Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sample Society Mystery Box Review

I bought one or two Sample Society Beauty Boxes a while ago, but I ended up cancelling my subscription because I was accumulating too many samples.  The service wasn't bad, it just didn't blow me away so let it go.  From time to time they offer mystery boxes at discounted prices, though, so I decided to pick one up out of curiosity.

*Disclaimer: This box was purchased by See, Shop, Love!

I bought a box of five samples for $10.  Sample Society boxes normally contain five samples but cost $15 a month.  You can still buy a mystery box here, they also have ones with 10 (for $18) and 15 (for $25) samples.  I almost bought the 10 sample box, but like I said, I already have a ton of samples so I settled on only five to satisfy my curiosity.

Here's what was inside:
  • PHYTO Phytonectar Ultra Nourishing Oil Treatment - This isn't for sale on the Beauty Bar site anymore, which is kind of weird to me.  Actually, I think it may have been discontinued because I can't find it for sale anywhere, so I have no idea what the retail value is.  You're supposed to apply it from roots to ends, leave it in for at least 15 minutes, then wash it out.  I probably won't use this because I'm not a fan of having to hop back into the shower to wash something out.
  • IPKN Moist & Firm BB Cream SPF 45 ($8.75 for ~.10 mL) - I'm guessing on the size of this since it isn't listed on the bottle.  It's a BB cream that also says "brightening and wrinkle care" on it.  It's in the shade 02-Light, which is definitely going to be too light for me.  I don't use BB creams anyway, I need more coverage.
  • Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien ($.55 for 1.75 mL) - This is a bright, citrus scent and it isn't my style.  I prefer darker, warmer scents.  The notes include Sicilian lemon, Mandarin grapefruit, bergamot, and some others.  It's nice, but not sweet or warm enough for me.
  • Orlane Paris Hydro-Matifying Care ($7.12 for .11 oz) - I swapped for this once but don't remember much about it.  The actual sample tube is very small, so it's not enough for me to really judge how well it works with my skin (and I'll never spend $110 on a full-sized jar), but this sample is probably the most relevant to my needs out of the box.  It's for mixed/oily skins and is supposed to tighten pores.
  • elemental herbology Facial Glow Radiance Peel ($19.42 for .5 fl oz) - I like this sample the best.  It's made "primarily of natural ingredients with minimal processing," according to the product page.  It purifies pores, exfoliates, and stimulates skin's metabolism.  The tube warns that it contains AHA, which may increase sun sensitivity, so I hope it isn't too harsh on my skin.
Bottom Line: Even though most of these samples were a bust, I'm still glad I bought this box.  I think mystery boxes can be fun, and I knew that there was a possibility that I wouldn't want or have a use for any of the samples.

Did you purchase a Sample Society mystery box?  What did you get in yours? 

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