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.
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
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.
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Both boxes sent as PR samples.