Sunday, 10 December 2017

Powder Beauty Drawer- December 2017 Review

About the box
Powder, part of Time Inc who bring you magazines such as Marie Claire and InStyle, has been around for a couple of years now. At first, it only did seasonal boxes, but nowadays you can get monthly boxes that come in a lovely pink (powder pink, actually!) drawer box. Expect a mix of makeup, skincare and nail products.

£15.00 a month plus £3.50 P&P

What I got

First thing out the box this month was the Brush Works HD Miracle Silicone Tear Drop Sponge (full size, £7.99, find it here). I really haven't had much luck with these silicone sponges in the past- they tend to just smear the makeup around my face, so I'm sceptical about it being a 'miracle' sponge, but I'll try it. Lots of people rave about them, so perhaps I'm using them wrong! These are apparently allergy free, non-sensitive and easy to clean, so very hygienic. Just rinse with some mild soap and leave to dry.

Next, we've got the Skin Chemists 24 Hour Aqua Repair Facial Serum (full size, 30ml, £39.00, find it here). This is a firming, soothing and hydrating serum, free of parabens and containing aloe vera and rose water. It can be used for all skin types. I'm impressed that Powder has included such an expensive item in such an already jam-packed box- on the Skin Chemists own website this actually retails for £64.00! That said, the packaging is not as luxe as the price tag. However, the serum itself smells divine and my skin felt soft and happy after smoothing it on. I might try this on some of my dry, angry patches of facial skin.

Another skincare item now, and it's Cougar Hyaluronic Acid Facial Oil (full size, 30ml, £16.99, find it here). Yet another full size and this is a facial oil containing white truffle, which apparently is good for repairing damage to the skin. You may receive a different variation of oil in your box- Co-enzyme Q10, or Enzyme Rich Protein. The bottle comes with a little dropper which is extra hygienic, and it smells lovely and fruity. It made my skin feel so soft and nourished, it really is lovely.

Next, GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Mask Treatment (sample size, 15g, approx. £12.60, find it here). This is a dinky sample size of one of the famed Glam Glow masks, and I'm so happy it's the clearing mask as pretty much everyone can enjoy that. It contains salicylic acid which is great for treating blemishes and acne, and you can use it as a full face mask or an on the spot treatment.

On to makeup now, and we've got the Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Lip in 'Crimson Chrome' (sample size???, find it here). There's no size on the packaging, so I suspect this may be a good-sized sample, but I can't say for sure so I can't give you a value but the full 8ml size is £19.00. This really is an absolutely stunning metallic red liquid lipstick, I can't get over how beautiful that swatch is. Barry M actually do a really affordable liner that matches this quite well if you wanted one to go with it. This is definitely a winner for me.

The second makeup item is this Model Launcher Safari Bronzer (full size, 10g, $27.00/approx £20.17, find it here). This is an American brand and I can't find it for sale on a UK website but if you know of a place, do let me know in the comments. This bronzer is leopard print but once you swirl your brush over it, it swatches much lighter, with a hint of shimmer. Handy if you were wanting a new bronzer for a Christmas party look.

We're nearly there now, so thank you for sticking with me! Second to last item is the 3INA Nail Polish The Glitter Top Coat (full size, 11ml, £6.95, find it here). This is an excellent festive nail polish, lots of chunky gold glitter and by a lovely vegan brand as well! I love glitter top coats as I can just wear them on their own for a casual but fun look, and I don't have to worry about smudging with glitter.

The last item (phew!) is a dinky sample of Chloe Eau De Parfum. Normally I'd moan about samples of perfume, but considering the sheer number of products in this box I'm not complaining this time. Plus, it's actually a lovely, sweet, light scent so I might even wear it- bonus!

Final thoughts
Including the perfume sample, there were eight items in this box, so it felt like Christmas come early unboxing it all. Powder really have given good value too- I estimate a total worth of approximately £95 not including the Smashbox Lipstick and the Chloe perfume which I don't really know the value of. Considering the box costs £18.95, that's pretty good. Let's hope that Powder can keep up the good curations into the new year.

Interested in signing up to Powder Beauty Drawer? Take a look here.


  1. Wow! This looks like such a great box! I can't believe the Skin Chemists serum is so pricey, it's a good thing you get to try it out before buying it, eh?
    Imogen’s Typewriter. <3

    1. Yes I do think that's one of the perks of these subscriptions isn't it, trying things you wouldn't normally get. 😊

  2. Wow you got SO many amazing goodies in this box! I adore that safari bronzer 😍 this really is such good value when you add it all up. I love the nail varnish too, I was going to comment on your nails before I read that the varnish came from this box hehe.

    Jenny ❄️

    1. Ooh thank you! I love glitter nails, so easy to do without smudging. 😊

  3. Oh my goodness, you had such a lot of fabulous products this month. I love the look of the Skin Chemists serum, the Cougar facial oil, the Glam Glow mask, and the gorgeous leopard bronzer best. Except that I wouldn't want to use the bronzer as it's so pretty, haha. I've been curious about the Glam Glow products for a while now but full size are quite pricey so I'll be interested to see how you get on with your sample. What a wonderful Christmas box! X

    Lisa |

    1. It really was amazing. And yes sometimes there are products where I'm scared to use them as they're so pretty as they are!

  4. I’m not sure how I feel about these boxes, I don’t think I’d ever get around to using the items (purely because I’m so slack!!) haha, but the facial oil actually sounds pretty great! Sounds like a good little box for the price.

    Claudia xo

  5. I never know how I feel about subscription boxes, I am always scared that I will be disappointed. They would make great one off gifts though - perfect for Christmas!


  6. Woah, I'm absolutely blown away by the value for money in this box! I've been feeling a bit p'ed off with how much the Birchbox and Glossybox values have decreased - this looks like it could be an excellent replacement! The product selection is excellent too - although I'm with you, I can't get those silicone sponges to work for me at all.
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety


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