I love when the Quarterly boxes come in! Maybe it’s because, as the name implies, these subscriptions only come in every three months, prolonging the anticipation with the promise of the “cream of the crop” for sub boxes. (And starting at $50 a box and up, the expectation is that they will be!) One of the other foundation’s of Quarterly Co.’s model is that the items in the box are hand-selected by a celebrity curator. There are football players and chefs, bloggers, actresses, and fashionistas. The one thing I have noticed is that their curator list has shrunk of late, which may well be for the best in terms of allowing them to really work with the guest curators to get the best items for their boxes.
I currently have Quarterly subscriptions for Nina Garcia, My Subscription Addiction, and today’s curator, Eva Scrivo. According to Quarterly’s bio for her:
“Eva Scrivo is a highly acclaimed hair and makeup artist. She is the owner of two eponymous salons in New York City, a television and radio personality, and author of Eva Scrivo on Beauty: The Tools, Techniques, and Insider Knowledge Every Woman Needs to Be Her Most Beautiful, Confident Self.”
I’ve never heard of Ms. Scrivo but then again, I’ve always been a ponytail and scrunchie kind of girl when it comes to my hair. In fact, while I expect that there will be some hair items in this box, I’m hoping there is a variety of great items. Her first box has a theme of “backstage beauty” and Scrivo promises it will “contain products, inspiration and how-to techniques for making runway looks practical for your own lifestyle”. Yay!
THE DETAILS: This box prices at $100 a quarter, and includes shipping if you have purchased the subscription. Quarterly Co. delivers worldwide and typically doesn’t charge for the box until it is ready to ship/being shipped. One other thing to note is that when a new curator comes out, the company often provides a code for $10 or so off the first box – but only for a very limited time. Quarterly boxes have a 100% Money Back Guarantee and if you ask for a refund they will send you a pre-paid label to ship the entire box back. So far I’ve had a great experience with their customer service!
Here’s the first look. With the Nina Garcia Quarterly Co. boxes, Nina actually has her own branded tissue paper and everything comes wrapped in it so it’s a really a treat to unbox. This isn’t the case with the Scrivo box, and instead I see quite a bit of packing material. Not sure how I feel about that since this is a $100 box. As you can see, Quarterly Co. boxes always include a curator note in its classic blue envelope. I usually skip over this until the end but it is definitely worth looking through because it typically includes a note with personal thoughts and sentiments about each of the items selected by the curator.
The first item I pull out of the box is a full size bottle of Kerastase Volume in Powder Backcomb Effect Finishing Spray. I used to never require backcombing as my hair was so full/thick it didn’t need it. Aging and daily stress have changed that, but that fact aside, I would never use this because I would never know how. Hmm. In any case, I found this retailing for $24.80.
The next item was this full size lip gloss by Armour in Stardust. It looks luxurious but I’ve got tons of gloss and the color doesn’t really grab me. It retails for $21.
This next item is a leather headband from Eva Scrivo’s own line. This exact one wasn’t for sale on her site but there was a similar style made of wool that is priced at $50. This one is a deep, burnished gold…or grayish chrome? It’s really hard to tell. Irrespective of that, I don’t feel like it is a very appealing color.
I pulled out this full size nail polish next. It is by Morgan Taylor in “Give Me Gold“. It’s a pretty color that I like and could see myself wearing. I found it retailing for $4.95.
This next item looks interesting. I can’t seem to find it online as the “seaberry serum”, but it looks like Obliphica has a re-branded version available for $38.
The final item is this Creative Professionals Teasing Brush. I never tease my hair because I’ve always been concerned about the damage it is said to cause; so I know this item will not get used. It retails for $17.58.
Last but not least were 5 cards with styling and “look” inspiration, and this Autumn Salad recipe that Eva favors. Together I’d price these out as about $1.
So in tallying the values, this box has a total value of about $157.33. This is above the $100 price of the box. However, about a third of the box’s value came in the form of the headband of indiscriminate color. Everything else either failed to appeal to my personal taste (like the hair items) or were just not that exciting (most of the make-up items). Given that, I opted to request a return for this box and also not to subscribe again. I know there were a lot of hair product fans who liked this box a lot; perhaps I’m just not in the target demographic. In any case, I get plenty of make-up- and even some hair items- in other boxes so I don’t feel like this subscription is anything I can’t live without. But maybe you’ll feel differently?