It’s a mixed bag this month from Brush and Powder, with the focus of the box being seasonal transitions. In this regard it couldn’t be more on point, my head is spinning at how quickly the weather has changed here in England! I feel like it took less than a week for summer to well and truly end, we’ve had rain all week and I turned the radiators up on full for the first time. My partner is walking around in a onesie and all I think about is how nice a cup of hot cinnamon tea will be. Ah well, it was nice while it lasted. Goodbye sunshine.
As I mentioned in my August unboxing, Brush and Powder’s goal has been to provide subscribers with a full face beauty routine catered to your skin type. We hit the ground running with a cleanser and essence, so I’m happy to see that they have delivered on that promise with a handy serum this month. Certainly as the weather continues to turn my skin needs an extra boost to maintain that all important moisture barrier. The entire box drives home this theme of intense pampering, with a variety of items that on the surface seem pretty random but in practise should keep your skin completely nourished all month long. I am on the fence about the contents however, though I’m happy to be proved wrong once I begin testing. So what’s in the box?
It’s Skin Collagen Nutrition Serum (B&P price $15) This isn’t a brand that is normally on my radar so as always I am happy to be exposed to something new. I am also weirdly obsessed with the sort of retro bottle this serum comes in, which I realise now I should have photographed. I can imagine this cute bottle on a 1950s or ’60s vanity table, it just has that sort of look. Realistically I found this on average around ten dollars or lower elsewhere but my main concern is topical collagen. Creams, serums and the like just are not actual delivery systems for collagen production, and I steer clear of gimmicky marketing stuff like this in my purchases whenever I can. It’s possible this is a great product in its own right though it does look a little bit silicone heavy, I just like to make informed buying choices so I doubt this would be something I would lust after.
MiSkin Diaforce Hydrogel Eye Patch in Ruby (B&P price $25) I got a phantom shiver up my spine when I took this out of my box, remembering the disaster for me that was Koelf hydrogels and the absolute nonsense behind terms like ‘ruby’ and ‘diamond extract’. Again I really feel you have to separate the marketing from the reality and just hope the product stands up well from the other ingredients. I happen to adore masks so the first thing I did was add a couple of these to my undereye area then apply a regular full face sheet mask right on top. Decadent! Will I use these? Probably. Do I believe in the mystical healing power of diamonds and ruby dust? Bollocks.
Forencos 7 days Mask Set (B&P price $34.50) The price here is an immediate sticking point with me as I can see this set much, much less expensive online. Unless it’s something quite dear like Banila Co. masks or another top tier brand I really don’t agree with essentially receiving 7 sheet masks as this month’s ‘star’ item. A disappointment to be sure. Mask sets are something that I am always vaguely willing to try. I purchased similar types from Lululun, and also Mamonde’s 7 day variety. I just never get around to committing to a single brand for a week when there are so many great masks to be had. I will say though the packaging for these masks is great. I wonder what it’s like for this guy to be sheet mask famous lol
Tony Moly Kiss Kiss Lip Essence Balm (B&P price $10) The packaging from Tony Moly always makes me wish that the products worked better for me. I adore this little pair of lips, I can already imagine heads turning when I whip it out of my bag to apply during the winter months. Look on me and be jealous of this cute lip balm! The honey extract obviously has me curious so I won’t be able to turn this one down. My lip care right now consists entirely of a small lanolin wool fat pot that I use religiously every morning. Kiss Kiss Lip Essence sounds a hell of a lot better than lanolin wool fat when you’re trying to explain your lip balm game.
Missha Hair Band (B&P price $5) I love Missha but I’m over hair bands in beauty boxes I have to admit. This is much more stretchy and comfy than the one I got from Pink Seoul, but it’s one of those things where you wonder exactly how many you need laying around the house. I understand this is box filler though, it happens.
Cremorlab Samples (free) I LOVED the mask I got from Brush and Powder from Cremorlab so it’s kind of weird that I’m more pleased with these little sachets than with some of the other items I received. My only gripe is that there’s only one of each, so that ruins any testing really as I won’t be able to gauge much efficacy. There’s a good variety though, with products that represent the entire range. I received a sun cream in spf35, a CC cream, Fresh Water Gel, Mineral Treatment Essence, Aqua essence Water Fluid and something just called Smooth Pudding. I’ll have to do some digging and see what’s what but I’m very excited to get to try more from this brand and pleased that B&P has managed to get me excited about new product offerings.
To sum up, I’m not crushingly disappointed with my box but it’s not nearly as impressive as the last one I received. The pricing is a little more disjointed this month, and I am also worried about setting a precedent where masks suddenly become the bulk of the box. Full size products is what I signed on for, and I would have much rather seen that $34.50 spent on something with some wow factor. Next month we can expect to see an eye cream, so I’m curious to see if the quality gets back on track. It’s impossible to knock it out of the park every single time I do realise. What’s more, not only does Brush and Powder offer free worldwide shipping but the customer service is second to none. This already put it head and shoulders above most other companies in a space where the market is becoming so saturated. What makes me happy is knowing that each month I’m receiving products that I will definitely use, and until that changes I will remain a customer.