Winter 2012 Seasonal Luxe Box from LooseButton Review

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I was so excited to see my Winter Luxe Box arrive yesterday. I had been so curious to see what the quite pricey, ($26 for 7-8 deluxe samples), new seasonal box would offer. Loose Button changed from being a monthly subscription to a once every 3 months, seasonal box. I was honestly not expecting a lot. I signed up, and prepaid, for two seasonal Luxe Boxes a few months ago. I did not sign up in time, however, to receive the Fall box. After signing up I saw a review of the Fall box shortly after and found it very disappointing. I knew I would not have been happy receiving that box so I contacted Loose Button to cancel my subscription. They replied saying ” I can definitely deactivate your membership for you but our deactivation policy does not include refunds for transactions that have already been processed.” In other words, I was stuck with the two seasonal boxes I had paid for.

One thing I can say is that the packaging is truly lovely. This is what started getting me excited about the box. I loved that there was a handy pull tab for opening the exterior cardboard packaging. Flip up the lid and there’s the heavy duty, beautiful white Luxe Box inside.

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Inside the box the products are inside a mock satin pouch. A nice touch.

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The items in my box were:

Blue Lagoon Algae Mask 10 ml sample packet. I guess I expected more from my 10 ml reserved Blue Lagoon mask. Maybe a little jar maybe? The packet just seems like such a letdown.

Schwarzkopf Professional Osis Dust It Powder Full size.I have zero use or interest in this product. It is supposed to assist the natural movement of your hair and help add texture for a matte finish. Why the heck would I want my already dry, damaged hair to look matte?! Apparently it is good for teasing hair. It’s just not appropriate for my curly hair. Nice that it is full size though.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Hopeful. A soft baby pink. This is actually a nice shade. I was disappointed that it wasn’t a more fun, eye-catching shade but I could actually use something like this in my polish collection.

Kerastase Cristalliste Lumiere Liquide Luminous Perfecting Essence. This is a treatment for dry ends and shine serum. This looks interesting to try. I’m not really sure how “deluxe” I find a 3ml sample to be though.

Dermalogica Precleanse 15 ml sample. I love cleansing oils so this will be nice to try but I can’t see straying from my favourite shu uemura Ultime8.

Donna Karen Woman Eau de Parfum 7ml deluxe sample. I nice scent and a nice deluxe sized mini bottle.

Loose Button False Lashes. These have a thick black band at the bottom and are very artificial looking. The hairs aren’t made to look remotely natural. I can’t see ever using these.

Loose Button Kabuki Brush. A nice quality kabuki brush.

Some of the enclosed samples were OK. There were 8 samples/full sized products enclosed which meets the 7-8 samples Loose Button promises. While receiving full sized items is nice I did not sign up for this box to receive Luxe Boxes own products. I signed up to receive deluxe sized samples from well known brands. Not Loose Buttons own stuff they are shilling. It was also really disappointing not receiving a single cosmetic sample in a beauty box. I feel at least one colour cosmetic is essential for a beauty box. Don’t you? I think I am just going to cancel all my monthly subscription boxes. I also received TopBox and Glymm the same day and they were equally disappointing. I give up.

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  • http://lilacwitchtea.tumblr.com LilacWitchTea

    Wow, that is disappointing :( I would definitely not sign up for this ‘deluxe’ sample service.

    Have you tried ipsy.com (formerly myglam)? It delivers to Canada and is $15.00 a month. You get 4-5 cosmetic samples and often a full size and it is all cosmetic. I’ve received two bags now (November and December) and I love them!

    • Christa

      I will check ipsy out. Thank you!

  • http://mousewings.dreamwidth.org/ Iris

    How disappointing. If they promised a full size product of your choice, they should live up to their guarantee.

  • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com Catherine (@bcrueltyfree)

    I really appreciate that you gave an honest review. I know that they’re not as fun to write as positive reviews, but these sorts of reviews really help readers know what to avoid. I’m sorry you didn’t have a good experience with this subscription box, though – I personally have never gotten excited about any subscription boxes. The samples are never items I’d pick myself.
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  • Ashley

    I saw when you could pick the first in line product that the Blue Lagoon mask was only 10ml so I did not chose it. I would have it was full size. I went w/ the Prada instead. Still haven’t gotten it though, I just got my shipping notification this morning and it’s supposed to arrive on the 24th.
    The thing I don’t like about Luxe Box is that the boxes never seem to be even. Some people will get really great value products and you get some tiny little sample. It’s really upsetting sometimes. I had cancelled last year because I would always get the worst boxes. This is my first seasonal box. I’m hoping they don’t disapoint.

    • Christa

      HA! I’m such a loser Ashley! I need to edit my post. The sample of the Blue Algae mask I received is 10ml. It’s just a sample packet. I did get what I requested plus the powder. DOH! I just never that that was my special reserved item in that little packet. *Sigh*

      • Ashley

        haha, it wasn’t a very good sample size. It didn’t reflect the photo.

  • http://www.nailartcouture.com Nail Art Couture

    I got the exact same things as you, but the false lashes that I got did look natural, at least to me. But your lashes are definately more artificial looking, I can see why you said that. Mine is a hot pink, but since I have so many pink nail polishes, they’re probably going to go as gift. It wasn’t a bad box in terms of value though, so at least I feel like I got my money’s worth. But I agree wholeheartedly about those one packet/vial samples, they’re extremely annoying to recieve.
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  • http://www.beautyfiends.net Julia

    How disappointing. For the subscription price this box should’ve been a lot better. My issue is that these brands aren’t high-end like Loose Button likes to claim. Dermalogica is going to be sold at Sears now (which is why a lot of spas are dropping them), and with the acceptation of the Blue Lagoon mask, the other brands can be purchased quite easily. I thought Loose Button would have new or harder to find products. I think it’s silly how they included two of their own branded items as well.

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