Saturday, March 16, 2013

March 2013 Topbox (Pure + Simple Privé Box) - Unboxing and Review

I wasn't too impressed with the Privé box choices for the month of March but since I knew I would like both of the products included in the Pure + Simple box, I decided to play it safe and choose that one.

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

1. Pure + Simple - Face Colour in Blush

Impressions: I am really loving this blush. It looks like an ordinary dusty rose in the pan but it swatches beautifully with a rose gold sheen to it. I've been wearing this blush almost every day since I got it. I have the Pure + Simple blush in Soleil as well - that shade leans more peachy/coral but is less pigmented than the one I received in my Topbox.

The only disappointment I had with this product was due to a discrepancy with the size. The Topbox product card and the Pure + Simple website show the full size blush at 5 grams but the one we received is 3.5 grams (which matches the blush in Soleil that I already have). I contacted Topbox about this and it appears that Pure + Simple recently changed the amount of product that is in the full size blush to 5 grams (I guess we received the old packaging size of 3.5 grams). Topbox is still trying to sort this out with Pure + Simple but has offered to include a bonus sample in my April Topbox in light of this error.

The other issue with this product (both the blush and bronzer choices) is that many subscribers received shattered products as the pans are loose in the compact and move around when shaken. I was lucky that my blush was still intact. I put a piece of tape in both my Pure + Simple blushes to keep them in place. I believe Topbox will be replacing the shattered products.

Full size // 5 g // $16.95 (on sale right now for $12.71)
Sample size // 3.5 g // approximately $11.87 based on the regular price

2. China Glaze in Purr-Fect Plum

Impressions: I've been wanting a nail polish in this exact shade so I was very happy to see this included in the Privé box. I think this polish looks great on and it's also easy to apply (opaque in 2 coats). This is part of China Glaze's On Safari collection so quite a number of subscribers have already received this but I got Elephant Walk in my November 2012 Topbox so this shade was new to me.

Full size and sample size // 14 mL // $8.95

While I enjoyed this month's Topbox, I was a little confused about the direction of the Privé box program as I thought that these boxes were intended to feature a single brand. Topbox confirmed that the Privé box will usually contain only one brand but in March there were two boxes that included other samples. Apparently, this may happen again in the future but there will also be boxes that contain only one brand. I understand that we received full size products this month (or rather, we were supposed to receive full size products); however, I still think Topbox should follow through on its promise to deliver 4 samples in each box. Hopefully, Topbox will make a change for future months.

// Approximate value of the products in the March 2013 Topbox: $20.82 //

I'm not sure how much longer I'm going to stay subscribed to Topbox... I'm thinking only a month or two but for some reason, I can't bring myself to cancel it just yet. I believe there will be some choices for the month of April so I'm definitely going to wait to see the options. I'd love to see a MaskerAide Privé box with all 6 of the sheet masks!

If you wish to join Topbox through my invitation, I will earn a credit and send heaps of good karma your way!

Note: I purchased this Topbox with my own money.

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