Once a year, Beautylish releases boxes with a variety of beauty products that differ for everyone and is available in 2 sizes: the regular size and an XL size. The XL size is about double the price and is only available to those who spend over $1,000 at Beautylish and live in the US.
Usually, nothing about beauty box subscriptions tempt me as I find the products included are either sample sizes or shades that are not neutral enough for me to wear on a daily basis. Also, if I want a product badly enough, I’ll just buy it. I’ve remained on top of makeup releases for many years now so I dont have any massive gaps in my makeup library or the chances that I will receive a box with a bunch of products I love but did not buy is very slim.
Since i’m in Canada, I purchased the regular size after taking a gamble on the Lucky Bag last year and being blown away with what I got, I almost purchased this one without thinking. My theory on beauty boxes last year proved SO wrong as everything from the shades of the Natasha Denona eyeshadow palette that I received to the RCMA powders and brushes were exactly what I had kept my eye on. It was literally as if someone went through my wishlist and put together the beauty box. Since it was almost eerie how perfect that bag was for me, without hesitation I purchased another one for 2018. This year, Beautylish offered two different boxes based on skintones, which was an interesting twist.
I spent $75 USD on the box but with taxes and shipping, my bag came out to be $99.75 USD. When converted to CAD, it cost me $124.30 CAD.
Ok! So enough with my rambling, let’s get to what I got:
Viseart Theory Palette: 02 Minx ($60 CAD)
If you’ve kept up with my blog, you’ll know it’s no secret that Viseart creates my favorite eyeshadows. However, with that being said I have already purchased all the Viseart shades I love (including the Grande Pro, review linked here) so while these are nice shades, it’s not a colour palette that inspires me. So, would I have bought the Minx palette outright? Nope; this one was a pass.
Natasha Denona 5 Lipstick Palette: 05 Rosies ($42 CAD)
Beyond makeup artists, does anyone really appreciate a lip palette? I sure dont. And when I first saw the Natasha Denona label on a box, my mind immediately went to eyeshadows so needless to say I was confused when I pulled out a lip palette instead. While I appreciate the neutral tones of the shades, the first one is completely see through transparent and the rest are semi opaque. This does not pack the same pigment as the bullet Natasha Denona lipsticks, it’s truly a weird product that I would not buy on my own.
Stila Glitter and Glow Eyeshadow: Kitten ($31 CAD)
Ok, so at this point in the Beautylish Lucky Bag purchase, i’m up $8, which is nice but i’m not really excited to use any of these products. Then we get to the ever so hyped Stila Glitter and Glow Eyeshadow in Kitten. Kitten!! That’s Stila’s number one selling shade, way to go Beautylish. I am impressed. These are basically a liquid glitter shadow that makes it incredibly easy to wear glitter. The formula holds the sparkle in it, unless you rub your eyes once it’s dry you’ll see the fall out. It’s nice, I could pop this out for a special occasion so I’m not mad at this at all
Rest of the items are not pictured individually…
Large Z-Palette ($27.30 CAD)
I love Z-Palettes and could always use more. I love how Beautylish didnt give me a zebra or leopard printed palette and kept this one to a nice thin, classic black.
Wayne Goss #10 Brush ($34.88 CAD)
Wayne Goss makes my favorite luxury makeup brushes so while I was excited to get this brush, I think I have 3 of them now. One came in last years lucky bag, another in a brush set I bought from Wayne Goss and this is my third. As such, I would have preferred his more densely fluffy brush that is more versatile instead. While this is a nice small brush to do detailed crease or outter v work, I do not like it enough to have 3 of them.
Hylamide HA Blur ($23.66 CAD)
This was a strange product that I had never heard of. Upon further research, I discovered that Hylamide is a skincare brand that claims to penetrate every level of your skin to provide results that run deep. HA blur is a blurring product to hide pores, lines and creates a smooth canvas. Basically, I view this as a primer, although the website claims that it can be used mixed in with foundations to blur the look of pores. Interesting product, sounds really intense but i’ll keep you posted on how I get along with it.
Overall, discounting the value of the products received from what I paid, I got a whooping $94.54 CAD value from this box! That’s truly incredible when you think about it but despite the savings I will NOT be purchasing any more boxes. Yes, that’s right, this is not beauty swatched approved. I tested my luck going for the lucky box 2 years in a row, and while I was over the moon last year the products in the box fell short for me this time around. I’m not particularly excited by any of the makeup and if I had the choice to purchase any of these individually I wouldnt. It’s not because they are bad products or I dislike the brands, its because none of these products interest me.
Thoughts? Have you received your boxes yet? If not, are you tempted to try? Let me know in the comments section below. Till next time! xo