December Glossybox: Hits and Misses

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In case I haven’t been talking your ear off about beauty boxes enough in the last couple of months, today’s post is all about the latest Glossybox. It seems to have been a bit of a controversial one, with opinion split on social media about whether it’s the best one yet or the worst. My initial thoughts were really positive, as I always prefer make up items in my subscription boxes and this one is all make up. But after using every item in the box for a full made up face… would my opinion remain positive?

December 2016 Christmas Glossybox Hits & Misses

Well the short answer is: kinda. First, lets go through what is actually in the box. On first glance it all seemed pretty impressive, there’s a gorgeous Revlon Nail Varnish in the very Christmassy shade Valentine [affiliate link] and a matching shade of red lipstick, the MDMflow Semi Matte Vamp [affiliate link]

The Collection Define & Perfect Brow Powder [affiliate link] and Essence Light Up Your Face Luminizer whilst both more budget items didn’t initially disappoint as I have excellent products from both of these brands already in my make up bag that I really love.

And then there’s the Lipcote Lipstick Sealer [affiliate link]. I haven’t seen one of these for years! It’s a very old school product that doesn’t really work and I was very surprised to see it in a contemporary beauty box.

So out of the five products, all of them are full size and only one felt like a bit of a let down. I was so excited to try the MDMflow lipstick that I figured I’d give all of the products a good run for their money and do a full face substituting things I usually use for the Glossybox goodies.

Essence Light Up Your Face Luminizer Palette

Can you see that GLOW? No, me neither. As much as I wanted the luminizer from Essence to be great it just isn’t. The palette is very pretty, with lovely looking shades and they swatch so nicely. However, when applied to the face there is no real pay off and absolutely zero glow at all. I AM NOT LUMINISED. The powders are chalky and bulky and cling to every bit of texture and wrinkle on my face.

As for the Collection Brow Powder, it’s a great idea to pop it all together in a pot with a sponge applicator, but in this case it’s poorly executed. The powder formula is so faint it takes endless layers to build up any kind of visible mark, even in this dark brunette shade. I ended up having to try and tidy up the smudgy line of the brow with my trusty old MAC Eyebrow Pencil, whilst many use a powder / pencil combo as a preference, my brows are patchy and I’m not converted from my NYX pomade.

MDMflow Vamp before and after wear

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The star of the show is undeniably the MDMflow Semi Matte lipstick in Vamp, the colour is absolutely beautiful it felt like it was made for me. It’s very matte and opaque, you should only need one coat, but if you do go over with a second layer expect a little bit of flaking. The formula is very long lasting for a non-liquid matte, as you can see from the comparison above: even after five hours and a pizza there was colour still present. Rather than fading from the inside of the lip outwards, the colour seemed to fade down evenly to more of a stain on the lips which I rather like.

December 2016 Christmas Glossybox Hits & Misses

So has my initial positive impression been changed? Sadly, yeah. The lipstick and nail varnish are my only takeaways from this box, but together their retail price would be £24.50 so technically I have them for half price. I have been wanting to try something from MDMflow for a while, this lipstick is incredible and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone so there is a positive there. But I found the brow powder, luminizer, and lip sealer to be useless.

My experience with Glossybox until now has been nothing but great. A lot of emphasis has been placed on the Christmas box being amazing so it was bound to dissappoint some people in some way. This isn’t the end of my Glossybox love affair just yet!

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