Topbox Beauty Subscription Box Review (Canada)
There are lots of beauty subscription boxes out there, but very few for Canadian subscribers. We can’t for example, subscribe to Allure or Sephora boxes. I was subscribed to Ipsy for many months, but mainly due to the poor exchange rate it made my subscription not viable, so I cancelled it, although I would reconsider if the rate changed. So, in light of all that I decided to subscribe to Topbox, which is basically the Canadian version of Ipsy.
This box cost $12 CND per month with free shipping and they send you four samples based on your beauty profile. Now, anyone familiar with the Ipsy beauty profile knows it is quite extensive and has many options to choose from. Topbox is rather more limited and only ask about ethnicity, skin type, tone and concerns and hair concerns.
I completed my profile and waited for my box which arrived last week. Now a quick gripe that I have is that the package is marked “do not safe drop.” This means that even though the package fits easily into my mailbox the postman cannot leave it there, so instead I had to drive the 15 km round trip to the post office to collect it. Straight away this means that I have to add gas costs to the price of my Topbox!
The package came as a bright purple bubble envelope with a striped tube packaged inside (double packaging). Inside I had the four promised items. By the way, there is no provision on the website to see your particular items before, or indeed after you receive them. The items were:
Cake Heavy Cream - Intensive Hand Repair Balm
I personally never use hand cream but have tried this out and it doesn’t make me want to buy it. The sample is a decent size of 1 fl.oz (30 ml). It is made with 20% shea butter and has a vanilla scene, but I found the scent very subtle to the point it almost not there. It is cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free, GMO-free, paraben-free and phthalate-free. But it is made in China!
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Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
This is a small bottle inside a small box and is .24 fl.oz or 7 ml. I have not tried this yet, but I will. The only issue I have with this is that the actual product costs $80 CND for a 30 ml bottle, so very expensive if you end up liking it. It’s one of those things you want it to work and want to like it, but hope you don’t because it is expensive.
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Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
This is a small tube sample of .25 fl.oz or 7.1 ml. I know people rave about this primer, but I don’t like it. Yes, it does blur pores for a while and evens out skin and immediately after application seems to mattify, but it never lasts for my oily skin. My makeup just slides off this product and I’ve tried it with several foundations but it just isn’t for me.
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Laritzy Pro Blender
This latex free sponge comes in a sealed foil bag and as I love my Real Techniques Miracle Sponge, I will definitely try this out. I’m not sure how readily available this is to where I live but at $12 retail price it is more expensive than the RT sponge but much cheaper than the Beauty Blender.
I also received some coupons. One was for U by Kotex for a free package $4 value, of feminine hygiene products. The second was for a men's Topbox for $16 and the final one was a $40 gift card for Stevia Drops. I will not be using any of these.
So, of my four items, only two were of any interest to me and neither of which I would have chosen to receive, had I had the choice. I know the point of subscription boxes is that you get surprises, but I didn't feel that these items fitted my profile.
The whole Topbox experience was very lacking when compared to Ipsy. I know they are two different things, but as they are both in the same ballpark on price and offer samples, Ipsy 5 items and Topbox 4, then I have to compare. Ipsy, at least have a rewards system in place and a allow you to review and see your items, there is no such thing on Topbox.
I will be cancelling my Topbox subscription and now appreciate how much better Ipsy was, but the exchange rate is still the killer with that one. If that changes, I will be straight back to Ipsy.