After receiving a complimentary Topbox back in November with a full-size Deborah Lippmann nail polish that made me squeal more than Wilbur at the thought of bacon, I had to sign up for the service!
The February 2012 Topbox arrived a few days ago, and when I saw the cylindrical container, my heart skipped a beat. I was so excited to see what top products were waiting for me this time.
Are you curious, too?
I took the February Topbox aside and asked if it would be brave enough to bare it all for my readers. At first, it seemed reluctant, but then when I brought the camera out, it was full-on supermodel diva mode! Heck, it was even ‘smeyesing’ as Tyra Banks would say.
Despite all the pomp and circumstance, was I impressed? There’s only one way to find out!
February 2012 Topbox Pictures
Claims: TRUSTED, but Product: BUSTED
√ Contains 4 deluxe samples
√ Samples are from premium brands
- Name: February 2012 Topbox
- What You Get in Each Month’s Box: 4 deluxe samples from premium brands
- What I Paid: $10 CAD (of course plus tax)
- Where to Sign up for a Subscription: Topbox website
February 2012 Topbox Review
Since I went into great detail about the packaging in my November 2011 Topbox review, please check that out if this is your first time hearing about this company.
In an allergy-free nutshell, I really like the packaging because it’s simple, clean, and environmentally-friendly. I also think that it’s very smart because it reduces extra overhead expenses for the company, which means that they should be able to focus more on the quality of the products.
As usual, I have to be honest – the February 2012 Topbox was a majorrrrr letdown compared to the November one I got. Allow me to explain.
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils
In my first and second years of university, I wore mascara daily, but then I abruptly stopped because I hated the feeling of it on my lashes. Since then, I rarely sport the stuff, so when I saw this product, I wasn’t thrilled. Sure, it’s my first ever Yves Saint Laurent anything, but it’s a product that I may give to my sister-in-law or that I may bust out for a special occasion.
If you actually do wear mascara, this could be a real treat, though, considering how expensive the full-size version costs – $36! Phew!
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Full Shimmer Illuminating Shampoo
Here’s another brand that’s new-to-me. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Shu Uemura eyelash curler, but nothing about this shampoo. It could be because I don’t often look up reviews on shampoo.
The Shu Uemura shampoo is designed especially for colour-treated hair. While I’ll definitely be using this product, I can’t test it out properly since I haven’t dyed my hair for years and years.
And I must say that it’s such a generous size! 🙂
Pari Beauty Eye Shadow
I really like the purple colour and the sleek, dome packaging, but alas, it contains an ingredient that I have a cosmetic allergy to! Darn! Looks like my sister-in-law might make off like a beauty bandit. 😉
LillyPilly Kakadu Plum Hand & Body Creme
These are really small samples, and when it comes to hand creme, I would much prefer a small squeeze tube. These kind of samples seem like the free ones you can get yourself, so it was disappointing that these counted as a deluxe sample.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat
Now, the boxing gloves are coming out! I can’t hold it in!
Glamorizing the act of smoking cigarettes is so old-fashioned and backwards.
I’m not a smoker, but a lot of my friends are. I won’t hold it against you if you smoke. What I don’t like is that the advertisement is trying to sell makeup by unnecessarily linking it to cigarettes. That turns me off immediately. Even if it was an ad for green nail polish, I wouldn’t buy it because I don’t like promoting messages like that.
A lot of you may think that I’m blowing it out of proportion, but this is something I strongly feel is wrong, and you have to stand up for what you believe in or what use is it to have opinions in the first place?
Got that off my chest. 😉 Now I can talk about the sample. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed that the sample is a one-use deal. I understand that this is a Yves Saint Laurent product that’s expensive, but at least the mascara was a cute little tube. This is just the kind of sample you get for free in a magazine.
Final Verdict: 4/10
With beauty-sample services like Topbox, it’s understood that some months will be huge hits and some will be misses. It’s all in the luck of the draw, and you pay for that chance of getting pure gold or fool’s gold. It’s part of the fun!
Although I really like the company and am thoroughly impressed by their marketing campaigns, the February 2012 Topbox was a complete flop for me. (It hurts me to say that.)
I had such grandiose expectations after the November 2011 Topbox, so I think the bar was set unrealistically high.
Yes, it sounds harsh, but the only product I’m going to use is probably the shampoo. Thank goodness it’s such a generous size! 🙂 But, I guess this product actually pays for the cost of this month’s box, so maybe I shouldn’t be complaining. (And I would totally wear the eye shadow, but my allergy is the only thing preventing me.) I like being able to try more products from the month’s box. That’s why I subscribed.
Hopefully the March box will be more appropriate for me. I’m still giving them another chance. I think it’s unfair when some people unsubscribe after just one bad month. Not every product can appeal to everyone. Plus, I believe in giving people second, third, fourth, fifth, nth (hehe) chances in life. 🙂
Do you subscribe to Topbox? If so, what did you get this month? What do you think of the products in my Topbox?