Macy’s Beauty Box Review – August 2017
Macy’s has officially launched their beauty subscription box! Every month, they send you deluxe product samples, a bonus item, and a collectible cosmetics bag. Plus, you also get a $5 beauty coupon for use in-store and online.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This is the collectible bag for this month! It’s a metallic gold with “painted” beauty products, and the phrase, “the In Crowd.”
The Subscription Box: Macy’s Beauty Box
The Cost: $15 a month + free shipping
The Products: Each month you will receive five deluxe beauty samples, one bonus item, a collectible cosmetics bag and a $5 beauty coupon exclusively for Beauty Box subscribers, available for use online and in-store.
Ships to: the 48 contiguous United States. The Macy’s Beauty Box cannot be shipped to PO Boxes, APO/FPO/GPO address, Hawaii, Alaska or U.S. Territories at this time.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
My box also included a folded info card.
Inside was my $5 off coupon, which is good for beauty purchases in-store and online.
Unfolded, the card shows some information and description of each item included this month. The products this month were chosen for being best-in-class beauty essentials.
Tarte Maracuja Oil – .23 fl oz, Value $6.50
This is one of Tarte’s classic skin care products. This oil has brightening vitamin C and lots of other antioxidants and fatty acids to nourish and hydrate. It won’t clog your pores, and I found this to absorb quickly. I have dry skin and I love using facial oils, and this is one that I’ve tried many times thanks to subscription boxes! I’m happy to have an extra.
Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette- Golden Hour – .05 oz total, Value $5.37
Smashbox has great shadows! I was really happy to see this little shadow duo in my box.
These colors are right up my alley, too! They’re definitely ones I expect from a palette named “Golden Hour,” with this peachy-golden shade (“Turned On”) and a warm, medium bronze (“Psyched”).
Here are the two shadows swatched for you. You can see they have a pretty, satin finish.
philosophy purity – 2 fl oz, Value $6
When I worked at Sephora I realized just how popular this cleanser is! It works great for sensitive skin, and removes makeup as well as cleanses your skin. It definitely leaves my skin feeling clean without stripping my face of its natural oils.
MAC False Lashes Black Mascara – sample, Value $5?
There’s no weight listed on this mini mascara tube, so I’m estimating the value a little. I’d love to see MAC in more subscription boxes, so I’m happy to get this sample from Macy’s!
The brush has short, stiff, fluffy bristles. They coat well but I don’t feel like I get much separation or definition. This is better for volume, I think. I will say the formula is very black. It’s also not a very wet formula so I didn’t experience any clumps and felt I had good control.
Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel – .03 oz, Value $7.20
This is a great brow product! I have tried this before – it has a tiny little mascara-esque wand, and the formula contains microfibers that help look natural and fill your brows.
The brush is tiny, even on the full-size version, so you have good control and precision with the application.
Carolina Herrera Good Girl Eau de Parfum Spray – sample vial (.05), Value $7.65
Because perfume sample vials are so small, and I assume this is considered the bonus item this month, I normally don’t bother with values, but they do list a weight for the sample, so there you go. This perfume is sexy! Or, “evocative,” as is the fancy way to put that. It’s designed to parallel the “beautiful contradictions and ever-present duality of modern women and modern life.” It’s both fresh and dark, with notes including jasmine, cocoa, tonka, almond, coffee, and tuberose.
I like this fragrance. The bottle is cool, too – a super high-heeled stiletto, as you can see in the inside of the card here.
Here I am wearing the shadow and mascara. I am not showcasing the Gimme Brow here, unfortunately, because they sent me the medium shade which is just a little too dark for me, and I didn’t like how it looked.
I love these colors with my complexion, and the finish is brightening and pretty. I used the golden peachy shade all over my eyes and blended the bronze in my outer corners and crease. I think this was a nice shadow sampler because you can get a whole look out of it and it offered a nice amount of product!
Verdict: The August Macy’s Beauty Box had some great products in it! I definitely think they did a good job of selecting some cult-favorite products and products that are top sellers of each brand. I’m happy with all my items! The value of all my samples adds up to $30.07, not including the “bonus” perfume sample. I feel like the Macy’s Beauty Box is meant to compete with the $10 beauty boxes like Birchbox, Ipsy, and Play! by Sephora, considering the featured brands and number of samples. Even though it’s $15, it does include a $5 back coupon towards your next beauty purchase in every box, so it kind of levels out to match the $10 price point. Which sort of reminds me of how Birchbox used to give you basically $5 back in store credit for reviewing your samples every month, but perhaps the way Macy’s is doing it is more sustainable for the company. Considering the $10 competition out there, I definitely feel like that $5 back is necessary to include in some way. I still think the $15 price point could make it the first one people consider dropping if they decide to pare down their subscriptions, if they also subscribe to Sephora or Ipsy, etc.
What do you think about the August Macy’s Beauty Box?