Disappointing, is too mild a description for the October box from Birchbox. Beauty boxes are hit and miss, but this month the accidental duplicated item is in fact the only useful and decent item in my poor selection. The saving grace is that due to the duplicated item of the Batiste Stylist Oomph My Locks XXL Volume Spray, I was offered £5 worth of points, and the products were housed in a useful drawer box. Upon looking at the potential selection, I was semi-excited that I would get to try some interesting products, but no such luck. There are several versions of the box, and I ended up with one of the worst ones. The October selection included the possibilities of the following:
- Batiste Stylist Oomph My Locks XXL Volume Spray
- Eve Lom Cleanser
- LOC One & Done Shadow Stick
- LOC X Millie Ultra Gloss Lip Pencil
- Lord & Berry 20100 Maxi Matte Crayon Lipstick
- Rituals ~ The Ritual of Sakura Body Cream
- Aromatherapy Associates ~ Revive Body Gel
- Oribe ~ Dry Texturizing Spray
- Number 4 ~ Fluoro5 Elixer Restore & Repair Oil
- Ole Henriksen ~ Truth Serum Collagen Booster
- This Works ~ Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
- Manefit ~ Beauty Planner Sheet Mask
- Doux Me ~ Pure Spring Mist
- Whish ~ Renewing Mud Mask
My box comprised of two hair products, one make-up item, one accessory, one body product, and one ‘skincare’ product. The idea of the box is to try things that you would be likely to want to buy—this is where they fail as there is nothing I would choose to use, let alone buy.
- Doux Me ~ Pure Spring Mist (a huge fail, as this isn’t even a skincare item, but water in an aerosol).
- Lord & Berry 20100 Maxi Matte Crayon Lipstick (sadly in a color I would not use).
- Batiste Stylist Oomph My Locks XXL Volume Spray (a repeat item that is handy nonetheless).
- An eyebrow brush and comb (a cheap item that seems very random).
- Rituals Mud Mask (not something I would choose to buy, and is more of an exfoliating scrub).
- Number 4 ~ Fluoro5 Elixer Restore & Repair Oil (another hair product I would never use or buy)
Rating 1.5/5: A dismal selection, although other subscribers seemed to fare better with more useful curations. Based on the contents of this box, the only response is to cancel. The products were poorly chosen and don’t complement one another. It does look like a random throwing together of whatever excess samples there were in the warehouse. If it wasn’t, whoever put this together should be sacked. The marks were gained through the style of the box, and the speed of the delivery. On the plus side, I got £5 worth of points for the reviews, and another £5 for the error of the duplicated item. That softens the blow, but really Birchbox need to do much better.