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Allure Beauty Box Review – February 2017 + $5 Coupon

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanFeb 5, 2017 | 95 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!

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This box was sent to us for review purposes. (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 comes with a booklet detailing the items included and why the Allure Beauty Editors selected them.

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And this box also included a card for a free month of Curology. (Check out our Curology reviews to learn more about this customized skincare subscription.)

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Now, onto the items!

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Cargo Cosmetics Colorstick in Champagne – .25 oz Value $20

I thought this was full-size when I first saw it. (It is .25 oz compared to the .35 oz of the full-size version.)

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The formula itself is great. It goes on smoothly, has a ton of shimmer, and blends easily. Here it is swatched:

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Gorgeous!

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Beautycounter Lengthening Mascara – FULL SIZE! Value $29

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Yay for full sizes! I really like the Beauty Counter brand (they are ingredient conscious), so I was excited to try this. I think it’s a great mascara if you are going for a natural look. It gave me dark black lashes with plenty of definition and a decent amount of length.

If you are looking for a lot of drama, volume, and length, though, this is not your mascara.

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First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (10 count) – Value $5

These pads are designed to be a “daily treatment pad that contains just the right amount of lactic and glycolic acids to safely and effectively exfoliate, tone, and brighten.”

They’re free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, too! I found the formula to be gentle on my skin, and I’m hoping to notice a brighter complexion in 10 days!

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OLAY Eyes Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment – .23 oz Value $11.50

This is almost half the size of the full-size version! It’s designed to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles in 4 weeks. The formula is a lightweight cream (almost gel) that absorbs almost instantly. It was gentle on my skin, and the scent was barely noticeable.

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Grande Lips Hydrating Lip Plumper – Value $10?

(No size listed on this sample, so I’m estimating the value/size at a little less than half the full-size version.)

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This formula is gluten and paraben free, and it is supposed to help plump lips. It gives a good amount of gloss with no stickiness – so at least it passes my lip gloss test! The formula tingles a little bit, but isn’t too annoying. I haven’t noticed any major plumping differences, but I rarely do with this type of product!

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Red Flower Moroccan Rose Candle Tea Light – Value $2.50

This scent is described as a blend of “rose otto, bulgarian rose, damascus rose, along with musky undertones of patchouli and coriander.”

I thought this was a nice addition to a February box, and I really like the scent! (I’m not normally a fan of rose scents, but this one works for me.)

 

Verdict: This box has a value of about $78. That’s great for a $15 beauty box! I think this is a fab February box from Allure, and I’m really impressed with the sample sizes this month, too.

What do you think of the February Allure Beauty Box?

This box is regularly $15 a month, but you can use this link to save $5 off your first box. (If you sign up before the end of February, your first box will be the February 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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95 comments

Bonnie

Where has this mascara been all my life? It’s EXACTLY what I love in a mascara. I put it on 11 hours ago and I just looked in the mirror and I still look like I have naturally long dark lashes. (I don’t). And it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing mascara. I hate those heavy fake-y clumpy mascaras and this one just doesn’t do that. I will most likely be buying this again in a couple of months, and checking out the Beautycounter brand.

I also love the Cargo stick, but when don’t I love Cargo? Once I love a product, I have a favorable bias toward all that company’s products, and Cargo won me over long ago with Reverse Lip Liner.

I’m pretty happy with the rest of the box too, but those two are the big things for me. Things like this are the reason I keep subscribing to boxes like Allure and Birchbox. I don’t love most of what they send, but when I do, I’m thrilled and will rebuy. The cost of the boxes is worth it to potentially discover something so perfect for me.

Megan

So, I just opened up my box and I received the mascara box with no mascara! I’m almost amused by it because I don’t know how that would possibly happen. Of course I notice on a Saturday night so CS won’t get back to me for days….

Heather

Anyone else not receive their box yet?

nancyisshopping

I have not but I only ordered about 10 days ago. I wonder how long it will take to get a shipping notice.

Melissa W.

Every month, I always get my box before they ever sent me a shipping conformation., then the day I get my box… I get the email that says my box has been shipped…lol. So, I’m sure your box already shipped out!

Beth L

I think this was one of my favorite boxes EVER. I will use EVERYTHING and that never happens ever. I sometimes will use 3 or more or less. But I am so happy with the amazing change that they must have gone through to get to this place where they are putting out the best boxes and on time and I’m so happy. Thank you AllureBeautyBox. Keep up the great work. You Rock. 💋

Jun

I’ve received two broken items from consecutive months already. The eyeshadow palette from Jan box came broken with one shattered color, and the cargo stick from Feb box came completely broken off and stuck in the cap. I’ve contacted CS hoping to get replacements. Anyone else had broken/defective items? How well are they about replacing them?

Mel

It took several months. I contacted them in September and the missing products didn’t arrive until a week and a half ago. My cargo stick also came broken. I hope for allures sake it doesn’t take that long.

Melissa W.

I think their customer service is amazing. I usually use chat to talk to to them when I have a problem (though it was only 1 time). I also had 2 shattered eye shadows in my pallette last month and even though it’s not their fault and probably happened in delivery, they sent me a replacement pretty quick. I just got it a few days ago. So, yes.. I would say, definitely contact them and let them know!

Melissa W.

I love Allure beauty box so much, that I just signed up for a second box! Oh boy.. I have 2 Glossybox too. Love them both! Just got rid of 1 birchbox account, about to cancel the other too. No competition!

Kc

Anyone else been charged but not received a shipping notice yet? I checked my account and nothing! Waiting for customer service to get back to me.

Melissa W.

I usually don’t receive a shipping notice until the day AFTER I get my box in the mail… not when they take my money out. So, I wouldn’t worry about it. I always get mine… even without the shipping notice.

Jill

…tried everything (except Cargo Stick… on highlighter overload and saving for summer) and I love it all! Extremely happy this month. Can’t wait for March box.

Anna

I loved this box. Every. Single. Thing. in it. Keep it up Allure!

Linda

I agree! Great box Allure!!! xoxoxo

cindycb

Love Allure boxes! Great products every month!

I am wondering if they are going to do an Academy Awards box like before?

Melissa W.

I LOVE the lip plumper! Makes my lips plump right up! I was actually using the WEI Bee Venom to plump my lips, but this one does a way better job. I use it under my tinted lip gloss or lipstick and it works very well. I also put it on my lips before bed and wake up with lush, plump lips! Thanks Allure!

AmyM

Excited for this box. I’m always happy to have a new multi-purpose make-up item to play with. Also looking forward to the Beauty Counter mascara. I personally don’t mind getting mascaras in almost every box. Yes, it’s repetitive. But it’s a great way to try different kinds and allows me to switch out mascaras often. If I don’t love it, I can toss it without feeling guilty for wasting money.

Mary

Got my Feb box today even though I never got my Jan box, hmm, I even spoke with customer service last week and now when I checked my account online it says suspended by user- that is not what we discussed I was not suspending my account- so weird, now I need to call them again. I must be the only one who does not like the candle- I am sensitive to certain scents-especially florals and can get headaches from them, this candle is a headache inducer for sure, the whole box smells! I even had to throw out the paper inserts. Allure don’t do this to me, I love makeup and skin care and even the occasional non-floral fragrance. I have the tea light in the box with cover on and can’t decide if I should just throw it away or find someone to give it to who might like the scent.

Bonnie

I don’t like the candle either. I don’t even see why we are getting candles in a beauty box. I would much rather have another beauty product, even a fragrance, than a candle. We get enough of those in mixed lifestyle boxes.

Jill

This is incredibly strange: I checked my account 2 wks ago and noticed my account had been suspended, mysteriously…I certainly didn’t suspend it. I changed it back and notified CS via email to make them aware of the problem. They assured me I would receive the Feb box, and I did get it. From now on, I will periodically check my account. And now I know I wasn’t the only customer to encounter this problem.

Tarah

I had the same thing!- or at least something similar. I signed up for the sub through the black Friday deal, and Allure canceled and refunded the money. Was super bummed when i found out– AND they never contacted me to say it had been refunded. Super frustrating

Marla

I had the same problem with them they suspended my box 3 different times and I had to email and call them. They accused me of suspending my account I couldn’t believe it. They finally got it straightened out. Their customer service is awful and they are so rude. But I love the boxes I have received so far.

Dena

Allure, once again this box is my #1 sub. Love it!! It was great to get the tea candle from Red Flower. I was wanting to try the candle products from them, after trying their lotions. I love that candle. The mascara was a big hit also. And you are correct, mascaras have gone a little mad in the last few years. This Beautycounter product was great. Once again I can not say enough about this box. I can not wait to see whats coming for March!

Diana Navarro

I am very happy with my box this month. Looking forward to using the highlighter and well everything…

Kc

I was charged but I’m still waiting for a tracking notice. I’m really enjoying the allure boxes and am trying to wait patiently!

Jill

Received my Feb box today. YAY! Mine is exactly as reviewed above. The tea light smells amazing! Can’t wait to try products. Also, I received a separate small package from Allure BB, not sure why. It was another Doucce eye palette, same as January box item. My original was fine, I never requested a replacement….very puzzled! …unless it was a consolation gift for being charged wrong for the Holiday 4 month special. IDK. (CS DID finally correct my charges, TG! so glad cuz I love this box)

Jill

FYI Update: received an email, after the fact, regarding the free Doucce eye pallet I unexpectedly received. It was a free gift for reinstating my subscription. (I cancelled back in September). So glad to be back! 🙂

Mandi

Did you receive same two pallets?

Barbara

I have been very happy with Allure and the beauty boxes, I just have 2 comments, I really don’t want mascara in the boxes every month, it’s an easy filler and I have more than enough and since this is a beauty box, I expect beauty products, not a tealight candle, if I wanted a candle I’d get a Yankee candle box

catbert

Very disappointed with this box. How on earth is a candle even a beauty item? They couldn’t have included a lipstick or something instead?
The the Curology card is useless to me, as I have no acne to treat. It would be one thing if the service offered a personalized product for any skin concerns you might have, but it doesn’t.
I mean, for the $10 (plus tax) that I actually paid for it, I suppose it’s okay, but it’s really disappointing for a box that purports to send a value upwards of $100 each month. Also disappointing in comparison to most of the boxes I received from Allure in the past.

Ljeb2003

The candle is an extra item. An over and above surprise.

Becca

Another great box! The last four months have been really great boxes. Allure seems to finally be getting back to their amazing selves. I hope they keep sending full sizes and lots of variety.

Kaitlynn Marie

Has anyone tried the lip plumper in comparison to the Too Faced one? I got the Too Faced one a few months back and it burned my lips, so I don’t know if I want to try this :/ Also, second ingredient in the FAB facial pads is aloe, so that’s a pass. Oh well.

tharandl

Hi! I have tried this product (full size) and am so happy to be receiving a sample. I noticed a difference and bought a second full size when my first ran out. The formula is amazing but their packaging was not good. It is super tight and when I opened the second one the applicator separated from the base. I was able to fix it with needle-nosed pliers and parts from my first container. I am psyched that this packaging is not the same as the full sized! Maybe they changed? I would buy this again if they fixed that issue.

Melissa W.

Got my Allure box today! It was early this month, as I usually don’t get it until the last week of the month. I’m happy with everything! I will use it all!

Jackie

Allure loves cargo – lol.

Bonnie

I love Cargo too! So happy to see Cargo products in my boxes.

Jill

Got my shipping/tracking notice yesterday 🙂

Rubymama

First time with Allure box. Card was charged a week ago and yesterday received a list of items in my box. Specifically did not sign up for mascara but got it anyway. The Olay lip cream is only item interested in so will attempt the swap. Hope they get better. Was hoping for a hair product , do these ever come in this box?

Bonnie

They do send hair products, although the samples are usually pretty small. That’s fine for the styling products, but when it’s a conditioner, the sample usually isn’t big enough for all my hair. This is true in almost all boxes/bags 🙁

BonBon

You can’t pick what you get with the allure box. Some months there will be variations but for the most part all the boxes will be the same. The Olay cream is for eyes not lips.

Kristin

Did not sign up for mascara? It is a beauty box, they send mascara often so this is probably not the best box for you.

Rubymama

So I was confusing my Allure box with another box that let you have preferences, i.e. Opt out /in of certain items therefore the mascara confusion, same with the Olay which I will use for my eyes. I also received a tracking number today, it has been shipped! My question is does Allure ever send hair priducts? Thanks.

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