New Beauty Test Tube Subscription Review – March 2018
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
Each box comes with a booklet that details every item included.
Now, on to the items!
Grande Cosmetics Hydraplump Liquid Lipstick in Red Delicious – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $25
This formula is so velvety! The pigment is great, it dries down to a matte (but non-drying finish), It’s long lasting and wears down nicely. BUT! I am not digging the chemical smell.
Here it is swatched:
DP Hue Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse – FULL SIZE! Value $35
This is great! It lathers similar to a regular shampoo, and you use it instead of shampoo and conditioner to help clean your hair and remove product build up. (It’s color safe, too!) Normally when I try a non-shampoo + conditioner treatment, my hair looks a little off the next day, but not with this!
Kenra Platinum Luxe One Leave-In – 1 oz Value $5
This is a fine mist, with a light scent, and it can be used on dry or damp hair. It gave my hair a little extra shine and softness without weighing it down – I’m a fan.
LeChat Dare to Wear Nail Lacquer in La Princesse – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $6.95
This is a sheer light pink polish with a high-gloss finish. Here it is on:
Two coats, and it’s still pretty sheer. Great for a nude nail look.
Kocostar Hair Therapy – Retail Value $8
(Subscriber will either receive this or Kocostar Long Hair Therapy)
This mask is designed to help nourish and repair damaged hair. You put on the cap post-shampoo, massage your hair for the formula in the cap to properly disperse, then take off after 15 minutes and rinse.
The formula in the cap wasn’t evenly distributed, so I’m not sure if I got the full results, but it definitely made my hair softer. I didn’t mind the scent either. (But I didn’t love it enough to buy this in the future.)
Roloxin Lift Single Use Mask – Value $7.90
I’ve tried this before and the formula is pretty impressive. Each treatment lasts up to 24 hours and is designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. (This isn’t a product that helps fight wrinkles over time – it’s more like a Cinderella situation. All the magic goes away by midnight 🙂 )
Here’s how to use it:
Start by washing your face and leaving it slightly damp. Activate the packet by massaging it for 10 seconds, then dispense the formula and apply an even layer to your face, avoiding the eye area. Wait seven to 10 minutes for the mask to dry to a white powder (you’ll feel a slight tightening sensation that means it’s working). Rinse it off with warm water and pat dry. Follow with moisturizer and your regular makeup routine.
And this box included a trio of sunscreens from MD Solar Sciences:
MD Solar Sciences Daily Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30 – .25 oz Value $12.33
(I was surprised by the value of this sample – it’s actually half the size of the full-size version.)
This formula goes on white but quickly blends to clear and absorbs almost instantly, too. (And no greasy finish!)
MD Solar Sciences Mineral Tinted Creme SPF 30 – .25 oz Value $4.71
This formula is tinted and can double as a light coverage BB cream, too. It also can be used before or after makeup. (The finish it gives skin is great for a primer.)
MD Solar Sciences Mineral Creme SPF 50 – .25 oz Value $4.41
And the last formula is similar to the first one, but with a higher SPF.
In general I really like the MD Solar brand – their sunscreens are ingredient-conscious and the formulas feel great on my skin. The samples are on the small side, but they should be good for a few uses each.
This box also included a coupon to get your first month of Nutrafol supplements to help with hair growth. These retail for $88 a bottle, so it’s a high-value coupon, but since it is a subscription, you still have to enter your credit card or Paypal info to redeem. (Hint – I recommend doing PayPal – you can easily cancel any subscription through PayPal without having to contact the subscription company.)
Verdict: This box has a value of about $109 (not counting the coupon since you have to enter payment info to use it.) I think that value is pretty good, but this wasn’t my favorite box from New Beauty Test Tube. Aside from the lippie, I’ll use everything, so the value is there for me – just no real exciting products I haven’t sampled before.
To Wrap Up:
What do you think of the March New Beauty Test Tube?