Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wantable Makeup Box Review


What is Wantable?

 Wantable is a company based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, whose CEO has over fifteen years of experience in online marketing and retail. It is an innovative and fun way to try the latest beauty products and accessories on the market. Wantable will create a unique customer profile for you by asking you to answer a series of fashion-related and personality questions; they then take these answers and compile them in order to figure out which of the newest products would be the best fit for you.

Every month, the Wantable team picks out trending fashion products from vendors, boutiques, and specialty stores. These are full sized items, though you may receive a few additional samples. Using each customer's profile, they sort the items into boxes which can be shipped to your doorstep. Every box is unique to fit the personality and the beauty needs of its buyer. By asking what items you hate and love, you can assure that you won't be receiving "mystery" items that could really be hit or miss. Wantable assures that the items in your box are catered to you, which gives it a personal touch that I think many customers will really enjoy.

A monthly subscription to Wantable costs just $36, which is a great deal when you combine the individual prices of the products that you are receiving. If you don't want to commit, you can always purchase a single box to try for $40. Also, if you are unhappy with your purchase, you can always return your Wantable box for a full refund, no questions asked! In my opinion, you can't really go wrong if you are a makeup lover. If you sign up for the Wantable subscription, you will receive a box each month automatically, but you always have the option of skipping a box or cancelling at any time.

There are three boxes that you can choose from, ultimately: the makeup box (featured in this review), the accessories box, or the intimates box. The accessory box will contain three to four boutique accessories. In previous boxes, for example, customers received bold, statement jewelry, delicate scarves, watches, sunglasses, etc. The intimates box includes four to five handpicked essentials, from brands such as: Betsey Johnson, Kix'ies, Pact, Steve Madden, Muk Luks, etc. Readers have received items such as slips, panties, hosiery, bralettes, slipper socks, hoodies, etc. Right now, Wantable also is featuring a limited edition Holiday Box -- there are three that you can choose from: Majestic Masquerade, Romantic Rendezvous, or Starlight Soiree. In these bags, you will find some shade or style of the following items:

 Bella Beauty Small 
Metallic Cosmetic Bag
Bella Beauty Rollerball Eyeshadow Set
29 Cosmetics Dew Lip Gloss
Color Club Nail Polish
Spa Sister Silk Sleep Mask
Wantable Exclusive Earrings



I received a Wantable makeup box last month to review, so that I could share my opinions with you. I love subscription boxes, because I feel like it gives me a chance to try products I might not have picked for myself. Often, subscription boxes will introduce me to new brands I hadn't heard of, or new shades that I wouldn't have thought to buy (but ended up looking great). The Wantable Makeup Box did just that. It first took me through an extensive style profile, asking me to answer questions and rate different products/styles/colors on how much I loved them. I really enjoy when companies that offer subscription boxes take the time to personalize their items. Not everyone is the same, and makeup is one of things that is REALLY hard to generalize on. I appreciate that Wantable doesn't just guess and send any kind of makeup -- I have seen other boxes that do this, and I am not sure that it works all that well. We all have different tastes, skin tones, and even just preferences. Some of us like liquid eyeliner...some of us only like pencil liner.

Did the style profile really work? I think that in most ways, it did. I would love to see what it would pick for me in the future, if I ever get the funds to afford buying boxes monthly. I had never heard of any of the brands in my Wantable box, which is not a bad thing. I like being introduced to new brands which could become favorites. On the packing slip, Wantable has a tiny profile of your answers and what they have included in the box, along with an extensive description about the company and the item. You are more likely to receive items that you claim to "Love" during the style quiz, less likely to receive those that you just like, and you will never receive items that you dislike. I answered "Love" to eyeliner, blush, highlighter, nail polish, bronzer, and eye shadow. I answered "Like" to brows, lash products, tools, and complexion products. Here is what I received in my box:

  • Brazen Cosmetics - Loose Blush - Frenzy - Retail $19.00
  • JAPONESQUE - Travel Smudger Brush - Retail $14.50
  • Cailyn Cosmetics - Liquid Eyeliner - Brown - Retail $15.00
  • Lise Watier - Haute Couleur High Coverage Lip Lacquer - Rouge Catwalk - $22.00
  • Skiin - Sample Item - Skiin Instant Skin Tightener and Line Filler
I was supposed to receive a Rainbow Honey Nail Lacquer in color Ephemeral, but it was missing from my box. Receiving something for free, you wouldn't catch me complaining. However, for the purpose of a review, I was a little surprised that this slipped by. I know that mistakes happen, but I would definitely be upset if I paid for the box and an item was missing.  That being said, the rest of the box was great. I will detail my experiences with the items below. I did not try out the sample of Skiin, because, thankfully, I haven't hit the age bracket where skin tightening and line filling is necessary. I gave the sample to my mom and she was happy, so I'll let you know how she likes it.


Brazen Cosmetics - Loose Blush - Frenzy

The shade Frenzy is a "trendy bright coral" which is suitable for virtually all skin tones. This Brazen Cosmetics blush is loose, and a little goes a long way! Be careful when you are opening it and applying it, as I kept getting too much on my brush. My tip is to just barely dab into the container with your blush brush and to make sure that you tap the edge of the container to rid of excess. This blush is not matte -- there is a distinct gold shimmer, though it goes on sheer. The multidimensional aspect of the blush really adds contour and life to otherwise bland cheeks. I have a light/medium skin-tone that is on the lighter side during the winter months, when I am not getting much sun. Frenzy was the perfect shade. It doesn't go on too strong (for those that don't like a really distinct blush line), but it isn't so subtle that nobody can tell you are wearing it. I hate spending money on blush that isn't even noticeable. This appears as a pretty pink/orange with a slight shimmer when you go into different lighting. It isn't overly shimmery, so I feel that it is also applicable for most age groups. I think that it would look nice on any skin color, especially during the Winter -- it is nice to have some color when you aren't tan any longer. The Brazen Cosmetics blush went on smoothly and was easy to blend. This was actually one of my favorites in the box, and I think they hit my "style profile" exactly. I would definitely pick this kind of color for my blush.












JAPONESQUE - Travel Smudger Brush

I put on my style profile that I "like" but don't "love" tools, and that is really because I don't use that many tools. I have a few cheap brushes that I use for blush, powder, and a few for my eyes, but I was never one of those people that needed a professional brush for everything. I am pretty confident in my ability to blend and apply different types of makeup without spending a ton on expensive tools. I did like the JAPONESQUE Smudger brush, so I guess that I can add it to my small collection. It is clearly a professional quality brush, which is made for smudging eyeshadow, softening distinctions, and blending cream and shadow. It can be used to add color to your creases, to blend, or to smudge your eye-liner for a smokey look. The box recommends that you use the flat side of the brush for a "soft line of color" and that you "gently rub color to create a smudged, smoky effect". You can also "swirl the brush tip in short circular motions to blend". In the pictures below, you can see that I used the JAPONESQUE brush to apply my Urban Decay eyeshadow. It definitely did its job, so I recommend this brush if you have difficulty blending with a standard brush.



 








Cailyn Cosmetics - Liquid Eyeliner - Brown

This liquid eyeliner by Cailyn Cosmetics is a distinct, chocolate color that stands out on both the lower lid and top lid over eyeshadow. It comes in a small pot, with a brush on the end that is firm, to make drawing lines easy. Putting this eyeliner on is like drawing with a sharpie -- I have taken some pictures below of my mom applying it. She typically has trouble getting a straight line with some liquid eyeliners that have "floppy" brushes. As you can see, she was able to apply it well. It did last for the better part of the day, but even though it claims to be smudge resistant, that didn't seem to be entirely true. We also both recommend that you apply the liner as quickly as possible -- if you try to go over it to connect your line, it will end up removing the original line and "gunking up" on your eye. The color and the application brush are nice, but the eyeliner does have a tendency to dry very quickly as you are applying it. My mom had to dip into the container several times just to finish one eye.














Lise Watier - Haute Couleur High Coverage Lip Lacquer - Rouge Catwalk

This was my other favorite product in the box. This lip lacquer is definitely high coverage as it claims -- it stays on for many hours, without drying up or cracking. I hate when lipstick starts to "crumble" on your lips and leave little patches of discoloration. It may just be me, but I feel like that happens a lot with different brands, and it is frustrating. This Lise Watier lip lacquer stayed on great, and didn't have a sticky, gross, heavy feeling. It feels smooth and hydrated, and it looks just as shiny as it feels! The red color may not be for everyone, but it is definitely a show stopper. I love the intensity, and I think that it is best paired with a very neutral eyeshadow and cheeks, or even just with some nice mascara. I think that it works as a day time color when the rest of your face is simplistic, but could easily be turned into a sexy nighttime look. It goes on easily with a curved applicator, and I only had to reapply after dinner. In case you do need to reapply, the lip lacquer has a handy mirror on the side, as well as an LED light that lights up when you open it. I love it!






All-in-all, the Wantable Makeup Box was more hit than miss. It gave me a great opportunity to experience new products, and to find a new blush and lip lacquer that will find their way into my weekly beauty routine. I think the cost is pretty standard, and that makeup-lovers will find the unknown brands to be surprisingly high-quality and wonderful.

Interested in learning more about Wantable? Check out the links below:

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.




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