When beauty boxes launch a limited edition collection, you can be forgiven for being skeptical; is it really a limited edition or is it an advertising ploy, and are they overpricing it to make a quick buck? While Glossybox isn’t my favorite beauty subscription box (no boxes have impressed me as yet) this Sunday Riley limited edition box did get my attention. It contains 5 items; one full-sized and the others are deluxe minis worth over £100, and the price was £25 for active subscribers and £30 for non-subscribers. The box sold out and so isn’t available any longer, but it’s worth knowing how Glossybox works when it sells its limited editions, and also whether the box was good value.
The Glossybox experience
Glossybox is a monthly subscription box, however they do have a cut off date for cancellations, basically if you wish to do so you must do so before the 14th of the month or you will be billed for the following month. Active subscribers were allowed to buy the limited edition box at 1 p.m. and get £5 off, and if any boxes were left they went on sale at 7 p.m. to non subscribers. Subscribers had to access the page through the lounge page where they could get the discount and they could order more than one. Obviously it was an advantage to be a subscriber, but as I only wanted the limited edition box, it would have cost me £26.50 (the price of two monthly boxes including postage) and that wasn’t worth it to me as the boxes tend to be very hit and miss.
I was interested enough to see if any boxes would be available at 7 p.m. and as I had an account already I was logged in ready to buy a box. I ordered just the one, and the box did sell out about 30 minutes later, and apparently there had been 2000 available. To be honest I was surprised that there were still boxes left as subscribers had access to buy them for six hours. Standard postage was free or next day delivery was 74p, which isn’t much, but I didn’t need next day delivery as I have so many other products lined up for sampling. The box arrived three days later, and if all Glossyboxes were like this, I would be a fan of the brand.
The Sunday Riley Limited Edition Box
The box contained the following items;
- Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm ~ Full size @£46
- Luna Sleeping Oil ~ 5 ml @£15
- Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream ~ 8 ml @£12
- C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum ~ 8 ml £20
- C.E.O. C + E antiOXIDANT Protect and Repair Moisturizer ~ 8ml @£12
The selection of items was excellent, with a rounded choice suitable for those looking to try a new skincare routine. It’s the first box where I will use everything and I have done! This was excellent value for £30 as obviously the cleanser was already worth more than that alone, but how did the products perform?
Sunday Riley has divided the range by color codes:
- Blue ~ hydration and moisturization
- Orange ~ Vitamin C to brighten
- Green ~ acne prevention and treatment
- White/Clear ~ cleanse and clarify
Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm ~ 3/5. This was the first product I tried from the box and to be honest it was a little disappointing. It looked and smelt nice, but as for cleansing, there are tiny granules that help to exfoliate, and you apply it to dry skin, massage and then rinse off and it turns milky. The thing is the granules take a couple of rinses to be completely removed, and I did my toner test afterwards and there was still some grime left after cleansing and rinsing three times. It’s an average cleanser, where others at the same price point and quantity do a better job. Verdict, a bit messy and time consuming and doesn’t cleanse as deeply as other premium cleansers.
Luna Sleeping Oil ~ 5/5. This oil is simply divine, and I am not a fan of facial oils at all. In fact this was the last product I tried because it wasn’t the kind I generally use but I was impressed as soon as I used it. The blue oil turns clear as soon as you massage it into the skin, and it spreads so easily and absorbs quickly there is none of they oily film residue that can feel tacky. Verdict, It makes the skin look brighter, softer, and smoother and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.
C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum ~ 4/5. Having used many serums, I have a pretty high standard and this is a light but potent serum. Surprisingly it’s a light white fluid, so you do have to massage it in and it’s slightly rich so you don’t need to use much; two pumps is enough for the face. It doesn’t feel oily or tight on the skin, plus it smells fruity. Verdict, a great serum for those who don’t like to use oils on the face, and you see a glow on the face after using it.
C.E.O. C + E antiOXIDANT Protect and Repair Moisturizer ~ 4.3/5. Used in conjunction with the serum, it really is quite powerful and from the first application you can see and feel a difference. This is an ideal moisturizer for those who want to repair the skin, and also to prevent aging and pigmentation. The texture is not too heavy, and when used over the serum, you find you don’t need to use much. Verdict, a cream for all skin types, ages, and does just about everything you need a cream to do.
Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream ~ 4/5. This is a wonderfully light and refreshing moisturizer that is surrounded by a layer of enzyme water. I’m not sure how brightening it is alone, but used with other products it can help lift dull complexions. Verdict, a hard working light face cream that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.
I haven’t been impressed with a beauty box in a long time, and this one was one of the best I have seen for the quality, size, and selection of the products. Having tried the Sunday Riley range, I would definitely consider buying them when I need to replenish items, and recommend them to others. While it hasn’t convinced me to subscribe to Glossybox, they got this curation right and hopefully this trend will continue.
Sunday Riley is available from SpaceNK, Harvey Nichols, and Sephora.