FabFitFun quarterly lifestyle subscription box, Spring 2019
FabFitFun is a lifestyle subscription that offers a mix of cosmetics, fashion accessories, home goods, and fitness gear. The boxes are partly customizable, offering choices of some items from 2-4 options. An annual subscription allows greater customization choices, and allows you to make your selections earlier than a seasonal subscription.
The subscription also allows you a broad selection of additional items to add to your box that you can have included at additional (albeit discounted) cost. These items have a very broad range from makeup and skincare to hats, sunglasses, and totes, from stylish decor items to useful gadgets.
Your first box will be an Editor’s Box for the current season if you subscribe between cycles; this box is a Spring Editor’s Box, which was less customizable than it would normally be.
Let’s look inside!
I ordered my first box at the beginning of May. As it turns out, FFF had some web site issues, thanks to the Summer box customizations and add-ons being loaded around this time. My box customizations weren’t saved due to a technical glitch, so I received a default box rather than the custom box I’d ordered. Since all of the items I actually received were things I could use, except one, I was more or less content.
When I reached out to FabFitFun about the box customization, they offered to replace one item gratis as a one-time courtesy. I chose the foot cream, so that will be replacing the pillow spray — and I’ll be reviewing accordingly.
All prices listed with the items are the retail price provided by FabFitFun; I’ll mention how well I feel they align with the items’ quality as well.
Pretties and Accessories
Summer and Rose produced the Celine trinket dish ($22) included in this box; it’s a very pretty creamy-white ceramic dish with geometric gold and pink accents. The dish is a perfect size to hold the day’s jewelry or one’s glasses at night. I tend to keep a trinket dish on my nightstand for just that purpose.
The dish looks to be of decent quality, and the pink is subtle enough that even if your tastes don’t run to the ‘girly,’ it will still be appealing. I generally loathe pink and I still think this little tchotchke is adorbs. I don’t know if I’d pay $22 for it for myself, but if I was purchasing it as a gift, I’d probably buy it without too much deliberation.
The Ettika Opal Rose necklace ($40) is typical of subscription-box jewlery to me: tiny and ridiculously priced. Most of them are plated metals rather than an actual jeweler’s metal, and while $40 is hardly the worst price I’ve seen for a costume piece, it’s still more than I would spend on gold-plate when I could find pieces that are gold-filled over sterling for a similar price. I admit that this is a particular quirk of mine, and not a preference everyone shares.
Aside: Gold-plating refers to metal pieces made by using a base metal (brass, copper, or silver, usually) with a thin layer of gold electroplated onto the outer surface. There’s not much gold in gold-plated pieces, and if it gets scratched or damaged, the gold can easily flake off to reveal the base metal. Gold-filled items are created by a process in which a much thicker layer of gold is pressure-bonded to the base metal of the piece, usually silver. (You will sometimes see this referred to as vermeil or gold vermeil.) It gives better quality, and greater value.
I am not, as a general rule, someone who will wear a single dainty jewelry piece. I’m a broad in more than one sense of the word, and delicate little things tend to sort of disappear on me. This necklace is a very cute little chain with an opal, which I like for their color-changing qualities, but I’d likely only wear it as a layering piece. It’s not a piece I would have chosen, but it is quite pretty, and I’m going to see how it layers with other pieces I have.
As a current eyeglass wearer, I have historically had little use for sunglasses, pretty as they may be. However, I am about to be able to ditch the glasses due to some forthcoming surgery, so it will be great to already have a stylish pair of sunnies like this Diff Cruz pair ($85) to add to my wardrobe.
However — and yeah, that word does pop up a lot — I have to admit that the idea of paying $85 for a pair of not-very-sturdy-feeling plain aviators is sort of mind-boggling to me. They’re cute, don’t get me wrong, but given how flimsy the frames feel, I’m willing to bet they won’t last 6 months in Chez Clumsy-Ass Broad. I tend to not like buying items that have a ‘semi-disposable’ nature. While it could be argued that I didn’t pay $85 for them since they were included in the box, if I chose to buy another pair, or a pair for someone else, I’d be paying that $85.
Pampering and Personal Care
This assortment of beauty and grooming products is both useful and appealing to me with one exception, the pillow spray. Since I’ve already mentioned that this product will be replaced with the Ahava foot cream, I will review that item separately after I have received it.
Products like the Murad Renewing Eye Cream ($82), the Tarte Lights Camera Lashes ($23) mascara, and the Way of Will Strengthening Nail and Cuticle Serum ($24) are ones I intend to test in a bit more detail, so longer individual reviews will follow after I’ve done testing. The fact that these items are included pumps up the value of the box a great deal for me, since they’re all products I will use, and two out of three are brands I know to be quality.
Lavido’s Aromatic Body Lotion ($19) is a formula that is moisturizing without being too thick or greasy in feel. It works into the skin easily, with a very slippy feel. The scent is a pleasant citrus-herb blend, but it is fairly strong — I found it a little overwhelming to wear close to my face or on my hands, due to my sensitivity to strong scents. It smells clean and fresh with a little bit of some powderiness, which makes me think it would be a nice choice for summertime.
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray ($29) will not be tested by me, because I have a scent sensitivity to lavender. It will be gifted to someone, not wasted, but it’s of little use to me. This is the only product in the box I didn’t find useful or appealing. Since FFF offered to replace it with the Ahava Dermud Intensive Foot Cream ($29), which I’ve been hoping to try out, I’m quite happy with the value of the box and will likely review that product at a later date.
Broads and Dudes Over 40
This FFF box was really good, with a few caveats. The quality on the items could be higher in some cases — I’d honestly prefer one or two fewer items to get things that are better-made or sturdier. The sunnies in particular struck me as being flimsy. The personal-care items, however, were all either from established brands that I already know to be good quality, or ones that seem to measure up well.
While the inflated ‘retail value’ is kind of ridiculous, to me, this box was definitely worth more than double the $49.95 subscription cost, which makes it a solid choice for a sub box. The selection of items was good, for me — I tend to like having a box weighted toward personal care items with some additional home or fashion choices, and this one fit the bill nicely.
Overall, I’d have to say that this box was a good, solid subscription, depending on how much use you can get from the individual items. Since almost everything was of use to me, I liked it!
Reviewer’s note: This box was purchased by the Broad for review.
All views and opinions in this post are entirely my own.