The theme for the April box is 'The Iconic Edit' and on the side of the box it says 'Iconic Hollywood Edition' so it had promise of a really special box. Some people have been fussy about the design of the box as it's sparse... I think it's beautiful and I quite love having a design just to the side, it's stylish and really rather stunning.
And here's what I got in my box. I've seen some rather negative responses to the box and I have to say I rather like mine but I Do see why some people were a little non-plussed. A lot of people aren't too pleased with getting nail polishes and I am in the same group that gets Far too many eye liners in boxes. But see below for why I Do like my box.
These 'Bath Pearls' in a 'Cherry Blossom' scent from Nougat London are my least favourite item from the box but I am pleasantly surprised by the smell. When I opened the box I instantly smelled these and assumed there was something fragranced in there - It's very floral but it's a nice floral. I'm not sure how I'll get much use for these, my baths Have to be practical as we don't have a working shower and baths take a lot of time and effort for me, so I can't have ones just for relaxing, sadly. That said, they smell delightful so I may see if I can get away with adding them after all the practical stuff is done. As well as smelling nice these are meant to leave the skin with a beautiful, soft shimmer which is a lovely idea if you're going to use them for before a party - I can see why these fit in with the box as they're a lovely, luxury thing. These are a full sized, 35g, bag which is worth £6.
Next up we have the dreaded eye liner. Ok so I am a bit fed up of eye liners in beauty boxes But... Well I've wanted to try an item by POP Beauty for ages so I'm actually happier than I normally would be to have got this. There's a photo little bit below which shows the liner swatched; it's nice and easy to apply and the smudger on the end is good for smoking out if that's the sort of look you go for. I can see why a black liner fits in this box as it's a big part of the iconic black winged liner that is associated with Hollywood starlets. The eye liner is full sized and is worth £6.
The Lord & Berry pencil was last month's sneak peak item (which I think they've stopped doing, yay!) and, despite not liking sneak peaks, this was something I was looking forward to. I've tried a number of Lord & Berry products but it's the pencils I've heard most about, but I've never got around to buying one. The pencils are smaller than I thought but they're still a good size that'd give plenty of uses - This is a full sized pencil worth £10. The shade that comes in the box is 'Kiss' (I think) and it's a bright red, with a strong hit of orange, which makes it a good spring/summer colour as well as being a great 'starlet red'.
As you can see, the finish is matte, and it does have a strong orange tone to it, but it'd easily be made glossier with a clear or red gloss and it glides on to the lips beautifully.
You can, also, see a swatch of the eyeliner, above, nice and black, easily applied.
I know there are some people who aren't too fond of nail polishes in beauty boxes but I'm not one of them, I love getting nail polishes in beauty boxes - But that might be because I'm a polish addict and also very easy to please, I love most shades. If you want to make sure I'm happy with a nail polish in a box then making it Color Club is a very good idea, I love this brand!
I, quite possibly, already have a shade like this but, hopefully it'll be different enough to justify. If not then the other brand will go straight in my box of polishes to go to my sister, Color Club trumps most brands. As well as being a great brand, it's a full sized polish, which is worth £4.10 (I was sure these were worth more than that, but they're not that affordable in the uk) The shade, 'Barely There', is a nice nude and should suit a lot of skin tones and would work for a dressed up look or a casual one - Very happy.
Darphin is one of those brands that I've wanted to try for ages but, again, never have done (they're a bit out of my budget). This 'Exquisage Beauty Revealing Cream' is a new release and is a cream that's supposed to replenish skin, enhance firmness and boost luminosity. It comes in a lovely little 5ml tub and is rather beautifully packaged, the tub is a lovely green and the box has a lovely sheen to it; you can tell this is a high quality brand. The full size of this is 50ml and is worth £65, making this wee sample worth £6.50.
There was four colours available, this month, they all had the same lid but the bottom half of the box could've been peach, pastel blue, mint green or a pale yellow. I'm glad I got the peach as it looks just beautiful - Glossybox did a great job of co-ordinating the colours, too, as the tissue paper had the Glossybox writing in a peach colour, too, and the ribbon was peach as well. It's a lovely little detail even if not too important.
I know some weren't too pleased with the box but I like that there was some higher end brands and some more affordable - The box is worth over £30 - I know some expect super high values but as long as mine is worth more than I paid then I'm happy (easily pleased I know). Add this to the fact that four out of five of the items are full sized, and they fit nicely with the theme. Well I'm happy with mine.