Macy’s Beauty Box Review – March 2018


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Macy’s beauty subscription box sends you deluxe product samples, a bonus item, and a collectible cosmetics bag. Plus, you also get a $5 beauty coupon for use in-store and online.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

The Subscription Box: Macy’s Beauty Box

The Cost: $15 a month + free shipping

The Products: Each month you will receive five deluxe beauty samples, one bonus item, a collectible cosmetics bag and a $5 beauty coupon exclusively for Beauty Box subscribers, available for use online and in-store.

Ships to: the 48 contiguous United States. The Macy’s Beauty Box cannot be shipped to PO Boxes, APO/FPO/GPO address, Hawaii, Alaska or U.S. Territories at this time.

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Each box comes with a fold-out card detailing the items included:

You’ll also receive a $5 off coupon, which is good for beauty purchases in-store and online.

(This month it is $10 off!)

And just like Ipsy, with each box you’ll receive a new makeup bag:

It’s a quality bag for a freebie.

It is fully lined, too:

Now, on to the items!

MAC Strobe Cream Hydratant Lumineux in Pinklite – 6 ml Value $3.96

A MAC sample tube that isn’t a primer?! Woo! This is a subtle liquid highlighter that is super easy to blend out. If you are intimidated by highlighters, this is perfect for you. It catches the light beautifully, but isn’t sparkly at all, and didn’t really show up in an attempted swatch picture either.

Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Night Lifting/Firming Face & Neck Creme – 5 ml Value $9.20

This cream is designed to help firm your skin, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

It’s a rich formula, so this little jar should actually last a week or two! I love the hydration it provides, but I wish it was unscented.

Clarins Extra-Firming Day Cream – 5 ml Value $5.12

This beauty box will keep your skin firm 24/7! This day firming cream has SPF 15, and is designed to help target dark spots, too. I’m a fan of Clarins skincare, and I’m happy to report that this sample is mostly full! (It should last about a week.)

The formula is rich, but absorbs quickly enough and doesn’t leave any greasy finish.

Lancome Advanced Genifique Serum – 8 ml $20

This serum is designed to do all the things: improve texture, resiliency, elasticity, firmness, sagginess, fine lines, wrinkles, radiance, even skin tone, and clarity.

I found this to be gentle on my skin (it absorbed almost immediately) and there was no discernable scent.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence – 10 ml Value $7.90

So much high-end skincare in this box! I’m loving it! This essence is almost like a water – you apply it to a cotton swab, then apply it to your face and neck. It’s so lightweight and should absorb almost instantly. And it’s designed to help improve uneven skin tone and texture.

So if you are using all the skincare products in this box, here’s the order to apply them:

Morning:

  1. Essence
  2. Serum
  3. Clarins Day Firming Cream

Night:

  1. Essence
  2. Serum
  3. Estee Lauder Night Firming Cream

Carolina Herrera Good Girl Eau de Parfum – 1.5 ml Value $2.13

Every Macy’s Beauty Box also comes with a fragrance sample. This is a warm floral perfume with notes of Tuberose, Jasmine, and Tonka Bean.

Verdict: This box has an estimated value of about $48.31 (not counting the makeup bag.) I think that’s a good value for a $15 beauty box, and I’m especially thrilled with this box since they included a $10 coupon this month! And all the brands are fab, too. (But that’s always the case with this subscription!)

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, right now the site says your first box will be the May box if you sign up today. (3/31)

Coupon –  None available for this subscription.

Value Breakdown: At $15 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • MAC: $1.23
  • Night Cream: $2.86
  • Day Cream: $1.59
  • Serum: $6.21
  • SK-II: $2.45
  • Perfume: $.66
  • Makeup Bag – not counted toward value

What do you think about the March Macy’s Beauty Box? (Check out our Macy’s Beauty Box vs Allure Beauty Box vs Look Fantastic series to see how the $15 beauty boxes stack up to each other!)

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!

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33 Comments

  1. Yikes…this is way old…..is there any spoilers for may?! Seems like they keep coming later and later

    • Yes, I’d like to know too? This month will be my first month for a Macy’s box.

      • Same

  2. Hi Liz,
    Have you gotten any spoilers for the April box yet? I haven’t heard anything. I hope they didn’t discontinue them!

    • No word yet. Hopefully within the next day or two!

  3. While this wasn’t my favorite box it was definitely worth $5. after the $10. coupon.

  4. I got rid of Ipsy and I’m keeping Macy’s! They accidentally gave me two $10 off coupons, I was so excited! I needed body oil and face wash so I was happy. I loved the items they gave us.

  5. Liz, if you have any of that essence left please don’t waste anymore of it by pouring it on a cotton swab first! You freaked me out a little when I read that. Ha! I know there are different preferences on how to use essences though… but that’s some pricey goodness right there. 🙂

    • I figured it was a mistake and Liz intended to say a cotton pad or cotton round, not a cotton swab, which is a Q-tip. I don’t know how you could apply something all over your face with a Q-tip. Sounds time consuming!

      • I think it’s more that you’d lose a bunch of product from the cotton soaking it up. The stuff is expensive! When I get a teeny tiny sample I just pour a tiny bit in my palm, gently bring my hands together, and splash it around my face, kinda like aftershave. I’ve heard people who buy the full size put it in some kind of mister to make it last.

        • Yep! You’re picking up what I’m putting down. 😉

      • Exactly. I’m sure we all knew what Liz meant which is why I used her verbage rather than attempted to correct her. 🙂 And as Julie said below, the point is to not waste an expensive product. I really like that mist idea(!) which I hadn’t thought of before.

  6. Macys has really stepped it up!
    They weren’t so hot in the beginning. I couldn’t justify the $15 monthly cost- reconsidering…

  7. Can the coupon be used on any beauty product or just full size items that’s in the box?

    • On any beauty product, including sale and clearance items, and it can be used twice – once online and once in store.

      • Are you positive you can use it in store and online? I’ve only been using mine online for the past year, so if that’s the case, I’ve really missed out. I just don’t want to look stupid if I use it online and then I go to buy something in store and it’s not valid.

        • Well, yes, I’ve personally done it many times now, the last one being this Friday.

          The difference is that online you enter the promo code on the front of the card, and in stores they scan the bar code on the back.

    • You can use it for anything at Macy’s, not just beauty items. I used it for some OXO airtight containers.

  8. hmmmmm, I would be very tempted to quit ipsy for this – Macy’s has definitely stepped it up!

  9. When does this box ship usually?

    • Mine arrive between the 12th and 15th each month. Not sure when they actually ship.

  10. Any news on the April box yet? Seems like Macy’s started releasing spoilers later now…

    • I know, I’m waiting on spoliers too. Seems they get later and later.

    • Have you or has anyone been billed yet? No spoilers & I haven’t been billed yet, usually the do right away :/

      • Have you or has anyone been billed yet? No spoilers & I haven’t been billed yet, usually the do right away :/ **For April

        • They just charged my account last night.

      • No, I haven’t been billed yet.

        This is really late – I could understand a slight delay with the March box because February was a short month, but what’s their excuse now after a 31-day one?

        This will be my last box though, I decided to drop all my subscriptions because I have more product than I can use in the next couple of years at this point.

  11. Ooh! I might finally have to give Macy’s a chance, especially I shop there for things beauty related. I just couldn’t do it in the beginning because they seemed so late to the game and gave samples of products I had multiples of from other beauty boxes. Thank you, Liz! I love the review, especially you mentioning the scent of the Estée Lauder night cream. I really like Estée Lauder but do t use the beauty products because I can’t stand heavily perfumed skincare products. I wish they would go with natural oils or herbal scents or rather keep the products unscented.

  12. No FOMO for me. It’s good, but I expect great from Macy’s!

  13. Do you think the $10 coupon is a one-timer? I no long subscribe but saw on Macy’s website that the coupon was $10. I thought, hmmm…Maybe they are counting $5 for online purchase and $5 in-store…as I saw one MSA commenter say she had done…

    • No, they meant a $10 coupon on their site. I already used mine twice.

      As for how often they send $10 coupons instead of $5 – I know they had one back in the November box as well. I am not sure if there is some kind of pattern to it.

      Although the way they said $10 on their site kinda made me hope all the coupons will be $10 from now on.

      • Although I just checked and now their site says $5 again.

        I am guessing that was something they changed only for the March box.

        • Thank you for this info…I may resubscribe… 🙂

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