I have always loved the idea of subscription boxes...Receiving items monthly is like your birthday all the time! Plus, one for makeup? Heck yes! However, every time I get ready to sign up I just never convince myself to hit that confirm button. I'm always left wondering if I'll get items I want, or if I'll just end up wasting my money. That was, until I discovered the Wantable box.
Wantable is a startup in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that launched in August of 2012 to give customers hand picked, curated, boutique makeup, accessories and intimates in a monthly subscription box. In the makeup box, they offer 4-5 full full-sized products for only $36/month subscription!..($40 if you order a single box)...It's a little more than other subscription boxes available, but offering full-sized products really made this box speak to me. Since I buy at least one $30+ makeup product every month from Sephora, I look at it as swapping one product for five! It's the first box I REALLY wanted, and this month I was given the opportunity to try it out.
When you first log on to their website, you are given the option of three different boxes: a makeup box, an accessories box and an intimates box. I obviously chose the makeup box =D From there, you create your profile selecting items you love, like or dislike. Love items being more likely to receive and Dislike items being items you'll never receive. For me, being able to select which [makeup] categories I didn't want to receive removed the hesitation and doubt I normally had with other subscription boxes. With my profile in, my order was ready. Shipping FREE, a few days of impatiently waiting passed, and my box finally arrived!
My order arrived in a very clean looking black box, with their simple logo on the top.
When you open up the box, you're welcomed with a beautiful presentation. A simple greeting overlays the receipt and a postcard inviting you to use their app. I was quite impressed with the receipts detailed information. Not only does it give you an overview of what you ordered, it reminds you of the preferences (love, like, or dislike) that you chose as well as descriptive information on the products included.
I received five products in my February 2014 Wantable Makeup Box.
1. Laqa & Co. Fat Lip Pencil in Bossy Boots - Value $18
I love lip pencils, so when I saw this I was very excited to try it out. The consistency is buttery smooth and glides on beautifully, creating enough sheen to not need a gloss. Bossy Boots is a sheer wine hued shade that allows for buildable color. This pencil has been a great pick when I'm running out the door and I don't have a moment to think about applying lipstick. It makes my lips look done with minimal effort, but also looks great when layered over lipstick!
2. Be a Bombshell Eye Base in Undercover Lover - Value $14
I found this color to be a little orange for my skin tone. However, the pigmentation and formulation were fantastic! Extra emphasis on the formulation...seriously. The product applied flawlessly and didn't crease throughout the day. I really wish this was in a different color, but under a smoky eye this product will work wonderful for me. This is definitely something I'm strongly contemplating getting in a different color....Ok, I was going to leave it at that, but I can't say enough good things about this formulation. It blends sooo easily and can be worn sheer or built up to high intensity. Perfect for creating dimension using only one product. Why?! Why couldn't you have been in a different color!
3. Glam Natural Cream Blush in Ashley - Value $32
The packaging for the product was truly luxurious. When you open the box, you find a beautiful gold bottle wrapped in a velvet bag. I often associate luxury with weight, and this bottle was definitely more weighted than your average product...Kind of a strange critique, but maybe there are others out there that feel the same...maybe...? With that first pump, out came a creamy petal pink blush. I was very surprised at how much I liked this product as cream blushes have been a hit or a miss for me in the past. But this one was just right, offering minimal sheen and a perfect natural flush to the skin. Definitely something I'll use more as we get into Spring.
4. Sorme Perfect Touch Treatment Concealer in 304 True Ivory - Value $24
Alight, it was bound to happen...a product I was disappointed in. I love concealers. I think its one of the most versatile makeup products, but I think the art of concealing can be one of the most difficult to master. While this partially has to do with technique, a great product is your foundation. And this one seriously did not cut it for me. I tried with primer, without primer, moisturizer, no moisturizer, below and on top of foundation...under my eyes, around my nose and my chin...but no matter what I did the results were the same. The amount of congestion after only a few hours made me look like I had splashed oil and water on my face and then patted powder over top. Clearly they were not mixing. I'm thinking this product may be good for dry skin, but definitely did not work on my oily skin type. On the plus side, the color match was perfect! Too bad = (
Side note: My sister has very dry skin. I'm going to give this to her and see how she likes it. I'll let you know what she thinks!
5. SKIIN Instant Skin Tightener and Line Filler Sample - Value $0
I am no stranger to SKIIN products, so I was excited to receive this product as part of my box. I don't have to many wrinkles yet, but after years of pulling on my eye because of contact lens wear, a few are starting to peek through. I dabbled this product just below my eyes in the a.m. only. I did have to wait a little to make sure the product was fully absorbed before applying my concealer, but overall I felt a slight tightening and no visible wrinkle throughout the day.
I'm quite happy with the products I got and really want to try their accessories and intimates box. My box had a total value of $88...not bad! For anyone who is contemplating a subscription box, I would definitely recommending trying Wantable! The customization to each box really helps to insure products you want to try, and if you're not completely satisfied you can cancel and/or return the box for free. Can't go wrong with that!
Have you tried any of these products? Or a Wantable box? Let me know in the comments below! xx