Look Fantastic is still the first beauty box to be delivered every month and it’s great to see how consistent its delivery has been. It shows that the beauty box is organised and ready to be sent before the month even begins.
The theme this month was about “cosmic”, mythical update to beauty. What a gradiosa theme with great potential which, as it often happens with themed beauty boxes, fell flat. Maybe it’s just me but when I think of cosmic mythical updates I am not thinking about brushes and lip balms.
This beauty box always comes with a quote under the lid and this month it said: “Stars can’t shine without darkness”. What a quote full of meaning and up to interpretation! I love the quotes they always provoke some thought and that’s great.
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 as usual.
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
Look Good Feel Better Angled Blending Brush
This brush is soft but the angle gives it a little resistance which in turn makes it feel less soft than it is.
The brush itself looks gorgeous. It’s very simple but elegant and the white-pink combination works well.
The brand, Look Good Feel Better has been supporting and helping boost the physical and emotional wellbeing of patients undergoing treaatment of all types of cancer. It’s an amazing cause and I wish they actually gave more information about how and what they do.
In general, I personally wasn’t a fan of the angleded blending brush, simply because I am used to flat blending brushes, but it is a good brush and if this design works for you then give it a go.
This is a full size brush which retails for £6.99. SCORE = 8/10
OH K! Chok Chok Holographic Fibre Face Mask
As a scientist, I cringe quite hard when I read about cosmetic products full of buzzwords. The holographic and fibre part are just gimics which take away from the fact that this mask actually contains some skin nutritious ingredients.
All you need to do is to put it on clean face and leave for 10-20 minutes. No rinsing required.
It is pleasant to use, sulphate and gluten free. It is also suitable for vegans and has not been tested on animals.
Although this is a nice mask to use when you need some relaxation or added skincare boost, it will not make any difference whatsoever, if the rest of your skincare regime is bad. And that’s not because there is something wrong with this mask specifically, but rather due to the fact that masks are meant to be addons not miracle makers.
This is a full size, one-use 30g mask which retails for £10. SCORE = 7/10
EOS Lip Balm in Shimmer Coral
Lip balms are great to have around and if you have dry lips like me, you probably have one in every drawer and every handbag you have.
This balm contains some skin nourishing and moisturising ingredients and I’ll be putting it to the test in the long term to find out if it trully makes a difference to dry lips. In-depth post with ingredient analysis coming soon. For now I can say that first impression is good, it moisturises the lip skin and doesn’t feel sticky.
The Shimmer Coral shade is basically a glittery orange shade but the colour doesn’t translate on the lips too much. The glittery part though does but it looks natural.
This is a full size, 7g, lip balm which retails for £6.50 and lasts for 12M when unused. SCORE = 8/10
The Balm Multi-purpose Powder in Foiled Again
I have mixed feelings about the comic branding of The Balm but it definetely stands out. The science geek in me loves it but the woman in me prefers more elegant cosmetics. Very conflicted here!
Anyhow, the shadow is beautiful and it works well. It’s a shimmer copper-rose gold type of colour called Red-Handed, which is easy to wear no matter of skin tone or type of look. It lasted all day and didn’t crease but bear in mind that I always use an eyeshadow primer.
This 1.2g single shadow is a promotional free sample, it even says “not for individual sale” at the back for the product. It lasts 12M. SCORE = 8/10
Polaar The Genuine Lapland Hand Cream
The cream feels very hydrating and gets absorbed by the skin fully. It leaves the skin nicely moisturised but it smells a little off to me. It’s not a bad smell but nowhere near as nice as the anti-ageing cream above.
The tube is very “soft” and easy to bend which means that this product is not very durable if you just throw it in your handbag. Make sure to put it in a little makeup bag perhaps, to avoid any unexpected squeezing!
It is free from parabens, alcohols and mineral oils. The ingredients are not amazingly nourishing, they are fairly standard, with the exception of the arctic berries, but it works.
This is a travel size, 10g tube, which retails for £9 and lasts for 12M. Look Fantastic included this product in their December beauty box 2017. SCORE = 8/10
Wet Brush Mini Detangler Brush
I love how cute this brush looks and how portable it is. It is meant to effortlessly detangle wet or dry hair but to be honest it was as good as any brush. I didn’t feel that it was particularly good or bad, just a normal brush.
It’s a mini brush which retails for £6.99. SCORE = 7/10
Overall, this month’s box had a beautiful purple shade and a promising theme. Unfortunately, the products didn’t match the theme and although all of them were interesting to try, this box was missing that extra excitement factor. The value of the box was £39.48 which is 2.6 times more than the money you would have payed for it.
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 7/10
Overall box score after product testing (average of product scores) = 7.6/10
Star product = EOS Lip Balm in Shimmer Coral
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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