Allure Beauty Thrills Box Review – May 2017
Approximately every 4 months, Allure magazine releases their Allure Beauty Thrills Box. These boxes are a mix of drugstore and higher end brands, and Allure also donated $5 from each purchase to Melanoma Research Alliance.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
Usually, these boxes sell out very quickly, but this one is still available for purchase if you are interested.
The Subscription Box: Allure Beauty Thrills Box
The Cost: $49.95 + $10 shipping
The Products: 23 full-sized products with a value of over $250. These are a mix of high-end and drug store products.
Ships to: Continental US
Swap for any item in this box from the Allure Beauty Box Swap page!
The box includes a small booklet that goes through each item’s description and a site where you can purchase or get more info. There is also information about the Melanoma Research Alliance and how they donate.
Let’s look at all of the goodies!
Almay Oil-Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads, 15 pads – Value $1.06 (buy a 125 count for $8.49)
This set of eye makeup remover pads is perfect for throwing in your travel or gym bag. They are oil and fragrance-free and work well on all kinds of eye makeup.
ARM & HAMMER Truly Radiant Clean Toothpaste, 4.3 oz. – Value $3.49
I know this sounds weird, but I typically do not use toothpaste. I use a powder made for brushing teeth. Mostly it’s because I am allergic to the foaming agents in many products and I feel like they leave a film on my teeth. But, I tried this to see how it goes and I liked it. My teeth feel clean and my mouth doesn’t peel. Great! I’ll likely give the Spinbrush to someone because I already have an electric toothbrush. I have several family members who work in dentistry and they love these as an affordable electric toothbrush option.
Babo Botanicals Super Shield SPF 50 Sport Stick, 0.6 oz – Value $11.19
Another great item to throw in your bag! This little twist-up sunscreen stick uses mineral-based sunscreen to give you coverage of 50 SPF. It is fragrance-free but has a bit of a nutty smell to me, probably from the cocoa butter. It applies with a white tint but rubs in quickly. It leaves a shiny finish so I probably won’t use it under makeup but it is great for days when you just need some sun protection.
Burt’s Bees Eye Makeup Remover Pads, 35 pads – Value $6
Another set of eye makeup remover pads is included. These are little-textured pads with no added fragrance. They work for removing waterproof makeup and are also good for lip products that are tough to remove.
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, 8.8 oz – Value $5.44 (buy a 16 oz. jar for $9.89)
This is a thick, super moisturizing cream that is fragrance-free and perfect for sensitive skin. It sinks in quickly without a greasy residue and helps to calm any areas that are irritated. My skin feels great hours after applying and feels even better when I use this after a shower. This is one of the brands my dermatologists always recommend.
Chapstick Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub 0.27 oz. – Value $4.99
Lip scrubs are so great, especially for someone with perpetually chapped lips. I normally make my own, but it is nice to just have one ready sometimes. Chapstick’s version has lots of conditioning oils and a peppermint flavor. It is gritty enough to remove any flakes but not enough to cause irritation.
Ah, anything that makes me feel like I’m on an island is great! This rich hand cream smells like vacation. The packaging is cute and the size is great for stashing at your desk. My skin soaks it up quickly and it leaves a powdery feeling behind (not greasy).
DESSANGE Professional Hair Luxury Oleo Miracle Replenishing Oil, 3.4 oz – Value $11.99
Hair oil is so perfect for this time of year when hair gets dry and stressed. I mix this in with my gel before scrunching it into my damp hair. It smells a lot like other argan oil products out there. Less is more because it can start to weigh your hair down quickly. I find that my hair has a bit more shine and the ends look smoother.
HASK Charcoal Purifying Shampoo, 12 oz. – Value $5.99
HASK Charcoal Purifying Conditioner,12 oz. – Value $5.99
How nice to get a matching, full-size set of shampoo and conditioner. And, these smell so good. They are fresh and fruity without being overbearing. I, unfortunately, can’t use this shampoo but my fiancé says it cleans all of the hair product and sweat out of his hair after a workout. The conditioner helps to keep his unruly hair smoothed out without weighing it down.
ImPRESS Gel Manicure – Value $7.99
Are press-on nails coming back? I remember failing miserably at applying them in middle school. As an adult, I think I appreciate the idea of these a bit more. I beat my nails up and it is nice to be able to pop these on for a night out or photos. Though, I haven’t mastered keeping them on for more than a day or two. Any suggestions?
KISS Salon Acrylic Nude French Nails – Value $7.99
Another set of nails! These are the kind you need to glue on and they are a nude french manicure style. So, at least they are a different style. These don’t look real to me because they are really long. Has anyone ever filed these types of nails down? Maybe they will be my nail wrap practice nails.
Invisibobble, 3 coils – Value $8
I’m going to be honest, I wanted these to work but my hair needs serious wrangling to keep it in a ponytail. These will likely be given to some of my more tame-haired friends. They will appreciate that these don’t give you a mark where you wrap them around your hair.
Kleenex Facial Cleansing Wipes, 25 wipes + dispenser – Value $9.99
I love that the reloadable container is included with these face wipes. I use face wipes every day to take off my makeup and sunscreen and to just freshen up after work so I will definitely be reloading. These are soft and effective even on tough-to-remove makeup. They have a light perfumy smell (which is typically a no-go for me) but I haven’t had any irritation. Yay!
NIVEA Moisture Lip Care, 0.17 oz. – Value $2.65
This is a good basic lip balm for anyone who doesn’t have sensitivities to added fragrances. For some reason, my lips cannot handle lip balms with fragrance. Luckily, I have a few balm addicts for friends so this will be gifted.
Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Dry Shampoo, 7 oz. – Value $7
When I straighten my hair, I can normally get up to 5 days out of it. I use dry shampoo on the last few days to give a little lift to my roots, not really for texturizing. This one works well and I think it brightens my roots a bit too. And, it smells like coconut.
Redken Triple Take 32 Hairspray, 9.0 oz. – Value $22
If you want some serious hold hairspray, this one is for you. I only use a little after diffusing my hair and it stays in place. Or, I use it on my updos to keep baby hairs in place and it works like a charm. The smell is nice and the mist is super fine.
Revlon Super Lustrous Love Is On Lipstick, 0.15 oz. – Value $4.97 (black tube shown above)
This is a dark, deep red that just screams date night. It is very different for me since I don’t typically wear colors this dark, but it is flattering. Paired with the clear liner also included with this box, I got a surprising amount of wear time out of this before I needed to reapply.
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Crystal Mauve, 0.14 oz. – Value $5.47 (blue tube shown above)
They included a second lipstick that was not on the spoilers list. This is a moisturizing medium shade mauve. This one is more wearable for me because it has a softer look and I worry less about smudging it. I find that it fades well and doesn’t dry out my lips.
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Clear Lip Liner – Value $4.76
This may solve my lip liner conundrum. I needed something to keep my lip color in place but don’t particularly love the look or how drying liners are. This is a clear liner that is made to work with any lip color. I have tried it with liquid lip colors and lipsticks and I think it helps not only with feathering but also as a sort of primer to help things apply more smoothly.
RITUALS Happy Buddha Shower Foam, 1.6 oz – Value $15
How fun is a shower foam? It doesn’t seem like a lot of product for $15, but the website says it will last up to 50 showers. I can’t test it because of ingredients but my fiancé is, again, my tester. I like that it smells spicy and the scent subtly lingers around. He likes that it foams and washes off clean.
Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil (4.2 oz) – Value $9.83
Yay! I have been thinking about purchasing this cleansing oil for a while and here it is! I have been having a war with cleansers since I found out I am allergic to Cocamidopropyl Betaine (a foaming agent used in many products). This cleansing oil is great because it has no soaps or harsh chemicals and is fragrance-free. Actually, the ingredient list is only 7 ingredients long. My skin feels clean without being stripped and my makeup comes off easily. Win!
This is some expensive body cream, but it feels so good. It smells perfumey, like hair product, but that doesn’t surprise me considering Chaz Dean (creator of Wen) makes it. It has a rich, creamy consistency that soaks in and isn’t greasy and it is supposed to be calming for dry, irritated skin. I think this will be part of my after-bath routine, which is rare, but always a treat.
Plus, these products that were not listed:
GLOV Makeup Remover Glove – Value $12.99
Since the Makeup Eraser, these types of products have been popping up everywhere. This one is a small glove, perfect for travel. For me, it is actually great because I can skip the pesky ingredient-avoiding all together and just cleanse with water. Ultimately, this glove doesn’t remove the really waterproof makeup but is great for my everyday look.
Unwash Bio-cleansing Conditioner, 13.5 oz – Value $29
Thumbs up for including a cleansing conditioner! I like to alternate this with my more stripping shampoo to keep my hair from drying out too much. I like the light scent and thick, rich texture. It has some slip and I can even detangle my hair with just this with a bit of work. It is pricey, so I am glad I got it in this box, but I’m not sure I would buy it full price on its own.
Chapstick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint – Value $4.99
Another nice lip balm, this time with a hint of color. This smells so good and leaves a little bit of a wine tint that I can imagine would be universally flattering. Another gift balm for those previously mentioned friends.
Not Your Mother’s Plump For Joy Thickening Hair Lifter, 8 oz – Value $7
I typically stretch my curly style out for as many days as possible (are you seeing my pattern here:) ). Sometimes that is 4 days. This works well to refresh my curls and give them some oomph on days 3-4. It smells like candy and can become too much so a light hand is best.
Verdict: Wow! Allure Beauty Thrills included so many products. The total value of this box is about $313. I am thrilled with this value and the products I received. They definitely delivered on their promise of at least a $250 value and even included items that they didn’t have listed. This box was hair product heavy, but I love discovering new hair care that I wouldn’t have bought for myself. There are also a few items that I did not know were making their way back into the trendy zone, like clear liner and press on nails. I really am surprised at how many products they included that are suitable for sensitive skin! This box is worth the gamble if you like to try a variety of beauty and haircare items.
What do you think of the Allure Beauty Thrills Box? Which products are you hoping to see next time?