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.)
- 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.)
- 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!)
- 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!
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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