Friday, December 13, 2013

Wantable Makeup Box: Nov. 2013 Review

Hey, friends! Today I want to share a new beauty subscription service with you called Wantable. I know there are tons of subscription services out there nowadays (there are even ones for your baby and your dog!) but Wantable is unique for a number of reasons, and that's why I want to tell you all about it.Subscription services are a great way to try new things, so I was very excited to try out their Beauty subscription box last month.

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Wantable? What's that? - Wantable is a company that offers multiple subscription services, including Makeup, Accessories, and even Intimates. Each Makeup box contains 4-5 full-sized products, picked based on the specific survey you fill out. You can subscribe for $36/month or $40 for a single box. You can click here to sign up. (This is an affiliate link. I signed up to be an affiliate after I received my box, because I liked it that much)

One of the main things that Wantable prides itself on is how well it caters to your preferences. You take an in-depth survey when you sign up. You go through a huge list of products, and then sub-lists of products (ex. eyeshadow --> cream eyeshadow, powder eyeshadow, etc.) and mark everything as Love, Like, or Dislike, and they promise you'll never receive any products on your Dislikes list.

My (abbreviated) list:
Love: Eyeliner, Lip Color, Lash Product, Eye Shadow, Tools, Fair (shade).
Like: Brows, Blush, Highlighter, Nail Polish, Bronzer, Complexion Products.

It's kind of like if Ipsy and Birchbox had a baby--I got a mix of items that I know I'll use (Birchbox), but at full-sizes (Ipsy). It's like the best of both worlds!

Let's move on to the contents of my box, shall we?

Starlooks Kohl Eye Pencil in Obsidian ($12)

I always find it funny to find Starlooks in subscription boxes, since they have their own (Starbox). However, it's always a pleasure, because I've enjoyed the Starlooks products I've tried thus far (ex. my lip liner from my June Ipsy bag). I can always use more black pencil eyeliner, especially since my black Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is almost gone (cries). I'm sure to get use out of this, I've heard good things about it, so I'm happy to have it in my collection.

Girlactik Beauty Eye Shadow in Ivy ($19)

I've never heard of this brand, but when I swatched this eyeshadow, it was pigmented and smooth. This is sort of a satin, light olive green that's perfect for fall. It's basically winter now, but I'm happy to have this in my stash since I don't really have anything this color. The closest I have is my Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick in Atomic, which I bought at CVS' Winter Beauty Sale. Did you get anything at the sale? Let me know what deals you got in the comments! 

Michael Marcus Lipstick in Debbie ($24)

Is it just me, or does this look a lot like MAC's Ruby Woo? I haven't gotten the chance to rock a red lip recently (#finalsweek) but I'm excited to have a vibrant, red lipstick! The closest thing I have is a Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet (old post alert), which is wonderful, but sheerer and more balm-like. I'm so excited to feel fierce in my new red lippie!

Whip Hand Cosmetics Lip Hit Long Wear Lip Veneer in Crave ($20)

This lipgloss/lipstick hybrid gave me quite a bit of trouble, but once I got it working, it was a  pigmented and smooth. The idea behind it is that it can slide on like a lip gloss but pigmented like a lipstick. It took me an eternity to twist this up enough to get the lip product to come out, but once it did, I had a little less trouble. Instead of a brush tip, this tube has a strange rubber-like spatula to disperse the product, which I wasn't a fan of, and felt I still had to battle a bit to release the product. The color is a really pretty medium-pink, but it took a little more effort than I felt it deserved to get the product out. Still, I have a full-size to play around with, so many after some finagling, it'll be easier to work with.  

Extra: Skiin Instant Skin Tightener & Line Filer Sample ($0)

This was a beauty extra, so it didn't count towards my "4-5 full-sized beauty products." I thought it was interesting that they gave me a wrinkle product, since I'm only 20 years old, but when I looked at my profile, I realized that I never filled in my birthday. It's only an extra, so it doesn't necessarily pertain to my beauty survey, but maybe if I filled in my age I would have received something else. I don't know for sure, but I don't really mind. I just put this on my Pinterest Swap Board. Let me know if you want to swap for something!  

The Stats:
  • Starlooks Eye Pencil - $12
  • Girlactik Beauty Eye Shadow - $19
  • Michael Marcus Lipstick - $24
  • Whip Hand Cosmetics Lip Veneer - $20
  • Skiin Instant Skin Tightener and Line Filler - $0
Total: $75 (That's almost double the cost of my box!)

I absolutely loved this box, and I know that I'll get use out of everything (except maybe not the Lip Veneer as much, but 3/4 ain't bad). I'm happy to have full-sizes of products I know I'll use! The $40/month isn't in my budget right now, but I may ask for a few months' subscription for Christmas, because I really liked how well this box was matched to my preferences. I think Wantable goes above-and-beyond in choosing products that you'll like, because boxes like Birchbox and Ipsy are great, but for $10 there isn't too much that can be done.

What do you think of Wantable? Would you consider getting a box?

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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