Friday, May 18, 2012
May Glam Bag - My First Order From My Glam
I have heard mixed reviews about the Glam Bag monthly subscription service from MyGlam.com. But, I thought for $10 a month I would give it a try for myself.
This is everything that was included in my May Glam Bag.
It arrived in a hot pink, metallic bubble mailer. (I often wonder what my mail man must think of me, lol)
Inside the bubble mailer was a card and the bag for this month with all the goodies inside it. If you are unfamiliar with the Glam Bag subscription, you receive a cosmetic bag with your samples every month. I love organizing and separating things in my purse and I thought this was a great idea. The bag is cute. Its nothing fancy but I will definitely put it to good use :) I think I will keep it in my purse to keep all my lip products together. But, if you subscribe to this service for a long time you are going to end up with a lot of bags!
This is the card that lists the samples included in the bag. So it looks like the 2 brushes count as the 4th deluxe sample... I guess I just don't understand including brushes in a $10 sample box at all. People that are going to sign up to monthly beauty boxes like Glam Bag are obviously into makeup and already have makeup brushes and probably of better quality than these. The quality of the brushes is about that of a drugstore brand. They are ok; I will use them, I just would have preferred getting something else. This is the last month they are sending out the brushes so hopefully next month will be better.
Studio Gear Complete Color Lipstick in Cinnabar: Full Size $15 Studiogearcosmetics.com I was a little intimidated by this dark, vampy color, but it is a bit lighter when applied. Still, this is the May bag and I certainly will not be using this lipstick anytime soon. Even in the Fall and Winter, I rarely wear such a dark shade. I am not sure why a lighter, trendier, more universally flattering color wasn't chosen for this Glam Bag. The formula was nice. It went on smoothly and had a shiny finish that you can see in the swatch below. The color of the swatch below looks lighter than it does in person, though.
Miss Beauty Nail Bling. These look really fun! I don't think I could pull it off as a full mani but I can't wait to try them as accents! Maybe on a pedi? We'll see :)
I have yet to meet a Philosophy product that I didn't like. And more than anything, I love the Philosophy fragrances. That is the only reason that I am giving this Glam Bag a free pass for trying to pass off a perfume vial sample card (that doesn't even spray) as one of 4 "deluxe samples."
Overall, I am satisfied with my first Glam Bag. It is about what I was expecting based on the review I have read on several blogs. I love the Philosophy fragrance, but I probably didn't have to try it to know that I would. I am sure that I will get a few uses from the lipstick & brushes, but I would have certainly preferred getting something else that made more sense in this bag. I am excited to try the Nail Bling, although I don't know where it is sold?! On MyGlam.com you can click on the products that were in your bag to see where you can buy them and the Nail Bling was missing that info.
If I am comparing the Glam Bag to Birchbox, Birchbox wins hands down. Birchbox lets you review products and rewards you points for reviewing them. They also give you points for your purchases. Every 100 points you earn = $10 that you can use toward purchases on their site. Glam Bag does not even sell the products on their site, MyGlam.com. For the same price you are getting more samples and better quality samples with Birchbox. Glam Bag has potential, though. I really like that Glam Bag is more focused on makeup products. I just think that they need to include makeup samples that will appeal to a wider audience. If they do, I would keep my subscription to both services. As of now though, I am on the fence about Glam Bag. I will give them a couple more months.
What do you think of the Glam Bag?
Do you or have you tried their subscription service?