Thursday, April 25, 2013

April 2013 Topbox (Elizabeth Arden Privé Box) - Unboxing and Review

Ever since Topbox launched the Privé box program, I've been finding myself opting in each month as opposed to selecting the regular Topbox. I used to love the surprise of beauty boxes but now it seems like I prefer to know what's inside. For my April box, I requested the Elizabeth Arden Privé box and was happy I received it.

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

1. Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara in Black

I like the sample size and I'm excited to try this mascara. I haven't really tried a lot of high end mascara so I'm curious as to whether I will notice a difference.

Full size // 7 ml // $30
Sample size // 3 ml // approximately $12.86

2. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging and Intensive Repair Daily Serum

This product is crazy expensive! I haven't noticed a difference with any of the serums I've tried to date (with the exception of the 360 Skincare product, which is more like a cream). I'll definitely be giving this product a try to see if it's worth the price but I doubt I would ever pay that much for 30 ml of serum.

Full size // 30 ml // $275
Sample size // 5 ml // approximately $45.83

3. Elizabeth Arden All Gone Eye and Lip Makeup Remover

I've used this product a couple of times since recording my video and I like it. It's gentle and does a good job at removing my eye makeup.

Full size // 100 ml // $24
Sample size // 50 ml // approximately $12

4. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup

This is the product I was most excited to receive. I have quite a few concealers to use up but perhaps I will have to take a break so I can bump this up on my "to try" queue! I chose the shade Gentle Beige and I think it will be a good match for my skin tone.

Full size // 19 g // $42
Sample size // 1.9 g // approximately $4.20

5. Shu Uemura Full Shimmer Illuminating Shampoo

This was a bonus sample I received this month because I contacted Topbox last month regarding the size discrepancy with the Pure + Simple blush. I had previously received this shampoo sample in my very first Topbox and I didn't like it when I tried it the first time. My opinion on this shampoo hasn't changed much. I really like the scent but dislike the thin, runny consistency. As for its effectiveness, I found it a little better (my hair did not become overly greasy like it did last time) but that's probably because my hair has changed a lot in the meantime due to my new shampooing schedule. I still would not re-purchase this product.

Full size // 300mL // $45
Sample size // 75mL // approximately $11.25

Overall, I really liked the Elizabeth Arden Privé box. I don't have a lot of experience with this brand so I was happy to gain some exposure to some of the products at a reasonable price point. The value of this box was amazing.

// Approximate value of the products in the April 2013 Elizabeth Arden Privé box: $74.89 (not including the bonus sample) //

While I was happy with this month's box, Topbox is no longer a subscription that really excites me. I do like the Privé box program but I found myself selecting a Privé box every month because I was not confident in the samples that would be sent out in the regular Topbox. I have since cancelled my Topbox subscription so next month (May) is going to be my last review... at least for a little while. :) For my May box, I chose the Masqueraide box so assuming I receive that, the review won't be too exciting as most of you already know I love the Maskeraide masks.

Note: I purchased this Topbox with my own money.

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