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Allure Beauty Box Review – May 2016 + $5 Coupon

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanMay 15, 2016 | 223 comments

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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!

IMPORTANT INFO: This box oversold. Many subscribers who signed up with messaging stating that their first box would be the May box, were later told by customer care that it would be the June box instead. The site now states that your first box will begin “with our next available box.”

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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!

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Each box includes an info booklet that details each item and why Allure editors decided to include it in the box.

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Foreo Luna Play – Value $39

Foreo Day Cleanser – 15 ml Value $4.50

Foreo Night Cleanser – 15 ml Value $5.45

This Luna Play was the big ticket item in the box, and I’m so excited that I got to try it. I also appreciate that they included the two cleansers to go with it. I wasn’t wowed by either cleanser. The day cleanser is pretty scented, and the night one is exfoliating but doesn’t lather as much as I would like.

The device itself is great, though! Here it is up close:

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And here is the on/off button on the back:

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This device is 100 uses and not rechargeable, so a few MSA readers recommended using it as a tool to clean makeup brushes once the battery runs out. Foreo also gives tips for recycling your Play device. (This also came with a coupon code to save $39 off the full-size rechargeable Luna Foreo Device).

I’ve been a Clarisonic user for years, but I’ve always wanted to know how Foreo stacked up, so this was the perfect opportunity to compare them without spending a lot up front.

Both did a great job at cleaning my skin thoroughly. While using the Foreo Play, I did wish that there were different intensity settings like there are on Clarisonic, but these options exist on the full-sized versions.

The big difference for me is the silicone brush surface area. With Clarisonic, you have to always buy replacement brush heads, but that’s not an additional cost here – and that’s a big plus for me. (At $22 a new brush head, switched out every 2-3 months, the costs add up!)

With Foreo, the “ultra-hygienic silicone is nonporous to resist bacteria buildup.”

So, with the $39 coupon, I think I will be buying the Foreo Luna 2!

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Equitance Brightening Serum + Spot Corrector – .2 oz Value $25

Wow – this is $125 an ounce! According to the Allure Beauty Box info booklet, you should start to see results from this serum/spot corrector within 4 weeks. I don’t think this sample would last me that long if I applied it all over my face, so I’ll use it as a spot corrector and hope to see results!

COTZ Flawless Complexion SPF 50 – .18 oz Value $1.44

This sunscreen is tinted but it blended in clear for me. It’s a small sample, but should be good for a few uses!

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Lauren B. Beauty Nail Polish in Santa Barbara Surf – FULL SIZE! Value $18

This seafoam green creme feels perfect for summer – it’s not a color I usually go for, but I like it!

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara – .13 oz Value $9.75

I’m giving this mascara the grade of a B. I liked the length and had no issues with clumping, but I wanted more volume from the formula.

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Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick is Rose Naturelle – .04 oz Value $3.70

This is one of my favorite discoveries in the box! I love the color and the pigment, and the mattelustre formula is great, too. It isn’t very moisturizing, but I expect that from pretty much any matte formula.

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Here it is swatched:

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Gorgeous!

Verdict: This box has a value of about $107. That’s amazing for a $15 box, and unfortunate that not everyone who subscribed got to start with this box. My favorite items in this box are the Foreo Play and the Pixi Lipstick.

What do you think of the May Allure Beauty 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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223 comments

Wisteria

Reading about how many people received a May box after a supervisor from Allure assured me I would Not receive a box because for the second month in a row, they oversold the sub makes me very glad I canceled. ( I didn’t receive an April box either, and had to call for a refund.)

I went to the the four letter online ‘garage sale’ site, and purchased a Brand new FS Foreo Sensitive/Normal that came with USB cable, and three full size Boscia products: cleanser, beauty oil, and a sheet masque for $80 shipped. It was a holiday ’15 gift set valued at $260. Totally worth canceling this sub and getting FS items I want with no confusion.

Kay

Did anyone get/use the code for Foreo? If so, when does it expire? I had never used cleansing device like this until Luna and I really like it, so considering buying rechargeable one. Can I use the code towards any size, except Luna? I am also curious which model you purchased. Thanks!!

Phoebe

I got the code but gave it to a friend to use. I tried it before I gave it to her to make sure it worked. As far as I know there is no expiration date–none was listed on the email. The code is only good on the $199 Foreo. I ended up buying the Luna Play rechargeable.

Kay

Phoebe, thanks for the comment! I probably won’t get the $199 one as it seems too big to move around the face… I wish we can use it for any rechargeable one.

Shantal

Hi Liz. Were the cleansers foil sealed? Thanks in advance!

Phoebe

No, the cleansers weren’t sealed.

Shantal

Thank you!

Ugh, this company has the WORST CS and billing dept.
My husband gifted me a 6 month sub on May 1st. Since then, I have been charged 5 times for the monthly that was supposed to be cancelled. These charges were each disputed with bank, refunded, only to have account suspended, I call, reactivate ‘gift’ subscription, get charged, rinse, repeat.

I love the curation of these boxes, but DO NOT give them your bank info. Gift subs on prepaid VIsa ONLY unless you want to change your card number every time you change your subscription options…

stephanie

I have subscribed to other beauty box vendors and have had much better communication with other companies. Allure states the item was shipped on the first of the month but still have not received box yet and it is 9th of the month. I called customer support on 6/6/2016 and they stated that their was a shipping label created the first of the month but it is still in the warehouse. She states that when the item ships that I will receive an email. Still waiting now. 🙁

Maria D

I chatted in to ask about when my June box will be shipped and I was told this “We have had a couple of delays in the delivery of the June box. One of the products from France has been delayed and we also had a delay due to the Memorial Day Holiday.” I have lost all interest in trying this so I asked to cancel and refund. This box is more effort that it is worth.

Willow

I loved my first Allure Box and wanted to get a gift subscription for a friend, but have been having a terrible time with Allure’s customer service who have been unhelpful, rude, and sarcastic. There was a snafu with the shipping and billing address on the gift, as well as my own misunderstanding about needing to set up a separate account. I was willing to put up with a little rudeness just to get the gift (everyone has a bad day!), but I never could get straightened out, and I got tired of being treated so poorly just for trying to buy their product. Does anyone have a suggestion for a similar but friendlier beauty box?
It finally left such a bad impression I don’t think I’ll continue to get the magazine either.

Kristin

I was provided a tracking number for the box on May 13 which never worked. After three emails with them about it they told me today they are sending out an previous months box instead to compensate. This was my first month on the subscription- very bad start. I canceled my TestTube subscription for this exact reason. Very disappointed.

cheri

I ordered my May box on April 27th and it said they STILL had that box available and that it will ship right away.. I never got tracking for the box.. It says on the site that it shipped the same day (April 27th) but I never received a fricken thing.. not even tracking.. I just emailed them and if I am told that I am not getting the May box, they better give me a full refund because I find it completely rude to say I was getting the box.. said it shipped but it never did?? WTF? I do NOT want the June box.. by the spoilers it blows.. I hate the Kardashians and their makeup line and would skip that box. I am so upset and mad right now.

Amanda

After I complained and got a refund like 2 weeks ago the may box magically showed up on my door!

Cindy

I received the May box and the Foreo did not work…..at all, not even once. I called them and they said they would send out a previous box to apologize. Well, I just got the box and it was from August 2015.

That’s really old stuff!

All in all, I have not had a very good experience with my first try with Allure.

firefly

It seems like I was one of the unlucky people. I didn’t contact them and didn’t receive a consolation box or May box. They are telling me now that there are no consolation boxes left and that I would receive a June box the first week of June. So I asked them to refund me and cancel. Rep cannot even apologize I guess and they no longer care about retaining people after their mistake (see below). My Play! subscription didn’t end up going through either (had issues with my cart but it seemed like it had gone through). Guess it’s a sign that I should continue my break from these beauty companies since I’m getting OuiPlease. It’s late but at least it goes through.

ME–
I never received a notice that that was the case (no apology email or any information on log in) and feel that this is false advertising since that is not what it said on the site when I signed up. Can you issue me a refund? I wish to cancel

THEM–
We are in the process of forwarding your refund information to your credit card company. Please allow a few weeks for this information to appear on your statement.

Nikita

Hey, at least you were able to GET a Play! subscription in the first place. I’ve been trying two months in a row, the first with a misleading countdown and everything. I thought that Sephora had made me mad at their lack of silence but at least THEY changed their system so it didn’t happen a second time. Unlike SOME subscriptions /coughAllurecough/

LaWanda Metcalfe

Same thing happened to me. I signed up April 23. If the June box is not worth the aggravation I feel with Allure I will be canceling

Nikita

LaWanda, what are your thoughts so far with the two spoilers?

Mdt

So is it too early for the June spoilers? Anyone?

Lisa Tracy

I not only didn’t get the may box they made nothing but excuses and actually lied about what had happened. I’m curious how they decide who gets these boxes first ? I’ve been a magazine subscriber for over 10 years, and have tried to sign up twice for the box, and both times something bad has happened. I’m done with the box but will continue with the magazine, I’m sure my choice makes no difference to them either way.

LoRi

I wasn’t impressed with the lipstick. When I put it on it was basically the same shade as my lips so there was no point to it. Although I did find that it works to tone down other lipsticks that are a little too much.

Ashley

I was told i would not receive the may box but i stuck it out anyways and turns out i just did on Friday. Only problem is the luna does not work! I went on customer service chat and they said they would send me a bonus box as conciliation as they do not have any more luna’s. Not super excited about that option but i guess at least its something. Did this happen to anyone else? What was in the bonus box?

Kristin

Hi Ashley, Please try this I hope it helps. I have 2 of those & thought they did not work I emailed customer service where they make the Cleansers. Try pushing to the left & in. I did that & both of mine works fine. Give it a shot it’s a little tricky but if you try that I’m sure yours will work. Good Luck!!

Phoebe

A lot of people’s Luna Play did not work. Try turning it on with the end of a pen or pencil.

Victoria

My Luna never worked. I tried the whole pen thing and still nothing. I’m still waiting for my bonus box that I was told weeks ago they would send.

Jessica

Still no allure sneak peak for June, wondering if it has to do with the mess last month. Can’t wait till they do release it though! Love allure curation and quality.

Alisonka

I’ve been waiting not so patiently for spoilers… its way too quiet in here.

Nikita

After thinking about it a bit, I’m pretty sure they won’t do spoilers because June won’t ‘top’ the May box. I bet they want to keep subscribers hoping that the June will be amazing to make up for May but I doubt it will. Of course I’m a pessimist by nature but it does seem suspicious that there’s suddenly a lack of spoilers.

Kelly

I just came here to see if anyone had found any spoilers for June. By this time last month we had all of the spoilers. There’s only a week until they will charge for the June box. I’m getting nervous that the May issues has scared them. I wouldn’t blame them if they didn’t release any spoilers for a few months.

Cassie

Actually, I think they always charge my card around the 28th and that’s only three days away!

Nikita

I was coming here to mention that. By this time last month they had I think two spoilers. It actually makes me concerned, I was going to wait to see if I wanted to cancel if I didn’t like June since I signed up to get May, but didn’t.

I THINK I won’t be paying for July because CS made it sound like that, but to be honest the person that answered my email didn’t seem as if they could even finish a sentence so I don’t really trust them.

Celisa

Does anybody know where I can find a referral link for the Allure Box? I’m a blogger and if I refer new customers to them, i want to get credit for doing so! Thanks in advance to anybody who can shine some light on where I can find this!

TiffanyLC

As far as I could find, they don’t have weblinks for their referral system. If you go to FAQ and click on the referral box question, there’s a link for “sign up” that opens the referral sign up. From what I could find, they only offer email, facebook and twitter referrals. I couldn’t figure out if the facebook link would work if posted in a blog or not. Their website is very 90s and not user friendly at all.

Alisonka

I shouldn’t be so frustrated because I wasn’t supposed to get the May box, but it turns out I am. However, it’s been sitting at Bensenville post office for a full week now! Gah! My julep stuff gets to me in 3 days!

Jinytte

I subscribed on the 22nd in the AM right after Liz posted the spoiler. After a week found out from the MSA post/thread that I most likely wouldn’t be getting May, and so was deciding whether to call and cancel or just let it ride for the June box.
Decided to not call since I had planned to subscribe to Allure eventually anyway. Then on the 13th got a shipping notice and today received the May box, so happy! My Foreo play is the blue featured in the booklet, can’t wait to try tonight.

Kim

Help. I push the button in the back of the Foreo play and nothing happens!!! Anyone else have this happen……..is the battery dead????

Cindy

I couldn’t get mine to turn on even trying with a pen.

Kathy

Mine lasted for two weeks.

Kathy

My battery lasted two weeks.

Nastassia

You really need to push hard on it right on or below the button until it clicks on.

Angie

I finally got mine to work after stabbing the on button really hard with the bottom of a pen

Victoria

I was told I wasn’t getting he May box and was completely bummed but I stuck it out in the hope June’s box would be great. To my surprise I received the May box today and couldn’t bust out the Luna Play fast enough. Unfortunately, mine didn’t work at all. It never even turned on for a second. Back to being bummed.

Kathy

Still works fine without the fancy vibration. I didn’t see what the fuss was about. It was nothing special to me.

Angie

I thought the same thing and even contacted c.s. and got nothing back and then I stabbed the on button with the bottom of a pen and it finally worked. Good luck!

Nastassia

I just got my May box today!!! I am so excited to try everything.

I got the blue Luna, and it works perfectly.

This is definitely a box I am sticking with.

Kelly

WOW! I subscribed in April to Allure and after the news broke that many would not be getting the May box I contacted customer service. They said I would not be getting a May box but they would send me a bonus box from a previous month. I was very nice to the customer service rep and told him that I was a little bummed but I understood that mistakes happen.
I got home today and I received two boxes! One is the great May beauty box with the Foreo Luna and the other is a great bonus box!
I am thrilled!!!!!!

Sharon

So Allure customer service and general way of doing business is pretty bad. I was charged for my first box on 4/8. When the news broke that boxes were not going to be delivered for May, and I received an email stating I would not be getting the May box, I called and cancelled my order. Well, I never checked that my refund actually came through, and I received an email last week that my May box was about to be shipped. I’ve since learned that they never completed my request to cancel, and I ended up getting a box for May, even after they told me I wasn’t and I called to cancel. Terrible awful way to treat customers, but for $10 ($5 coupon) it’s a really awesome box! So, I’m both extremely frustrated and happy with Allure!

jeanette

I received my April box within no time…but keep reading from others that there is no may box…is that correct? Cause they took my money for it and I need to contact them…but don’t have number to call….does anyone have it to give me? Thanks

Phoebe

[email protected] or call 1-800-274-1603

Donna

I ordered my box in April before the deadline, and I was promised the May box. When I contacted costumer care, they nearly accused me of a lie by logging into my account and telling me that it does not say anywhere that I was getting the May box. The confirmation page did promise me the May box. This is bad business, and I really don’t like when people are treat me as a full or a lair when I am spending my money on their business.

Kia

I’m so happy that I decided to stick it out and stay with Allure even though I was told I wasn’t getting the May box because lo and behold a box showed up today and it was the May one! I’m so happy right now. The only thing I didn’t see was the coupon code for the Foreo but I will probably get it through my job and pay half price for it if I love it. I have a clarisonic as well but I don’t use it daily as I feel its a little harsh. I’m hoping the Foreo cleans deep and is good for daily use. I’m also really happy about the polish. I love this brand and minty colors are my fav!

SSM

I got the May box as well! It arrived on Friday. I had been told I wouldn’t get a box until June, and even received a “consolation box” last Friday, and then the May box showed up. I subscribed April 24th, by the way.

Loving the Foreo, the Foreo cleansers and the Cotz. Haven’t tried the Equitance yet; sadly, the polish looked terrible on me. The Pixi lipstick looked okay but was a little dreary on my light, warm-toned skin (it looked very 90s). Overall, though, this was a GREAT box and I’m so happy I got it.

LaWanda Metcalfe

Good for you. I am still holding out hope. I subscribed on April 23 and have heard anything

Nastassia

You have to go to that website in the enclosed packaging for the Foreo. It says something like go here for a free gift and you have to enter the code below it.

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