The last Look Fantastic box of the year! And perhaps the last one in general for me, I’ll have to go through the posts of how each beauty box scored this year but I have a feeling that Look Fantastic did the worst.
The theme this month was essentials to help you get through the party season which definetely fits the month. The box design was absolutely gorgeous.
This beauty box always comes with a quote under the lid and this month it said: At Christmas all roads lead to home. 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 of which only 2 were full size. Look Fantastic has made a bit of a habit this year of including travel size items and although all you want out of a beauty box is to try the products a few times, when you constantly get smaller sizes it doesn’t feel like value for money.
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.
Real Chemistry Luminous 3-minute peel
The packaging is a simple tube with a standard quality and a metallic brown colour. The first thing that comes to mind when looking at this is tanning products so the presentation is a little confusing.
I used this scrub after I already cleaned my face and I must admit I didn’t think skin can feel more clean than squeaky clean! This clear gel is supposed to bind to dead cells and give you the same result as exfoliation without the use of any beads or scrubbing materials. The clear gel slowly becomes solid as you rub it on your skin so in a way you do end up using “scrubbing beads”. If it does truly remove dead cells this is definitely a kinder to the skin, exfoliation method.
Would I purchase this? Unfortunately, no. The smell really killed this product for me. I can only describe it as a “poo” smell. It initially smells nice but then as you use it or smell it longer it has a slight off scent. Not super strong but unpleasant enough.
The ingredients are very basic which makes the price of this 20mL tube, £19.88 ridiculous. SCORE = 7/10
Eylure Fluttery Light No 117
These eye lashes are very cute and worked well for me. Wearing lashes can take a little getting used to if you are new but like with anything, it gets better with practise.
The box is really cute but at the same time simple and showcases the product well. I wish it said what type of material the lashes are, I’d assume they are synthetic but it’s still worthy knowing what type of material they are made.
Not much to say about this one other than these lashes can be used 5 times+ if you treat them right and they retail for £5.06. SCORE = 7/10
Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer
This cute little spray smells like a conditioner and spreads on the hair nicely. It’s hard to say whether it really protects the hair from heat and uv damage, from using it once, but the experience was pleasant so far.
It leaves the hair smelling nice and doesn’t make them look dirty. This does heavily depend though on how much of it you use, so be mindful.
This 30mL travel size bottle is worth £5. SCORE = 7/10
Sleek i-Divine Au Naturel Eye Shadow Palette
I’ve said this many times before and I stand by it still, when a beauty box contains an eyeshadow palette, it’s just elevated. It feels a lot more interesting and value for money.
I love the Sleek makeup packaging, the black matte with shiny black writing is just the perfect example of elegance. This palette looks great and it even has a huge mirror inside.
The shades are named but on a transparent separate plastic sheet which you will likely loose or throw away as it can get annoying every time you open the palette.
The colours are in principle nice but in practise I was a little disappointed. The entire first row colours, with the exception of the last gold shimmer called Taupe, was almost impossible to get some pigmentation out of them! I swatched them 4 times each for the photo and they are still very faint. I don’t always see lack of intensity as a problem, as I do like some palettes to be more everyday wearable, but this one was a little too dull.
The second row on the other hand, was a lot more pigmented and also much darker, which sort of creates a great contrast and almost disconnect between the two halfs of the palette. Some of the darker colours were also a little patchy during swatching but they all worked well on the eyes and they lasted all day without creasing (while wearing an eye shadow primer). Some of the colours have a buttery feel and some a bit more powdery, however, nothing too extreme that stands out. There is a small amount of fallout and kick off which is within normal levels.
This full size palette contains parabens and 12 eyeshadows of 0.8g each. All and all it’s not a palette you need or I would recommend, but for £8.99 you really can’t complain! SCORE = 6/10
Prai Platinum Firm & Lift Crème
This face cream has a white cream texture, spreads easily and gets absorbed quickly. It’s an overall positive experience but I didn’t feel that it was particularly special.
There are some good ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and retinol but overall, there are much better options out there, even within the same price point.
This 10mL travel size retails for £9 and lasts for 12M. SCORE = 6/10
Eyeko Black Magic Liner
There’s so many different Eyeko black eyeliners, it’s hard to keep up. Plus, they are all almost identical in quality anyways.
The colour though is a lovely proper matte black and it doesn’t smudge. It lasts all day and even though I personally prefer brush instead of felt tip, it was easy and practical to use.
It contains a tripeptide which is a little strange for an eyeliner. The 0.3mL is a travel size which retails for £9 and lasts for 6M. SCORE = 8/10
Overall, this month’s box was better than the previous. It had some excitement and variability in the products and the box design was absolutely gorgeous. Not a bad box to end the year but still not as amazing and celebratory as it could have been!
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 8/10
Overall box score after product testing (average of product scores) = 6.8/10
Star product = Eyeko Black Magic Liner
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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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