Allure Beauty Box Review – May 2016 + $5 Coupon
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!
IMPORTANT INFO: This box oversold. Many subscribers who signed up with messaging stating that their first box would be the May box, were later told by customer care that it would be the June box instead. The site now states that your first box will begin “with our next available box.”
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
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
Swap for any item in this box from the Allure Beauty Box Swap page!
Each box includes an info booklet that details each item and why Allure editors decided to include it in the box.
Foreo Luna Play – Value $39
Foreo Night Cleanser – 15 ml Value $5.45
This Luna Play was the big ticket item in the box, and I’m so excited that I got to try it. I also appreciate that they included the two cleansers to go with it. I wasn’t wowed by either cleanser. The day cleanser is pretty scented, and the night one is exfoliating but doesn’t lather as much as I would like.
The device itself is great, though! Here it is up close:
And here is the on/off button on the back:
This device is 100 uses and not rechargeable, so a few MSA readers recommended using it as a tool to clean makeup brushes once the battery runs out. Foreo also gives tips for recycling your Play device. (This also came with a coupon code to save $39 off the full-size rechargeable Luna Foreo Device).
I’ve been a Clarisonic user for years, but I’ve always wanted to know how Foreo stacked up, so this was the perfect opportunity to compare them without spending a lot up front.
Both did a great job at cleaning my skin thoroughly. While using the Foreo Play, I did wish that there were different intensity settings like there are on Clarisonic, but these options exist on the full-sized versions.
The big difference for me is the silicone brush surface area. With Clarisonic, you have to always buy replacement brush heads, but that’s not an additional cost here – and that’s a big plus for me. (At $22 a new brush head, switched out every 2-3 months, the costs add up!)
With Foreo, the “ultra-hygienic silicone is nonporous to resist bacteria buildup.”
So, with the $39 coupon, I think I will be buying the Foreo Luna 2!
Equitance Brightening Serum + Spot Corrector – .2 oz Value $25
Wow – this is $125 an ounce! According to the Allure Beauty Box info booklet, you should start to see results from this serum/spot corrector within 4 weeks. I don’t think this sample would last me that long if I applied it all over my face, so I’ll use it as a spot corrector and hope to see results!
COTZ Flawless Complexion SPF 50 – .18 oz Value $1.44
This sunscreen is tinted but it blended in clear for me. It’s a small sample, but should be good for a few uses!
Lauren B. Beauty Nail Polish in Santa Barbara Surf – FULL SIZE! Value $18
This seafoam green creme feels perfect for summer – it’s not a color I usually go for, but I like it!
Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara – .13 oz Value $9.75
I’m giving this mascara the grade of a B. I liked the length and had no issues with clumping, but I wanted more volume from the formula.
Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick is Rose Naturelle – .04 oz Value $3.70
This is one of my favorite discoveries in the box! I love the color and the pigment, and the mattelustre formula is great, too. It isn’t very moisturizing, but I expect that from pretty much any matte formula.
Here it is swatched:
Verdict: This box has a value of about $107. That’s amazing for a $15 box, and unfortunate that not everyone who subscribed got to start with this box. My favorite items in this box are the Foreo Play and the Pixi Lipstick.
What do you think of the May Allure Beauty Box?