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Target Beauty Box Review – October 2016


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 October Beauty Box

The Cost: $7

The Products:

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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!)


Wet n Wild ProLine® Graphic Marker Eyeliner – Black – FULL SIZE! Value $4


This liquid eyeliner has an angled felt tip so you can get a fine or fuller line:


It goes on smoothly and stayed put until I used makeup remover. (Swatched in lower photo.)


Laneige BB Cushion – Value $6.80 (Or $2.27 if you only count the shade that works for you).

This sample includes three different shades:


Light, Medium, and Medium Dark. I appreciate that they send out a sample that works for more than one skin tone! It still only covers three shades, though. 


This formula provides a good amount of coverage while still looking like you aren’t wearing makeup – I love that aspect of it. My only gripe is that the formula has a perfumed scent, but that fades pretty quickly.

Here are the three shades swatched below the eyeliner swatches:



ChapStick® Total Hydration 3 in 1 Tinted Lip Balm – Value $5


The Chapstick Total Hydration Lip Balm has been one of my favorite subscription box discoveries this year! It’s super hydrating, all natural, and I’m always happy to find a drugstore item I love!


This is my first time trying the tinted version, and no surprise – I’m a fan! It gives you a hint of color, and pretty much the same moisturization as the original lip balm.


Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer – Coconut Oil – 2 oz Value $1.20

This moisturizer is designed to be applied immediately post-shower before drying off. It’s an interesting concept, but I would have preferred it if the formula was paraben-free, and I was so-so on the scent.


EDEN BodyWorks Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo – 2 oz Value $2

EDEN BodyWorks Peppermint Tea Tree Conditioner – 2 oz Value $2


This shampoo formula is SO minty – I love it! And both the shampoo and conditioner are sulfate and paraben free!


This conditioner is slightly less minty, but still smells really refreshing – this set is one of my favorite items in the box!


Derma E Hydrating Day Crème with Hyaluronic Acid – .5 oz Value $5

I like Derma E because they make fair-priced skincare items that are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, GMO-free. They work well for me, too. This day creme absorbed easily into my skin and was gentle, too. I just wish it wasn’t so strongly scented!


Verdict: This box has a value of about $26. I think that’s a great value for a $7 beauty box. This wasn’t my favorite Target Beauty Box, but it’s still impressive, and the lip balm and shampoo + conditioner set alone make it worth it for me.

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Written by 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!

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Cheap Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women, Target Beauty Box Reviews| Tags: target beauty box | 67 comments

Comments (67)

  1. How do you know when there is a new beauty box? I looked tonight and it’s sold out. when are the boxes available? If I signed up for emails from target will they alert me about the beauty box? does anyone know?

    • There is a new one ready now!!!!

    • Target may (or may not) send an email if you’ve ordered a beauty box from them before, but for my money, your best bet is to sign up for one of MSA’s email alerts.

      Even if Target does send out an announcement that a box is available, MSA’s alerts almost ALWAYS arrive first.

      Also, as a general rule, these boxes appear to go on sale the first Monday of the month. (May be some variation on this, so I’d sign up for an alert if you haven’t already.) I think they usually sell out by noon (EST). You’ll want to check early!

  2. Target now have a Baby box. Just got mine for 7bucks

    • Thanks, just ordered one, too.

  3. If there is a problem with your Target beauty box, it’s worth contacting customer service. I’ve been buying every box for the past year and have rarely had an issue. However, I once got a credit back on my card for a missing item, and this time my box had no info card with the $3 coupon. I e-mailed Target customer service, and they sent me a $5 e-gift card. I figured they would credit my card $3, so the extra $2 is greatly appreciated, though they have to know that $5 will lead to more and more spending!

  4. I love the box its my first one but the shampoo was leaking inside the box when I received it. Looking forward to the next one.

    • I had one that did that a couple months ago. I emailed them a pic and they sent me a new box.

  5. Same as always ??

  6. When I bought this one, I was sort of on the fence, I didn’t feel it was a great box, but not a bad one either. But now that I’ve tried the items, I’m really glad it got it. The shampoo and conditioner smelled a bit strong out of the bottle, but in the shower, they were minty and refreshing and helped wake me up. I’m wearing the eyeliner and chapstick today. The eyeliner is great, and even though I don’t love the color of the chapstick, what’s not to like about chapstick?? The Derma E moisturizer felt nice and I liked the smell. The one thing that really surprised me was the Laniege foundation. I really really liked it and was surprised that even though it is supposedly a tinted BB cream, I found it gave nearly full coverage. And I liked that there were three shades. I gave the light one to my daughter, who’s paler than me, gave the darkest to my niece, and kept the middle one for myself. The only thing I didn’t use myself was the Jergens In-shower lotion, which I gave to my sister because she LOVES that stuff.

  7. I liked this box. It was better than the walmart box. The chapstick tinted balm is great. I got it in shade coral blush which goes good with my skin tone.

  8. That Jergens shower lotion must have been created for me. I have a broken leg that keeps swelling and then shedding all the skin. I have tried everything these past nine weeks. What finally worked? This sample. May not be for everyone but it is a lifesaver for me. And the thing is – I never would have bought it for myself. It’s finds like these that make me stick with the beauty box.

    • Ouch!!! So glad you found something that works for you……hope you feel better soon!!!

  9. I passed on this month. Maybe next month will be better.

  10. I just received the October box today, but wondered if anyone could help me about the coupon enclosed in each box?

    September was my first purchase and I’d read on here, you could use it on the next box. Didn’t work in ordering it online, so then I tried to use it on items I was out of in the categories listed. That didn’t work either. I believe it said the code was not valid for the purchase. Can these coupons only be used for full size products of the items in that particular box?

    Any help anyone could give me will be greatly appreciated.

    • It didn’t work for me either, so I contacted the CS via chat and they honored the coupon. You give them the cart # and coupon code and they will apply $3 off. It should be for any merchandise in that category.

    • The box and anything to reach the $15. Although they charge u shipping on the cosmetics (beauty box ships free ) unless you have over $25 in the cart or target red card.

  11. Eyeliner didn’t last more than 2 hours for me, but most don’t. Loved all the other items in the box.

  12. This is a boring box. It wasn’t a hard choice to pass on it when it came out.

  13. I am happy with my target box. It seems like a lot of ppl are disappointed this month but I was more so with my birchbox. My target box made up for the the variety and size of products compared to bb. Thinking I may cancel bb and stick with target, walmart, & allure

  14. I signed up for your newsletter mid last month to get notified of when the October beauty box would be available! I’ve read every email and didn’t see you post about it till now but this is just a review it’s not telling me available. Did I miss the email that said the beauty box was available? Can you tell me which one it was in? I’ll go back and look. HELP

  15. I wish target would step it up. I dropped one of my subscription boxes so I could grab a target box when I liked what they were offering but for a few months now they haven’t been making me want to buy a box. A lot of repeat products or things I don’t want to pay for like chapstick and those cushion foundation samples. ?

  16. Passed on this one but regretting it a bit! (I don’t like that Jergens lotion and don’t need another black eyeliner – but the other items would have been a great deal)

  17. I got the shade Coral Blush in the chap stick, it’s an ok for a color on me. When I opened the box, the lotion was cracked open and leaking. oh well I guess…..this box was just ok for me. I’m already looking forward to next months box 😉

    • A couple months ago I had a shampoo bottle that leaked all over my target box. I contacted cs and sent them a photo. They sent me a new box which arrived 4 days later. They might do the same for you.

  18. I nearly missed getting this box because of the checkout issues but I’m glad I was finally able to. I love this box! I use the Jergens daily so that was my favorite item. The chapstick is awesome and I love the shampoo/conditioner. I have the eyeliner on today and actually like it because it doesn’t budge (like other expensive ones do). Haven’t used the moisturizer yet but I have tried it before and liked it. All in all a great box this month!

  19. I’m not gonna lie, I’m disappointed by how many products have aloe. I can use the shampoo, but not the conditioner. I can’t use the day cream either. Ugh. Oh well.

    • Do you have an aloe allergy, too? My husband does and it’s maddening trying to find everyday products that don’t have aloe in them.

      I’m glad you mentioned that the conditioner has aloe. I gave the shampoo and conditioner to him, because he liked the smell, and all of the ingredients were listed on the shampoo but not the conditioner. One of us was planning to look up the conditioner online, but you saved us a task – thank you!

    • Thanks for the heads up on the products with aloe in them- I won’t be able to use them, either (I will pass then along). I spend many hours looking at ingredients in beauty products, trying to find the ones without aloe.

  20. Got a box for me and one for my daughter. We loved the tinted lip balm, so-so on the eyeliner. Love the face cream and the Jergens moisturizer – worked great after shower. I didn’t like the foundation at all. Way too much yellow undertones for my complexion, but a nice sized sample. Haven’t tried the shampoo/conditioner yet, but they smell great and will try them soon. This was my first time trying beauty box and hope to try more in the future.

  21. the eyeliner I received was dried out, nothing I can do to make it work, In fact half of the tip is white.
    I received the chapstick in Merlot, it is not a color I would normally choose, I love it!
    I like the the BB makeup, I will probably purchase it in “light”

    • Contact Target about the defective eyeliner. They will probably give you a partial credit on the box for it – usually in a Target e-gift card, but it’s something!

    • You may also want to try exchanging the product for a new one in the store. I read all the time about how people exchange products in their boxes for a product they prefer in the store (due to a color variant they don’t like). I think it would make sense that you could exchange a defective product in the store as well. It wouldn’t hurt to try!

      • Fyi, I exchanged an item in store for another color, and the cashier said it was a good idea to keep the email receipt of the box purchase.

  22. The scent is my favorite part of the Derma E! The night cream also smells like that. So nice!

  23. I liked the box! The derma E moisturizer doesn’t feel greasy and it absorbs so quickly. I also loved the chapstick and shampoo/conditioner. I’m a little scared of the eyeliner because it seems like it will stay on forever and if I mess up putting it on, I will look like that forever! 🙂 Definitely worth $7 – glad I got it.

  24. That Shampoo / conditioner set are my favorite too! I’ve been looking for a new set forever and I LOVE the way this made my scalp feel and the conditioner really moisturized my hair. I went to my local super Target last night to buy full sizes and they didn’t carry it 🙁

    • You might want to try Sally Beauty Supply. They have a pretty decent selection of Eden Bodyworks products. 🙂

      • Thanks!!

  25. I got the Coral Blush Shade in the ChapStick, which is fine, because I like peachy shades, but I really like to load on lip balm, so this ended up a tad dark. I’ll have to remember to go easy on it in the future. Would have liked to see what your shade looked like swatched, in case I want to go snag that color too

    • I got Coral Blush as well. I am not big on lip balms, but I do appreciate tinted ones, especially on days when I’m not wearing full make-up but don’t want to look like a zombie.

      Unfortunately my box was missing the info card with coupon, but I’m waiting on a response from Target Customer Service about that.

  26. I snagged 3 – ond for each of my teens and myself. I ended up giving one of them to my 9 year old (minus the BB cream and eyeliner) because she was so enthralled with the items. I really liked this box. First Target box in a few months that I’ve grabbed, and first in even longer that I’ve grabbed for more than one of us.

  27. I got the Merlot Shae in the lip balm. I also love the Derma day cream. It smells amazing and it works well. I love the target beauty boxes. (When I wake up in time) plus anything I don’t use I pass along to family n friends. The Eyeliner is going to be great for Halloween. I’ll use it for drawing wiskers on my 10 yr old. It doesn’t smudge and stays on for a really long time. I swatched it this morning and I still have the swatch on my hand. ( Actually I drew a cat on my hand) lol

  28. This was my first time using the wet skin moisturizer and I’m a huge fan! Love the beachy smell and it’s so much easier than getting lotion all over my clothes. This box wasn’t killing it for me but I love that I found something new and affordable!

    • I have a HUGE bottle of wet skin Jergens from a place I review products for and I love it. It makes my skin soft and I love the scent as well, it lasts almost all day. My husband even likes it haha. You don’t need much of it either, just a little dab on each arm and leg.

      I did pass on this box because I already have all those items, looking forward to next month.

  29. I usually hate scented products, but I love the scent of the derma e moisturizers. The smell is like bubblegum or something, I can’t really place it.

    Anyway, I just received my box today and haven’t had time to try anything except the lip balm, which I love! Can’t wait to try everything else.

    Great review, as usual, Liz!

    • I must have a spoiled sample jar of Derma e because it smells terrible ?

    • I love all the Derma e products I have received so far through boxes. I would never have tried them on my own but am really loving the products and will probably buy them when samples run out! Acure too!

  30. This is one of my favorite Target boxes in a while. I am in LOVE w/the tinted Chap Stick and the shampoo/conditioner. I need to try to swap for backups of all the varieties of lip balm. Here I go…

    • Good call on swapping for back ups of that lip balm – it is the best!! 🙂

    • Me too! I’ve passed the last 3 or 4 months, but jumped on this right away! I can’t WAIT to try everything! 😀

      • Can you help, when should I look for the next months beauty box? I’ve been wanting to try for months but have yet to catch it before it sells out. ANY tips would be appreciated. Is it the end of the month before? First day of the month? Please help

      • For a while now, the boxes have been going on sale on the 1st Monday of every month. 🙂

      • Thank you!!

      • So the November box might be for sale on Nov 7 rather than Nov.1?

        October 31st is on a Monday, Nov.1 is the Tuesday.

        Would Target have the November box ready for sale on Oct. 31st?

      • It’s usually the 1st Monday of the month so I’d expect it to be the 7th, not 31st. The was one holiday, can’t remember which, maybe 4th of July, when it came out the week before.

  31. I am so upset that I couldn’t get the box! The checkout wouldn’t work for me! I’ve passed on the last two boxes intentionally, but I actually wanted this one. It looks great! Hopefully things will work out next time.

    • So sorry to hear about the checkout issues. 🙁 Hopefully they have that resolved before next box!

  32. I passed on this box and usually regret doing so once I see the review. But nope, I’m still satisfied I skipped it (that’s not knocking your review, Liz, just the products, lol!). I used to grab these the second they went on sale without giving it much thought, so maybe there is hope for me yet. Ha!

    • Same here! Those products just didn’t do it for me. I’ve passed on the last couple of Target boxes…hoping they’ll have a great one out for Christmas!

    • Same. I usually try to really think about whether I will miss having this box or not, before I pass on it. Rarely do I end up with FOMO, if I skip it. I still like to read the reviews on here tho.

    • Same here! lizs review of the max fanatic mascara that I had in the pile for my niece a few months ago had me trying it and now I love it. Who would have thought I would love it! Thanks Liz!

  33. I tried the shampoo today and the minty smell is almost menthol like. It will really clear out the sinuses!

    • Haha yes! Good for cold/flu season! 😉

  34. I didn’t get the box It didn’t seem for me til I read your review you always make me regret not getting a sub lol

    • Same here! I decided not to buy the box when it was available, but now I’m second-guessing that decision :C

      • Don’t regret it. I know this review makes it seem great, but the only really worthwhile things, imo, were the chapstick and the eyeliner. And seeing as you can get that chapstick for pennies during a decent sale and the eyeliner at CVS with bucks back, it wasn’t that great a value.

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