Allure Beauty Box vs Macy’s Beauty Box vs Look Fantastic – October 2017
This new Allure Beauty Box vs Macy’s Beauty Box vs Look Fantastic series compares the subscriptions every month to give you a good idea what you can expect from these popular beauty subscription boxes.
Allure Beauty Box and Macy’s Beauty Box are $15 a month, Look Fantastic is $16 if you pick an annual subscription (you don’t have to pay the full cost up front), so it seems fair to stack them up against each other).
If you are interested in finding other great beauty boxes, check out our Top 31 Beauty Subscription Boxes for 2017, our Birchbox vs Ipsy vs Sephora Play series and our Boxycharm vs Glossybox vs BeautyFix series!
FYI – Each of these boxes sends the same items to all subscribers with occasional variants. (For example, there may be three different shades of a nail polish a subscriber might receive, but all subscribers will receive that nail polish.)
- Number of items: 6
- Full-size items: 1
- Deluxe size items: 1
- Brands featured: Pantene, Kat Von D, Avene, Korres, Pureology, Beauty For Real
- Categories featured: Skincare (2) Makeup (1) Haircare (2) Fragrance (1)
- Total Value: $57.40
COUPON – Now through 10/31, Use this link to get your first box for only $7.50 (50% off) and you’ll receive a free full-sized tarte blush ($29 Value) as well! (Blush may ship separately.)
Favorite item in the box: It’s a tie between Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial and the Pureology Hydrate Air Dry Cream
I love how soft and hydrated the sleeping facial makes my skin (and that it’s a deluxe sized sample.) And the Pureology is the first hair product I’ve ever tried that made my hair noticeably shinier.
- Number of items: 6 + a bag
- Full-size items: 0
- Deluxe size items: 0
- Brands featured: Elizabeth Arden, Lancome, Origins, Strivectin, Smashbox, Yves Saint Laurent
- Categories featured: Makeup (1) Skincare (4) Fragrance (1)
- Total Value: $55
I really like Lancome’s skincare, and this is a generous sized sample. It’s moisturizing without being oily, and it absorbs so quickly.
- Number of items: 6 + magazine
- Full-size items: 3
- Deluxe size items: 0
- Brands featured: Bean Body, Lancer, ModelCo, Ciate, Monu Skin, Skimono
- Categories featured: Makeup (2) Skincare (4)
- Total Value: $63.65
Favorite item in the box: Ciate Wonderwand Mascara
It was tough to pick a favorite this month, but this mascara was a great new discovery! It really holds up to my favorite mascara, Tarte Lights Camera Lashes.
Verdict: It’s tough to pick a winner this month. All boxes were solid. I’m going to narrow it down to Allure Beauty Box + Look Fantastic, though, since both of those boxes introduced me to new brands or products.
Of course, my favorite box varies every month, so here are my general suggestions for which box to pick:
Allure Beauty Box: Allure is great for a mix of makeup, skincare, and the occasional haircare item. They also are good about sending some full-size or deluxe-size items each month, and they include a variety of brands. (Pretty much anything featured in Allure magazine is game.)
Macy’s Beauty Box: This is a brand new subscription, so we’ll have to see if things change in future months. For now, this seems to be a good box for a beauty subscription newbie. Everything included in this first box is a great beauty staple.
Look Fantastic: If you’re looking to try out brands you might not see at Sephora, this is a great box to sample. (It’s from the UK.) And the UK version of Elle magazine is a nice bonus, too!
What was your favorite box for Setember? And what was your favorite product?