11 November 2011

What beauty box should I choose?

I'm sure your familiar with the beauty boxes I have illustrated above. Since Glossy Box launched their first box earlier this year, other companies have decided to launch their own. I have decided to compare and review 5 different 'samples boxes' from October. Hopefully this will help you decided which beauty box is best for you. Oh, you might want to put the kettle on & get comfy - it's a long one!

Glossy Box
Contents: Dermalogica Thermafoliant, Dermalogica lip complex, Dermalogica Recovery mask, Stila Smudge proof stick, Leighton Denny Nail Varnish, 3x Robert Piguet fragrance samples
First Impressions: Three products from the same brand? I thought this would be a no go, until I tested out the products. They were all amazing & I need more Dermalogica in my life! I think with the fragrance sample, not a lot of people appreciate them. As you get them for free from department stores and in magazines. Full Size products always go down really well, and in October's Glossy Box they were the Leighton Denny Nail varnish (£11) and the Stila eyeliner (£13). To me, Glossy Box seems to be aimed quite a lot at beauty bloggers.
Price: £12.95 P&P included
Packaging: I think the packaging is very girly and nicely presented. But it also leaves a lot of wastage. 
Best For: Beauty Bloggers

Feel Unique
october 11 beauty box
image courtesy of  Rachel at msrachy101
Contents: Tigi Catwalk Sleek Mystique Mystique Straight Collection Blow Out Balm (Full Size), ORLY ‘Mani Minis’ Nail LacquerBliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash, Crabtree & Evelyn India Hicks Island Living Spider Lily Hand TherapyCaudal√≠e Vinexpert Radiance Day Fluid, Burberry Body EDP Fragrance Sample
First Impressions: That's a lot of generously sized products! The brands in this box are all quite high end. So this would be quite a nice box if you never buy high end products. Again, this box came with a perfume sample as an added extra. The thing I like about this box is that if you enjoy any of the products you receive, you can save 10% at Feel Unique. 
Price: £9.95(including P&P) & there is a special offer if you purchase a 12 month subscription
Packaging: This looks a lot sleeker and more grown up then the other boxes. It comes in a slide out draw, and has a black & hot pink colour theme throughout.
Best for: Beauty Junkies and reliability 

image courtesy of Evelyn at We Were Raised By Wolves

Contents: Trind Nail Repair in Natural (Full Size)The Balm All in One Shadow/Blush in Fratboy (Full Size)Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand CreamCaudalie Quenching Sorbet CremeDaniel Sandler Eye Delight in Peach (Full Size)
First Impressions: Three full sized beauty products! The range of products is really nice too; there's make up, skincare and a nail product. Carmine also advertise the fact you can order a box for one of your friends, what a good idea! 
Packaging: Although it's nice the box isn't pink & black like most of the others, I'm not sure about the lime green packaging. 
Price: £12.75
Best for: Full size products

Boudior Prive

Image courtesy of Lottie at Mushaboom
ContentsCetuem Illuminating Mask & Creme de Lite, Korres Quince Body Butter, Leonor Greyl Huile de Palme, Memo Paris Les Echappees, Rose & Co Rose Petal Salve(Full Size), Studio Makeup Liner Style Pen Black(Full Size)
First Impressions: There is definately a luxurious feel to Boudoir prive. The box contain's expensive brands, that you may not have heard of. I think this box would appeal to the public more then beauty bloggers. 
Packaging: Similar colour scheme to Glossy Box, however does have a more 'grown up' look to it.
Price: £12.95 (including P&P)
Best For: Little bit of luxury each month
Latest in Beauty
image courtesy of Phoebe at Peluxe
First Impressions: With this box you really do receive samples. It's a great try before  you buy concept. If your a bit wary of trying a beauty box, this is a great one to start with. The best thing about it is that you choose the three samples you want in your box. They also have themed boxes and luxury sample boxes from £4.95.
Packaging: Simplistic, which I quite like as it means less waste! 
Price: £1 paid via text message
Best For: a beauty bargain

This post isn't sponsored and I am not affiliated with any of the companies above. I wrote this post because there are lots of beauty boxes out there & it's difficult to know which one to go with! I hope you have enjoyed reading this and found the post helpful. Which one is your favourite? Have I missed a box out?  


  1. You've missed the Amarya beauty box! Details are on y blog for that one too xxx

  2. I can't choose! I really want to try one though, i think i'll either go for the feel unique box or carmine:)


  3. I am really interested by the feelunique box but its such a hard choice!

    - Allie x

    Allie UK Blog

  4. even after writing this my self, i'm still undecided! xx

  5. there is another box on the market & it caters to those who want natural chemical free products.

  6. I hadn't heard of Amarya, so thank you for mentioning! Will check it out xx

  7. I received a Boudoir Prive box and loved it, although I rarly buy beauty products so financialy it's not for me.

  8. Great post, you've summed up all of these really well. They're all such good value that it's hard to decide which ones I'm going to stick with. The Amarya organic box is great too! xx


  9. very cool

  10. i looked at them all last month and decided on Feel unique as you get more full size products. if you want to see novembers Feel Unique box you can see mine on my blog:


    or my video review;


  11. What a lovely post and so helpful! I really enjoy reading your blog - it's always a complete joy.

    I recently tried out my first GlossyBox and did really like it (the packaging is especially lovely), but I was torn between that and the Feel Unique box. May have to put that to the test as well!



  12. pretty good summation! i really like the Boudoir Prive xx

  13. iv never heard of beauty box before - must check it out x

  14. Hi Kia! Thank you for mentioning us in your blogpost! There are going to be some BIG changes at Boudoir Prive in the next 2 months that i think may win you over to our side ;) We look forward to more reviews!


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