Sample Society Subscription Box Review – January 2015
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.
They recently had a bit of a revamp – I’m not sure what the changes are anymore besides the packaging.
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Sample Society
The Cost: $15 a month
COUPON: Use coupon code 5FORYOU to save $5 off your first box.
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
Delivered via: UPS
Swap for any item in this box from the Sample Society Swap page!
The box comes with a mini-mag detailing each item and why Allure editors decided to include it in the box.
REVLON Photo Ready Eye Art in Cobalt Crystal – FULL SIZE! Value $9
Zoya Nail Polish in Lillian – FULL SIZE! Value $9
I don’t normally wear blue eye shadow products, but I was pretty intrigued by the metallic/sparkly finishes of this Revlon eye duo, so it was the first item out of the box that I tried. I found the application was easy, the metallic blue cream was pretty good at blending, and I like that the blue glitter side has a precision applicator brush. (Glitter is one of those makeup items I like to be as precise as possible with!)
Overall I like the product design and formula – but the colors aren’t my favorite for my skin tone. I may try to swap for the Gold Glitz though. (Subscribers will receive 1 of 3 shades).
I love the Zoya brand and formula, so I’m always happy to see it in any subscription box. This pale blue shade works well for Winter or Spring/Summer too. (Subscribers will receive 1 of 5 shades).
philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar – .25 oz Value $5.87
Philip B. Light-Weight Deep Conditioning Creme Rinse – .5 oz Value $2.16
I have a deluxe sample of the Renewed Hope in a Jar thanks to Arianna Huffington’s latest box, so this one will be my travel sample!
This deep conditioner is supposed to add shine and without giving you greasy hair. I haven’t gotten a chance to try it yet, but so far I like that the scent is subtle.
StriVectin Intensive Illuminating Serum – .25 oz Value $10.50?
Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar (15ml/ 0.5oz.) Value $5?
I can’t find this StriVectin Serum anywhere online – I’m wondering if it is a brand new pre-released product? (If you are a better StriVectin sleuth than I am, let me know what you find!) This product isn’t listed in the mini-mag/info booklet, so I’m guessing it was a late add-on. Regardless of the background story on this product, I’m always thrilled to get StriVectin in a subscription box- they are one of the few skincare brands where I can actually see a difference in my skin after using their products for only a few weeks. I’m hopeful this serum sample will last me a few weeks too!
This soap is another great travel-sized item – plus I love the scent.
Verdict: I think this is a pretty good Sample Society box! The value is a little over $40, and I’m happy with the sizes of all the products. What do you think of the January Sample Society box?