The theme of this month’s Glossybox is having a spring clean and trying out new things. As such, the products in the box are ones from both lesser known brands and products from more established brands that have stayed somewhat under the radar.

April’s Glossybox* (from £8.50 plus P&P per month from Glossybox) isn’t my favourite as I’m not really keen on anything inside except from the mascara. 

Rodial Glamolash Mascara XXL brush

Let’s talk about the only product I do like first. The travel-size Rodial Glamolash Mascara XXL (full-size worth £24) is a really good mascara that gives you very statement lashes. It’s very black and the fat bristled brush really grabs your lashes from root to tip, to lengthen, seperate and add volume. You can layer this mascara up too, if you really want to go all out. It doesn’t clump and has good staying power.

Elgon Deliwash Cleansing Conditioner

Merci Handy Love & Hand Cleansing Gel

The next product in the box is a full-size Elgon Deliwash Cleansing Conditioner (worth £14.50). I liked the look of this co-washing product, but sadly it didn’t actually clean my hair. It’s supposed to be a shampoo and conditioner in one, but I couldn’t see evidence of much cleansing action. Also in the box is a full-size Merci Handy Love & Hand Cleansing Gel (worth £2.90). This brand produces scented anti-bacterial cleansing gels and the scent I got was Black Vanilla. I think they are trying to rival Bath & Body Works’ Pocket Bacs, but they just aren’t cutting it – it does smell of vanilla, but it also still has a strong antibacterial scent, whereas the Bath & Body Works gels don’t. Vanilla and that antbacterial scent seriously do not go together.

There’s also a full-size dual-ended makeup brush in the box, which I was pleased to see and keen to try. Unfortunately though, the quality of it isn’t great and it doesn’t perform all that well. The SportFX Double Time Brush Buffer & Powder Duo (worth £10.99) is aimed at the athleisure makeup market – those who like to wear makeup when working out. I don’t like the synthetic Taklon bristles at all as I find them a bit course and scratchy rather than soft and fluffy. I also don’t like the bouncy way that they bend.

Finally, there’s a travel-size of the Model Co Contour Stick (full-size worth £17). This might suit some people, but for my cool-toned pale skin, this is far too dark and warm a shade for me. It’s a crayon that you draw on your contour lines with then blend out. It is creamy and does appear to blend well, but the shade is way off for me that I couldn’t even consider using it. I should have swatched it for you, but somehow I forgot – apologies.

If you would like to subscribe this month, you can receive a free Rodial Smokey Eye Pen & The Balm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow with your April box if you enter the code APRIL at checkout on the Glossybox UK site. Or, you can receive 50% off of your first box by entering the code GB50.

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