When The Review by Byrdie Beauty Box first got onto my radar, my interest was piqued. The box is described as a limited-edition, curated collection of beauty editor favorites that features a mix of highly covetable full- and travel-size skin, makeup and hair products. These are high end products that have been tried, tested and selected for their effectiveness.
The box is packed with seven products that have a full retail value worth $330. It was being sold for $150 which is some pretty impressive savings. To give you an idea of the savings, the Tatcha Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream alone is $185. I was on the fence about whether I should get it and then the box went on a limited time promo for $80. It was already a good deal at $150 but at almost half that, it became an unbelievable deal. This deal seemed almost too good to be true that I even tweeted about it at the time. Anyway here is my unboxing and some quick thoughts on the products I've already tried.
A deeply hydrating moisturizer formulated with antioxidant-rich Peony and Gardenia Fruit extracts Camellia Seed Oil, Rice Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract and Hyaluronic Acid that works to prevent and reverse the signs of premature aging while visibly diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
This is the product that most motivated my purchase since I'm already a big fan of a few of the brand's products like the Tatcha Luminous Dew Skin Mist and Tatcha Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder. I do need to finish up my current moisturizer before I start using this but I can say that I'm looking forward to cracking open this luxurious looking jar and dipping into the cream which is supposed to be an absolute savior for dryness and sensitivity.
An intensely moisturizing hydrogel facial mask with patented artificial moisturizing factor (AMF) that supports the skin’s ability to retain moisture and keeps skin hydrated for up to 120 hours. The mask also has sodium hyaluronate, grapefruit extract, and ceramide-3 to help make skin softer, smoother, and more hydrated.
Price: $18.75 (these are sold in boxes of 4 for $75)
The box comes with either this or the Verso Intense Facial Mask. I would've been happy with either since sheet masks are my jam and Verso is a brand that I've been curious about. The hydration benefits certainly sound like they would be amazing and I hope this mask will live up to those lofty claims because my winter skin could use the extra moisture. I will try to include a review of this mask in an upcoming feature I have planned on sheet masks.
A brightening highlighter made from organic botanicals and oils, with super fine light-reflecting pigments for a dewy glow that looks all your own. Easily blendable, it’s also buildable, so you can customize the level of glow you're looking to achieve.
This clean beauty product is a really nice complement to my RMS Living Luminizer and 24/7 Touch Up Skin Perfecting Cream which are my go-to highlighters. The stick applicator makes it easy to use for precise application and the product itself imparts a subtle pearly shimmer that can easily be built up or blended in.
A lip stain with a balmy texture, richly pigmented color and matte finish that is designed to smooth Mad Heat is a true deep red with subtle blue undertones.
I really thought I was going to hate this because vibrant lip colors are just so not me but I found a workaround where I blot it down to a muted berry stain after applying which I find quite wearable with some impressive staying power to boot. It is intensely pigmented with a creamy texture and should be applied to well moisturized lips for the best results. The packaging is gorgeous btw!
A mascara with a unique bubble shaped silicone applicator that maximizes length and volume and visibly thickens lashes without flaking, caking or crumbling. The micro-balanced formula is free of carbon black, parabens and fragrance.
I currently have so many unused mascaras in my stash but I'm still psyched to try this one since it sounds fairly unique based on the description and I like that it is free of the nasties. TBH I'm almost hoping I won't fall in love with it given the price tag.
A long lasting, chip-proof, 5 free nail polish in a classic neutral toned nude color with a touch of shimmer that was inspired by the costumes of Madame Butterfly.
Nail polish in beauty boxes are usually meh for me because they tend to come in polarizing shades. I also don't bother to do my nails much as I just do so much with my hands day to day that manis never last. Nevertheless this is just the type of understated shade I would buy myself cause I do tend to prefer nudes with a little oomph when I do get my act together to do my nails.
An invisible dry hair spray that creates incredible volume and texture. It contains patented polymers that absorb oil at the roots which makes it a brilliant alternative to dry shampoo.
I've heard such good things about this spray and I now know why. It isn't sticky at all and is amazing for adding weightless texture and volume with great hold. My husband and I both use it as a dry shampoo as well and it is completely revitalizing without any residue.
I'm really excited about this box because it actually felt like a well thought out curation of products. They were all new to me so a big yes on discovery! I will also be using each and every one of these. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was getting two Smith & Cult products as I would've preferred seeing more variety but that's a pretty minor complaint. The $185 Tatcha cream alone is worth the price of the box and to also get 6 other luxe products is just an incredible value especially since there were 6 full sized products in total! Who doesn't like getting their money's worth. Limited quantities of this one off Byrdie Beauty Box are still available for $150 from Amazon.
What do you think of this box? Have you tried any of these products?
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