A couple of months ago Topbox announced that they would be adding a Prive Box to their offerings. The Prive Box is a beauty box featuring products all from one brand, Topbox members would be able to see the box ahead of time and decide if they wanted the Prive Box that month, or the regular mystery box. For January though, as their first Prive Box, it would be a surprise and everyone was to get one. No one knew who the brand was ahead of time or what would be inside.
So when I saw the little cylindrical box in my mail box last week, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I unwrapped the brown shipping paper to find personalized paper featuring the name of a high-end brand – Clinique.
In Canada, Clinique is available at both Sephora and department stores and generally speaking costs a pretty penny. The only time I purchase Clinique is during the bonus time’s where you spend a certain amount of money and get a beauty bag for free. So, over the years I’ve ended up with a variety of Clinique samples, some of which I’ve used until they were gone, others I have hardly touched. But nevertheless I was happy to see a well known brand in January’s Topbox and knew before opening it, that the value would be there this month.
My shipment didn’t have a tag # this month, so I’m not sure what box # I received. But it was definitely customized for my combination skin. Let’s take a closer look at what was inside:
Repairwear Laser Focus
Said to be “A second chance for skin against sun damage and wrinkles. At 12 weeks, the visible wrinkle-reducing power is remarkably close to a dermatological laser procedure. 63% to be exact.” I guess that is how it gets its name. I actually received this exact sample in my last Clinique Bonus Time beauty bag (months ago) and I haven’t even given that one a try. So it will likely be some time before this seal gets cracked, but at least I have it for when I need it. And honestly I probably should start incorporating these types of products into my regular routine. This wrinkle and UV damage protector is 7mL in size. The full size (30mL) retails for $57.00 CAD which makes this sample valued at $13.30.
Clarifying Lotion 3
Part of Clinique’s 3-step skin care program this is actually for step 2 (the 3 refers to the skin type). This is to be used after you wash your face and before you apply your moisturiser. Again, this is my second time receiving a sample of this. I received a larger sample (double the size actually) of this quite a while ago during a Bonus Time and still use it a few times a week. So it’s nice to know that I won’t need to rush out and a buy a new one. I can use this up as well… This sample is 30mL in size and with the full size being 200mL and retailing for only $16.00 this puts this sample’s value at just $2.40.
Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent
This eye makeup solvent is to be used for quick removal or quick change. It says that it leaves no oily residue so fresh makeup adheres immediately. To me, that sounds like MAC’s Pro Eye Makeup Remover (the purple bottle) which is okay for some products, but won’t work well on anything with waterproof or waterproof like formulas (because of the lack of oil). If you’ve tried this product already, let me know what you think of it below? I’m curious about it and I have no doubt I will try it. But considering I have both an oil-free and waterproof makeup remover on the go right now, I don’t have an immediate use for it. This sample is the largest sample in the January Topbox, at 60mL. The full size is 125mL and retails for $25.00, making this sample valued at an even $12.00.
Color Surge Eye Shadow Duo in 02 Like Mink
This neutral toned eye shadow duo contains two “go-together” shades in a chrome slide compact. I’m not sure how much use I will get out of this, given that I am such an eye shadow hoarder and already have far too many, but it can’t hurt to try it out…I just need to remember I have it. 🙂 The full size 2.5g version of this product retails for $25.00, so this 1.6g sample is valued at $16.00.
Total value of January 2013 Prive Box featuring Clinique = $43.70. Not bad for a $12.00 investment.
Overall, for this month, I see myself using 2, maybe three of the products regularly and can’t really say that I’m disappointed, but I can’t say that I’m super excited about it either. Just sort of content with it I guess. The value is there, the products are definitely high quality and generally speaking I love Clinique. There just wasn’t anything in this box that put a giant smile on my face that I couldn’t wait to try out. It’s just a variety of useful high-end products. But really, that is good enough for me! If you’d like to sign up to become a Topbox member, you can. It is $12.00 a month with free shipping and you can cancel at any time. Join here.
For February, they are featuring three different Prive Boxes. One of which contains the highly sought after brand benefit. They don’t have enough for everyone though, so I believe the people who receive it will be selected randomly from the people who requested it. Should be interesting…I really hope I am lucky enough to get one!
Were you happy with your Beauty Boxes this month?
I signed up for Ipsy as well, so I should be receiving my first glam bag from them soon! Can’t wait!
To see what I’ve received in my last few Topboxes, feel free to follow these links:
January 23, 2013 | Categories: Makeup, Topbox | Tags: 02 Like Mink Clinique, Canadian Beauty Box, Clinique Beauty Box, Clinique Clarifying Lotion, Clinique Color Surge Eye Shadow Duo, Clinique Prive Box, Clinique Samples, Clinique Topbox, Ipsy, January 2013 Topbox, January Topbox, January Topbox Review, Prive Box, Repairwear Laser Focus (Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector), Rinse-off Eye Makeup Solvent, Topbox Review | 14 Comments