Allure Beauty Box is a monthly beauty subscription service that sends 5 deluxe sized product samples with a value of at least $50 and is curated by the editors of Allure Magazine, who choose and test the products themselves. It’s $15 a month and if you sign up for a year-long subscription you will pay for 10 boxes and get 2 more boxes for free. All new members will receive a mystery gift that will ship separately from the regular box.
Allure’s monthly beauty box offers top-trending, editor-tested makeup and beauty picks with a $50-$90 value for only $15
- Full and deluxe products selected by Allure experts (we test more than 50,000 products a year)
- A mini-mag with tips, shortcuts, and step-by-steps
- A sleek, chic and reusable pouch in limited-edition hues
- New member gift: A bonus gift valued at $10+
- Free shipping
DEAL: Sign up for the Allure Beauty Box and receive a free bonus gift – PLUS save $5 off your first month’s box!
My items were shipped in a white box with no additional cushioning.
Allure is a magazine of course and so they produce a mini-magazine with all the featured items in the box.
The magazine lists each product, the MSRP of the full-sized product, and where you can find more. Plus, you can find some discount codes for a future purchase.
The mini magazine has had a bit of a makeover too.
The magazine also tells you how you can use the products in the box.
Refer a friend and receive a free gift when they sign up using your link. The current gift is a sampler from Ouai.
NOTE: Allure sent several different box versions this month, so your mini-magazine and products (and value) may differ from mine.
I found a card with a couple of hair products listed.
It looks like one of my Briogeo products (Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray) was replaced by two other products.
Ooh, a sneak peek!
It’s a scratch-off.
There was a reveal of “all of our favorite brands” coming in the May box.
All of my items were tucked into a plastic bag.
The bag is made of clear plastic and has a snap closure.
Everything in my box!
Rene Furter Paris Style Finish Vegetal Texture Spray ($4.10) I have super fine, thin hair and love to receive volumizing products to try out before committing to buying a full-size version. I thought this spray did a good job of adding volume to my hair during styling and it smelled nice.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Finishing Creme ($2.25) I don’t have frizzy hair so this item will be passed along to someone else. I couldn’t find this exact item so I linked to one with similar ingredients. Place a small amount in the palms of hands and apply to hair, especially the ends, to help eliminate frizz and flyaways. It smells really nice!
Vita Liberata Phenomenal Organic Tan Infused Cloths ($6.25) There were two cloths in the box: one for face, neck, and arms; the other for legs and stomach.
Ingredients were listed on the package but I was confused over the whole patch test idea. Once I open a packet to do a patch test, won’t it need to be thrown away? How about including a sample the size of an alcohol wipe too accomplish this task?
As with most self-tanners, this is best applied to exfoliated skin and takes about 4-8 hours for color to develop and may last up to 10 days.
Briogeo Farewell Frizz Blow Dry Perfection & Heat Protectant Creme ($4.50) Here is another product that is perfect for someone who has frizzy hair. This product is applied to freshly washed hair and then you can style as usual. It smells pleasant with a hint of citrus and has coconut and argan oil to help provide moisture to hair.
Laura Geller Inkcredible Waterproof Gel Eyeliner Pencil ($22) is a twist up eyeliner that happens to have a sharpener attached to one end. Subscribers received various colors and mine was called “After Midnight” and is described as black with pearl shimmer.
It also has a rubbery pencil grip to keep fingers from slipping during application. While I liked the formula, I wasn’t so happy with the shimmer glittery pieces, which ended up in my eyes at some point. Every time I blinked I could see stars.
Luxie 231 Small Tapered Blending Brush ($12) I love receiving makeup brushes in beauty boxes and this one is made with synthetic bristles so vegans can enjoy it too!
It is pretty fluffy and is designed to help blend out harsh lines. Just swish it back and forth over the crease until you are happy with the result.
Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Mono ($27 listed value) Subscribers received one of several colors and finishes and I received Morgana, which is from the Sunset Palette. The palette is pretty pricey and Natasha Denona doesn’t sell singles, but this is one pan from a palette of 15 shades sold for $129, so to me the value is more like $8.60.
Ingredients were listed on the back of the box and while this product is cruelty-free I want to point out that this shade isn’t vegan since it contains carmine, which is derived from insects.
The single is in a substantial container, unlike some singles I’ve received that are in flimsy plastic holders.
It is a very bright color and has really big payoff.
So sparkly! It is not really a color I would normally go for but I was able to blend it out (with my new fluffy brush!) but I hope to receive some neutral colors in future boxes!
Here are the eyeliner and eye shadow swatched. The eyeliner tip broke as soon as I swatched it. Do you see the glittery specks in the liner? Those chunks were just a little too big for my tastes.
Although I generally adore my Allure Beauty Box, this month was not my favorite. For one thing I received two products to help control frizz and have no use for them at all. Self-tanner isn’t my thing, although I would love to receive some sunscreens in future boxes. The makeup was also a fail since I cannot rock the glittery look of the liner and edgy look of the shadow. The texture spray and blending brush are about the only usable items for me and at least they were worth the price paid for the box. The overall value is around $59.70 – $78.10, depending on how you think the shadow should be valued. This is one of those times when I wish Allure had SOME customization, and I would have been extremely happy had my makeup products been less glitzy.
Have you tried Allure Beauty Box yet? What did you think of this month’s box? Let me know in the comments!