Good morning my darlings. The April subscription boxes have begun to arrive. First in the mailbox this month is Macy’s Beauty Box. It is a $15 ($16.46 with tax). I signed up for this box and December of 2020 was my first one so this makes the fifth that I have received. Thus far I have been really impressed by the items they have included. Each month has been very much worth the price of the box and I have to say, it is one of the subscriptions that I am really excited to find in my mailbox each month.
While I believe prior to December Macy’s Beauty Boxes always came with a small makeup bag, for the past few months the makeup bag element has been substituted for other items. In December there was a reusable plastic container with travel sized containers and I believe January’s bag was hair product themed so instead of a makeup bag they included a mini hair straightener. There has always been something that replaces the bag. Personally, I am okay with the substitutions. I like makeup bags, but there are realistically only so many you can use. This month, we actually received a makeup bag.
I kind of like it. I wish the zipper went down the sides a bit so the mouth could open wider making the insides more accessible, but it is a really cute little bag that can hold quite a lot of items. I like the iridescent blue and the almost cracked mirror look. While the bag does come with an information card, the card says nothing about the bag itself.
The card does give some pretty good information on the products and it also lists the theme as Red Carpet Inspo. Usually Macy’s does a pretty good job linking the theme to the products so it will be interesting to see how it relates. Let’s dive into the pink tissue sausage roll shall, we?
I’ll admit, the first Item out of the bag made me happy. It is a sample size of the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer. You know I love primers. They smooth the canvas of your face so that you may paint your daily masterpiece upon it. A good primer can make even a not so great foundation better. This is one that I have wanted to try. However it is on the pricey side, so I held off hoping I would get a chance to try it out before actually purchasing the primer.
I know, I love trying products before I buy them. I’ve mentioned that about a zillion times before. Because here is the deal, it doesn’t matter if it is a very expensive luxury brand or a discount drugstore item, a product is only good if it works for you. And you don’t know if it works for you until you try it.
There have been several products everyone raves about (both drugstore and high end) that just performed horribly for my skin and there are some that just really work well with my skin type that other people can’t stand to use. Playing around with samples rather than listening to marketing is a better way to determine if something works for you.
Which is one of the reasons I love subscription boxes. Now don’t get me wrong, I saw the YSL logo and the pretty, pretty gold flakes and I really wanted to take it home with me. Hence the delight that it is a sample in the bag. I will gladly use the sample and see how I feel about the product after a week or so of use. And you know I am going to have to give it a go this afternoon when I put on my makeup. So you’ll get a first impression soon.
But on with the bag.
The second Item was a small Makeup Eraser. It is so small and cute. I really like Makeup Erasers. They let me stop using makeup wipes and thus reduce the amount of trash that I produce and have become an essential part of my skincare and makeup routine. While I do use makeup removing balms and oils, I apply the balm and oil to my face use the Makeup Eraser to help me out. It keeps the wash cloths from becoming mascara stained and keeps me from having to do any harsh scrubbing on my face.
And the Makeup Eraser always washes up clean. I’ve had mine for over a year (maybe 2 for the current one I’m using, I lost track) and after the wash it looks practically brand new. The colors have faded a tiny bit, but there are no stains. I can’t actually say the same thing for the PMD Cloth I received in a Boxycharm a few months ago, but that is another tale to tell.
Thus far I was as happy with this box as I have been with every other Macy’s box I’ve gotten.
Then out rolled two black gel pencil style eyeliners. One is Natasha Moor’s Kohl it Magic Eyeliner and the other is Clinique’s Quickliner for eyes in Intense Ebony. I swatched them both and they look slightly different but feel the same on the skin. I’m sure there are differences between them that I will find out once I start wearing them. I’m sure that they are both fabulous. But here’s the thing. Its two black eyeliners in the same box. The same color. The same type of formula. It seems like a bad decision.
I have to say I was not all that happy with the Bodyography tapered blending brush either. The ferrule is a little loose already and it feels a little cheap.
Next up we have the two perfume samples. The Macy’s box tends to come with at least five items and usually includes two perfume samples. This month the samples were both from Jimmy Choo. One is the New I want Choo which looks interesting and the other is Jimmy Choo Man. I will give that a sniff and see if it is unisex enough for me to wear or if it needs to pass to someone else but I am always happy to have new perfume samples to try out.
I have to say as much as I love the YSL Primer and the Makeup Eraser, this isn’t one of their better boxes. Sadly I might have thought differently if the brush wasn’t wobbly and one of the eyeliners was in a shade other than black.
Then I would probably have been a little happier. But the brush was cheap feeling and there were two black eyeliners. And as the boxes have been really good in the past few months, I just really expected more. I still think it is a good box for $15 and I am still glad to have it, but I feel it just isn’t as good as the other Macy’s boxes I’ve received in the past few months.
It’s still a good solid three out of five for me, but that is really because I love Makeup Erasers and am always happy to have another one in any size and because I really wanted to try out the YSL primer. Still a three isn’t all that bad all things considering. It is solidly middle of the pack. It only feels like a letdown because the past few months have hit high fours and fives.