August Sisley Paris Beauty Box
So sorry I missed last Wednesday but I was busier than usual in the earlier part of the week and there just wasn't enough time for me to get a post up. The good news is I have the entire month of September planned out so it shouldn't happen again (unless something comes up, fingers crossed). Today I'm sharing with you all my newest beauty subscription service and, as you can tell from the title, it is from the brand Sisley Paris. I signed up for this one once I found out the Beautycon Box was being discontinued. Initially I really wanted another quarterly box that would have a lot of full size products like the Beautycon Box while still being beauty focused and there just wasn't anything on the market that seemed quite right for me. I didn't even know Sisley had a subscription service so I immediately signed up because Sisley is a brand that I'm normally priced out of and it's only $60 for six months, which is what I signed up for, or $100 for 12 months. The downside is that you do have to pay for it all up front so you have to be willing to invest in future boxes. If you've never heard of the brand, Sisley Paris is a luxury French beauty brand and I mean luxury. So luxe that the single makeup items, so not bundles, range from $48-195 and the individual skincare items range from $67 all the way up to an alarming $795. I literally never look at their website or products on Beautylish because it is so ridiculously expensive so the monthly beauty subscription is a far more cost effective way to try out some of their products without breaking the bank. As you can probably guess the samples are absolutely tiny so you're not getting much volume wise but I still think it's pretty cool that such a luxe brand has their own subscription service making them much more accessible to people that normally could not afford to shop the brand. I haven't actually opened any of these products yet since I literally just received this a few days ago so it's just an unboxing again today but I wanted to get this up ASAP since the September box will be shipping out soon. I'll definitely be doing another Beauty Box Hits & Misses style post for the later half of the year so be sure to check back then if you want to see how I get on with everything. That was a lot of rambling so let's get to the goods already!
Remember when I told you Sisley is an expensive brand? The theme for the August box was 'The Luxe Collection' which of course comes with some luxe price points. Prepare yourself for some extreme sticker shock here because the full size version of this product cost a whopping $525 for 1.6 ounces. That means that this .13 ounce sample has a value of $42.66. Let that sink in for a minute. This product makes some serious claims and is supposed to help combat three signs of visible aging with help from lots of fancy ingredients that I'm not going to spell out for you because it's a pretty long list. Sisley claims that within the first few uses of the product your skin will already show signs of improvement by smoothing fine lines and plumping the skin and after four weeks of use lines will be visibly reduced. I'm only 27 and I don't really have any wrinkles but I do have some fine lines on my forehead so that will be the area that I'll be keeping an eye on when I crack into this.
Next up we have a crazy expensive eye serum. The full size version of this one is only .52 ounces and cost $315 giving this microscopic sample a $18.17 value. I am finally starting to run out of my Clinique eye cream so I'll be able to dive into all the samples I've stockpiled and I might have to start with this one because the price is so shocking. This is of course also an anti-aging skin care product and helps address fine lines, dark circles, puffiness and eyelid sagging and over time gives a more youthful appearance. I have pretty dark circles so I'm interested to see if this actually works and isn't full of empty promises like most eye creams.
Who says anti-aging products are only for the face? This formula is supposed to reduce and lighten dark spots, firm, fight aging, and promote healing. The SPF means less sun damage which is aging to the skin. Again, I'm only 27 and I don't have any visible signs of aging on my hands but I like that this has SPF since I have a tattoo on my right hand don't want it to fade. The full size version is 2.7 ounces and cost $169 so this sample has a value of $8.76 (here on the values drop drastically compared to the first two items).
Next up we have a very luxe body cream that will immediately hydrate and soothe dehydrated skin by preventing future water loss. Over time it will help better maintain a proper moisture level as well as soften the skin. Again, those are some pretty big claims and if you want to try it out yourself you'll have to fork over $172 to do so. The full size version is 6.7 ounces giving this .27 ounce single use sachet a $6.93 value.
Lastly we have a fragrance and I'm going to give you the notes according to Sisley but on Fragrantica there are a lot more notes listed so you can check those all out if you wish. Eau du Soir has top notes of grapefruit and mandarin orange, middle notes of rose, jasmine, syringa and ylang-ylang and base notes of amber and patchouli. It's not really my style because it's a little too floraly for my taste but I don't hate it and it does have a bit of a uniqueness to it. To me it comes off as a little mature but that could be because I associate more floraly scents as being mature. To get the value of the sample I broke down the price per ounce on all three sizes Sisley offers and averaged those just to be fair. I used that figure to come up with an estimated value of $6.82 for this sample. The smallest bottle they sell is one fluid ounce which is $135, a middle size of 1.6 ounces costing $195 and then if you want the big 3.3 ounce bottle your going to have to pony up $278.
After adding all my figures up the estimated value of the August box comes out to be about $83 and that's pretty darn good for a $10 subscription box. Sisley's products come with such a steep price tag so they can actually get away with doing these micro samples and still have incredible value. But the question is, is even it worth it? If you just want to try out some extremely luxurious products with no intention of ever buying the full sized product, like me, then I think it's a perfectly fine subscription box. If you're the type of person that actually uses subscription services to find new products you'll love then I don't think it would be worth it since you're only getting enough product in each sample to use it a few times. That being said, if you are one of those people genuinely trying to find your new favorite you can sign up for multiple boxes by using different email addresses and get more volume of the samples to try out before shelling out the big bucks (a practice that's pretty common for subscription boxes and especially in ones that have several variants). I'm not invested enough to do that because knowing my taste level I'd probably fall in love with a $400+ moisturizer and I could never spend that much on one beauty product. Normally I'm fine giving away samples from subscription boxes if it's something I don't think I'll like but this is one subscription box that I think I'll be keeping and testing out nearly everything for myself just because of how high the values are and how luxurious everything seems. That is all I've got for you today so thank you so much for visiting and have a lovely day!