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Luxe Box Subscription Box Review – Fall 2017

Luxe Box members will receive a seasonal subscription box with 7 to 8 trial-sized beauty and lifestyle items specifically selected by their beauty editors and enjoy complimentary shipping.

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The Subscription Box: Luxe Box

The Cost: $26 a quarter/season

The Products: 7-8 deluxe or full-sized beauty samples.

Ships to: Canada and US for free!

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Skyn Iceland Plumping Lip Gel – Value $7.50 (Buy a 2 pack for $15)

Whoa- this product looks terrifying when it’s on (and it tingles a bit, which is normal). It’s a gelatinous clear lip-shaped patch you place on your lips and leave for 10 minutes. As it says on the back of the package, it is oversized to fit all lips, so I’m wondering how it’s plumping only my lips and not all of the skin around it that it’s also touching.

I took a “before” picture (top) so I could put an “after” (bottom) side by side and see if this lip plumper mask really made a difference. It did! Although I didn’t notice much difference in my lower lip, my upper lip was definitely more plump and a bit larger.

Garnier Moisture Bomb Gel Cream, 6 ml sample size – Value $2? (Buy a 1.7 oz. container for $16.99)

This Moisture Bomb cream is to pump moisture back into dry skin. The formula is super light and glides on easily without feeling greasy. I used this after a mud mask went a bit awry (read further in the review to refer to what I’m talking about) and it started to cool my face pretty quickly. My skin can be a combo of oily and dry depending on the season, so I look forward to trying this out more in the winter.

Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara, Sample size – Value $10? (Buy a full size for $24)

Sometimes when I’m shopping for mascara, I think “how do these all do something different? How does one plump while another lengthens?” Also- wouldn’t I want ALL of the things in one mascara? Anyway, this particular one is a “Punk Volumizer” and boy does it ever volumize. My lashes are not especially lush or long, so putting this on made a huge difference. They feel really curly and thick even though I didn’t use an eyelash curler. Is it the wand that makes the difference? I will never know.

China Glaze Nail Polish in Born to Rule – Value $4

Wow- this polish is the brightest blue! The formula is great and needed the standard two coats to get what you see above. I was too lazy to add a top coat, and about a week later, it has barely chipped at all (save the very tip of my acrylic nail) and is still super bright.

GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment, 0.5 oz. – Value $22

I really enjoy mud masks, so this was a nice treat for me to receive! I was VERY surprised by how expensive this small size is, but it also clearly brought up the value! This brand is also new to me. First off, I love the color of this! It’s a dark bluish grey when applying, and dries to an overcast sky sort of light grey. It smells like anise to me, which isn’t my favorite scent, but an interesting one for a facial mud mask! I can feel it cooling and tingling as it dries. Per usual, the drier it gets, the less I can move my face with is kinda fun for me. Sadly though, after 15 minutes I rinsed the clay off to reveal my skin being pretty red and irritated (mostly on my forehead and nose). I don’t normally have sensitive skin, so I worry when something like this happens. I can only recall one other time I was left with irritated skin and it was after a rose sheet mask. No rose here, so I’m not sure which ingredient doesn’t agree with me or if I just left it on too long (it says 5-20 mins and I left it on for 15). Even though I’m a bit blotchy, my skin does feel clear, but I won’t be using this one again.

Manna Kadar Glo Illuminator, 0.67 oz. – Value $29

Oh, Manna Kadar. You cannot be escaped. This is the first time I’ve received an illuminator though. It says “Step 3” on it, so I’m a little bummed that I don’t have step 1 or 2, but I’m sure it will be fine. The packaging says I can mix this with foundation or use it alone to give my skin more radiance. I tried it alone to see if it gave me a “glow”. I’m not sure that this is the products for me. I generally am very pale and sort of pink at times, and when I put this on, it just seemed to make me look a bit flush. perhaps I need more practice or it would be better to mix with my foundation instead?

Avry Beauty Shea Butter Hand Creme, 1.5 oz. – Value $2.99

One of the cheapest items in the box just happens to be one of my favorites. There is something sweet and fruity about this hand cream as it’s coming out of the tube, but it’s immediately gone once I put it on. That’s probably for the best since I don’t necessarily want my hand cream to be scented. Now that the weather is turning colder, my skin is becoming dryer. This hand cream is really quite lovely and makes my hands feel silky and smooth without being greasy at all. Almost like I rubbed them with baby powder. It also happens to be a great size to keep in my purse!

Laritzy Undressed Liquid Lip Stain in Pebble – Value $20 (linked to different colors)

When I first applied this matte liquid lipstick, my thought was that it was a bit thin of a formula. When I pressed my lips together, it sort of wiped off slightly and I had to reapply in some spots. However, when it dried, it felt very light and not cakey at all. I tested it against a tissue and my hand and it stayed on as well without leaving a trace on either. I would suggest a moisturizer over top though because it feels a bit dry. The color is great though!

Swatches for Manna Kadar Glo Illuminator, Laritzy Liquid Lip Stain, and Gloucce Punk Volumizer Mascara.

Verdict: My second Luxe Box has a really fantastic value since it only cost $26 and I got a whopping $97.49 worth of product! Unfortunately for me, the higher retail valued items were the ones that didn’t wow me as much. The polish, hand cream, and mascara were the winners in my opinion, and I wanted to love the mud mask but it just didn’t love me back. 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the December/Winter box as your first shipment.

Coupon – No coupon at this time.

Value Breakdown: At $26 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item: 97.49

  • Lip Plumper: $2.00
  • Moisture Cream: $0.53
  • Mascara: $2.67
  • Polish: $1.07
  • Mud Mask: $5.87
  • Illuminator: $7.73
  • Hand Cream: $0.80
  • Liquid Lipstick: $5.33

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Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a lipstick connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. She loves discovering new clean beauty brands and has quite the collection of beautifully packaged serums and moisturizers.

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Luxe Box Reviews, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: Luxe Box | 18 comments

Comments (18)

  1. I’ve experimenting with Manna Kadar Illuminator since I received it in Mommy Mailbox last month. I’ve tried it with and without foundation and it doesn’t make much of a difference on my medium tan skin.

  2. I got this box and I got a different color for the nail polish (nude). They also ask if you want to add on a mystery item before every shipment for $10, and I did that and got this really nice Bobbi Brown blush, full sized, well over $10 worth.

    • Oh, awesome! Really good to know, Cristina. Thx!

  3. I think this is actually a decent box, but I can’t get past they’re calling it “Luxe Box.” They’ve got a couple higher end products in here, but I would hardly call it luxe in general.

    I think the name is setting up higher expectations for its contents, leaving one (or me, anyway) disappointed when seeing what it actually contains.

  4. Marne show the the pics you took of the lip volumizer before and after, please!

    • Taren, I was trying to save you from the horrors of harsh bathroom lighting, but if you insist, I have added it. Sorry for the quality!

      • Thanks!!! We want to see how it works!

  5. That size China glaze polish usually retails for 7.50 at places like Sally’s and ulta!

  6. Glamglow products always seem to have an irritating effect on my skin, too. 😔 They tend to use ginger, peppermint, and other potentially irritating plant extracts in their products (generally the source of those “tingling effects”).

    Anyway, great review as always, Marne! My only wish is that you included pics of you wearing the cosmetics like you have in some other reviews. 😉 I love those as opposed to just swatches alone!

    • Thanks for the feedback, Jessilyn! I’ll see what I can do moving forward, but sometimes I’m not feeling so camera-ready!

  7. That Glamglow mask is fab, but I use it as a spot treatment as opposed to a full-face mask (usually on my nose) because it can be really intense.

    • NOW you tell me! 😉

  8. Side note about liquid lipsticks and putting on balms/nourishers on top. Whenever I do that, the lipstick becomes VERY transferable, even if it’s a good brand that originally stays put really well. Has anyone else experienced and conquered this problem?

  9. Manna Kadar, China Glaze, Garnier are not lux brands to me. This is more of a $15. box in my opinion.

    • Agreed! 💯 %!!!

  10. Regarding the Manna Kadar product being labeled as ‘Step 3,’ that seems to be the way her products are all labeled: Steps 1-3 for the order in which they’re put on your face. Primers and related are Step 1, color is Step 2, and so on. I looked it up when I got one of her mascaras and it was labeled Step 3 and couldn’t fathom how she thought I had the time in my day for three steps for my eyelashes! 😂

    • Ali, I do it in three steps. 1. Curl the lashes, 2. Put lash primer, 3. Put mascara 🙂

    • Haha- same! I’m lucky if I get mascara on alone!
      Thanks for the info on the steps!

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