Amazon Luxury Beauty Sample Box Review – December 2015
The Amazon Luxury Beauty Sample Box was available for a limited time during the holiday shopping season. It contained samples of various beauty items that Amazon sells. It was available to buy directly or as a gift with purchase of a variety of beauty items. I shop on Amazon all the time, and I’ve been on an eyeshadow palette-buying binge lately, so I had to check it out.
The Box: Amazon Luxury Beauty Sample Box
The Cost: $8.99 (or free with the purchase of select luxury beauty items)
The Products: Samples of luxury makeup, fragrances, skincare, and haircare items sold by Amazon.com.
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I can’t be the only one who is kind of glad this didn’t come in a makeup bag. I recently had to move all my makeup bags during a bathroom sink repair and I have far too many of them.
Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask (0.16 fl oz)
You only need to leave this mask on for five minutes, so it could be a nice alternative if you don’t have 15 or 20 or even 30 minutes like a lot of other masks recommend!
This is a very wearable color for me. I am pale and I gravitate towards pinks and neutrals for eyeshadow (and then wear bold, bold lipstick…).
I have gotten samples of this in other boxes. I’ve bought another color in full size before. So I know this is a product I like. I tend to use it on the cheeks only because it is so light in color (although now they have a red one that may be worth trying on the lips…).
Sadly, my Jane Iredale lip and cheek stain was broken off in the tube. I have another one of these in this same color (from Birchbox) so I didn’t bother to contact them. I’m pretty sure I can dig the rest out with a brush. I tend to use them more as cheek stains (I’m super pale, so it works).
And sorry, but I totally spaced on swatching these.
I’m happy to get a product from Nuxe that’s not their multipurpose dry oil. Don’t get me wrong, I like that stuff, but I have SO MUCH of it from subscriptions and mystery boxes.
I love the almond milk scent from L’Occitane in some of their other products so this is another win.
I like a lot of the Rituals products I’ve tried in the past. This is pretty small for a body cream, but maybe I can use it on my arms or something?
Wen Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner (2 fl oz)
I have tried Wen before and know it is not for me. (Also the idea of using it as intended kind of scares me these days. People are suing the company alleging the product causes hair loss!) It works pretty well as a leave-in conditioner, though, so that is how I will use it.
I probably have 4 or 5 of these exact sets in my box of skincare foils. This includes a cleanser, serum, and moisturizer from the Green Apple Age Defy product line. Juice Beauty products are a little hit or miss for me but now I’ve collected enough of these samples to do a real trial. (Note: I’ve linked to a kit that contains most of these products, as well as a few extra.)
I’ve gotten the Catherine Malandrino fragrance from Birchbox a few times (I’ve had multiple subscriptions in the past). It’s not my favorite, but I certainly don’t hate it like I do some other Birchbox fragrances (cough, cough, Harvey Prince and Folle de Joie). I’ll use it.
Maybe this is picky, but I kind of wish I hadn’t gotten any men’s fragrances. I generally love receiving fragrance samples and subscribe to a couple of perfume subscriptions. But my fiancé has absolutely no interest in these, so I’m not really sure what to do with them? Mail them to my brothers or something, I guess.
At any rate, if you are going to buy fragrances from Amazon, here is my advice. (1) Buy only fragrances marked “ships from and sold by Amazon.com,” no third party sellers. There are a lot of problems with counterfeit fragrances on Amazon, but avoiding the third party sellers should get you around that. (2) Don’t expect it to get there quickly. Fragrances are flammable and have to go via ground shipping. (3) The fragrances are not returnable due to shipping restrictions.
Proraso Liquid After Shave Cream (0.8 fl oz)
I may see if I can use this myself since my fiancé isn’t interested. (I cannot get him into subscription boxes outside of Raw Spice Bar and Love with Food.) Or I’ll put it aside to send to one of my brothers or my brother-in-law or something like that.
StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Night Treatment (0.25 fl oz)
On Amazon, 0.5 oz of this product sells for $60. Which would make this worth about $30 (maybe a little less – the per-ounce price you get varies based on package size). So this sample alone makes the cost of the box worthwhile, if you want to analyze it that way. It’s too soon to tell if this is doing much for me, although I kind of don’t want to fall in love with it at this price.
This also came with a $10 off $50 purchase of a luxury beauty item through Amazon. I didn’t blur it out because I have seen this promoted elsewhere and it is not an individualized code.
Verdict: I did not calculate a value for this box. I was happy with it as a GWP (some of the Ulta ones are not much better), the coupon code is worth more than the cost of the box, and if you compare some of the products/sizes to Birchbox samples, I think you get more products (for about a dollar less). Plus, the cost of the StriVectin product is about three times the cost of the box, so the value is there, even if there are a lot of foils and perfume vials.
What did you think of the Amazon Luxury Beauty Sample Box? Did you buy one? Or if you got one as a GWP, what other item(s) did you purchase?