Monday, April 8, 2013

Review: Coco Rocha Fancy Box (March)


After the tragedy that was the February P!nk box, and the overlap between the regular box and Ashton Kutcher's, I was a bit hesitant to try out another curated Fancy box. Even so, I signed up to receive the Coco Rocha box on nothing more than a whim and pure curiousity.

I was delighted to see that she (or someone in her camp) interacted with subscribers on thefancy.com via the comment section, plus the advertisements were certainly adorable. The site was also offering another $25 off promo code, which even if I only really liked a couple of the items still made it a worthwhile enough incentive.

Except I didn't like a couple of the items.

I L-O-V-E-D them all!

My box came in the mail at the end of last week and I was pleasantly surprised since I had been notified that it would be a few days late and had not yet received my shipping confirmation. This seems to happen a lot. I've had several issues with customer service already. Canceling the P!nk box tuned out to be a nightmare - they accidentally canceled my regular box and they're still working on reinstating it at the $30/month price. It's been 2+ weeks already, so clearly I missed out on the March box - and, I'm not happy about it either.

Anyways, at first I was concerned because the box felt a little light. Immediately, I had a flashback to the disappointment I felt when I opened my P!nk box the previous month. Luckily, besides the Fancy name attached to both, the two boxes had nothing more in common.



Although there are only 6 cards, there were actually 7 items. I received 2 different shades of China Glaze nail polish. One was the highlighter orange color pictured, and the other was a basic medium/dark grey.

The box was lighter because the items weren't substantial in size, but there was definitely enough to support the cost.

I can clearly see that Fancy has taken some customer input into their decision making. The items appeared to have been more carefully chosen then previously curated boxes. Also, one of the things that bothered me most about the P!nk box was that I didn't feel like they were things she would have actually chosen. There was no rationale behind the items, they just appeared the be random choices. In this box, every item card came complete with a brief statement from Coco. I thought it really added that something extra I was looking for all along.


For what I consider to an introduction to subscribers on what they can expect in future Coco Rocha boxes, I think it was an excellent showing. Clearly the theme of her boxes is fashion and I adored all her choices. I have already used several of the products and can't wait to give the rest a try.
 

The highlighter orange nail polish is perfect for a pop of color on a night out and definitely the right shade for the upcoming summer season. I wasn't sure at first about the color, but having spent the last few days in it, I'm sold. Along the same lines, the spike chain bracelet adds an 'edgy vibe' to any look.

Whereas the hand cream - which works great - gets you primed for summer, the first two items take you through it. And, the grey nail polish is versatile enough to go with any season.

I was already a fan of the China Glaze brand, so this was something I immediately enjoyed seeing in the box.

All the other items definitely set the tone for her collection. Obviously the Christian Dior book quite literally tells you the theme, and also makes a great coffee table addition. I'm in the process of hopefully buying a house after I get back from my summer in Los Angeles, so it's something I will be able to display soon enough ::crosses fingers::

Item Breakdown:
  • Cool Jewels Ice Cube Tray - $15
  • Opaque Over The Knee Socks - $15
  • Nail Polish By China Glaze - $15
  • The Little Dictionary Of Fashion - $20
  • L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream - $17
  • Spike Chain Bracelet - $15
Total - $97

I was really happy with the Coco Rocha Fancy box overall. All of the items were things that appealed to me and that I can get use out of. The spike chain bracelet and the nail polish were definitely my favorite though. I can't wait to see what comes next month! The box was just really fun and fashionable, and very me. Also, I was so ecstatic that I tweeted and left a comment on the product page, and she responded to both - she even mentioned that she saw my tweet on her later comment. I thought it was all very personable.

Keep up the good work, Coco!