Beauteco August Box Review: A Glossybox Replacement?

Beauteco Box 1Goooooood morning you ratbags. I’m here to regale you with yet another tale of my experiences with beauty subscription boxes – this time, the Beauteco Box.

Regular readers of this blog might know that for the last two months I’ve subscribed to Glossybox, which is probably the most popular beauty box in the UK and is bought by gazillions (yes, that is a real statistics) of bloggers and non-bloggers alike each month, who fancy a little surprise box of products landing through their door each month. You can read what I thought of my July Glossybox and August Glossybox in more detail if you like, but generally I felt a little underwhelmed each time.

So when I saw the Beauteco Box reviewed over on the lovely Hannah’s blog Cosmetic Crave I was extremely impressed and decided that maybe this lesser-known box was the one for me. I cancelled my Glossybox subscription and joined Beauteco instead (this meant that I was still eligible for the August box, so two beauty boxes for me this month, OOPS).

Beauteco works in a slightly different way to Glossybox. Each month you get a selection of three ‘menus’ to choose from, so you know exactly what will be arriving in your box. This aspect definitely appealed to me, as each month with my Glossybox there were products I saw in other people’s boxes that I would have loved to have in mine (yes, I am still talking about the Sleek Pout Paints – I’ll never get over it). With this month’s Beauteco box, I think the only item that was different across the menus was the Melvita product – and your other options were still just other Melvita items – so maybe it’s not quite as big of a deal as it could be but still, it’s a nice touch. 

Now, with less rambling, here is what I got in my Beauteco box…

Beauteco Box 3Lord & Berry Intensity Satin Lipstick in ‘Peach Glam’ / Lord & Berry Kissproof Lip Colour in ‘Blossom’

I was really impressed by these two products in the box. The lipstick alone retails at £12 and the lip pencil (which can supposedly be used either as a pencil or a lipstick in its own right) costs £7.50. The shades, which you can see below, aren’t the colours I would usually be drawn towards myself – but I think that’s kind of the point of these boxes, to make you try something new.

Beauteco Box 4Both products seem highly pigmented and long lasting so I’m really looking forward to giving them a proper go. They’re both full size and so have straight away made the box well worth it’s money.

Beauteco Box 5Melvtia Fresh Moisturising Body Milk / S5 Purity Serum / Arran Aromatics Lavendar & Tea Tree Facial Gel Wash

I’m also really happy with this selection of products. The face wash is the only full size product, but considering this 100ml bottle usually retails at £12.95 you can see what a good addition to the box it is .The serum is only a 10ml sample, but this is actually still really good value as a 30ml ‘full size’ bottle of this stuff will set you back over £40! I think it’s also the sort of product that you only use sparingly (you won’t believe how excited I am to use a pipette) so it will probably actually last quite well. I chose the body milk for my Melvita product as you can never have enough moisturisers, can you? This smells amazing and feels really nourishing – I think it’ll be great for a pre-tanning night.

Beauteco Box 2Headline Colours Nail Varnish in ‘Spotlight’ / Eve of St Agnes Body Balm

Now THIS is exciting. Because I was a new customer and used the code FRIEND07 which Hannah put on her blog, I received an extra two products. The nail varnish is a metallic purple which isn’t a fave of mine, but this costs £9 to buy. The body balm is absolutely beautiful, and this travel-sized version of the full product costs £6.

I think it’s quite obvious that I am REALLY impressed with Beauteco. The menu feature is brilliant; the products are truly from luxury ranges (who spends £40 on a serum?!) and the value of the box is incredible. My two ‘freebie’ products this month were worth more than the whole box – which, seeing as I haven’t mentioned it, is £10 plus p&p, just like Glossybox.

I fully recommend these beauty boxes and will definitely be keeping my subscription next month. Even if you only get the first month’s box and take advantage of the introductory discount (code FRIEND07, don’t forget) then I think that is money well spent.

Have any of you tried Beauteco?

12 Responses

  1. Vickie September 1, 2013 / 9:43 am

    Loved this review! You definitely have me intrigued.

    Still gutted about the pout paint too! Never letting that one go.

    • Claire September 1, 2013 / 4:52 pm

      Never forgive, never forget! 😉

  2. Angharad September 1, 2013 / 3:16 pm

    Ooh I might have a look at this…I’ve always wanted to try beauty boxes but didn’t know if they’d be a waste of money! This one looks really good though – great review

    • Claire September 1, 2013 / 4:53 pm

      They’re definitely very hit and miss but tbh the value of this box considering the prices of the products has really amazed me! xx

  3. Scarlett London September 1, 2013 / 4:11 pm

    Great post! I prefer the idea that you get more of a choice with regards to what you are going to receive. Often I get things I’d never ever use in my Glossybox so it seems a bit wasted on me – but then again, I do like the surprise 🙂

    Scarlett x

    • Claire September 1, 2013 / 4:54 pm

      So true, I do like the surprise aspect of Glossybox! Though I’ve nearly always read other people’s posts about theirs before receiving mine, hence why I’m usually disappointed, sob.

      Thanks for commenting 🙂 xx

  4. Katie September 2, 2013 / 10:10 pm

    I have a Glossy subscription but been looking into different boxes for when mine runs out! I do love my Glossyboxs but I want to try more out and make my mind up about which one I like the most! I have seen a couple of blogs on Beauteco and really like the products 🙂 think I might look into it and get it for christmas 🙂

    Katie xx

    • Claire September 3, 2013 / 8:03 am

      I think changing it up a bit is definitely a good idea, especially as they’re the same price 🙂 Def recommend this one! xx

  5. Natalie October 8, 2013 / 7:18 pm

    I love your blog girls! came across it by looking up beauty boxes! I still can’t decide whether to get love me beauty or glossybox, have tried birchbox liked it but want to try them all haha! xx

    • Claire November 29, 2013 / 11:35 am

      Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed our blog 🙂 xx

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