Monday, 20 October 2014

The Parcel - Spring Edit - New Marie Claire Beauty Subscription Box

Marie Claire's The Parcel is an all new sampling service whereby the Marie Claire beauty team choose and collate the best and latest of beauty and cosmetics products for inclusion into The Parcel. There are four seasonal subscription parcels a year: spring, summer, autumn and winter. 

I received the first Parcel - The Spring Edit - this month. It was advertised to be valued at over $100 for an outlay of $25. It was advertised to include must-have new-season buys from Lancôme, O.P.I, Revlon, L’Oréal Paris, Benefit Cosmetics and more. It was advertised to include both deluxe sized samples and full sized products. 

With such enticing advertising I didn't have to think too hard before ordering this initial box to assess if it lived up to its advertising hype. I thought I'd then be in a better position to decide whether or not to commit to an ongoing quarterly subscription of The Parcel.

Did The Parcel live up to its advertising? Yes!

What did The Parcel, Spring Edit, end up containing?

Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector 
Deluxe Sample Size 7 ml (30ml: $97)
This serum is reportedly designed to re-texturize the look of skin, refine & correct the appearance of wrinkles, pores & uneven skin texture, to make skin look visibly more beautiful, immediately & over time.

This is the product that I am most looking forward to trialling to see if it lives up to its advertising. It sounds like a perfect product for my 40+ year old skin!

Revlon ColourStay Moisture Stain Full Size ($25.95)
I received the shade New York Scene, a classy, vintage-like, deep red colour (see above photo).

The Revlon Moisture Stain isn't quite a lipstick nor a gloss. It promises the shine of a gloss, the moisture of a balm, the long wear of a stain & the opaque coverage of a lipstick. 

It does provide good pigmentation.The quite wide doe foot applicator makes applying this moisture stain very easy. The colour lasted about 3 hours on my lips before I had to reapply.

Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner Deluxe Sample Size (Full Size: $35)

Benefit They're Real! Mascara Deluxe Sample Size (Full Size: $38)
I'm happy to finally be able to try this cult mascara (I must be the last person in Sydney to do so) and also the recently released push up liner.

L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Purse-Size Hairspray ($4.95)

This is a convenient sized hairspray for popping in your handbag. I love how this hairspray doesn't feel crunchy or sticky in your hair & how it brushes out easily. Just what I want in a hairspray! It took a couple of dud hairsprays before I found this fabulous product.

OPI Nail Lacquer Full Size ($19.95)
I was a bit disappointed that the OPI nail lacquer I received was not from the Gwen Stefani Collection as advertised as I've been coveting several of those shades & have been waiting in anticipation to see which one I would receive. Instead I received Next Stop ...The Bikini Zone from the OPI Spring 2014 Brazil Collection. 

After my initial disappointment I was pleased with this shade. It's a pretty, sparkley pinky purple polish which I no doubt will enjoy wearing during the upcoming Christmas & New Year party season.


Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo & Conditioner
Deluxe Sample Size: 40 ml each (Full Size: 200ml: $4.99 each)
I am probably least excited about these products, not because there is anything wrong with them but because I am currently at the start of a three month trial of a different shampoo & conditioner. 

These Pantene samples will however be handy to take away on my next holiday.

Will I be subscribing to The Parcel in the future? Yes!

Overall I was really happy with The Parcel Spring Edit subscription box. I will be ordering the next one. I loved that the products were all good quality ones from well known brands. I also loved that they were all either full sized or deluxe sized samples. It's great that no sachets were included.

Thanks Marie Claire for creating such a fabulous subscription box.I look forward to seeing what the Summer Edit will contain.

Do you subscribe to any beauty subscription boxes?


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  1. Actually this could be a great present for one of my sisters! I have to say I do love small sized goodies are often I don't use lots and the outlay for the big bottles seems unnecessary for me! Emily - visiting as part of #teamIBOT

    1. Thanks for visiting my blog Emily. I hadn't thought of giving a subscription box as a Christmas present but I think I might just do that as my sister would like this as well. Thanks for the idea!

  2. I do like a good sample box. Are they expensive?

    1. Hi Jess, they're $25 per box which I think is good value considering they contain over $100 worth of product.

  3. I love the idea of sample boxes but the ones I've tried have been a bit of a disappointment - this one looks great though!

    1. I hoping the subsequent boxes are equally as good as their inital box!

  4. This looks like much better value than all of the other beauty boxes out there!

  5. Oh I really wanted to know what this was like!! Thanks for this post. :)