Wantable Make Up- April’s Review

April 7th, 2014

Wantable offers three types of subscriptions: Accessories, Make Up and Intimates. All boxes are priced at $36.00 for a subscription or $40.00 for a one-time purchase, both choices offer free shipping.

If you don’t like the box you received, Wantable allows you to return it. Being able to return your box is an added benefit that most subscription companies don’t offer. Additionally, should you desire to skip a month or cancel Wantable provides the option to do so.

Wantable offers the opportunity to complete a style profile for each type of box. The style profile works this way – you are shown a picture of an item and rate it on a sliding scale ranging from love it to dislike it. Based on your ratings, Wantable is able to send items you truly desire and you are not left receiving something which does not match your taste or style. I assume this also keeps their returns to a minimum.

I started experimenting with make up in middle school but it wasn’t until high school that I started wearing make up everyday. Even now, years after high school and college I still love playing with make up. With age, you tweak your style, learn new tips and and evolve into wearing make up that best suits you. Even on days that I am staying home I still put on a little make up to make me feel better and it works every time.

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After filling out my make up profile on Wantable, I was anxious to see what they would send for such a fair-skinned girl like myself. To their credit, every product sent was a perfect fit for my coloring!

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The first item I pulled out of my box was a compressed mineral blush from La Bella Donna. It has a lovely warm peach hue which will high light my cheek bones nicely for the Spring and Summer months. This mineral blush is lightweight and formulated to give your cheeks a healthy and all natural glow. ($27.00 La Bella Donna )

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Next out of my box was eyeliner from Cailyn Cosmetics. This black eyeliner pencil has the intensity of a liquid liner with the ease of a pencil. I tried this out and it has a nice rich black color making my eyes pop out quite nicely. ( $7.00 Cailyn Cosmetics)

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Normally, I am a lip balm person for every day use but I do put on lipstick when I have something to do or attend an event. My third item was a nice subtle apricot color lipstick from DEX New York called Court Street Apricot. This color is perfect for everyday wear and I may even start wearing lipstick a bit more often then usual. ($22.00 DEX New York)

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Of all the different types of make up on the market, I probably spend the most amount of money on mascara. If you are anything like me, you’ve spent a good time searching for a mascara that flatters your lashes, doesn’t clump and is reasonably priced. Right now, I switch back and forth between two mascaras – one on the higher end of price spectrum and the other, the low end and have been using them religiously for years. The last item in my box was black Extreme Volumizing Mascara from Sorme. This mascara helps your lashes get a full maximum look while it conditioning and strengthening. Extreme Volumizing Mascara contains Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E- all designed to nourish your lash. I did give this a try over the weekend and I was pleasantly surprised, it did not clump or smear and my lashes truly looked fuller. ($19.00 Sears)

This box retailed $75.00, an excellent deal (more than double) for the subscription price of $36.00. This is make up that I will use and look forward to wearing.

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Blind Surprise- March Box

 

**Update: April 8th ,2014** After posting my review on Blind Surprise via Twitter and Facebook, I was contacted through email by Blind Surprise. As previously mentioned, I loved both items in my box: the Wine2Go tumbler and the Baggu reusable bag. My disappointment came from the perceived value.

Blind Surprise reached out to me to explain the value in their box and what I failed to recognize in my review was the extra cost for the monogram on the wine tumbler. The steps to personalize each tumbler does increase the overall price of the product. They have chosen a company that provides them with excellent service with their monogramming and after looking at the tumbler again- I realize that.

This will not be a product that chips away after a few uses. I overlooked this, and after receiving their email it is clear that Blind Surprise is a company that not only values their products but their clients as well. They did not have to contact me or could have dismissed my review but Blind Surprise did not. That says a lot about this company! I also want to say thank you for the kind words regarding my review that was noted in their email to me, it was great to be recognized! **

April 7th, 2014

Blind Surprise offers a one, three, or six-month subscription for $25.00 plus shipping. You select from a list of options that best describes you or the person you are gifting. Category options range from cooking, nutrition, alcohol, working out and several other possibilities. Blind Surprise then sends out the box that best fits your personality.

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Blind Surprise Box arrived this morning and I was eager to see what was inside.

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The first Item inside was a Wine Tumbler from Vino2Go. This is not only a tumbler but also has a built-in wine glass. The tumbler was personalized with my name and cute polka dots which was a great touch. At first when I saw this I thought, “uh I am not going to use this” but then I started thinking how this will come in handy when we do picnics, summer concerts or even just to avoid having our little one knock over a wine glass during dinner time. Retails ($12.99 Vino2Go )

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The last item in the box was a reusable Nylon bag from Baggu. This is the baby size and is the smaller version of their larger totes.  The bag is large enough to hold a lunch, maybe a few groceries, or couple small things. It is machine washable which is a plus compared to a lot of reusable bags on the market that you can only hand-wash or wipe with a damp cloth. ($7.00 Baggu)

Sadly, there were only two items in this box. I believe that there should be at least one more item to justify the cost of this box.

After doing a little research and checking out other reviews- it seems like women basically got the same items from March, a Baggu and some type of a personalized tumbler.

I am disappointed in the value of this box. For $25.00 plus $5.00 for shipping, this box came to $19.99. Just one more item in the box would have changed my opinion. I still like the idea but cannot justify paying more for the box then what I would have paid in the retail store. Let me make it clear that the items in the box were great, I have a use for them, just the overall value was disappointing.

In their FAQ- it states that you will receive 1-3 items valuing $20-$30 with Free Shipping. I do recall being charged shipping. I’ll have to check on that.

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