Yes, I know, I know.... every beauty blogger in the UK will probably have one of these posts but it is a novelty at the minute! I have a detailed post here about the box itself and what was in it (as I do love reviewing things!) however from June onwards I will have less detail so that people aren't sickened with them! So here is the first Glossy Box (UK's answer to BirchBox) for May 2011...
Item 1) NARS Orgasm Illuminator
Item 2) All for Eve Red Lipstick
Item 3) Bionova Lab Bioactive Cleanser for Normal/Dry Skin
Item 4) Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Rapid Repair Spray
love the smell of this stuff, it's gorgeous. A quick spritz around my hair left it feeling really silky and soft, and smelling fantastic! The smell did fade throughout the evening, though. As I have dry hair, and this claims to be "vitamin packed", I am really pleased with this and will definitely be spritzing my hair often! This is a generous sample size at 25ml, a perfect travel-size too. The full size product is 100ml and retails for £26.50 - I believe that this makes this sample worth £6.62.
Item 5) Como Shambhala Invigorate Body Lotion
(and as a result often don't bother - bad Lauren) but I applied this to my arms and legs before bed and was very happy that this was absorbed so fast with no sticky feeling at all! You could apply this and get dressed a minute later without your clothes sticking to you. Fantastic. I also smelled like I'd been to a spa for the rest of the evening, but again, if you don't like the scent you could spend the day feeling nauseous at the smell of yourself... This bottle is 50ml, another great size. The full bottle is 300ml and retails for £20.00, which makes this sample worth £3.33.
There has been a surprising amount of controversy surrounding Glossy Box. The contract is for 12 months (which you can cancel at any time) and £10 a month sounds reasonable to most, however for some the thought of spending £120 a year on what are essentially sample products leaves a bad taste. If you dislike 3 or 4 of the items you receive, then it would seem like a waste of money. That is a risk you will take as you don't know what will be in each box. If you don't like that risk, then it may not be for you. Yes, it would also be handy if you could 'opt out' on a month that doesn't suit or is going to be tight money-wise, but you can understand why the company needs this contract in place.
Another issue is that every box is the same... yes, this is true, however, imagine having lists of preferences from hundreds of women, and having to source appropriate items and ensure they are sent to the correct people - my head hurts thinking about it. Glossy Box have stated that they do hope to do more "tailor made" boxes for everyone within a few months. I am assuming the fact that each box contains the same products is a 'problem' because (a) you might not like everything (see risk-factor point above) and (b) when all the beauty bloggers/youtubers review it and hundreds of similar posts pop up on blogs/youtube at the same time people will be sick of reading/watching them... fair enough, don't read/watch it then? Read/watch a few until you've got all the information you want then ignore the rest! Also, everyone will have different opinions and thoughts on the same products which is what makes it interesting for me - seeing why someone else liked an item I disliked, and vice versa.
There has also been controversy regarding the lipstick, as all proceeds from the All for Eve lipstick purchased from the website go towards The Eve Appeal, funding research for gynaecological cancer. Obviously Glossy Box would pay a certain amount per lipstick when getting hundreds from All for Eve, which in turn would go to the charity; I doubt they would have been given for free. So in a way GlossyBox has provided the charity with a donation as well as introducing women to a product that they may never have heard of otherwise. The great products and the heightened attention to the brand and cause can only be a good thing and hopefully introduce further business to the All for Eve Appeal.
One small gripe I do have is that, after ordering my Glossy Box on 29th April, with the exception of the inital email, I received no other emails from the company. If it weren't for following them on Twitter, I would have been totally clueless as to when the boxes were ready and dispatched, as no dispatch email was sent. I also had to check when the payment was taken from my bank account as there was no confirmation of payment either. Email updates like these are basic customer service, and very necessary in this age of online fraud, and would be reassuring for all customers.
Basically, I am very pleased with the items in this first box, and think they are of great quality. Were you to purchase all five items full size it would cost £107.50, and the samples received are worth £42.85 in total - for £10 this is a fantastic deal. I am looking forward to seeing what the June box has to offer; whether the standard will be the same and whether the customer service ante will have been upped. All in all, thank you Glossy Box!