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Allure Beauty Box Review – June 2016 + $5 Coupon

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanJun 17, 2016 | 205 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!

IMPORTANT INFO: Allure Beauty Box has had some overselling issues, so it’s impossible to say what month your subscription will start with if you sign up now. 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!


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


Klorane Shampoo with Mango Butter – 3.38 oz Value $5

This is larger than the typical shampoo sample, so it should be good for a week of hair washing! (A little goes a long way with this shampoo – I was over-lathering on my first use!)

I love the mango, tropical scent, too! My only complaint? I wish they would have included the matching conditioner!


Leader Cosmetics Sheet Mask – Value $6

(Subscribers will receive one of several variations)

What I liked about this sheet mask: it’s paraben free, and you only need to leave it on for 10 minutes!

What I didn’t like: I would have preferred a natural orange scent over the perfume fragrance. And the excess formula didn’t absorb fully on my face – it left a bit of a tacky finish on my skin.

In conclusion, it was a hydrating mask, but I didn’t love it and won’t buy it in the future.


Purlisse Blue Lotus SPF 30 Essential Day Moisturizer – .5 oz Value $20

(Good to know for swaps – this has an inner foil seal.)

Purlisse Blue Lotus Eye Adore Serum – .24 oz Value $31

These Purlisse items are the stars of the box for me! The SPF absorbed quickly (and invisibly!) and didn’t leave my skin with a greasy look.

The eye serum I’ve sampled before and I love! This tiny tube is actually half the size of the full size version and it is everything I want in an eye serum product: it’s gentle, absorbs quickly, and is super lightweight!


Julep Nail Color in Katie – FULL SIZE! Value $14

(Subscribers will receive this shade, or April or Cassidy)

This shade is described as an “Orchid iridescent chrome.” It’s not necessarily a shade I would think of for summer, but I don’t really have anything like it in my collection, so that’s a win.

If you’ve ever wondered how to swatch your Julep nail polish, the top cap pulls off like this:


And here is the swatch!



Kardashian Beauty Cabana Bronze Matte Bronzer – .07 oz Value $2

This bronzer was supposed to show up like this:

Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 3.51.15 PM

But sometimes shipping damages pressed powder items! Fortunately I’ve fixed this kind of issue before with adding some rubbing alcohol and letting the powder reset. But if you’re wondering what a swatch of these three shades all mixed together looks like, you are in luck!


The pigment is pretty good! And I always like matte-finish bronzers, so I’ll use this. (I know I may be in the minority of MSA readers on being willing to use a Kardashian product!)

Verdict: This box has a value of about $78. As always, that’s amazing for a $15 box, and for me the Purlisse items are the saviors of this box! I love the shampoo too, of course, and the nail polish and bronzer are useful too.

What do you think of the June 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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When will the July Allure box review post? We are already in August and I’m anxiously waiting ?

Liz Cadman

Unfortunately, I had to transfer my account to a new credit card and I ended up missing the July box. Sorry that there will not be a review for that one. (There will be one for August and onward, though!)

Janet Grafton

When will the July Beauty Box arrive? My daughter is anxiously awaiting!


I am surprised that I got charged for July’s Allure box already – I was hoping to view some of their products and decide if I wanted to pause this month. I am keeping my fingers crossed that July is fabulous!


You were billed. I will check since good sign that at least there will be a box! What a surprise we have this month!!!


Where are our sneak peaks!!?? Ugh


Posting a request here and keeping my fingers crossed. Does anyone have a coupon from the Foreo Play that was in the April box that they are not planning on using? I already have a Luna so I gave the Play to my sister and now she wants to get a Luna but she thinks the coupon may have been thrown away because she cannot find it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!




Thank you, Trisha! You are awesome!


I ended up cancelling them yesterday, their constant overselling of the boxes astounds me. If you don’t enough product, just create a waitlist like everyone else. Putting the money towards Serendipity and Causebox.


I got my box on 6/13 and e-mailed CS that day about receiving a broken bronzer. After first claiming my account didn’t exist, on 6/21 I finally got an e-mail that I would be getting a new bronzer. Today 6/27 I got another e-mail that they are out of the bronzer and I would be getting an Estee Lauder serum instead. What a poorly run operation! I just cancelled by sub.


So far I’ve used: the tomato mask, surprisingly lovely…left it on for 20 min. b/c it felt so good. Skin was a bit tacky afterward while drying, I applied a bit of face cream and voila! my face was so soft and skin glowed. Will be trying more from
Pur-lisse facial cream was nice, but the eye serum blew me away! It’s fantastic….and gentle on my sensitive eyes. Will be ordering more of that for sure.
Bronzer was nice….a subtle glow. Will definitely use this summer!
Julep coral polish….not a big fan, just ok, a bit too orange for me, wish it was a bit more red. Have not tried the dry shampoo yet and in no hurry to do so. The mask and eye serum are my faves, followed by the bronzer. I wonder what will be in the July box. I now know not to count on the spoilers…LOL


You know what I find very ironic, almost everyone got the Julep nail popolish in that orangey coral red color. Only a select few received purple ?. Also I had ordered my first box in April and my first box started in June (i was so sad) anyway to make up for it Allure sent me an email about sendibg a surprise bag which they would send out shortly. Did anyone else get this email??


I got the cranberry anti aging mask, it felt really nice on, I did find the mask was a little weird fitting on my face. Like you, my face was a little tacky after, but still very worth it. I love both pur-lisse creams, my skin is amazingly soft every time I use them! I also got the orange red color, I wasn’t very impressed wth any of the colors so I didn’t really care which I got, always happy to get polish though! I don’t use bronzer, so that will be gifted, I’m sure my cousin will love it. I have used the dry shampoo and it honestly smells amazing!! You should really give it a try. I’m not sure if it’s as effective as some other brands I’ve used, but it seems to be a more gentler formula which may be a positive for some. And if nothing else it makes your hair smell delicious! Haha. I’m dying for spoilers, I’m obsessed, so I look at all the reviews of all the boxs and Allure is the only one that knocks it out of the park for me every single time. They used to release spoilers around the 17th of the month, I think that May problem changed their habits a bit. Should definitely be one spoiler.tomorrow though.


Hey…thank so much for the response. Sounds awesome. Yep…July will be my 4th beauty box. Its killer! Those Foreo products in last months box were amazing…and I am now a loyal customer of L’Occitane, the almond shower oil in April’s box is fantastic for shaving my legs. Can’t wait to see what July will bring.


My bank was charged May 24 for the June box, but it never arrived. I just called CS and was told the June box was sold out by May 8! So I get the July box I guess…..not terribly disappointed but you’d think there’d be some kind of communication……I suspect I may cancel after the first box, it just all seems pretty disorganized!


I cancelled today. It’s been more trouble than it’s worth.


When do they charge for the July box? I signed up a week ago but my card hasn’t been charged.


Just so you know, you arnt garaunteed July’s box, they have a banner up on their site that says your subscription will start “with the next available box”. So there’s a chance you may be wait listed till a later month. Just don’t want you to get your hopes up.


when the box ships first week of july


Ok, thank you for your reply 🙂

Sarah Givens

So over this box. They failed to send me may and june, both times got generic email 6 days later saying they would sent next month’s box bc current box was sold out. I cancelled today


I decided I had to post here and put in my 2 cents in the Allure beauty box. My opinion would be to find yourself another Beauty box subscription as you will get no help whatsoever of you have issues. I signed up for this mid May and was charged immediately. So about a week went by and no box so I contacted them (side note here: the site asks for your name or email and zip code…well entered mine and there was no record of me so had to contact them to get that info before I could contact them about my missing box!) to see what was going on. The lady I got pulled my acct and told me yes my box would be shipping the 1st week in June. So MORE time goes by and finally this week I contacted them AGAIN about wher my box was. This time I got a pre-recorded message that was copied and pasted into my chat that they are sorry- they had an overwhelming response and I wasn’t getting my June box. REALLY!?!? I told the lady then about my previous conversation and pretty well got the same response in a different matter. So I then sent a complaint into customer service and low and behold I got the EXACT SAME response emailed back to me … Twice in fact since I replied back and asked I do could get an answer from a real person since that response was obvious a stock response that was copied and pasted…AND in reply to that? You got it – the same word for word response for the third time. Needless to say if I do not get my box in July (got the ship date and WILL be following up) I will be canceling and going elsewhere!!!!


Funny story I have for everyone. I emailed CS a bunch of times in between the end of May into June making sure I was getting June because the whole Not Getting May Thing. They said I was getting june and that my account was fine and also that my June box was alittle late because they were waiting for a order from France. Strange but whatever. I finally got my shipping code late but but thats ok too. Anyway my box finally got to the next town over which ment that it would of been at my house that day buttttt… Suddenly my box started heading the wrong way and to a town an hour away so I called and they said I had to call the post office. A few hours later I get a text from my friend that I bought a 3 month Christmas subscription back in December. It was a nightmare but she did end up getting Jan, Feb, and March. My friend texted me if I sent her a box again and that she was worried I was being charged. I said it’s yours and if anyone ended up with my box I was happy it was her. I couldnt believe that her subscription had been off since March. Omg… So I call CS again and explained and they put me on hold for 15mins and came back to tell me that this box was her 2nd box of her subscription and that July would be her third box. Ohh and that my box was shipping out that day and it did. I got on the 18 th . I am still shocked and long story short I Love Allure but it is Craziness over there. Imagine working there and the calls and emails they have to deal with daily. I really believe that it is the warehouse 90 % of the time.
I to got the shampoo that I know I have recieved at least once not long ago. My bronzer was broken. I want to cancel but the last time I did that after I got my April box it has been a nightmare since. I have no room and I can’t stop. I dont even use 75 % out of all my beauty subscriptions.BUT I CAN’T STOP. Its the surprise and getting stuff in the mail more so. HELPPPPPPP MEE

Mary K

BL, your comment made me laugh. I’m the same way. I’m addicted to the surprise! Send help!!! 😀


I just got email from allure and there is a photo of probably July box. Clarins Body Firming Balm and I think one more Clarins product, probably day cream. I don’t recognize other items.


Oooo, can not wait for spoilers!


I received my box yesterday and my bronzer was smashed too. Not a huge deal since I’ll use it as eyeshadow anyway. I also got the dry shampoo which I’m interested in trying. I got the color polish that I really didn’t want since I already have a similar color but I’ll gift it to my sister. I also received a bag in a separate envelope that has 3 beauty items as an apology gift for the May mix up. A nice little surprise.

Sabrina Ferte

I was told that I would receive a “surprise gift” as I signed up in May and never heard a word from them until mid-June. Hummmm…wonder if I’ll get a little gifty bag…would be a nice gesture on their part.

I wish Id been following these comments more closely! Finally got my very late box and I was sooooo disappointed to get the dry shampoo instead of the mango. 🙁 My bronzer wasn’t cracked, but I don’t ever use bronzer. :-/ And I got the turquoise nail polish, which I have some similar like but not that exact one – and given the other 2 options, I think I preferred the blue.

This is only my 3rd month with allure, but I’ve still had better luck with it than the sephora play box (which I’ll be cancelling) and boxy charm (cancelled last month). I’m also still coming off a big disappointment with the julep mystery box I got yesterday, which had more bright red lip color and 5 pretty spectacularly crappy nail colors. I’ve had better luck with their mystery boxes in the past too, but this time it really did seem like they were just trying to get of non-selling items.

Sabrina Ferte

I just subscribed to Boxy Charm. Can you please tell me why you are so dissatisfied? Maybe I can cancel! Also, regarding Julep…are most of their colors the new fads (blue, green, yellow, black, dark purple?). I prefer Revlon Red (same shade since 1945), corals, wines – classic colors. Alos, my long nails don’t look as good with blue or green on them!


My bronzer arrived smashed too! I emailed customer service requesting a replacement. Hopefully, I receive one that isn’t damaged this time around.


I signed up in April and didn’t get the May box or the February box I was offered to keep the sub active. I stayed anyway because I went through past boxes reviews and they all look awesome. So I got my box today with the dry shampoo and smashed bronzer. So disappointed, I was dying to try the mango wet shampoo and was finally ready to give bronzers a try. Anyhoo, I contacted CS and they said they’re out of bronzer but offered me any product from the box I liked. I chose the eye cream, now will just have to see if they actually send it. I was about to cancel but I got the email that people are talking about downthread about the extra products we’re supposed to get due to the box being late. Decided to give this sub a chance, it does seem to be worth it. Will wait and see.


I canceled my Boxy Charm to get Allure because I’ve heard so many awesome things. I signed up to get the May box but was one of those who didn’t get the May one because it sold out.

I also got the dry shampoo instead of the regular Shampoo…I was really looking forward to that! I’ve received this can of dry shampoo through Birchbox and Ipsy so this is my third can. So that was a huge bummer. And then my bronzer was broke too. I understand you can fix it with alcohol but since this was supposed to be a 3-toned one, I’m not interested in repairing it.

I guess the highlight was the nail polish. I’ve never tried Julep before and it is amazing.

I really want to cancel and go back to Boxy Charm but I might wait to at least see what the spoilers are going to be first. I’ve had several subscription boxes over the last 2 years and I’ve never been this disappointed before.


I’m really frustrated with this sub.

Like a lot of people I signed up after the May spoilers (I ordered and was charged on April 22) and was then told I wouldn’t get my first box until June. I wasn’t offered anything to make up for it like some people were but I wasn’t too bothered cause it happens. I decided to cancel and just get the June box. Skip ahead and I still haven’t received my June box or been notified of tracking so I decided to chat with them to see what was up.

Apparently once you cancel they won’t send you anything regardless of the fact you paid already. I have NEVER had that issue with a sub before. Usually if you cancel you get the last box you paid for. I’m really irritated that if I hadn’t contacted them they would have just kept my money and not sent me anything. The girl I chatted with was really rude and I will without a doubt never resub to Allure.

laura cramutola

SO disappointed! Bronzer was in pieces. I hate nail polish. and more dry shampoo. and the smallest sample moisturizer. Just canceled.


Might be in the minority here but I found the Kardashian bronzer to be really nice! The formula worked well for me and I was able to use the light and medium colors for my cheeks making a sun kissed glow effect while also being able to use the dark color to contour without being too warm!
One complaint for me was that I already own the Cassidy julep so I wish I had received a different color.
Also received the dry shampoo which I prefer as I’ve found my favorite wet shampoo already but can always use dry shampoo!


I just got an email from Allure Beauty Box saying they were sorry my first box was so delayed and they were sending me a special box to make it up to me. I signed up on April 28 and didn’t get the May box but I got the June box. I never contacted customer service or anything. Curious to see if this is the box with the three items that other people have been mentioning getting today?

Tamara D

I got the same e-mail. I think that is pretty cool, because I didn’t get the May box or offered anything for the mix up… I got my box today my bronzer is broken. I will contact CS tomorrow and I also got dry shoampoo which I don’t use. i have like 6 cans from the past 2 months of beauty boxes. But can’t wait to see what the mystery box or items they are sending … Hopefully something good:)

I got the same items that Emily listed above!!! Smart move on their part because I was going to cancel.


So I checked my mail and this is the mystery package that a couple other people have gotten (the package showed up hours before the email). It’s a Caviar product, a L’Occitane product, and a Derma e product. I’m pretty excited since the June box wasn’t great but these items are!!


I just received the same 3 items in the mail. Such a nice surprise after being told I would get a “complimentary” box because of the May debacle and then being told the complimentary boxes were sold out. Very excited to test out these 3 products, and I will be keeping my Allure box 🙂


Meant to say Alterna, not Caviar!


Just received my June Beauty Box. My bronzer arrived intact but I got the dry shampoo instead of the expected Mango Butter shampoo. Sigh, I really was looking forward to the new shampoo after all the raves. I really didn’t need another can of dry shampoo. My box included the April shade of the nail polish which I do like and I’m curious to try the Pur-lisse products.


Is the dry shanpoo supposed to come out really slow? It seems like nothing is in the can.

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