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Allure Beauty Box Review – March 2016 + $5 Coupon

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Allure Beauty Box is a monthly beauty subscription from Allure Magazine. (Previously known as Sample Society). Each month they send out a mix of deluxe and full-size samples from mostly high-end brands!

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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The Subscription Box: Allure Beauty Box

The Cost: $15 a month

COUPON: Use this link to save $5 off your first box!

The Products: Deluxe and full-size beauty and makeup samples.

Ships to: the US

Check out all of my Allure Beauty Box reviews and the Beauty Subscription Box Directory!

Swap for any item in this box from the Allure Beauty Box Swap page!

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Each box includes an info booklet that details each item and why Allure editors decided to include it in the box.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse by dp HUE – 1 oz Value $4

This is one of my favorite discoveries in that box. Just a warning – it definitely has the apple cider vinegar smell! It lathers like a shampoo, and you leave it in for 1-3 minutes – super easy! I used a conditioner after, but according to their site, this can substitute for both a shampoo and conditioner. The product is designed to cleanse your scalp and hair by removing build-up from other hair products. I could definitely feel the difference after using it.

And! I assumed this 1 oz sample would be good for only one use, but I think I should be able to get 2-3 uses out of it!

Cargo Blush in Catalina and Bronzer in Medium – 3.2 g Value $10.40

When the spoilers for this box came out, I wasn’t sure if the Cargo item would be an eyeshadow, a blush or a bronzer – and they still surprised me! I love that this is a blush/bronzer duo! Both these shades work well for my skin tone, and the pigment is good, too. The bronzer has a touch of shimmer, but it is barely noticeable.

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Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Sheets (2) – Value $3

Dryer sheets for your hair! (Just kidding – sort of!) These wet wipes smell like coconut and are designed to fight frizz. I love the scent, and while I felt a little weird applying a wet wipe all over my hair – it worked! And you get the added bonus of coconut scented hair!

Macadamia Ultra Rich Moisture Cleansing Conditioner – 2 oz Value $5.20

I love the scent of Macadamia products, so I might have overdone it when using this cleansing conditioner. I used it as a substitute for both a shampoo and conditioner and my hair feels super soft now, but it also is borderline greasy. Next time I’ll try using less, or just using it as a conditioner.

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Julep Konjac Sponge – Value $12

I love these Konjac Sponges from Julep! They are great for gentle exfoliation – and do a great job and cleansing too. (I had used a makeup remover wipe before using this, and it got some of the makeup I had missed!)

One very important thing to mention – this sponge arrives wet. This is different from many other konjac sponges I’ve tried – so it could be surprising if you aren’t expecting it!

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Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder – 1 gram Value $5

This finishing powder is incredibly fine, so it gives a great invisible finish and helps prevent shine. I love it – but I read to be careful with wearing this if you are expecting flash photography.

L’Oreal Pro-Last Infallible Lip Color in Violet Parfait – FULL SIZE! Value $10

This is a very nice surprise of a bonus item! (It isn’t listed in the editorial info, but there is an ad for it on the back of the booklet.) I liked this violet parfait color more than I thought I would, and the moisturizing lip balm to go on top of it is amazing. I may just use it alone sometimes! Here is the color swatched:

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Verdict: This box has a value of about $50! I think that’s great for a $15 beauty box, and Allure has been doing a great job with brands and sample sizes lately!

What do you think of the March Allure Beauty Box? What is your favorite item this month?

If you haven’t signed up yet, use this link to save $5 off your first box!

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

48 Comments

  1. OMG just signed up for this!!!! Anyone knows what April month has?

  2. I just signed up but cannot log into my account because their site is being silly:( Can someone please tell me when monthly rebill date is, and cancel by date??? Thanks!! 🙂

  3. I just signed up so my first box will be April… Can’t wait! They had a blurb on the site that the April box will have 7 items with a value of $95… Sounds promising…

  4. Just resubscribed to this. I didn’t receive the Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder but a quick call to them and they say they will ship it out. I received the committee Timeless Rose for the L’Oreal lip color. The Cargo duo was the same one I received in my Lipmonthly bag, unfortunately.

  5. Does everyone get the same box? Or do you get stuff based on your profile? I’m looking for a different sub box to cancel Birchbox. This one looks really nice!

  6. i finally signed up for this box i couldn’t take it anymore lol… i still haven’t received any conformation but they have taken the money out for it so hopefully they will send that out shortly… i looked on their site and i’m sure i missed it but i won’t get this month will I???

  7. Thank you Allure!!! I love my March 2016 Beauty Box. The full size lipstick was a special treat, mine was the pink color and I have read a lot of comments about the wear of it. It’s very important to put on the color, wait a complete 2 or more minutes, and then put the balm over it. And during the day you can reapply the balm to keep the moisture, or even use another lip balm or moisturizer, and it does stay on for 24 hours.
    I also received the Allure Extra Box this month and love all the full size items. I especially like the mascara, happened to walk by it in Walgreens and noticed it cost $11.99, wow, and I received it free from Allure!!! Again, thank you for never letting me down Allure!!!

  8. As a college student I don’t really have room in my budget for subscription boxes (sigh), but my mom is subscribed to several and I always enjoy looking at hers/taking the samples she doesn’t want. I have come to the conclusion that the two consistently best boxes for value are the Allure box and the sephora Play, with the Allure box being #1. With so many other boxes you see tons of overlap and tiny sample sizes, whereas Allure manages to pack loads of product into to their tiny red box. They aren’t the flashiest brand, but when I am more financially solvent I will be signing up for the Allure box for sure!

  9. I just subscribed to Allure on March 3. I received a confirmation email that said they would send me an email when my first box shipped, but I have not yet received anything. I logged into my account, and it said it was shipped the same day–March 3. I hope I receive it today! Do they normally send out tracking information? I don’t see a tracking # in my account.

    • Hi Cassie. When I first subscribed (just end of last month), my account also showed a ship date of the same date I subscribed. I had received an email confirming my new subscription and that I would receive an email with shipping info. I was confused and did an online chat with CS. They apologized and said it was a mistake. You should receive an email with a shipping confirmation. Do the online chat or email CS.

      • Thanks so much BonBon! I will do that.

      • I am super confused… I signed up this morning for the monthly box and didn’t receive any kind of confirmation email and when I try to login it says I am not found?… Someone please help!!

    • Hi, was your credit card charged? I have the same incident but my credit card was charged.

      • Hi Libby. Yes, my card was charged. I did the online chat like someone suggested, and the rep told me my box was scheduled to be shipped out the beginning of this week.

  10. Really love Allure box. I am really thinking they are my favorite. XO ?❤

  11. I am such a huge fan of Allure well before the starting ordering the Allure Beauty Box back in Dec. There alway seems to be a mix of allkinds of goodies and mostly things I haven’t tried before. It is like Christmas every month and I am in love even with out the extra treats that some are getting each month. You Rock Allure Beauty Box. XoXo?

  12. This was my first allure box and I was very pleased with it. The variety is great! The cargo blush/bronzer is my fave item. The ACV shampoo didn’t really lather for me and I didn’t notice my hair felling any different after. Maybe I needed to use more. Also didn’t notice a different with the konjac sponge but I enjoy using it. I’ve used it alone and with cleanser. Can’t wait for April. I also got the pinkish lipstick color. I’ll be putting that up for swap.

    • I received the plummy shade would you be Intersted in swapping it for that ?

      • Hi, If You’re really into this lipstick Id love to swap something else. Neither shade is for me. I don’t have it up for swap yet. Are you on the swap site?

  13. I loooove this box!!! Except the smell of the vinegar shampoo ? I am really happy with this box. Not sure why some people didn’t like the lipstick, but I totally love mine. It’s the purplish one and it stays on all day

  14. I randomly received my box yesterday and I do not remember receiving a shipping notification. I love everything in the box except the lipstick, its a light pink shade that is not my style. I would have much rather preferred to get the dark vampy shade. If anyone wants to trade, I’m interested!

    • The color didn’t work for me either–I used a brown liner and it looked much better.

  15. I liked everything in my box this month including the color of my lipstick. However, when I put the lip balm over the color and pressed my lips together, it started to become a strange texture. The color kind of rolled off my lips. My lips aren’t dry or anything. Something is wrong with mine perhaps not sure.

    • Let the color set for a few minutes before you apply the balm. It needs to dry first.

    • Just advice – I put on the color, love the pink, waited at least 2 or more minutes, then put the balm on. No problems and 24 hours later, it’s still on. The key is keeping it moisturized while wearing and it lasts long time!

  16. I really loved this box! The bronzer in the duo was too dark for my skin but it works for me as an eyeshadow. Definately going into my travel bag!

  17. mine has been stuck in IL since march 2nd 🙁

  18. I love allure! I recently cancelled Ipsy for this box and I’m so glad I did. I have tried the sponge twice already and I haven’t seen a difference. Maybe I’m using it wrong? Any suggestions? Btw, the flash photography link is hilarious!

  19. I got mine today. Haven’t tried anything except the lipstick and the color doesn’t work for me. Just can’t do purple lips and thought it was a very fall color, not spring. Great box though!

  20. Good box. Can’t wait til I get mine. Actually, still waiting for my Feb box too. I’m in the NW and my packages go thru Nevada. There is always a delay for some reason. Last tracking was Feb16th. It just started moving again Monday. I had already called and reported missing. Guess I will get one or all of them eventually. 🙁

    • I’m in the same boat. I’m in Oregon and my box has been stuck in Nevada for a while..

      • Same here. Seattle area. It gets stuck in Nevada, then in Auburn. It is so painful watching it stay stuck in Auburn for a week.

        • Got mine yesterday. I am in lake Stevens and mine was in federal way for 2 days only and then straight up to me? yeah! My vinegar rinse leaked all over everything though and my mini mag is stuck together ?.I contacted allure and am waiting to hear back.

  21. I did not get a lip color at all. That’s really disappointing as I’ve wanted to try it. This is the third time this has happened with this box. I’m going to go pout in the corner.

    • Call them don’t email and they will mail you the missing item. This happened to me two months in a row. Customer service is great on the phone not via email!

  22. Received mine yesterday. I got the same shade of lip color as Liz. Looks a bit dark, but let’s see how it looks on my lips. Very excited to try all the products. I think Allure is becoming my favorite box!

  23. Got mine yesterday as well so I’m totally happy! I even got lipstick that would actually fit my skin color, and super excited to finally try a konjac sponge (which love the way my skin looked after) ? Awesome boxes + amazing freebies= Allure rocks!

  24. OMG – the flash photography link is hilarious!
    Thanks for the warning – I would have never guessed this!
    I’ll definitely be careful if I ever wear this 🙂

  25. Got mine yesterday & loved every single item. I did notice my box was missing the finishing powder. No big deal though.

  26. This box is awesome now. I unsubscribed late last year after a box literally had 5 tiny samples (Pore-fessional, B&B hair oil, tiny sample lipstick – whichever month that was). Then Allure totally took it over and it is out of the park spectacular now. I’m back on the FanWagon …… 🙂

  27. I got mine yesterday…it was my first Allure Beauty Box and I loved it! I loved the variety of items and the lipstick was great! Mine is a little lighter pink. I used the Julep sponge last night and I really liked it too. I got this one and my Target box yesterday so it was a great mail day! 🙂

  28. I like the lip color you got; mine was a bit lighter. I think I’m glad I resubscribed to this; I definitely like the variety and number of products, even if every single item wasn’t for me (e.g. bronzer).

  29. When will our March Allure Beauty Boxes be mailed? I can’t wait!!!!

    • I GOT MINE YESTERDAY

      • Thank you ~ hoping I will get surprised today, I’m in Las Vegas, NV! Thing is, I usually get an email w/tracking number & haven’t gotten one yet. ?

    • I got mine out of the blue yesterday. I didn’t get the shipping email until this morning. Nice surprise though 😀

      • Thank you!!!

    • I received mine yesterday, six hours earlier than I received my tracking email.

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