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Carmine - Yet another beauty box or the ONLY one there should be?

Carmine is the latest contender in the race of beauty boxes in the UK, following Glossybox, Boudoir Prive and FeelUnique.

I have tried a few of the beauty boxes besides the FeelUnique one and was quite curious to notice a distinct difference this time around.

I am glad to report that the box contains some really niche yet sort after brands like Daniel Sandler and The Balm and secondly, the product's are all generous sized miniatures instead of the annoying 2ml 'samples' so customers can get full value for the money paid.

As you can see, the products are either full sized or travel size and not samples you'd otherwise receive free of cost from counters.

The mix of products is also quite interesting as they have nicely catered for hands and nails, keeping excitement for make-up products intact by including a full sized version of Frat boy by The Balm which itself retails for more than the price of this beauty box (£10 + p&p).

Frat Boy by The Balm is a gorgeous matte peach blusher that would suit almost all skin tones besides very dark and very pale hence it's a very clever idea to include it in the box as most people are likely to adore it. Think MAC Melba blusher!
Daniel Sandler's Eye Delight is a finely milled, iridescent sliver-pink powder which works great in the inner corners of the eyes or dusted all over the lids. Again, something quite safe yet wearable.
Balance Me Hand Cream is actually quite a gem of a product and heals my chapped, dry cuticles overnight. All I use is a pea sized amount as it is very hydrating. I am not generally impressed with hand creams but this one's a winner in my books.

This is something in the lines of Seche Vite and is a Nail Strengthener by Trind. You literally paint this on to the nails like nail paint and not only does it leaves nails super glossy but prevents them from chipping and flaking. I have been wearing this since the past few days on the nails and so far so good! 

I shall be trying this as a base and top coat with a nail paint and will let you guys know how it goes. 

(Like the uneven nails? They keep chipping hence the state. Hopefully the nail strengthener should solve this)

Caudalie's drenching sorbet cream is the only item I haven't tried of yet but is surely sounds promising! 

Overall, I personally liked the Carmine beauty box much more than Glossy Box and Boudoir Prive as the product sizes are great and the mix of products and brands is quite interesting. 

For once, all the items in the beauty box are something I will actually use instead of piling it in the 'miscellaneous' box or passing it on to friends and family. 

I am looking forward to seeing what they bring out next month!

Will you be trying it out?

Victoria said...

I also received this and was quite impressed with it. It will be interesting to see what is in November's box.

The Student's Guide To Nail Polish said...

And this is a first box done RIGHT. If they keep on like this, I think they'll easily pwn the competition. Unless they're extras, I just don't see the point of brands including things like teabags or tiny skincare/foundation samples that you can get for free!

Get Gawjus! said...

@The Student's Guide To Nail Polish - Totally agree. To fill up the box I guess? But they miss the point that consumers are looking for a bargain on items they wouldn't usually buy, not free samples.

Beauty Balm said...

this is the only one I'm not subscribed to, it looks really good may be tempted by the November box! x

Diamonds&Pearls said...

I am so jealous! I wish we had something that gave us good size or full size samples. We have Birchbox, but I want something that gives out items that I'm familiar with, like TheBalm.

Anonymous said...

Nice box! Love TheBalm and Trind :)

Adorable On Your Vanity said...

what? you got frat boy????? Honey keep this subscription, it is worth it!

Jenn A. said...

I keep seeing all these beauty boxes and I have yet to try one! seems like a great way to test out new products.




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