Additionally, in this box I only got four full-sized products and one sample. This is less than the five products and one sample that I have come to expect from Wantable.
I have good news, though: I tried the products and it turns out that my negative first impression was dead wrong. This is an awesome box and it's definitely the best of the three boxes that I have received from Wantable so far.
Beauty For Real Miracle Mascara in Very Black (full size at 0.3 fl oz), retail value $23.00
My stomach sank a little bit when I saw this is my my box. I'd been considering moving mascaras from the "like" section of my profile to the "dislike" section just because I'd typically prefer to get, say, a lipstick. I'm glad that I didn't, though, because this mascara is all kinds of excellent.
The packaging is smart. I love products that have little mirrors on the side of them in case I want to sneak an opportunity to stare at myself in the middle of the day.
It also has a button on the top and a LIGHT which has no effect whatsoever on my ability to apply the mascara BUT if you are ever stranded in a forest or caught in a haunted house or something, you know that the girl with the mascara/flashlight duo is the one who is going to survive.
The thing that makes this a good mascara, though, is its effect on your lashes. It's a really dark black that is great for lengthening eyelashes. A quick before and after:
|Beauty For Real Miracle Mascara on Human Face|
(Another thing I liked: check out the photo that accompanies this product on their website. Those results look so believable and realistic! Love it.)
Be a Bombshell Blush in Glowing Goddess (full size at 0.14oz), retail value $16.00
I received the Be A Bombshell blush in Sweet Cheeks from Wantable last month AND from Ipsy and both times I concluded that it was just a hair too frosty for me. I think that my new-found devotion to this blush suggests that it actually wasn't the frostiness, it was the color.
Glowing Goddess is just as frosty as Sweet Cheeks, but I love it. I'm always a sucker for an orange blush, but this electric coral is simultaneously unique and wearable.
It is worth noting that the Be a Bombshell site is calling this a "medium peach with a hint of shimmer". Whoever said that does not know their colors. If you were expecting a product that fit that description, you'd be disappointed. This is definitely a neon coral that leans on the highlighter orange side. It's a wonderful color, but it ain't a "medium peach".
Japonesque Travel Angled Foundation Brush, retail value $25.00
This is one of the things that made me groan when I saw it in my box. This is the third travel-sized Japonsque brush that I've gotten from Wantable. They're going to send me a damn brush set. However, once I got over my grumbles: turns out that this is a really nice brush. Like, really nice. It's soft and not streaky. It's large enough to use even if you're not traveling. (It's not one of those tiny baby brushes that you makes you feel like you have giant hands when you try to use it).
Finally, and this is the true reason for my happiness: I hate washing my brushes. An extra foundation brush buys me sweet, sweet time. Procrastination is one of my favorite hobbies.
Cailyn Cosmetics Cailyn Red Tint (full size at 0.19 fl oz), retail value $13.00
Cailyn has just jumped on this beauty box trend like no other. First ipsy, then Birchbox, now Wantable. I'm sure they're also in business with tons of other subscription box services that I don't receive.
Calling this a red tint is just... off... When you say a product is red, I assume you mean something a lot brighter than this. This is closer to the color you get when you spill red wine on a white shirt. Sure, it technically falls into the category of "red" but it has some dusky burgundy and purple colors in there that are ignored when it's described using a three-letter word.
When I first applied this, I made a big mistake. I just slathered it on my lips and it looked awful. After using a lip scrub, though, it applied a little less splotchy. I tend to have bad luck with lip stains in general. However, I think that this one is actually pretty good. It lasts well and it is not drying at all. Usually, lip stains dry out my lips significantly. This just felt like... my lips.
Skiin Soothing and Smoothing Eye Cream (2g/0.07oz), approximate retail value $6.99
Skiin needs to work on their search engine optimization strategy. Google autocorrects you when you try to search for this product! Alternatively, they could have picked a brand name that doesn't look like a typo.
Overall this... well, it's an eye cream. No reason to pay a hundred dollars per ounce for it.
Total Box Value: $83.99
Although my impression when I opened up the box and looked inside was on negative side of things, once I broke down and actually tried all the products, I ended up being very happy. I'll definitely use every single one of these products.
|Look made using all of this month's Wantable products!|
(I will say: I'm not confused about why there is so little brand variation. I speculate that there just aren't a lot of brands willing to mark down their prices enough to make Wantable profitable. The boxes that I have received have ranged in value from $80-$100. Wantable costs $36. That's between half and a third of the box's retail value. On top of that, the original cosmetics company has to make money and then ship the products to Wantable. Wantable has to make money and ship the products to you. Add in the salaries of those hired for marketing, customer service, product scouting... And you have to account for profit losses associated with their generous "no questions asked" return policy. It's hard to imagine that they aren't working with a pretty tight profit margin already... they must need to get those products pretty cheap! I recognize that brands have very valid reasons to avoid participating and thus, given the limited brand selection, there will be repeats. I just want to sample the range of what brands are actually available.)
When all is said and done, though, this box surprised me with its excellence. May next month be even better...
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