Face-base hunting is heaven and hell. Heaven, when you find the perfect fit. Hell, when you’re left with a whole tube/bottle of something unusable. It’s less of a painful gamble when the base in question is on sale, so that was how I got to experience Luxola for the first time. 25%-off, baby!
It was one of those mid-week flash sale things that only went on for four hours, so I had to decide quickly. At this point, the only thing I honestly need is a decent base! (I love my Fairy Drops BB Cream to bits, and I insanely regret not hoarding that other tube of Light Ochre when I had the chance. It’s a full-coverage formula that doesn’t have a white cast, so it’s my go-to for photo days. But I digress…) I’m guessing that I’m halfway through my Fairy Drops, and I can’t stand waiting for it to run out completely before finding an adequate replacement. As early as now, the search is on!
I ended up choosing K-Palette’s Zero Tema BB Cream for its affordability and generally good reviews. From PHP 781.50, the price got reduced to PHP 586. Luxola also let me choose two free samples and included a SGD 20 gift card as part of their February promotion. Personally, it’s against my own beauty rules to blind buy bases, but I thought to bend the rules just this once. The bases I swatched at the malls last week were deeply unsatisfactory. Besides, I find that Japanese brands cover the undertone list extensively. (Fifty Shades of Pale?)
To Luxola’s credit, the transaction was smooth and painless. There was just a slight hiccup on Philippine shipping’s end. I was beyond excited to learn that the package I ordered on the 10th was already in Manila and out for delivery on the 12th. I wasn’t home but packages are usually received on my behalf, so I was shocked to find that there was an attempted delivery. Nobody heard a knock or anything. Had to to call the shipping office the very next day, and I was told to leave an authorization letter. Left a letter and had people on alert already, but nothing came. Then I went home and saw that there was another supposed delivery attempt on the tracking record. Called the shipping company again on the 14th to get answers, and they assured me it was a delay on their part. (Not sure why they have to say that it’s the customer who was unable to receive the package… Arg.) They guaranteed my package arrival on the same day, and it finally showed up in the early afternoon.
Have you tried Luxola yet? Any shipping boo-boos, like what I experienced?