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 11 boxes and get 1 box for free. All new members will receive a mystery gift that will ship separately from the regular box (right now it’s a Mega Bundle worth $254!).
Allure’s monthly beauty box offers top-trending, editor-tested makeup and beauty picks with a $70+ value for only $15.
Top products selected by Allure editorial experts (we test more than 50,000 products a year)
At least 2 Full-Size products in every box
A mini-mag with tips, shortcuts, step-by-steps and exclusive offers
New member gift: A bonus gift valued at $15+
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 wrapped in tissue paper.
No additional cushioning was needed this month. Psst, there’s a palette under the other stuff!
Allure is a magazine 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.
NOTE: Allure sometimes sends several box versions so your mini-magazine and products (and value) may differ from mine.
The back of the mag had an ad for the featured brand for this month – subscribers received 3 products from this brand.
Five items were sent for December.
Everything in my box!
I found a card that showed the hero item for this box – a highlighter palette!
Some tips for using the somewhat unusual colors of this highlighting palette were given.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Moon Child Glow Kit ($20) The original price of this palette was $40 but the cost has been cut dramatically. We linked to the creator’s site and they have it listed for half price, that’s a steal!
Ingredients were listed and I was excited to see that it didn’t have talc and is vegan and cruelty-free! Plus, I am loving the holographic cover.
These are not my usual highlighter shades but they are still extremely beautiful. The colors were inspired by one of my favorite movies, The NeverEnding Story!
It’s a glitter lovers paradise. Here’s how the Anastasia website describes the shades:
- Blue Ice (Diamond white with an icy-blue reflect)
- Star (A moonstone fusion of mint, platinum and silver reflect)
- Purple Horseshoe (A glittering lavender with an arctic-blue reflect)
- Pink Heart (Pearl white with a pink-opal reflect)
- Lucky Clover (A shamrock-infused gold with canary yellow diamond reflect)
- Blue Moon (Frozen blue with a silver reflect)
Here are the shades swatched from top: Blue Ice, Star, Purple Horseshoe, Pink Heart, Lucky Clover, and Blue Moon. Anastasia suggests that Pink Heart is the most wearable of the shades so I swiped some on my nose but I’m not sure that I would wear these colors often, they are head turners for sure. Now as eye shadows, that’s a different story and I thought they worked really well for me.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Bohemian ($20) Some subscribers received Trust Issues but I received Bohemian and am pretty happy with it!
I’ve tried so many different quick-drying liquid lipsticks and this is probably the best one I’ve tried, the color payoff is fantastic. I put some on my lips and then moved it around with a lip brush and it dried super quick and in fact I wasn’t done playing with it yet. I took some lip balm and applied that and it softened and I was able to get it just where it needed to be. The color on me was rather intense but it was also super rich looking.
Here it is swatched. It didn’t smudge when I wiped it and had to be removed with a cleansing balm. Bohemian is described as “mulberry” and shows up in the reds section of the website but it’s a deep berry color that also looks good with warm shades.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel ($7.01) I’m not a brow person but when I get this kind of product in a box I try it for a few days.
You can apply this clear gel to brows either alone or over other brow grooming products. It smells like hairspray and alcohol and I didn’t notice any flakiness.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer ($24) I haven’t encountered this brand very often so I was happy to see a full-sized face moisturizer in my box! It says it’s good for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
It’s an everyday kind of skin soother and is supposed to reduce redness, dryness, and fine lines and wrinkles. Colloidial oatmeal helps soothe red skin while shea butter and avocado oil help keep skin moist. My skin quickly absorbed this non-oily lotion and I appreciate that it is fragrance-free.
Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub With Sea Salt ($8.48) I was hesitant to use this because I’ve ended up with a greasy scalp with similar products but apparently Christophe Robin knows his stuff!
Salt is the first ingredient but I also saw sweet almond oil and hydrated silica, which might be the grittiness that I felt when I rubbed this into my scalp.
It had a unisex fragrance and it didn’t take a lot of product to get a good amount of suds going on. I did need a conditioner afterwards and my hair felt very clean, almost squeaky clean. My hair didn’t look or feel greasy afterward and I had no problems styling my hair.
Allure was makeup heavy this month but what else would you expect in a month that includes so many festive holidays! I thought the palette was very beautiful and the other two Anastasia products were excellent as well. The moisturizer and scalp scrub both worked really well for me too. The value for the December box was around $80, and that’s using the sale price of the palette! I liked that this box had both practical items and others that made me say wowza.
Have you tried Allure Beauty Box yet? What did you think of this month’s box? Let me know in the comments!