Will VanityTrove April Redeem Itself?

So, VanityTrove went through a rocky start. Their debut box 2 months ago was average, their second box was a disaster, and now comes the third box: VanityTrove April 2013. Will this box redeem VanityTrove’s reputation or is it going downhill from here? The theme for this month’s box is The Shower Of Summer. I have 3 months to work out the relevant themes to what’s inside the box. I just can’t attune my mind frequency to what they are thinking. I absolutely cannot relate to it the last 2 months, but I think I finally get it this month!


VT April 2013

VT brochures


Products in this month’s subscription box are:

  • Clarins 50% discount voucher on face or body treatment at Clarins Skin Spa KLCC only, valid until 30 June 2013
  • Clarins White Plus Intensive Brightening Serum, reviewed here (5 sample sachets)
  • ORIKS Gemstone Nano Platinum Aqua Watery Cream [a face moisturizer] (3 x 1g)
  • KilaDoll Red Wine Q10 sheet mask (1 x full sized sheet)
  • Kate Eyeshadow DB in GD-1 RM49 (1 x full sized palette)
  • Perkins Nail Wrap RM39.90 (1 x full sized pack)
  • Jean Paul Gaultier Classique EDT (1 sample vial)

So for summer, you’ll need to brighten your skin (NOT bronzing or tanning. It’s Asia after all) while keeping it moisturized. The neutral gold eye shadows bring the summer glow to your eyes, while nautical nails make you feel like you’re sailing the seas. The scent however makes me think of those unbearable hot and muggy nights when I was in Perth. I personally would have preferred something lighter and more fun but scents are very personal. How did I do? Side note, I wouldn’t be caught dead using the nail wraps but you never know, I might just wear it on the blog to let you see some stripy blue and pink nails with a gold anchor on the tip. It’s so not tacky at all!


VT prods

VT prods open


What I do like about this month’s offerings is that you get your RM60 worth and more. There are 2 full sized items and the samples are generous. I am keeping the Clarins samples and the samples of moisturizer for travel. They are handy like that. There is FINALLY a useable makeup product in the box and here’s the swatch for you below. The colours are very wearable and it brightens your eyes with just the right amount of sheen.


Kate GD1 swatch


Why didn’t they START with this box? It would have been a great first impression, and I might have subscribed to the second box. I hope VanityTrove will keep this up, because compared to the huge disappointment in the second box, this has finally put it back on the pedestal. However, the fluctuation and uncertainty of the quality still remains. VanityTrove is one of the more expensive subscription boxes in the country, and if the more affordable ones are doing better, why should I choose you? What if there’s a recurrence of the March disaster? I hate to be harsh and critical, but hey, even if I didn’t say it, I’m sure you (yes, you, the one who’s reading) are thinking it. Right? I am curious to know what May will bring, so I will be watching out for the reviews online. I have always been a skeptic, and I still am, if not more. The April box gives more value than you paid for, for sure, so let’s hope the coming months will be as good if not better.


xoxo Lily


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