I have tried countless beauty boxes and the reality is; they seem really cool but tend to be pretty lack luster once they arrive. I try not to be a pessimist but I’ve been through it all with beauty boxes, including but not limited to missing products in the box, broken products, even never receiving a box and never receiving a refund. These days I only receive one beauty box, Loose Button’s Luxe Box ($26 every 3 months or $50 every 6 months or $96 every 12 months).
Firstly, Loose Button is a Toronto-based company and I love supporting companies from Toronto (gotta support my peeps). It's also a seasonal box, which I much prefer, because I think monthly boxes are kind of overkill and can get far too costly.
When I first started receiving Luxe Boxes a couple years ago, I honestly wasn’t overly impressed. Once I got a bright, highlighter pink nail polish in a fall box – not exactly seasonally appropriate or my style. That being said, I think Luxe Boxes have gotten a lot better and the products in my last few boxes have been perfect for my needs (almost scarily perfect). For example, when I started suffering from hyperpigmentation I received a bunch of samples for complexion brightening products – amazing!
With all that said, here is what I received in my Fall Luxe Box (#myfallluxebox):
Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF42 No.21: This is the stand out product for me in the box, which is surprising because I'm quite particular about my base products. I would say this BB Cream has a medium coverage, leaves a semi-matte finish on the skin and was perfectly fine for my sensitive skin. It really evens out my skin tone beautifully, my hyperpigmentation is almost unnoticeable, and still looks natural on the skin. I received the perfect shade for my lighter skin tone and I’ve been wearing this everyday since my Luxe Box arrived.
Pūr-lisse Pur-moist Hydra-Balance Moisturizer: This is just a good, old moisturizer. It’s a light cream; almost gel like formula, which sinks into the skin beautifully. It doesn’t a overly shiny residue on the skin and doesn’t have a strong fragrance. It says it’s for normal-dry skin types and it was fine for my combination skin. Personally, I love having travel sized moisturizers hanging around.
Loose Button Blush Brush (not available for individual sale): I’ve received a Loose Button brand brush before and honestly; they’re not the best. I find that the bristles are quite rough and shed right from the get-go. It's definitely not a particularly great product but I’m probably going to use it on days when I have the dreaded revelation that all my brushes are dirty and I’m not in the mood to clean them (#beautybloggerproblems).
theBalm En Root Hair Shine Serum: I’m a sucker for a good hair serum/hair oil. This serum contains argan oil and is infused with green tea that's meant to add shine to dry, limp hair while also helping to control frizz. I’ve used this a couple times now and it does instantly make my hair look shinier and helps control the frizz. The only downside is that the fragrance is quite strong; it’s a sweet coconut/piña colada smell.
Essie Sleek Stick in Oh My Gold!: I confess, I haven’t mustered up the courage to try these yet but I have been eying the Essie nail appliqué strips for a while now. I’m not really sure why; but they look fun! I promise I will try them and Instagram/Tweet the result! Regardless, I’m pretty stoked that they were in my box - even if they don't turn out the best.
Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss in Ruby Moon: Burt’s Bees products are great; I’ve been a fan since I was in middle school. This lip gloss feels great on the lips and applies quite evenly. Ruby Mood is a deep, shimmery red that’s great for fall and is still wearable for daytime outings.
So Susan Universal Blush: I have never heard of this brand before but I really have fallen in love with this blush. This is one of those product's that's supposed to work with your skin's natural chemistry to create the perfect shade for you. It’s a warm pink that looks extremely glittery in the container, which put me off at first, but when I applied it to my cheeks it left a lovely shimmer that I found really flattering. On me, it leaves a slight rosiness to the cheeks but still has that warm undertone that makes it great for fall.
Overall, I think my Luxe Box was quite good this season. I never expect perfection but I think in general Luxe Boxes tend to have more winning products than beauty duds. Have you tried Loose Button’s Luxe box?