So it seems that it’s officially summer as Glossybox comes at us this month with the “hello summer” box. It’s full of handy essentials for the hot days that are hopefully on the way, although British weather is full of surprises so we’ll have to see (lmao). I was also really excited about this box due to the promise of a Spectrum fan brush, as it would match my Spectrum set (which I reviewed here) perfectly. So anyway enough rambling…let’s get straight into the review!
So first up we have this BellaPierre Cosmetics Banana Setting Powder. This is the most expensive setting powder I’ve ever owned; I have to say that I’m quite impressed so far! The idea of banana powder is that it helps to counteract redness and discolouration and dark circles, and you can also bake with it so you have a bit of highlight going on. I’ve baked with this once but I didn’t really notice a difference. (I feel like I’d need a whiter loose powder to actually make a difference on my skin tone when it comes to highlighting). I’ve used it to generally set and it seems to do the job really well. It’s a really soft powder and the consistency is really nice. It also colour corrects without appearing too yellow/orange on your skin and gives you a nice matte finish. I really like it so far but I’ll post an update when I’ve used it a bit more, however I generally reach for a pressed powder more often bc they’re a little less messy.
Now as a pale person I burn after like 5 seconds in the sun, so this MONUspa Soothing After Sun Lotion was something I actually need. The original product is 180ml so the sample size of 100ml is super generous, especially for the price. This after sun is really soothing and it smells like lemon which is always nice. I don’t have much to say about it bc it’s an aftersun so there’s only so much you can say, but overall it’s very moisturising and it does the job well so I’m really enjoying it.
RRP: £19.95 for full size 180ml product
This is a bit of a random one that I actually ended up enjoying: the CuteBalms Macaroon Tint Balm in Crushed Berry. It’s actually pretty pigmented for a lip balm and it’s nice and buildable. I thought I wouldn’t like the colour at first but it’s actually pretty cute. Also as you’d hope, this lip balm smells amazing. It’s really moisturising and easy to apply; you can use it as a blush as well apparently which is cool.
This is another thing that’s been coming in super handy, and also they’re quite in fashion rn. These little Papanga Spiral Hairbands keep your hair up nicely and they’re quite sturdy, which is perfect for summer. Not much else to say about a couple hair bobbles but they do the job and I’m glad I got them as you can never have too many!
RRP: £5.99 for 2
The moment you’ve probably all been waiting for…my verdict on the Spectrum A10 Small Fan Brush. You’re gonna be shocked but I actually really dislike this brush. The hairs are kind of flimsy and it’s just quite thin. It picks up like no product so it’s no good for highlighting. The only purpose I can really think of using it for is to sweep eyeshadow fallout away, but I genuinely can’t use this brush to highlight bc it doesn’t work for me. Overall I’m super disappointed in this brush as it just doesn’t match up with the quality of my other Spectrum Brushes.
So that was my July Glossybox review! I quite like this month’s box as I think it’s quite useful and I love the new vibrant packaging with the golden font on the front. I was expecting my favourite thing to be the fan brush but it actually turned out being the lip balm which is a weird twist. I also enjoyed the powder, and I thought that the aftersun and the bobbles were perfect for the (hopefully) imminent summer. I hope you enjoyed reading; I’ll see you in August for the final verdict on my three month Glossybox trial!
Overall Box Value: appr £61.92