March 2012 Topbox Review & Pictures

March 2012 Topbox Review & PicturesThe March 2012 Topbox is the 3rd month I’ve tried, and while I do like the products I’ve received, I still feel like it’s overshadowed by the November 2011 edition. (They had a full-size Deborah Lippmann polish and also a full-size Cake Beauty hand cream!)

In my March Topbox, there was a good variety of items to test out, and this time I’ll be able to use everything.

I was particularly pleased to see that there was some nail polish and also a Make Up For Ever product.

I much prefer the March Topbox to the February Topbox!

March 2012 Topbox Pictures

March 2012 Topbox Review & Pictures

March Topbox Review & Pictures

This is the Topbox tube that you get each month. It has an elegant pattern covering the tube. Simple, practical, and environmentally friendly!

Topbox March 2012 Review & Pictures

The end of the tube pops off.

March 2012 Review & Pictures

I'm really impressed with how many waves the Topbox team has made in such a short amount of time! Sweet - there's an extra sample this month. πŸ™‚

March Topbox Review & Photos

At the bottom of the tube, there's a little bit of crinkled, decorative paper.

March 2012 Topbox Pictures & Review

March 2012 Pictures & Review

Make Up For Ever Sens'Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser March Review & Photos

Make Up For Ever Sens'Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser (25 mL / 0.84 fl. oz.)

Redken Color Extend Shampoo & Conditioner March Review & Pictures

Redken Color Extend Shampoo & Conditioner (4 packets of 10 mL / 0.35 fl. oz. each)

Mark Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stain Review & Pics

Mark Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stain (1.5 g. / 0.05 oz.)

Mark Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stain Topbox March 2012 Review & Pics

Colour: "Frilly FrouFrou"

Mark Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stain March 2012 Review & Pics

Brush applicator

Mark Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers March 2012 Review & Pictures

Mark Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers (2 bottles of 2.7 mL / 0.09 fl. oz.)

Mark Nailed It Mini Nail Lacquers March 2012 Review & Pictures

Left-Right: Violet Daze & Tickled Pink

Mark Mini Nail Lacquers March 2012 Topbox Review & Pictures

Here's how the mini Mark polishes look compared to a full-size OPI bottle.

Simple Sensitive Skin Experts Cleansing Facial Wipes Topbox March 2012 Review & Pictures

Simple Sensitive Skin Experts Cleansing Facial Wipes (7 wipes - 18 x 19 cm. each)

Claims: 50% TRUSTED

√ Contains 4 deluxe samples (There were actually 5 samples this month.)
X Samples are from premium brands (I only considered Make Up For Ever to be a premium brand)

Key Notes

  • Name: March 2012 Topbox
  • What You Get in Each Month’s Box: 4 deluxe samples from premium brands
  • What I Paid: $10 CAD (of course plus tax)
  • Where to Sign up for a Subscription: Topbox website

March 2012 Topbox Review


I dig the plain tube that Topbox uses to ship the samples. It’s clean, simple, and environmentally-friendly, which is huge in this day and age. As much as I love cute packaging, it makes me feel good when I support companies that see the bigger picture and care about the future of the planet.

And it’s not like environmentally-friendly has to be ugly. They still decorated the tube and included purple tissue paper and little crinkly paper inside.

The Products

This month, I can use every single product, so I’m pretty happy. And this time, Topbox has provided 5 samples instead of the usual 4.

That being said, I noticed that the only real premium brand included was Make Up For Ever. Still, though, I was overall pretty happy with the products included this month.

Make Up For Ever Sens’Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser

I was excited to see this item because I haven’t had a chance to try too many Make Up For Ever products (mainly because they’re pretty expensive). Also, I have sensitive eyes and I do wear eye makeup all the time, so this is a sample that I’ll use.

Redken Color Extend Shampoo & Conditioner

Since I don’t have dyed hair, I can’t properly test this out. And I wasn’t jumping up and down to see that instead of a bottle, there were just single-use packs. (I find them slippery and inconvenient to use in the shower when your hands are wet.) But, it was nice that Topbox included 2 samples of the shampoo and the conditioner.

Mark Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stain (Frilly FrouFrou)

Have you ever tried a lip stain before? I haven’t. I’m curious, but a little nervous, too. Because it’s a stain, it means that I won’t be able to easily just wipe it off, right? It’ll stain the skin a bit, I’m guessing. So if it’s a colour I’m not in love with, I may have to walk around with it for longer than I want…or I’ll have to cover it up with lipstick.

The name for this colour made me laugh – Frilly FrouFrou doesn’t exactly describe me…hehe! πŸ˜‰ But I think the colour itself will be interesting to wear. I haven’t worn anything quite like it because, in the past, I’ve played it safe with neutrals.

Mark Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers (Violet Daze & Tickled Pink)

WOO HOO! Being a nail junkie, of course you know that I was ecstatic to receive not one, but two, nail polishes in the March 2012 Topbox! πŸ˜€ And this is from a brand that I’ve never tried anything from, so I’m curious to see how the polishes will wear.

Violet Daze is a majestic, shimmery purple that seems totally up my alley, and Tickled Pink is cute, but I tend to have trouble pulling off pinks. This one’s purplish pink, so we’ll see how that one goes!

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes

This is the bonus product included in this month’s box.

Although I don’t use facial wipes daily (that would create too much extra waste), I do use them sometimes when it’s late and I’m really exhausted.

I’ve actually already tried out a few wipes. Since I have sensitive skin, I can confidently say that these wipes truly are gentle enough for those with sensitive skin. I didn’t experience any irritation even around the eye area.

Now, I don’t wear waterproof mascara (what the brand claims to be able to remove), but I do wear other waterproof makeup like eyeliner. I found that I had to wipe over the area a lot for it to remove the liner. But it easily removed my mineral makeup foundation.

I’m not blown away by these wipes, but they’re okay!


  • Environmentally-friendly packaging
  • Contains a nice assortment of products (including 2 mini nail polishes – yay!)

  • Not all products are from top brands. (I only considered Make Up For Ever to be a premium brand.)

Final Verdict: 8/10

While the February 2012 Topbox left me disappointed, the March 2012 Topbox was much better, but still not as mind-blowing as the November 2011 Topbox.

I’m trying to save some money, so I’ve made the decision to cut one of my subscriptions – either to Topbox or Loose Button’s Luxe Box. I’ll give each at least another month before I make the final cut.

Did you get the March Topbox? What did you get? What do you think of the products I got?


8 thoughts on “March 2012 Topbox Review & Pictures

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jennifer!

      For me, the lip stain, the nail polishes, and the Make Up For Ever product justified the price of the box.

  1. Kim

    A little more than a year ago, I was coloring my hair and used the Redken color extend shampoo (it was a nice cranberry smelling product – not too overpowering). It did work nicely and I think it did help the color not to fade. It was one of the few hair products that I used the whole bottles. I can’t speak to the new IPN in it, but maybe this is helpful.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kim!

      I’m glad to hear that you had such a good experience with the Redken shampoo. Since I don’t have dyed hair, I’m thinking about giving it to my mom since she still dyes her hair.

  2. Carmela

    I second the Redken reco by Kim. I tend to go for reddish brown shade when I dye my hair and Redken is the only hair product I swear by that keeps the red tones longer. The packets might be inconvenient to use but they might come in handy to bring around when traveling! Other than that, I agree that Mark and Simple aren’t really premium brands. But a full-size lip tint and not one, but two mini polishes isn’t a bad deal. I’m becoming more convinced that Topbox might not be for me, after all. Thanks for these unboxing posts, Mary! πŸ™‚
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      I wish that back in the day when I dyed my hair red I would’ve known about products like this. My red always faded so quickly.

      Very true about using the little packets for traveling. Wish I traveled more. But, I can’t afford to do so right now. One day! πŸ™‚

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey lacquerloon!

      Which of the MUFE foundations have you tried? I’m curious about their HD one, since I really enjoy using their HD primer.


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