Some of you might already be familiar with Vanity Trove. They recently ventured into Malaysia, and I received their February box for review. Beauty boxes are pretty established overseas, and now, we are seeing more boxes readily available locally. Before we start the unboxing, let me just tell you that I’m a beauty box skeptic. I personally prefer to go buy my own product. While surprises can be lovely, I am also very picky, hence random surprises are usually misses for me. Let’s see how Vanity Trove February box surprised me.
The packaging itself is quite pretty. It is a sturdy card box which pulls out revealing some goodies wrapped in tissues. When I pull open the box, I get a whiff of roses. I was wondering if the tissues were scented. I also like that there are leaflets and brochures that come with the samples. There is one personalized note from Vanity Trove, and I think these little handwritten notes are always a nice touch. A pretty good first impression 🙂
Once I got all the papers out of the way, I figured the tissues that wrapped the package aren’t scented. It’s a travel size hand cream in the box that smelled delicious. I found that the scent was overpowering on my hands though. Anyway, back to the box. This month, all the products in the box are sample sizes and deluxe sample / travel sizes. We have…
- Benefit Porefessional
- B.Liv Off With Those Heads Blackheads Sebum Gel
- Oriks BB Cream
- Oriks Wild Ginseng Stemcell Twister Essence
- Di Palomo Hand & Nail Cream
- System Professional by Wella shampoo and hair mask
- 2 pieces of chocolates
And that’s what they look like, all out of their boxes.
Was I excited? Did I think they were beautiful surprises? I find the price point a bit on the high side. I have to pay RM60 a month for a box of products or samples that I may or may not like. Personally, February 2013 box did not wow me. If I subscribed and this was the first box I got, I won’t be disappointed, but probably indifferent. There wasn’t any full sized item in the box, and mostly deluxe samples and even single serving samples (Oriks BB Cream). Granted, I’m rather curious of some brands I haven’t tried yet, so these samples will give me a feel of what they could be. On the website, I see logos from brands like Burberry, La Mer, Shiseido and Laura Mercier flashed around. I assume they are brand partners, so I naturally had some expectations; perhaps to have at least one product from a high end brand in the box too.
From the RM60, a chunk of it would have gone to the packaging and also shipping. I’ve been wanting to try Benefit Porefessional so I think it’s great. However, I can’t make use of the hair products because I have different hair type. The hand cream is handy, so it’s in my bag now. B.Liv and Oriks are completely new to me, so it’s a discovery. February Box makes me curious if March would be a better one – or not (?). The theme for the March box is Temptress and from the visual, I anticipate red lips. Go on to the website to check it out.
What do you think of beauty boxes? I think it’s a good platform for some who are beginning to venture in the world of beauty. If you’re like me, and already know what you want, then some surprises might not be as exciting. In my humble opinion, I think it is a good concept that are attractive to some, but not to all. After this, I am STILL a skeptic.