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Macy’s Beauty Box Review – December 2017

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Macy’s has a new beauty subscription box! Every month, they send you deluxe product samples, a bonus item, and a collectible cosmetics bag. Plus, you also get a $5 beauty coupon for use in-store and online.

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

The Subscription Box: Macy’s Beauty Box

The Cost: $15 a month + free shipping

The Products: Each month you will receive five deluxe beauty samples, one bonus item, a collectible cosmetics bag and a $5 beauty coupon exclusively for Beauty Box subscribers, available for use online and in-store.

Ships to: the 48 contiguous United States. The Macy’s Beauty Box cannot be shipped to PO Boxes, APO/FPO/GPO address, Hawaii, Alaska or U.S. Territories at this time.

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Each box comes with a fold-out card detailing the items included:

You’ll also receive a $5 off coupon, which is good for beauty purchases in-store and online.

And just like Ipsy, with each box you’ll receive a new makeup bag:

This one has a floral print with the text, “Something beautiful is on the horizon.”

Now, on to the items!

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix – 5ml Value $23.46

This is a good sized sample! It’s an eye treatment designed to help reduce the look of lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. I found the lightweight cream to be gentle, soothing, and it absorbed quickly, too.

NudeStix Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencil in Belle – FULL SIZE! Value $24

(FYI – this is the same size as the full-size version, so I’m using the full-size value, but it doesn’t come with the tin packaging + sharpener that you’d get if you purchased this.)

I LOVE Nudestix lip crayons! They are so creamy and moisturizing, and they easily glide on your lips, too. This shade is a very wearable rosy pink. (Swatched in lower photo.)

MAC Liptensity Lipstick Sample Card in Shades: Doe, Smoked Almond, & Mulling Spices – .45 g total Value $2.63

Here are the shades:

These samples are disappointing in size (not resealable either), but the formula is great, and I appreciate being able to sample multiple shades. Here they are swatched beneath the Nudestix:

The lipsticks are creamy, moisturizing, and the pigment is excellent. My favorite is the Smoked Almond shade in the middle.

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream – 7.5 ml Value $8.12

I’ve sampled this before thanks to Play by Sephora, and I love it! It’s a gel/cream hybrid formula that absorbs almost instantly, and leaves skin feeling incredibly smooth and soft! I even applied a bit over makeup when my skin was feeling dry, and it worked great.

(Good to know for subscription box swaps – this product has an inner foil seal.)

CHANEL Hand Cream – 5 ml Value $5.50

CHANEL in a beauty box? Yes, please! Sadly, I have to report that this tube was at least 50% air, so this is really a 1-2 time use sample. The formula is SO lightweight and absorbs almost instantly. If you are looking for a barely-there hand cream, this is a good one – and a pricey one!

Tory Burch Perfume – 1.5 ml Value $3.60

Each Macy’s Beauty Box includes a perfume sample as the sixth item. This is Tory’s first perfume with notes of Neroli, Grapefruit, Cassis, Bergamot, Peony, Tuberose, Jasmine Sambac, Vetiver, Sandalwood.

Verdict: This box has a value of about $67.31 (not counting the makeup bag.) I think that’s a great value for a $15 beauty box, and the full-sized Nudestix, the Estee Lauder eye serum, and the Peter Thomas Roth Cream make this bag a winner for me.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Currently, Macy’s is in waitlist mode.

Coupon –  None available for this subscription.

Value Breakdown: At $15 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Estee Lauder Eye Concentrate: $5.23
  • Nudestix: $5.35
  • MAC: $.59
  • Peter Thomas Roth: $1.81
  • CHANEL Hand Cream: $1.23
  • Perfume: $.80
  • Makeup Bag – not counted toward value

What do you think about the December Macy’s Beauty Box? (Check out our Macy’s Beauty Box vs Allure Beauty Box vs Look Fantastic series to see how the $15 beauty boxes stack up to each other!)

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.

31 Comments

  1. I think that the Nudestix is the smaller travel size and not the full size.

  2. Was excited to make it off the wait list in less then 24 hours only to find out that they won’t ship to PO boxes. I live in a small town that only delivers to PO boxes at the town post office. So I won’t be getting this subscription. 🙁

  3. This month is one of the best Macy’s has offered! Very happy! And you can totally get two uses out of each of the MAC lipstick samples, just seal it a small plastic baggie and use it within a couple days.

  4. I’m excited I’m off the wait list. I hope January is better.

  5. This was truly a disappointing month for this box. Another one like this will mean a cancellation for me. I’ll just have to live with fomo.

  6. You can walk into any Macy’s and ask for samples for free. You may not get the bag or the full size lip color, but all of this other stuff is available if you ask. Almost all of the large department stores will give you free samples of stuff even if you’re not buying at the moment, but Macy’s is the best overall.

    • The Macys in my area is stingy with samples. You have to “know” someone if you want samples and then they give you a single foil packet of whatever or fragrance sprayed on a card. They always say we don’t have samples.

    • Every Macy’s I’ve ever been to is ridiculously uptight and terrible about giving samples of any kind. Unless you buy something, then they may act they’re going out of their way to give you one foil packet or fragrance sample. You must have found the holy grail of Macy’s stores!

      • That’s why their given samples, to give out to their customers. If their Manager or counter manger new this, they would not be happy. Sometimes the girls behind the counters like to keep the samples for themselves. And sometimes they are only given a limited amount and are told to give to their best customers. It’s always good to find one beauty adviser who will help you every time you go to Macy’s this way she can gather you the samples you want to try. Another thing, bring your own little sample containers and ask to fill with the sample your requesting if its in a cream or lotion form. But I can tell you they have tons of samples. We had a sample room full of samples. Samples sell product to me. So I’m all about sampling.

      • I have actually never heard of Macy’s stores just giving out samples for free if you ask, ever. This isn’t the first time I am seeing it mentioned here on MSA, but honestly it was a surprise to me.

  7. I like the bag design but I’m so over sayings being on everything.

    • In that gold script, too. It’s going to look so dated in a few years.

      • Don’t worry you will have other sample bags these few years and this might not be needed by then ;3

    • Yes, ugh, tired of all the sayings on things.

  8. I don’t get these positive comments about macy’s “garbage” box lol. I subscribed for 2 months and every month since, when I see the review, I am thankful I canceled. I have a few of those lipstick samples I received as free bonus items from Sephora purchases. This box is NOT worth $10 even with the coupon.

  9. This month’s selection looks great to me! The non-resealable lipstick samples are kind of a pain – I much prefer something that I can seal. But other than that, good job, Macy’s.

  10. Got my bag today, but my only complaint is the Chanel hand lotion. I got two daps out of the tube and that was it. Big disappointment!!

  11. I really like mine this month. The bag is prettier in person than in the photos. Somehow I got an extra Estee Lauder Eye Concentrate, so I’m not complaining about that. The Nudestix is a better color than previous ones I’ve received.

    • Funny, I was missing that item in my box! Customer Service was not much help. This is the 2nd box I received from them with a missing item. I liked this box but I just cancelled. ☹️

      • Can they send it to you? As long as I get items replaced I wouldn’t cancel. I’ve been happy with my bags so far. They’ve had some different brands in them.

        • No, unfortunately Macy’s Customer Service told me they ran out of all the samples and are unable to send me anything. They basically offered me a coupon, which I get regularly anyway from having their credit card, and told me it was no good on future beauty boxes. I would have stayed subscribed if they fixed their mistake, but two missing items, I’m just over it. 😕

  12. I got an email I’m off the list and loved what I saw so I’m off the list yay!! And will get this awesome bag of goodies☺️ Also they say u have 48 hours to respond otherwise u can have the option to reapply to go on the list. Hope this helps have to act quickly 😁

  13. I received an email a few days ago that I was off the waiting list. I clicked through the email link and the site said that the product wasn’t available but I could sign up for the wait list. I sighed and tried to sign up for the wait list again and it said that I was already on it. I clicked around a few times and it signed me up!

    So, don’t give up if you get an Error message when they tell you that you are off the wait list. Just a little FYI. 🙂

  14. Yeah, I don’t know, someone should let Macy’s in on the “secret” that a sample is a total no-no in a beauty box…

    • Agreed! Now who to find to tell so that they get the message?

    • Agree, the reason i’m off the waitlist after a month but decided to not sign up for it.

      FYI for the Estee Lauder eye Matrix the design of the bottle is so off, you probably need some tools or Q-tip for the bottom 1/3 of the product 😉

      • Yes, and some product gets stuck in the corners towards the top of the bottle and a q-tip won’t reach there. It’s enough for maybe 2 more applications so I haven’t thrown it out yet thinking I’ll think of a way to get it out…the serum is really nice though and this is their new one that came out a few months ago.

  15. Wanted the box. They are back on wait list status for anyone who wanted a nice sampler box of name brand items.

  16. That bag is gorgeous and I’m really impressed with the value of the first two items! That being said, the lipsticks on a card are a big “whomp whomp” to me and I hope Macy’s does not ever include product on a card as one of their five items again.

    • There are five other items. Maybe the lip sample was the “bonus item”.

      • It’s perfume that is always the extra in Macy’s bags.

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