To celebrate Earth Day, the April 2012 Topbox looks different. Instead of the usual patterned label covering the tube, this time they’ve printed directly onto the tube with various images including an eye-shadow palette, a pair of scissors, brushes, and more.
Actually, I like this design a lot better, plus I think that Topbox is smart for giving subscribers the option to continue receiving this packaging after April. It cuts down their overhead costs, but it expands the creative possibilities for their future tube designs.
However, it’s also about what’s inside that counts, right? So what did I think of the contents? Find out!
April 2012 Topbox Pictures
Claims: BUSTED, but Product: TRUSTED (What a weird combo, right?)
√ Contains 4 samples
X Samples are from premium brands (I only consider Benefit to be a ‘top brand’ out of the ones included.)
- Name: April 2012 Topbox
- What You Get in Each Month’s Box: 4 samples
- What I Paid: $10 CAD
- Where to Sign up for a Subscription: Topbox website
April 2012 Topbox Review
The packaging this month is different because instead of the label covering the tube, there’s a patterned print directly on the tube.
I like how playful this design is, and I appreciate how it’s more eco-friendly. It’s also nice how it’s free of any brand names. As Topbox says, you can use it to store other things. (I’m keeping mine in case I need to send things to friends. This box really protects the contents.)
Although Topbox doesn’t directly call out Loose Button’s Luxe Box, it totally sounded like they were pointing the finger at them when they wrote about being more environmentally conscious by not shipping the Topbox in a second outer box. And they stress how the tube doesn’t feature any branding (which makes it easier to reuse the tube).
While I don’t consider all the brands included to be premium brands, I did like the majority of the items included.
Benefit The POREfessional
This was something that I’ve been curious about trying for a long time.
I’ve never been self-conscious about the size of the pores on my face. They’re not really big – at least I don’t think so.
Pore size just doesn’t bother me. There are a lot of people I know who complain about their pores. Sure, I can see it on their face, but I never think it detracts from their appearance.
Am I the only person who just thinks that having some visible pores is normal and just makes you look like a human being instead of an airbrushed photo?
The reason why I’m curious to try this is because I heard that it works well as a base under foundation.
Principessa Beauty Notte/Bianco Breeze Dry Shampoo - “Personalized Shade”
Here’s another product that I’ve been curious about trying for the longest time.
Okay, I wash my hair every day…usually. There have been some mornings when I’ve been rushing too much and didn’t have time, but I always feel cranky when I can’t clean my hair daily.
Dry shampoo is supposed to help curb the oilies for those kind of emergencies. Plus it’s actually healthier not to wash your hair daily. (Not sure if I can get down with that, though!)
A lot of dry shampoos are light powders, but if you have dark hair like I do, it’s not ideal. This Principessa dry shampoo is for darker hair colours.
When I opened my Topbox, this product was wrapped in purple tissue paper, and the powder actually came out and all over the tin. Most of the product is still inside, but there was a very thin layer of powder coating the container.
Misa Nail Lacquer (High Waist Hue) – “Personalized Shade”
It made me laugh when I learned that this nail polish was a ‘personalized shade’. If you know me, you know that High Waist Hue is pretty much the opposite of the kind of colours I gravitate towards. (I’m about bold, loud, crazy colours. This is demure, quiet, and traditional-workplace-appropriate.)
That being said, I’m still pretty happy about this item because this is a Misa full-size nail polish! Plus it’s a shade that I don’t already have in my 500+ polish stash. Good going, Topbox!
I have a feeling that this shade is going to seriously clash with my skin tone, but maybe I can salvage it with some nail stamping…
Bella Pella Tropical Flowers Body Lotion
Okay, I’m not too excited to receive body lotion. I have oodles of bottles of lotion. This is a small size that I can throw in my purse, which is nice, but…lotion rare excites me.
Final Verdict: 6.5/10
Although the April 2012 Topbox didn’t blow my mind, I liked 3 out of 4 of the products, so I’m content.
I appreciate how Topbox focuses on being environmentally friendly, but I think that they now need to turn their attention to include more actual premium brands since that’s supposed to be their claim to fame.
Would you be happy if you received the products I did? What did you get in your April 2012 Topbox? How will you be celebrating Earth Day?