Despite only being shipped out yesterday, my first-ever Glymm Box was delivered today – one day ahead of schedule 🙂
Glymm is one of the 4 Canadian beauty boxes currently available on the market, sending 4-5 beauty products to your door every month for $10 CAD before tax. This bright pink box kept drawing my eye away from my notes, which I was supposed to be studying from. I couldn’t help myself – I opened it just before my last quick textbook review before leaving for my exam.
The box was everything I expected it to be: pink, glossy, and sturdy with a cute ribbon tying the inner package together. Upon unwrapping the tissue, this is what I found inside:
The 4 official items in the Box are:
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Hydrafull Gloss
- M. Asam Magic Fini
- Nu-Me Feather Hair Extensions
- Ocean Nail Polish in Heavenly
where #3 and 4 are full sized. I suppose the Burt’s Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion were thrown in as a treat, because it’s the only thing that isn’t listed on the cardboard sheet of products.
Huh. I’m trying to decide how pleased I am with this Box.
My first impression? I only knew two brands: Anastasia and Burt’s Bees. If you’ve read my rant about their lip balms, you’d know I’m not overly excited about getting a Burt’s Bees sample. (I will secretly admit that I’m just a little intrigued – Milk & Honey sounds delectable on my skin!) Besides, let’s say this one was the freebie. So out of the 4 products “chosen for me”, I only knew Anastasia.
Upon a second once-over, I am pleased that I got a full-sized polish, and in a colour I didn’t already have but had contemplated getting before. Although it does look very sheer – probably more suitable for a french manicure than just to wear alone. Anastasia is a high-end brand, so I didn’t mind the lip gloss sample.
When I first opened this, I was outraged at the size of this thing – barely enough room in the gloss for the wand tip! But then I realized that this gloss had 1 mL of product, whereas the full size retails for $27 CAD for 2.2 mL. So I guess it’s actually a decent sample size. I also realized that the gloss compartment extends up to the crack in the middle – they over-painted the silver and covered up over half the gloss compartment.
Now. The M. Asam Magic Fini…
What the heckis this?! I thought it was a concealer at first, due to the description included on the sheet:
This silky formula blends beautifully into your skin to conceal uneven skin tone for a light, matte, natural looking finish. It smoothes away the appearance of wrinkles, enlarged pores and imperfections to reveal a sun kissed healthy looking skin tone. It’s magical.
On the website, it says:
It provides light to medium or full coverage, depending on application, for a flawless radiant appearance (Special Pigments.) Apply Magic Fini after skin care onto the entire face until the desired coverage is obtained.
So I suppose this means it’s… either a tinted moisturizer or a foundation? Either way, this shade looks way too dark for me. I’m considering jumping right onto my Glymm beauty profile to change my ethnicity from Asian to Caucasian, if they’re going to be sending me such dark products to use on my face. I don’t think I’m overly thrilled with this, since I’m still not sure what it is, exactly.
And lastly, the most appalling product for me:
Nails: Essie’s Cocktail Bling
Feather hair extensions? What the…? Okay fine, I did say “I’m looking to experiment” in my profile, but why would you send me silvery zebra-striped hair extensions, of all colours?! I did indicate that I had black hair. I look at this and think premature-grey-hair-with-a-messed-up-blotchy-dye-job. I think it would look great if I were blond and I wanted a pop of colour. As it is, I’d rather have something bright red, royal blue, golden blond, lavender purple… anything but a silvery grey addition to my hair. And why does it have to be splotchy?
Furthermore, I just checked Glymm’s brand list. They had Anastasia and M. Asam, but no Ocean or Nu-Me. Or Burt’s Bees. So why are these products included as part of my beauty samples? If it’s not on your brand list, I can’t buy it off you anyway. I almost feel like the only quality brand I’m getting out of this Box is Anastasia.
I’m trying to be optimistic. Maybe after I try everything, I might find that I really like some of these. I’m pretty unsure about the concealer/tint/foundation, so I’ll probably end up using a sanitized scoop or a Q-tip to try it out without compromising the rest of the jar. And who knows, maybe the hair extensions won’t look so bad on me after all.
I think the biggest problem is that I only recognize one high-end brand, and even then, I’m not a huge fan of lip products. So this Box was not as intriguing as I’d hoped. I’m sure someone else could be absolutely ecstatic with this choice – it’s really quite a personal preference sort of thing. Heck, I might find even another blog post somewhere raving about the March Glymm Box, posted 2 minutes before my post.
Actually, I’m very curious as to what other people received in their March Glymm Box. I’m definitely keeping an eye out. (UPDATE: Looks like some others so far have gotten the same things, just with different nail polish and hair extension colours. And they really like the samples haha. One girl got a Lise Watier sample as opposed to Burt’s Bees. I guess I’m just hard to please 😛 I still think I got boring colours, though.)
I’ll try everything and keep you posted. Hope my Glossybox gets shipped out soon, and gives me different surprises.