Wantable September 2016 Review
That’s kind of how this Wantable box felt. I opened it up and couldn’t help but think that I’d been sent some of these products before…
I already own this blush, so I already know that I don’t really wear it… It’s perfectly adequate (it’s very pigmented) but it’s just way too shimmery and frosty for me.
Lise Watier Eyeshadow in Aubergine, retail value $17.28 USD ($18 CA)
This eyeshadow is definitely not an aubergine. It’s more of a cool, shimmery taupe. There’s maybe a hint of lavender in there. It’s got just the right amount of sparkle to be eye-catching but not a glitterbomb.
This is a very pretty color, but it’s a little bit less pigmented than I might have hoped.
Susan Posnick Color Eye Define in Turquoise/Topaz, retail value $26
This is the only product on this list that I really just feel shouldn’t have been sent to me and for which I hold Wantable responsible for my irritation. Sending the same product twice in a row is unprofessional and absolutely defeats the purpose of any makeup subscription box service. It’s a waste for me, because I thing this product is weird, and it’s a waste for the people who work for Susan Posnick, because I have already been exposed to their product, and this could have gone to someone who hasn’t already tried and rejected the core concept.
Just as before, one side of this product is a big slanted rectangle eyeliner thingy. This side is lovely shimmery turquoise, but it’s not opaque as I might like. You have to go over it a few times to get a really nice, rich color. The other side is a funky smooshy lid thing-a-ma-jig into which you sort of moosh the attached eyeshadow sponge. This is the “topaz” side. Calling it “topaz” is a little non-descriptive, since topaz can be all sorts of colors. This is a light bronze-y color.
FACE Stockholm Lipstick in Pleasant, retail value $22
The FACE Stockholm describes this as a “shimmer marigold”. I would say that is putting it very mildly. Additionally, the color on their website looks much less bold. This is a full-on golden sparkle-filled, foiled, Halloween orange. But, like… tasteful.
It’s pretty firm in the tube, but it softens significantly when it hits your warm lips. As a result, it is very easy to apply.
Japonesque Travel Smudger Brush, retail value $14
I’m not usually one for smokey eyes, but this brush definitely offers the opportunity to explore them.The bristles are nice and dense. I do think that the short handle makes it a little harder to maneuver.
Ech Vie Organic Body Oil Sample (approximately 0.2 fluid oz), estimated retail value $3.50
This product smells like a really fancy bath. I am not a big fan of face or body oil, but I am confident that it would satisfy someone who really digs products like this.
Total Box Value: $98.78
Also worth noting: I got a comment on my previous blog post from Wantable staff, since I was sent a nail polish by mistake (I listed nail polish as one of the products that I dislike). They offered to send me a replacement product. I did email them and through some miscommunication ended up being sent another FACE Stockholm Nail Polish, this time in #12, which is sort of a new-penny bronze color.
The Wantable staff are really friendly and I can tell that they really do want to be helpful, but it seems like maybe they are overworked or maybe they need some new computer software to make things a little easier. They definitely responded to my emails really quickly and they were really nice about everything. When I made it clear that I wanted something that wasn’t a nail polish, not an extra nail polish, they had already sent out my September box, so I am getting another replacement product. (They even offered to let me pick what it was, although I deferred to their judgement.)
I’m not too frustrated by the mix-ups, since I can tell that they are working hard to please people and since the end result of the process has been two free nail polishes.
I am much more annoyed about the issue of repeated products and brands. My August and September boxes were way too similar. I like discovering new stuff… that’s why I bother with subscription boxes. Otherwise I would end up just ordering tarte products ad infinitum. For instance, the highlight of my last box was the discovery of the brand Besame (I’ll admit that I wouldn’t have minded a repeat on that particular brand!). This is a big blunder, especially for a box that costs $36 a month.
The thing that saved this box for me was the FACE Stockholm lipstick, which I adore. I think it’s definitely worth the full $22. (The rest of my box, un-ideal as it may have been, was certainly worth $14.) Given that you have the option to return boxes if shit doesn’t appeal to you, I’m still generally leaning in favor of Wantable.
I just hope that next month they show off some different damn brands and products. If I get another Susan Posnick Color Eye Define, travel-sized Japonesque brush made for some sort of eyeliner look, or Lise Watier eyeshadow, I may find myself being unkind to the very apologetic, helpful Wantable staff. (Sorry in advance.)
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