Friday, March 1, 2013

Topbox Unboxing and Review - AMEX Promotion

I recently purchased the American Express Topbox promotion. For $12.50 plus tax, AMEX cardholders could buy a limited edition Topbox that included 8 deluxe samples to "test drive" the service. Since the number of samples was double the number included in a regular Topbox for essentially the same price, I decided to pick one up. After I ordered, Topbox sent me an e-mail letting me know that the samples may be repeats for me since I am currently a subscriber - I was offered options to receive a refund or a credit in the Topbox shop. I decided to go ahead with the order. So was this box worth it?

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

1. Benefit POREfessional

Repeat: Yes - April 2012 Topbox
Thoughts: I love this product so I was happy to receive another sample!
Full size // 22 mL // $34
Sample size // 7.5 mL // approximately $11.59

2. Cuccio Naturale Milk & Honey Butter Blend

Repeat: Yes but in a different scent - November 2012 Topbox
Thoughts: I really enjoyed the pomegranate and fig cream that I received previously so I was glad to receive this one. I just wish the sample was bigger.
Full size // 240 g // $18.95
Sample size // 9.24 g // approximately $0.73

3. Benefit They're Real Mascara

Repeat: Yes - September 2012 Topbox
Thoughts: Another sample I was happy to receive again as it's too expensive for me to justify purchasing the full size.
Full size // 8.5 g // $29
Sample size // 3 g // approximate value of $10.24

4. Goldwell Jelly Boost

Repeat: Yes - December 2012 Topbox
Thoughts: I am oddly fascinated by this spray gel even though I'm not exactly crazy about the product. This sample was ok for me.
Full size // 150 mL // $18.95
Sample size // 30 mL // approximate value of $3.79

5. Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo & Thickening Conditioner

Repeat: Yes - October 2012 Topbox
Thoughts: I did not like this sample the first time around so I was not pleased about receiving it again.
Shampoo // full size // 200 mL // $27
Shampoo // sample size // 10 mL // approximate value of $1.35
Conditioner // full size // 200 mL // $27
Conditioner // sample size // 10 mL // approximate value of $1.35

6. Chloe L'eau de Chloe Perfumed Body Lotion

Repeat: Yes - August 2012 Topbox
Thoughts: I really like this cream... even though I still haven't finished my other sample yet.
Full size // 200 mL // $48
Sample size // 30 mL // approximate value of $7.20

7. Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector

Repeat: Yes - January 2013 Topbox
Thoughts: I haven't tried the sample I received in January but I didn't mind receiving a repeat.
Full size // 30 mL // $57
Sample size // 7 mL // approximately $13.30

8. Mark. Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stain in Bella

Repeat: Yes - March 2012 Topbox
Thoughts: I received the same exact shade in March so I will be giving this away.
Full size and sample size // 1.5 g // $11 (updated)

Overall, I wasn't too excited about the samples (except for a select few, which I loved)... but I thought the AMEX promotion was a good value. I was actually very surprised this box contained all repeats as Topbox has sent out a lot of samples that I have not received. I was expecting to be wowed a bit more because I thought Topbox was using this as a way to create more interest about its subscription service... but maybe this was just a good way for Topbox to unload some excess sample stock.

// Approximate value of the products in the AMEX Topbox: $60.55 //

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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