Do Wantable's Statement Accessories Say Yay or Nay?

by Amy Lu on 29 October 2013 0 comments

Are you up for a sort-of surprise? Just answer a quiz and Wantable delivers! Although you won't know exactly what you'll get, you can count on Wantable to personalize your box just right. I received some beautiful, bold pieces in this box (yay!) and one that is a tad less impressive by comparison — but each one definitely suits my style.

For some people (myself included), the price might be a smidge high for a regular expense. But if you're used to paying premium for quality products, a Wantable box may actually help you save money. (See also: Where to Find Inexpensive Accessories)

About Wantable

Wantable aims to match their customers with makeup or accessories they're sure to love. The goodies in each box are hand-picked by Wantable's in-house and guest curators, based on the answers you provide in a super easy style quiz that only wants to know if you love, like, or dislike the options they present to you. For a one-off box at $40, or a subscription at $36 per box, you receive 4-6 full-size makeup products or several pieces of quality accessories (the exact number seems to change month to month). With each box valued at $80 to $100, you could save up to 60% on the latest in beauty and fashion. (See also: Wantable Makeup Box Review)

If makeup and accessories aren't your thing, Wantable has also rolled out an intimates box with stylish and comfortable essentials (think camis, tanks, socks, tights, panties, and soft bras).

The Goodies

We're back to accessories with this month's box. My previous accessories box was a hit overall. How does this one stack up? To give you an idea of what the Wantable team had to work with, here are some of my answers to the style quiz:

  • Love: Classic, Mix 'n Match, Earrings, Necklaces, Headbands
  • Like: Rock 'n Roll, Boho, Urban, Multi Tone, Beads
  • Dislike: Rings, Watches, Sunglasses, Leatherette

And here are the products they sent me:

Estella Earrings

Can something be both elegant and cute? Yes, and the Estella earrings prove it. The warm apricot gems in their stately oval shape, the tiny pearl-like beads at the top, and the whimsical bows and flowers all come together in old-fashioned quirkiness. My mom, who loves elegant and cute things, walked off with them at first sight. (See also: Affordable Accessories to Kickstart Your Style)

Retail value: $24

Aubrina Earrings

I don't usually buy black earrings because they get visually lost in my hair, but I can count on the Aubrina earrings to stand out thanks to the silver trim. They seem to recall the standard diamond shape that you often see on earrings, but the rounded corners — more clover than diamond — softens the look. The earrings feel a little heavy, but the backings are secure enough that I'm not at all worried about losing one.

Retail value: $22

Emmy Necklace

I think I would like the Emmy necklace more if the green bars were larger. It's such a beautiful color, and I want more of it! As is, I'm a little underwhelmed, but I can see this working as an everyday, I-just-need-a-spot-of-color kind of accessory.

Retail value: $28

Gretchen Necklace

I thought this necklace looked fairly ordinary at first. It's basically a circular pendant on a long chain — and that's what you would see from a distance. But then I really looked at it, and I fell in love with the details. The construction of the pendant (two main rings looped together by twine-like wire) and the many different textures bring interest to an otherwise simple shape. My only worry is that the out-facing rhinestones along the edge can damage sweaters and other delicate clothing. Then again, I can imagine the necklace being a mildly effective weapon — it's certainly sturdy enough!

Retail value: $24

Is It Worth It?

The retail value of everything in the box came out to $98. There is no way I would purchase any of these pieces at their full retail price, so the 59.1% savings is too far removed from my budgeting world to really get me excited. But if I think about it from a different angle — these pieces are gorgeous, and they're only about $10 each! — I would say this box is worth it.

I want to emphasize this box, because the cost for monthly boxes can really add up. (Seriously, there's no way I'd be able to keep this up if I weren't reviewing these boxes.) And while Wantable tries to match up the goodies with what you like, there's no guarantee or one-item return policy — full-box returns only. Still, I think the Wantable experience, quiz and semi-surprise and all, is a fun treat for special occasions and an awesome gift for the makeup or fashion inclined.

Disclaimer: I received a free box for an honest review.

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