New Beauty Test Tube Subscription Review – November 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 is the first shipment from New Beauty Test Tube 2.0 – they promise 10 full or deluxe size items in every box.
I’m really loving the new packaging design!
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
And to go along with the new packaging, we have a new booklet, too!
On the first page is a letter from the Editor, Yolanda Yoh Bucher.
And each page details the items included:
Now, onto the items!
Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask – .5 oz Value $8.30
If you like masks that you can feel working – I think you’ll like this one! You apply it to damp skin, massage in for a few moments, and then it starts to foam! It was foaming for the entire time I wore it (only 5 minutes needed), and when I removed it my skin felt super clean and smooth.
Plus the lemony scent is fabulous, too. (And the formula is paraben free!)
Chi Rose Hip Oil Repair & Shine Leave-In Tonic – 2 oz Value $6.30
This spray oil is designed to protect color-treated hair from heat (tools or the sun). I like the scent, it’s very lightweight, and it added shine and helped with frizz, too!
The Seaweed Bath Co. Detox Cellulite Soap – FULL SIZE! Value $7
This bar is made with ground coffee to help exfoliate (and reduce the appearance of cellulite) and it has the best cinnamon scent! I’m not sure I’ll see any significant cellulite reducing benefits, but the soap is definitely a win even without it!
Sonoran Skincare Avocado and Hazelnut Hydrating Hair and Skin Conditioner – 2 oz Value $7.50
This conditioner smells lovely and can double as a body lotion. I tried it as both a conditioner (loved it – very nourishing), and as a lotion (wouldn’t recommend – didn’t easily absorb into my skin.)
Beauty & Pin-Ups Fearless Hair Rescue Treatment – Value $10
This hair mask is free of sulfates, parabens, and phthalates! (And what awesome packaging/branding, too!)
This is a 5-minute hair mask you apply after shampooing your hair. (It includes a thin shower cap to put over the mask while you wait, too.)
I loved the scent of this mask, and I could definitely feel a difference in my hair after using it – it added a lot of softness and moisture without weighing it down – impressive!
Hairmax Density Revitalizer – FULL SIZE! Value $18
This formula is designed to exfoliate and deeply cleanse the scalp. You apply it pre or post-shampoo and massage into your scalp then leave it on for 30-60 seconds. I liked the intense peppermint and menthol scent, and I feel like my hair also looks like it has more body…I think!
June Jacobs Spa Collection Mandarin Moisture Masque .5 oz Value $6.50
This is a super-hydrating gel mask. You leave it on for only 5-10 minutes, then remove – easy! Plus it’s free of parabens and preservatives (and it smells lovely, too!)
Soaptopia Bath Salts in Eucalyptus & Tea Tree – Single Pack Value $3
These bath salts are natural, vegan, and cruelty-free! Plus they smell great, too!
(This pan doesn’t have a size listed on it, so I’m guessing on the size/value)
This sample seems to have been everywhere in subscription boxes over the past few months, so it’s the only item in this box that feels a little overdone to me, (but to be fair, it’s never been in New Beauty Test Tube before.)
Here it is swatched:
And to continue being fair, the product itself is actually great. Lovely pigment and shimmer – very wearable for me.
Miss Spa Bamboo Charcoal Clarifying Mask – Value $8
This mask is designed to help clear pores. I found it to be a little irritating, so if you have sensitive skin, I recommend avoiding this one.
Lisa Hoffman Beauty Fragrance Bracelet + Beads – Value $100?
This is a bonus gift included in the first box! (AKA the total value of next month’s box probaby won’t be as high.)
This set comes with a wooden bead bracelet and fragrance beads.
You put the beads in the filigreed charm for a slow-release of fragrance – no need to spray perfume directly on your skin!
Here is the bracelet on:
I think this is such a great concept, and I really like the French Clary Sage fragrance I received as well!
CBD For Life PURE CBD Face Cream – FULL SIZE! Value $35
(Subscribers will receive either this cream, or the eye serum, or the lip balm.)
This cream is made with all-natural ingredients, and it was gentle on my skin, too. I love that New Beauty sent a full-size face cream. This alone makes the box worth it to me!
Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener – 7 ml Value $6.75
I’ve sampled this primer before and it works well! My skin feels smoother and ready for makeup. I can’t say I notice any special difference between this and other primers, so I likely wouldn’t buy this in full-size, but I’ll use every drop of this sample.
Osmosis Curling Mascara – FULL SIZE! Value $25
This mascara has a wand designed for curl:
This made it really easy to apply to my lashes – I just wish the formula was better! I didn’t get the volume I look for in a mascara, so this was a miss for me.
Verdict: This box has a value of about $248. Even without the $100 bracelet extra gift this month, the value is fantastic, plus the sizes of the samples and brands included are great, too. And I think this is a good mix of skincare, haircare, and makeup.
What do you think of the November New Beauty Test Tube? If they keep boxes this good moving forward, I think this will be one of the top beauty boxes in 2017!