How do the months go by? At least, it’s already time for another My Little Beauty Box unboxing!
This month’s My Little Beauty Box (MLB Box) was quite exciting. This box doesn’t come with themes but that’s absolutely fine since even the boxes that do have monthly themes don’t seem to follow them very well.
The MLB Box came in it’s standard black box with the MLB sticker on….backwards. It’s not a problem at all but this is a good example of why I described the box as “unstable” in my general review (click here), as it is very early days for the box and it is obvious (MLB started in March 2018).
According to the company, the MLB box is meant to contain a minimum of 4 full size products and a wax melt or candle as “the scent of the month”. Although the amount of products contained seems to be different every month, there have always been 4 full size products or more which is great. However, this month they didn’t include a wax melt or candle, which again shows the instability of this box. With all that being said, it’s not like it matters if there is a candle in the box or not, the box is still great and contains nice stuff, it’s just little indications here and there that show that this box is still “figuring things out”.
The box also comes with a beauty card which contains a little bit about each product and a little extra card that has information on the extra products.
This month’s MLB Box contained 7 products of which 6 were beauty products and 1 was a sweet treat. Out of the 6 beauty products, 5 of them were full size.
Let’s have a look at the products in more detail. These are short reviews that cover first impressions and experiences from using the products. For full reviews, including ingredient analysis and if I would recommend a product or not, check out: Bonds of Beauty (all articles here). Bear in mind that these are my personal opinions and that beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa, please leave your comments below!
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MAC Cream Colour Base in Colour Pearl
As much as I think that MAC has some high quality items, I have found myself quite a few times wondering what one of their products is meant to do. This was definitely the case with this cream colour base as it was not obvious from the product’s outer packaging or the MLB leaflet what you are meant to use this for. To make things worse, even going on the MAC website didn’t really answer my question and I had to literally read people’s reviews to find out what they used it for.
Do you have one of these and what do you use this for?
Most people use these (depending on the colour) as a highlighter, blush or even lipstick. I would advice against using it as a lipstick as even the product itself comes with a “do not use on lips” label.
My first thought was that I could use this as an eye shadow primer. However, after about 1 hour of wearing it (as an eye shadow primer) my shadows creased badly, so that’s not an option.
A lot of people have been using these, especially the other colours, as highlighters. The colour included here, Pearl, is the most natural one and so it’s not very “highlighty”. It’s a pale cream colour but it does work as a highlighter if you want to create a no makeup-makeup look. It looks very natural but of course it won’t blind anyone. I wouldn’t use this as my main highlighter, even though I prefer more natural highlighters, because this is just a bit too natural. If you like your highlighters to blind planes then this is definitely not the one for you.
The packaging is plastic and very typical for MAC. The product in general doesn’t feel or look cheap but neither expensive. The packaging is fairly durable but could break with force.
The actual cream product is very buttery and creamy and it is easily buildable. I used it by dubbing it on the skin with a finger.
The ingredients are neither skin nourishing nor bad, it’s a makeup item so don’t expect it to be skincare worthy. There is a faint smell of something which could be due to the plastic packaging rather than the product. Nevertheless, it’s really faint and you might not even notice.
This full size 3.2g cream base retails for £19. Even if it worked (which it didn’t) as an eye shadow primer, you would still be better off buying a MAC paint pot which contains 5g of product and is cheaper at £16.50. As a result, the only viable usage for this product that I can see is as a highlighter but again it is very subtle and won’t suit many. The product also doesn’t mention how long it lasts for, on neither the actual or outer packaging. SCORE = 7/10
Laura Geller Limited Edition “The Wearables” 12 Eye Shadow Palette
I’ve said this many times and I will continue to say it, a beauty box that contains a full size lipstick or eye shadow palette is a beauty box that will excite many. I could not believe my eyes when I found this full size Laura Geller palette in here, that’s a job well done by the MLB Box. And it’s a limited edition palette!
The palette came with it’s outer packaging which is great and it was brand new, even had the protective slips on the mirror.
It looks quite cute and unique as the eye shadows come in sphere-like shapes and are raised higher than the packaging. Although this looks super cool and beautiful it is actually not very practical as when you use the colours, their fallout (which as they are baked there is some) just drops on the palette since they don’t have any “empty tin” to fall into (they appear flat in the picture because of the lighting and angle but if you look at the reflection in the palette’s mirror or the picture below you will see that they are not flat). It makes more of a mess than a normal palette with flat eye shadows in a tin.
The colours are also a very nice selection and work well. The are not super pigmented but neither badly pigmented and their texture is more powdery than creamy. All this is typical of baked shadows and is the reason why I don’t prefer them over “normal” shadows.
Out of the 12 colours, 3 are mattes and the rest are shimmers but can appear a little metallic due to the harsher surface (due to baking). Sadly, these shadows didn’t respond to being enhanced with a setting spray and looked almost the same with or without.
I thought that these would be great for halo effects to bring light to the eye, however, they don’t work as well over other eye shadows and they tend to fade more than blend in. In terms of patchiness they all seemed reasonable with the most patchy one being the deep blue colour Royal but still very usable, nothing major.
The palette comes in a carboard matte black packaging and with a giant mirror that zooms you in a bit.
I personally think that baked eye shadows in general are not as good as the “normal” ones and these were not an exception. They didn’t work very as well for me as I would want my eye shadows to work. The shadows don’t smell of anything but the packaging has a faint cardboard smell.
This full size palette lasts for 18M and contains 12 colours of 0.5g each. It retails for £32 which is within the standard high-end eye shadow palette price. SCORE = 6/10
Yves Saint Laurent Contouring Brush
I am a firm believe that a brush does not have a specific use. This one is labelled as a contouring brush but you can use it in any way you find comfortable and works for you.
This double ended brush is very soft, works well and washes nicely. The white side is flat and the black side is angled.
I think that one side brushes are superior, as they do not get damaged if you store them standing however, a double sided brush might save you space if you are traveling.
The brush didn’t smell of anything and although it has very minimal branding and design it looks nice and I even liked the almost yin-yang appearance of the black and white ends.
This full size brush retails for £35 which is definitely very expensive. This is not an unheard of price for high end brands, you pay for the branding mostly. If you are looking for way cheaper but still same quality brushes I highly recommend the Spectrum Collections which also come with different themes and designs. SCORE = 8/10
MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Colour Look Lively
You have to give it to the MLB Box they included many branded products and this box was of a high value.
This MAC lip liner didn’t come with it’s outer packaging but that’s fine. It has the typical MAC product look and works well. It glides on the lips effortlessly and you don’t need to sharpen it as it has a twist mechanism at the top.
The actually colour is a bright pink and as bright colours go, it is a little patchy especially if you use it as a lipstick. I personally prefer thin lip liners as they tend to be a lot more accurate and also last longer than the thicker ones which means that I would probably use this more like a lipstick than lip liner, if it wasn’t as patchy.
You can build up the colour and hide some of the patchiness but not all. It feels nice on the lips though and it definitely doesn’t dry them out. However, like with most lipsticks that have a shimmery finish, it doesn’t last all day and doesn’t survive eating or drinking as well as matte lipsticks. It will need reapplying for time to time, especially in order to cover up the patchiness as much as possible.
I wonder if this would work better as a blush? The product has a subtle cosmetic smell but does not mention how long it lasts.
This full size 2.3g lip liner retails for £18. SCORE = 6/10
Bowe Organics Lash Oil
Our lashes go through a lot with all that mascara and eyeliner usage and so giving them a little love is a good idea.
This lash oil came in a nice purple see-through bag instead of outer packaging which makes it a little obvious that this is a hand-made product. This is not necessarily a bad thing especially since this product is fairly simple and only contains 4 ingredients.
The ingredients are good (3 oils and vitamin E) but don’t expect miracles. The glass bottle also comes with a glass dropper which makes it easier to use. The actual lash oil has a strong yellow colour and a faint but oily-floral type of scent which is natural from the ingredients.
You are meant to use this on your lashes, from the routes outwards, during your night time skincare routine (don’t use before makeup it will make a mess!) and is meant to help hydrate, thicken and lengthen your lashes. Take care not to put this in your eyes!
I personally didn’t notice any difference but this type of things take time to have effect so it’s hard to know whether it works or not after only a few days of usage. It definitely doesn’t hurt to use it (other than your purse) and see if it works for you.
This full size 10mL lash oil bottle retails for 19.99 and lasts for approximately a year according to the expire date written with white pen underneath the bottle. It sounds expensive for the 4 ingredients it contains and at first glance it seems that the price is more due to the “hand made”, “vegan” and “organic” labels. SCORE = 7/10
Laura Geller Dramalash Maximum Volumising Mascara
Two Laura Geller items and two Mac items in one box. What more can you want really?
This mascara has a small but effective hair-type brush. It lasts all day but the lashes’ size and up-angle diminish over time. It is easily buildable meaning that you can wear two layers of it. It doesn’t smudge but it is not waterproof.
It worked well for me but the lashes created were more needle-like, long but thin. I’d personally prefer both longer and thicker lashes but there are certain looks where a longer needle-like lash might go well.
The mascara was quite dry which is probably due to the fact that this is a “sample” type and not a full size product. However, bear this in mind and check the full size mascara in a shop just in case the actual formulation is fairly dry itself.
This travel size 6mL mascara lasts for 6M. The full size 13.5mL retails for £19.54. SCORE = 7/10
Cadbury Crunchie Chocolate Bar
I like the extra’s that this box includes every month but I really wish it wasn’t a sweet treat. Their initial idea of a wax melt or candle scent of the month was much better and I would personally prefer that many times over a chocolate.
This is not a beauty item so I will not be scoring it here.
Overall, the MLB box seems to always contain many known branded items of which most are full size which is great. Despite what I actually though of the products after using them, the box was very exciting to open, especially due to the full size eye shadow palette and the MAC products. However, there were still little touches here and there, like a backwards placed logo sticker on the box and not including a wax melt or candle scent, that reminded me of the “instability” or “newness” of this box.
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 8/10
Overall box score after product testing (a sum of product scores) = 6.8/10
Star product = Yves Saint Laurent Contouring Brush
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For all the details on how Cohorted, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Birchbox performed in 2017 and which one is worth your money, check out “Battle of the Beauty Boxes – Conclusions from the 2017 unboxing and reviews on Cohorted, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Birchbox!”
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