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Allure Beauty Box Review – August 2016 + $5 Coupon

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanAug 15, 2016 | 251 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. Each month they send out a mix of deluxe and full-size samples from mostly high-end brands!

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

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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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Pixi Glow Tonic – 15 ml Value $1.75

(Good to know for swaps – comes with foil seal).

FYI – subscribers will either receive this, Mally Mattewand Eye BrightenerELF Small Stipple Brush or Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Base Lotion. (This is the one variant item in the box.)

This also came with a Target UPDATE: EXPIRED coupon for $2 off any Pixi purchase of $10 or more:

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I’ve sampled this before and I recommend it if you are looking for a gentle toner. (No irritation on my skin.) This is an alcohol-free formula and the glycolic acid helps exfoliate too.

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Wet Brush Midi Brush – Value $9

I first discovered Wet Brush thanks to POPSUGAR Must Have and now I know that this brush is MAGIC! I’m not sure exactly what makes this brush different than other brushes when it comes to wet hair. But it completely detangles my wet hair instantly.

This is the travel size version and is going in my suitcase now so that I never forget it!

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Cargo Swimmables Eye Pencil in Pebble Beach – .8 g Value $12.60

This dark brown eyeliner claims to be water-resistant and smudge proof. And it still goes on pretty smoothly! I tried it out today and it held up well on my lashline. Waterline as another story – it didn’t make it til the end of the day! Here it is swatched:

Here it is swatched:

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And the pencil looks like it is made of plastic, but good news – I had no problem sharpening it with a regular sharpener.

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Garnier Whole Blends Repairing Conditioner – 50 ml Value $.50

Garnier Whole Blends Repairing Shampoo – 50 ml Value $.50

These aren’t listed in the info booklet, so I’m considering them a bonus in the box. We’ve sampled these before, and I like the scent, and they work well, too. (FYI – I’m still debating whether or not I need to avoid sulfates in my haircare products, but if you are avoiding them, these won’t work for you.)

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Freeze 24/7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum – 7 ml Value $53

(Good to know for swaps – this comes wrapped in a plastic seal.)

The full-size version of this serum is 15 ml, so this is practically half size! This lightweight gel absorbs quickly and isn’t scented. (I prefer my facial skincare items to be fragrance-free, so this is a big plus for me.) I really like this formula too – it leaves my skin feeling so smooth.

It’s also designed to diminish wrinkles and fine lines, depuff eye bags, and correct dark circles – basically all the eye area miracles! I haven’t noticed major differences in dark circles (my main eye area problem), but I’m happy to have a great sized sample to see if I get results over the next few weeks!

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Supergoop Setting Mist with Rosemary – 15 ml Value $6

Make sure to REALLY shake this for an even application. (I learned that the hard way the first time I sampled this product last year!)

When you get an even mist, this setting spray is pretty great. It sets your makeup, gives you SPF 50 protection, and also a matte finish!

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Pur Lisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer – 15 ml Value $16.50

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

This might be my favorite item in the box. Pur Lisse items can sometimes appear a little too frequently in boxes, but their products and formulas are great, so I don’t complain! This moisturizer is super hyrdating while still managing to be lightweight. And it’s another great sample size!

 

Verdict: This box has a value of about $99.85. As always, that’s amazing for a $15 box. It’s a shame that the variant item has such a wide range in value subscribers may get, but I think this box is the lowest possible value and it still is almost $100 so I’m happy. I hope we see more makeup in the September box, though. This box felt a little skincare-heavy!

What do you think of the August 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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251 comments

SSM

I was another unlucky ELF recipient, but I wanted to come back on and share that my biggest surprise from this box was the Whole Blends stuff from Garnier! My hair seems to love it and I catch whiffs of honey throughout the day. I actually went out and bought the full sizes of both the shampoo and conditioner, $4.50/ea. at my local drugstore chain (Bartell’s). Talk about a cheap thrill!

teresa k

I FINALLY got my August box today!!!!!
I got the pixi glow tonic with the expired coupon, not the Mally, but am happy to have finally received the box. I do appreciate that Allure refunded me for August also, but not sure they would have if I hadn’t called multiple times about not receiving it yet.

Jill

So very glad you finally got your box! Hope you like everything.

Alyce

Cassie.
Congrats in your success of taking Allure’s case to an organization that can help you. You certainly received speedy success! If all of our legitimate complaints could unite, maybe we would have more energy to post our make up ideas and celebratory thoughts.

Remember, if you’ve been charged, have a paper trail or documentation showing you tried your best to resolve the problem, and the promised product arrival date (end of month) has past, you as a consumer have the right to contact and file with the Better Business Bureau.

Sub Boxes are a big business. All companies want to show that they are an honest and driven to keep their customers happy.

If we channel our frustrations and Allure is able to make changes and improvements, we will all be happier.

Cassie

So on the advice of another subscriber, I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau today at 11:28 am. I just got the following response from Allure at 1:30 pm…only two hours later!

Dear Subscriber:

Thank you for contacting Allure Beauty Box.

I apologize for the delay in shipment of your August Allure Beauty Box. We are currently experiencing a stock problem with this version of your box. We have refunded your card in full for the box, but this will not affect your August box delivery.

If we can be of further assistance, please let us know. To ensure your future concerns are handled in a timely fashion, please include all previous e-mail correspondence.

Now, why couldn’t they have been honest with all of us in the beginning instead of giving us the runaround saying the box was in the warehouse waiting to be shipped??? I would have been much less irritated if I had gotten this response to begin with! We will see if I still get the box since they are going to refund my money. It’s not showing up on my card yet. I also want to know why new subscribers received an August box and those of us who have been subbing for months or even years didn’t get one!

teresa k

I got the same email earlier today.
But don’t see the refund yet to my card as pending or posted. I called 3 times over the last 2 weeks and was told each time it was in the warehouse. I definitely would have appreciated this email more last week. At least now I finally know not to be expecting it. I hope they really do refund my card in a timely manner and that August box actually comes on time.

Cassie

No ma’am, no refund yet! If I don’t get it by early next week, I will file another complaint with the BBB.

Kendall

I’m so glad they actually did get back to you! Maybe they have finally started listening and will start to do something about it. Have you checked yet to see if they refunded you?

Allison S

Wow…yea … a little honesty would’ve been nice! I chatted with them yesterday and still got nowhere and they offered little empathy. Wonder if they’ll refund all of us or just ones who report it to the BBB.

Kendall

Maybe you should report too. Can’t hurt, can only help!

Allison S

I have not received my Aug box either. Charged on 8/2 .. just chatted online today. Told me to check USPS.com account…nothing there of course. Then said it hasn’t even left the warehouse. So they knew it hadn’t left the warehouse and are still telling me to check my usps.com acct..okaaaay. I also asked for an explantion for the late shipment and she said “sorry I don’t have an explantation”. I wonder if we’ll ever receive this box. At what point do I call my credit card company and contest the charges?

I’ve never received a box this late, and have had the sub for over 6 months.

Cassie

Same here, Allison! I wonder if we call if we would get any better explanation.

Cassie

Well, it’s Friday, August 26, and I still have not received my Allure beauty box. I still do not even have any tracking information in my account. I have been asking them for a week about the status of my box, and all they keep telling me is that it is processing or being prepared for shipment. I’ve never received my box this late, and I’ve been subscribing since the beginning of the year. This is so irritating! I hate to keep complaining, but this is ridiculous! Spoilers are already coming out for September sub boxes, and I still have received my August box!

Marie

Same. I’ve been a subscriber for almost a year… never had a problem before. I was already billed (Aug 2nd).

Debbie

No news here on my Allure box yet Marie. 🙁 I do hope yours arrives soon tho. 🙂

Debbie

I’m in the same boat as you. I’ve been a subscriber for several months now & never had this problem. Called them 3 times over the last week & a half. Nothing at ALL showing in my online account other than I was billed/charged on 8/2. It’s always either “in the warehouse about to ship” or “you should be receiving tracking info soon”. Called yesterday & they had the nerve to tell me I should ” sign up with My USPS.com (which I have already been for years) & check to see if I have any packages tracking there”. You can clearly tell they have no clue. Customer service, although friendly, is basically useless. Had the nerve to send me the email detailing the items in my August box & how to use them too. LOL If nothing arrives before the 31st I’ll probably cancel my sub & demand a refund for August. I sure hope yours arrives soon!

Cassie

Debbie, they told me the same thing about signing up for a USPS account, but there’s no tracking information so nothing is going to show up in the USPS account. I kind of wonder if they didn’t run out of one of the products and they are waiting for it to arrive. It just doesn’t make any sense that it would take this long. It’s going to be September before we get our August box and that really irritates me! My bank account was debited on August 2, and I know it went through.

Tanya

Debbie, Is it possible your credit card expired? the reason I ask is because my Allure account said I have been charged but when I called my credit card company I HAD NOT! I had gotten a new chip card with new expiry date and the rep never said a peep. It was too late for box when I found out. Maybe different case with you but just putting out there. I know some bloggers are having communication issues as well. Normally, Allure does a huge giveaway in August and also gave free full size giveways each month. No explanation to us or bloggers just stopped. Whatever they are thinking they are not sharing.

Angelica

Just got my box today. Really like the brush and all the other items will get used but..I didnt get the Mally which is the one item I really wanted. I got the pixie toner but afraid to use it, does anybody know if it’s still good even though the coupon is expired? Thanks in advance.

Jill

The Pixi toner should have a foil seal. If you unscrew the cap and there is no seal or its broken, don’t use it. The fluid should be clear, not cloudy and it should smell clean with a hint of citrus spice. If it smells foul, or its cloudy, don’t use it. Hope that helps.

Angelica

It does have a seal and looks and smells as you describe. Thank so much for responding 🙂

Robin S.

Still have not received my box. Call today and it still has not left warehouse nor do they know when it is leaving. I have been a member for almost a year. Not happy.

Cassie

Ugh!!! I still haven’t received mine either! And no tracking info in my account. I have been a subscriber since January, and this has never happened. I’m so irritated!!! ?????

teresa k

Still haven’t received mine or shipping confirmation. I’ve been a subscriber since January so not happy about the delay for my box. I called and was told that they have had so many new subscribers that they now have 3 groups for mailing out. Guess it doesn’t matter when you subscribed , you can still get hosed on products and delivery time.

Cassie

Teresa, have you received your box or tracking info yet? I still haven’t received either. I contacted Allure again yesterday through the chat feature and was told “label has been pulled and you should receive a tracking email shortly.” Still nothing. I don’t even have a tracking number in my account yet. I’m beyond irritated. If I didn’t love the beauty box so much I would cancel!

teresa k

Hi Cassie, I still have not received my box or tracking info, how about you? I called again today and was told that they would send my account info to management because it was still showing up as in the warehouse without shipping info. I was charged on 8/2 so I feel like going ahead and disputing my credit card charge. I hate cancelling this sub because it has been my favorite beauty box, but the frustration of going this long without any communication from them is making me rethink that love.

Sherry

3 products were repeat products for me from other subscription boxes. The hair brush is not for me, trashed it. The shampoo and conditioner is drug store brand so not excited about it but it will get used. I do love the cargo eye liner and the Burberry lotion. I’m happy I got the burberry instead of the pixie glow tonic since I have that coming from redeeming points with ipsy.

Crystal H

I still haven’t received my box or a shipping notification. I emailed them, but haven’t received a response yet. I’ve never had a problem with them before, so I am disappointed. Bet I’m getting the ELF brush.

Jill

I tried the setting mist yesterday. Surprisingly, I like the way it feels on my skin, and it does set my makeup. I accidently got some in my hair and it made my hair really stiff and starchy…thought about throwing it away. Tried it again today (hair was in a ponytail) and it is awesome. This afternoon I took an hour nap and I woke up, my makeup looked so fresh. I was astounded by this…it had to be the mist. WOW! It’s great, just don’t get it in your hair cuz it does not brush out. Also, my 12 yr old son took over my wet brush. He loves the way it feels so now its his LOL! So far I am pleased with my box. It turns out the ELF brush works well and I’m so glad I did not cancel…I know I would have regretted it.

Jill

Update: setting mist was not my friend after all….dumped it down drain. Tired of it getting in my hair, and I was VERY careful while spraying it. Nice little mist sprayer…rinsed it out real good and will reuse in future.

Kendall

Yeah, I didn’t like it too much either. But that idea of reusing the bottle is genius! I need a spritzer to carry in my bag for touch ups, and this will be just the thing. Thanks!

Cassie

I am beyond frustrated! I still have NOT received my Allure beauty box nor have I received a tracking #! I know many subscribers have said they received their box BEFORE they received the tracking email, and this has happened to me in the past with multiple subscription boxes. However, normally Allure adds the tracking # under the order date in your account, and I still do not have one! I’ve chatted with customer service on two different occasions this week to find out if it has shipped, and they both have told me it’s being processed or prepared for shipping. How long does it take??? I have been a subscriber since January or February so it’s not like I’m brand new. My card was charged August 2 so I know it’s not a billing issue. I love this box, and I’m not planning on cancelling, but c’mon Allure! What gives?!?! If you can’t handle the masses, then have a waiting list like Play! by Sephora!

Lola

Just got my box and so glad it’s my last one. I got the expensive ELF brush. My brochure had it as an item so they obviously knew in advance that they wouldn’t have equal boxes for everyone. I have a few too many boxes so I don’t really need another. I’ll be giving away the brush as I don’t need any more and the Garnier hair products which I am allergic to. Not sure I got the value with what remains but my past boxes have been okay so I have gotten my trial samples worth.

As a side note: I have noticed when I get a gift with purchase, whether Lancome, Estee Lauder, or Clinique, each sample is listed as a value of $2 per item regardless of sample size and adjusted value based on full size amount. Using that formula, I got a usable $10 of product from a $15 box so not sad to say goodbye to Allure.

Kp

I’m having cancelations remorse lol

Kp

I canceled yesterday and resubbed today lol

Chrystal

I received my tracking email the day AFTER my box was delivered! I was disappointed with the ELF brush. The ELF substitution coupled with the shampoo & conditioner left this month feeling more like Target box for me. I think I was most excited about the wet brush-I still have the Freeze 24-7 from Boxycharm last Fall as well as several Purlisse products, so the brush was the only new item for me. The Supergoop setting spray is good, but my HG setting spray is the Urban Decay Allnighter and I have yet to find a product that out performs it. Overall I have 5 subscription boxes and this month Allure was the most disappointing!

Cindy

Finally received my box yesterday. No tracker/shipping confirmation email. I got the brush. I used it today and really like it. I wish it was bigger. I guess Allure has so many subscribers, they have to start subbing stuff. That’s fine, I suppose but the values of the substitutions should be equal or close to equal.

Cassie

I will probably get the elf brush, too. It seems that those of us getting our boxes late are getting the brush. I think I already have that brush, but I guess one can never have too many makeup brushes. I agree that the values of the varying items should be the same or very close.

Heidi

I have a question, has anyone that was supposed to get a bonus box for referring anfriend, get the bonus box, and if so how many months did it take for you to get it. Cause every time I contact allure and ask them if they can tell me when I might recieve it, all they say is that it’s being processed and can’t tell me an estimated guess when I might recieve it. They say it’s processing, and they aren’t sure when it will ship to me.

Tanya

Haha! I am waiting in two boxes. Keep the referral confirmation links as you may need for customer service. I list r federal link for first one and someone they didn’t have so keep other two. Heidi for her first box June and on third box and Amy just got box one signed up June 9 hoping for box like Heidi. Funny thing is Heidi signed up late May and got June box and Amy had to wait til this month. They tell me same thing so I hope before Christmas

Heidi

I signed up in april, hoping for the may box, and didn’t get my first box till june, I used my sister in laws link, so she is still waiting on her bonus box also, and she signed up in april also, but she did get the may box. But I got my mother in law to join using my link, and I have recieved the email stating that me free bonus box is on its way. So hopefully it will come soon for both of us. I’m not gonna hold my breath though. But thanks.

Fanessa

Just wanted to share I finally got an email that they are shipping my box. The funny thing is I received my box on the 13th and that’s what the tracking information states. Get it together Allure. I received the Elf brush which wouldn’t have been my first choice but you can’t win them all.

KC

I didn’t receive the Mally and was shipped the Burberry instead. Looks like a nice product and I’m excited to try it.

Wish I could have sampled the Mally and will likely buy it through Sephora, if available. Looks like it’s gotte some good reviews online.

Kp

After never getting sent the replacement item and this month’s brush. I had to cancel. I was thinking about canceling but that brush. That brush that I have so many of but dont use. I would’ve love anything but that brush lol

Casey

Allure just had the nerve to send me an email with a 10-second tip on the Mally product!

I’m one of the unfortunate souls that received the ELF brush. Slap in the face, or what?

Kendall

Yeah, I got that too. I thought it was hilarious. Like, really Allure? You couldn’t do a tutorial with ANY other product than the last minute variable one? Allure, I’mma come take take your shovel away, because you just. Keep. Digging!

Tanya

I think it was a merge email sent to everyone not specifically sent to hurt you. Though it sounds like it did. I am curious as to one what one does with a tool like this so will watch it.

Casey

Yes, I realize it was a mass email, but why would they be sending it out to everyone when maybe a quarter or less of subscribers received it?
I don’t like the way they handled the substitutions and are now acting like it didn’t even happen.

ForWomenOfACertainAge

Just got my box today. Got the Burberry Fresh Glow, which I’ve tried before and won’t use. I was actually kinda hoping I would get the ELF Brush, since that is something I would have used, unlike the rest of items in the box. The only item I will keep and use is the Wet Brush, the rest is going in a pile of other unwanted beauty box items to take to work.

I love the idea of beauty boxes, but in reality I find that most of the products end up going into the “take to work” pile, and most often because what comes in these boxes are poorly formulated products that are not good for anyone’s skin, regardless of the price of the product. The only box I have really enjoyed getting is the Target Beauty Box: it’s inexpensive, usually has a ton of good sized samples in it, and I end up using most of the products myself instead of giving them away.

So unfortunately, I think I am going to cancel both Allure and Sephora and just buy the Target box when I like what is in it.

sylvis

Seems like the first shipment of boxes had the Molly…crap…I still haven’t gotten my box yet 🙁 I am disappointed wh Allure..I liked that we all used to get the same items. That’s why I cancelled Ipsy…for Allure…I wss about to cancel Sephora play. ..but will cancel Allure if I get Elf product…I can.get that at Walmart myself…theres nothing ‘Allure’
about elf…

Melissa

I don’t know if this has already been addressed because I don’t have time to read 162 comments and counting, but these items have already appeared in the Allure box in previous months/years: ELF Small Stipple Brush, Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Base Lotion, and Pixi Glow Tonic. It seems like maybe they were trying to get rid of old stock, especially since the coupon on the Pixi is already expired.

Cassie

I agree! If these items have already appeared in the Allure beauty box, that is most likely what they are doing. In addition to the expired coupon, the fact that the varying item has so many options that range in price from very low to high is also a clue.

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