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Target Beauty Box Review – April 2016

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanApr 11, 2016 | 97 comments


Target Beauty Box
4.2 overall rating
509 Ratings | 46 Reviews

Every month, Target launches a beauty box, and it sells out very quickly. (This box is currently sold out).

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The Box: Target Beauty Box

The Cost: $7

The Products:

Check out all of my Target Beauty Box reviews!


Each box comes with an info card and a Target coupon good for $3 off a beauty purchase of $15 or more. (Tip thanks to MSA readers – save these to use on future Target Beauty Boxes!)


Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport Ultra Light with SPF 30+ Sunscreen Lotion – 2 oz Value $2

This formula rubs in clear easily, isn’t greasy, and has a great summery scent. It’s a decent sample size too – perfect for travel.

Marlowe. No. 022 Body Butter – 1 oz Value $1.25

This might be my favorite discovery in the box. I sampled the Marlowe brand before thanks to the January Target Beauty Box. Their formulas are paraben and phthalate free, made in the USA, and not tested on animals.

The scent in this body butter is very subtle, and I like it, plus the formula is really moisturizing without making my skin feel greasy.


Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes – 7 wipes Value $1.25

I’ve sampled these before and they work well. I like that they are gentle on my skin and I always can use more makeup remover wipes!


Laneige Water Bank Soothing Gel Mask – Value $4.80

This sheet mask is a little different than most sheet masks – it comes in two parts:


That works great for me because my face doesn’t always match up well with the eye, nose and mouth holes on the one-sheet-fits-all masks.

And here is what I look like with it on:

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Just kidding! Actually, I look way too scary to ever post on the site. Like scare-my-husband-even-when-I-warn-him-I’m-wearing-a-mask, scary.

(Thanks, EC, for the Mrs. Doubtfire mask comment, though – I needed this gif in my life!)

This mask is a 30-minute one. A little longer than I would have liked, but it left my skin feeling super soft and refreshed, so I can’t complain!

(If you like Laneige, Target Beauty Boxes are for you – the brand is in almost every box!)


Pantene Airspray Hairspray – 1 oz Value $1

This hairspray has a pleasant floral/fruity scent, and it gives a medium hold without any stickiness.

CeraVe Healing Ointment – 2.5 g Value $1

I just got this sample in the Walmart Spring Beauty Box as well! More info on the formula:

No fragrance added, Dermatologist Tested, Dye-free, Hypoallergenic, Noncomedogenic, Phthalate-free, Steroid-free, Sulfate-free

And most importantly, it works well! The sample is pretty tiny, but a little goes a long way, so it works out!


COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lipstick in Yummy Pink – FULL SIZE Value $6

This cotton candy pink is a pretty wearable shade for me. Here it is swatched:


The finish is a semi-matte, and moisturizing. Good pigment, too – I like it!


Maybelline® Dream Velvet Foundation – Sample

This sample was enough for an entire face application, and I really liked the feel of the “velvet gel-whipped foundation.” The color is a little too peachy for my skin tone, but I was impressed with the coverage and finish of the formula! (On the back of this card is a $2 coupon for any Dream Velvet or Maybelline New York face product.)

And the hairspray came with a coupon too:



Verdict: This box has a value of about $17. That’s on the lower end for Target Beauty Boxes, but still great. Plus the $3 Target Beauty coupon always makes this box worth it! And this month I’ll use every single item!

What do you think of the latest Target Beauty Box? Were you able to grab one?

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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 ordered the April beauty box, and never received it. Fortunately they’re going to refund my money but still disappointing.

Michelle Book Addict

Thank you for the email to let me know when this box is available. I bought 3 (2 of them will be gifts for Mother’s Day). Thanks again.


Target has May spoilers up now!


Is there any word on there being a May box?

Heather P

I’m curious too… I’ve been checking multiple times a day to see if spoilers have been posted.


I’m checking too!


FYI: that Maybelline coupon is good on ANY face product (it says it on there). I wasn’t thrilled with the foundation in the foil pack, but I realized the coupon could be used on something else and bought Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless for $4 at Target with only that coupon. Yay!


I got my box yesterday. I’m pretty happy with everything, except the lipstick. I got the Carmel color, a white base nude. Looks awful on me. I have a lot of pigment in my lips and it just washed it out. But it’s whatever. The thing I was most excited about is the sheet mask. I am such a sheet mask junkie, and I really like the water sleeping mask we got from the same brand in last months box.


Mine arrived today and I’m happy with everything, especially the lipstick! this is actually the first lippie from a sub that I actually like, it’s called titillate. I was so tired of deep reds and bright pinks. Love Target boxes!


So my Target Beauty Box was delivered on Monday but when I went to my mailbox to grab my mail and the key to the parcel because it wouldnt fit in my mailbox it wasn’t there. It was there Tuesday , Weds, and contacted the USPS and Target and both say it was scanned and I guess the mailman took it or he put the key in the wrong mailbox and they took it. Its a sign from God telling me to stop buying subscription boxes…. But I can’t… Help


Wahhhh! According to USPS tracking my boxes are sitting one state away since April 12. ?

Barbara Patten

Y tracking said it was in Pennsylvania for over a week. Contacted post office and they are looking into it. Then got an email from Target saying my refund had been credited to my bank account. I called Target to find out what was going on. He was no help. He said it was returned and my account was credited. I asked him where the box was and all he would say was that it was “out of stock”. So, don’t know what they did with the box that was returned. I told him my daughter had been checking the mailbox everyday. He couldn’t tell me why they ended up getting it back. I wrote corporate. Not happy !!


I put my lipstick up on the swap site but then took it down and tried the store. They didn’t even know the boxes existed (the chick at CS was like, “You mean Birchbox? We can’t exchange Birchbox items.”) but did let me switch out the lipstick. They did it like a return without a receipt. The color choice was only ok, and the only non-light colors they had were reds that all looked alike. I got Cherry Succulent.


I didn’t expect to love this box but I really do! Everything but the hairspray is useful to me. I got the lipstick in Tempt Berry, which is too bright and dark for me, and was going to put it in the shelter-donation box but I saw several people were able to exchange theirs for color at Target and decided to try. I was allowed to do so! – and chose a color that seemed good, a lighter, warmer pink, but what I didn’t realize it is so frosted it appears several shades lighter and cooler than it should be. So just a heads up, a lot of these are frosted and there is no indication on the packaging or shelf. Wish I had just donated it.


For those who do not use hairspray, I read that it could be used to stop a run or snag in pantyhose. I tried it on a run and it worked. Since I have received hairspray in my last 3 boxes, I keep a can with my pantyhose, a can with my travel supplies and I took a can to work.


I hope I get a deep pink or rose colored lipstick. I definitely could not wear that Caramel Kiss color or anything with an orange undertone.


UGH! My lipstick is called dulce le leche and will not work at all for me! So disappointed. I really wanted a deep pink/rose.


Thanks for always posting the Target coupons, Liz!


Bummed I got the same lipstick in both boxes. I love the lotion, in a nurse and constantly go through lotion and this one is very good from what I can see for my dryness.

Toni Dunn

I got two lipsticks I hit the jackpot


Not sorry I skipped this one! I don’t use hairspray, and although it sounds like there are some colors of the lipstick that would have worked for me, I probably would have ended up with pink or red. My fair skin, freckles, and red hair don’t go with either 🙂 My Walmart box was great this time, and my BB should be here any day…so I’m good for now. Looking forward to the next Target box!


Not impressed at all! I’m glad I skipped this month… I know it’s not a lot of money but I wouldn’t used any of the items… Hopefully next month will be better because I do like target boxes

Rebekah C

I worked from home yesterday and had both kids home sick with me. So when my husband came home from work and had the box from the mail. I was so excited. I put the mask on and went to lay down because it had been such a miserable day. And then my 8 year old opened the door and when I looked up he just started shrieking. It was hilarious, or maybe I was just in a bad mood. But I told him it served him right for not knocking first.

Anita M

I did the same thing to my 14 year old. Fun times!


You’re my kind of mom lol.


I was happy with it. It is all stuff that I’ll use this summer and actually the ointment is great for my currently chapped lips. I got an ugly bright pink lipstick, which was broken so I didn’t feel bad throwing it away and Target refunded me part of the box cost! 🙂


How did you do that? My lipstick was broken from the base and it smooshed into the top.


Anyone else received a “delayed order” notification? Instead of shipping, Target set a new delivery date to Apr 24. This was my first time buying anything from Target, so I’m not sure if this is ok or not.


I did receive an email first that my order has been delayed and new delivery date is 24th. But eventually they cancelled 🙁 no reason no nothing. Just an email saying few days later that your order is cancelled. I never have had any problems with my target boxes before


Mine was finally shipped today (tracking still not working though). I was hoping to at least receive an explanation on why the box got delayed (or, in your case, on why the order got cancelled).


How do you use the mask? I see it has two layers (in addition to two parts)? Do you put the white paper-y layer on your face or the clear cellophane-y layer? I decided to stand firm and not to get this box, now FOMO has kicked in. No more skipping Target boxes! I do have these masks from other boxes.

Liz Cadman

You remove the white paper layer (it’s just part of the packaging) and they apply the clear layer. The top part covers down to your nose, and the bottom part covers your mouth/chin lower face area. Hope that makes sense!


Yes, it does! Thanks.


I have not received the boxes. I ordered two and my cc was charged but never got a confirmation email. Did you all get a confirmation after ordered the box? Should I call customer service?


I received a confirmation. You should probably login to your Target account first and see recent orders, and then maybe call. I live close to where mine is shipped from, so depending on where you live it could take a few more days.


Thank you.. I called them and they said they are on their way 🙂 .. I had a typo on my email and that is why I didn’t get a confirmation.


I also got Caramel Kiss, which is not a good nude for me. I could probably make it work by fussing with it or using gloss but I have probably a dozen nudes that are nicer so will get rid of it. But was really excited for the lipstick (I’m a lip product junkie) so that made me sad and feel like the box wasn’t really worth it. I did try the foundation and it looked nicer on my skin than I expected but it just felt like so. much. makeup. I may need to take a break from these Target boxes but I get sucked in so easily. I finally quit Birchbox but have now signed on for Walmart and Target! Sigh.


Someone on this thread was saying you can take it back to Target and exchange it for another color in the same brand. Maybe you would want to try that.


Ah, thanks! Think I will try!

Kristina Snowden

I will use everything in this box! I love the trial size sunscreens. My lipstick shade was Caramel Kiss which is perfect for me.


I wish I had gotten Caramel Kiss. I got Tempt Berry. Its pretty dark, but I will make it work. I will use the sunscreen when I walk back and forth to work this summer(40 minute walk each way). I don’t use hairspray. I have long hair that I wash and comb. That’s it for this gal! This is my second box. I liked last month’s better, but this one is ok. I got three this month. One for me; my daughter, who lives with me; & my daughter who lives across the country.

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