Allure Beauty Box September 2016 Subscription Box Review

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Allure Beauty Box is a monthly beauty subscription service that sends deluxe sized product samples and is curated by the editors of Allure Magazine, who choose and test the products themselves. It is $15 a month and if you sign up for a year long subscription you will pay for 11 boxes and get the 12th free. The amount of items sent each month varies and you can earn a “referral bonus box” in each month that a friend subscribes using your personal link.

Each box comes with a mini magazine that gives tips on how to use the products, how much the full-sized product costs, and where to purchase.

This month’s theme was “Speed Dating” and these items are designed to work well and work quickly.

I received 6 products this month: 4 for the face, 1 for nails, and 1 perfume; no makeup or hair products this month. The items were shipped in a plain brown box that contained a glossy red box inside and there was tissue paper and shredded paper for packing.

Subscribers received one of ten different shades of Orly Breathable Treatment + Color Nail Polish ($8.99). Mine was the very purple Pick-Me-Up. No base or top coat is needed (which is great because I always skip those anyways!) and it is supposed to heal and repair with argan oil and vitamins B5 and C.

I love fruity floral fragrances so Bulgari Omnia Coral ($8.25) is right up my scent alley. This is supposed to evoke the sun and sea and opens with bergamot and goji berry and is luscious yet light. I thought it was mostly fruity and it faded pretty quickly but sometimes that’s what I want on a hot summer day. I had a hard time figuring out how to open this but eventually I got it open albeit upside down and luckily it didn’t spill all over everything.

Avène PhysioLift Eyes ($5.87) had a slight yellowish tone to it and no scent. It went on smoothly and the “patch technology” is supposed to keep it locked on skin overnight so that it can reduce puffiness and dark circles. This sample won’t last very long and I didn’t see any instant results.

purlisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk ($20) is a gentle cleanser for all skin types and contains blue lotus extract for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers and oat for calming the skin. It had a faint citrus scent (yay!, no fragrance added!) and was very creamy but rinsed clean.

GrandePRIMER (no size given so I’m guessing $5) is an eyelash conditioning primer that goes on white and that you apply before mascara. You must apply your mascara before the primer dries, which is probably why I didn’t see a difference the first time I tried it. The second time I used it on one eye and not the other and then asked my husband if one side looked fuller than the other and he picked the one with the primer underneath so I guess it works!

I dislike most SPF lip products because they get in my mouth and taste horrible. Supergoop! Shine-On Lip Screen Broad Spectrum SPF50 ($7.86) didn’t have that awful taste. I applied it over a lip stain but you can also apply over regular lipstick. This was a tiny sample and my container had very little product inside.

My September Allure Beauty Box had a value of $55.97! I’m happy with the variety of samples I received this month although the purple nail color is a giant no for me. The other items will be used up and the perfume looks pretty on my dresser!

Have you tried Allure Beauty Box yet? What color nail polish did you get?

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  • SSM

    I got the lighter purple “Feeling Free.” Would have preferred the darker purple that you got, but at least I didn’t get that ugly nude that was on a spoilers picture I saw.

    Used the Purlisse this a.m. and was surprised that it rinsed off so well. I’m not wowed enough to purchase the full size, but I’ll happily use this up.

    The perfume was a miss for me, sadly–I prefer scents with a little “skank” to them. 🙂

    • Deb

      I would have loved the lighter purple or a red. The nude did look weird. I would love to know what you consider a skank fragrance; maybe I need to broaden my scent tastes!

      • SSM

        Anything with lots of leather or oakmoss probably rates pretty high on the skankometer. 🙂 I like minimum to moderate skank, mostly for winter. In summer I like to wear a lot of vetiver, which can either be really fresh or pretty skanky depending on what it’s paired with.

        • Deb

          I am going to Sephora to find me some possibly skanky perfume! Oakmoss and leather sounds perfect for fall. Thanks SSM!

          • SSM

            Good luck! Hope you find something good and skanky! 😀

    • Brandy

      LOL i am cracking up.

      • SSM

        Embrace the skank! 🙂

  • Valerie

    That Pur-Lisse cleanser is one of my faves, actually – actually I think mine was the soy version, but their stuff is all pretty similar. I switched to a foaming cleanser from WWB since then, but it’s another brand that sub boxes introduced me to!

    • Deb

      I think I first tried Pur-lisse in an Ipsy bag!