Friday, December 30, 2011

Review: BeautyMint



So... Ordered my set of BeautyMint products last week. BeautyMint, for those of you not familiar, provides monthly subscribers with a month's worth of "personalized" skincare products based off of your answers to their "skin consulation," which is basically a short quiz. At first, I was excited about the whole concept, because I was hoping it would be like Sole Society and Birchbox, just with skincare products. But it's not, and I found myself underwhelmed with the way the whole program is designed. Here are a couple of my issues with it:
  • Current customers get no referral perks. Sole Society and most other shoe clubs have referral programs to help you earn free pairs of shoes. At Birchbox, you get points towards free product. BeautyMint? Nothing. Any if you buy the $49.99 set, you're paying just as much as you would at SoleSociety. Birchbox gives you even better perks (discounts and opportunities for point bonuses) than SoleSociety and they're only $10 a month. 
  • Lack of flexibility. After taking their quiz (I refuse to call it a consultation. It's a quiz. And the answers don't even matter much! More on that later), you are given a set of products that you're supposed to order every month. But say you get your month of products and hate one of them. Too bad. Unless you retake the quiz, you're stuck getting that product with your normal order every month. Say you ran out of only 2 products. Too bad. You have to reorder the whole set, because they don't let you purchase or pick and choose individual products. You can manipulate your prescribed skincare set by retaking the quiz a bunch of times, but that only goes so far. 
  • Lack of options. BeautyMint has very few products, meaning they use a one-size-fits-all approach. For example, there is only 1 cleanser, so it doesn't matter if what type of skin you have; you're stuck with that cleanser. Since there are so few product options, you can take that quiz over and over with different answers and basically get the same results each time. Sometimes, you can put in the exact same answers a couple times in a row and get different results (I wanted to know what other people with different skintypes or concerns would get, so I took the test around 20 times and know this from experience). 
  • Their claims. They claim you're getting $150 worth of product with each order, but in reality, you're getting a travel-sized set of products in cheap packaging. There's no way your monthly set is worth $150. Their listed prices of $39.99 and $49.99 are far more accurate, and even with that, I think they're overshooting. There's a reason they can afford to have so many $20 coupon deals...  
So, those are my main issues with their program in general. The more I found out, the more hesitant I was to try out the products, but they were offering a coupon and a BeautyBox with a bunch of freebies at the same time, so I caved and got the more expensive set for $29.99. I received it a couple days ago, and lets just say I am so glad I didn't spend any more than $30. I love the products in the Beauty Box waaaaaay more than I love any of the BeautyMint skincare products, thus far. However, I'm going to use them for a couple more days to let my skin adjust before I make my official reviews. 

However, I will say this. In my consultation, I put that I have very dry skin and am highly concerned with fine lines around my eyes. Did I get anything specifically targeted for the eyes? Nope (I could have dinked around with my answers to the quiz for a while, but I was sick of doing it at that point).  For 3 days, I've used the Essential Cleanser with Aloe, Ultra Replenishing Serum with Marine Collagen, Renewing Moisturizer with Elastin, and alternate using the Sculpting Treatment with Peptides and Resurfacing Treatment with Retinol. After 3 days, my skin has gone from feeling and looking hydrated to feeling rough with some pimples. And the moisturizer is TINY. There's no way it would last a person with dry skin a month. Anyway, I'll keep using it for a couple more days, see if my skin stops feeling gross and then start reviewing them all in detail. 

Anyway, Happy New Year, everyone! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. 



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