I was approached by Wantable Box to see if I would be interested in receiving one of their subscription boxes to try out and possibly review. There was never any stipulation that I had to, however, I feel it only fair that I share my thoughts considering they were kind enough to extend the offer. With that in mind, I want you to know that I am sharing my 100% honest thoughts on what I received.
I have been a member of a couple different subscription services but tend to become underwhelmed. I am now only subscribed to Julep because I have an unhealthy love for nail polish. The rest I have unsubscribed because I noticed many, many months would go by that I would end up skipping my box, or my box would come and I just didn't feel it had been worth it. The idea of Wantable really pulled me in, though.
Wantable is a monthly subscription service that offers three different types of boxes: makeup, accessories, and they've newly added an intimates box. For the month of October they even have a fourth option: a special Halloween box.
You select the type of box you'd be interested in and will go through and fill out a survey to help them determine the best products to fit you. It is one of the more in depth surveys I have done. They asked me things on a scale of love, like, or dislike. Some of the questions were how I'd rate categories such as blush, brows, lip products, etc. Then, it would take it a step further and ask more specifics like the finish or color of blushes, lipsticks, eyeshadows, etc. Everything was rated on that scale of "love", "like", or "dislike." If you selected that you loved certain things, you would be more likely to receive said items in a box. They claim if you selected that you dislike something that you would never see it in a box. They seem to really understand what customers want and don't want in a subscription box.
Further, you can skip any month that you aren't interested, don't have the funds, etc. Beyond even that, if you receive a box and aren't happy with it, you can return your box with no problems. It would be completely FREE! This is rare for a subscription service to offer. Typically it is one of those "you're gambling with your box in the hopes of receiving something you'll be happy with" situations.
As far as the subscription service itself. If you choose to sign up for a monthly box, you will be charged $36 for your box. If you don't want to subscribe to the monthly service, you can pay $40 to receive a single box. You are guaranteed a box that is valued at $80 and up and will contain 4-5 full sized items. Sounds amazing, no?
Before I forget, let me also tell you that currently Wantable is a very small business of only 15 staffed. With a company that small, I have to say I am impressed with how thorough and comprehensive their website is.
Let's move along to the actual box. I received a simple white box with a black W on the top. It is nothing fancy, but it does the job. Really, I don't need my packaging to be fancy. As you can see, it made quite a rough trip through the post, so who cares if it was glittering and patterned. Right? Inside I immediately took note of how well everything was packed. It had multiple layers of egg crate foam to cushion any blows the box might take. Nothing was broken or cracked, so it clearly did an amazing job of protecting!
I pulled everything out and saw that I received 5 full sized products and one sample item. This had me quite excited from the start. Such promise in this box!
The item with the least value (from my selection of full sized items) was this Kikkerland Glam Girl Tweezers. I have to be honest and admit that this had me a bit less than enthused. I have several pairs of tweezers already and I find the design, of what looks like a farmer girl, to be kind of immature and dare I say tacky. I would have preferred a tool like some sort of cosmetic brush. However, I am willing to give these a whirl and see if they are better than what I am already using. This was valued at $4.
This next item was the most expensive from my box. It is a Michael Marcus refillable eyeshadow compact. I received the color amazing. This is valued at $24.
The packaging is very simple. It is a silver compact with a clear flip-top lid and the shadow sits inside. I did notice that the name of the color is nowhere to be found, except on the outside box. I don't keep the boxes, so if I ever wanted to know the name, I'd be out of luck. Now, the name could very well be on the underside of the pan itself. However, I didn't try to pop it out because I didn't want to ding the shadow. Even if the name IS on the underside of the pan, that is still less than ideal because I don't plan on pulling the pan out of the compact each time I need to see the name. This is a very minor detail, though, and I'm nit-picking.
As for the color. I was very pleased to see that it is a neutral, which was a category I selected as "love." It appears to be a pale grey-brown. My disappointment came in when I used my finger to swatch it. I can hardly see any color being picked up. To be fair, I haven't worn it on my lids yet. It could work completely different once it is over top of a primer and applied on the actual lids. I will let you all know once I have worn it. I'm hoping it shows better, though.
The next item in my box was a mascara. I received a Manna Kadar beauty simplified extreme lash mascara. The color is just called black. It is valued at $19.
As you can see, it has a very traditional bristled brush wand. I prefer this type over the rubber or plastic kind. I feel they just work so much better for my lashes, personally. I have high hopes for this mascara and will put it to the test in the coming days.
Next out of the box was a nail polish. I will again admit to not being over the moon about this. I did select that I "love" polish but I feel like they played it really safe in their color choice. I feel like everyone already has a standard red nail polish in their collection, especially if they love polish. This is nothing unique at all in my collection. For fall and winter the color does work, but perhaps something dusty or berry would have been nicer. Either way, this is a Lise Watier nail polish in the color runway. It is valued at $13.
Lack of enthusiasm aside on the color, I was rather excited to see a fun little light on the lid! I only have one other nail polish that has that, and the bulb is burnt out. ::sad face:: This is supposed to help you to see the polish better as you are applying. It is a bit silly, let's be honest. However, it is fun!
The last full sized item in my box is this lovely little thing. It is a Besame Classic Color lipstick in the color Noir Red. This is retailed at $22. I had seen others receive one of these lipsticks and most people seemed to really enjoy them.
The box is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful! It has a vintage feel to it, which doesn't stop at the outside box.
Once you've popped open the box, there is a red velvet pouch inside. It has a very fancy feel to it that I just love! The beauty doesn't stop there....
The bullet of the lipstick is just as amazing as the little pouch and the box. It is reflective and golden with red roses and elegant scroll. It is supposed to be "reminiscent of original 1940s gold-plated lipstick bullets with a velvet pouch for storage." Well, it is! I would feel so fancy pulling this baby out of my handbag and applying it.
I was extremely scared when I pulled off the lid. The color looks so crazy dark! Yikes! The shape of the lipstick is fun and unique, though. It is tapered off from 2 sides of the bullet instead of just one. I have heard that is because you are supposed to be able to line with the points and then smooth it on. I didn't see that in the card with descriptions, but I figured I would pass along something that I had seen said elsewhere about it.
When I swatched the lipstick, thank goodness, it wasn't quite as dark as it appeared in the bullet. However, it is still very vampy. I love the color but I am hoping it will work on me and not look crazy. I will keep you posted once I've worn it. I could have sworn that I selected "dislike" for berry colored lip products, but.... perhaps they don't consider this berry?
The final item is a freebie sample. It is the Skiin soothing and smoothing eye cream. I'm excited to try this simply because I am in need of a good eye cream.
Here you can see the invoice that I received. Because each box is personalized to individual likes and dislikes, they don't throw in a generic card that talks about the products (like other boxes do). They give you a print off sheet that has been customized to your specific items chosen from your likes and dislikes.
Initially, I was rather underwhelmed. I actually felt a bit disappointed. I was looking at everything piled together and thought, "This isn't very exciting. The colors are all safe....too safe." I am still left wondering how some of the items are going to work out but I can't pass official judgement until I actually try them out. I do stick to my guns that the color of the polish isn't something I'm overly excited about.
Some of the next thoughts that came into my head were, "Yes, these colors are safe. But, they DO all work into an autumn theme that they were going for in this October box. BUT, the description everyone was given says....
"The season's changing, but our gorgeous makeup boxes are still as incredible as ever! Wantable newcomer, Pomegranate Nail Lacquer, is bringing in this season with chic polishes in perfect autumn shades. Canadian favorite, Lise Watier, is represented with Feline HD Eyeliner and Mascara for the perfect cat-eye! We also have stunning blushes from Manna Kadar to keep you glowing as the weather cools off, and an adorable kabuki brush from Cailyn Cosmetics for the best application. If you're looking for the perfect fall makeup products, we've got you covered!"
My next thought was, "Okay the colors aren't wild and crazy, but I'm not wild and crazy with my makeup items. Nails, yes. Face makeup... not so much. So, in reality, as long as everything works out, these are probably very "me" items. And, they all tie together to give a lovely vintage Hollywood glam kind of feel, which is fun.
So, I don't want to pass too much judgement and say my box was a dull flop because the more I think about it, the more I realize these are items that I will probably get a ton of use out of. A hot pink eyeshadow I wouldn't. It might be exciting upon initial unboxing, but in the long run it would never be used.
Do I think the subscription service is worth it? If you have the cash to spare on a surprise box of products, then yes. Even if you only end up liking a couple of the items, chances are you've gotten your money's worth. Plus, you have the option to return your box for free. If you end up with a box of goodies that you are thrilled with, then you just got everything for, essentially, 50% off retail price. How often can we say that about higher end items? RARELY! It is really a judgement call on your personal spending and whether or not you like surprises.
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*Complimentary Box received for personal trial and/or review purposes. Everything said in post is 100% my personal opinion. I am under no obligation to post about said product.