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Allure Beauty Box Review – October 2018 + $5 Coupon

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Allure Beauty Box is a monthly beauty subscription from Allure Magazine. Each month they send out a mix of deluxe and full-size samples from mostly high-end brands.

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: Allure Beauty Box

The Cost: $15 a month

DEAL UPDATE –  Use this link to save $5 off your first box!

The Products: Deluxe and full-size beauty and makeup samples.

Ships to: the US

Check out all of my Allure Beauty Box reviews and the Beauty Subscription Box Directory!

Swap for any item in this box from the Allure Beauty Box Swap page!

Each box comes with a booklet detailing the items included and why the Allure Beauty Editors selected them.

Now, on to the items!

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser – 30 ml Value $10.80

This is a gentle, creamy gel cleanser. There is no noticeable scent, and it did an excellent job of cleaning my face and removing makeup without drying out my skin!

Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment – 5 ml Value $17.50

This is a lactic acid treatment designed to exfoliate dead skin cells, plumps fine lines, and evens out hyperpigmentation. I’ve sampled this before in other subscription boxes and I *think* I could notice a difference in the evenness of my skin tone. (FYI – I don’t love the smell, but it doesn’t linger.)

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – 1 oz Value $6

This is a perfect item going into winter/dry skin season! It’s moisturizing but not greasy, long lasting, and it’s fragrance-free, too!

Caudalie Vinopure Blemish Control Serum – 10ml Value $16.60

This serum is a lightweight gel formula that absorbs almost instantly. It’s fragrance-free but has a strong natural scent. (I like it, but it probably isn’t for everyone.) It’s formulated with natural salicylic acid and designed to reduce blemishes, blackheads and excess oil, tighten pores, and smooth skin texture.

So far, I’m happy to report that is was gentle on my skin – and Caudalie says it’s safe for sensitive skin!

Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara – 3.5 g Value $8.84

I recently sampled this thanks to Ipsy, and it’s the best new mascara formula I’ve sampled this year! It gave my lashes incredible volume, length, and I had no clumping issues. I was thrilled to see this in the bag!

BKR Water Balm – 2 g Value $8.46

I’ve sampled this before and I love it! This lip balm is super hydrating, provides a gorgeous shine (without much stickiness), and is just as lovely as it looks! (Plus it is ingredient conscious and fragrance-free!)

YSL Tatouage in Nude Emblem – 3ml Value $18

(Subscribers who receive this product will receive 1 of 4 shades. FYI – this is a variant item. If you sign up now for this box, you will receive everything else I reviewed in this box, and instead of this liquid lip stain, you’ll receive Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks, and Oribe FreeStyler OR Kendra Dry Oil. More details here.)

This formula is like a lip stain/liquid lipstick hybrid. If you don’t like the feeling of wearing a liquid lipstick on your lips, but still want high-pigment and staying power, I recommend checking this out. It doesn’t last as long as a long-lasting liquid lipstick, but it feels like I’m wearing nothing on my lips, and it also wears down beautifully.

Here it is swatched:

Verdict: This box has a value of about $86.20 I think that’s a great value for a $15 beauty box. And these brands + products! This is such an all-star box for me! I love every single product, and I highly recommend subscribing and starting with the October box if you’re thinking about it.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! As of publication, this box is still available. To make sure you get this as your first box, scroll down this page to make sure you see these products featured.

Coupon: Use this link to save $5 and get a free gift with your first box! (Free gift may ship separately.)

What do you think of the Allure Allure Beauty Box?

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.

93 Comments

  1. My box showed up today! I’ve been subscribed for over a year. I got the original spoilers box. No problems with any of the 7 items in this box. The Tatouage Couture shade I got is Rosewood Gang. Of the 4 shades they sent out, this one suites me the best. Finally! A lip product in a color that works for me that I like! I’ll be keeping that, the ultra repair cream and both Sunday Riley. The other 3 are great but they’re stocking stuffers! Happy with this box!

  2. My box has yet to ship! I’ve been a long time subscriber and never receive my box this late. I’m so irritated, I was really looking forward to this one, and now I feel like I’m going to get the wander eye patches and more hair stuff that I’ll never use. Their boxes have been awesome lately and totally worth the $15, but if they screw this one up I’m going to be MAD, lol

  3. I just got my Allure box today, and I’m so excited! This month’s box is amazing–two Sunday Riley products, Hourglass mascara, and a YSL lip stain?!?! I can’t wait to try everything!

  4. I just got both of my boxes today. Perfect timing, as my skin has been seriously dry due to the cooler weather – I need that FAB repair cream! Surprise hit for me from this box was the BKR water balm, which is very lush. I got Nude Emblem and Singular Taupe for the YSL lip stain. Nude Emblem is a super pretty warm pink. Singular Taupe is…ehhh. Pinkish beige that’s too close to my own lip color to even be able to tell I’m wearing anything. I get that’s the point of nude shades, but…that’s also why I don’t wear nude shades. I was really hoping to get Rosewood Gang. The formula is terrific, though, and I’m seriously considering splashing out for a full size.

  5. Got my October box today, with everything in it. Yay! My YSL lip stain is #23, singular taupe (described on the YSL website as deep nude). I thought it would be too dark, but it’s not. I absolutely love it! It’s one of the best lip products I’ve received from Allure, and I’ve been subscribing for at least 4 years. I’m sure I would love the color Liz got too, based on her swatch. I don’t normally spend $37 on lipstick/stains/glosses, but this may be the exception. Looking forward to trying all of the other items too, especially the SR.

  6. I received my box from allure today which is a very normal timeframe for them. I received YSL in 5 Rosewood Gang which I absolutely love! My Amazon box, which I have because I’m impatient and love having spares to share, came on the 8th. I got 16 Nude Emblem which I liked just fine until I got my second box. By the way, the label on the bottom has a number in the center in case you’re having trouble identifying your color 😉 5 rosewood gang, 16 nude emblem, 1 rouge tatouage, 22 singular taupe

  7. I received the ysl lippie in no 23 singular taupe. I like it, i never had luck with lip stains but this one was fairly easy to apply. I never pan ANY makeup so the small size is enough for me.

    Funny, i received the good genes in both birchbox and allure. They have the same size container but allure’s was full, and birchbox’s was around half. I remember a commenter telling me that the birchbox sample was just 3 ml. If that was the case, i find it weird they have the same packaging but with different amounts.

    4 months in and I’m still liking the sub, with september’s box as my least used by far. It don’t mean it’s a bad box, just not a match for me. The only item in it that’s useful to me is the drunk elephant, which on it’s own exceeds the cost of the box.

  8. My box hadn’t shipped yet, so I emailed customer service after the not terribly helpful CSR.

    Got a reply today saying my box won’t ship until next week.

    Next

    Week

    So, learn from my mistake. If you sign up for the annual rate, they start you all over again and kick you to the end of the line.

  9. I received my October box today…same exact configuration as in this review. I immediately tried the YSL lippie. I was not impressed at all with the formula (too wet & sheer) and the color was a bit boring (flat w/ no dimension). I got the tawny color, not sure of the exact shade b/c it was not marked. I did receive all products originally advertised, and all were intact and well packaged. Looking forward to trying the SR duo 🙂

    • Pro-tip for the YSL: Wipe excess product off the applicator before applying. It’ll dry faster and won’t be so “wet.”

  10. Is anyone else missing the Sunday relief lactic acid treatment and the ceramic cleanser?

    • I’m missing both also

    • I was missing that item as well…very disappointing as I do like this product

    • I just got my box and missing both Sunday Riley items too 🙁

    • I’m missing the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip. 🙁

  11. I got my box through Amazon today and I got the YSL lipstick it is such a pretty dusty rose color. I don’t like the smell of the water balm I can’t place what it smells like. Is it suppose to be rose?

    • Do you mind if I ask if you’ve always been subscribed through Amazon or if you switched from Allure? I’m thinking about switching because of all the problems Allure has. I was wondering what your experience has been getting it through Amazon.

  12. Still waiting for my October ship notice.

    I had time, so I called customer service. The person I got was grumpy, which was unusual. From what she was saying, the first round went out last week, and the balance will ship by the end of the week.

    Not happy about this. Up until the past few months, I would get it 6 or 7 days after they charged me, which was usually within the first week. Now they don’t charge until the second week and don’t ship until halfway through the month.

    I’ve been seeing posts about new management, and I’m beginning to think Sephora cleaned house and Allure hired them all.

    And it doesn’t help that the November box is all masks. Not really a mask fan.

    • Amen!!!

      I absolutely love your Sephora employee comment! Probably because it’s funny AND true!

  13. Got an email burbling about what’s in the October box and I haven’t even gotten a ship notice yet.

    Hate that.

    • Check online on your account! i have a tracking link now. No movement but finally a link.

      • I’ve been looking, no link.

  14. Has anyone been billed for this month yet? I checked and i have not been billed. I don’t want to cause any issue with customer service by calling them yet.

    • I was just billed on the 10th. For some reason allure only charges me $10/month. I love October but I was considering cancelling for November because I have so many masks. But I will stick around for $10.

      • you can always call and have them skip this month!

    • I was billed on the 9th.

  15. I… caved and subscribed. This month is all hits for me. I do hope I get the YSL lip gloss instead of hair products. What is the $15 welcome gift at the moment?

    • Pot of glitter

  16. Wow! I can’t wait to try this good genes. Super excited as all keep saying you notice almost immediately… all variations of this will work for me. I have made certain to save Luna oil so I can really dive in so happy to have this rhiughvno email yet. Sometime Allure just show up!!

    • Tanya, I too adore this month’s box, but you need to note that the GOOD GENES sample is quite small. I have used all of the products thus far and am crazy excited about them all. I used a 2 to 2 ratio of Good Genes to the Cleaners as a facial and left it on for 10 minutes…it’s wonderful!

  17. yes i never got my la mer at all

  18. Is anyone still waiting on the la mer sample when you subscribed in September?

    Liz have you heard any update about that?

    • Me.

    • I am still waiting!! I emailed them couple days ago and their respond was that is being send saperately in the beginning of October. Hmmm shall see 😏

    • I was expecting the La Mer as well, but I believe that in its place I received a bonus, full sized Ole Henricksen almond scrub in my September box instead. I love it, and I am sure that the La Mer was sure to be a tiny pot.

    • I never got mine either

    • I’m still waiting too 😔

    • They ship separately so it’s usually between 6-8 weeks for any subscriber gift that’s not included in the box.

      July subscriber gifts came last week of September.

    • Yup, me also….

    • I’m still waiting as well.

    • I’m still waiting on La Mer, I called right after my September box came and they told me they were out, to pick something else so I picked a lipstick. The lipstick still hasn’t arrived but I got an email from “Try It” the other day stating that I qualified for a sample of La Mer. Really confused at this point

      • Tryit is separate from the Allure Beauty Box. I got the same email about La Mer and I haven’t gotten it yet. The last couple of Tryit’s have been foil samples which is a huge letdown from the previous ones. I also haven’t always received the items they said that I would receive.

        For your free gift… keep contacting them every 2 weeks until you get what they promised. I have done that way too many times, but it does work.

        • Okay, thanks so much. I had no idea that it was going to be a foil.

    • I received an email the other day apologizing for the delay but said it would be sent soon.

  19. I get one box through Amazon and one through Allure. Allure ignores me, always has, can’t find my account when I email or call, it’s a nightmare.

    Well, this month Amazon had a huge glitch. I got an email which said they didn’t have my address or payment method on file, although this box is filed under ” Subscriptions” on their site and I never touch the info.

    I’m wondering if we’re going to find out about a security breach somewhere in the chain around Christmas? I’m a bit worried as my browsing history showed things I bought 4 years ago or more and certainly have not looked at since.
    Did this happen to anyone else?

    • Weird! I get my second sub through Amazon, and I didn’t get that message, nor did I have any issue paying for or receiving my box this month. Are you the email you received was legit, and not a phishing scam?

  20. This is a great box.

    The Good Genes and Ceramic Slip can be mixed together for a quick flash exfoliating facial mask.

    • I think it’s also a great way for people that good genes alone is a little too strong for. I’d
      definitely recommend the flash mask.

  21. I subbed through amazon and got my box a couple days ago. BEST BOX EVER! Same YSL color as Liz and it’s gorgeous so hopefully you all will feel the same about yours and get it really soon.

  22. This looks a great box except for the variations on lip color. If I get the bright red (#1, which was spoiled), it’s going to ruin it for me! I love that color that Liz got.

    • Very few people can wear bright red and these type of boxes are obsessed with sending out colors no one can really use. very frustrating.

      • I love red lip colors but almost never get them.

        I get a lot of the ones classed as “your lips, but better”, which tend to leave me looking dead.

        • Same here. I was hoping to get the red in this box, but instead got a pinkish-brown nude (Singular Taupe), which is too dark for my porcelain complexion – total bummer, as the formula is great, but too pricey for me to buy in a color I’d actually wear. I dislike nudes, don’t wear them, and much prefer to get lippies in reds/berries.

      • I agree. I’m going to Birchbox. This company needs revamping.

      • Really? I’d love to get a bright red in any of my boxes. All I get are nudes, which I don’t wear, as they clash with my porcelain skin.

  23. Quick question it states on their website that they’re also giving us wander beauty eye masks. and then either Oribe freestyle hairspray, or Kendra dry oil control spray. It doesn’t state that’s for new members so are we also not gonna get that? Bc it shows up in the lineup. Either way this looks amazing 😍

  24. I haven’t received my box yet! They billed me 2 days ago, so maybe I will get it soon?

    • TC: Allure takes time in coordinating their payment and shipping. I have found it usually takes about 2 weeks from charge to delivery…so patience.

  25. I subscribe through amazon now and have received my box already. My YSL lip doesn’t have a color either but it’s a beautiful dark mauve color.

  26. I received my box yesterday and couldn’t be happier. I’m really surprised by how much i like the lip balm, so silky!

    • Yay! Glad to hear you love this box, too 🙂 They did such a good job this month!

  27. I’ve been a subscriber for years and I had to update my card, got the email saying it was updated but my account says it’s supspended. So I just decide to subscribe with my other email so I don’t miss out. Then they refunded my money??? They are trying their best to get rid of me but I’m going to make sure I get this box. Has anyone had similar problems?

    • Yes 😬! They sent me a letter in the mail that said I had to update my card in July. I updated, then they sent an email that said I was updated and wouldn’t have a break in service. Then August passed- no box. September – no box. (Also no charge) So I contacted them (9/8 & 9/15) and I was asked to update my card again. I told them I already updated and I wanted the September box and if they couldn’t figure it out then cancel my account. They said sorry they were out of September boxes and they canceled my account. I’m so bummed because the boxes look so good but I am on overload so I’ll live.

    • You can order thru amazon to make sure you get this box. It’s easy to cancel also.

    • Happened to me, except they cancelled my account after I updated my card. When I called to ask about it, they claimed I requested it be cancelled (I did not). As much as it bugged me, though, they do too great a box to not resubscribe!

    • I had the same issues so I went to Amazon and so far I have gotten the monthly boxes can sub and unsub very easily get the box a lot earlier I suggest you sub early in month .
      Since it is in the middle of month sub now get your box then unsub and resub Nov earlier and get your boxes by second week of month .
      Amazon bills the day you sub,also I have gotten a free gift and I was told you don’t through Amazon but I got the a free gift just yesterday seperate from my box .
      I had issues on Allure site and Amazon works better for me.

    • You can order it through amazon , and its easier then their site most of the time.

    • Me. I ended up just subscribing though Amazon, much easier.

  28. Can’t wait to see what shade I get!

  29. Hhhhmmmm…. possibility of 4 different shades?

    • I wish I could bet someone a million dollars that I will get the red shade because I could really use the money. 😉
      I would love the nude.

  30. I cant wait to get this box! Hopefully they will start shipping soon. I got billed on the 10th this month so I’m guessing a few more days until it ships out.

    • I got my box through Amazon yesterday. They ship super early!

  31. Is that mascara sample size tor travel size?

    • It’s a little smaller than the mini version Sephora sells for $14. (.12 oz vs .19 oz) Hope that helps!

      • Thanks! Liz😊

  32. Do current subscribers get the YSL in their box???

    • I believe if you were a subscriber for the September box, you should be getting the YSL in the October box. (Not 100% sure though, I will try to verify.)

      • Hope so.
        Allure suckered me into paying the annual rate and I’m afraid that they just reset my subscription instead of just extending it.

        • Me too! Still waiting on my box. I just checked the mail too 😏 Amazon prob a good idea.

      • I ordered a second box through Amazon on 10/3 and that’s the only box that’s arrived – it contained the YSL. It doesn’t seem to have a name for the color though so I’m not sure which it is other than knowing it’s not the bright red

        • Thank you for the info…I just subscribed to get a second October box through Amazon and am hopeful that I get the YSL lip product in that box as well!! Allure’s October box is my favorite that I’ve received this year so far…I just HAD to get another!

        • That’s good to know. I just ordered a second box via Amazon on Wednesday and it shipped the day after. How long until yours arrived in the mail box?

  33. I’ve been faithfully using the Sunday Riley Good Genes and Luna Oil at night and the CEO brightening serum in the morning for 5 months now and my skin has totally changed for the better! I don’t get hormonal breakouts during that time of the month, the mid 30s fine lines I was starting to see creep in have disappeared and my skin is so soft and even toned now! It’s completly worth the high price as I use so much less makeup now! So excited to have gotten samples from allure recently for travel!!

    • Oh, I just started using all of the same products that you listed plus the SR Ceramic Slip Cleanser and I hope 🤞 that I have as good of results as you’ve had! I swear that the SR Good Genes Treatment contains some sort of magic, as it’s the only skincare product that I’ve ever used that I could tell a difference in my skin the very next day!

  34. I love this sub even if November is a total miss for me.

    • I definitely agree with you about November. I think I’m going to unsubscribe and then resubscribe for December.

      • If You cancel for one month, I’ve noticed you’ll go to the back of the line and may not get the most requested variant number one box.

        • That is definitely good to know! Thanks for the heads up 😊

        • Ooh, thanks for letting me know that. I was thinking of canceling for November and resubbing for December. Guess I won’t now.

      • If you wanted to swap the sheet masks from November’s box I’d be super stoked to have extras – particularly of the glow recipe which is one of my favorite sheet masks.

        • I would absolutely be interested in doing that! How does it work? I’ve never done it before 😊

    • Liz, do you know if you’re going get spoilers for December? I’m really curious if it’s going to be something special like January’s box 😊

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