Wantable January 2017 Review
And this box is worse than a crap box.Here’s what I got this month:
Sorme Get a Brow Gel in Fawn (full size at 0.4oz), retail value $10.10
I feel the need to quickly address Wantable’s totally bullshit “retail prices”. Wantable claims that the list price for this product is $16; that’s just not true. The list price is $12 and it isn’t difficult to find this product for less (for example, it’s sold here for $10.10.) Given that this is being sold pretty much exclusively at discount online retailers, I can only assume that this is a discontinued product.
With that said, this is probably the best product in the (AWFUL) box. The color is darker than what I usually use, but it’s definitely wearable.
I don’t think that the “brow gel” format is very effective in terms
of coloring your brows in general because it’s imprecise (especially on thinner brows) and ends up
being really messy, but the product looks perfectly nice when applied
with a brush.
Michael Marcus Foundation Brush (travel size), retail value $20(?)
Wantable is claiming that this product has a $20 value, but that’s iffy as fuck given that I can’t find the travel size version of this brush for sale anywhere.
Although I normally don’t pass up foundation brushes, this is a really, really bad foundation brush. The bristles are so floppy that it’s difficult to use. This makes it feel really cheap.
La Bella Donna Lip Pencil in Scarlet (full size at 0.04oz), retail value $14.95
Again, Wantable’s supposed retail price is misleading at best. These lip pencils may have original retailed for $22 (the value that Wantable claims), but they are currently available for much less, coming in closer to $14.95.
Although it’s labeled as a lip pencil, it is definitely a lip liner and it’s fundamentally indistinguishable from any of the other numerous lip liners that Wantable has thrown in my direction over the past few months. It’s sort of a light, strawberry-colored red.
Okay, so, so far, three very unimpressive products, but nothing to throw a fit about. The fourth product is where my anger about this box is clearly justified:
Michael Marcus Lip Gloss Wheel in Scrumptious (full size at 0.35 oz), retail value $0.00 (Wantable lists the retail value as $39.50)
Okay, so, getting a lipgloss wheel is, in and of itself, pretty annoying, because I have lipgloss listed as a “dislike” on my Wantable profile, and, in theory, we are never sent product that we say that we “dislike”.
But that’s not why I’m so mad.
Look at this picture. Look at this product.
It is completely covered in mold.
This is not a factory defect. Look at that poop-brown color. There are indents and then mold coming out over the indents. This is mold. This is lots of mold.
I decided to look into what the fuck happened here. First, I looked up this product. It’s not only not available for sale, but the only traces of it that I can find also are on discount beauty retailers (because these are ugly colors and no one wanted to buy it). I can’t find a price, but it clearly hasn’t retailed for Wantable’s stated retail value ($39.50) in years. In other words, it is clearly expired.
Next, I wanted to see why Wantable sent me a lipgloss in the first place, so I started digging through my Wantable preferences. It became immediately clear that Wantable had kindly decided to re-set my preferences. The things that I said I “loved” were still listed as “loved”, but the things I said I “disliked” were all listed as “liked”.
God fucking damnit.
Total Box Value: $45.05
So, to summarize, Wantable sent me one product that is fine, that I would probably use if I owned it (but I don’t really care about it), two products that I would not use, and one product that was awful to the point of being ridiculous. To add insult to injury, they didn’t even bother sending me any samples this month.
I haven’t contacted Wantable’s customer service yet, but I have had good luck with them in the past. I will keep you updated about how they decide to resolve the problem.
If for some reason, this review convinced you to join Wantable because you love moldy products or something (?), I suppose you can use my referral link by clicking here. If this review increased your desire to join Wantable, though, we clearly have very different priorities.