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Allure Red Carpet Bonus Beauty Box Review

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanFeb 24, 2016 | 92 comments


Allure Beauty Box
3.6 overall rating
720 Ratings | 154 Reviews

Allure Beauty Box is a monthly beauty subscription from Allure Magazine. (Previously known as Sample Society). Each month they send out a mix of deluxe and full-size samples from mostly high-end brands!

This is a review of the BONUS BOX that many (but not all) subscribers received. (I received this email on February 16th letting me know I would be getting this box).


You cannot buy this box, here here is the info on the regular Allure Beauty Box subscription:

The Subscription Box: Allure Beauty Box

The Cost: $15 a month

COUPON: Get a Free Mega Bundle when you sign up for a 12-month subscription! No coupon needed - just use this link.

The Products: Deluxe and full-size beauty and makeup samples.

Ships to: the US

Check out all of my Allure Beauty Box reviews and the Beauty Subscription Box Directory!

Swap for any item in this box from the Allure Beauty Box Swap page!


Each box includes an info booklet that details each item and why Allure editors decided to include it in the box. This box also included a Covergirl COUPON: Get a Free Mega Bundle when you sign up for a 12-month subscription! No coupon needed - just use this link.



SK-II Facial Treatment Essence – 1 oz Value $39.60

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask – Value $17

Wow! I can’t believe that these are in a free bonus box! This treatment essence is a quick-to-absorb liquid. I didn’t notice any major hydration differences in my skin from one use, but fortunately, this sample is large enough for me to give it a fair chance. (I read a review advising to not apply with a cotton swab since you will lose quite a bit of the pricey essence to the cotton!)

The mask is refreshing and hydrating – and I only had to leave it on for 10 minutes!


Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Smoothing Oil – 1 oz Value $11.80

Allure described this oil as being almost impossible to overdo, and I would agree with that. It’s a very lightweight formula and didn’t make my hair feel greasy at all.


Covergirl Plumpify Mascara in Very Black – FULL SIZE! Value $9

I was not impressed with this mascara. With a wand like that, and a name like “Plumpify,” I was expecting major results. Instead I got good lash definition, but not much at all in volume or length. (I ended up layering another mascara over to save my makeup for the day!)

Covergirl Intensify Me Liquid Eyeliner  – FULL SIZE! Value $7

This eyeliner has a pretty slick design. Depending on how you hold the liner, you can get a thin or thicker line. (Swatched below).


Covergirl Trublend Face Primer Combo Skin – FULL SIZE! Value $8.50

This primer looks like a white sunscreen out of the bottle, but blends in clear. I like the finish on my skin, and I’m not very brand loyal when it comes to primers (most seem to do the job for me), so this is going in my makeup bag!

Covergirl Colorlicious Oh Sugar Balm in Punch – FULL SIZE! Value $5.50

This lip balm is one of my favorite drug store discoveries in a while! It has a good amount of pigment, and the lip balm provides a shine, too. I think my favorite part is the flavor – it reminds me of the lemony sweetness of the Fresh Sugar Lip Balm.

Here it is swatched with the eyeliner:


Believe it or not, these swatches were done by a 31 year old! I need to work on my straight lines!

Verdict: This box has a value of about $99! That’s insane for a free bonus box! I’m hoping Allure Beauty Box sends out more bonus boxes in the future! Are you an Allure Beauty Box subscriber? Did you get this bonus box?

If you haven’t signed up for the regular monthly Allure Beauty Box yet, use this link to save $5 off your first box! (The March box has sold out, so your first monthly box will be the April box).

Allure Beauty Box is a monthly beauty subscription box from Allure magazine that takes you behind the scenes at Allure magazine. Each month includes deluxe and full sized beauty and makeup items from mostly high-end brands chosen by the editors, likely leveraging Allure's insider connections. Becomi... read more.
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!

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!
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I signed up over a month ago with Allure and have never received a box. I did receive emails asking me to rate it however. Does it usually take this long? It doesn’t sound like contacting them gets you anywhere.

Kathy S

It is as if Allure loves to tease me. I received both emails letting me know I would soon be receiving a bonus item in the mail. I never received any bonus items or this bonus box. Today, I get an email from Allure asking me to complete a survey about the bonus box. Please send me the box and I will gladly review it.

Mary K

Sorry for you, but glad to know I’m not the only one! I’ve gotten the emails promising the boxes, but no box ever turns up. What’ up with that, Allure? I’ve been a loyal subscriber for 14 months, why you wanna ignore me like that?


I’m done with this box and this company. I find it hard nowadays to trust or give my money to a company that cannot manage their emails or respond to inquiries. They are probably making a ton of money off of their subscribers when you look at the how much it actually costs to curate a box. At almost $16 a month with no perks (even though I received the emails that I would receive them) or a chance to receive review points, it is not hard to say good-bye at almost $192 per year.


OK, I’ve received 2 emails alerting me that a box was on its way and never got a box, so I just asked CS about it (via chat). She told me that because I am a “Legacy” subscriber – that is, I subscribed when it was Sample Society from beautybar, and stayed with it when Allure took it over — I won’t get a box! “Legacy” subscribers won’t get boxes! What kind of nonsense is that?!?! As to why I still got the emails, she doesn’t know and encouraged me to call, which I will do and report back. Maybe we “Legacy” subscribers should quit and then sign up again, so we lose that “stigma.”

Mary K

So the people who have been with them the longest are getting shafted? Yeah, that seems fair.


Here is our exact exchange:

Ashlie: Do you know what I mean when I say that your order was a Legacy order
me: No, but I can guess – it carried over from beautybar?
Ashlie: Yes, that’s exactly right. Your order, the monthly order was a legacy order.
me: ok… what is the significance of that here?
Ashlie: Those boxes will not be sent to Legacy customers


Hi, I received the bonus box (recent BB subscriber) but none of the emails that went out before until today, I got a survey asking me about the box, etc for anyone who gets it 🙂

Erica Galvin


Is anyone interested in selling their box?


Anyone interested in Cover Girl $4.00 coupon for Trunaked Eyeshadow Palette? I won’t be using mine and it expires 6/30/16. I saw them at my local drugstore for $10.99, so it will be a good deal if combined with sale. I would like to send it to someone who didn’t receive the bonus box, if possible. Please comment with your email below mine. Thanks!


Hi Kay, i would love to get the coupon. I really wanted to get a small and easy to carry trunaked palatte 🙂


Hi, HIra, please write your email address here and I will contact you.


I cancelled Allure beauty box in February. They still charged me for the month of March and would not cancel and return my money.


Has anyone who is a monthly subscriber received the bonus box?

Leslie Belt

I received the box!


Yes…i go month to month…sometimes cancel then renew again if I like the spoiler and I received the Red Carpet box.


I wish I would have received this box. Why did some get it and others didn’t?


Wow, hope Allure figures this out and all subscribers get the bonuses.

That being said…this is an absolutely amazing box. Would’ve been worth paying for ?. I’m impressed, Allure ?


I love my bonus box!!! Thank you so much Allure 😉


I was so surprised when I received this box. IT was AWESOME!!!!!

Heather Morris

Hi Liz, just a heads up I think you have the wrong Ulta link for the oil and therefore the wrong box value. My bottle says nothing about antioxidants, so I believe it is this one which retails for $20 for 1 oz.


I’ve only been a subscriber to the Allure box for about 6-9 months. I’ve gotten both bonus items. I was shocked when this one was a whole box though! I figured it would be like the last one. I also subscribe to the magazine. Maybe it really is just random like they are saying.


Thank you Liz. My estimate was off so I love how you estimate the pricing. I got this box for free so no matter the total it was super amazing. I was unhappy with Allure out of the gate when last month was my fist month and I got my box nix the lipstick and had a very hard time contacting them to get it strait but they did eventually send a new one. I put my box on hold this month because of traveling and still got this box perfect timing when I arrived home. I now have hope for the Allure beauty box being a better sub box than some of the others out.


I am very happy with my bonus box and I hope Allure continues to surprise us! I know Allure covers all product ranges from drugstore to high end ones, but I would like to see more high end products in their monthly box as they are more risky for us to buy full-sized products without trying them. We have Target boxes to cover drugstore brands 😛


I am one of the few who did not receive an email or a box. I contacted customer service out of curiosity since it seemed so random. They told me – “It is a random drawing for the red carpet box.” Fair enough. I then asked if they could check to see if I had been entered/won/whatever and she said that “We don’t have that list, unfortunately”. So…….yeah.

Kelli inman

I too contacted allure about all of the emails, extras, and special boxes others are getting. They did not even bother to respond to me and it has been more than a week. I feel really bummed, as a long time subscriber, beauty blogger and avid instagrammer to not be included in any of this while brand new subscribers who signed up b/c of me have received some or all of these special extras. As much as I have loved my beauty box sub from day one; I am pretty miffed about this as well as their lack of customer service. 🙁


I just signed up last month and did not get one. So it’s not just going to new subscribers. And I don’t think that just because you blog and Instagram you should get one. I pay for this sub just like you.


Yeah, I contacted them by email and no response at all. I’ve been a loyal subscriber for over 2 years. I even received the email that I would be getting this box and the previous free samples. I’m not looking for handouts, but it isn’t cool when you say your sending something and then don’t follow through. Their lack of response leaves a lot to be desired when compared to excellent customer service from other beauty boxes. I guess that is the way the cookie crumbles.


Got this out of the blue the other day, thought they perhaps sent a box early or something–signed on to MSA and found it was a surprise box, YAY! What a smart marketing move promoting good will and good products while solidifying and expanding the customer base. Other Subs take note!


OMG i want that coupon for covergirl! I bought one of the palettes last week at Target and I LOVE it! With the coupon it would only be around $6 which is a STEAL. I have to stop myself from buying the other 2 palettes.


I have been with the beauty box over a year. I received the January email but no surprise. I have not received anymore emails or surprises. I had to contact Allure to change my credit card and inquired about the January email I received and did not receive anything, I was told the email was sent to me in error. I told the gentleman that other people were receiving bonus items, so supposedly I am receiving something. This was 2 weeks ago and I still have not received anything. I sent an email to Allure yesterday with my annoyance to how loyal customers are being treated about the bonus items. I am sure I will not receive a reply and that they could care less. I think it is a shame if it does have something to do with beautybar vs. allure billing because Allure told us not to worry with changing anything when the switch happened. Now the older loyal customers get nothing and fresh newbies that have only just signed up to receive boxes are getting everything. Not good Allure. Very disappointed.

Kelli inman

I too, have wondered if it had to do with the switchover and those of us who were subscribers since the beginning when still combined with beauty bar. What an enormous error that would be: to dis their long time loyal subscribers who have helped pave their way to many new subscribers; by rewarding only the newbie subscribers and ignoring our inquiries. It is definitely a good way to lose subscribers.

Kathy S

I subscribed right after the switch, received both emails saying I would get a bonus, but haven’t received anything extra.


Is this something they do often? I have never heard of any subscription boxes sitting out free random goodies But I only get Ipsy, Boxycharm and beautycon. I have been thinking about getting this box but I’m not sure if I’ll like it . Suggestions do you think this box is better than Ipsy??


I dropped Ipsy and Birchbox to pick up this sub, I like the variety, size and amount of samples much better. I have yet to be disappointed or receive a box with products I gave away or didn’t use. I subscribed around 6 months ago and I have not gotten all the freebies but I did get this bonus box plus a bag of 3 extra goodies in January. Haven’t had this with any of my other subs (Boxycharm, Birchbox, Glossybox, Target, Walmart, Beautyfx) which is awesome. I’m a very happy and satisfied subscriber.


Personally I think Allure is 10 times better then ipsy. Ipsy is cute with the bags they send and they do a great job balancing out what they send me but the products I recieve usually go in the trash. Allure seems more grown up with the products they send. I enjoy sampling more expensive skin care.


Yes, this Beauty Box is 10 million times better than Ipsy. It’s worth the extra $5.


I have ipsy as well and have been disappointed with it compared to my allure box. I got a free detangle brush and gave sample in January sent separate from my box. Then got my Feb box and this bonus box. I love everything I get and is deff better then ipsy and way worth the fee extra bucks. It ships faster then ipsy as well. I highly recommend getting allure!


there is a rumor on Makeuptalk that if you are still paying for Allure through Beauty Bar you are not eligible for these free gifts- so if you still pay that way and didn’t get one/are bummed you might want to cancel/resub through Allure directly.

I got this box yesterday after the post office lost it for a few days and was really impressed.


huh- that’s really poor customer service, since we’re the ones who have been loyal subscribers.


Well that explains why I didn’t get the last one either. I was so excited and then nothing. Giving them a call today.


I was so happy to receive all the freebies they have sent out this yr. Allure is definitely my fav box along with boxycharm. I also love the magazine, its one i read cover to cover each month. I have entered their contests and even won prizes there too. Thank you allure. You have a subscriber for life


What a surprise! I grabbed the box and it was so heavy. I was shocked. The mascara and liner (mascara wand was impossible to hold without my hand cramping up, and the tip was gigantic..not something easy to put near your eye, and the liner tip was awful. I’m really really good with liquid liner, and this shape was just terrible, although the formula seems great, sadly) were a fail for me, but everything else is pretty awesome. $100. For FREE. Wow, thanks Allure!!


I have to say I have always loved Allure boxes but they have definitely taken the top spot with my PopSugar boxes. PopSugar isn’t for everyone but I love it. Now back to Allure, I received this box along with their “surprises” in January. It seems every time they send out bonus items I receive them. I love this subscription and I hope they keep the surprises coming. I was very impressed with this box along with some confusion until I remembered that they would be sending out special boxes and I did receive an email that I would be receiving it. I am also an Allure Beauty Enthusiast on their panel. I’m not sure if this bumps your chances up or not but I’ve received everything extra that they have ever sent. I love it, keep em coming!!!


I only subscribed to the box for one month last year and still received the box. So I doubt belonging or subscribing makes any difference.

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