Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Glossybox Bergdorf Goodman May 2014 Review + Free Product Code

Although I just received my second Glossybox, it is actually the May 2014 box.  For this one, they partnered with Bergdorf Goodman and sent some of the most elegant product samples I've ever received in a subscription box. The samples that you receive depend on your responses to the initial beauty profile so everybody does not get the same thing.  My answers leaned heavily towards skincare items so my box is filled with samples of some very expensive products that I would not otherwise be buying! 

I have subscribed to Glossybox off and on since they started shipping in the U.S. a couple of years ago. This is the first box I've received that is not their standard pink and black. This one is a dusky plum color with Bergdorf Goodman's name on the lid. Right away you know you're getting something special!

The elegant presentation continued inside where six deluxe samples were nestled in gray crinkle shreds inside dove gray tissue and tied with a dark plum grosgrain ribbon.

I usually don't pay a lot of attention to coupons or discount deals that are included in beauty subscription boxes but the front of the enclosed card in this box got my attention. A $25 gift card code to Bergdorf Goodman was on the back. Now THAT is something to get excited about!  I went straight to their site and bought a couple of blushes that I've had my eye on. I ended up paying just $20 for $45 worth of product, an incredible deal...even better with Bergdorf's standard free shipping.  Oh yeah, since I signed on through eBates, I also got a rebate of 4% so my net cost is even less. The gift card alone is worth the entire cost of this Glossybox!

Inside the card there is a description of each item and the retail price of its full size. These are, without a doubt, some of the most expensive product samples I've ever received so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to try such high end brands.

The first sample in my box is an Eye Contour Lifting Cream from Lancer.  This is an ultra-rich cream that uses a blend of sheer light diffusers, caffeine-based firming agents and a powerful collagen-boosting peptide system to diminish the appearance of fine lines and puffiness.  The retail price for the full size (which is only half an ounce) is $95.  You can bet I'll use this product (.17 oz.) very sparingly!


The next item is a small bottle of Rose Anonyme Cologne Absolue by Atelier Cologne. This is a light but complex fragrance which contains notes of spicy ginger, Indonesian patchouli, mystic papyrus, Somalian incense and velvet oud.  The scent is more exotic and mysterious than what I usually choose but that's probably because I'm not usually sniffing $140 bottles of perfume!

Next is a small sample of Revive Intensite Volumizing Eye Serum. This is an advanced formula that diminishes dark circles and undereye bags.  Not really sure why they included two products that basically do the same thing but I like eye creams, so I'm not complaining.  The full size of this product (.5 oz.) retails for $350.  No, I am not kidding. For that price, it should rotate the tires on my car as well!

There is a half ounce sample of Skin Prep Gentle Cleanser by Illuminage.  This one retails for a much more down-to-earth $25, but that's still a lot more than I'd pay for a facial cleanser.  I like trying various cleansers but there is only enough in this tube for maybe 3 or 4 uses.  That's the downside of tailoring all your quiz responses to the skincare products; you typically get less uses per item than you would with makeup.

Since my hair is very coarse and dry, I love to get leave-in conditioning products. Included is a tube of Caviar CC Cream Leave-In Hair Perfector from Alterna, which claims to deliver ten different benefits.  This one retails for $25 and if it does what it says, this is the one product I might actually purchase in the full size.

The last item is Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer by Napoleon Perdis.  I don't have a lot of experience with primers but the idea is to allow the foundation to be applied more smoothly and evenly, giving a more flawless finish and helping the foundation stay on longer.  The full retail on this one is $45.

The contents of this box were really impressive, especially the $25 Bergdorf gift card. I hope Glossybox will continue to send coupons or gift cards with such value and broad appeal in the future.  I also thought the partnership with Bergdorf really added a "Wow!" factor to this box since it included higher end products than are normally seen in sub boxes.  

If you'd like to try Glossybox, use the code "HAIR" to get a free product for new subscribers. There aren't many coupon codes or discounts around for Glossybox, but if you sign up through eBates, you'll get $2.75 cash back.

This was such a luxurious box to review.  Elegance and presentation are definitely what distinguish Glossybox from its considerable competition!


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