Topbox December 2012 Beauty Box

Topbox: December 2012

I’m still in the midsts of choosing which beauty box subscriptions I want to stick with, but to do that I thought it best to sample as many as possible. Living in Canada makes this hard, however, as there is relatively less selection than in the US. In addition to Glymm, ipsy, and Luxe Box, Canadians can also subscribe to Topbox, which I was fortunate enough to finally receive after being on their membership waitlist for 4 months. Just in time for the holidays, too.

Topbox ships monthly with 4 beauty samples and costs $12.00 CAD a month (before tax). This month’s box contained products by Benefit, Cover FX, Goldwell, and Cuccio Naturale.

Topbox December 2012 Beauty Box

Topbox December 2012 Beauty Box

Although the samples are good sizes, I was slightly disappointed. Unlike Glymm ($12/mo) and ipsy ($14.95/mo) that ship with 5 samples and a free cosmetic bag each month (thus substantially increasing the box value), Topbox features similar products and brands, but only ships 4 items in a cardboard tube. Me, I used the tube for my Xmas wrapping, but every other month it would only be going into the recycling bin. There must be a cheaper way to ship, in my opinion, if you don’t want to use reusable bags or boxes. But I digress.

This is the second time I’ve received Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, thus I won’t be reviewing it again. Although you’re free to read my full review of the product here, the Cole’s Notes version is that I really enjoyed the mascara as it gives great length without clumping. Overall, recommended.

Sample Value: $12.00 CAD for 0.1 oz. (3.0 g)
Full Size: $29.00 CAD for 0.3 oz. (8.5 g)

Cover FX ClearPrep FX

Cover FX ClearPrep FX

Cover FX ClearPrep FX matte foundation primer and anti-acne treatment gel: This product works by instantly matte-ifying skin, giving a soft look, in addition blurring lines and pores. It also claims to allow skin to breathe, preventing oily build-up and not blocking pores, which can lesson breakouts and skin irritation brought upon by coverup.

Swatch of Cover FX ClearPrep FX

Swatch of Cover FX ClearPrep FX

ClearPrep FX goes on thin and light, and is translucent. After rubbing it into my skin, I didn’t even feel like I had applied primer, so it really does let skin breathe. Overall, recommended, if you don’t mind the cost.

Sample Value: $9.10 CAD for 7 mL (0.24 fl. oz.)
Full Size: $39.00 CAD for 30 mL

Goldwell Jelly Boost

Goldwell Jelly Boost

Goldwell Jelly Boost bodyfying spray gel: A product for both long and short hair to instantly create body, volumize, and texturize. I haven’t had a chance to use this product yet as I’m very particular about my hair, especially during the holiday season in which every day and night is a party or event, so I won’t get a chance to review this until after the holidays when I can have a lazy “let’s play with my hair” day. If you’ve used this product before, do let me know what you thought of it in the comments! I’d love to know.

Sample Value: $3.79 CAD for 30 mL
Full Size: $18.95 CAD for 150 mL

Cuccio Naturale Milk  & Honey Butter Blend

Cuccio Naturale Milk & Honey Butter Blend

Cuccio Naturale Milk & Honey Hydrating Butter Blend for hands, feet & body: The Topbox product card claims that this butter blend has “10x the Moisturizing Power of Lotion”. I can’t say I noticed a substantial difference from the moisturizers I’ve used and presently do use (I’m presently very addicted to Aromatic Body Butter – Passion Fruit by Dead Sea Premier).Nevertheless, it does moisturize skin and has a subtle, pleasant scent. I’ve thrown my sample in my purse to help maintain my hands during the unkind winter months. Overall, recommended if you want to try something new.

Sample Value: $0.63 CAD for 9.24 g (0.33 oz.)
Full Size: $18.95 CAD for 240 g

The overall value of this box was $25.52 CAD, more than double what I paid for it ($12.00), so that’s encouraging. I’ll definitely keep and use the mascara, as I enjoy it, and styling products never go astray in my house. I also really like the primer, so that’s a plus. Body butters are hit and miss with me as they’re so easily attainable and sometimes for very low prices – the sample, for example, was exceedingly cheap. Nevertheless, good box, good value. I’ll definitely give Topbox another go in January. What did you guys think?


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