Look Fantastic is still the beauty box that arrives first month after month. It comes with a theme and this month it was all about giving your skincare a boost. A very important task indeed but perhaps not something many get excited about in the summer months.
This beauty box always comes with a quote under the lid and this month it said: “The mind is like water. When it’s calm, everything becomes clear”. I love the quotes every month and this one is also so true!
The Look Fantastic box also always comes with a small monthly Beauty Magazine that has a little more information about the products contained and some other featured products, and a travel size, but full edition, of the ELLE magazine. This beauty box is such an amazing value for money. To subscribe to Look Fantastic and get £5 off your first box click here.
This month’s box contained 6 products.
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: Beauty In-depth Reviews & Ingredient Analysis (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
Elemis Hydra-Balance Day Cream
There is no such thing as a day or night cream, the main difference between what you use during the day or night should mainly be the presence, or lack of, SPF. However, you don’t have to use SPF from your moisturiser either, you could just use whichever cream you like and use an SPF product on top.
With that being said, this cream doesn’t have a stated SPF so you can use it whenever you want. It contains some interesting ingredients but sadly also contains fragrance. It’s a pleasant cream to use on first impressions but whether the ingredients are worth it or not would require a much more in-depth look at the product. On first glance, it is missing some skincare basics like ceramides etc.
This 20mL travel size tube retails for £19.10 and lasts for 6M. SCORE = 7/10
Vitamasques Gold Eye Pads
Well who doesn’t like masks. These eye masks come in cute packaging and are meant to plump and de-puff tired under-eyes as well as hydrate and cool the skin. All you need to do is place them on clean dry skin and wait for 10-15 minutes.
The eye mask was easy to use, although at first, I wasn’t sure which side should be the one on top. Nevertheless, it was a pleasant experience but I didn’t see any results. The mask contains some good ingredients, although there are better ones out there. A good serum would provide you with better ingredients though and so I’m not sure that the price is worth it.
A one-use pack retails for £5.99. SCORE = 6/10
Aromatotherapy Associates Revive Body Gel
This product had me a little confused as the gel name sort of makes you immediately think of a shower gel but actually this is a body moisturiser. There is nothing wrong with the gel consistency, just not common for body moisturisers. In fact, gels will be much more pleasant to use in hot environments so it could be a great option for the summer months.
The gel has a white colour and a strong peppermint and eucalyptus type of scent. It contains some good ingredients but also fragrance and other skin sensitisers. It leaves the skin feeling hydrated but not deeply. This product is not recommended for pregnancy or children.
This travel size 40mL tube retails for £12 and lasts for 6M. SCORE = 6/10
Glov On-the-go Hydro Cleanser
This glove is essentially a cleanser that can remove makeup by just wetting it with water and cleaning your face with it.
It is soft and works well however, the very act of cleaning your face by dragging a cloth on it is not ideal. I would still use a cleanser with this cloth to create a smoother surface that drags the skin a little less and cleans faster, but other than that this is a nice beauty tool to have.
One Glov retails for £11.90 and can be reused many times. It even comes in a starch bag that is more eco-friendly as it decomposes faster than plastic. SCORE = 8/10
Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in Colour Gilt
This eye shadow stick works well and gives a brown colour. The fat pen might be hard to master at first but it gets easier with practice.
The pen is plastic of good quality and the pencil comes out by twisting the top. The twisting button at the top is a little loose and the pen can sometimes come out more than you want, but it is otherwise the only “cheap” characteristic about this product.
The actual shadow colour worked better on the hand than on the eyes but it lasted all day with an eye primer underneath.
This 4g eyeshadow stick retails for £12 and lasts for 6M. SCORE = 7/10
Naobay Illuminating Micellar Water
This makeup remover works well on a clean face and feels nice on the skin. It struggles a little with a full face of makeup but that’s acceptable, this type of products are not supposed to be used for heavy cleaning duties. The product leaves the skin soft, neither dry or oily and it has a very subtle scent that is hard to determine. The ingredients are not amazing and it contains fragrance but it’s a cleanser all it needs to do is clean!
So, the product is good but let’s talk about the branding because it is very important. The product says at the very front of the bottle “natural & organic” and then “detox” and then “unpolluted”. It’s an understatement to say that as a chemist I cringed but let’s take one description at a time.
Natural and organic products in the cosmetic industry have no proof on their claims. Molecules do not have a history, they do not know if they have come from a lab or nature (although note that even natural compounds have to go to the lab to be purified) and so they do not change whether they are good or bad. A molecule will be good or bad based on its structure and hence chemical activity, not based on where it came from. Natural and organic products (whether food or cosmetics) come with a higher profit margin and that’s the main reason why companies create these products. There isn’t even solid proof for organic food and there are a lot of ethical dilemmas with these types of labelling, for science information check out: Organic food and farming – Scientific evidence, problems and ethical dilemmas
Detoxing is also one of those terms that just adds a higher price tag on the product. The very concept of detoxing your skin lacks scientific evidence to say the least. All this product will do is clean which is a stretch and unscientific to call it detoxing, as this implies that it will remove toxins which it likely won’t.
Finally, the unpolluted term taps on our society’s chemophobia. Unpolluted would mean not contaminated with harmful substances and well all cosmetics would fall under that category. This term almost implies that this product is better than others and that should not be allowed. To find out more about chemophobia check out: The Chemical Misconception – Should we avoid chemicals?
Overall, this product’s branding is very strong around fear and unproven claims and that’s unacceptable. But this is not the only product or brand like this. These types of marketing should be illegal especially when they are not based on any evidence. The product is good, why don’t you let it sell itself?
A 200mL bottle retails for £11 which is not that expensive but could be a lot cheaper if those labels where not present. The product lasts for 12M. My score on the product would actually be high if it wasn’t for the fear marketing. SCORE = 4/10
Overall, this months box lacked the excitement factor but at least it contained reasonably sized products, something that Look Fantastic failed to do the previous months. Let’s hope they keep it up.
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 7/10
Overall box score after product testing (average of product scores) = 6.3/10
Star product = Glov On-the-go Hydro Cleanser
To subscribe to Look Fantastic and get £5 off your first box click here.
Did you get this month’s Look Fantastic 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 2018 and which one is worth your money, check out “Battle of the Beauty Boxes – Conclusions from the 2018 Unboxing and Reviews on Birchbox, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Cohorted”.
For general subscription box reviews see the: Birchbox, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Cohorted 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?”. You can also see pictures from all beauty boxes (2017-current) on my Pinterest beauty box board.
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