I decided to pay for the yearly upgrade last month, because I really liked the direction Birchbox was going. I was loving my boxes… and then this happened. I am praying that I didn’t make a horrible decision.
Let’s dive on in to this extremely low value box. Oh, and this is a collab box with US Weekly.
The first thing I received is the Agave Healing Oil Treatment. I’m interested in trying this out, but I hate the packaging of the sample. What am I supposed to do with a cardboard container? Good thing I bought some of those mini plastic jars from Walmart’s travel section. This sample is worth $1.00. … It doesn’t get much better as we go; don’t get your hopes up.
Next we have a perfume sample. This is Couture La La Malibu from Juicy Couture. I have received Couture La La in the past, but I didn’t really like it. I don’t really like this one either. It’s too high school for me. The sweetness in this perfume is very young and not in a good way. I’m not hating on Juicy Couture. I LOVE Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy La Fleur. I’ve been considering purchasing that one since I sampled in a Birchbox forever ago. This just isn’t for me. The value is $1.44.
Next is a bar of soap. This is from Ayres and it is in the scent Patagonia. I don’t really use bar soap. I don’t actually know many people who do. I will still try it out, but I’m not liking the scent. It smells…. old. Not like it has gone bad but that the scent has missed its heyday back in the ’20s or something. I really do not care for it. I’ll try it and let you know how I get on with it. The value of this sample is (drumroll please) $0.64!
Next we have the Miracle Skin Transformer Face Spotlight. I literally just stopped writing this to see what this is. I’m guessing it is a base for the skin. But the one I received is very dark… like VERY dark. And it seems to have silver shimmer in it… Yep. I just spread out the swatch. The color isn’t so terrifying but the shimmer is. My hand looks SO greasy right now. I will not be putting this on my face. Ugh, it’s like a disco ball… What were they thinking? Sorry. That’s just my honest, uncensored first impression… Needless to say, I will NOT be using this. The value of the sample is more than any of the other at $3.20.
Last is the OPI Sheer Tint Top Coat. The color is I’m Never Amberrassed and it is an orange color. Now, I’m not going to fault them for sending this to me, because there is no way they could know that I don’t care for sheer colors. I might try layering it over some of my other polishes to change their color a bit, so this won’t totally go to waste. I would have preferred a creme finish or a sparkly finish. Oh well. OPI is a good brand, and I like the inclusion of this. Ending on a high-ish note! The value of this is $2.25.
If you’ve been keeping track, the value of the box is a horrifically pathetic $8.53! Seeing as the box costs ten dollars a month, I expect to receive at least that much. There wasn’t even anything extra in this month. Like when they did the collab with Women’s Health, we got a certificate to receive a year’s worth of the magazine for free. Nothing in here. Honestly, this box is making want to NEVER EVER buy from US Weekly. They curated such a crappy, low value, small sampled box. I’m really not impressed with this whatsoever, and I think it is wrong of Birchbox to not insist on having the value of the samples over the cost of the box.
I’m not pleased. Are you pleased with yours? Do you think it is wrong of Birchbox to allow boxes like this to be sent out? Let me know your thoughts.
I paid for this myself (sadly). All opinions are my own. I’m not getting paid for this post.
I need to relax. Maybe I’ll go have some tea now. 🙂