Allure Beauty Box vs Macy’s Beauty Box vs Look Fantastic – December 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: Dior, Purity, Becca, Oribe, Hourglass, Morphe
- Categories featured: Skincare (1) Makeup (3) Haircare (1) Tools (1)
- Total Value: $46.59
Favorite item in the box: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Champagne Pop
And it is SUCH an impressive highlighter! Excellent pigment and shimmer with just one brush stroke and the warm champagne colors gives skin a healthy glow, too.
- Number of items: 6 + a bag
- Full-size items: 1
- Deluxe size items: 0
- Brands featured: NudeStix, MAC, Estee Lauder, Peter Thomas Roth, Chanel, Tory Burch
- Categories featured: Makeup (2) Skincare (3) Fragrance (1)
- Total Value: $67.31
Favorite item in the box: NudeStix Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencil in Belle
I’ve paid full price for NudeStix, so it’s always awesome to get one in a subscription box!
- Number of items: 6 + magazine
- Full-size items: 2
- Deluxe size items: 2
- Brands featured: MDM Flow, bubble t, Suki, Gatineau, Hydra-Activ, Polaar,
- Categories featured: Makeup (1) Skincare (5)
- Total Value: $64.21
Favorite item in the box: Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser
It was a small sample, but I had forgotten about how much I love this cleanser, so it was a welcome addition to the box for me!
Verdict: All boxes were solid, but I’m going to give the win to Allure Beauty Box because of the brands – it really was an all-star box. (Plus I love the $20 Bauble Bar coupon bonus!)
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 December? And what was your favorite product?