Wantable Makeup Box - September 2013 Edition Overview

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When I first got the offer to try out this subscription box I was initially unsure about it, mainly because of the price point since I don't always talk about higher end/more expensive products. However, I do want to take the opportunity to try out things that I think you guys might enjoy reading about even if it is a little expensive. Today I'm going to be talking about the Wantable Makeup Box (affiliate link) a subscription service that curates a set of four to five full size makeup items however they also do a box for accessories and intimates. 

In my subscription box for September, I received two full size items from Lise Watier, a lipstain and an eyeshadow palette, one full size lipstick from Besame Cosmetics, one full size mascara from Cailyn Cosmetics, and also a sample eyeshadow packet from Lise Watier. I'm not going to do specific reviews on what I got, just a general overview and my first impressions after I talk more about the box.

Wantable Makeup Box September

Now I'll be the first to say that $36-$40 is a steep price to pay for a subscription box ($36 if you have a monthly subscription or $40 for a one-time box and shipping is included), however unlike other beauty/makeup subscription boxes, you receive four to five full size items AND there's a guaranteed value of at least $80 in each box. What's especially nice is that they give you a list with the retail value of each item and since they're full sized, you don't have to do any complicated math to determine the value of your box. You may get an additional sample like I did but the value of that isn't calculated in the box's total. You're paying for a selection of full size items. 

Before you get your box, you complete a thorough survey detailing the types of products you would either love, like, or dislike to receive and also the types of colors that you would want. I chose to "dislike" When you receive your box, your choices are noted on the invoice slip. I would say that the only con is that if you're used to those beauty offers that coincide with subscription boxes, you won't find that with the Wantable Box. However a major pro is that unlike other subscription services, you can actually RETURN your box if you're not happy with it. If you want to, you can skip a month if you don't like it or cancel your subscription.

Regarding what I got, I was pleasantly surprised to get the Besame Cosmetics lipstick. I've actually tried out most of their lipsticks before in a little sample set. Merlot is a beautiful dark red with brown overtones that can be sheered out into a deeper berry-red. The eyeshadow palette from Lise Watier is okay, one of the eyeshadows in the quad (the lower right corner) wasn't as pigmented as the rest but it wasn't an overall negative. I did like the Lise Watier Hydra Shine lip stain (it did actually stain my lips) but there is a fruity scent to it that thankfully dissipates. I wasn't sure how I'd like the Cailyn Cosmetics mascara but the dusky denim blue color is actually nice on my lashes. It's subtle relative to the other colored mascaras but if you're looking for a blue mascara to brighten up the whites of your eyes, you might like this one. In my sample packet I got two samples of their Ombre Souffle Supreme and I'm liking it so far. Both colors are quite sparkly but seem to last well on their own without a primer. 

The total value? $88.00 not including the sample packet.

Would I personally get it again? Honestly I'm already thinking about getting the Limited Edition Halloween Box with products from Cinema Secrets. They are not a luxury or premium cosmetics brand per say but instead a very well known theatrical makeup brand. October's Makeup Box is actually curated by a fellow blogger, Christina over at The Makeup Blogger! I think I might consider the month to month service before deciding to subscribe (though I do have the option of skipping months or canceling altogether on the subscription service).

Disclaimer: I received this Wantable Makeup Box as a press sample courtesy of the brand. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. The link I marked as an affiliate link gives me credit to my Wantable account based on you signing up and purchasing a box. If you don't want to use it, I'm cool with it!


  1. I was thinking of snagging the Halloween box as well! $36/mo is a bit too much for me to not really know what I'll be getting/to try out new brands even with the return option. Oh, do you by chance know if they ship to APO/FPO boxes?

  2. This actually looks really nice, even though the price is a bit steep for a subscription box. I love that they include full-sized products that you can actually use!

  3. Hey Kitsch Vixen, I didn't ask directly but I did notice that they mentioned that they did ship to APO/FPO boxes in the comments section of a forum (this was from someone who worked for Wantable. I'll ask them directly though just to clarify!

  4. Seriously, I feel like it is more of a value because I get more use out of each product despite the higher price


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