Vegan Cuts Beauty Subscription Box Review – May 2018
The Vegan Cuts Beauty Box is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription box. All of their products are vegan (and they tend to be natural, too). They also typically include a nice mix of full-size and sample beauty items. Vegan Cuts also offers a monthly Snack Box and quarterly Makeup Box.
Vegan Cuts sends a single package to subscribers who get both the beauty and snack boxes. The beauty items are separated into a little bag. (If you do not get the snack box, I don’t think you get the little bag.)
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Vegan Cuts Beauty, $22.95 a month, box.
About Vegan Cuts Beauty Box
The Subscription Box: Vegan Cuts Beauty Box
The Cost: $22.95 a month with discounts for 3, 6, and 12-month pre-paid subscriptions
The Products: Each box contains a mix of 4-7 full and sample size cruelty-free beauty must-haves, ranging from cosmetics to skincare to haircare. All items are void of toxic ingredients and animal byproducts.
Ships to: U.S. for free, Canada for $9 CAD, and Worldwide for $15
Vegan Cuts Beauty Box May 2018 Review
The Vegan Cuts Beauty Box usually contains a variety of haircare, skincare, and bath and body products. There’s often one makeup product, as well:
Each Vegan Cuts Beauty Box comes with an information card detailing the items for that month.
Glamour Dolls Ultra Black Gel Eyeliner – Retail Value $2.99
I have to admit, I was surprised at the price of this item. It glides on so smoothly (no pinching or pulling of the eyelids) and it has staying power (well, I used it over primer) and I would’ve guessed around the $17-20 mark (like comparable items from Tarte, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Julep, etc.). I don’t wear a ton of black eyeliner as I tend to prefer colors, but I do usually keep one or two black eyeliners around and this one has moved into the top spot.
Here is a swatch of the eyeliner.
Oak Lane Face Mask with Cacao, Turmeric, and Charcoal, 2 oz – Retail value $24.95
I’m always up for a clay mask, which is good because Vegan Cuts sends them out every month or two. This one has cacao and turmeric as well as activated charcoal. My skin tends to get oily and it is getting warmer out and I found this very nice to use in the morning before work to prepare my skin for makeup. I feel like it helped get some gunk out of my pores, too. I strongly suggest one of those little mixing bowl sets you can get on Amazon for getting the proportions of clay versus water right.
So I don’t like the smell of coffee, but I do find that I enjoy the effects of a good coffee scrub. This one is mostly coffee with a little bit of coconut oil (it looks heavier on the oil in the picture than it was to actually use) and a bit of mint in the form of extract and dried leaves. I didn’t smell mint or coconut at all when I used this. This was a bit harsh as a scrub, which is something I actually see as a benefit of this formulation – I find the coffee is really good at exfoliating tougher body skin, though I would probably not use this on my face. This didn’t leave much in the way of residue on my skin afterward, and it was low on the shower messiness scale (important for coffee scrubs!).
Rose water is just an OK toner for me on its own, but this one also has witch hazel, which improves it (for me, personally – those with sensitive skin may wish to stick to rose water only). This also has tea tree leaf oil, so it hits many of the anti-breakout targets, but without containing alcohol. I prefer using products like this sprayed onto a cotton pad as I am not really into face mists. Overall, though, I do like this and would consider it for future purchases, especially for cooler months.
These were listed together on the information card and neither sample had any size information, so I had to use the value from the information card. I find that I am a fan of the toning mist when sprayed on a cotton pad; it is maybe not the most effective for my skin type but it smells really good. It does have some willow bark extract so it contains some salicylic acid in addition to rose water (and other floral extracts) and should help fight breakouts.
The eye serum is tiny but I found even one drop to be more than I needed. This is a mix of various plant-derived oils and is not particularly viscous. It didn’t really absorb into my skin though, and the area under my eyes was still oily several hours later, which is not something I am really looking for in an eye serum.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $54.34 for this month’s Vegan Cuts Beauty Box. That is a good value for the box and is actually pretty close to last month’s. It was a little strange to receive two toners with rose water as the primary ingredient, although their other components were different and they have different price points for the full-sized item. Overall, though I was happy with most of the products in the box as well as the value.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you would receive the June box. They don’t have a standard cut-off date, but boxes ship until their next month’s spoilers launch (typically between the 26th and 29th of each month). If you are interested in trying some of the items, though, watch the Vegan Cuts shop for sales – they offer large bundles of past items fairly regularly.
Value Breakdown: At $22.95 for the box, you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Eyeliner: $1.26
- Mask: $10.54
- Scrub: $2.96
- Rose Toner: $1.01
- Akar Mist and Eye Serum: $7.18
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What do you think of the May 2018 Vegan Cuts Beauty Box?