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Allure Beauty Box Review – January 2017 + $5 Coupon

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

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This box was sent to us for review purposes. (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 comes with a booklet detailing the items included and why the Allure Beauty Editors selected them.

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Now, onto the items!

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Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Blush Basin – FULL SIZE! Value $9

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I’ve sampled this lipstick before and I love the formula. (I also love pretty much anything from Burt’s Bees – how cute is this honeycomb packaging?)

The lipstick is moisturizing, and the color is very wearable for me. Good pigment, too!

(Swatched in lower photo.)

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Doucce Eye Shadow Quad – FULL SIZE! Value $35

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I love this eyeshadow quad! First, these colors are fab, and not the typical shades I’m used to getting in subscription boxes.

The pigment is great in these colors, as well. And they have great staying power (I still recommend using an eyeshadow primer, though.)

Second, this palette is magnetic, so you can swap out any shade, and replace it. (This year, every few months, Allure Beauty Box members will receive one new trend-worthy shade to update their palettes and looks.)

Here are all the shades swatched underneath the lipstick:

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The mauve and highlighter shades have a lot of shimmer and the two grey shades are more matte. The darker one is completely matte, and the slightly lighter grey shade has just a little sparkle.

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Sigma Eye Shadow Brush E70 Medium Angled Shading Travel Brush – Value $7.50

(Subscribers will receive one of two travel brushes.)

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This is a perfect addition to the eyeshadow quad. The soft and angled edge makes it perfect for brow highlighting or to blend the crease.

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Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator – .25 oz, Value $11.85

This is a beauty classic! I’ve sampled it before and I love how fine the exfoliant formula is, and how smooth it makes my skin. (It is also free of phthalates and sulfates!)

It’s gentle on skin, too – just make sure to only use this once or twice a week per their instructions!

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Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo – 1.4 oz, Value $7

Oscar Blandi is probably the first dry shampoo I ever tried, and it’s a classic! It has a lemon dessert scent, goes on invisible, and absorbs excess oil – all the good things!

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Biobelle Sheet Mask (1 of 3 different version of the mask) – Value $5

This mask is free of parabens, phthalates and it was gentle on my skin. It takes 15 minutes, and left my skin feeling super hydrated!

 

Verdict: This box has a value of about $75. That’s great for a $15 beauty box! I think this is one of my favorite Allure Beauty Boxes yet – all great sized products, a good mix of brands and categories, and I love that we get an eyeshadow quad we can add to throughout the year!

What do you think of the January Allure Beauty Box?

This box is regularly $15 a month, but you can use this link to save $5 off your first box. (If you sign up before the end of January, your first box will be the January 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.

100 Comments

  1. Thanks a lot for the Allure beauty box! I received it 2 months ago, and I keep using it!

    Love this website!

  2. I received this box yesterday! I signed up for Allure in late January because of this review. Everything arrived in great condition. I was not missing a thing, the only difference was the mask. I got “I woke like this”, which I am getting in my Ipsy bag this month. I really like these masks and the whole box!

  3. I still haven’t received the January box. I chatted with them today and was told it would be 2-3 more weeks. They wouldn’t allow me to cancel because it is processing.

    • never got mine either – was told it was out of stock

      • I was starting to wonder about this as well. I signed up in January, have received 2 charges so far but NO boxes yet!

        • I never got mine yet either and I have been charged for two boxes.

          • when contacting Allure about my beauty box the customer service lady was rude and short. Finally got my January beauty box and was disappointed that my eyeshadow was in pieces. Received my February box on the !7th and was not impressed with it. Going to give March box a chance before I decide to cancel.

    • I still have not received my January box either I am bummed cause they charge me at the beginning of the month but don’t ship the box the same month I hope it’s worth the wait !

      • I just got a shipping email tonight! That is for January’s box. So I hope you all get yours soon too!

        • I just received a tracking number as well. I’m looking forward to my first Allure box 😀

  4. I am always pretty pleased with my Allure box and really love this months offerings. For those of you who don’t seem to like the eyeshadow palette, try adding water to the shadows. I like the effect much better this way. I always get a shipping confirmation and my box comes like clockwork. I don’t know why some people have trouble. Maybe some shipping factors have to do with where you live? I am in Colorado, an hour north of Denver. Best to everyone!

  5. I just got my box yesterday and it was missing the Burts Bees lipsticks and the exfoliator. I’m super bummed. I emailed them, but I haven’t heard very good things about their customer service so I am a little nervous.

    • Chat with them. I pasted the link in another post below. They were very nice when I chatted with them. HTH ☺

      • Thank you! They were super helpful and are sending me replacements 🙂

        • You’re welcome! That’s great! ☺

  6. Why do I feel like I’m the only person that gets their boxes literally the last 3 days of the month ): Funny enough, my box came with an extra brush (I got 2 of the same though). I can’t tell if that’s an accident or if it was on purpose lol.

  7. This is the box I’ve subbed to the longest — it’ll be a full two years next month. Because of that, I think some of the thrill is gone. The only thing I liked in this box was the face mask, but I will give the lipstick a try once I run out of the 200 I’ve already got open. 😀 I’ve always really loved this box, but I think I’ll let it go after my $10/mo Black Friday deal runs out in May, especially knowing we’re going to keep getting more Doucce eyeshadows. Nooo!

  8. The whole box is good, but I am OBSESSED with the Burt’s Bees lipstick. I would never have guessed this would be my Holy Grail.

    • Same here!! Loving the Burt’s Bees!!

  9. My Jan box finally arrived today, Jan 28th. Better late than never. Happy with the contents.

    • With this beauty box are you able to check if your box is shipped online or do you have to wait for a shipping notification email?

      I know that they charged my account, but not if it was shipped. Thanks.

      • For myself, I never get a shipping confirmation until a couple days after I get my box… then I get one that says my box has shipped.

  10. I cannot for the life of me figure out where the button/option is for “chat” with them. 🙁 Can somebody point me in the right direction?

  11. Got my box today… 2 days earlier than the original tracking. And once again Allure you didn’t disappoint me. I love this box. Once again I will use all these items. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ love #lovemyallurebeautybox

  12. Still haven’t received my Jan box! This is getting ridiculous. It was sent from ny to Chicago where it stayed for 3 days before usps picked it up and there’s no delivery date estimate yet for it to get to the west coast. I hope it’s worth the wait!

  13. Meh to the box. The value was reached and more which I will always appreciate about Allure but I am used to them wowing me with at least one item in the box. Something that I am impressed with and that they included in the box. This time wasn’t much hype for me. I got the Burts Bees in another box (Good lipstick by the way), face masks bore me to tears, the eyeshadow palette is cool but again *yawn* and the eye shadow brush….*shrugs*. I still love Allure though and will keep this subscription.

  14. I wish I had signed up now when they had the BF deal. Maybe they’ll do another good deal soon… Flash sale, Allure?? *hint hint* 😉

    • I went back to an old post that Liz created for the 4 months at $10 deal. I think it was in December’s review and used that link. And it worked! I know because I just chatted and she said I have 3 more months left (after January) for $10 a month. Hope that helps.

      • Thanks for the tip…I just caved and did the same thing. I pulled the link from the Black Friday deals. The first box was $10. I am hoping the next will be $10 also!

  15. I wasn’t super-excited by the spoilers, but I actually like this box a lot. I’m excited to try out the Dr. Brandt, and I think I’ll wear the Burts Bees lipstick more often than I’d wear another bright red lip stain (at least now with my dry winter lips).

    Btw, Allure sent out another Doucce eyeshadow single in the October box, so you could always switch that in if you want a warm color option.

    • Hi there,

      I hope someone can help me, I’m signing up for my first box and the link thru this site for the $5 code off first box doesn’t seem to be working, anyone know what the code is??

      Thanks so much!

      • I don’t know the code, but when I signed up yesterday the code was already in my cart automatically. Usually these codes are something like MSA5.

      • When I signed up in December it didn’t show until right before I did final check out and confirmed purchase. I didn’t need a code. But that was in December.

  16. I signed up today hoping to get the January box. After chatting with customer service, it depends if they still have January boxes left. Not in love with February’s, but we’ll see.

  17. I love my Allure box this month. I’m a bit disappointed though as my palette arrived with 2 out of the 4 eye shadows were all broken. Maybe I’ll let them know and see what happens. Allure has never disappointed me yet!

    • I’m sure they will send you a replacement

      • I wasn’t really worried about it too much, but I just can’t get my mind off of it. I mean.. the eye palette is where the most of the box’s value is. So, I did end up sending them an email. No reply back yet. Maybe I’ll do chat with then if they don’t get back to me by tomorrow.

      • You were right! I did the chat with them and she is going to send me a replacement. I’m so happy I went ahead and asked them about it. This is the first time I ever had to call for a replacement and wasn’t sure how it would go, but all went great. Thanks!

        • I had one broken, and I contacted them on Monday. They said they would sent a replacement but when I asked when to expect it… she told me she had no estimate since they were still filling orders… So, I assume I will have to contact them again in a few weeks to ask again…

          • Oh good… hopefully they’ll just mail out with our February boxes. It would be nice anyway and would save them the extra shipping cost too.

        • I was told today that they didn’t have any more of the eyeshadow:( She said they would send something similar.

          • They have me worried now. That’s where most of the box’s value is. Hopefully the replacement will have a similar value.

          • Did you ever receive a replacement eye shadow? I though they might send it with February’s box, but they didn’t. I may chat with them again to see what’s going on.

          • I contacted them on Monday and I was told my eyeshadow shipped on February 3rd and to allow 5-7 days. Still no shadow, so I plan to contact again on Monday. I should have my February box by Monday… I really think they pull the replacement ship date out of the air cause I almost always have to contact again…

          • I just got off chat with them. They said that mine was shipped out February 3rd too. I find that hard to believe though because my February box was shipped out the 6th and I got that yesterday. No sign of the eye shadow though. I guess I’ll give it another week and contact them again.

  18. Just got my box in the mail. Such a great collection of items, and the price point is unbelievable! Thrilled with the eye shadows and lipstick – LOVE that the box full of WEARABLE colours!!

  19. I received the January box yesterday. I did not get a shipping email however. It just showed up. They also sent the replacement items from September. The Grande primer and estee lauder. I have been really happy with all their boxes since November. I am glad I resubscribed for the BTBF deal for 6 months for $10.

    • For some reason.. I never get a shipping conformation either, until I actually get my box in the mail, then a couple days later, I get the email saying my box has shipped. Every month, I get all excited thinking their shipping me another box by accident, only to come to realize that it was for the box I already received. They get me every time..lol.

  20. Did your eyeshadow come with an applicator in the palette? (Not the brush in the card)

    • No, my pallette didn’t have a brush. I just got the mini blending brush.

  21. I got my box yesterday and it was great except that the Sigma Eye Shadow Brush card came without a brush! I guess it fell out before they put it in my box. Kind of funny.

  22. My email message:

    Dear Subscriber:

    Thank you for contacting Allure Beauty Box.

    You will receive the January box.

    If we can be of further assistance, please let us know. To ensure your future concerns are handled in a timely fashion, please include all previous e-mail correspondence.

    I also called and they said January.

    • Thanks! Hopefully this can hold out until I get off work today 🙂

  23. I can not wait for my box to be delivered! i think it is so cool they will be sending new eye shadow colors to update this palette.

  24. I got my January box yesterday and the eyeshadow palette was broken and powder was everywhere. I called Allure CS and told them what happened and they are sending out a whole new box! Yay! Hopefully this was will come intact.

    • Did you ever get your replacement? I’m waiting for my replacement and though it should have been here by now.. I hope their sending them out!

  25. Full sized lip stick, full eye shadow palette (with brush), hair product, 2 skincare products, and an eye shadow brush. For those of you that are disappointed, I’m not sure what would make you happy. This box is outstanding with a little bit of everything. For $10 or $15, I’m not sure what they could put in here to make it any better. This is my second favorite box ever (after the box with the luna mini). Thanks Allure!

    • My palette didn’t come with a brush or applicator. Was it supposed to?

      • My pallette didn’t have a brush. I got the mini blending brush though. I don’t think the pallettes were supposed to have a brush, that’s why they sent the mini brushes instead.

      • Sorry – My mistake. I got the PUR mystery box last night too – THAT one came with a brush, not this one. But I still can’t believe this box! 🙂

        • Did you like the Mystery box from PUR? I am waiting to get mine.

  26. My credit card changed so I missed this box. And even though I updated my card, does not look like they restarted my sub. Not disappointed though. I’m going to try the Glossy Box 3 month special for 15.99 and see how I like it.

  27. This is the first time I’ve had box envy! I’m currently only subbed to Play! by Sephora because I don’t want to end up with too much stuff. I don’t have many friends that are super into beauty products, so if I’ve tried something once or twice and don’t like it, I don’t know what to do with it if friends don’t want it. Since the products aren’t untouched/brand new, I don’t think it’d be cool of me to donate them. Anyone have any ideas for me? I’d hate to see things go to waste because I tried them 1 or 2 times and they didn’t work for me. Honestly, I’d be willing to send them to people for free (if they helped cover shipping).

    Anyway, this box looks great, and if I’m ever thinking about switching up my sub game, I’ll take a look at allure!

    • eBay, you can sell used items there. I saw a lot of stuff there which is not new.

      • You would be amazed at how many thrift stores try to sell used makeup.

    • Have you looked at swapping items on this site? I’ve seen used items that have been swatched only. Just a thought.

      • Thanks Carrilynn! I’ve never swapped on here, and I wasn’t sure if you could do that unless the product was brand new. I’ll look into it! 🙂

        • I drop items I dont like to women’s shelter … just a thought.

          • Women’s shelters rarely accept used makeup and skincare. Nice in theory but very few take these if used.

    • Sign up for swapping on here.

  28. I received my box yesterday and love everything in it. Though in my box I have the Sigma blending brush and it is really nice. My mask is the #iwokeuplikethis wild rose and vit c. I agree that the shadows need primer since there is a good amount of fall out. The shadow colors are pigmented and really nice. Really good box. Can’t wait till February! !

  29. I really liked this box. When the spoiler was released I was not excited at all, but now that I have it I love it. My favorite product is either the burt bees lipstick or the eyeshadow.

  30. Is it just me or does Allure seem to be having more and more issues: later shipments, boxes not so fantastic? I do love it, but it seems to be going down – any one else think this?

  31. I just signed up and it did not state on the website what box I will get does anymore know if I will get January’s or February’s

    • With Allure, you usually get “the first available box”. From what I’ve read from other new subscribers this could mean anything from last month’s box to a box two months from now.

  32. I’m still waiting for my January box. Hopefully it will come soon, disappointing to see feb spoilers when I haven’t received my January box.

    • Just got my Jan box today In Missouri

    • Mine just shipped yesterday, and they did say they had delays this month so I was expecting it to be a little late, can’t wait to get it though!

  33. This month is a big disappointment for me 🙁 hopefully next month will be better.

  34. Hello everyone,

    What box would a person get if they signed up now? And is it easy to cancel this subscription if I don’t want the next box? Thanks.

    • Check out their website. It will tell you what box you will get. They do have an option to click on if you want to put your account on hold for the month. But you need to pay attention to your account each month. The *chat* feature is the best way to contact them. And they will be best able to answer any questions about your account.

      • Thank you monah!

        • Did you talk to them to find out if you’d get January’s box? It just says “next available box” on the website and the chat feature won’t work from my work computer. Let us know if you find out 🙂

          • Amanda, I will let you know. I emailed them last night and am waiting for a response. I only really want this month’s box.

          • Dear Subscriber:

            Thank you for contacting Allure Beauty Box.

            You will receive the January box.

            If we can be of further assistance, please let us know. To ensure your future concerns are handled in a timely fashion, please include all previous e-mail correspondence.

            I also called and they said January.

      • Chat usually works better for me than email. They aren’t very responsive and I’ve always had to go back and forth many times.

  35. My January box had none of those products. What did others get?

    • Oh my mistake – the box I receied a week ago was December not January.

    • What was in your January box?

      • Okay ignore my question.

  36. I’m so happy with my box!! Glad I signed up for it, and for only $10 for 4 months…yay!!

  37. When I click on the dr Brandt full size item and click on ingredients I see parabens listed.

    • I looked too. It’s pthalate free, not paraben.

        • Well that’s confusing. 😶 I really don’t care if there are parabens but I know some people are. I wish it was cruelty-free. Liz, I know you have mentioned conflicting opinions on sulfates. I have used Paula’s Choice to research ingredients and such. It’s helped me wade through all the information/misinformation out there

          • I don’t trust Paula’s choice their opinions seem biased.

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