Elizabeth Arden Topbox (April & May 2013)
Sorry for the impromptu hiatus, everyone. I took a three week beach vacation at the start of May and while I meant to publish a post or two before leaving, I apparently can’t time manage to save my life. Kyuu is also kicking around, but she’s knee deep in MCAT prep right now. Ah, the lives of twenty-somethings. One bakes at the beach while another is responsible and studious. But regardless of who we are, we still love our makeup.
The Elizabeth Arden Topbox was a Privé Box option for both April and May – if you missed it the first time, you got another shot at it this month. I was late opening mine, but it was a great box with some lovely makeup and skincare samples. This Topbox contained mascara, eye and lip makeup remover, anti-aging serum, and sponge-on cream makeup. For more information and product reviews, keep reading!
This box featured four (4) items, three (3) samples and one (1) travel-sized item. All samples were great sizes for travel though, so perfect for throwing in a carry-on or purse. The Flawless Finish is great for anyone on the go – it fixes blemishes or problem areas in a flash and is easily fit in a purse or pocket.
Prevage Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair is a serum to be used 1-2 times daily. The product is lightly scented and slightly pigmented. To use, apply to a clean, dry face. The Prevage line actually has an eye treatment, too, and it is recommended that this particular product isn’t used around the eye area. (So, congrats, you get to spend even more money.)
Although this product did not irritate my skin, there have been multiple reports of breakouts, irritation, and redness. Many have also reported smaller pores and reduced visibility of lines. The best suggestion is to try a patch of arm skin for 3-7 days before applying to your face. Because if you aren’t sensitive to it, it does seem to work well.
The serum is thin and easily absorbed into skin. Another pro: it leaves no oily residue. Unfortunately, the price is – let’s be honest – ridiculous. Especially with a higher than usual chance that it isn’t sensitive skin friendly. There are a lot of anti-aging products on the market right now, and many for more reasonable prices. Like always, shop around, read the reviews, and find something that suits your skin and is in your price range. If $275 is in that range, have at it. If not, be wise.
Sample Value: $45.83 CAD for 5 mL (0.17 fl. oz.)
Regular: $275.00 CAD for 30 mL (1.02 fl. oz.)
Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup: Is it foundation, is it concealer? Who knows! In actuality, it’s like a powder-turned-cream, giving coverage closer to concealer than anything else. It’s good for problem areas, blends easily, and isn’t as wet or oily as foundation can be.
In my opinion, the product is a little oilier than I’d prefer, and while it does work to “fix imperfections”, my Urban Decay concealer stick does a better job, and my bb creams are less oily by far while also evening out and “illuminating” my skin. The one thing this product does do is provide a certain life-like “glow” foundation, bb cream, and concealer tend to mute. It doesn’t look as powdery or papery when applied to a finished look.
This product is great to throw in your purse for quick fixes throughout the day, and the included sponge keeps your fingers makeup free and your purse brush free. Who needs the extra baggage anyway?
I am not a fan of the cost, however. The most I’ll spend on foundation and/or concealer is $30. Anything beyond that seems excessive to me, especially for a product that didn’t exactly wow me.
Sample Value: $4.20 CAD for 1.9 g (0.07 oz.)
Regular: $42.00 CAD for 19 g
That is what All Gone Eye and Lip Makeup Remover looks like when properly shaken and mixed. If left to sit for more than five (5) minutes, the product – which must have a substantial oil base – separates from the water in a very visible way. Don’t forget to shake well! To apply, use a cotton pad. Afterward, rinse face with water.
I think I must be getting lazy in my (not) old age, as unless a cleanser can tackle my face in one fell swoop, I’m pretty “meh” towards it. (Like said, I’m lazy.) But not everyone has the time or money to buy a cleanser for your face and another cleanser for lips and eyes. Understandably, most eye and lip cleansers are designed to tackle the tougher and more water-resistant makeup used in those specific areas, so they have a purpose. At the end of the day, it comes down to what makeup you use, what you need to remove, and how stubborn your makeup is to remove.
What’s the most important thing though? That this product works. And it works well. It took my heavy mascara, shadow, and liner off without much effort, and the formula isn’t strong, dehydrating, or irritating. Plus, plus, plus! Even the price isn’t too bad (for once). While a little more expensive than your basic drug-store brand, it’s on par if not a little less expensive than other brand-name makeup removers.
Sample Value: $12.00 CAD for 50 mL (1.7 fl. oz.)
Regular: $24.00 CAD for 100 mL
Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara: And by beautiful colour, they mean black. (Though really, who doesn’t love black mascara?) This product claims to volumize, lengthen, and curl lashes. In my sample trial, it did 2 of those 3 things.
I actually got great volume from this mascara, especially at the root closest to the lid. It also curled my lashes nicely, no wand required. What it failed to do was lengthen, and I also found it gave poor volume and colour closer to the ends.
I also have my self-titled “clump factor“, which is how clumpy the mascara became when applied. Let’s be truthful, we all hate it when our mascara and lashes clump together like tar. This product did not clump at all. Absolutely amazing! My lashes were fanned and separate all day long.
The cost is middle of the road. Much more expensive than the drug-store brands but mostly on par with higher-end brands. If you’re looking for volume and curl with no clumping, I do recommend EA Beautiful Color. If length is your concern, however, best look elsewhere.
Sample Value: $12.86 CAD for 3 mL (0.1 oz.)
Regular: $30.00 CAD for 7 mL
Overall, this was an another great Topbox! Good product diversity, nice sample sizes, great brand. This box’s value was $74.89 CAD before taxes.
Until next month, gals. ipsy review coming shortly!
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