Modbox Review: Sampling Within Your Control And Budget
If you’ve been following this blog and reading diligently (thank you!), you’d already know that I am not keen on beauty boxes. I know what I want, and I like to have control of what I’ll be getting in my boxes. I hate that surprises become disappointments and it’s just an overwhelming feeling that I’ve wasted my money on a bunch of crappy samples I never use. Recently, I was approached by Modbox to try out their Intro Kit for bloggers, and I was a skeptic. I told Jess (co-founder of Modbox) as much, that I might not be kind in my review, and she was still keen to know what I think. So, here it is – my honest review of yet another subscription box that seems to be mushrooming here.
The packaging is simplistic. It is small, light and doesn’t take up much space on my vanity. I actually like that the cardboard box is recyclable, or you can dismantle it, fold it flat and keep it for future use – to store something or even to reuse it and send stuff to someone. I complained about a particular huge heavy box that looks the same every month. Imagine having 12 of them in a year – I’d probably throw them out and it would be a waste and extremely environmentally unfriendly. I also like the cards inside the box which describe the samples you received. If you are all about fancy packaging, then you will be disappointed.
In general, you get 3 samples per box but because this is a blogger’s kit, I’m getting a few more products. The products fit comfortably and snugly in this little box, and I’m happy to report that they are all useful. Don’t you hate it when you get useless samples in a subscription box? Well, you don’t have to worry about Modbox because you get to choose your own samples. That’s right. You choose 3 samples you like and after sampling them, you can actually purchase them online at Modbox’s website. Any purchase above RM100 is delivered to your door for free. I also like that. You might not have access to the physical store, and it’s pretty much pointless if I like the samples and have to travel more than 200km just to get to the store. Modbox made it easy and I really like how convenient they made it.
These are the samples I received and out of all of them, I enjoy the Murad toner the most (reviewed here). Another thing I don’t like about subscription boxes is well, the subscription. I get tied down for 3, 6 or 12 months. I might like this month’s box, but I can’t guarantee I’ll like the next. Modbox took that away. You don’t have to subscribe. If you see something you like they have to offer, you purchase. If you don’t, then wait for the next offering.
How much does it cost, you ask? RM9 excluding shipping (RM6 – West Malaysia, RM9 – East Malaysia). In total, that would either be RM15 or RM18 for a box of 3 samples of your choice, no commitment whatsoever. How does that sound? That’s also the downside. While it is very affordable and one of the cheapest in the country, you’ll be getting only 3 samples of which you can easily obtain if you just go to the counter and ask for them. So for me, I would choose items I really want to try, items I can’t sample because it’s not available where I am. If I like it, then I’ll just buy it online at the Modshop. Easy right?
If you like surprises, well, this is not for you. There are no surprises here because you know what you’ll be getting. Naturally, you’re paying RM9 for the samples and the recyclable box and you’ll also be paying for shipping. You’ll only get items you handpick and there are only 3 samples. Also, it is a pay per box. There is no subscription where you’ll be tied down for a period of time. If all these sound good to you, then you can head on to Modbox (link here) to check out what’s on offer.
What do you look for in a beauty box?