I've subscribed to most of the beauty boxes available on the market (Ipsy, Birchbox, BeautyArmy, Glossybox) but had never tried out Sample Society, which is a collaboration between BeautyBar.com and Allure magazine. After doing a bit of research (and seeing that previous Sample Society boxes have contained products from Diptyque, Kate Somerville, and ByTerry) this sample service seemed to offer a lot of high end products that I found lacking in other boxes.
But after having received my first box, I am slightly underwhelmed. The box contained six samples, all of which I would say were of a 'deluxe' size. One, the Nicole Richie perfume, didn't actually contain the sample, though. All that came was the cardboard packaging. Now, I have zero interest in trying out Nicole Richie's perfume. But, in the interest of testing out Sample Society's customer service, I quickly emailed to report my mini sample. Their response was to send me out a replacement--which is fine, but in the future, Sample Society, a little quality control goes a long way. Plus, while the customer service rep assured me that the replacement would be sent asap, I've now been notified that it won't be sent out to me for another week.
But, onto the products....here is what I received:
- Strivectin Instant Retexturizing Scrub
- Delaney Wellness Rejuvenating Eye Cream
- Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Eye Pencil in Black
- Lollia Shea Butter Handcream
- Nicole Richie Fragrance
- Pantene Expert Age-Defy Advanced Thickening Treatment