Sample Society Beauty Subscription Box Review – July 2014
Sample Society is a monthly beauty subscription from BeautyBar.com and Allure Magazine. Typically the brands they include are high end, and the sample sizes are generous. I used to recommend this box for anyone who was looking for lots of high-end skincare samples to try, with the occasional makeup or hair item, but this month they’ve revamped their subscription, so I’m no longer sure if that recommendation is a fair one.
The first change I noticed was the red box – they use this box in their international subscriptions, and I’d say it’s GlossyBox quality.
My first look opening the box revealed their mini-mag. In the past the mini mag included tips like “how to apply self-tanner.” The tips didn’t always apply to the items in your box, and personally I didn’t really read the mini mag, so I like that they changed it up too:
Now the mini-mag includes a page on each of the items included, and why Allure Magazine selected it.
The Subscription Box: Sample Society
The Cost: $15 a month
The Products: Deluxe and full-size beauty and makeup samples. (Each month you also get a $10 off $50 to use on any order from BeautyBar.com)
Ships to: the US
Butter London Nail Lacquer in Bobby Dazzler – FULL SIZE! Value $15
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlighter 01 – .06 oz Value $8.30
I’m thrilled with both of these items. I love Butter London polish, and I feel like this shade will work now and into the fall/winter. This matte illuminating powder is fantastic too. It’s not overly shimmery at all – I’m always so afraid that an illuminator will give me the sparkle-face look, but the powder on this is so fine that it adds a shimmer/glow without any hint of sparkles!
L’Oréal Paris Extraordinaire by Colour Riche Liquid Lipcolor in Rose Melody – FULL SIZE! Value $9
This lip gloss gives a good amount of color, and a ton of shine. I like the flavor, and it’s not too sticky for me, so I’m a fan!
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Universalis Eau de Toilette – 2 ml Value $5
Fekkai PrX Reparatives Intense Fortifying Masque – 1.69 oz Value $8
The card described this hair mask as smelling like vanilla pudding – and I have to agree it smells great! I’m excited to give it a try since it’s a hit with Allure editors. The perfume isn’t for me though.
Verdict: I paid $15 for this box and received about $45 worth of items. I love the mix of makeup, nail polish and hair products, and I’m very happy with the sample sizes as well. I’ll use everything but the perfume, so this box is a great value for me. I’m interested to see what August brings under the “revamped” Sample Society. (I’m also curious to see if everyone continues to get the same box, or if they go back to customizing the boxes).
What did you think of the July box?