New Beauty Test Tube Subscription Review + Coupon – July 2016
New Beauty Test Tube is a bi-monthly beauty and makeup subscription box. Every other month they send you a tube full of deluxe and full-size beauty samples and you also get a digital subscription to New Beauty Magazine. It’s a little pricier than other beauty subscriptions, but in general, the value is usually great.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: New Beauty Test Tube
The Cost: $29.95 a box plus $8.95 shipping (ships every other month)
The Products: Deluxe and full-size beauty products. (This subscription also includes a subscription to New Beauty Magazine).
Ships to: US only
Each box comes with a booklet detailing the items included. There is some variation in products subscribers may get, and the booklet typically covers all possible items. (There are usually some items not pictured in the booklet as well – I’m guessing these items will have more variation).
Goldwell Kerasilk Color Shampoo – 1 oz Value $3.30
Goldwell Kerasilk Color Intensive Luster Mask – 25 ml Value $6
My hair is color treated, so I was excited to try these – plus I love that New Beauty Test Tube sent out the set and not just a shampoo or conditioner!
The shampoo has a lot of lather, so a little goes a long way!
This hair mask left my hair feeling softer than my regular conditioner. Both of these products are also supposed to keep your color from fading. I can’t really weigh in on that from only a few uses, though!
Leaders Cosmetics Balancing Recovering Mask – Value $7
Leaders Cosmetics Blueberry SuperFood Mask – Value $6
These sheet masks are designed to be worn for 10-15 minutes. I found this one to be gentle, but the remaining formula left a slightly tacky finish on my skin. I used this as my only skincare routine before bed and I liked how moisturized my skin felt in the morning. (Tacky finish was gone, too!)
One thing to mention with these sheet masks – I found the outer layers on both sides of the actual mask a little tricky to remove. (In fact, if I wasn’t looking for the pieces to remove, I probably would have assumed the whole thing should just go directly on my face!)
fave4 Up For Air Air Dry Cream – 1 oz Value $2.90
This hair styling cream is designed to give you “tousled texture” and “effortless waves.” My hair is naturally wavy, so I wasn’t sure if I’d see much of a difference with this product, but I had to give it a try.
I applied to damp hair and let it air dry. The look wasn’t too different than my normal air-dry look, so I’m thinking this product will have more of an impact for people with straight hair. That being said, I definitely could tell a difference in the feel of my hair. It added texture, and dealt with frizz, so I’m still happy!
(Plus, it is color-safe and free of parabens and sulfates!)
Probelle Nail Hardener Formula 1 – Value $14
Probelle Nail Maintenance Formula 2 – Value $14
This formula is designed to strengthen nails. I tried it out and also liked the shine it added.
Unfortunately, I tried it before reading the ingredients! I was very surprised to see that both of these nail treatments are made with formaldehyde.
So these polishes won’t be for me, but I did find the ingredients of the formula 2 interesting – it’s made with garlic and lime as well – to help restore whiteness of the nails and protect against fungus. (Fingers crossed that that is the first and last time I have to write “fungus” in a review!)
Denman D12 Three-Row Comb – Value $6
This unique design definitely made it easier to comb through hair than a typical comb. New Beauty also recommends using to produce major volume with back-combing. (If you have tips for back-combing without damaging your hair, let me know!)
GrandePrimer – FULL SIZE! Value $25
I don’t normally use primer on my lashes, but I don’t mind it either. This one really built out my lashes before I applied mascara so I drastically cut down how many layers of mascara I applied to get the same result. Plus it made it easier to remove my mascara at the end of the day. I think I’m hooked!
Osmosis Skincare Polish Enzyme Firming Mask – 7 ml Value $9
Great news – this mask smells like cherries! You leave it on for 5-15 minutes, then remove, and you get instantly softer, smoother skin! This mask is a new favorite of mine!
June Jacobs Neroli Hydrating Mist – 1 oz Value $5.70
This is one of my favorite discoveries in the box! It’s a refreshing mist you can use as a toner after cleansing your skin, and you can use it throughout the day as a refresher for your skin/makeup. (I absolutely love the summery scent, too.)
VersaSpa Face Moisturizer Gradual Tanner – .25 oz Value $4.40
I’ve sampled this facial tanner before, and I like it! The formula gave me a subtle color which worked with my skin tone – I’m happy to have more of it.
Mystic Tan Mocha Kissed Bronzer Lotion – 1 oz Value $5.80
This lotion has a matte bronze color, and it absorbs very quickly. It smells fantastic, too! It also is a subtle self-tanner. You can wear it every day to build color.
Novex Keratin Hair Cream – 100 g Value $1.70
I liked the results of this mask – it made my hair very soft. I wasn’t crazy about the ingredient list, though (parabens), so it isn’t something I’ll buy in full-size.
Verdict: This box has a value of about $111. That value is great, and I’ll use everything besides the nail treatments, so this box is a hit for me. My favorite discoveries are the Osmosis Mask and the June Jacobs Mist. I’m also happy to see New Beauty including some new brands this month!
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