New Beauty Test Tube Subscription Box Review – August 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 great. (FYI – this is a different subscription from the QVC New Beauty Test Tube which is no longer shipping).
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (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
New Beauty Test Tube recently revamped their info booklet format. This month they are featuring 3 “TestTube Insiders.”
Throughout the booklet, each insider explains why they like one of the items:
Macadamia Flawless Cleansing Conditioner – Value $15
(Good to know for swaps – plastic seal over cap).
This item isn’t listed in the booklet, so I’m guessing there will be some variation for subscribers. This is one of those non-sudsing shampoo alternative conditioners I like but don’t love, but I like Macadamia products in general, so I’ll use it!
dr. brandt PoreDermabrasion – .25 oz Value $7.25
(Good to know for swaps – inner foil seal)
This PoreDermabrasion formula is an exfoliator designed to reduce the appearance of pores. I like that the formula is free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, and it has a refreshing scent. Plus the exfoliation particles are so fine that it was very gentle on my skin. I will definitely swap for more of this stuff – not sure if I can justify shelling out $58 for the full-size version, though!
DermaQuest Essential B5 Hydrating Serum – .5 oz Value $35.50
(Good to know for swaps – plastic seal over entire bottle).
This item is listed as full-size in the info booklet, but it is actually half the full size. This serum goes on like a gel, and it has a lightweight, hydrating effect. Looking at the ingredients, there is no added fragrance (always a win for me with skincare), but there are so floral and fruit extracts added, so it has a bit of a scent, but I like it.
donell Lip Saver Lip Balm – FULL SIZE! Value $7
(Good to know for swaps – safety sticker seal)
This is another not-in-the-booklet item, so some subscribers may receive a different item. I always need more lip balm, and I like the slight sheen this one gives too!
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In Lite – 2 oz Value $9
I love all It’s a 10 products I’ve tried (including this one) – they always leave my hair feeling ridiculously soft! (This is another product not mentioned in the booklet).
Grande Lips Mini – Value $27?
Hm – I’m confusing on the sizing/pricing of this. This mini version is 2.6 ml (.087 oz), and the “Full Size” version is only .05 oz (UPDATED – I missed a 0 before), so technically this mini is larger than the full size. The full size version has a different applicator though.
This formula is gluten and paraben free, and it is supposed to help plump lips. It gives a good amount of gloss with no stickiness – so at least it passes my lip gloss test! The formula tingles a little bit, but isn’t too annoying. I haven’t noticed any major plumping differences, but I rarely do with this type of product!
Lumene BB Illuminated Anti-Age BB Cream – Foil Packet Bonus Sample
L’Occitane En Provence Divine Cream – 8 ml Value $17
(Good to know for swaps – inner foil seal)
I love seeing L’Occitane in this box! (Sometimes New Beauty Test Tube can repeat brands a little more often than I’d like, so this is an awesome change!) My mom loves this cream, so I’ll be saving this mini for her! (Also – L’Occitane makes the best mini sample containers!)
Altchek MD DePuff Eye Pads (2 pair) – Value $4 total
I couldn’t get the Altchek site to load, but I found these on Amazon – and they get good reviews!
Bio-Oil – .5 oz Value $3
This oil is lightweight, and I like the scent. I’m always skeptical when it comes to stretch mark fading products, but if this one works, at least it will be relatively cheap for me to buy more of it! (And it also gets solid reviews on Amazon!)
Verdict: This box has a value of about $124. (Not counting the value of the magazine you also get separately). I’m happy with the value this month, and I like that there are some new brands in the mix! What do you think of the August New Beauty Test Tube?