Allure Beauty Box vs Macy’s Beauty Box vs Look Fantastic – August 2017
This new Allure Beauty Box vs Macy’s Beauty Box vs Look Fantastic series compares the subscriptions every month to give you a good idea what you can expect from these popular beauty subscription boxes.
Allure Beauty Box and Macy’s Beauty Box are $15 a month, Look Fantastic is $16 if you pick an annual subscription (you don’t have to pay the full cost up front), so it seems fair to stack them up against each other).
If you are interested in finding other great beauty boxes, check out our Top 31 Beauty Subscription Boxes for 2017, our Birchbox vs Ipsy vs Sephora Play series and our Boxycharm vs Glossybox vs BeautyFix series!
FYI – Each of these boxes sends the same items to all subscribers with occasional variants. (For example, there may be three different shades of a nail polish a subscriber might receive, but all subscribers will receive that nail polish.)
- Number of items: 6
- Full-size items: 1
- Deluxe size items: 1
- Brands featured: Ouai, Hey Honey, SkinFix, Rodial, Caudalie, Vichy
- Categories featured: Skincare (4) Makeup (1) Haircare (1)
- Total Value: $69.35
Favorite item in the box: Caudalie Instant Detox Mask
This pink clay mask is soothing and smells lovely thanks to lavender! I applied a thin layer, and it took about 10 minutes to dry completely. I washed it off and couldn’t believe how soft and clean my skin felt. (I seriously couldn’t stop touching my face!) It’s my favorite discovery in the box! (And ZERO skin irritation, too!)
- Number of items: 6 + a bag
- Full-size items: 0
- Deluxe size items: 0
- Brands featured: Smashbox, tarte, Benefit, MAC, Philosophy, Carolina Herrera
- Categories featured: Makeup (3) Skincare (2) Fragrance (1)
- Total Value: $30
Favorite item in the box: Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette- Golden Hour
I was very happy to see a Smashbox item in a subscription box that wasn’t a primer! Plus these satin shades are just gorgeous!
- Number of items: 7 + magazine
- Full-size items: 1
- Deluxe size items: 2
- Brands featured: Mane ‘n Tail, Korres, Lord & Berry, Skin79, Lottie London, Gatineau
- Categories featured: Makeup (3) Skincare (2) Haircare (2)
- Total Value: $50
Favorite item in the box: Lord & Berry Magic Brow in Brunette
This is a slightly-warm brown shade with ideal pigment for an eyebrow pencil. Depending on how much pressure you apply, you can get different color-intensity. (No stand out favorite product this month, though.)
Verdict: Allure Beauty Box is the winner for me this month. Lots of excellent brands/products, and good sizes, too! Macy’s just had too many products that have been sampled in subscription boxes before, (however it would be a great box for someone new to boxes), and the Look Fantastic August box was a letdown. I’m used to better boxes from them!
Of course, my favorite box varies every month, so here are my general suggestions for which box to pick:
Allure Beauty Box: Allure is great for a mix of makeup, skincare, and the occasional haircare item. They also are good about sending some full-size or deluxe-size items each month, and they include a variety of brands. (Pretty much anything featured in Allure magazine is game.)
Macy’s Beauty Box: This is a brand new subscription, so we’ll have to see if things change in future months. For now, this seems to be a good box for a beauty subscription newbie. Everything included in this first box is a great beauty staple.
Look Fantastic: If you’re looking to try out brands you might not see at Sephora, this is a great box to sample. (It’s from the UK.) And the UK version of Elle magazine is a nice bonus, too!
What was your favorite box for August? And what was your favorite product?