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Target Beauty Box Back to College Review – August 2016

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanAug 9, 2016 | 57 comments


Target Beauty Box
4.2 overall rating
509 Ratings | 46 Reviews

Every month, Target launches a beauty box, and it sells out very quickly. (This box is currently sold out).

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The Box: Target Beauty Box – Back to College

The Cost: $7

The Products:

  • up & up™ Women’s 5-Blade Razor
  • Juice Organics Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner – Coconut
  • Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
  • NYC Color Get It All Lip Color in PINKdigious
  • Olay Make-up Remover Wipes
  • Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid Antiperspirant/Deodorant
  • CoverGirl Katy Kat Eye Mascara – Black
  • Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips 

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Each box comes with an info card and a Target coupon good for $3 off a beauty purchase of $15 or more. (Tip thanks to MSA readers – save these to use on future Target Beauty Boxes!)


Olay Makeup Remover Wet Cloths – (7 Towelettes) Value $1.40

These were gentle my skin and didn’t have any added fragrance! (Bonus points for removing waterproof makeup, too!)


Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid Antiperspirant/Deodorant – .5 oz Value $1.20

The scent of this deodorant is light and pleasant, and it dried into an invisible powder finish immediately after applying.


up & up™ Women’s 5-Blade Razor (2 Pack) Value $4

Razors fall into the category of items that I will always want more of (that category also includes toothpaste, hair ties, and chapstick!)

My go-to razor choice is Shick Intuition, but these will be great to have as backup.


CoverGirl Katy Kat Eye Mascara – FULL SIZE! Value $7

I love the minimalist design of this mascara tube, but unfortunately for me, the formula itself wasn’t the best. It took a little too long to dry, and I didn’t get the volume or lash definition I need from a mascara. I’d give this one a C+.


NYC Color Get It All Lip Color in ExtraordinBERRY – FULL SIZE! Value $3

This lip color is heavily pigmented, but it goes on sheer, so you can tone it down if you only want a little color. Here it is swatched:



Laneige Water Sleeping Mask – 15 ml Value $5.15

Laneige is a staple in Target Beauty Boxes, and this is such a great brand that I’m always happy to have more! With this mask, you apply a light layer on your skin after cleaning and keep it on overnight. You can remove any excess in the morning – but that’s never been necessary for me. I love waking up to super hydrated skin!


Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips – 1 set Value $1.80

This set includes an upper and lower set of teeth whitening strips. I must admit, I never see a big difference in the shade of my teeth after using these, but I always use them when I get one in a subscription box. (I like to think they keep my teeth from getting stained from all the tea I drink.)


Juice Organics Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner – Coconut – 2 oz total Value $2

This haircare brand is free of parabens, silicones, phthalates, sulfates, artificial colors and synthetic fragrances! And I love all things coconut, so this set is perfect for me! I also love that this set is formulated for damaged and color-treated hair (my hair) – I will definitely buy it in full-size.

Verdict: This box has a value of about $24. I think that’s a great value for a $7 beauty box, even if the mascara was a bust for me. And I think they did a great job of Back to School

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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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Elaine C. Mackey

I was very pleased with the contents of the box; I love the Olay wipes and the Secret deodorant. This is the 1st time I’ve purchased a Target beauty Box and look forward to ordering more in the future.


Looks like a good box to send with a college freshman living in dorms, but I’m okay with having missed this one, I have everything in this box, in one form or another and I can not stand Cover Girl anything, I do drugstore all the time but CG is always a disaster for me. Nice box just, not anything I’d have spent 7 bucks on.


So happy with the box! I got the lipstick in ROSETTO and I never would have picked it up on my own, but it’s absolutely fantastic! Will be looking out for other colors.

The other items are perfect for the basket I’m making for my houseguest next week!


Oops, I was wrong about the color. It’s called IncREDible. It’s sort of a brick red. I’m super pale with dark features and it makes me look like Snow White. I love it.


It’s weird that Laneige is in EVERY box. I mean, I had never used the brand before and am now obsessed… but I have no reason to buy any face creams if they keep sending me more! So, keep doing me a favor, Target; I’m okay with that =D


I am delighted with this box! Except for the lip color, I got 201 FUCHSIAtastic, and 202 FabFUCHSIA both are waaaay to bright for me. 🙁


Me too! Looks like there were other colors available. 🙁


I know this is kind of late to post but I just found two $3 off coupons good until 8/13/16 if anyone wants them. JLYD7D3M3PPBXML and JL7DVGJTP47BXML.

Andrea Snook

Used them!! Thank you!!


I liked the Olay wipes a lot! They actually did completely remove my eye makeup. I normally use Yes to Cucumbers, Acure, or Kirkland face wipes, before which I hace to use eye makeup remover (Marcelle), but I’m lazy before bed and may have to make the switch to these when I run out of everything else!

Laneige is great, razors are expensive and thus always welcome, and I currently use this deodorant. I live in Charleston, SC and use it year-round here. More is never a bad thing, especially since clinical strength deodorant can get pricey. I’m excited to try the shampoo/conditioner, and I’ll add the mascara to my stockpile.

The only thing I’m giving away is the Whitestrips, since they make my teeth too sensitive. My sister loves them, so they’re hers. I much prefer Crest HD Daily Two-Step System, which does a good job and doesn’t make my teeth sensitive at all.


aww I used to live in Charleston and miss it 🙂 I know how you feel on the deodorant need down there


It’s a great place to live. I’m not from here, I chose to live here, and I’m staying! I hope you’re living somewhere else that’s fun 🙂


This is the best “vacation” box for me! I can take everything with me for my short 4 day beach trip & I don’t need to buy anything else. I’m one of those that will take makeup to the beach ( in a cool pac) and mascara that washes off with water-YES!
I used my Target Red Card so I got the 5% discount. I hope Target never stops offering these boxes because the value plus coupon is FAB!

Vicki L Vertrees

I love Target boxes but this by far my all time fav.


I’m so bummed that my box is lost in the mail! I really wanted the makeup wipes for travel and to try some of the other products. Oh well. They gave me a refund so I guess I can’t complain!


TWO items were missing from my box! This has never happened to me before! 🙁


My box was missing the Juice Organics Conditioner. I called customer service and was told I could either send the box back for a refund or they would refund $2 to my card. I opted to have the $2 refunded to my card, making this a $5 box for me. Not sure if they amount they offer to refund depends on which item(s) are missing though!


Call customer service. People have been compensated or partially refunded in the past for missing items.


Me too. I’m really looking forward to this box and I check tracking info everyday. The warehouse is only 2 hour’s drive from my house but my box never arrives. Their customer service is good and they offer refund. But I really want the box!!!


Same! I asked if there as a chance they could replace the order but since they’re sold out it was a no go. I’d much rather have the box than the $7, which is why I ordered it in the first place!


I got my box in the mail yesterday. Perfect timing because I leave for vacation on Friday and some of the products will be great for our hotel room (razors, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, and face wipes! Not to mention we don’t live near a Target so I will be shoving the coupon in case we just happen to drive past a Target 😉


I am a big fan of this box. None of the products were huge “wows” for me but I will use all of them. My first night trying the mask I woke with silky smooth moisturized skin, but I have naturally large pores and had to wash my face in the morning because they seemed to be opened from the mask and dirty. Had anyone else had a similar issue or advice for use of the mask with large pores? I really liked the way it made my skin feel so I would hate for it to be a bust.


I never get tired of the Target boxes. The value is always incredible. But I must be the only person who doesn’t love the Laneige mask. No matter how much or how little I apply, it just feels sticky to me. That’s OK though; they swap really well. 😉


I’m very happy with this box. Last months box was lost in the mail so I was thrilled that this one came. I already love the water sleeping mask. I’ve been using it for months and it works amazingly. The wipes are perfect to throw in my purse along with the travel size deodorant.


Here’s the proof that there’s a box out there for everyone. There is nothing in this box that interest me personally. This looks more like a walmart box to me but as long as there’s happy box owners out there it’s great. I’m glad target shows everyone the boxes before hand. That is awesome that they do that so people are happy with purchasing it or not. Enjoy ?

vikki fortuna

Totally agree with you Sherry, this one didn’t interest me at all but I’m glad other people like it. Glad I skipped and gave someone else a chance to get it.


I got mine yesterday, and I’m happy with it. I got the same color lipstick, and I can’t wear it, but a friend can, and she’s always excited to get my cast offs. Everything else will be great, and I can always use razors and face wipes! I know it sounds a little whiny considering this was a great box, but I was so hoping for an amazing box like they had last year for back to school. They had 2 options, and I was able to get both, and every single thing was usable! Oh well…still good stuff! 🙂


This has been my favorite Target box yet. The mascara doesn’t really give you any added length BUT it washes off with water and I love that! I got the lip color in Pinkdigious (its pretty).


I wanted that color lipstick I got the fushiatastic and it’s a little too bright for me.


My dentist told me to use my hair dryer on my teeth for a few seconds before applying white strips. I see a big difference when I use white strips for a couple of days.


I will try this!

Liz Cadman

I have never heard that tip before – interesting! I will have to try it! Thanks!


I bought two boxes, for the mascara, wipes and razors. The mascara was a real let down. I tried the razor last night ( no more Intuition cartridge refills left) and it wasn’t bad. I used shave cream with the razor, but I did not need a lot. At first, I thought the razor was not working well because I couldn’t feel anything, but it did a really good job.


Just opened my box to discover the Juice Organics conditioner is missing 🙁 is anyone else missing any of their items? I also received the shade FabFuschia-not my fave but I can make it work!


I’m also missing my conditioner 🙁


I just chatted with CS regarding the missing conditioner. My options were to return the box or receive a $2 credit back on my card. I went with the credit, not that it was much of a choice because I had already used a few items from the box. I suggest you reaching out to CS! For me the shampoo is pretty much useless without the matching conditioner, it will be going in my donation pile…


Hi Liz,
You should check out TJ Maxx or Marshalls for any Juice Organics products before going to Target. I’ve bought a few different hair lines from them, including the Repairing line, at those stores on the cheap. 🙂


I thought this was the best box they’ve had in a long time. There were so many practical items and I loved getting travel sizes of some of my favorite items like the deodorant and face wipes.


Coupons expire early 9/3 so depending on when the box is released you may or may not be able to use them for the actual box this time around.


I wonder if they made it early because so many people are just saving it to use on the next beauty box. I think the purpose of the coupon was to get us to use them to purchase some of their full size products. My problem is that I get so beauty boxes I really never need anything in the beauty department anymore.


Me, too!


I really liked this box! My lip color was a peony pink and is gorgeous! I liked the deodorant so much, I bought some today. Always love Laneige, can’t go wrong with makeup remover wipes, and the razors are pretty good. I haven’t tried the mascara yet.


I recieved my Target box on Monday after a bad day at work so this was a nice treat, This is a nice box, I saw alot of mixed reviews about the mascara but I used it yesterday and it was nice you can build volume and your lashes dont clump and very easy to remove.


Ooh, that sounds nice! I got two boxes and got Extraordiberry in both. Would’ve been nice to have some variation, but I’ll use this, so no complaints.


When I added it to the cart it was $7 + $4 shipping so I didn’t get it for $11. Did this happen to anyone else? I did it 2 different ways but still charged me shipping.


Yes, but the shipping was refunded without me even asking. ? I still don’t have my box though. I swear they send them on a slow donkey or something out to Arizona. I never get them until like the 15th.


Katie, you are so right! I’m in AZ too.


I got mine Monday, i live in Phoenix, AZ. So excited to meet someone else. lol


Funniest comment I’ve read in awhile lmao


You need to get a Red Card. Not only will you get free shipping but the $7 box will only cost $6.65. Every little bit helps!


Yes, but I got on the Target Customer Service Chat option and they removed the $4.00 shipping cost before it was charged to my card.


Yes, but I called and they refunded me the $4

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