New Beauty Test Tube Subscription Box Review – March 2015
New Beauty Test Tube is a bi-monthly beauty and makeup subscription box. Every other month they send you a tube full of deluxe and full-size beauty samples and you also get a subscription to New Beauty Magazine. It’s a little pricier than other beauty subscriptions, but in general the value is usually incredible. (FYI – this is a different subscription from the QVC New Beauty Test Tube which is no longer shipping).
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: New Beauty Test Tube
The Cost: $29.95 a box plus $8.95 shipping (ships every other month)
The Products: Deluxe and full size beauty products. (This subscription also includes a subscription to New Beauty Magazine).
Ships to: US only
Each New Beauty Test Tube comes with a booklet thoroughly detailing each product included.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Frizz-Immunity Conditioner – 1.5 oz Value $1
John Frieda Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Frizz-Immunity Shampoo – 1.5 oz Value $1
John Frieda Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Frizz-Immunity Primer – .7 oz Value $2
I can always use color-safe shampoo and conditioner for travel, so these will be used, and I’ll give the primer a try too.
Smileactives Original Pen – FULL SIZE! Value $25
Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Day Cream SPF 15 – .5 oz Value $6
I received this Smileactives whitening pen in the May 2013 New Beauty Test Tube box as well. I’ve noticed they changed the packaging of the product, so I’m wondering how old this product is. (This whitening pen is not listed in the booklet, so I’m guessing it is one of the items that will vary for subscribers).
My mom loves Lumene products, (she has sensitive skin, and they work well for her), so this day cream is going straight to her!
John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume in Shower Treatment – 1 oz Value $2.25
Key West Aloe Gentle Aloe Facial Cleanser – 1 oz Value $2.75
This John Frieda Luxurious Volume line is new to me, and I like the idea of an in-shower volume treatment. (Anything in-shower seems like less maintenance to me). I’m also on a constant quest for more hair volume, so I’ll be giving it a try.
This Key West Aloe cleanser smells wonderful, but I’m having difficulty finding ingredients for the product. The sample itself doesn’t list the ingredients, and neither does the Birchbox site or Key West Aloe’s site. (If you find the ingredients, please let me know!)
Your Best Friend Mechanical Eye Pencil in Charming Champagne – FULL SIZE! Value $14
Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Mally’s Look – FULL SIZE! Value $20
I would describe this eye pencil as an eyeshadow stick. It’s very shimmery and it is a lovely highlighting color for me. It blends well, but definitely needs a primer underlayer for staying power.
This Mally Liquid Lipstick isn’t listed on the booklet, and is another item that may vary for subscribers. I like Mally products, but have way too many liquid lipsticks and eye shadow pens thanks to New Beauty Test Tube, so this one will be swapped.
Tan Towel Classic 5 Towelettes – Value $13.50
I’ve used these before – I think the individual towel application is great for travel. They aren’t my favorite self-tanner though. (The tarte line works best with my skin tone for a natural looking tan).
(This is another item not listed in the booklet).
Verdict: This box has a retail value of about $87.50. The retail value is good, but as someone who has been subscribing to this box for years, I’m thinking this subscription isn’t for me. New Beauty Test Tube includes repeat brands or items often, and I’m more interested in getting to try new products than stocking up on repeats. (This subscription seems to be better suited to new or short-term subscribers. I’m guessing long term subscribers like me are in the minority).
It’s also worth mentioning that the items in the booklet that all subscribers will receive add up to about $35. Since I’m not sure what everyone gets as their variable items, the values of this box could vary. I would have liked to see more full-size or deluxe sized items in the group of items everyone will get. And getting 4 items from John Frieda could be great if you love the brand, but pretty frustrating if you don’t.
What do you think of the March New Beauty Test Tube box?