Beauty Boxes are great, you get to try a lot of different products that you might not necessarily buy for yourself, and normally in decent quantities (generally travel or full size, not crappy samples).

What’s not so great is subscriptions. I don’t generally know if I’m going to have £10-£20ish a month spare for a box of makeup I might not even use. So I want one-offs. And this one is a doozy.

[Cosmo] Beauty Director Ingeborg van Lotringen has gathered all her favourite holiday standbys – and put them in a box!

What we’ve got here is £20 for 12 items, all of which are pretty universal (by which I mean no beige foundations that aren’t quite the right shade for anyone) and worth £94 in total.  The box includes nail varnish, makeup removers, blushes, ombre shimmers, moisturisers, lip balms, and more. There’s nothing in it I wouldn’t try out.

So I’m going to take you through each of the products, work out what it’s really worth, and check out this £94 claim.

Nails Inc Nail Varnish in Notting Hill Gate or Abbey Road

Worth £14-15

14ml (Full Size Product)

If you’re into either of these colours (and why wouldn’t you, they’re to die for!) this entire beauty box instantly becomes worth it: it’s like buying a Nails Inc polish normally, throwing in an extra fiver, and getting loads of free stuff!

The lilac one is Abbey Road, the pink, Notting Hill Gate

Merci Handy Hand Cleansing Gel in Lollipop

Worth £2.67

30ml (Full Size Product)

Cleansing hand gel with emollient pearls and a ‘scent that will take you back to childhood’? Why the hell not! Plus, the Parisian makers of this product, MerciHandy don’t test on animals or use animal substances in their products.

Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara

Worth £9.50

4ml (Half Size Product)

Apparently this stuff is so waterproof, you can wear it swimming. Plus it’ll fit in your gym bag. AND it’s cruelty free.

Wet Brush in Punchy Pink or Bombshell Blue

Worth £12

of course it's full size - it's a hairbrush

Thin, strong, flexible, has massage-y bits on the ends, and won’t hurt detangling even the most stubborn locks. WE SHALL SEE.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Lip Balm SPF15

Worth £2.50

4g (Full Size Product)

Ethically and sustainably sourced, contains 3 different types of oils that will soothe, moisturise, and hydrate (and other synonyms). Gluten free.

Ladival DNA Repair After Sun Gel

Worth about £8-14 (no shop seems to agree on this)

200ml (Full Size Product)

I’m no scientist, but “repairs DNA”, really? Seems dubious – but either you get nicely fixed DNA, or just a very fancy after sun lotion.

I mean apparently it’s clinically proven so what do I know. Besides, it’s cooling and soothing to burned skin, prevents ageing, and reduces redness. A few reviews I’ve read suggest this may be a good option for eczema sufferers, but you’ll have to find that one out for yourself.

St Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Face Sheet Mask

Worth about £5-8 depending on where/how many you buy

One mask

Unleash your inner golden-faced serial killer goddess with this mask!

Develops gently over 8 hours, with no tan lines, it’s the easiest way to tan your face and look like an axe murder at the same time! (But don’t worry, you only have to keep the mask on from 5 -15 depending on how tanned you want to be.)

St Tropez is a big brand in the tanning world, and this seems to be a controversial product. Getting just one to test in a beauty box like this sounds like the best way to find out if this baby is right for you. Apparently it leaves you with a natural look that a lotion or spray just couldn’t give.

Collection Speedy Blush in Tickled Pink, Cheeky or Pinch Me

Worth about £3-4

5g (Full Size Product)

Why isn’t all blusher basically just a massive crayon? I love this. Easy to blend and can be used on the lips in a pinch too.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

Worth approx £1

125ml (Full Size is 400ml)

I had no idea micellar water means you don’t have to be hunched over a sink, rinsing your face, like some peasant. Sign me up! Removes your makeup with no rinsing or rubbing, no perfumes, good for sensitive skin, sounds pretty great to me!

According to Garnier 400ml (full size) will do about 200 uses, so the 125ml in this set should last a good two months.

MUA Luxe Ombré 3 Shade Shimmer Highlighting Stick

Worth £5

12g (Full Size Product)

Pretty cute idea really, three colours in one stick. Good for travelling.

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Multi-Protecting Hydrating Mist

RRP is £9.99 but you can get it for £6.66 at Boots atm (link in title)

75ml (Full Size Product)

What does it do? What doesn’t it do? No seriously what does it do?

It’s an SPF 30, antioxidant, thingy. In fairness I have the Moisture Bomb night moisturiser from this range and it’s great, so I’m sure this is too, I just don’t really understand what it’s for. But you can use it over make-up! So that’s something. It apparently protects and refreshes your face, who wouldn’t want that?

Being by Sanctuary Spa Washbag

Worth £10

it's a full size washbag, folks

It’s a bit creepy, goes with the St Tropez serial killer mask pretty well. But it’s made of canvas and PVC so I’m sure it’s at least a bit waterproof.

If you wanted to go out and buy these things in the same quantities you’ll get in the beauty box, it would cost between £79.33 and £105.33, but remember not all of these products can be bought in the sizes here*, as some are tasters or travel sized, so realistically you’ll pay a lot more than this for things you might not even need that much of (the prices I’ve given are based on the percentage of a full size product).

So is £20 worth it?

Short answer: Yes. Get it here.

*like the Garnier Micellar Water which is just over 1/4 of the full size so the price has been divided as such, St Tropez Masks are £10 for 2 or £8 for one (so although you can get one mask for £5, its only when you buy two), the Eyeko mascara is half size, to buy a full size would be £19, etc.

Cosmo Beauty Box: £20 for a subscription-free big box of goodies worth over £90!

Do you think Cosmo have chosen a good range of products that will appeal to everyone?

Thank you for the vote!

2 thoughts on “Cosmo Beauty Box: £20 for a subscription-free big box of goodies worth over £90!

  1. That does look like a great box, although it seems like some of the products are more suited to the summer. If they had brought this out a month ago it would’ve flown out. As we’re nearly at Autumn I’m not so sure…

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