Thursday, May 17, 2012

Battle of the Sample Boxes: MyGlam VS. Birchbox May

Since I get asked about my sample box subscriptions often, I am going to try to make this a monthly post. You can view April's battle and general information about both boxes here. With both boxes I have discovered that there are going to be some really good months and some bad months. As long as they are mostly good, I will continue to subscribe. Here is my swag from May:

*Philosophy Love Sweet Love Spray Fragrance (1.5ml, $42 for a 2oz size)
*Studio Gear Complete Color Lipstick in Winter Red ($15)
*Miss Beauty Nail Bling (I can't find a price..I am guessing $5-$9)
*MyGlam Concealer Brush (unknown value)
*MyGlam Defining Eyeliner Brush (unknown value)
*Love is in the Air Makeup bag (unknown value)

First of all I want to say that I agree with other recipients that their makeup bags stink! I have heard that if you leave them in the sun for an hour or so it gets rid of the funk. I haven't tried it yet since I live in an apartment without a porch or anywhere to put them. I wasn't overly excited about this bag. The lipstick is really nice, but the color is a bit dark for me. I love the Philosophy spray, but I am getting sick of tiny perfume samples. The Nail Bling are kind of cheap looking and shaped funny. They come from China and it shows. I do like the MyGlam brushes and will use them. Overall, worth the 10 bucks but not my favorite bag. 

*Arquiste Flor y Canto ($165 for 55ml! Seriously?)
*Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream (15ml, $19 for 75ml)
*FusionBeauty LipFusion Balm Lip Conditioning Stick SPF 15 ($22)
*Ojon damage reverse™ Restorative Conditioner (1oz, $25 for 8.5oz)
*Bonus: One Stationary Card

The perfume is flowery and smells like old it is ridiculously priced! The stationary card is kind of a joke. However, I still liked this box because the Caudalie, FusionBeauty and Ojon are all amazing. I believe the FusionBeauty is full size and the sample sizes were decent for the other two. The Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream smells amazing and fells great. The FusionBeauty balm reminds me of fresh Sugar which is one of my favorite lip products.

Overall thoughts: Not thrilled with either box this month, but satisfied with both. If I had to pick a winner, it would be Birchbox. Not only was the value higher, but I have been using most the products (except that yucky perfume!) like crazy. I am wondering if MyGlam is going to get old quickly with the makeup bags and brushes in every bag. I have only had two months of it and I like the brushes, but I have plenty now. They need to step-up the other products they send to make it worth it.


tara said...

I'm a big birchbox fan but I've considered myglam. Just confused about what I'd do with a new makeup bag and new brushes every month!

Chris said...

Have you tried the lip fusion? I hate getting perfume... it's never easy to use or try and most of them stink!