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Walmart Beauty Box Subscription Review – Spring 2016


The Walmart Beauty Box is a quarterly subscription box from Walmart. They feature brands you will find at Walmart, plus coupons.

FYI – They ask for your birthday at sign up to customize the box based on age. There are two options you could receive based on age: Trendsetter (under 35) or Classic (35 and over).

Check out my post on the Trendsetter and Classic options to see how to get both options.

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).


The Box: Walmart Beauty Box (Trendsetter Box)

The Cost: $5 (ships once a season)

The Products: Beauty samples from brands carried by Walmart. (I’m guessing coupons too).

Ships to: US only

Delivered via: USPS

Check out all of my Walmart Beauty Box reviews!

Looking for more beauty boxes? Check out our list of the 15 Beauty Subscription Boxes to Try in 2016!


Colgate Optic White Toothpaste – FULL SIZE! Value $5

First item out of the box and we’ve already covered the cost – love it! Toothpaste is one of those items I don’t get too excited about in boxes, but I can always use, so this is a win!


Burt’s Bees BB Cream in Light/Medium – Sample

How did I not know there was a Burt’s Bees BB Cream?! Normally I don’t enjoy seeing sample packets in subscription boxes, but I couldn’t wait to try this! The formula smells great, has medium coverage (I like my BB Creams to provide medium-complete coverage), and it stayed in place all day! And the sample had surprisingly more than enough BB Cream for a full-use!

Considering the full-size is only $15 and I now have a $3 coupon, I think I will be switching up from foundation to this BB Cream for the summer – I love how light it feels!

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Almond Nude – .08 oz Value $6.50

This is practically full size – and I was happy to see that it twists up just like the full-size version! The color is very wearable for me. It provides a sheer wash of color, some moisture, and not much shine – great for a natural look. Here it is swatched with the BB Cream:



Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer – 2 oz Value $2

I used to use this product all the time in high school/college! Since then I’ve found self tanners that are better for my coloring (tarte self tanners), so I’ll be passing this along to a friend.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo – 2 oz Value $3

My general rule of thumb for hair care products is to avoid any that include sulfates since I color-treat my hair, but this one includes sulfates but also says it is color-safe. It smells great and I like the idea of enhancing my color with shampoo so I’m inclined to try it. If you have any expertise on if this is safe or not for color treated hair, let me know!



Curel Itch Defense Body Wash – 1 oz Value $.70

This body wash is made for people with dry, itchy skin. Fortunately for me, I don’t have that issue (thanks subscription boxes, for more moisturizers than I will ever be able to use), so this will get passed along or donated.

CeraVe Healing Ointment – 2.5 g Value $1

This healing ointment is pretty impressive:

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!

Verdict: I am surprisingly impressed with this box! I don’t expect much from Walmart Beauty Boxes given the price point, but this box was such a win for me! All good sized items, and a great BB Cream discovery! What do you think of the Spring Walmart Beauty Box? What samples did you get?

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Written by 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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Comments (164)

  1. This may have been covered but ive tried everything to change my box from classic to trendsetter. I even emailed the company. I see nothing that lets you pick one .

    • You need to add a new subscription with a new birthday that puts you in the age bracket for the trendsetter box and cancel the original sub.

  2. I received my Walmart Summer Trendsetter Box today (6/18/16). As with all the other quarterly boxes it contained samples appropriate for the summer quarter.
    GOODY SLIDEPROOF HAIR TIES: I’ve received several of these in other subscription boxes.
    these are dark colors that seem more appropriate for Fall.
    INCOCO NAIL ART STRIPS: Pretty flower design.
    SIMPLE: Micellar Cleansing Water – I’ll try it but can’t see me buying water to clean my face.
    ARM & HAMMER: Truly Radiant Clean Mint Tooth Paste Sample
    VASELINE: Intensive Care Advance Repair With Micro-Droplets of Vaseline Jelly.
    SCHWARZKOPF (Developed with Claudia Schiffer): Samples bottles of Diamond Color & Radiance shampoo & conditioner.
    SALLY HANSEN: Airbrush Legs Water Resistant Medium Leg Makeup. I’ve received a few other “tan” makeups in some boxes this year but they all have been too dark for my skin.
    NIVEA: In-Shower Body Lotion – Cocoa Butter. I love this and am already using it so this is a winner.

    All in all I think it’s a good box for $5.00 and will be looking forward to Fall.

    • I just got the same box. I like it and for $5 it’s a good deal.

  3. Just received notice today 6/8/16, that the new boxes will be shipped by the end of June.

  4. Did anyone not receive the spring boxes yet? I signed up at the beginning of March for the classic and trendy and received two winter boxes. But I have not been charged for or received the spring boxes yet. Just wondering if anyone else was already signed up and hasn’t gotten the boxes yet.

    • I was just charged today. I don’t expect to get much but I will be cancelling since I have so many other boxes now worth keeping. It sounds like those at the back of the line got mostly leftovers.

      • I signed up mid season and they seem to ship out according to that. I was expecting to get mine in the beginning when everyone else was getting theirs. I didn’t and I didn’t get any of the fun goodies people were showing and posting. And to top it off I got two of the same samples as the last box… two! I know it’s only five bucks but I don’t want to keep getting the same exact stuff. So basically I got toothpaste for five dollars..

  5. I have yet to get my spring box and as far as I can tell, it never shipped(I have tracking through USPS for all shipments coming to me, nothing) Since I have Play coming now, I don’t think I will be keeping Walmart. Not enough value. That stinks that ppl at the back of the shipping schedule get whatever is left. But then again, it is Walmart….

  6. Very hard to cancel.

    I canceled on the 14th of April, I was canceled on both the website and via communication with the customer service person who I told in no uncertain terms that I didn’t want any more boxes. He respond back as he wasn’t sure if I wanted another box. Sigh….

    He told me that I was only subscribed for 1 box. Yet I got a notice that I’m receiving another box that was ordered on the 22nd of April. So frustrated as I was one of the people who didn’t get a box with anything good in it.

    • I had the same thing happen but if you check the tracking for the second box that was ordered on the 22nd you will find it was actually delivered on that date so they just have a glitch in sending out shipping confirmations.

      • My boxes finally arrived – weird I got a ship notification from them a few hours after they were delivered. The boxes both contained the Colgate Optic White and St Ives scrub. One had in addition, Brilliant Brunette shampoo, Goody hair ties, and Vaseline Intensive care moisturizer as well as a small sample of Burts Bees BB cream and Vera Wang Perfume. The other had in addition to the toothpaste and scrub, a Jergens wet skin moisturizer, a Banana Boat sunscreen, and Cetaphil make up wipes, as well as a small sample of CeraVie healing balm. I am not sure which box was which. Overall, I am not too disappointed (except with the late delivery). Each box appeared full as opposed to some who said their box was practically empty. Each one had the full sized toothpaste worth the $5 box cost plus four good sized items (deluxe samples I guess) that I would consider well worth at least a dollar each and a few tiny throw ins as well. I would have liked to try the Neutrogena lip crayon in at least one of the boxes but I am fine with what I got. Am I the very last person to get theirs? Does anyone know if there is a way to get on a delivery schedule earlier in their cycle?

  7. I got mine today and am very happy. In my classic box was…

    3 oz Colgate Opti White toothpaste
    .05 oz Aveeno restoring night cream
    1 oz Banana Boat sunscreen
    1.8 oz Dove dryoil moisturizer
    .7 oz Curel rough skin rescue
    2 oz Jergens Wet Skin moisturizer

    Maybe a few too many moisturizers but these are great for travel. Definitely got my $5 worth.

  8. Extremely disappointed. My box had toothpaste, cleansing cloths, deodorant sample, qtips, small sunscreen and a small tube of St Ives apricot scrub. I hope the next one is better. Big letdown.

    • That’s exactly what I got too. I was so looking forward to the BB cream, lippie and cera ve samples. I almost cancelled but figured oh well it’s just $5. Still, if my next box looks like leftovers again I will cancel it, I can buy something I really want for the $20.

  9. I use retin-a and it works wonders, the downside is that sometimes my face gets dry flakes that no amount of exfoliating helps. The cera ve is the only thing that helped me get rid of them. This is why I love beauty boxes, you never know what great new product you’re going to discover.

  10. I certainly wouldnt minimize someone’s complaint of receiving less than a $5 value on a box with expectations of receiving at least a $5 value or more. I also wouldnt minimize someone’s disappointment of receiving less products than others. I dont care if the value is $5 or $100. And its really just common sense that if someone pays money for something they expect the equal value regardless of the dollar amount. For those who dont understand that, I would like to sell you a piece of cherry pie for $100.

  11. I’m signed up for trendsetter and put 25 for my age, not true. This was my 2nd Walmart box and I got the toothpaste, a sample Dove deodorant, a Dove body wash and the BB cream sample. I know this box is “free”, just pay $5 shipping but it kinda makes me mad to see some people hitting the jackpot and this is my box. I’ve used the toothpaste before and didn’t like the taste. Dove deodorant just doesn’t do it for me. So I paid $5 for a 50 cent body wash. I don’t want to cancel because it is only $5 a quarter and there’s a chance I could have a good box eventually. Can anyone explain how you get put into an earlier shipping group? You think this would help my chances of at least getting a full box?

    • I think its done in batches. I am unsure if this is how it works, buts it my best guess. So here is my theory. In your email from Walmart with your shipping order, it shows what box ordered and their is a series of numbers & letters. Mine was WMS T3A. I think that means I was put in batch 3 for the trendsetter. Someone else commented below that their numbers were WMS T2A. They received their box before me and it was different with more items. So I am guessing they were in batch 2. I dont think age plays a part in what batch you get placed in.

      I received my winter boxes without any notifications and my classic box for spring didnt come with any notifications either. So I can only base my theory on this box and observing when they received theirs and the differences on what people received in their boxes and the contents. I am curious if people stay in a certain “batch” or if they change each season. If my next box gives me indication that I am in a later batch than others who receive more and better contents, I will be opting out of Walmart boxes. Since the batch doesnt seem to come close to a $5 value.

  12. I subbed for two boxes (one of each), but only received one. I’m not even sure which it is, but I got the toothpaste, St. Ives scrub, a mini Jergens lotion (just plain – not the Natural Glow that Liz got), the Burt’s Bee’s sample BB cream packet, and a pack of Goody hair bands. I was really hoping for the Neutrogena lipstick and was disappointed that I didn’t get it. However, right now I’m more concerned with whether or not I’ll get my second box! Did anyone else order two but get only one?

  13. I am happy with the box… I got optic white toothpaste, Vaseline intensive care advanced repair cream, burts bees bb cream, goody hair ties, st Ives scrub, Frieda shampoo, and a Vera wang perfume sample.

  14. Walmart messed up and refunded me for one the two boxes order. This didn’t turn out to be a bad thing as I only wasted $5.00 and not $10.00. This will be my first and last box as it seems that Walmart does their boxes like they do everything else. I got the toothpaste, a sample St. Ives scrub, a sample Dove deodorant, a Dove body wash and the BB cream sample, John Frieda brilliant brunette(I’m a ginger). I was hoping for the lip color but didn’t get it. There is actually nothing in this box I will be using.
    I can’t use whitening toothpaste. The BB cream is way too dark for my skin. Doesn’t look like this box is really to show case new products and that’s the very thing I like in the sample boxes.

    • I got the same box as you. Literally everything I wanted like the lippy, the jurgens, curel and cerave. According to the shipping notice this was the trendsetter box… but seriously not at all trendy. It’s showing online that my classic box delivered today hoping better than this one

      • I contacted customer service again it’s been back and forth because of the confusion and my some how paying for 3 boxes(We wanted one of each) and being refunded 1 time and then getting only 1 box. We have been going back and forth. With customer service telling me that I canceled 1 of my 2 boxes. But is shows that we are signed up for one of each.

        When I contacted the company the response I got where to explain to me that I canceled boxes (I didn’t) and to ignore my other concerns, they did explain why we get what we do:
        Every Walmart Beauty Box varies due to the total number of each product sample that is available for each issue. We have over 40 brands participating with various quantities. Most boxes contain a different mix of products depending on the items available to fill the box. The videos and reviews that you see online may not reflect what you receive in your box. The items in the box change all the time as certain products run out and other products come in.

        This felt like such an excuse to me and after being ignored and not getting my financial considerations handled(I guess I have to contact my bank now) I was miffed and sent this response:

        I get something like 6-7 other boxes and understand some randomness but in all the other boxes there is the value there. If they run out of the higher end item or something people are looking forward to they try to replace it with something equal. But to you hear explain it, it’s ok when you run out of an item. A professionally run company would anticipate this and plan it so they delivered good box to everyone or maybe just limit it to a number of boxes that could deliver value. The fact that you would justify the this lack of care shows that your company does’t have a clue regarding customer service. Your company should be building loyalty for Walmart by delivering boxes of products that will bolster Walmarts reputation and sell products for the companies providing samples. What you are doing is taking our $5.00 and shoving what ever crap you have to hand in a box and mailing it out.

        I would guess that every one of those other boxes I subscribe to have less resources to put their boxes together but they 1 for 1 manage to deliver value to their customers. This something your not doing. With the contracts Wal-Mart is know to have with it’s suppliers it amazing that you would have this problem.

        I think I found online that this box is not being processed by Walmart but by a company they contract to do it so it should be spot on. Sorry for my rant, miffed that customer service keeps skirting the issue.

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