Fall is in full swing, which, aside from the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, also means its time to review yet another FabFitFun collection! This season we were sent products from a few big name brands I know many of you will be excited about. So let’s dive in and take a closer look at what I got.
What is FabFitFun?
FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription service that sends beauty, lifestyle, fashion, and fitness goodies to your doorstep every three months. Each box costs $49.99 (with shipping included) and typically has a value of over $300.
In addition to your seasonal box, FabFitFun subscribers also get access to some amazing sales and discounts. Every season you are able to purchase additional products that ship with your box for insane prices (for example, this season I bought the Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast for only $9, regularly $29). They also have huge seasonal sales in between boxes, often including products from previous seasons.
My Fall Box
This season’s box was sponsored by LUNA, and included what looked like a very tasty fruit and nut bar. Unfortunately it was chock full o’ peanuts, which I’ve been trying to avoid eating as I may be developing an allergy to them. Even though I couldn’t enjoy it myself, I still thought it was a fun touch.
Aside from the bonus goodie, every FabFitFun subscriber received nine items in their box. As always, some of these products were sent to all subscribers, while others were considered “choice” items. Individuals with annual subscriptions can fully customize these options, while seasonal subscribers only get to select a few. I’ll share which items I picked and which were chosen for me as we go through the product by product breakdown.
The first lifestyle-type item I received was this adorable floral printed Catherine Malandrino Umbrella ($39.99). This was a choice item, and subscribers could pick either one of two umbrella designs, or one of two pairs of wireless earbuds. I’m pretty loyal to my Kate Spade earbuds, so that made the decision pretty easy for me. Also, I couldn’t remember the last time I actually bought an umbrella, and realized I was probably long overdue for an upgrade. This one is a little big to fit in a purse (unless you carry a large tote), but could easily be kept in the car. The construction on it seems decent, and will most definitely be replacing my current (and way less stylish) option.
Now this next item is just too stinkin’ cute. Subscribers were given a choice between an Alfred Tea Kettle ($26), or an Alfred French Press ($22). I drink both tea and coffee on an almost daily basis, so I could have easily picked either option and been happy. However, since my cabinets are already full of every type of imaginable brewing apparatus, I decided to let my aesthetic tastes do the choosing.
I can’t deny that this teapot is every type of adorable. I love the floral pattern, and the petite size just increases the cuteness factor. That being said, it’s not the most practical teapot I own. It makes about the same amount of tea as one of my DavidsTea mugs that come with a strainer, at which point I ask myself why create two dishes to wash when I could just have one? Consequently, I haven’t gotten all that much use out of it yet, although it does look lovely sitting on my kitchen counter.
The last lifestyle item I received was a set of gray and white striped tea towels ($14.99). These were sent to all subscribers. Now, tea towels may seem totally random, but if you plan on doing any entertaining this holiday season I promise you’ll be happy to have some on hand. Whether you want to line a basket of freshly baked treats or need to transport a hot dish, doing so with a pretty tea towel will make you feel like freakin’ Martha Stewart.
As a self-proclaimed beauty junkie, I was pretty excited to see so many beauty related items in my fall box. Unfortunately, though, I didn’t end up falling in love with all that many of them.
First, all FabFitFun subscribers received a product from Grown Alchemist. Annual subscribers were able to choose from the three options, while seasonal subscribers were given one at random. My box contained the Polishing Facial Exfoliant, which is a whopping $67 value. Now, I love skincare, and I especially love exfoliating treatments, so I was initially pumped to try this out. However, the scent of this product was WAY too overwhelming for me to enjoy it. While the packaging clearly says “Pink Grapefruit” the actual fragrance is straight up patchouli. If this was one of those products where the scent dissipated quickly, I could probably get over it. Alas, I can still smell patchouli on my skin for hours after I get out of the shower, which is unfortunately a deal-breaker. The actual quality and performance of the scrub was great, so I’m really disappointed that I can’t get past the scent.
The next item I received was the Touch in Sol Metallist Lip Duo in Lucky Penny ($24.99). Annual subscribers were able to choose between this, a detox bath, and a Farmacy eye cream. Now, I’ve been wanting to try something from Touch in Sol for a while, but I feel like this is one of those “be careful what you wish for” moments. If this was an eyeshadow duo I think it would be GORGEOUS. But on the lips? It’s way too glittery and metallic for me to use it for anything other than instagram. I could certainly try to pass it along to a friend, although many of them are less daring with makeup than I am. Ultimately I wish I had received either of the two other options, as I surely would have gotten more use out of them.
Next in the box was the Skin & Co. Blue in Capri Shower Gel ($22). This item was given to all subscribers. Even though shower gel is something I would certainly use, I’m going to be passing this along as well. Firstly, the fragrance isn’t my personal cup of tea. I’m all about sweet, fruity, or floral fragrances, and this product is distinctly green and grassy. Beyond that, I’ve been trying to switch over to all sulfate-free products for my hair, skin, and bath, and SLS is the primary cleansing agent in this product. I find sulfates to be incredibly drying, and would rather opt for gentler formulations.
I’m sure a lot of FabFitFun subscribers were pumped for this next product. Everyone received two Glamglow Bubble Sheet Masks ($18 value). I love sheet masking, although these I’m slightly more dubious of. The concept of a bubbling mask is fun for sure, but I am worried the cleansing agents in them may be a little harsh and drying on the skin. Ultimately I’ll probably try out one just to see what it’s like and pass the second on to a friend.
Ultimately, though, I think the most exciting beauty item this season was the BeautyBlender ($20). All subscribers received one in their box, in a number of possible colors. Fun fact: I’ve never actually purchased a BeautyBlender. Every one I’ve owned throughout the years I’ve acquired either through some kind of sampler kit or a subscription box. As much as I love them, I can’t bring myself to spend $20 on a makeup sponge. Fortunately, the universe just keeps bestowing them upon me so I don’t have to!
Finally, I rounded out this season’s box with a set of Crown Brushes ($75). This was also a choice item, where you could pick between one of two Vince Camuto tote bags, or two different color varieties of the brushes. This was probably the most difficult decision for me this season. Brushes and bags are both things I love, but also have more than I need of. Honestly, I probably should have gone with one of the totes, but my inner beauty lover won me over and picked the brushes.
These brushes aren’t bad, but they most definitely are not worth $75. The bristles are soft and don’t shed terribly, but the handles feel very cheap and plastic-y. Considering that I could get a far superior set of Sigma or Luxie brushes at a similar price point, there is no way I’d consider $75 a fair price for this set. As much as I love FabFitFun and other subscription services, this is one of those common industry tactics that makes me roll my eyes. Odds are, if this set was to actually retail on the Crown Brush website, it would probably sell for around $40, and the brand would report it as a “$75 value” so you could feel like you were getting a bargain. I honestly still probably wouldn’t pay $40 for these brushes, but it would at least be more reasonable in my mind.
Total box value: $307.97
Overall I wasn’t totally displeased with the fall collection, but was generally happier with the items I received in the Summer Box. I think the products I’m going to get the most use out of are the umbrella, the Beauty Blender, and the tea towels. I probably wouldn’t have spent $50 just for those three items alone, but when I consider everything else I received (even if I am gifting away some of the items) I don’t think my money was entirely wasted. I look forward to seeing what FabFitFun puts together for us in the winter and hope that they’ll really knock that box out of the park!