Today I have to share with you the contents of my first ever subscription box! I've heard a lot about various subscription boxes over the years and have been intrigued, so I was excited to have the opportunity to sample Wantable's September makeup box, guest-curated by Jordan Liberty, makeup artist and creator of Liberty Republic and Give Good Face.
Before ordering your first box you are asked to complete a survey of your makeup preferences. My product preferences and beauty needs have changed over the years and one of the benefits of getting older is that I feel as if I have finally figured out exactly what does and doesn't work for me--which means less money wasted on products and colors that are beautiful to behold, but are terribly unflattering on me (like the brown and purple MAC lipstick shades I used to sport back in the 90s)!
Above is a screen shot of one of the survey questions, where you can see my preferences in highlighters. I enjoyed answering this questionnaire because it forced me to evaluate my likes and dislikes to determine precisely what colors and product types I do not want to receive. The survey was relatively detailed and specific, which made me feel more confident that I would receive products that would suit my tastes.
Each Wantable box contains four to six full-size products, which are hand-selected based on your preferences. Subscriptions are $36 a month or a single box can be purchased for $40 (The full retail value of the items I received amounted to $91). I said I "loved" nail polish, eyeshadow and highlighters, and was happy to see that products that represented each of these categories were included in this box, along with an eye primer, a tinted lip balm, and a sample card with two shades of Lisa Watier's Ombre Souffle Supreme.
|Lisa Watier Solo Eyeshadow Charbon|
|Cailyn Cosmetics Eye Primer|
|Closeup of the beautiful design on the Besamé lip balm packaging.|
|Besamé Cosmetics Sweetheart Balm Tangerine|
|Manna Kadar Sheer Glow Highlighter #4 Fake It|
|LAQA & Co. Nail Polish in the shade Nookie|
|From left to right: Lisa Watier Charbon Eyeshadow, Manna Kadar Sheer Glow #4 (swatched heavily), Besamé Sweetheart Balm Tangerine, Cailyn Eye Primer|
Overall, my first subscription box has been a success! The Lisa Watier shadow is a basic charcoal with subtle shimmer, and will come in handy for everyday use. It is Paraben-free, which is always a plus. The highlighting fluid is a flattering peachy-gold that reminds me a bit of the NARS Orgasm Illuminator, but is much more opaque and metallic, but it can be blended out to a sheer finish. The tinted lip balm is a transparent, vibrant tangerine with a soft tangerine scent to match (and the packaging is really lovely!). The Cailyn eye primer has a smooth, blendable texture and looks as if it will make a nice base for loose or pressed powder shadows, and it can also double as a concealer (I haven't tested it yet, but it looks promising!). The LAQA & Co. nail polish is also quite nice and is the type of shade I would have chosen for myself. It has a Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP free, fast-drying formula and provides opaque coverage in one coat (I used two in the swatches above).
Are you a fan of monthly subscription boxes? I think they would make a nice gift for beauty-loving friends or family, and would also be useful to those who are just starting out with cosmetics and want to build up their makeup collection.