Thursday, January 17, 2013

January 2013 Topbox - Unboxing and Review

A little while ago, Topbox announced the launch of the Privé box, which is basically a Topbox that contains samples from one particular brand. Topbox indicated that all subscribers would receive the Privé box in the month of January but the brand itself was kept a surprise. The brand for our inaugural Privé box was Clinique. I was neither excited nor disappointed about this - as I've somehow accumulated quite a number of Clinique samples / gift with purchases that I've never used! Nevertheless, I was hopeful that we'd perhaps receive Chubby Stick in this box. Unfortunately, no Chubby Stick but read on to see what was included.



Here is what I received (in order of appearance in the video):

1. Clinique Rinse Off Eye Makeup Solvent

This product was well-reviewed on the Sephora website so I'm hoping it will work well... without stinging my eyes. This is a generous sample! I used to enjoy receiving eye makeup removers but since I have so many I still need to try, it's hard for me to get excited when I receive another one. I have (but haven't yet tried) a sample of the Clinique Take the Day Off so I am happy I will be able to try both formulations.

full size // 125 mL // $25
sample size // 60 mL // approximate value of $12




2. Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo

This was my favourite product in the box. The packaging, though very prone to fingerprints (as you'll see in my photo below), is very attractive to me! I love shiny things. I received the duo in Strawberry Fudge. The brown shade is very pretty - it's also got a soft and buttery texture! I don't normally like pink shades on my eyes (makes me look sleepy or like my eyes are swollen) but this light pink shade has a little bit of gold iridescence to it, which will hopefully translate nicely on the eye. There is a satin, almost metallic finish, which is quickly becoming my favourite finish - even beating out matte shadows! I haven't tried this product yet as I wear very minimal eye makeup to work but I will be digging into this duo very soon.

full size // 2.5 g // $25
sample size // 1.6 g // approximate value of $16




3. Clinique Clarifying Lotion #3

Although this product got decent reviews, I am worried it will be too drying on my skin. I have combination dry skin and this product is for combination oily skin. There is alcohol in this toner and I generally look for toners that are alcohol free. Maybe I will try it in the summer on my t-zone as I do like to try all the products I receive in these beauty boxes. I will be reading more about this product before I try it.

full size // 200 mL // $16
sample size // 30 mL // approximately $2.40




4. Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector

The Repairwear Laser Focus line was featured on the tube so this was the star of the Privé box. This feels like a serum and has a very nice, light scent. I am actually pretty excited to try this product. As I've mentioned before, I don't purchase anti-aging products because they are so expensive - I do like trying them in these beauty boxes. This one is supposed to minimize fine lines and UV damage - I've read mixed reviews as to the effectiveness. I do have a line developing under my left eye so I already have my test site. :)

full size // 30 mL // $57
sample size // 7 mL // approximately $13.30




Overall, I was reasonably happy with this month's Topbox - certainly more pleased than I've been in the past 2-3 months. I will stay subscribed for the time being but Topbox is still near the bottom of my list so some improvements will be needed for me to stay subscribed in the longer term.

// Approximate value of the products in the January 2013 Clinique Privé box / Topbox: $43.70 //

In future months, when Privé boxes are available, subscribers will be able to preview and choose whether or not to switch the regular Topbox for the Privé box. Note that choosing the Privé box does not guarantee you will receive it as there are limited quantities. If the number of subscribers electing the Privé box exceeds the number available, Topbox will use a random lottery system to decide who will receive the Privé boxes. Whew, that took a while to explain!

For February, there were 3 Privé box options available: Benefit, Lippy Girl, and Miracle 10. I was only interested in the Benefit box so I put my name down for that one... I hope I get it because I really want to try the Dandelion powder. Topbox mentioned that there are "thousands" of the Benefit boxes and "hundreds" of the Lippy Girl and Miracle 10 boxes.



What do you think of the Privé box concept? What version of the Clinique box did you receive this month? Were you happy with this month's brand and samples?

Note: I purchased this Topbox with my own money.

18 comments:

  1. I actually do not have a subscription to topbox but I like this idea! The dandelion powder is very sheer but it works well for my skin tone, one of my fave benefit products!

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    1. oooh i want the dandelion powder so badly now! i really hope i get the prive box next month...

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  2. I love how you said December instead of January at first. Time is a funny thing. It passes by so quickly! I'm not subbed to topbox but I think for the price, a program like prive would certainly be worth it! fun size beauty

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    1. it's true... time passes by way too quickly! hopefully there will be enough prive boxes to go around!

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  3. I think Topbox did well switching the concept up a little for beauty boxes with the "privé box" but I feel like it was more hyped than it deserved. Still, they did a good job and the suspense of it was fun. The box has to be an experience, not only products, and they managed to achieve that.

    I also picked Benefit for next month and I really hope I get it! I've never tried anything by them (though I have the mascara sample).

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    1. i agree! it makes the subscription a little different and a little more exciting than it's been for the past few months. i hate to say it but if i don't get the prive box next month, i will probably be unsubscribing as i think it's a big tease to choose a prive box and then be let down if you don't receive it. i know topbox said the regular boxes will be just as good as the prive box but judging by the last few months, i'm not so confident in that.

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  4. i received box number 1 and received all the same products as you except for the toner i received number 2 instead of number 3.
    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the eyeshadow brown though. it is so nice *_*

    i gave my mom the clinique repairwear because she will get more use out of it.

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    1. also i can never decide if i'm going to cancel my topbox. i hated the december box but january's wasn't too shabby.. agh indecisions.

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    2. it's so hard for me to unsubscribe to these boxes! i'm still undecided about topbox but it's at the bottom of my list right now...

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  5. I like the Privé box concept. I'm pretty happy with January's box -- I got all the same things as you except my eyeshadow duo was Like Mink (cream and brown). I really hope I get the Benefit box too! I really want to try the Dandelion powder because I've never tried one of their blushes before.

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    1. i really like the benefit blushes! fingers crossed there are enough benefit boxes to go around! :)

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  6. Chubby sticks are the best. It's too bad they didn't include a mini one at least. If I were you, I would have also chosen the Benefit box. Benefit is one of the favorite brands out there right now. I am obsessed with Cha Cha Tint and High Beam.

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    1. a mini chubby stick would have made this box for me! i've never tried any of the benefit tints but they are on my want list. i have high beam but haven't opened it yet... now i'm very excited to try it. :)

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  7. You are one of my fav canadian bloggers. I loved the prive box idea and I hope I get the benefit one! Please check out my blog...it is actually VERY new lol :S

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    1. thank you so much for your lovely comment! i will definitely check out your blog. :)

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    2. errr i don't know how to navigate around google+ haha... would you please link your blog if you get a chance? :)

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  8. I actually have been purchasing Strawberry Fudge since I was 19 so like 10 years! It's one of my favourite duos. I'm wanting to give these Prive boxes a chance although I hope the quality of the regular Top Boxes goes up again...

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    1. it's nice to know it's a tried-and-true duo! i brought the duo with me on vacation and got a lot of use out of it so i am really loving it. can't wait to see what you chose/received for your february topbox. :)

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