Saturday, February 15, 2014

Wantable February 2014 Review

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.

23 comments:

  1. I recently subscribed to their accessories box. I've only received one so far, so it's too soon to say whether or not it's a success for me, but I will say that I did love everything I received in that one box. This post is timely, because I had been considering whether to add the makeup box as well, but I think I'd rather spend that $36 a month on a product I know I actually want, and use Ipsy or Birchbox to potentially introduce me to new favorites.

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    1. I'm glad you are liking the accessories box! I have looked at reviews of it and it's pretty hard to tell if I would like it because I might hate everything they were sent, but they say that they like it... and I have seen reviews before where people have something that they say they hate and I LOVE IT. So I don't know. I think I'm a teeny bit too wacky to fit well in the Wantable model for accessories.

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    2. The test you take to specify preferences is really good, I think. I just got my second box and it was a bigger hit for me than the first. You can always send it back for a refund or exchange stuff if you get something you don't like, so it's a pretty low-risk gamble compared to other subscription boxes, I think.

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  2. Is body glitter still a thing? Do people still wear it?

    < ramble >
    I remember a foster sister of mine who had one of those gel body glitters with this really chunky, awful glitter in it. She would put it all over her cheeks, and it made her look like she had awful, terrible, shiny acne. The only other experience I have with body-type glitter is a very shimmery glitter lotion I got from the body shop. The only real use I've found for it is to put it on my hands, and then troll my husband by rubbing it on his hands and/or face.
    < /ramble >

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    1. I really don't think that many people do wear body glitter.

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  3. That eyeliner looks great one you! I got the liner in brown from Ipsy and was skeptical at first but now it's the best liquid liner I've ever used. When it's gone I don't know what I'll do lol

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    1. Is it 'espresso'? You could always buy it... ;)

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  4. I was sent a Feb intimates box (haven't posted it yet because it is missing an item) and I LOVE IT. Okay with the bra thing, I was worried to because like you said, same exact issue. But it's super easy to mark bras as a dislike, and not get worried about being sent one. Getting two products from the same brand and a body glitter is not cool though, I am usually really impressed by these makeup boxes but it seems like a miss here :(

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    1. How did you decide on your pretend bra size?

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  5. Well, Wantable might leave something to be desired, but the look you made with the products out of this box is lovely!

    It's a shame that lipstick didn't quite apply how you wanted, because the colour looks great on you...I'm sure about 1000 other brands have coral lipsticks, but all the same!

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    1. Yeah, I do like the color! It's just too patchy on the application, unfortunately.

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  6. Even if there was no mold in the lipgloss, that half-assed, patronizing response from wantable would have been enough for me to unsubscribe. It's like a more expensive ipsy with the same shit. I am not sold.

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    1. Yeah, I wasn't happy with their response at all, especially since they blamed it on polyethylene, which is not an ingredient in the lip gloss wheel that I received.

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    2. I tried to contact Michael Marcus but no one ever picked up the phone or called me back.

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  7. I also thought about the Intimates box for a hot second and skipped for kind of the same reason. Right band size, but not a big enough cup size and no option to skip that portion. Then I realized being a big girl, I wasn't confident anything they would send would actually work for me and why was I going to spend almost $40 to probably feel a bit humiliated when that did happen. I definitely wasn't going to go for the makeup box after your reviews, so now that leaves the accessories box which I haven't pulled the trigger on. Anyway glad you at least got out of the makeup box with some things that will mostly work for you kind of sort of.

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    1. Throughout the whole process, I definitely got at least a few products from Wantable that were awesome! But... not enough.

      And Cassy, you should totally go buy yourself some fancy socks and underwear that you know will work for you!

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  8. Be a bombshell has a shade of eyeshadow called Tanorexic. I'm really irked.

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    1. Oof. Making light of mental disorders is not a good choice for eyeshadow shades.

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  9. I can't believe what a bust Wantable is. I wanted to subscribe based on the merits of the first box with that amazing Besame lipstick. But now...I think I'll just buy a Besame lipstick.

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  10. I'm at the veeeery borders of Wantable's range. Since soft bras don't offer any support anyway and I don't get them it doesn't really affect me but... I feel you, they should have a "none of these" option.

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  11. First time commenter, long time reader. Hi! Just wanted to throw my two cents in for the Wantables Intimates box, if you're still considering it at all. I highly recommend it, value-wise, even if you opt-out of bras. I actually joined BECAUSE of the soft bra category. When I joined, my baby was about 6 months old. At that point, I'd figured out that "normal" bras weren't going to work out for me for awhile. So even though I had a long-standing opinion that soft bras were lame, they ended up being exactly what I needed as my body...um, continued to shift and contort, I guess? So, "soft bras" are on my "love" list, and every single one I've received so far has been in the XS/S/M/L/XL sizing scheme (none in an actual band/cup size). So, even though my post-partum body changes have absolutely nothing to do with your bra size, I just thought I'd throw out there that I don't think that specifying bra sizes in the quiz does much more than plop you in a general "category" of sizes based upon your band/cup size responses. And, like I said above, even if you "dislike" the bras, everything else I've received from them (socks, tights, t-shirts, camis, undies, and shape wear thus far) has been excellent. I've never commented on a blog recommending a subscription box before, but this one makes me super excited when it shows up at my door every month, so I guess that says something?

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  12. That eyeliner is a fun colour!

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  13. At least I'm not the only one unhappy with wantables at the moment. I subscribed to all 3 of their boxes. This is my first month and my first impressions aren't great. My makeup box was ok, nothing fab. My accessories box was total shit!! I've looked at alot of reviews online to see if maybe they just had a crappy month, but it seems that everyone else got a great box and they sent me the leftover junk. I'm a business owner myself and it seems to me that they would strive to make your first experience great, not so. I got a seriously cheesy bolt ring that looks to be straight out of a gumball machine, a freaking wooden bead necklace and earring set that's pink and blue, takes you right back to the 80s, and a cuff bracelet that has chains hanging from it, it's not cute, but even if it was, it would be ridiculous to try and wear and would get caught on everything. I'm totally bummed. I'm still waiting for my intimates box and hopefully that's at least decent. I changed some of my preferences and hopefully next month will be better or I'm canceling. It seems that they only send good boxes to the beauty bloggers that they know will be reviewing publicly, ya know?

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