It's a monthy ritual. Check online, hold out hope, open box, be mildly disappointed. Every month like clockwork.
This month, I received:
Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle (estimated 1.25 oz), approximate retail value $4.12
|Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle|
Color Club Nail Polish in Wild Cactus (0.25 oz), approximate retail value $4.00
|Two Coats of Color Club in Wild Cactus|
Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox Beauty Balm (0.1 oz), approximate retail value $2.13
|Dr. Jart+ Beauty Balm|
|Swatch of Dr. Jart+ Beauty Balm|
1. I understand that this is an Asian product, but I think creating some shade diversity is a necessary step for any brand hoping to expand to the United States. It is simply not appropriate to release exactly one very pale shade.
2. The Birchbox website makes some rather outrageous claims about this product's properties. Ok guys, I am sure your "rare caviar extract" is just going to make my face explode with collagen, science be damned! (It is highly likely that I will dedicate a "Beauty Bullshit" post to this in the near future.)
3. This product contains skin whitening ingredients. The ingredient in question is arbutin, a derivative of hydroquinone that whitens skin using the same mechanism. I find it really problematic from a social justice perspective to encourage skin whitening as a beauty ideal. Not to mention the fact that this "feature" isn't exactly advertised by Birchbox. They are advertizing it as a "skin brightener" which is their way of saying "this is a skin whitener but we kinda secretly know that's racist so let's pretend something else". It's not a skin brightener. It works by inhibiting melanin production. It is a skin whitener, period.
Juicy Couture Couture La La Perfume (0.05 oz), approximate retail value $1.32
|Juicy Couture Couture La La|
Ghirardelli Milk and Caramel Square, approximate retail value $0.42
This is the lowest value Birchbox I have received so far, which was disappointing. It was barely worth the $10 I paid for it, and I didn't like several of the products.
That being said, because I really did like detangling spray and the nail polish (and I also enjoyed getting to try the BB cream, other issues aside), I am actually not too dissatisfied. That's not exactly high praise, but it will have to do.
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