Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Light in the box Shopping and Infanta Cinderella JSK REVIEW!

This is a review about my shopping experience with and the items that I bought there!

I ordered my first Lolita outfit from Light-in-the box:
JSK - 89.99 USD
BLOUSE - 49.99 USD
OTKs - 7.99 USD
Package and insurance - 24.85 USD
Total - 172.82 USD
JSK, blouse and stockings
I placed my order the 11th August and received the items the 18th September (total 6 weeks).

The 12th September I received a funny email from Light in the Box, that the order was delayed and if I answered the email within 24 hours I would be refunded the postage that I had paid. 

Luckily I did see the email in time, so I did receive my refund, but what if I had missed this email? Would they just send the package late with no discount?

Good packaging. Cardboard box and plastic bag.
All items individually packed
The JSK. Shopping picture to left, actual received item to the right.
Infanta Cinderella Embroidery JSK
I was very pleased to receive my dress! It is just as beautiful as on the pictures and I got a chance to wear it to my first Lolita meet!

Good embroidery, good lace, matte gross grain ribbons and pretty detachable bows!
The details of this dress are absolutely stunning! The cloth of the dress is heavy and textured, which adds to the luxury feeling. The fit was accurate too.

Defintiely 5/5 for the JSK! For the very good value :)
The quality is 4/5 - because of the polyester lining (cotton, linen and silk materials would have been preferred), and a fairly good pattern matching, but it was slightly (0,5 cm) off at some parts.
But still, since it is a lovely Lolita dress to very good price, I think it deserves a 5/5.

The Blouse. Shopping picture to the left, actual received item to the right.
The Blouse
If the JSK was the great Heroine of my package, the blouse was the evil Nemesis...

I mean, look at the beautiful, crisp eggshell white blouse with amazing lace and great tailored fit - and then look at the piece of rags the dog dragged in?!

The blouse isn't the same as on the picture. It is plain ugly. First of all, it isn't the right shade of white, so it looks awful with the beige in the JSK. Secondly the blouse I thought that I bought has a different texture and lace to the blouse I received. Obviously I got the cheap boot leg copy of the most certainly stolen brand blouse photo on the left... *sigh*

I didn't recognise the photo from any brand, so I thought it was the real deal... and then I ended up with that...

The fit is AWFUL - I have carefully measured my body, ordered one size larger than usual and I have received a blouse that is 2 sizes too small?!

Total waste of money :( and it lead to a coordination crisis, since I needed a new blouse to match the JSK.

This is my first 1/5, mostly because I payed for a high quality blouse, and received a fake.

The Stockings.
The OTKs
The OTK's where perfectly alright, although it was difficult to discern the actual white hue from the picture on Light in the Box.

They dropped down when walking, but I've noticed that is very common amongst all OTK's.

The length was just above my knee, which is good with regard to my long legs and common Asian petite sizes...

So nothing extraordinary, they receive 3/5.

Overall review
As for my shopping experience at Light in the box, I would give them 2-3/5 Hazelbelle Nuts. I mean the JSK is absolutely stunning (5/5, since it is such good value!), but the blouse was positively horrifying (1/5). The stockings where alright (3/5). The prices at Light in the box are not that cheap, so don't fall for their "20% OFF" and "Today's Sales" - you can find better prices elsewhere and the "sales" are ongoing all the time!

If you find an Infanta dresses at Light in the Box (oddly enough, you can't search on Infanta, and it doesn't specify that the dress is actually from Infanta on the website) you may get good value.

However, before checking out they will ask if you want to buy insurance and stuff... I wouldn't dare to not tick that box, since they have all my money before I recieve the package... And that's just plain ol' mafia bullying.

I would actually NOT recommend Light in the Box. I would rather order from Taobaospree or such a Taobao shopping site, and order directly from the good Chinese Lolita brands, then at least you know what you are receiving. 

I'm struggling between giving Light in the Box 2 or 3 out of 5 Hazelbelle Nuts (cause I really love the Infanta JSK), but since they actually made me pay for a terribly ugly blouse that I didn't order, I am going to have to give them 2/5 nuts, as a warning for cheating with photos...

Light in the Box as an Internet seller: 2/5 - Delayed delivery, suspected stolen brand photos, sent wrong size.
Did the product match the selling photo? 3/5 - Yes and No. Yes for the JSK and the Stockings. Definitely No for the Blouse, I clearly did not receive the same blouse as on the picture and it was 2 sizes too small.
Quality: 3/5 - Nothing extraordinary. The Infanta JSK receivs 4/5 in quality.
Price compared to quality: 1/5 - Really awful that 1 out of 3 items is completely wrong and that I can't even wear it because it is too small :(

I DO NOT recommend this seller.

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