So last month, My Beauty Bunny posted a coupon code giving new members of RocksBox a free trial month. (You can find it here–I’m not sure if it still works, FYI). I initially didn’t think the subscription box sounded too interesting, but free is free and besides–I figured I could review the box for the blog. And now…I’m kind of regretting it, because (spoiler alert) I wasn’t thrilled with the box, and I really hate to write a Debbie Downer review, but…I guess there’s no way around it now!
If you don’t know what RocksBox is all about, it’s essentially a monthly jewelry rental service packaged as a subscription box. Read on for all the details, pictures of what I got, and my thoughts overall on the service.
Here’s how it works: Head over to the RocksBox website and fill out a style profile detailing things like your jewelry style, the pieces you prefer (earrings, necklaces, etc.), colors, and more. You can choose from three different plans that range from month to month ($19/month) or prepaid in six- or twelve-month sets ($17 and $15 per month, respectively). Each month you receive three pieces of jewelry that are yours to wear as much as you like for a sixty-day period; at the end of the period you return the pieces in the prepaid envelope included with your order and receive three new pieces. If you like a piece you can purchase it at 20% off the retail price. There are no preview or skip windows in this subscription.
What I got: This lovely ribbon-tied box with a ring, necklace and earrings enclosed. The first piece is the Dara Ring in Blue, from designer Dara Ettinger (retail price $110, member price $88). This was the piece I liked best out of the box; the raw stone design is very boho and the ring fit very comfortably (not always true of cocktail rings), but even so it didn’t really stand out as something I would buy…especially to the tune of nearly a hundred dollars.
The second piece is the Chevron Pendant Necklace in Gold from Urban Gem (retail price $38, member price $30.40). I have to just toss it out there: I don’t like chevron. Yes, I know–I’m probably the only blogger in the world who isn’t a fan. This necklace seemed too long on my torso (and keep in mind, I’m five foot eight when I’m practicing good posture), but it would be okay if layered with lots of other necklaces. I also felt that the chain was too thick for the design, which made it look and feel cheap. Overall I just didn’t really like this piece and in any case I know I could find something similar for $10 at the mall. Maybe if it was a different design, I would like it more.
The last item is a pair of earrings, which initially got me excited because I’m a bit of an earring junkie. These are the Trace Drop Earrings in Caribbean Blue from Angel Court (retail price $130, member price $104). This piece honestly just made me mad. There is just no way these earrings are worth the retail price. The design is okay and I might actually get some wear out of these, but the metal looks and feels cheap. I feel like I could find the same pair of earrings at Icing or H&M for a fraction of the price and with no drop in quality.
My final thoughts: Overall, I do appreciate the fast and free shipping and the ability to cancel anytime. If you’re a fashionista who wants trendy new pieces to wear each month, doesn’t wear the same thing more than a few times, and isn’t terribly picky about what you get, this could actually be a great box–the pieces work out to less than $7 apiece (depending on your plan), so it’s definitely a steal compared to buying new pieces each month and discarding them after only a few wearings.
Personally, though, I think I’m too picky for “surprise” boxes, and I tend to go for a few pieces each season that I love and will wear repeatedly versus lots of trendy pieces that I might only use once or twice. I would rather save my cash and just buy something I like that I’ll wear for years, rather than get a hit-and-miss trio of rental items in the mail.
I do have to say that I really, really take issue with the “value” of the box. RocksBox says that you’ll receive $200+ worth of designer jewelry to rent in each box, but based on my box I don’t feel the pieces are nearly worth their retail price. I have no problem paying a higher price for an item if I’m getting better quality or a more unique design but the items I received do not seem to be of any better quality than the pieces you could buy at cheap chic mall chains like Forever 21, Icing, H&M, etc.
In all fairness, I have seen some other boxes on other blogs that looked pretty neat and seemed to include nicer jewelry pieces, so I’m sure other people are loving this box. It’s just not something that I will continue to pay for, since I was just so underwhelmed. It wasn’t a terrible box by far–it was just incredibly “meh” for me.
Have you ever tried RocksBox? What did you think?