Topbox January 2013 Clinique Prive box

box 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.

card 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?

eyeshadow makeup solvent

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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5 Comments on Topbox January 2013 Clinique Prive box

  1. Aleksandra
    January 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm (7 years ago)

    I received the clarifying lotion number 3. I wonder what the difference is. Yours says Dry Combination and mine says Combination Only. Could that be what the numbers are about and not necessarily the steps?

    I receive the shadow duo in like mink, but wish I received strawberry fudge!

    • apop2818
      January 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm (7 years ago)

      The difference has to do with the type of skin you have. I have always used number 2 so I’m glad they sent me that one. As for the size of the bottle, that’s really weird! Maybe it’s because my photo is zoomed in? How many MLs does your bottle have?

  2. Aleksandra
    January 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm (7 years ago)

    Also, your clarifying lotion bottle is twice the size of mine!

  3. Aleksandra
    January 18, 2013 at 4:53 pm (7 years ago)

    Well, then number 3 would be the correct for my skin type. I’m really happy they paid attention to that! My bottle is only 30mL.

  4. Ciara
    January 20, 2013 at 12:44 am (7 years ago)

    It seems the lotion samples wiith the number 3 (combination oily) have 30mls and the number 2 (combination dry) have 60mls. Not sure why but it doesn’t seem fair


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