The beauty subscription box scene has been shaken up this season with the arrival of Marie Claire’s The Parcel. This new beauty box service is promising to deliver the best beauty edit, selected by Marie Claire’s own editors, right to your front door. It’s the editor-approved curated beauty box and there’s no jealousy because everyone gets the same products, but does it contain anything good?
I videoed my unboxing of the very first limited edition box, the Spring edit, and below I have a review of each product included. Will you want to subscribe after seeing this? Have a look!
See my first impressions and live unboxing of this beauty box.
Visionnaire is a cult skincare serum loved by millions and now it’s actually newly improved with double the strength of it’s key active ingredient. Personally I don’t love it for the reason that most do, I don’t really see a huge difference in my skin when I use it but it’s a product that feels lovely to use and the scent is just spectacular – it’s like an expensive fragrance. This deluxe sample size is a mini version of the actual bottle so it wins me over on adorability and it will be great for when I go on my next trip.
A runaway hit for Revlon this year has been these ColorStay Moisture Stains. Their a hybrid of a lipstick, gloss and balm in one. I got shade 45 New York Scene – a gorgeous deep raspberry-red-pink shade. It applies like a dream and it stays put for hours, although retouching is required if you eat but only to return that gloss finish. I’m definitely going to be putting this one in my handbag and that says a lot!
The cult favourites keep on rolling with Elnett Satin hairspray. The handbag-friendly 55g/75ml size is perfect for travel and that’s ultimately what I want from a subscription box if I’m not going to get full-sized products. I want products I can get a few uses from and this hairspray, like the other products, delivers just that. I hadn’t tried the Extreme Hold version previously so now I know this is a winner for updo’s and when I put curls in my hair.
Would you believe I don’t have a single lacquer from the Gwen Stefani by OPI collection? I wanted them all so bad but I couldn’t justifying buying the collection when I had so many lacquers I hadn’t even swatched yet. But this means I’m over the moon that I got ‘In True Stefani Fashion’. It’s a clear base with silver micro glitter and silver square holographic glitter. It’s a standout over dark shades but it can also had a nice little sparkle to something feminine like a blush or nude shade.
I’ve been a fan of the They’re Real mascara since it launched a couple of years ago. Getting a small travel-friendly sample is a winner in my books but I love that I also got a sample of the new They’re Real Push-Up Liner. It’s not exactly an eyeliner you would think could come as a sample because on the full version the unique applicator is attached to a pen. Nevertheless, they have worked out a cute way to shrink the eyeliner down and still deliver the fandangled applicator for us to try. However, it wasn’t an easy to use sample.
The product formula is fantastic but this sample had a long rubber applicator which I think appears longer than the one attached to the full-size version. This long rubber applicator was just too mobile, and it didn’t allow me to apply the require pressure to get the product out without bending and moving on its own path. The sample also requires you to squeeze the product up to the top which means I did end up squeezing out too much. I used the entire sample just trying to do my two eyes and it was a mess so I think this is a product I really need to try in full-size to get the hang of.
A mini shampoo and conditioner always comes in handy. This duo is from the Daily Moisture Renewal range, which I hadn’t tried previously. I found the experience and results were similar to that of most Pantene shampoo and conditioner. It’s thick, it has that golden Pantene scent, it goes in smoothly and leaves my hair very shiny and soft.
One important note is that none of these products are cruelty-free and that’s the biggest disappointment.
What Marie Claire say ….
The Parcel by marie claire is a luxury box containing deluxe beauty samples chosen for you by our editors and delivered to your door four times a year.
The first Parcel – The Spring Edit – is delivered in October 2014 and is valued at over $100. It includes must-have new-season buys from Lancôme, O.P.I, Revlon, L’Oréal Paris, Benefit Cosmetics and more. It will feel like the magazine’s pages coming to life in your hands with products handpicked by the editorial team.
Australia $25 per box from The Parcel, including free shipping within Australia. It’s currently unavailable to international markets.
What’s your opinion of this beauty box? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know by commenting below!