I love beauty boxes for a couple of reasons. They are a cheaper way of getting makeup products, as they are often higher value than what you payed for, and I personally love the surprise element of not knowing what you are going to get. In this way you also get to try products that you wouldn’t otherwise, which in turn you will discover some new favourites as well as some new hates. It’s also a great way of staying current, and trying out new and trending cosmetics.
With all that being said, there’s a new monthly beauty box in the market which is worth looking at! This one is called: Sophie’s Beauty Box and there are two versions to it: the normal and luxury one. The difference is in the price, £25 vs £30 per box and with that of course in the overall value of products contained.
You can subscribe to this box on a re-occurring monthly fee or even just buy them as one-offs gifts to yourself or others.
I’ve gotten one of each to show you what you can expect (luxury post coming on Friday) but also to compare them to each other. This post is about the normal Sophie’s beauty box which retails for £25. It’s price point places it in a league on it’s own, as beauty boxes tend to be either around the £15 or £35 mark.
This box came in a plain black box that is held close magnetically and was decorated nicely with a Sophie’s Beauty Box ribbon. It’s still early days for the box so I can only imagine that eventually the box itself will be branded but to be honest, it looks pretty nice and elegant already. It’s a very similar type and quality box to its close competitors Cohorted and the MLB Box, even though this box is £10 cheaper!
The box doesn’t come with a monthly theme and you cannot create a personal profile, to tell them your skin shade, hair colour, skin type etc but this seems to be a general trend amongst higher-end beauty boxes anyway, as neither Cohorted or the MLB offer any of that. However, like any beauty boxes, this box also comes with a leaflet that has a little bit of information about each product contained.
Interestingly, at the moment, every Sophie’s Beauty Box is unique which means that no two boxes will ever be the same. This gives the box a “special or limited” edition type of value but also creates a luck element as to whether your box will be better than the other. This however, is likely something that eventually will change as the box becomes more popular and the amount of orders become more difficult to satisfy.
This month’s Sophie’s Beauty Box contained 6 products of which 5 were full size and 1 was travel size. That’s amazing value for money already! From left to right, this box contained: an oily skin treatment, a powder brush, a wrinkle smoothing pen, a setting powder, a hand cream and a lipstick.
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!
To subscribe to Sophie’s Beauty Box and get £10 off your first box click here and use the code “SOPHIEBOX10”. This brings your box to £15 only making it, for now at least, better value than all Birchbox, Glossybox and Look Fantastic that retail around £15. It’s definitely worth getting this box at least once.
Bioscreen Diozinac KS Cream
This cream is meant to regulate oily sebum but also exfoliate thanks to the 1% AHA it contains. This is slightly strange as BHAs (this product contains only 0.1%) are actually better than AHAs for oily skin, especially due to the fact that they are oil soluble and can therefore go into pores, where’s AHAs are more water soluble. For more details check out: Best Exfoliating Products – The Nip + Fab Exfoliate Glycolic Fix Day and Night Pads In-Depth Review and Ingredient Analyses – Do you really need both?
This sounds like a confused product, but nevertheless, this is a product at least that I’d love to use as I do have oily skin. However, this is yet another example of beauty boxes falling short sometimes without a personal profile, as someone else with perhaps dry skin might not find this product that useful. Although, AHAs are great for dry skin, this product is confusing!
Nevertheless, as I explained above this is something that a lot of beauty boxes do and it is a risk that you generally have to take when subscribing to a beauty box, even the ones that do have personal profiles, because for example, you might get a lipstick of a colour you don’t like. I personally find the surprise excitement and chance to use something new still interesting, even if it’s not the perfect product for me.
This product is meant to be used in the evening after cleansing. It definitely felt nice on the skin and left it clean. It is fragrance free but bear in mind it contains parabens if you choose to avoid them. This is a full size product (40mL) which lasts for 6M and retails for £13. SCORE = 7/10
Look Good Feel Better Powder Brush
I say this every time with brushes, even though they are labelled to be for a specific use, you should use them in the way that you find most comfortable and suited for you face shape, size and even makeup skill.
I actually liked this brush for its set purpose, as a powder brush, especially because it’s very fluffy and soft. It works well and washes well too.
It looks great and it feels of high quality as well. This is a full size brush which retails for £13.
This brand supports women with cancer (#warpaintforlife) with an 8-12% donation (£1.04-£1.56 from this item) which is actually great, as with most charities usually only around 5% of your donation actually goes to charity. SCORE = 10/10
Nip + Fab Smooth Targeted Concentrate for Expression Lines + Wrinkles
This product actually has me very intrigued, so I will be posting a full in-depth review and ingredient analysis of it.
Overall my first impressions are mixed because I am very sceptical about this type of products but at the same time, I did think that it smoothed out some of my lines! The effect is not permanent.
The product is a white cream that is absorbed quickly by the skin and has a refreshing scent. It leaves the skin soft and feeling hydrated.
It contains some interesting ingredients, including syn-ake dipeptide and hyaluronic acid.
This is a full size product (4mL) which lasts for 6M and retails for £12.9. SCORE = 9/10
CoverFX Illuminating Setting Power
When I saw this product I was very excited, especially since I’m running out of setting powder. Unfortunately, though, I was not able to use this as it came in the shade medium, which is too dark for me. As I mentioned above, this is a typical problem with beauty boxes that do not have a personal beauty profile.
As this shade doesn’t work for me, I didn’t open/use this product and so I cannot score it. Other than the shade issue though, this is a nice product to receive in a beauty box.
This product is clinically tested. It is paraben, fragrance, gluten, mineral oil and talc free and vegan.
This full size product lasts for 24M and retails for £28.
Crabtree & Evelyn Velvetian Violet Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy
Who doesn’t need a hand cream, especially when the weather is getting colder. This cute travel size hand cream looks good but also feels nice on the skin.
It gets absorbed quickly and doesn’t leave any residues behind. The skin is left feeling soft but not deeply moisturised.
It contains some interesting ingredients and it smells like a soft powder mixed with a floral scent. It’s subtle thought and doesn’t feel overpowering.
This is the only travel size (10g) product in this box and that’s great. It is suitable for all skin types and retails for roughly around £1.30. SCORE = 7/10
Illamasqua Antimatter Lipstick in Colour Spectra
The scientist in me is really itching about the “antimatter” name on this lipstick but according to the brand this means that is glides on the lips smoothly and provides comfortable, continuous wear.
At least that part is true, this lipstick feels and looks great and I love the colour. Smooth should be the name for this lipstick as it applies smoothly and effortlessly, plus the end finish and colour looks smooth.
The lipstick doesn’t feel heavy or sticky. It has a slight hydrating feeling to it and it lasts for a while. It of course comes off when eating or drinking and although it doesn’t fade away too quickly, it’s not as long lasting as MAC or Urban Decay lipsticks. I think the smoothness works against it here.
Nevertheless, the lipstick also comes in a simple but elegant, typical Illamasqua plastic packaging.
It doesn’t contain a lot of skin nourishing ingredients but it does contain some. It also contains carmine which can sometimes stain your skin.
This full size lipstick (4.15g) lasts for 18M and retails for £20. SCORE = 8/10
Overall, I really loved this box, it is very good value for money. All 5 products contained were full size, sealed and delivered with their own, original packaging, which is amazing. There was even an extra 6th travel size product! This box is still at its infancy and there might be a lot of things that change over time, but so far it looks like a great opportunity for you to get a cheap but worth your cash, monthly treat. The value of this box was £88.20 but it would cost you £25. That’s £63.2 worth of products for free!
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 9/10
Overall box score after product testing (a sum of product scores) = 8.2/10
Star product = Look Good Feel Better Powder Brush
To subscribe to Sophie’s Beauty Box and get £10 off your first box click here and use the code “SOPHIEBOX10”.
Did you get this month’s Sophie’s Beauty Box? What did your box contain? What did you think of the products? Have you tried any of the products listed? Let me know your experiences!
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!”
For general subscription box reviews see the: Birchbox, Glossybox, Look Fantastic, Cohorted and My Little Beauty Box general review posts. For help on how to choose the right subscription box for you check out “Which Subscription Beauty Box is right for you?”.
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