They hand pick products that you love after you have filled out a series of questions, where you can choose "love", "like" or "dislike". This is what the survey looks like...
It's actually a pretty long survey compared to the ones that the other beauty boxes in Australia get you to fill out. So after filling the survey out, I naturally expected to get products I would use... and I wasn't disappointed at all! If you're from a beauty box in Australia, please learn from Wantable!!!
So this was what came in the mail today. I do realise it's a June box and it's currently July, but I did sign up late. It is packaged in a simple white box with Wantable's logo. The first thing I saw when I opened the box, was a piece of paper with all the information and prices, as well as two cards with messages from Wantable (not shown in the picture above). After removing the paperwork, I was greeted a black wrapping tissue, taped up by a white Wantable sticker. I opened it up to see a whole heap of shredded paper. I may or may not have tipped everything out in excitement. The products were actually wrapped (again) in black wrapping tissue with a layer of foam wrap thing. The size of it was actually quite tiny compared to the size of the box. The shredded paper took up most of the space, which I have to admit made me a little sad. But I reminded myself "quality over quantity".
This is what Wantable sent me. A sample of Apothederm firming serum, a Lise Watier eyeshadow, a Manna Kadar blush, a lipstick by Face Stockholm and a 29 D'Vine Mascara.
I have no idea what they mean by a "ventable vitamin bomb" but it sure as hell sounds interesting. Although I'm hoping it doesn't blow my lashes off. The mascara is actually a dark brown but I think that's the only colour it comes in. I would definitely give it a go (who wouldn't after that "ventable vitamin bomb" description?) because my lashes are already dark anyway, and the colour probably won't be all that noticeable... I hope. It retails for USD$26 and is made in Italy (fancy!).
While I don't normally use eyeshadow, I did actually rate eyeshadow as a "like". There was also a question on types of colours, and I made sure that neutral was a "like" (or was it "love"?). I think this eyeshadow is extremely wearable for an eyeshadow newbie, such as myself. It is also pigmented (swatch further down), creamy (if that's even possible for eyeshadow powder), and the colour is gorgeous! Also, how pretty is the packaging?! This retails for USD$24 and is also made in Italy.
I've actually had to work my photoshopping skills to get the colour right (even so, it's not 100% right). My camera freaked out and made it darker and pinker than it actually is. The blush is a little bit more peachy than it is in the picture. It also has a gorgeous golden shimmer. I'm quite curious to see how it'll look on me, as it is quite a light colour (swatch further down). But I think if it fails as a blush, it'll look quite nice as an eyeshadow. This retails for USD$19 and is made in Canada!
|L-R: FACE Stockholm Cream Lipstick in Leva; Manna Kadar Blush in Orgasmic; Lise Watier Glamour Rose Eyeshadow in Gold|
I absolutely love the colours of the lipstick, blush and eyeshadow. I can't wait to try these out tomorrow when I put my face on!
So the question remains, is Wantable worth the USD$40 (plus $9 for shipping) price tag? For 4 full-sized products that I would definitely use, I think it is. It's not a bargain in my eyes, despite the total value of USD$91, as I rarely pay RRP for anything. But I think it's a fantastic way to try new products and brands, and actually be satisfied with what Wantable sends. I also think it's nice to see that the products are not cheap stuff that's made in China. Although having said that, I don't think I own any makeup (excluding brushes) that are made in China. Lastly, I just want to commend how quickly I received this box, considering it's all the way from the states. I ordered this on the 18th of June, they sent it out a week later on the 25th and I received this on the 1st of July. I think that taking a week to HAND PICK products is completely reasonable, and I actually don't even mind the wait if it means getting products that won't go to waste.
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These products were provided for my consideration.