Greetings to all! Today I received my Fall BeautyCon box, which means I have a review for you. This season’s box can pretty much be summed up in one word.
So, now that I’ve gotten the meme out of the way (you seriously don’t want to know how long I’ve been waiting to use it), let’s get to the review!
The Fall 2016 box contains:
- iSlay by Flutter Lashes (limited edition by MakeupShayla, one of the curators); Full size
- DUO Eyelash Adhesive; Sample
- The Brow Gal Dual Ended Highlighting Pencil; Full size
- Milana Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Taupe; Full size
- Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes; Sample
- Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Mocha; Sample
- Jouer Essential Lip Enhancer; Sample
- Mystic Tan Mocha Kyssed Bronzer Lotion; Sample
- Sugarfina Sugar Lips Candy; Sample
- Lipstick Pin
- Sticker sheet
iSlay Lashes: These are some intense lashes! I’ve only worn false lashes once – I like them, but I lack the patience and skill to put them on myself. These will be great for a photo shoot though.
DUO Eyelash Adhesive: Great product! I’ve actually used this for awhile on my models (and once on myself) and I highly recommend it. Photo near bottom – I photographed it out of order.
Sugarfina Sugar Lips: These feel like a filler item. So it’s kind of sad that I was more excited to try these than most of the other items in the box! The texture is very chewy and soft. That flavors are fantastic…if you like sour candy (I don’t). I enjoyed them once I got past the sour part, but I wouldn’t buy these for myself.
Luxie Beauty Large Angled Face Brush: This is an excellent brush. It’s very soft & doesn’t shed. I actually got this brush in an Ipsy bag awhile ago and use it for contouring. Now I have two! Lol. It feels slightly out of place in this box though – there are no products to pair it with. Why not include an eyeshadow brush instead to use with the Milani shadow?
The Brow Gal Dual Ended Highlighting Pencil: Unfortunately, this was another miss. I am pretty fair skinned, so the matte highlighter color looks dark and orange on me. To be honest, I’m not sure it would be a flattering color on anyone. It is very orange. The gold end is lovely, but also dark & not complimentary to my coloring. The formula itself is very creamy and pigmented. Swatched at the end of the post.
Milani Gel Powder Eyeshadow: All right, something I like! The color is Bella Taupe and it is a color I would consider fairly universally flattering. Pigmentation is good. I’m not sure why its called gel powder – it most definitely feels and applies like a regular powder eyeshadow. Good stuff nonetheless.
Jouer Essential Lip Enhancer: Gosh, I feel like such a debbie downer with this review. This product basically reminds me of a lip gloss. It is slightly shiny and non sticky, which is lovely. But it smells and tastes like perfume. I think most people might find it mild – but I am super sensitive to smell & taste and I can’t hang. 😕 If you can get past it, it seems to be a decent formula.
Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes: I have been a fan of Simple’s products for awhile, being sensitive of skin myself. These are great for getting off makeup on the go, although I wash and rinse after.
Mystic Tan Mocha-Kyssed Bronzer Lotion: This is a product that needs to be full (or at least half) sized. I doubt there is enough product to even cover my whole body once. It also feels really out of place in a fall box. I don’t use bronzers, so another miss sadly.
OFRA Long Lasting Lipstick: I hadn’t actually tried this brand until now. The formula is creamy, unscented and very pigmented. This color, Mocha, is a flattering nude on me. It’s just a shade darker than my lips, which is perfect for a “my lips but better” shade.
Final Thoughts: This box really suffered from a lack of good curation I think. I probably got spoiled with the last two boxes, but both of those felt very put together and exclusive (the custom keychain designed by Bunny in the Spring box comes to mind). This box just felt like a hot mess. Too many random items in this one. The brush is nice, but out of place – including a shadow brush to use with the Milani, or including a highlighter or blush to use with it (instead of the bronzer) would have tightened the box up quite a bit curation-wise.
It seemed like less of a value as well – there were fewer full sized products in this one. While the box value is over the $35 cost, it really didn’t feel like it. The Beautycon website promises over $100 worth of products in the box – my calculations take this box to $90. So it does come close to the promised value at least.
I realize it’s hard to always make everyone happy, but this box only comes out 4 times a year. That is more time than most beauty subs have to put together a quality box, and it’s not a lot of opportunity to make a good impression. I won’t be cancelling just yet, but we’ll have to see what next season brings.