March's birchbox was a bit of an improvement from last month's box, which was so unimpressive that I passed on blogging about it. This month's box featured some slightly more interesting products including, Peter Thomas Roth's max anti-shine mattifying gel, Essie's set in stones top coat, Tarte's lipsurgence in peaceful, a twistband hair tie, and coupon for modcloth.com.
The anti-shine mattifying gel came in handy today for keeping my shine at bay while walking around Soho in the beautiful weather. It is a nice product that does seem to lessen the oil buildup on my face and instantly smooths your face after applying it. However, I'm not sure I would repurchase the full size, as I feel the l'oreal magic perfecting base does something similar for a fraction of the price.
The two products that I was most excited about when I opened the box were the nail polish and the lip tint
I was surprised that they included a full size of this, seeing that it retails for $24. I was less impressed once I actually tried the product - it gives practically no color on me and is more or less a fancy lip balm.
The nail polish I have not tried, but am looking forward to because coincidentally a few days earlier I saw this polish and made a mental note to try it someday.
This is my final birchbox that was given to me as a gift. I probably will not be starting a subscription of my own because as much as I am in love with the idea, the actual "product" leaves something to be desired. It is very hit or miss and because of that the excitement usually lasts from when I receive the box in the mail, to the moment I open the box and examine its contents. Maybe one day I will be sucked back into this subscription service, but for now I will save myself 10 bucks a month and get my samples the old fashioned way - by asking someone behind the counter.