Sunday, 25 September 2011

Boudoir Privé


On Friday morning at 9am I awoke to the postman bringing me my first ever Boudoir Privé box. A while a go the company had sent me a lovely email asking if I'd like to try the box and I jumped at the chance. After receiving and reviewing Glossybox last week, I think it's only fair I compare them both! Again, if you didn't know, Boudoir Privé is another of the monthly beauty box schemes; each month you will receive a box filled with carefully-selected beauty samples, costing £10 each. That's £2.95 cheaper than Glossybox, but how does it compare?

Well, on opening the box I was struck by how beautifully packaged it was. The box is pink (yay!) and the package was tied up with a cute little bow. Inside this month's box were several cute sample-sized treats; Tropic Skincare Body Smooth, Agent Provocateur perfume, Macademia Hair Repair, Colbert MD Nourish: Eye Cream, Zoya Nail Polish and Cargo Eye Pencil. There was also a sample of 'Blot and Bronze' by Mai Couture, something I'm very intrigued by! What I really liked about the box is it's little 'Les Indispensables' booklet, which gives detailed information on all the products, as well as instructions on how to use them. I think Glossybox does this too, but unfortunately I didn't get the slip with the info on in my box. I think it just makes it a bit easier to get to grips with all the individual products, which is what the beauty boxes are all about, after all! The lovely Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup is currently interning at Boudoir Privé and she left me a lovely little note in the box, which made me smile! All of the products I received I will most definitely be using, however I don't really think the Cargo eye pencil is my colour, I'd have much preferred them to whack a black one in the box as opposed to blue! The nail polish is a lovely colour, and I really liked how they added the nail swatch chart to the package so that we can see what other colours are available. I wasn't too keen on the Agent Provacateur perfume, which is a shame as I squealed when I saw it was in the box! I'm looking forward to giving the eye cream a go, apparently it's a favourite of Kate Middleton's so will be good enough for me! The Tropic body smooth smells very tropical indeed, I can't wait to try it! 

Will I be subscribing to Boudoir Privé? Well, as with Glossybox, it'll be a no. As much as it was exciting opening the box (it was a surprise this time, as nobody had posted about it yet!) I just don't think it's (personally) worth the money for me. At the end of the day the products ARE sample sized (compared to Glossybox which does include full-sized products), and upon opening I was left a little bit disappointed by how teeny tiny some of the products were. They are all high-end, luxury products though, that I probably wouldn't get the chance to try otherwise, so I have to take that into account. I think perhaps if I had more of a budget this would be something I would be interested in, as at the end of the day it is supposed to be a kind of 'try it and see if you'd buy it' kind of thing, but there is no way I could afford many of the (full-sized) products. For example, the Agent Provacateur perfume retails at £70, and the eye cream £90. Not all of the products are this expensive to buy full-sized, but I just know how annoyed I would be if I fell in love with one of the products but could never afford to buy it again! 

Are you subscribed to Boudoir Privé? What do you think to it? If you've not subscribed yet and are thinking of giving it a go, get half price off your first beauty box with the code '1BOX12'
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