A couple of days ago I received the Boudoir Prive Box for September 2011. For those who don't know, Boudoir Prive is similar to the Glossybox which I reviewed a short while ago. Boudoir Prive is a samples service, you sign up and for £10 with free postage each month you receive a very gorgeous box containing 5-6 deluxe samples. You can opt out at any time and there are no catches you need to be aware of.
Tropic Skincare Body Smooth. A very very small sample.. I'm not sure there's enough to do a body, probably one of my bingo wings...smells divine and is from the range created and produced by Susanne Ma (The Apprentice).
A Sample of the Agent Provocateur scent L'Agent. It's a beautiful perfume but as a deluxe sample I can't help but feel its a bit of a cop out. It's jut the size you'd get for free in Boots...so not what I'd call deluxe really.
Macadamia Hair Oil - this is a small sample but will last ages. Hair oils are fab, I love them and although it doesn't have the smell I love in the Moroccan Oil it does as good a job really so am especially happy with this sample (although it must be said I'm somewhat drowning in serums and oils!).
Colbert MD Nourish Eye Cream. Tiny pot. It's fine though, you use so little product when applying eye cream this would last me a decent amount of time. £15ml would set you back £90 so this is probably a good value pot of cream!
Zoya Polish. Marina from the Fall Smoke & Mirrors collection. It's not my colour it has to be said but I was excited to get this (not quite full size bottle) because I've been wanted to try Zoya's for ages and this will give me a great idea of formulas etc. So although not my colour, I was still pleased with this. Also included are swatches of the whole collection which I think is a great idea!
Cargo Boogie Nights Eye Pencil - a shimmery navy. Love it. Very pleased with this but again, a set of five of these is £13. Meaning each pencil is worth £2.60... and I'm not sure I'd count it as deluxe, but I'm nit picking really, it's a lovely pencil and gorgeous colour.
Finally there's a bronzing blotting powder sheet, I appreciate that this is a free thrown in sample but I won't ever use it.
So what do I think in general? Well I struggle to sum up what I think. I love the idea, and I love the samples generally speaking...but are they really any use to me? No, not really, the polish would have been amazing if it had been a colour I'd have used and the hair oil is lovely. The rest? No, my life isn't better for having them. BUT it is lovely having a box of samples dropping through your letter box to sniff and read about.
In a way I think these boxes are not great for Beauty Bloggers! I'd love to hear what someone who wasn't a blogger thought and see it from the perspective of someone who isn't already drowning in full size products.
It does feel like a treat getting these sample boxes and I think they'd make a lovely gift for someone special too (if you were feeling flush!). Boudoir Prive is certainly a nice mix of products and more suited to people in general than the Glossybox with it's Blonde Eyebrow Palette, Damaged Hair conditioners etc and for that reason alone, this one is my preferred box! If it takes your fancy you can sign up here.
*Disclosure - PR Sample*