New Beauty Test Tube Subscription Box Review – July 2015
New Beauty Test Tube is a bi-monthly beauty and makeup subscription box. Every other month they send you a tube full of deluxe and full-size beauty samples and you also get a subscription to New Beauty Magazine. It’s a little pricier than other beauty subscriptions, but in general, the value is usually great. (FYI – this is a different subscription from the QVC New Beauty Test Tube which is no longer shipping).
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: New Beauty Test Tube
The Cost: $29.95 a box plus $8.95 shipping (ships every other month)
COUPON: Save $10 off your first box with our link!, no coupon required, just usethis link
The Products: Deluxe and full-size beauty products. (This subscription also includes a subscription to New Beauty Magazine).
Ships to: US only
New Beauty Test Tube recently revamped their info booklet format. Now they feature 3 different bloggers for each shipment. (And I was selected to be one of the bloggers for this box! I still can’t get over seeing the MSA logo in print!) Throughout the booklet, each blogger explains why they like one of the items:
I was sent the samples in advance and gave quotes on my favorite ones.
GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment – .5 oz Value $19
This mask is phthalate, paraben and sulfate free – and it works in just 10 minutes. It’s also one of those masks that tightens and tingles as it dries, so you get that reassuring feeling that it is doing something! I like this mask for making my skin feel cleaner and smoother – it does a great job of cleaning pores.
Grande Mascara Lash Boosting Formula – size? Value $5?
I’m guessing on the value of this mascara sample since there is no size listed on the sample. This mascara is designed with “an exclusive peptide formula to promote longer, thicker and more dramatic lashes.” I’m not sure if this sample will be enough to see any major lash differences over time, but for day-to-day use, I like the formula. (It’s not replacing my current tarte favorite though!)
IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil – Value $12
This is one of my favorite beauty subscription box discoveries of all time – I love this eyebrow pencil! (And pretty much anything IT Cosmetics makes too). Depending on how light or hard you apply the pencil, you can get it to match many different eyebrow shades. (Plus this travel size version lasts forever).
Balanced Guru Style Me Roots to Ends Hair Oil – .5 oz Value $9.50
Balanced Guru is another favorite brand of mine – both for their oils and sprays. This hair oil is really lightweight – but I still only needed a drop or two. This is designed to manage curls, frizz and flyaways. I just used it on the ends of my hair, but you can also massage it from roots to ends as the name implies!
Ojon Rare Blend Protecting Treatment – .85 oz Value $3.88
Subscribers will either receive this item or the Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Conditioner. I’m happy I got this sample. I use a hair straightener almost everyday, so I need all the hair protection I can get!
Supersmile Quikee – FULL SIZE! Value $18
This is an on-the-go teeth whitening product. You apply a pearl-sized drop of polish on your teeth, and evenly distribute it using your tongue. (No rinsing required). I like the minty flavor – it makes a good alternative to gum, but the application isn’t my favorite. I wish the applicator was designed to apply it directly on your teeth instead of putting it on your teeth with your fingertip.
dr. brandt pores no more cleanser – FULL SIZE! Value $35
I’ve tried a few different dr. brandt pores no more products, but this is the first time I’ve received the cleanser in a subscription box. It gets great reviews on Birchbox, so I’m excited to try it.
Wen Tea Tree Cleansing Conditioner – 6 oz Value $12
Wen has shown up in a few past New Beauty Test Tubes (and QVC New Beauty Test Tubes). I prefer a shampoo and conditioner to a cleansing conditioner (probably just because of habit), but I’ll use this as a conditioner, and maybe as a leave in conditioner.
Here are the instructions for using a Cleansing Conditioner if you are new to the product:
Rinse hair and dispense appropriate amount of WEN®. Apply through hair, adding a splash of water to help distribute. Remember, WEN® will not lather.
Massage into hair and leave in for the rest of your shower, then rinse completely.
Apply a dime size to a quarter size amount depending on hair length and texture as a leave-in conditioner.
For best results we suggest you cleanse, rinse and repeat. Use half the recommended pumps for the first cleanse, and the remaining half for the second cleanse.
Verdict: This box has a value of about $114. That’s good for a New Beauty Test Tube box, and I’m happy with the product selection this month – I think I’ll use everything. (Fortunately some of the repeat brands/products in this box are also some of my all-time favorites).
What do you think of the July New Beauty Test Tube box?