New Beauty Test Tube Subscription Review – July 2018


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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!

Briogeo Scalp Revival Cooling Jelly Conditioner – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $36

I really like that the Briogeo brand is ingredient conscious, but I seem to have a 50% success rate with their products. And I think this conditioner falls into the fail category. You use this like a regular conditioner, but you apply from scalp to ends, and massage into your scalp for 15-20 seconds. The massage part was great. The peppermint is refreshing, and my scalp still is feeling the cooling sensation post-shower.

The downside for me? It didn’t leave my hair feeling hydrated. I ended up applying a conditioning balm almost immediately after my shower because I was hating how dry my hair was feeling.

VMV Hypoallergenics Hydra Balance Gentle Cream Cleanser – 1 oz Value $6

This is an ingredient-conscious, fragrance-free, creamy cleanser. The formula did a pretty good job of removing all makeup, it was gentle, and it didn’t dry out my skin. I’m a fan!

Georgette Klinger Vitamin C Toner – 50 ml Retail Value $12

This paraben-free toner is designed to help brighten skin and improve discoloration. It does have added fragrance, but the scent is light and doesn’t bother me. The toner didn’t irritate my skin (which is especially good since this is the type of toner you don’t have to rinse off.) No noticeable differences after one use, but this bottle should last me weeks so hopefully I’ll see a difference before it is empty!

Epionce Renewal Facial Lotion – 15 ml Value $28.20

Another paraben-free, ingredient-conscious skincare item!

This lotion is one of my favorite items in the box! It has a light, natural citrus scent, and it is SO hydrating! And long term, it’s designed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

LaRitzy Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Whip – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $20

(Colors will vary for subscribers.)

LaRitzy is one of those makeup brands that seems to be popping up in a ton of subscription boxes lately. (It’s giving me some Manna Kadar vibes.) Their products are paraben-free and work well, but I’m just a little worried about them overdoing it!

This liquid lipstick is a great color for me (a little warmer than my go-to Stila Patina shade), and it has impressive pigment and staying power.

(Swatched in lower photo.)

Skinn Cosmetics Luxe Premier Eyeshadows Collagen Boost Treatment Shadow Collection – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $32

(All subscribers will receive this Fairy Tale color version.)

This palette includes a mix of matte and satin finish shadows:

The pigment is good throughout, but there was significant fallout, so I recommend using primer with these.

Here are the shades swatched beneath the liquid lipstick:

True Moringa Pure Moringa Simplicity Facial Oil Rollerball – 5 ml Value $17

This is just pure Cold Pressed Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil. It’s a lightweight oil, and the rollerball application makes it easy to apply under eyes or to target lines and wrinkles.

Youtheory Collagen Advanced Formula – 42 Tablets Value $3.93

These tablets include 100% daily value of Vitamin C in addition to the collagen.

I’ve been taking collagen supplements for the past year or so and I think they are helping? (My husband Eric also takes collagen powder, and he can tell a difference in his joints.)The tablets are pretty big, and you have to take 6 a day, so I wasn’t a huge fan. (I’ll stick to my powder collagen in my breakfast smoothie!)

Verdict: This box has a value of about $155.13. That’s a good value compared to the $38.90 cost, and I’ll use almost everything in this box, so I’m happy with the value. This isn’t my favorite New Beauty Test Tube, (some of these brands included are more exciting than others), but it’s a good box.

To Wrap Up:

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

Value Breakdown: At $38.90 a box, here is what you are paying per item:

  • Briogeo: $9.03
  • VMV Cleanser: $1.50
  • Toner: $3.01
  • Epionce Lotion: $7.07
  • Larity Liquid Lipstick: $5.02
  • Skinn Eye Shadow Palette: $8.02
  • True Moringa: $4.26
  • Collagen Tablets: $.99

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

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!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

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  1. I subscribed to NBTT a few years ago and stopped after one box was all one brand of skincare and no makeup, tools, etc. I have been reading reviews today and it seems like most of the boxes are non-makeup now. Could someone tell me if this is correct? I’m interested in a box that has a combination of products but definitely would like some makeup in every box. (I love my Sephora box with its high end products!) Thank you!

    • Yes, that is the reason that I myself don’t subscribe to TestTube continuously and only buy single boxes that I am interested in occasionally. This one was makeup-heavy, for them.

      I wouldn’t say that most boxes in general are non-makeup, though. You could try Allure or Macy’s that both have some mix of skincare and makeup (and Allure has hair products occasionally). Boxycharm is pretty much only makeup and brushes.

      There are also Lola and Yes Oh Yas boxes, but I think those are mostly off brands.

      And then there is Glossybox that normally offers a mix, but consistency in quality is a problem for me, so I don’t subscribe. YMMV

  2. Is there any other cost with test tube?

  3. Well the robots are not happy with my post which I tried repeatedly to submit. So I’ll just say that applying the Georgette Klinger toner seven times (or other quality ones Anna uses), your skin will begin to glow. Of course applying a vitamin C toner repeatedly is not a good idea, it was just a suggestion ;\

  4. My reply did not post so I assume it was a little off topic! Anna, you are using some quality toners! I apply exfoliating toners like Pixi or this Georgette Klinger Vitamin C toner first and then on to the hydrating toners. The seven skin leaves your skin glowing as you are adding layer after layer of hydration. Lawden, give the multi toner application a try, for me at 62 this has been a game changer!

    • Thanks for the reply, I read that you can apply essences this way too but haven’t tried it yet.

  5. My reply did not post so I assume it was a little off topic! Anna, you are using some quality toners! I apply exfoliating toners like Pixi or this Vitamin C toner first (as they have actives) and then on to the hydrating toners. The seven skin leaves your skin glowing as you are adding layer after layer of hydration. Lawden, give the multi toner application a try, for me at 62 this has been a game changer!

  6. Off topic Liz but does your husband feel improvement using collagen for his joints? I have awful pain and am looking for something to supplement my meds that I take. Willing to try anything at this point 😪. Any help in the right direction is appreciated

    • Yes. He can notice a difference in his joints if he stops taking it. I personally haven’t noticed any physical difference, but I’m hoping it’s still a boost for my skin longterm!

    • Hi Denise, I recently discovered Black Seed oil and it’s done a great job of relieving the pain in my joints. I hope you feel better.

      • Ok great thank you lilah and Liz for the reply 👍🏼 At this point body comes before skin to me. And if the pain stops I wouldn’t be getting so many frown lines so I guess it would help in that respect also. I never thought what I considered skincare supplements could be useful for more than skincare. That’s a two-fer 👍🏼👍🏼

        • Denise, my joint issues turned out to be mid-level food allergies (nothing requiring an EpiPen but still having an effect on my body). I had taken all kinds of supplements and even been prescribed arthritis meds, but after being tested and cutting the offending foods out of my diet, the pain is gone and no meds needed at all. If you have ongoing issues, it might be worth looking into! 🙂

  7. I don’t know how to post a comment the correct way, I couldn’t find it, so sorry I’m replying to you! I’m also a late subbie but really cool reviews! I would love to try the la mer and sk cream along with the mascara! I’ve never ever got a subscription box, but you made me want to try some now! I’m just bummed im unable to try this one unless I win. I hope I do, have never won anything either! I’m such a newbie 😕

  8. Yes Liz, I am seeing wonderful results and beginning to see that “glass skin” that is talked about so much. I am 62 now and after years of sun abuse I started serious skincare 15 years ago, but in two months of this method my skin is glowing!! At my age you just don’t want that matte look which can magnify creases and crevices. The only thing I add is a vitamin C serum and other actives, add sunscreen and seal it with a moisturizer! It’s all about hydration and I believe serious skincare should begin in one’s teens or earlier with sunscreen being the primary product! But of course I am preaching to the choir. Give it a try. 🙂 Oh and Beautyfix is also a box I love as every item gets used up by me!

  9. This was my first box from New Beauty Test Tube. I had hoped to receive the previous one but was too late. Overall I am quite happy with the products and am using them all except the palette which I have put up for swap (not much of a makeup person). I have always wanted to try collagen supplements so this was an opportunity, and can always do with a cleanser. The moringa oil I roll around my eye area, which is cooling and hydrating, so this has now been designated as an eye oil!. The Laritzy lipstick is in a Coral Pink so gives just enough gentle color; oh and I love the facial lotion, it is so light but hydrating. I have yet to try the conditioner but I am eager to as I have thick, tangle prone, graying hair. Hopefully this may tame it. I’ll take as many toners as I can get, due to the seven skin Korean method. I like to use seven different toners in order of viscosity. Well, that’s it, a very useful box (tube) of products! I hope you enjoy the products as much as I do. 🙂

    • Glad to hear you are happy with the box! And wow – 7 toners? Are you seeing results with the method? I’m super curious!

      • Yes Liz, I am seeing wonderful results and beginning to see that “glass skin” that is talked about so much. I am 62 now and after years of sun abuse I started serious skincare 15 years ago, but in two months of this method my skin is glowing!! At my age you just don’t want that matte look which can magnify creases and crevices. The only thing I add is a vitamin C serum and other actives, add sunscreen and seal it with a moisturizer! It’s all about hydration and I believe serious skincare should begin in one’s teens or earlier with sunscreen being the primary product! But of course I am preaching to the choir. Give it a try. 🙂 Oh and Beautyfix is also a box I love as every item gets used up by me!

        • Hi Claire, I’m 55 and I know exactly what you mean by Not always wanting that matte look at an older age. I also want my skin to glow again like it did when I were younger. I’m always looking for that perfect product for my skin to make it glow naturally. I too am Not into a bunch of makeup on my face now that I’m older. I like no makeup makeup natural looks. I’m now more into just taking good care of my skin and using makeup products that make me look as natural as I can. I give my 35 yr old daughter a lot of the makeup I get from sub boxes.

      • I posted a reply to your question, Liz but do not see it. Let me know if it posts or not. Thanks.

        • Claire,
          I’m interested in reading your comment when it post. I’ll have to google the seven toners. I’ve been using three recently it’s a little extra time but my skin seems to like it. I’m using Pixi glow tonic, rose water and Omorovicza queen of Hungary mist. I’ve been using a couple of serums and facial oils but I alternate nights for the different facial oils. I’m always interested in other people’s skincare routines.

          Liz -I sent you spoilers this weekend for a box.

      • Yes Liz, I am seeing wonderful results and beginning to see that “glass skin” that’s talked about so much. I am 62 and after years of sun abuse I started a strict skincare regimen 15 years ago, but in two months of this method my skin is glowing!! At my age you just don’t want that matte look which can magnify creases and crevices. The only thing I add is a vitamin C serum and other actives, add sunscreen and seal it with a moisturizer! It’s all about hydration and I believe serious skincare should begin in one’s teens or earlier with sunscreen being the primary product! But of course I am preaching to the choir. Give it a try. 🙂 Oh and Beautyfix is also a box I love as every item gets used up by me.

    • I really enjoyed reading your review of the box (and Liz’s too!). 🙂 I re-subbed a little late, so I should be getting my box tomorrow, and I can’t wait! The eyeshadow will be gifted, but I’m really looking forward to trying everything else. I’m most looking forward to trying the conditioner as I’ve loved all Briogio products I’ve tried so far.

      • Thanks, Luna, I appreciate you taking the time to read it, and Liz’s review of course!

        • Hi Claire, I also enjoyed reading your review ( as well as Liz’s!) I also am super curious about the seven toner method thing and if you’ve seen results worth all that work🙈😂

          • My reply did not post so I assume it was a little off topic! Anna, you are using some quality toners! I apply exfoliating toners like Pixi or the Georgette Klinger Vitamin c toner first and then on to the hydrating toners. The seven skin leaves your skin glowing as you are adding layer after layer of hydration. Lawden, give the multi toner application a try, for me at 62 this has been a game changer!

      • I don’t know how to post a comment the correct way, I couldn’t find it, so sorry I’m replying to you! I’m also a late subbie but really cool reviews! I would love to try the la mer and sk cream along with the mascara! I’ve never ever got a subscription box, but you made me want to try some now! I’m just bummed im unable to try this one unless I win. I hope I do, have never won anything either! I’m such a newbie 😕

  10. Ah, that’s too bad about the eyeshadow palette. Although I do think the colors are pretty, and very wearable for daytime.

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