Goodbye MLB Beauty Box – October 2018 Unboxing and Product Reviews

Another month is gone which means that it’s time for another MLB Box unboxing. Sadly, this one will be the last, not only for me but for the box itself.

In a previous post I asked you “Which beauty boxes do you want to read about?” and the answer was very clear, Birchbox and the MLB box were last in your interest. I totally agree and I’ve already unsubscribed from Birchbox, if you missed this post check out: Coffee Chat: Goodbye Birchbox – Why I unsubscribed from the Birchbox beauty box after a year and a half.

The MLB Box on the other hand, is much better but also a lot more expensive that Birchbox, but it has been very shaky and lacked consistency. I attributed these characteristics to the fact that it’s a new beauty box, only formed in March 2018, and that it was still trying to find its identity. However, it turns out there was another reason too. The MLB Box announced that the October 2018 box is the last one and that they will be terminating the box due to illness. That’s very sad to hear and I wish them all the best. It’s never nice to deal with any kind of illness, no matter how serious, and I completely understand with their reasoning to terminate the box. Health is the most important thing and I really hope they have a speedy recovery.

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The MLB Box came in its standard black box but without its brand sticker. It was obvious straight away that this box wasn’t given much attention, whether because it’s the last or the illness really took its toll or both. This was also evident by the number of items contained being the least ever.

This month’s MLB Box contained only 4 products of which all were full size beauty products.

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This beauty box doesn’t follow a monthly theme. It usually comes with a beauty card which contains a little bit about each product and a little extra card that has a little more information on the extra products. This month there weren’t any extra products or even any cards. The product information was emailed directly to each subscriber.

I completely understand the severity of any type of health problem and what could have happened to lead to a decision to end a business however, this box was still disappointing. The subscribers still payed £35 for this and it just didn’t feel like it was worth the cash even though it is higher value for the money payed. Perhaps it would have been better to refund the subscribers and not issue this month’s box at all.

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!

 

Too Faced Melted Liquified Longwear Lipstick in Chocolate

I’ve received this lipstick, although in a slightly different colour, in the second ever MLB Box April 2018. It’s a nice product so I’m sure many of you don’t mind getting it again but it almost makes this box feel even less valuable, as if they were scrabbling to find items for this last box.

This lipstick fits with the Too Faced design and product character. If there is something that Too Faced does incredibly well, is producing products that look and often smell appealing and on top of that, products that actually have character.

This lipstick is not exactly a liquid lip, it does not dry and stay all day but is rather a liquefied lipstick. It behaves like a normal lipstick, it comes off if you eat, drink or kiss someone, for example, but it is applied as a liquid.

The colour Metallic Chocolate gives a nice metallic brown colour. It is not too sticky and even though it does come off, it lasts longer than normal lipsticks. To compliment it’s nice and shiny colour, the lipstick also has a chocolate smell which will almost definitely make you crave chocolate.

It is a very good product overall and I even like the cushion applicator it comes with. However, it also comes with a relatively high price tag of £19.00, but it is totally worth it considering the quality, looks and even the gorgeous smell.

The only drawback about this product is the colour which is down to personal preference. It is a gorgeous colour and I love the metallic aspect to it, as it gives it dimension but I think that the pinks and reds are even nicer. I’d give it a 10 if it had an extra vitamin or ingredient to nourish for the skin. It does have vitamin E but if I can be super picky, so do a lot of products this day. I just wish there was that little extra ingredient to make this product even more special.

Warning – This product will give you serious chocolate cravings. SCORE = 9/10

 

Dolce & Cabbana Nail Lacquer in Colour Gold 190

Well who would have thought that I would ever own a Dolce & Cabbana nail varnish. This is a perfect example of why I liked the MLB Box, it truly brought brands, full size products and high-end elegance.

This nail varnish works well and the colour is perfect for the Christmas festivities. It lasted me 2 days before chipping which is on par with any other standard nail varnish but I really love the packaging and the fact that the top lid comes off. Fancy lid nail varnishes can be very difficult to hold and paint your nails with, so it’s great that you can remove the lid and use the nail varnish with its smaller black cap.

The brush is standard and works well and the product smells like a typical nail varnish. It lasts 24M and this full size 11mL bottle retails for £21. The price is definitely higher for a similar quality to other nail laquers implying that what you mostly pay for here is the packaging and branding. SCORE = 8/10

 

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Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Radiance Blush in Colour Sunburst

There’s been a lot of Elizabeth Arden products in the MLB Boxes and while I loved trying out all of them, this one didn’t feel as special. It didn’t come with its outer packaging and the actual plastic product packaging has markings on it, making it look old.

The inside of the product though looked untouched. It comes with a huge mirror, as big as the top lid which is great and the colour is not bad either. It’s a nice lively pink but it has a shiny quality to it making it halfway somewhere between a blush and a highlighter which I personally don’t like.

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Nevertheless, the product works well and lasts all day. It has a subtle powder cosmetic type of scent and it even comes with a little brush. This full size product lasts for an amazing 36M and retails for £27. SCORE = 7/10

 

Laura Geller Baked Flambé Eyeshadow Pink Chocolate Chip

I personally don’t like baked eyeshadows, they feel harsher and not as nice to blend as the standard ones. However, this was not my issue with this one. This mixed, duo-colour print made the colour very confusing and sometimes quite different. The colour is neither pure brown or pink but rather a brown with grey and sometimes pink tones.

It sometimes created slightly different colours between my two eyes which I didn’t like and overall, the greyness just makes it a bit meh. It’s not an exciting colour, definitely not one to have an entire single eyeshadow on and it’s a shame that this costs £21 for 1.8g. Save the money and get a full size palette from another brand!

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At least the actual shadow packaging comes with a small mirror with can be very useful and the product lasts for 24M. SCORE = 6/10

 

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Overall, I am sad to see the MLB Box go, especially for illness reasons. The fact that this last box was also sad content wise made me even more upset, not because I do not understand and empathise with the situation but because I feel for the subscribers who payed £35 for this. The box was still value for money, but in previous boxes they truly spoiled us with goodies and it’s the comparison that makes this box disappointing. I just really wish that the last MLB Box went out with a bang instead of a mediocre, very quickly put together box. Nevertheless, I truly wish the MLB staff all the best and a speedy recovery.

Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 6/10

Overall box score after product testing (a sum of product scores) = 7.5/10

Star product = Too Faced Melted Liquified Longwear Lipstick in Chocolate

 

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Did you get this month’s MLB 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: BirchboxGlossyboxLook FantasticCohorted 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?”.

I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.

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