but I kept getting sent similar things every month, so I got a bit bored. Especially when I had a collection of hand creams building up I knew I was never going to use. I’m tempted by Birchbox though! I also like the look of some of the natural boxes.

  4. I’ve never heard about Glossybox before, but it looks like a great box with very nice products. Packaging of Essence live. Laugh. celebrate! palette is so amazing! And I really love when they put full-size products in beauty boxes!

  5. First time to hear about Glossybox! I wanna try it too! Beauty boxes are just a treat! I remember the Birchbox on your last post… which among the 2 do you like more?

    God Bless!
    JM Kayne | #InMyHeart♥

  6. Tough call, but I think the Glossybox just edges it. It’s the Essence palette that swung it for me.

  7. I have had glossy box in the past and the quality of products and brands the have included were great, but sometimes it is a miss, overall I really liked what they sent and it is always a fun box to open to see what new beauty products they included. Great review for both boxes!

    xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  8. Wow! I really need to sign up for this. I can’t believe you received a full-sized banana powder! That’s awesome! How much does the box cost per month? My apologies if I overlooked. The hair mask sounds really cool too.

  9. No worries! Glossybox is £10 plus £3.25 postage every month but they have half price for your first box pretty regularly.

  10. I’ve always wondered about what the initial thought would be for the people who subbed to this! The products seem great tho! I haven’t subbed to any makeup boxes yet I think I’m just selective about what I want- maybe one day!!

  11. The packaging is definitely very pretty. Unfortunately with all boxes, there will always be something we don’t use. I guess that’s why they’re discounted in the first place. I’ll take those hair products haha!

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