Canadian subscription box Topbox (referral link) is one of those things that’s so cheap that it can be hard for me to justify dropping it…but I think I’m close to being done with them, again. Each month, I am pretty underwhelmed, and I think I’d be better off just buying one or two nail polishes each month with the CA$13.56 it costs me, after tax. At least I know I’d be happy with what I got.
I mean, after last month’s 2 mL Michael Kors fragrance vial and this month’s miniscule BeneFit sample, I think they’re no longer living up to the “4 deluxe samples” promise.
Oh, and this month, I also got the option to pony up $10 for a Beauty Surprise, so I did it. ‘Cause I’m a glutton for punishment.
I’m going to give them one more month—hey, maybe I’ll actually see a Privé box I’d rather have, for once. If it’s a bust, Topbox are out for the second time.
All prices are in CA$ unless otherwise noted.
What I Got as a $10 Beauty Surprise
- Doucce Freematic Eye Shadow Quad in Autumn Leaves (7)
Beauty Surprise Cost = CA$10 + $1.13 tax, free shipping
Item Value = US$35
What I Received in my Topbox
- BeneFit Foolproof Brow Powder in Deep 05 (0.01 g) [CA$32 for 2 g, value: CA$0.16]
- The Body Shop 100% Vegetarian Expert Face Masks (Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask & Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask) (2 × 5 mL) [CA$28 for 75 mL, value: CA$3.73]
- Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender in Clear (1.2 oz) [CA$24.99 for 3.4 oz, value: CA$8.82]
- Skin & Co Roma Truffle Therapy Essential Face Toner (30 mL) [US$27 for 200 mL, value: US$4.05]
- Wella EIMI Perfect Me (6 mL) (freebie) [CA$19.66 for 100 mL, value: CA$1.18]
Box Cost = CA$12 + 1.56 tax, free shipping
Total Item Value = CA$0.16 + CA$3.73 + CA$8.82 + US$4.05 + CA$1.18 ≈ CA$18.95
The box also came with a couple of coupons. One is for 20% off the masks from The Body Shop. I think it’s a coupon. There’s no barcode or anything, just says I can “Enjoy 20% off” if I bring it in-store. Super. The second came with the Wella freebie, and gives 50% off any Wella EIMI styling product at Chatters.ca (the online code is EIMI50), and it’s valid through the end of this year.
Soooo, ignoring the fact that I have a “deluxe sample” in my box worth 16 Canadian cents—we don’t even use pennies here anymore!!!—the bulk of my box’s value lies in the Redken dry shampoo. Also, I have no full-sized items this month; all are samples.
Detailed pics follow:
Doucce Freematic Eye Shadow Quad in Autumn Leaves (7)
full size [value: US$35]
I’ve received a Doucce blush sample from Ipsy before, and while it was all right, it certainly wasn’t a high-quality product. The packaging, especially, is quite cheaply made (and has a typo or two). So, I think asking US$35 for this quad is quite ludicrous. I am barely sure I’d choose to pay CA$10 for this—which I did, since this was my Beauty Surpise—let alone full price.
That said, it’s probably worth about $10. I’d place it on par with brands like e.l.f., which appears to be getting pricier these days, at least in Canada.
The shadow colors are decent enough, but the quality isn’t good enough that I’d choose to use it over my many other options.
BeneFit Foolproof Brow Powder in Dark (05)
0.01 g (sample) [value: CA$0.16]
To be quite honest, I do actually look forward to trying the BeneFit brow powder, even though the sample is stupidly miniscule. The full sized item looks pretty nifty, and my sparse brows need all the help they can get. I think the fancy all-in-one BeneFit packaging may actually get me to work on my brows more often.
Just so you know how sparse my brows are, the “before” pic they use on their sample packaging is basically my realistic goal:
The Body Shop 100% Vegetarian Expert Face Masks (Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask & Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask)
2 × 5 mL (samples) [value: CA$3.73]
I haven’t been too impressed by The Body Shop’s skincare products, but I’ll certainly give these a try. I wouldn’t think anything has changed yet, but L’Oréal has recently sold The Body Shop to a Brazilian company, Natura.
Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender in Clear
1.2 oz (sample) [value: US$8.82]
Good sized sample of a product I don’t use too often.
Skin & Co Roma Truffle Therapy Essential Face Toner
30 mL (sample) [value: US$4.05]
I liked another Skin & Co Roma Truffle Therapy product sample that I received from Ipsy, so I look forward to trying this one. Toner isn’t generally something I incorporate into my skincare routine, but what the hey.
Wella EIMI Perfect Me
6 mL (sample) [value: CA$1.18]
This was a bonus sample. (I shouldn’t even include it in the box value, but I generously did, anyway.) Looks like the lovely Sophie Turner is advertising for Wella—they do seem to have great hairstylists in Westeros.
One more chance, Topbox.
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