To start off the New Year, Topbox sent all its subscribers a Prive box which featured products from the same brand. I didn’t really have too high hopes for this box because recently Topbox has been including some random brands in their boxes that I’ve never heard of, however, the very first Prive box featured a brand you can only get in department stores and Sephora: Clinique!
When I found out it was Clinique I had mixed feeling about it. I’m glad that they chose a brand that it relatively expensive to buy, however, I have been using and buying Clinique products since I was a pre-teen, so it’s a brand that is a regular part of my skincare routine and something I buy on a regular basis.
The box included:
- Clinique Clarifying Lotion – 60 ml (full size $16/200 ml, $27/400ml)
- Clinique Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent – 60 ml ($25/125ml. Sample size $12/60ml)
- Colour Surge Eyeshadow duo in Strawberry Fudge – 1.6g (Full size $25/2.5g)
- Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector – 7 ml (Full size $57/30ml, $86/50ml. Sample size $13.30/7ml)
Three of the four products are not new to me; I have been using the Clarifying Lotion ever since I was 15, so I was happy to receive this as it’s perfect for traveling. Same goes with the makeup remover, which basically comes in every gift with purchase they offer. Ditto for the Strawberry Fudge eyeshadow duo, I probably have like 10 of these because these are the same colours they offer in most GWPs. As for the Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector, well, the sample is so tiny that there is no way you can consistently use it for the recommended amount of time they say it takes to see a difference (12 weeks).
I am quite mixed about this box. I am happy it’s Clinique, however, I wish it was a different brand (really hoped it was Benefit, which is one of their Prive boxes you can choose to receive in February). Here’s the thing, to me, this is like a GWP you would get in either spring or fall. The eyeshadows are exactly the same as any other one they offer (and I never wear them), and same with the makeup remover (which I do use). I’m happy they included the toner, however, for those that don’t use it, I think a mini of their Three-Step system would have been much better, because it’s designed to work when you use all three products together. Why include step two when you aren’t offering steps one or three?
Like I mentioned before, I’m mixed about this box. I am a long-time Clinique user, so I’ll be adding these products into my backup drawer (see:”makeup hoarder”), however, if you are new to the brand, I don’t think it’s a good selection of products from the brand to try out.
Did you receive the January 2013 Topbox Prive box? What were your thoughts?
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