Glossybox August 2018 Review + Unboxing
Beauty-focused subscription boxes are some of the most popular boxes on the market. Glossybox is one that I recently subscribed to so I could see if it lives up to the hype. After five months of boxes, there haven’t been any that I’ve disliked. It’s such a fun way to try out new beauty, skincare, and hair care products, I feel like I’m opening a surprise gift every month!
This Glossybox review will outline the unboxing, my thoughts on each product, savings opportunities, and similar subscriptions you might enjoy!
Shipping + Packaging
This month’s box was another limited edition box, just like most of the boxes they’ve sent me in the last few months (as you can see in recent Glossybox reviews). These boxes have different designs than the typical pink and contain special products that are only available for a short amount of time. Unfortunately, this one is sold out now. It has an adorable beach print with umbrellas, seashells, sunglasses, and swimsuits!
Upon unboxing, I found six different products to try out. These were wrapped nicely in tissue paper with a cute bow tied around them. There was also a fold-out information sheet about the theme and each product on top.
As I guessed from the design of the box, this month’s theme revolves around the beach!
This next section shares a review for each item I got!
Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray
I love this product! I’ve used it for years, but I haven’t purchased any recently, so I was glad to be able to use it again. It smells wonderful and gives my hair gorgeous, sea salt waves. The only negative aspect about this is that the results change based on what condition my hair is in when using the product. For example, when my hair is dryer than normal it frizzes up way more when I use this product.
This spray also dries my hair out, so I have to be cautious when using it. However, every salt spray I’ve tried has done this too. Sugar-based “beach” sprays tend to be more gentle on my hair.
Retail value: $3
NCLA Nail Polish
Even though I received a nail polish in my July Ipsy bag, I was ecstatic to get another in this box. I love trying new polish, and surprisingly, I haven’t received any in the last couple months from the beauty subscription boxes I subscribe to.
Nail products last me forever, which is one reason I love getting them. I can get a ton of use out of one nail polish rather than the couple uses I can get with sample-size products. I love the dark pink color—it really pops out on my nails!
Retail value: $16 for a 0.5 oz
Ren Instant Firming Beauty Shot
This product has anti-aging properties, which I don’t particularly need, but they say it’s great to start using these products when you’re young! This product states it’s good for all skin types. I can’t attest to that, but it did work well on my combination skin! It made my skin look a bit brighter after I put it on. It’s important to put on moisturizer in conjunction with this product (at least for me).
It was nice to try out, but it’s pretty expensive regularly so I won’t be repurchasing when I run out. This 0.34 oz. size is worth around $20 based on the price of a full size.
Retail value: $56 for a 1 oz
Setz Blotting Powder Sheets
These single-use blotting powder sheets are a cool idea! They’re fairly new, so there’s room for improvement. However, I was still impressed with them. They’re perfect for on the go. You do have to be careful when you open the package since the pads are covered in blotting powder, so it’s easy to spill it (I did this with the first one).
As long as you don’t spill any, there’s enough blotting powder to cover your t-zone and other oily areas of the face! It’s a lot easier to carry one of these around rather than a whole package of blotting sheets or wipes.
Retail value: $3.99 for 5 packets
Monu Skin Line Smoothing Eye Cool Gel
I was a little disappointed to see an eye product in my box because I don’t usually see results with them. I did like that this one wasn’t thick or greasy like a lot of eye creams are. It was pretty moisturizing as well. However, I haven’t yet seen any advertised results.
I think products like this take a bit of time for you to start seeing results. Since this is a full-size, it should last pretty long — I’ll make sure to update if I see any improvements!
Retail value: $30 for 0.5 oz
Grow Gorgeous Scalp Detox
I didn’t even know a product like this scalp detox existed! My scalp has been extremely dry recently from all the swimming in chlorine pools I’ve been doing, so this product was a godsend. I was a little skeptical about it, but it actually helped the first time I used it! I was impressed. It’s made of natural ingredients and contains minerals to exfoliate. You’re supposed to use it before washing your hair. You just massage it into your scalp, leave it on for a few minutes, and then rinse it off.
This 1.69 oz. sample size is half the amount of a full size, so it’s worth at least $17!
Retail value: $34 for a 3 oz
There are always a few opportunities to save money with your new Glossybox subscription. I’ve included promo codes I was able to find at the moment below.
SEA20: 20% off your first month
GIFT25: 25% off gift subscriptions
In addition to these coupons, you can save a bit of money with longer-term subscriptions!
Similar Beauty Subscription Boxes
Since our website is dedicated to trying and reviewing the best subscription boxes, we’ve tried a wide variety. There are so many boxes dedicated to beauty products that we even have an entire list of best beauty subscription boxes! This list shares many different types of boxes that we’d recommend—including natural beauty, Korean beauty, facial masks, cruelty-free beauty, skincare, and more. Odds are, you’ll be able to find your perfect box out of all these options.
There are also a few popular boxes that are very similar to Glossybox. One that I love is Boxycharm! As you can see in our Boxycharm reviews, every box contains 4–5 guaranteed full-size products. What’s even better is that it costs the same price as Glossybox! I think this is great because sample sizes aren’t very useful when they don’t last a long time. Julep is another similar beauty box that provides full-size nail polish, makeup, and skincare products for a similar price as Glossybox.