Beauty, TechGlossybox

These days, beauty subscription boxes are about as ubiquitous as self tanner stories in June. Admittedly, as a beauty editor, I wasn’t sure if I saw the value proposition of getting a personal beauty box subscription. I’m fortunate that one of the perks of my job is an already free flowing supply of samples. But I completely get the appeal of Glossybox – an overseas start-up, focusing on luxury, travel-size products that recently launched in the U.S.

Beauty subscription boxes are billed as a beauty discovery platform and this occasionally jaded beauty editor, was pleasantly surprised by the to discover the representation of niche and international brands. A Korean BB cream brand that isn’t even available for purchase in the U.S.? A Japanese makeup remover that is a favorite of Eva Chen (and now mine)? Sign me up.¬†Ever since doing a story about WAG beauty products, I’ve been dying to try Kryolan and there it was in my August box, a ¬†Glossybox x Kryolan lipstick collaboration. And this lipstick is SO GOOD – it’s my favorite hybrid of lipstick, one that feels like a moisturizing gloss but has the color payoff you would get from a matte lipstick. I like that all of the Glossybox samples are travel size, rather than sample size, meaning that they are much easier to throw in my carry-on. Compared to other services, Glossybox does run a slightly higher price point at $21 a month. But with larger size products and curated access to luxury brands that I can’t even find in the U.S (and a beautifully crafted box that is helping me to curate the chaos in my overstuffed bathroom), it’s worth it. You can sign up for a Glossybox subscription here.



  1. Alice  |  15 November 2012 at 7:40 AM

    Hi Kathleen,
    I’ve had my subscription of Glossybox Austria since January and my box has never looked so high-end as yours. The packaging is the same (the colours may vary) but the last 3 months’ worth of products were really disappointing.
    Just found your blog via by the way and seem to like it a lot.
    All the best from Vienna,

  2. Kathleen  |  1 December 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Hi Alice,

    Sorry for the delay, I just saw this in our comment system! Sorry to hear about your experience with Glossybox, version Austria — I’m curious, what type of products have you gotten? I always wonder how it differs from country to country. And thanks for your kind words about the blog, I’m so happy you enjoy it!


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