I recently spotted an offer which seemed too good to miss – £29.99 for a 6 month subscription to a new(ish) beauty box, Powder. I’d used Powder’s website before as it has quite a clever product matching tool, but never tried the beauty box.
After signing up, I received my first box immediately and then my second box at the start of the next month. By a quirk of days these were only a few days apart – bonus! So I thought I’d review both at the same time.
Firstly, the boxes. They are drawer boxes which I love because it means they’re easy to re-use and look so classy in my bedroom. I like the pale pink colour. And the boxes are really big! Definitely bigger than the other monthly boxes I’ve tried – here’s a comparison with a Birchbox from earlier in the year.
The bigger boxes house more products than the average four or five you get in other subscription boxes. In both my boxes I got seven products. They are beautifully packaged in lots of shredded tissue, which makes discovering the products nestling in paper even more fun. For some reason (maybe due to the special offer) I received August 2017 in October and October 2017 in November – but that’s fine with me, I don’t care what month it is as long as they don’t send duplicates.
- Bic soleil scent razors. Ok so razors are all that exciting, but this is a four pack worth £3.69 on its own and they will be useful. I previously received a single one of these razors in a different box, so this seems really good value.
- Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Serum. I already use this range so was happy to receive this to try. It’s not high end but Nip+Fab has a good reputation.
- This Works – In Transit Camera Close Up. This is one of those multi-purpose products that I’m generally sceptical of, but I’ll happily give it a try!
- Merci Handy cleansing gel. Again, hand sanitizer isn’t all that glamorous, but it’ll be useful in my handbag.
- Rodial Glamolash Mascara. This Rodial mascara gets good feedback, but my heart always sinks when I get yet another black mascara in a beauty box – being a blonde with typical English colouring I get on much better with brown mascara.
- Face Inc 40 Winks Anti Ageing Sheet Mash. This is a sheet mask from nail polish brand Nails Inc – I love a sheet mask so this will join my collection awaiting the next pamper day!
- Ciate Wonderwand Gel Kohl Liner. I feel similarly about black eyeliners as I do about mascaras, so this can join my little used collection.
Overall this box has some useful (but boring) products, some solid wins, and some interesting new ideas from brands I know. Pretty good for a fiver!
- Nip+Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum. Another serum from Nip+Fab, and I really like this range so very happy to get this.
- Lottie London Blush Crush. I use blushers and this is a really good size but the fushcia pink is not a great colour for me, so I may gift it on.
- Look Good Feel Better Sculpting Sponge. I love getting tools in beauty boxes, so this is a big plus for me, and this is a handy size and will definitely get used.
- Blaq Mask. Activated charcoal masks are very ‘in’ at the moment so it’s great to have this included. They are quite heavy on the skin though so I’ll use sparingly.
- Urban Veda Facial Wash. This ticks all the boxes for me, it’s a brand I’ve been wanting to try, and facial washes always get used because it’s the one bit of my beauty regime I never skip! This should work as a hot cloth cleanser too.
- Nails Inc Corrector Pen. Hurray, excellent to have one of these included! So much more helpful than a nail polish in a colour I may or may not use.
- Calvin Klein Obsessed EDP. I’m always happy to get perfume samples as I don’t have a regular perfume I wear, so this allows me to try out lots of options.
Overall my impressions of the Powder box so far are that it has a good variety of products and is mostly good value in that it includes lots of things I’ll actually use. On the other hand, it’s perhaps not as high end as the marketing suggests – but that is balanced by the number of products and the excellent offer price!
This offer really does work out to be excellent value. They charge postage on top of the £29.99, which feels like quite a lot when you pay it all in one go, but even so you can’t begrudge paying postage when you’re only paying £5 for a big box of goodies.
You can sign up to the 6 month offer here, and they also offer a standard monthly subscription offer, and various one off and seasonal boxes.