The thing is, I’m not sure that I am a fan of Elizabeth Arden‘s famous Eight Hour Cream or Red Door fragrance but when The Lilac Box announced that their next concept box would be a specially curated Elizabeth Arden edition, I still cracked open the piggy bank.
You all know how big of a beauty box die-hard I am and the lack of beauty boxes in my life lately has made me melancholy. I didn’t know much about Elizabeth Arden but this seemed as good a chance as any to get acquainted.
The Elizabeth Arden edition was RM58 inclusive of local delivery and packaged in true Lilac-style with ribbons and jazz. I have to give it to The 3 Lilac Guys – they know how to gift wrap. I feel special opening each and every box by them.
The oddest thing about this box was that it came with a card celebrating Mother’s Day…despite it coming to market about two months after Mother’s Day.
I imagine this was intended as a Mother’s Day campaign box that got left by the wayside as the busy men at Lilac were being distracted by all that ribbon-tying they obviously have banking up at HQ.
No matter – it’s always what’s inside that counts.
It’s rare that I feel this way from ‘go’ but this was one box I have no regrets buying. I know many of my fellow bloggers held back on this one – citing this and that reason or simply out of boredom with beauty subscriptions but I’m my own girl and I’m happy with this edition.
Anyway, if you didn’t pick one up, I’m going to post here so you know what was missed out on. The best thing about this box was that it had been completely and utterly jammed with deluxe samples. And, for all you sachet-haters out there, there were no sachets in sight!
The fun began with this glamorous duo of creams for Day and Night.
We received the cutest little jar of Ceramide Premiere Intense Moisture and Renewal Activation Cream for day wear & another of the Ceramide Premiere Intense Moisture and Renewal Overnight Regeneration Cream for night application. These products are anti-ageing formulas targeting skin renewal and wrinkle-reduction.
These creams even come with appropriately nuanced light & dark lids to indicate which is for day and night so you don’t get confused. I haven’t tried these yet but the little jars are enough reason to fall in love. They’re miniature and adorable and that’s probably why I love them more.
I couldn’t resist offering you a closer look of each product because they happen to be so photogenic as far as beauty creams go.
I love that this moisturising day cream has an SPF30 and this makes it possible to go without layering some separate sun protection should you want to give your usual sunscreen a day off. I think this is a sophisticated feature and all day creams should adopt this handy aspect in their formulations. The night cream, on the other hand, aims to restore moisture and counter pigmentation and other signs of ageing while we sleep. I have to love anything that wants to help me stave off the wrinkles.
As with all night creams, the Ceramide Premiere night cream is a little richer than its daytime counterpart and both are lightly scented in the way that luxury creams are. They are fragranced but it’s only lightly floral and not offensive unless you are very much against any scent at all.
This Lilac Box also came with another deluxe sample of moisturiser, this time one aimed at dry skin for those not producing their own grease. Despite my oil-well tendencies, I recently came to understand that I have more dry spots than I care to admit and this will help me deal with them.
The Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Cream is a moisturising day cream with an SPF15 and I have to say that I am loving the fact that Elizabeth Arden care to incorporate a level of sun protection into these hydrating products for day wear. This is something I never did notice about this brand before and nice to know.
Born from the same lineage as the previous product is the next sample – a deluxe-sized bottle of Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum. I read a review online that claims it was a very decent serum even for oily skin so I’m excited about this and let’s not forget, folks, this is a SERUM! * throws gold confetti into the air*
This one is non-greasy, sinks right in and there’s no shine. It looks promising and I can feel my heart swell with hope. I always feel hopeful when I hear the word ‘serum’ now.
Since reviewing the Algothem Marine Life Serum, I’ve discovered a new love of serums and almost everyone I know who has amazing skin swears by them. I am over the moon that we got this in the Concept Box instead of the Eight Hour Cream. Thank you, Lilac, thank you!
Now, Elizabeth Arden capsules have been featured in and out of beauty boxes in this country since time immortal but this is my first ever sample of these famed Elizabeth Arden capsules and I think I got the gold class version with this Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules as far as capsules go because I do know that there is a rather plain-looking pink pod available in the range.
Correct me if I’m wrong but the gold makes me think this incarnation is the more luxe version of their capsule line. That, or the plain-Jane pink one is for younger skin.
This product has received such plentiful praise from users on the Elizabeth Arden website with a current total of 83 reviews of this product but most commentary seems to be from women in the ’45 and overs’ age group.
Alright, this ShopGirl may not be quite the ‘girl‘ she used to be but I’m not that mature yet and these might afford me a head start on my own generation.
Either way, they’re so beautiful in their little jar that I don’t mind finding them in here at all and even if I don’t get around to using this sample, mum will like them.
The next product got me excited because I live for BB Creams. I haven’t had much luck with regular foundations but BB Creams just make my day.
I’m so happy this Elizabeth Arden Visible Whitening BB Cream was included because I don’t tend to buy non-Korean/ Japanese BB Creams and would not have had a chance to try it.
The shade is a 01 and it is a pinkish beige that suits my skin tone. It didn’t look great on application but improved significantly within a few minutes as it warmed on my skin. I find that all my favourite BB Creams require this ‘warming period’ so one thing I’ve learned is to never judge by the initial impression of one on my skin alone.
Coverage was light to look at and natural and it left my skin looking warm, natural and as if I had a candle-lit glow. I might wear this with a light dusting of finishing powder, however, as the formulation is a little greasy from the tube. It does feel heavier and creamier on my face than my everyday BB too.
The emulsion did split in the tube for this product so when I first tried to squeeze some out, the actual BB cream was preceded by a greasy, clear liquid that had separated from the base formula. Ick! I did find this disconcerting but I got over it enough to go ahead and slap it on my face anyway. Really, the things I do for all of you!
Unsurprisingly, this did apply greasier than my usual HG BB Cream but it surprised me when it seemed to magically self-correct this issue after a few minutes. The BB Cream goes on a little shiny but the situation seems to mellow into a soft-focus result sans shine. Quite amazing really!
I wonder if this result is just my imagination so I need to work with this some more before drawing a final conclusion and will probably seek out a beauty assistant at an EA counter to find out more about this product.
At any length, I’m fascinated enough to dig deeper into the story behind this BB Cream and am willing to devote a little bit of my life to see if it’s a keeper.
It’s worth mentioning that this has a SPF of 30 and so I am loving all this sun protection in my Elizabeth Arden products!
The last and final Elizabeth Arden samples were fragrance vials. 1.2mls of Red Door and Green Tea Honeysuckle. I’m none too excited about these as I’ve had them before and there is nothing here that inspires me to go onto full sizes.
I have these samples from previous subscriptions of the Bag of Love and am not a fan. It’s hard for me to accept new scents into my life because I love my usual lot too much but I know that The Lilac Box didn’t need to include these but were kind enough to do so. I think The Lilac Box earned enough value mileage from the Elizabeth Arden samples I’ve just written about but these are a nice bonus.
Doubtless, they’ll make a nice little treat for someone else. I never waste anything from my beauty boxes and someone always benefits.
The last sets of samples helped pad up the rest of the box very effectively and were all by Wella which shocked some in what was advertised as an Elizabeth Arden Box but I’m sure there was good reason for this…these are all extras, of course! I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Extra samples are never a bad thing.
I already have multiples of all the following but they’re quite good and I am more than happy to share my excess shampoo samples with people I know who are just as happy to receive them.
I’m keeping the System Professional samples but giving away the Enrich ones because I don’t have dry hair.
So, there you have it, for just a little bit more than their regular subscription box, the Elizabeth Arden Concept Edition was, to be fair, a decently curated edition with twice the amount of samples than a standard Lilac Box.
The only catch was that you had to want to try Elizabeth Arden (or be open-minded enough to become the surprised but proud owner of lots of Wella samples) so it was a box that may have not been for everyone.
Would I buy another Lilac Box? You know I will.
The good news is that I’ve finally bought enough Lilac Boxes and answered enough survey questions at the Lilac Website to qualify for my first free (regular) Lilac Box. 100 credit points equals a free box!
The bad news is the fact that I even qualify for a free Lilac Box because this tells me that I’ve spent an awful lot of money on Lilac Boxes. Oops!
And, as with all things Lilac, who knows when the next box will be released but I want to let you all know that there’s a Box 8 with my name on it and that I absolutely deserve it!
Back to stalking their Facebook page religiously again…
Should you be curious enough to want some Lilac Box for yourself…hang out at the links below for announcements of their next box.
[Disclosure: This is not a sponsored or brand affiliated post. The Lilac Elizabeth Arden Concept Box was paid for by me and the opinions expressed here are entirely my own. Consider at your own risk]