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New Beauty Test Tube Subscription Review – January 2018

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanJan 22, 2018 | 34 comments

NewBeauty TestTube
3.6 overall rating
115 Ratings | 24 Reviews

New Beauty Test Tube is a bi-monthly beauty and makeup subscription box. Every other month they send you a tube full of deluxe and full-size beauty samples and you also get a digital subscription to New Beauty Magazine. It’s a little pricier than other beauty subscriptions, but in general, the value is usually great.

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

The Subscription Box: New Beauty Test Tube

The Cost: $29.95 a box plus $8.95 shipping (ships every other month)

The Products: Deluxe and full-size beauty products. (This subscription also includes a subscription to New Beauty Magazine).

Ships to: US only

Check out all my New Beauty Test Tube reviews, and the Beauty Subscription Box List!

Each box comes with a booklet that details every item included.

Now, on to the items!


It’s a 10 Silk Express Miracle Silk Leave-In – 2 oz (Travel Size) Value $15.42

I’ve sampled It’s A 10 before thanks to New Beauty Test Tube, and it’s one of those hair products that gave me an immediate difference in my hair after using it. You just spritz it on to damp hair, and let dry. It makes hair SO soft! (And it has a nice light floral scent, too.)

Starlooks Ultra Longwear Matte Lip Paint in MLP4 – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $15

(Subscribers will either receive this lip paint, a lip crayon, or an eyeliner pen. All from Starlooks.)

The formula has a matte finish, and decent staying power. I like the color, too. It’s just a bit darker than my regular Stila lipstick in Patina.

(Swatched in lower photo.)

My Looking Glass Studio Lights Liquid Shadow in Light Bronze – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $17

(Subscribers will either receive this liquid shadow or the My Looking Glass Lightweight Mascara.)

This is a click-up liquid eyeshadow has a brush applicator and I am digging the matte black metal finish, too. The formula is great. It’s a SUPER shimmery bronze that doesn’t budge once it dries.

Here it is swatched above the lip paint:

Hourglass Primer in Mood Light – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $44

Full-size Hourglass?! I like this, New Beauty! Keep it up!

I’ve sampled this primer before and it is great. It gives you a perfectly smooth finish for a foundation, and it’s also great to give you a little glow even if you don’t put makeup on it!

Linhart Fluoride Toothpaste – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $10

I had just run out of my subscription box toothpaste stash, so this item’s arrival was perfect timing! And it is so fancy!

It’s your standard minty flavor, and the formula is designed to help strengthen enamel and prevent decay.

Truist Skincare Lotion-Infused Moisturizing Gloves – Value $4

These moisturizing gloves are lined with lotion to hydrate your hands in 15 minutes.

What I didn’t like: the fragrance. I really would have preferred these gloves to be unscented, as the fragrance was a little too strong for my liking. The good news is that the fragrance faded quickly when I took them off.

What I liked/LOVED: the hydration! I was expecting my hands to be greasy when removing these and that I’d need a while for all the lotion to absorb, but my hands were dry almost instantly, but so much more hydrated. (The difference in my cuticles was night and day!)

Biosilk Volumizing Therapy Texturizing Powder – 15 g (Travel Size) Retail Value $8.99

This is a pretty small container, but a little power goes a long way! It works by adding texture to your roots – which can result in mega volume! But that also can make your hair a little sticky to the touch if you use too much. Just a heads up!

Z Skin Neck Firming Cream – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $19

This neck cream is made with simple, natural ingredients, and designed to help firm neck skin and dimish the appearance of dark spots. I recommend shaking the tube before using – the consistency was a little weird when I first used it (like a mix of a gel and a cream).

Consistency issues aside, I love ingredient-conscious skincare that doesn’t have any artificial scents, so I’ll be applying this to my neck morning and night!

Neocell Glowgetter Set – Estimated Value $3

This set includes a bag and 5 packets of 2 capsules each – 10 total.

It’s kind of a bummer that they didn’t include 15 of these packets since the packaging promises to reduce signs of aging in “just 15 days!” Also, this is both gluten-free and contains wheat, so I’m not going to try it, but if you recommend ceramides supplements, please let us know!

Absolutely Natural Purifying Mud Mask – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $18

This is another product that I recommend you shake well before opening! Fortunately, once I shook it a few times, it went from being a messy liquid to your standard clay mask formula. This one is all natural, and designed to help remove toxins and impurities from your skin without drying out your skin. It delivered on deep-cleaning my skin and not drying it out too much, so I’m happy. Plus it has a fab natural floral scent.

Verdict: New Beauty Test Tube, you had me at full-size Hourglass Primer! (That alone is worth more than the cost of the box!) This box has a value of about $154.41. I think the value is great, and I LOVE that they are including lots of new brands in this new version of New Beauty Test Tube. Great sizes, too. The only sized item I was disappointed in was the supplement, but that feels more like a box extra/bonus anyway.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Possibly. Make sure to email [email protected] before you order to confirm which box will be your first shipment.

Value Breakdown: At $38.90 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • It’s a 10: $3.88
  • Lip Paint: $3.78
  • Liquid Shadow: $4.28
  • Hourglass Primer: $11.08
  • Toothpaste: $2.52
  • Moisturizing Gloves: $1.01
  • Hair Powder: $2.26
  • Neck Cream: $4.79
  • Neocell: $.75
  • Mud Mask: $4.54

What do you think of the January New Beauty Test Tube?

New Beauty Test Tube is a beauty and makeup subscription service. Every two months they send you deluxe and full size skincare, haircare, and makeup products.
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!

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!
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Wow….just reading comments and looking at this review of products makes me sad….im going to go back a few months and check out other tubes to see if products are better…

I was on YouTube (dorky pun…youtube/testTUBE…okay not funny , moving along) but seen a few videos on this subscription unboxing, and the products and quality of them looked phemonal. Then I realised that the year was 2014 / 2015 that I was watching and of course came here to look up this subscription and see what our MSA ladies thought and to see the newer product line up. Seems like it was far better years ago, just by looking at this times products. Hopefully this is just a off bi monthly box.

Does anybody know what happens to sub boxes?!?! Like I know lots of people play the sub games of spoilers, sign up, cancel, etc but I’m sure there are others whom sub on a constant basis and others coming in to make up for the others. Also, I’ve heard z lot of these companies get products for free by companies for marketing, tax write off, product expire etc etc. But if they are able to get items for next to nothing , do they just get greedy or what happens?! Does anyone have ideas or theories on it I wonder?!?! I’m just kind of curious just kinda thinking about this when I came here expecting to find at least a few decent products and happy


Worst box Ive ever got. 3 sample packets, 2 travel sz, but it wont last for a couple days at the most. 1 deluxe travel sz, 2 full sz. and 1 gift card, u have to pay extra to be able to claim. Worthless! STAY AWAY Dont sub!


Oh how I wish there were spoilers published for the March box. Mine came today and I’m disgusted. I called them wanting a refund and they said no can’t do it once the box is open. They cancelled my membership but that doesn’t help with what I just received. I’ll be interested to know if other people feel like I do after getting their box.


Yep, worst box ive ever received from them, i think im going to cancel. I emailed them, im still waiting to hear from them, I may just file a dispute w my CC. 3 sample packets in a row..1 gift card..and we have to purchase something at a higher cost,,3 little travel sz, 1 deluxe travel sz, 2 full sz. practically empty. I complained on their fb page as well.

Wendy Hoffmann

I wasn’t impressed either. Maybe the worst box yet!!!


Omg! Please share? I’m awaiting mine and now I’m scared 😛


Yikes I just checked Instagram for spoilers and it looks pretty sad if that’s the box I get for what I paid $38 for… def not worth the money. Will cancel too.


I think they are the worst! I’ve tried them literally 3 times now and their customer service sucks too. You know I never complain about anything on MSA either, but let me tell you. This isn’t the first time, but it’s def the last, I was reviewing my bills and bank for tax purposes. I subscribe to tons of boxes. I saw that they had charged me back on dec 11, 2017 but yet never ever sent me anything. This was the first time I gave them a chance since the second membership that ended 2015. So when I contacted them, they say oh you haven’t been a member since 2015, have a nice day, so I was angry. Responded and sent them 2 photos from my bank statement showing in fact they they had of course charged me and sent nothing. They knew they hadn’t since clearly they weren’t showing me as current. So then I called them and the phone rep says the same thing. So I was insistent and she pulls up my email and sees of course that I had paid them. So I said look either send me a box or refund me! Don’t send me some crap you threw together either… I know what everyone received from MSA! Anyway they admitted that they found my charge and had run out of the box so they didn’t send it. But yet no one refunded me and no one notified me! She admitted that if I hadn’t called, nothing would have probably happened, was a couple of months ago! They suck don’t subscribe. My mother also had issues with them too


Hi Jodie,

My name is Nicole and I work directly for TestTube. I am so sorry you had that experience. Please direct message our facebook account so we can work closely with you to resolve this situation.

Thank you!

Pamela Grow

I really waffle on Test Tube Beauty and only recently decided to give it a whirl again. I did like this box. I’m older and am FOREVER trying new neck creams; I liked the Z Skin! And the Hourglass primer is awesome. I always give the “It’s a 10” products to my daughter, so she’s happy :). The Ceramides kinda blew my mind. I’ve got great skin but saw a noticeable difference the few times I took these. Will probably buy. Still on the fence about Test Tube…


Hi. I just signed up for this subscription and they charge my credit card immediately. Can anyone tell when I would be receiving my first box ? It appears that the general boxes sold out so I’m thinking I would be getting a box in March but confused as to why they charge my credit card immediately. Any and all advice or experiences with this subscription is greatly appreciated !!


Good luck. I had to call for a December refund because they ran out and didn’t refund me or send me anything!!!

Bay Laurel

I was charged immediately in December for my first box that I got in January. You will probably be getting the March box. I was just charged for March.

Bay Laurel

I meant to say February…sorry!


I’m not exactly sure, but I suspect you’ll be getting the Jan box. You should receive a shipping notification soon. I signed up at the end of Jan and was billed and I just got my shipping notice this week.


Wow, I love this box. Got mine a few weeks ago, was looking forward to MSA review.

And yesterday I got the beauty report sample box that I ordered after I read about it here earlier this month. That box is also amazing. I think I got everything I saw listed in the spoilers, but there could’ve been a few different items.

I wanted to order another beauty report box but they’re not available anymore :*( Thanks Liz, readers, and everyone else who gives a heads up when these boxes are available. I never want to miss one. Lol I sound like such a shill 😛


I ordered my first box ever on 1/26. Maybe they’ve restocked? Just received it today (1/29) and I’m totally in love! Great box and amazing value!


Received my box this morning and I love it! So happy with the full size hour glass primer. I received the lip crayon instead of the paint by Starlooks and my color is Lc6 ‘Majesty’ and its like a bright berry color or maybe a dark magenta. It’s a little bold but goes on smooth for me.


I called and they said my first box if I subscribed today would be April’s. :/

I really wanted this box especially for the Hourglass primer so if anyone doesn’t want theirs, I’m your girl!


Love TestTube! I have never had any problems. This one is another winner!


Are you going to be reviewing the LE box?


That lippie is full size??! Wow.. I’d hate to see their sample sizes!


I didn’t receive the eye shadow, the lips paint or the mask. My neck cream was NOT full size. This isn’t the first time my box was not as good as the one MSA reviewed. I’m considering cancelling.


I didn’t think the Z-skin neck cream was full size either since its 1 fl.oz / 30 mL and the tube seemed smaller than the photo but that is full size – I checked Z skin’s website. If you received less than that, try emailing them. I’ve had good customer service with them.


I recently re-subscribed, and this was my first box in about a year. What a great way to start! I’ve always loved this sub for the randomness/variety of products it includes. I was amazed at the full-sized Hourglass primer. What a nice treat! I recently tried a sample of one of their primers for the first time, and I now can see why it’s so expensive.


I emailed them, hoping I can still get January because this box is awesome.


Nice items but, uh, I didn’t get all of those items or even the information insert. 🙁


It is an awesome box, the volumizing therapy powder is considered full size though..according to the pamphlet and online…I couldn’t find a different size. Just thought I’d put it out there for swapping purposes:)


I agree, and think the value is $13 as listed in info.


Wow! What an amazing looking box!!! I really wish I had enough budget to buy yet ANOTHER subscription box, but alas, it is not the case. Hopefully in the near future!!!

Noelle L

Wow. I kept scrolling and scrolling. That is quite a box. Sorry to miss this one due go box overload but I’ll keep my eye on it.


I agree on the supplements but I cannot stop talking about how good this box was for me. This was my first box and I’m happy to hear everything broke down to where I know it’s a great deal! I can’t wait to see what they give us next time 🤩


I agree on the supplements too, so I bought the full size bottle, lol! It should be here by the time the sample is gone. I’ll update in 15 days! Fingers crossed that this works because I am not trying to look my 46 years, haha!

Liz Cadman

Yay! Glad you liked this box, too! Such a great start to 2018!

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