Allure Sample Society from Beauty Bar is a beauty subscription that sends 5 deluxe samples – makeup, skin, hair, accessories, and fragrance. Samples are chosen by Allure magazine editors and Beauty Bar runs the subscription. Use code 5FORYOU when you subscribe to Sample Society to save $5 on your first box!
There’s a mini magazine in every box and it’s very editorial – the Allure editors pick every product and give tips on use and why they like it. Or why you might not. April featured a lot of hedging their bets!
Everything in the April box. I was surprised how small everything was.
Benefit Cosmetics the POREfessional ($4.23) I’ve received this a couple times recently but it’s a great product and will definitely be used. Wear over or under makeup. I do like the card, it gives great tips!
This was a nice fruity scent with blackberry, grapefruit, pear, jasmine, lychee, blue wisteria, white woods, musk, and coconut water. The hair oil actually worked fabulously on my very fine hair – I just wished there was more!
Mt. Sapola Lavender-Chamomile Lotion ($1.96) This is a great calming lotion and it does soak right in and leave NO residue. It’s just so tiny – it’s not even enough for one full body application.
Illume Tonka Noir Sample Tin ($3.33) Love this delicious mandarin, plum, rose, jasmine, tonka bean, musk, sandalwood, and vanilla scent. I love everything from Illume. It would have been fab to get a bigger candle!
Jane Iredale Rio Just Kissed Lip Plumper ($7) The value on this one is just a guess. A full size product is $25, and this is probably much less than 1/3. This is a soft lipstick that plumps gently – no burning. I don’t like peppermint lip balms because they irritate my lips, and I didn’t find this one irritating.
The value of the April Allure Sample Society was around $20 (this is maybe $2 too generous), which I found appalling. Last month’s value was great, and I do expect at least $10 more in value from this box (and really, any beauty subscription). The products themselves were great – this box just felt a little chintzy and they should have amped up the value with a larger size item of.. anything! It’s hard to justify this one when there’s Birchbox!
FYI, some past Allure Sample Society boxes are now available on Amazon, including mystery boxes of samples!
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The Description: Get five deluxe-sized luxury brand samples and $10 monthly gift code to redeem on a $50 purchase at BeautyBar. Plus an Allure mini-mag.
The Price: $15 per month