Friday, 24 January 2014

Is the January 2014 Glossybox really THAT bad?

So this month Glossybox have caused another stir with their January box, and upon first impressions the contents don't look to be very impressive but I wondered... is it really that bad in comparison to previous years? Each box has obviously been different every month but for purposes of comparing I thought I'd use the boxes from the past 2 Januarys (2012 and 2013) to see how good (or indeed bad) the January 2014 box really is. 

Glossybox January 2012

January 2012 Contents:

Murad Skin Perfecting Primer 5ml (worth approx £4.95)
Weleda 2 in 1 cleanser and toner 10ml (worth approx 99p)
Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner Full Size (worth £9.50)
Orly Nail Lacquer in Ruby 5.3ml (worth approx £2.50)
FAB Body Wash (worth approx £2)
Total Box Value - £19.94

This is the only box in this comparison that I actually received, I was fairly impressed with this even though I don't think I've ever used the Eyeko eyeliner, it was in a plum shade which isn't the kind of thing I ever use. I do remember liking the Weleda cleanser/toner but I also remember thinking that the body wash was the most over priced body wash ever. Overall, in this box there was a good selection of different products from different brands, mostly from fairly luxurious brands. 

Glossybox january 2013
Photo Credit: Sailor Jennie

January 2013 Box Contents

Lacoste Perfume Sample (worth approx £2)
Monu Exfoliator 30ml (worth approx £4.35)
Murad Ultimate Moisture for eyes (worth approx £17??!!)
Sanctuary Active Reverse Thermal Transformation Mask 15ml (worth approx £5)
BM Beauty Dewy Finish Perfection Finishing Powder 1g (worth approx £2)
Glossybox Eye mask (value unknown)

Approximate box value: £30.35

This was named the 'Detox' box, obviously with a view to helping you detox in January. This box includes some names which I have seen crop up in Glossybox quite a few times, such a BM beauty, Monu and Murad... I thought the point of these boxes was to discover new brands not to keep repeating the same ones? Upon searching Google, I have noticed that other blogs got slightly better boxes with products from brand such as Elemis and Paul Mitchell... surely Glossybox should be making a note of what brands they've sent to who and try not to send them products from the same brand?

glossybox january 2014
Photo Credit: Freckles and Flaws

January 2014 box contents

2x Yu Be Moisturising Skin Cream (worth approx £1.63)
Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash (worth approx £2.05)
Vintage Cosmetic Company Tweezers full size (worth £8)
Anatomicals under eye patches (worth £6)
Vaseline Essential Moisture Lotion (worth approx £1)

Approximate box value: £18.68

So in terms of box value, it's quite similar to the January 2012 box but in terms of brands... what a joke. Vaseline? This box is called 'Back to Basics' but this really is bog-basic, Vaseline is a well known brand, I very much doubt that anyone wants to pay £10 for a sample box to receive something from a high street brand like that!! I can totally see why people are annoyed about this box, I've looked at other contents and I've seen a Beauty UK CC Cream in one of them... one of the cheapest makeup brands you can find in Superdrug. 

Over the past years I do feel they have got progressively worse if you look at this comparison, it's supposed to be all about discovery and it seems that Glossybox really don't care about the recipient, what they have tried before and what they might like to try. They used to do so well, they've introduced people to some really amazing products in the past but they are becoming very noncompetitive in the beauty box industry... I have some Glossy dots to redeem on my account but they are such a pain to redeem I don't think I'll be bothering especially if I receive a box like this January! 

What do you think of Glossybox's recent performance?

* P.S Thankyou so much to the lovely ladies Jennie and Emily for letting me use their photos for this post


  1. Considering they've included Anatomicals and Balance Me products before, I wouldn't say two tiny samples of Yu Be cream are worth an entire Glossybox - I'd be so frustrated if I was still subscribed! Especially when their competitors are doing so well xx

  2. I think it's gone downhill as well. I had it for a year from the January box you pictured and lost the excitement. I never found anything that I loved or wanted to repurchase. I've watched videos on youtube and I think I made the right decision to stop. I might try birchbox in the near future though.

  3. I received this months box and unsubscribed straight away. I got the CC cream but it is in the shade 'natural', in other words pretty orange. I really hoped with the 'revamped' box that the contents would follow suit. I'm heading over to Birchbox to give them a try now.

  4. ive never used glossy box or anything like that, and to be honest im glad I don't! its a good idea, but it doesn't seem to be done right, from what ive seen US seem to get it right more than we do. being a blog reader (read-obsessive blog reader) ive seen plenty of posts on glossy boxes, and it does seem its gone down hill.

    Catherine x

  5. As I tweeted to you, I have had better samples from Magazines x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

  6. I used to love GlossyBox but recently cancelled with them as I felt it just wasn't worth the money! It is a shame but definitely considering going back to BirchBox! X.


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