Beauty Product Discovery – Glossybox October 2018 – Unboxing and Product Reviews

Glossybox came in two versions this month, the Treat or Trick box, to celebrate Halloween and I love it! Whether you actually celebrate Halloween or not, it doesn’t really matter. It’s a nice and different theme and a good excuse for lovely makeup and some artistic creations!

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I received the Trick box and it’s actually the one I’d pick if I had a choice. The difference between the two was subtle but noticeable. Both boxes had a very similar vampire lip design but the Trick box was in darker colours. Similarly, the products contained in the two boxes were the same with the exception of some of the colours. All and all, I thought that both boxes were amazing and the products contained even more so. I’m really not surprised though, one more amazing job and value for money by Glossybox!

This month’s box contained 5 products as always, of which 4 were full size and 1 was travel size. The products were, as seen in the picture, from left to right: an eyeshadow palette, a lipstick, a setting powder, a primer/mousturiser and a contour-highlighter duo.

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Let’s have a look at the products in more detail. These are short reviews that cover first impressions and experiences from using the products. For full reviews, including ingredient analysis and if I would recommend a product or not, check out: Bonds of Beauty (all articles here). Bear in mind that these are my personal opinions and that beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa, please leave your comments below!


Sleek Makeup Eyeshadow Palette in Colour Au Naturel

I’ve said this before and I stand by it still, when a beauty box contains an eyeshadow palette, it’s just elevated. It feels a lot more interesting and value for money.

I love the Sleek makeup packaging, the black matte with shiny black writing is just the perfect example of elegance. This palette looks great and it even has a huge mirror inside.

The shades are named but on a transparent separate plastic sheet which you will likely loose or throw away as it can get annoying every time you open the palette.

The colours are in principle nice but in practise I was a little disappointed. The entire first row colours, with the exception of the last gold shimmer called Taupe, was almost impossible to get some pigmentation out of them! I swatched them 4 times each for the photo and they are still very faint. I don’t always see lack of intensity as a problem, as I do like some palettes to be more everyday wearable, but this one was a little too dull.

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The second row on the other hand, was a lot more pigmented and also much darker, which sort of creates a great contrast and almost disconnect between the two halfs of the palette. Some of the darker colours were also a little patchy during swatching but they all worked well on the eyes and they lasted all day without creasing (while wearing an eye shadow primer). Some of the colours have a buttery feel and some a bit more powdery, however, nothing too extreme that stands out. There is a small amount of fallout and kick off which is within normal levels.

This full size palette contains parabens and 12 eyeshadows of 0.8g each. All and all it’s not a palette you need or I would recommend, but for £8.99 you really can’t complain! SCORE = 6/10


Illamasqua Antimatter Lipstic in Colour Energy

I’ve reviewed a lipstick from this range before, in the colour Spectra which was a gorgeous pinky red and my opinion has stayed the same.

The scientist in me is really itching about the “antimatter” name on this lipstick but according to the brand this means that is glides on the lips smoothly and provides comfortable, continuous wear.

At least that part is true, this lipstick feels and looks great and I love the colour. Smooth should be the name for this lipstick as it applies smoothly and effortlessly, plus the end finish and colour looks smooth. The actual colour is gorgeous too. It’s a purple but it has some depth to it, it’s not a flat colour and it’s not as strange to casually wear as some other purple colours.

The lipstick doesn’t feel heavy or sticky. It has a slight hydrating feeling to it and it lasts for a while. It of course comes off when eating or drinking and although it doesn’t fade away too quickly, it’s not as long lasting as MAC or Urban Decay lipsticks. I think the smoothness works against it here.

Nevertheless, the lipstick also comes in a simple but elegant, typical Illamasqua plastic packaging.

It doesn’t contain a lot of skin nourishing ingredients, but it does contain some. It also contains carmine which can sometimes stain your skin.

This full size lipstick (4.15g) lasts for 18M and retails for £20. That’s already almost twice as much money as what you would have payed for this box! SCORE = 8/10


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Luna by Luna Cosmetics Translucent Powder

Everyone needs a translucent powder, even if you don’t set your makeup. I personally go through a lot of powders as I use them everyday to avoid getting glass imprints on my nose, from wearing laboratory safety glasses for hours.

However you use them, they can be very helpful. Interestingly, they can also be very personal, as finding the powder that works for you can sometimes be as hard as finding a good foundation, as many will create texture or cause flashback etc.

I must admit, this is not the powder for me. It wasn’t bad and it worked as expected but the packaging really threw me off. The powder was leaking everywhere even before I removed the “new product sticker”! The packaging in general is fairly cheap, although I really like the logo and blue colour of the lid. I also like that it came with a powder puff.

The ingredients are also very simple, although you can’t really expect much from a setting powder. It only contains 5 of them, all of which are standard for powders (talc, mica, silica, phenoxyethanol, titanium oxide).

This is a full size product (5g) which retails for £17 and lasts for 12M. For the very standard ingredients contained and the failed packaging, I would not recommend spending that much cash. This looks like a drugstore powder to me that I probably wouldn’t even pay £10 for.

However, I do like that it is white as it won’t add any colour to your look, other than perhaps brighten a little. This powder is also cruelty free. SCORE = 6/10


This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up

This is actually my ride-or-die primer that I use every single day. It feels nice on the skin, the ingredients are great and it primes and moisturises at the same time. It also lasts for ages, a full size 40mL bottle (£30) lasts me for 3 months+ of every day use! The tube here is a travel size, 20mL.

For a full review and ingredient analysis check out: Not all primers are equal. Too Faced Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer VS This Works In Transit Camera Mask, Moisturiser & Primer.

I’ve even given it the Best Makeup Primer 2017 – This Works In Transit Camera Close-up Primer, Mask, Moisturiser award in my A chemist’s favourite beauty products – the Bonds of Beauty 2017 awards!

And apparently, it is also one of Victoria Beckham’s favourite products.

Just try it! SCORE = 10/10


Luxe Bronze & Sculpt Contour Kit in Light/Medium

I really love the packaging and idea of this product. The packaging looks nice and feels of good quality and it even has a button to open it by, instead of the typical latch that can often ruin nails.

There is a large mirror inside and a flap where you can easily switch from the highlighter to the contour and I actually love it! It’s so convenient to have the two handy together and they both work well. The highlighter will not blind planes but it can be a nice natural looking one. Both the highlighter and the contour are buildable, blend easily and last all day. I also like the colours for both and the work with my super pale complexion.

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The ingredients are simple and this product contains parabens if you choose to avoid them. This full size (20g) product retails for an amazing £5 and quite frankly, I would have never guessed that. The presence of parabens does make it look like a drugstore product but £5 is amazing. Job well done. SCORE = 8/10


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Overall, I absolutely adored this box. I love the theme, the box design and the products, even if I thought that some of them were not as good quality as I’d hoped. Amazing job by Glossybox, once again you can easily see why this is the box I recommend the most. This month’s box had a value of £67.99 and you would have payed £13.25 including postage! Amazing.

Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 10/10

Overall box score after product testing (average of product scores) = 7.6/10

Star product = My ride-or-die = This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up

To subscribe to Glossybox and get 20% off your first box click here.

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Did you get this month’s Glossybox? What did your box contain? What did you think of the products? Have you tried any of the products listed? Let me know your experiences!

For all the details on how Cohorted, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Birchbox performed in 2017 and which one is worth your money, check out “Battle of the Beauty Boxes – Conclusions from the 2017 unboxing and reviews on Cohorted, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Birchbox!

For general subscription box reviews see the: BirchboxGlossyboxLook FantasticCohorted and My Little Beauty Box general review posts. For help on how to choose the right subscription box for you check out “Which Subscription Beauty Box is right for you?”.

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