Glossy Box vs Boudoir Prive

Blog-land has been awash with posts about Glossy Box for a couple of months now, in July I received my first Glossy Box. I was also contacted at a similar time ‘Boudoir Prive’ about a similar concept product – a monthly delivery of luxury samples for a similar price point as the Glossy Box. So I decided it would be good to do a comparison.
I have to say, this isn’t a scientific comparison… I’m just looking at it from my point of view to see which of the two I’d want to receive on a monthly basis.
Glossy Box:
So first up is July’s Glossy Box. As I said, it’s been all over the blogs about what’s in the box… so what matters to me is actually more than just the initial contents.
First Impressions: Very exciting, gorgeously presented and with lots of brands I recognised and felt excited by. I also liked how the products were different for each box (I knew this from reading various other blog posts… I like how there is a variety there). In my box I recieved…
Illamasqua Lipgloss in ‘Explode’ (a pale pinky pearl)
Ciate Nail Polish in a ‘Beach Melba’
Weleda Body Oil
Xen Tan Facial Tanner
Nouveau Lashes 
Stand Out Products: Stand outs for me were the Illamasqua Lip Gloss and Ciate Nail Polish – both colours that are very ‘me’ so I was really happy with these.
Value for Money: For £10 plus delivery this is fabulous value for money, just lipgloss is worth close to the full value of the box on its own. But there are only 5 samples compared to the 6 of Boudoir Prive…
General things to talk about: A bit silly, but I prefer the box that the Glossy Box bits arrive in. It’s a good size and perfect for re-using. If there’s one thing I obsess about more than make-up it’s storage solutions…
Marks out of Ten: 9/10 Almost perfect, only reason I say 9 and not 10 is that I have to be picky and say that there are only 5 samples, compared to the 6 of Boudoir Prive box…which is cheaper with free delivery.

Up next is Boudoir Prive
First Impressions: My first thoughts when I opened the box are that this is not a selection of ‘recognisable’ brands – it’s high-end, far more exclusive products that are not household names. Contents include…
Babor Face Cream   (£110 for 50ml) 
Sachajuan Hair Repair (£11 for 100ml)
Jane Iredale Lash Extender & Conditioner (£13 for 89ml)
Bloom Green and White Tea Duo (£4 pack of 10 tea bags)
Olavie Antioxidant Body Butter (£43.55 240ml)
Etat Libre d’Orange – Archives 69 (£74 for 50ml)
Of the above brands, I have heard of Sachajuan and Jane Iredale. That could mean that I’m a terrible beauty junkie or that these are ‘niche’ brands. I’m going to go with the latter.
Stand Out Products: The Sachajuan Hair Repair smells amazing. I’m familiar with Archives 69… it’s a ‘unique’ fragrance, and not one for the faint hearted.
Value for Money: Excellent, just look at the values listed above. No, the items aren’t full size but still – amazing value. For a £10 subscription. Plus there were 6 samples…. not the 5 of Glossy Box.
General things to talk about: The presentation of the box is lovely, but I wish it had a removable lid rather than a ‘flap’ as it would mean it was much easier to re-use, but it’s not that easy so is likely to go to waste…
Marks out of Ten: 8/10 Only thing that lets the Boudoir Prive box down for me is that I loose a bit of the excitement factor by not recognising the brands. On the plus side it means I am discovering new brands… and it is the cheaper option.

Overall, I think both services are really fantastic (and a great idea for any bloggers who are looking for stuff to write about!) I feel like Boudoir Prive is the more ‘sophisticated’ version, for those who are looking for something a bit different and for a way of discovering brands that you wont find in the aisles of Boots or Superdrug. It’s a tough call, but personally, I think Glossy Box is the more suitable choice for me because I found it really exciting to open and find brands I knew and looked forward to trying.

Find out more:

Glossy Box

Boudoir Prive

Both boxes sent as PR samples.



  1. August 15, 2011 / 8:57 am

    Fab post!!! 🙂 xx

  2. August 15, 2011 / 12:00 pm

    Interesting post as I’ve just subscribed to both of these this morning! like the fact that boudoir prive doesn’t charge for p&p but if u review the products for glossy box eventually you get a free box!

  3. August 15, 2011 / 1:30 pm

    Delighted to have read this post,

    Had been considering GlossyBox as they now ship to Ireland but will be sure to check out Boudoir Prive now too.

  4. August 15, 2011 / 2:42 pm

    I really shouldn’t have read this post, as I have to go pick my Boudoir Prive box up from the Royal Mail Office, but I couldn’t resist. Made me a little more excited about picking it up eeep 🙂

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