Allure Beauty Box vs Macy’s Beauty Box vs Look Fantastic – September 2018


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This  Allure Beauty Box vs Macy’s Beauty Box vs Look Fantastic series compares the subscriptions every month to give you a good idea what you can expect from these popular beauty subscription boxes.

Allure Beauty Box and Macy’s Beauty Box are $15 a month, Look Fantastic is $16 if you pick an annual subscription (you don’t have to pay the full cost up front), so it seems fair to stack them up against each other).

If you are interested in finding other great beauty boxes, check out our Birchbox vs Ipsy vs Sephora Play series and our Boxycharm vs Glossybox vs BeautyFix series!

FYI – Each of these boxes sends the same items to all subscribers with occasional variants. (For example, there may be three different shades of a nail polish a subscriber might receive, but all subscribers will receive that nail polish.)

Allure Beauty Box September 2018 (Check out the full Allure Beauty Box review)

  • Number of items: 5
  • Full-size items: 3
  • Deluxe size items: 0
  • Brands featured: Drunk Elephant, IGK, tarte, MAC
  • Categories featured: Skincare (1) Makeup (3) Haircare (1)
  • Total Value: $66.40

Favorite item in the box: MAC Lipstick in Lustering

There are several favorites in this box for me, but I’m picking the MAC because the Lustering shade was surprisingly wearable for me. (It goes on somewhat sheer – exactly what I need in a bold red color!)

Check out our Allure Beauty Box Spoilers and our Allure Beauty Box Reviews, too!

Macy’s Beauty Box September 2018 (Check out the full Macy’s Beauty Box review)

  • Number of items: 7 + a bag
  • Full-size items: 0
  • Deluxe size items: 1
  • Brands featured: Sunday Riley, Donna Karan, Jimmy Choo, Clinique, Dr. Bronner’s, Yuni
  • Categories featured: Makeup (1) Skincare (3) Deodorant (1) Perfume (2)
  • Total Value: $47.26

Favorite item in the box: Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant 

This is over half the size of the full-size version! I’m not much of a perfume wearer, so this might be the right amount of fragrance for me. The scent is a bit powdery but subtle, and the deodorant lasted all day.

Check out our Macy’s Beauty Box Spoilers and our Macy’s Beauty Box Reviews, too!

Look Fantastic September 2018 (Check out the full Look Fantastic review)

  • Number of items: 6 + magazine + candy
  • Full-size items: 0
  • Deluxe size items: 1
  • Brands featured: Eve Lom, Mane ‘n Tail, Lord & Berry, Aromatherapy, Omorovicza, Philip Kingsley
  • Categories featured: Makeup (1) Skincare (4) Haircare (1)
  • Total Value: $71.91

Favorite item in the box: Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask 

I love this ingredient-conscious (and pricey) brand and this mask was new to me – so it was easily my favorite in the box! This mud mask is designed to help clear out pores and firm skin. It dries in under 10 minutes, and it has a very gentle exfoliation when you rinse it off.

Check out our Look Fantastic Spoilers and our Look Fantastic Reviews, too!

Verdict: Allure Beauty Box was the winner for me this month. All products were great sizes, the brands are great, and it really felt like such a glam box thanks to the lashes and red lipstick!


Of course, my favorite box varies every month, so here are my general suggestions for which box to pick:

Allure Beauty Box: Allure is great for a mix of makeup, skincare, and the occasional haircare item. They also are good about sending some full-size or deluxe-size items each month, and they include a variety of brands. (Pretty much anything featured in Allure magazine is game.)

Macy’s Beauty Box: This is a brand new subscription, so we’ll have to see if things change in future months. For now, this seems to be a good box for a beauty subscription newbie. Everything included in this first box is a great beauty staple.

Look Fantastic: If you’re looking to try out brands you might not see at Sephora, this is a great box to sample. (It’s from the UK.) And the UK version of Elle magazine is a nice bonus, too!

What was your favorite box for September? And what was your favorite product?

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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5 Comments

  1. Great article, Liz! I think it would be great if you and some of the other beauty girls did an article with your absolute ride or die products you’ve discovered through these boxes. As this is your job and you see so many different brands and formulas, I think it would be awesome to know which ones have really stood out and that you purchase time and time again. I mean, isn’t that why we are all subscribing to these boxes? To sample products to see if they’re worth the full price! I’d really love to see something like that in the future!

    • I would love to see something like that too! After trying so many products the reviewers must have “all time favorites”. Maybe reviewers with different skin types and hair types.

  2. Macy’s is always the winner for me because of the gift card – whether it be $5 or $10. I must say that I’ve been really impressed with some of the Allure boxes lately.

  3. Macys also had a $10 coupon this month which I loved!

    • Michele, i loved the $10 coupon as well. I bought meyself a mac lipstick that was on sale and only had to pay $1.19 in the difference. I cant wait until i use my sephora card for insider points it will be my reason to purchase the anastasia brow pomade and gdt points online, since my local sephora is 27 miles away in San Francisco.
      I think im going to try the lookfantastic box next month. It has everything that i like.

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