Last month, I had seriously shit Wantable box. I didn't contact customer service because I am a lazy motherfucker and I didn't get around to it. I also fully intended on unsubscribing and just kind of... didn't... I have now unsubscribed and am happy to report that the process was really easy. I clicked a button that says "unsubscribe" and that was the end of it.
Still, since I did get a box for February, I should probably let y'all know how it went, eh?
Here's what I got:
Be a Bombshell "The One Stick" in Southern Belle (full size at 0.26oz), retail value $16
This is the second Be a Bombshell "the One Stick" that I have received from a subscription box; I got the shade 'Flustered' in my December 2013 Ipsy. The product is purported to work for "eyelids, cheeks, or lips", but it's really too greasy to work as anything other than a cream blush. With that said, it's a pretty nice cream blush.
This electric coral-pink is much more wearable than the sunburn red that Ipsy sent me.
Overall, I do really like this product. I contour with a cream product and occasionally highlight with cream products. You work against yourself if you throw a powder blush there in the middle, but I am relatively short on cream blushes. Still, gorgeous color aside, I'm necessarily sure that this is particularly special...
Girlactik Beauty Heaven's Dust in Angel Gold (full size at 0.16oz), retail value $16
I assume that this product was sent to me because I said I like highlighters, but this isn't really a highlighter. It's definitely more of a facial/body glitter, though it's a little classier than the body glitter you might have purchased in the early 1990s. The powder is a warm light gold with iridescent white glitter flecks. It's pretty as fuck, unfortunately, practically, it seems to be essentially useless.
On my face, it just kind of looks like I am covered in eyeshadow fallout. It looks like an error. A glittery, unicorn-y error, but an error nonetheless. I have been trying and I seriously can't find anything to do with this.
Be a Bombshell Eyeliner in Teal (full size at 0.1 fl oz), retail value $14
This is another Ipsy repeat-- I got Onyx from Ipsy in October 2012. This is a pen-style liquid liner. Although it's labeled "teal", it is really more of an emerald color. Weirdly, "Teal" is not on the Be a Bombshell website, but "emerald" is. I don't know if they spontaneously realized that they should properly label their products and changed the name, or if they discontinued the teal color. One of my biggest problems with Wantable is a tendency to send discontinued, old, or spoiled products, so I'm more suspicious than your average bear when something is not available from the manufacturer.
I do love felt top eyeliners, and this one is relatively lovely. It's a chunky tip, which can be great for cat eyes and all that jazz. The saturation on this product is pretty excellent, also. Sometimes I feel like you have to really work to get color out of funky shades of eyeliner, and that is not a problem here. It lasts pretty well, too.
Be a Bombshell is a brand that is definitely using beauty subscription boxes to get their name out. I know a lot of people are not exactly in love with their products, but I have had relatively good luck with them. Still, I'm definitely more happy getting these products from a $10 box than a $36 box and I wouldn't pay full retail price for them. It's more of a "If I get them, I'll use them" sort of scenario.
Dex New York Cosmetics Lipstick in Court Street Apricot (full size at 0.12oz), retail value $22
This is a brand that I had never heard of, which is relatively exciting! The lipstick packaging has a New York skyline on it, which is kind of snazzy. If it was etched into the side of the lipstick tube, I would be pretty much in love with the aesthetics. (Unfortunately, the tube itself is just bland silver.)
The actual product is a soft coral color. It's very moisturizing and feels lovely (almost like a lip balm). Sadly, it doesn't go on in a flattering manner. The pigment winds up in the creases of my lips and any imperfections are highlighted.
Because the packaging feels really luxe, I actually gave this product quite a few chances because it just seemed like it shouldn't be patchy and weird. Every time I thought, "maybe it is actually good?" and every time it just wasn't.
Total Box Value: $68.00
This isn't a bad value and, certainly, if I loved everything, it would be great. Unfortunately, at a $36 per month pricepoint, Wantable has to bat a pretty high average to be worth it. If I wasn't already dissatisfied, I wouldn't have canceled after this box... but here we are.
What's more, it's a bummer, but all signs point to the idea that things won't be getting better any time soon. I have been subscribed to Wantable since August and I feel that I need to point out a downward trend in the values of the boxes:
August 2013: $91.81
September 2013: $98.78
October 2013: $83.99
November 2013: $77.99
December 2013: $81.48
January 2014: $45.05
February 2014: $68.00
At the start of my time with Wantable, we were at five items with samples. Now, boxes contain four products, no samples.
I do have a few positive things to say about Wantable, disgruntlement aside. The biggest is that they take customer service very seriously. They have reached out to me via email when I have written negative reviews to apologize and give me more info about the returns process (I haven't taken them up on it because lazy), when I have received products I said that I "disliked", they have sent me more suitable replacements in my next box (not for that terrible lipgloss wheel, though. Hmmm.), and I know that people have luck emailing them and just requesting shit (e.g. "I like this. Can you send me it?"
Based on the customer service (and my love of things like tights), I did actually consider subscribing to their 'Intimates' box... buuuuuuut I was unhappy with their "size" survey and that sort of put me off the whole thing. They don't include my bra size as an option (they go from 32-bands to 44-bands in cups A-DD. I wear a smaller band size and bigger cup size than that.) which would be fine... except that they don't give you the option to say, "None of these are my bra size." That might sound like a trivial reason not to subscribe, especially since I definitely don't expect the very few companies that make bras in my size to be randomly donating shit to Wantable and I really just want fancy socks, but there it is. I don't want to make up a random bra size and just pretend that it is my bra size when it is not.
Here's my face, featuring all of the products from my February 2014 Wantable box:
Not leaving you with a referral link because I unsubscribed. I totally have faith in your ability to find the website on your own, if you do decide to subscribe.