The Problem With Subscription Boxes

I’m a huge fan of subscription boxes. I’ve tried several now, including Pink Parcel and Secret Scent Box and my husband has even jumped on the bandwagon and subscribed to a shaving box from Harry’s (review coming soon). But there is one thing that really annoys me about subscription boxes. There are often products in them that you cannot repurchase.

Back in September 2017 I received an awesome Pink Parcel box and inside was this Styl London Oval Face Brush. I instantly fell in love with it. It’s compact enough to fit into my make-up bag, has the softest bristles I’ve ever felt and it blends foundation, primer and blush to perfection. The problem is, I now cannot find it online – except on eBay where a few Pink Parcel subscribers are re-selling products.

If this was on the market, I would expect to pay around £10 for something of such good quality. And this is coming from a woman who won’t spend money on make-up brushes and only ever uses the ones she gets at Christmas in various gift sets. It really is that good.

The other thing that bothers me about this brand, apart from the fact that you can’t buy the products they’ve already spent a lot of money promoting, is their brand name. Is it Styl London? Is it Stylondon? Or StyLondon. I just don’t know and this is a problem because the digital market is huge and if I don’t even know what I’m searching for, it’s going to be too difficult to buy their products. Nobody wants to jump through hoops just to get a decent make-up brush. It has to be easy to find.

I would give this product a solid 9 out of 10, but it loses that crucial point and misses out on being a 10 because of how impossible it is to repurchase.

Have you ever discovered a product and fallen in love with it only to find you couldn’t repurchase?



  1. Jen
    March 16, 2018 / 12:01 am

    I got this brush but because I haven’t got on with brushes before I just haven’t given it a try yet.. It does feel super soft though! I will definitely give this a go now as you made it seem amazing! I agree though, it is really annoying when you can’t find something you want to purchase. This recently happened to me where the product was American so I would of had to pay stupid amount on shipping plus customs charges for it ?

    • Lacey Dearie
      March 16, 2018 / 9:25 am

      It’s really a great brush! I’ve always used blenders and sponges for foundation before so using a brush to apply was new to me. I may have been converted! x

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