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Allure Beauty Box vs Macy’s Beauty Box vs Look Fantastic – September 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.)

Allure Beauty Box September 2017 (Check out the full Allure Beauty Box review)

  • Number of items: 5
  • Full-size items: 2
  • Deluxe size items: 1
  • Brands featured: tarte, Drunk Elephant, Beauty Blender, Kiehl’s, Living Proof
  • Categories featured: Skincare (2) Makeup (1) Haircare (1) Tools (1)
  • Total Value: $78.40

Favorite item in the box: tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Seduce

For me, this was the hero item of the box. Full-sized tarte! This blush is fab, too. It has a matte finish, great pigment, and stays put! (See the swatch in the review.)

Check out our Allure Beauty Box Spoilers and our Allure Beauty Box Reviews, too!

Macy’s Beauty Box September 2017 (Check out the full Macy’s Beauty Box review)

  • Number of items: 5 + a bag (normally 6 items, but my box was missing an item.)
  • Full-size items: 0
  • Deluxe size items: 0
  • Brands featured: Clinique, DermaBlend, Ahava, Laura Mercier, Vince Camuto
  • Categories featured: Makeup (2) Skincare (2) Fragrance (1)
  • Total Value: $35

Favorite item in the box: Clinique Moisture Surge

I forgot about this skincare staple! (I used to get it all the time in my Clinique GWP days before subscription boxes.) It’s a lightweight gel/cream formula that absorbs almost instantly and provides lots of hydration. (And it is fragrance and oil free!)

Check out our Macy’s Beauty Box Spoilers and our Macy’s Beauty Box Reviews, too!

Look Fantastic September 2017 (Check out the full Look Fantastic Sephora review)

  • Number of items: 7 + magazine
  • Full-size items: 2
  • Deluxe size items: 2
  • Brands featured: Hikari, Eve Lom, Illamasqua, Christophe Robin, Look Fantastic, Decleor, Holly’s Lollies
  • Categories featured: Makeup (2) Skincare (2) Haircare (1) Tools (1) Candy! (1)
  • Total Value: $88.50

Favorite item in the box: Eve Lom Cleanser & Muslin Cloth

This cleanser is such a luxe skincare treat, and the deluxe size was a nice surprise, too!

Check out our Look Fantastic Spoilers and our Look Fantastic Reviews, too!

Verdict: Allure Beauty Box is the winner for me this month. This was their Allure Beauty Award Winners box, and it shows. Great sizes of items, and 5 of my favorite brands. Look Fantastic was a pretty close second – they did a great job with their birthday box. (And Macy’s is good, but feels a little lackluster by comparison.)


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?

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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 Allure Beauty Box vs Macy's Beauty Box vs Look Fantastic, Subscription Box News| Tags: allure beauty box | look fantastic beauty box | macy's beauty box | 7 comments

Comments (7)

  1. I would like to get my Sept Allure box. Was told Friday it’s due to the hurricanes and other weather issues. I doubt it.

  2. So disappointed. Still haven’t gotten my September Allure box. I’m so mad at them for stiffing me out of my last box of my annual sub.

  3. I agree that I love these comparison reviews. It also sealed the deal on me finally giving up on and cancelling the Macy’s box…

  4. This makes me glad I canceled Macy’s box. I have to get October, then I am done.

  5. Yes, for your Macy’s bag you seem to be missing your Burts Bees hand salve.

  6. I’ve worn my Tarte blush almost everyday since I received my Allure Beauty Box! I adore it. 🙂

  7. Love it!
    I loved those comparison articles that u write,they are so informative and I feel that helps us to make up our minds with pros and cons about our particulars based on your data
    Allure is the sub that cancelled and missed the most!!!
    I agree with completely,great mix,but once we get the subscription addiction bug we need to cut some,on order to scaled hahaha
    I got like some some popsugar special editions:
    The summer 2017.
    After u wrote the review and showed that Polaroid sunglasses ,I jumped when got 50% off !!
    Plus like 3 more from GILT.
    Then that watch from 5th Avenue was enough spoiler to me.
    ..
    Anyway,thank you so much for this space,it is an awesome place to be our happy place!!!!

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