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NewBeauty TestTube Subscription Review – March/April 2019

Megan K.
ByMegan K.Mar 8, 2019 | 131 comments

New Beauty Test Tube March 2019

NewBeauty TestTube
3.6 overall rating
115 Ratings | 24 Reviews

NewBeauty TestTube 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.

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This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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About This Box

The Subscription Box: NewBeauty TestTube

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

Our March/April 2019 Review

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NewBeauty TestTube is one of my favorite subs because they send really unique and new items, many of which I have never even heard of! This booklet is a great reference for each item we received this month. It is full of additional info, interesting facts, and editor commentary.

Now, on to the items!

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Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $85.00

Hear that sound? It’s me screaming. The sub always has a hero item that knocks my socks right off. This time it is this Sunday Riley Retinoid serum that nearly costs three times what the sub does. Literally, I could end this review here and be thrilled. But oh no, we got more. Let’s stay here in Sunday Land for a second and discuss this FULL FREAKING SIZE bottle. I have sampled this before and I love it because the literal moment I turned 30 I became obsessed with retinols. New to this stuff? This article is a great place to start learning. They are one of the best things you can slather on your face to help with fine lines and wrinkles. If you are super serious you can get an Rx for a more potent formula (which I recommend if you can swing it!) but this little bottle is full of magic too, and even though the dose is lower, it also means your skin likely won’t become as agitated as an Rx level of this stuff. If you aren’t worried about lines and wrinkles yet (lucky you!) this stuff is also awesome for acne and acne scars. Retinoids can make your skin super sensitive, so if you are a newbie, maybe try every other night to see how your skin reacts. I cannot stress enough how important sunscreen is for your skin if you are using this or a similar product. You should be wearing it anyways, and I just know all of you are already doing so, but it is worth repeating. Please do me a favor and follow up any retinol usage with a moisturizer. It can really be drying, especially when you are getting used to it. Let me get off my soapbox here for a second to tell you about this specific serum. It is a little runny, doesn’t have much of a smell, and absorbs quickly! It has a whopping 6.5% formulation, making it one of the stronger over-the-counter formulas. I love using this at night under a heavy night cream. On a purely superficial note, the bottle is really pretty and makes me feel special when I hold it.

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AMOREPACIFIC Youth Revolution Radiance Creme and Masque, 0.2 oz – Estimated Value $23.53 (Buy a full size 1.7 fl oz here for $200.00)

BOOM. Another winner for me immediately. AMOREPACIFIC is another one of my top 5 fave skincare brands, so as you can imagine, this box is going quite well for me so far. This brand is really into the science of their botanicals, specifically green tea. Their Essential Creme Fluid is my all time favorite daytime moisturizer. This is a new product to me that I have never tried, mainly because I don’t have $200 to throw at face creams. I do wish the sample size was larger, but honestly, this box started off with a full-size $85 serum so I am just being bratty at this point. This formula is super rich, but somehow not heavy. Your skin feels like absolute velvet. It has white peony to help skins overall texture, and of course, this brand’s famous green tea extract which is full of antioxidants and smells amazing. This week my routine has been the Sunday Riley serum at night, followed by this dream cream. I wake up in the morning looking like I had a facial during the night.

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Purvari Organic Rose Petal Mist, 1 fl oz – Retail Value $18.00

This mist is made from roses, but honestly, it doesn’t smell like roses at all. While I do find this odd, I like the formula. A ton of rose waters out there are just water with rose essential oil, which does smell awesome, but is much less effective than this formula when it comes to overall skin benefits. This company steam distills rose petals and for this 1 oz. bottle it took at least 25 roses! I like to use formulas like this to add hydration to my face during the timmer, set makeup, or before an expensive night cream or serum to extend the product and save me $$$. This stuff feels really soft on my skin, and gives a nice cooling effect and also a hydration boost.

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Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Emulsion EX, 0.5 fl oz.- Estimated Value $7.46 (Buy a full size 4.22 fl oz here for $63.00)

This is another AMOREPACIFIC brand, so it is good stuff. While the bottle could be bigger, I really can’t complain. This is a great lightweight all-around moisturizer that has all those healthy botanicals that this brand is known for. It smells fresh and clean, and absorbs quickly, leaving skin instantly hydrated and calm. This cute little bottle is perfect for stowing away in your purse but is rather difficult to squeeze product from.

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Gilchrist & Soames Essentiel Elements Fresh Neroli Shower Gel, 12 fl oz – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $29.99

Another full-size whopper. This gel smells like pure summer, and rain, and oranges. It also has a deeper woody note that gives it more complexity. I really love the scent and find that after a shower it clings to my skin for hours, letting me catch whiffs of it through the beginning of my day. It lathers beautifully, even without a sponge or puff, and leaves skin feeling clean, but not dry. It is also phthalate and paraben free.

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Raeka Beauty Turmeric Cucumber Peel Off Mask, 2.5 fl oz – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $29.50

I wasn’t super excited about this product, because, after a fall and winter full of turmeric products in boxes, I was a little turmeric-ed out. This one was a pleasant surprise though because you really only smell fresh cucumber! This gel is thick and clear and takes an almost absurdly long time to dry, so use it when you aren’t in much of a hurry. It is very cooling and made for a super relaxing mask experience. It was very easy to peel off, leaving none of the dreaded little spots that you have to battle with to get off your face. My face didn’t seem much different after use, but experience-wise, I liked this one.

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Miracle Fruit Oil Miracle Fruit Seed Oil Treatment, 0.5 fl oz – Estimated Value $14.71 (Buy a full size 1.7 fl oz here for $50.00)

So this hair oil comes from that berry that makes tastes change from sour to sweet. According to the brand’s site, this oil has never been used before in hair or beauty products, which makes me question why that is. What I can say, is that this worked really well on my hair with just a drop or two, taming my flyaways easily. The texture reminded me much of other similar hair oils, but this has a sweet but tart scent that was unique. I don’t know if this berry oil is a new hair power player, but for me, I was satisfied with this sample.

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VMV Hypoallergenics Grandma Minnie’s Boo-Boo Balm, 0.28 oz- Retail Value $17.00

I find the packaging on this tube weirdly cute. It feels sort of vintage. The formula is moisturizing, made of Petroleum and coconut oil. You can smell the coconut oil scent, but it is very faint. While I liked this product and I am happy to sample it, this seems like such a tiny tube for $17! I can’t help but feel you might be better off spending much less for a good little tub of coconut oil.

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Grande Cosmetics GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper Gloss in Sugar Plum, 2.48 ml – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $27.00

This product can be polarizing, but I have always tended to like it because it does provide a plumping effect with a minimal tingle, unlike some other brands which produce pure lip FIRE. I have naturally full lips, but I still like this product because it makes mine look super glossy and just a little bit fuller. I like this muddy plum gloss because it is really sophisticated and shiny. I am less crazy about the click bottom application system, but you can’t always have it all!

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Verdict: NewBeauty TestTube, did you guys curate this box just for me?! I am obsessed with this round. The Sunday Riley Serum in a full size was so exciting, and I love that there were two smaller samples from one of my fave brands, AMOREPACIFIC. The rose mist felt like a luxury, and the big bottle of shower gel with its summery dream scent was a treat too. I enjoyed using the peel off mask, and trying out the hair oil, both from brands I had never heard of. The boo-boo balm is a great addition to my on the go purse kit, and of course, I love making my lips even bigger with the lipstick. Gosh, I just love this sub so much! You always get an insane value for the $30 box cost. This month has a value of around $250, which is nuts. Crazy. Just buy it, if only for that Sunday Riley serum. And if you hate that serum, well, mail it to me!

To Wrap Up:

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

Value Breakdown: At $38.90 for this box (including shipping), here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Sunday Riley Serum $13.11
  • AMOREPACIFIC Creme $3.63
  • Rose Mist $2.78
  • Sulwhasoo Lotion $1.15
  • Shower Gel $4.63
  • Cucumber Peel Mask $4.55
  • Miracle Fruit Oil $2.27
  • Boo Boo Balm $2.62
  • Grande Lips $4.16

Alternatively, each of the 10 items in this box has an average cost of $4.32.

Check out all our NewBeauty TestTube reviews, and the Beauty Subscription Box List!

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New Beauty Test Tube is a beauty and makeup subscription service. Every two months they send you deluxe and full size skincare, haircare, and makeup products.
Megan K.
Megan K.
I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

Megan K.
Megan K.
I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.
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131 comments

Amber W.

Just received tracking for the March Tube! Check your emails! 🎊🎉

laci

should we have gotten our march/april by now??? i was “lucky” enough to get it before it sold out but they told me they’re delaying mailing it to me because of low stock. if they don’t have many, shouldn’t they be able to get them out quicker?? makes no sense & i feel like they’re just giving me the run around before they tell me i’m sh*t out of luck at the very last minute, hoping i’ll pay for another round in may. has anyone received theirs yet???

Wendy

The May 2019 full spoilers are up on the Newbeauty Testtube website now! It still shows the sold out March tube on the website, but if you do a product search and type “May” in the search bar it comes up.

Here’s what they have listed:

Kosmetic Immunity by JKosmmune Lotion
NCLA So Rich in Rose Petals
Nyakio Depuffing & Firming Eye Cream
ScalpForce UV Filter Hair Tonic
Derma E Vitamin C Peel
Grande Cosmetics GrandePrimer
Shea Terra Shea Nilotik Cold Pressed Shea Butter*
MMXV Infinitude Universal Facial Treatment*
Total Value: $207

Amy L

The May box is officially up for sale now! Has links to all products too. 🙌

Michelle

Thanks for posting Wendy! I may cancel for May due to product overload. Plus this month isn’t terribly exciting.

Linda

So, I know it’s way too soon for spoilers, but I absolutely LOVED this month’s box and it was my first. Does anyone know when they release spoilers? Sometime next month? Thanks. 🙂

Wendy

The May 2019 full spoilers are up on the Newbeauty Testtube website now! It still shows the sold out March tube on the website, but if you do a product search and type “May” in the search bar it comes up. Here’s what they have listed:

Kosmetic Immunity by JKosmmune Lotion
NCLA So Rich in Rose Petals
Nyakio Depuffing & Firming Eye Cream
ScalpForce UV Filter Hair Tonic
Derma E Vitamin C Peel
Grande Cosmetics GrandePrimer
Shea Terra Shea Nilotik Cold Pressed Shea Butter*
MMXV Infinitude Universal Facial Treatment*
Total Value: $207

Michelle

The full spoilers for March/April came out on February 12, so we should see full spoilers for May/June within the next 2 weeks. Yay!

Linda

Awesome! Thanks for letting me know, MIchelle! So looking forward to this. 🙂

Lilly

The shower gel is actually one of Gilchrist and Soames’ boutique brands. It is sold as ” Essentiel Elements” shower gel, and this fragrance happens to be Fresh Neroli.

Because of the one and only way it’s listed here, it is not searchable in the MSA database unless it’s entered exactly as the reviewer entered the name, which is ” essentially” incorrect.

I have had the ” Essentiel Elements” line in boutique hotels around the world, and it’s not advertised as ” Gilchrist and Soames” but ” Essentiel Elements” only.
This might help someone who wants to buy a second bottle if corrected to reflect the proper branding G&S has given it for many years.

Jenn

Contacted them today and they are not restocking this a second time. On to the wait list for May….

Marissa Lucas

It’s available now! I just signed up!

Amber W.

I just got an email this morning with the title: We Haven’t Forgotten You! And it said that the March tube would be shipping out soon and will also include a bonus item for the inconvenience. I wonder why they told you that? 🙁

Amber W.

Y’all, I am LIVID. I ordered the March tube on 3/7 and was told three times by CS I would be receiving the March tube. I even received an order confirmation and order number in my email and the order showed in my account on the newbeauty website. I went and looked today, and there is NO record of my order!!!! It straight up disappeared! The charge on my card is still there. Now I have to fight with them to give me a refund because that’s some shady crap and I don’t want to continue a subscription with a shady company.

Bethany

That happened to me as well and I contacted the company to see if I would be receiving the March tube. They said that shipping would be delayed as they wait for more stock but that I would be getting the March tube. A few days later my order reappeared on the website.

Amber W.

Thank you Bethany. I may have jumped the gun getting upset because my account info was back the next day and they assured me again that I was still getting the March tube. I was having a horrible day and that took the cake. Lol

Lilly

I’ve been enjoying my Test Tube very well, except that mine arrived with NO booklet about the products, and no magazine.

They didn’t offer to send me the product booklet when I contacted them either.

Please tell me there are NO discount coupons inside?

Angie

I literally called test tube yesterday and they said they were back in stock that they were sold out but restocked it quickly so it’s available to buy. I checked and double checked so I hope this helps u ladies who want this out 😉

Cheryl Painter

Good morning.Thanks for the update however the box still says sold out so I am unsure if they restocked and sold out again because no one in their customer service department seems to know

Sharon Paige

Got my first Test Tube today and I’m in love!! Love everything in it and the packaging too. The Sunday Riley just puts it over the top for me. Waiting to see what the next tube brings. I was supposed to be trimming down my sub’s, but this one was too good to pass up. Oh well….

Suzanne

Hey Megan! Thank you for your review. I emailed them yesterday (Sunday) inquiring what box I’d get if I signed up and I haven’t heard back from them. Is it normal that they take a bit to respond? Thanks!

Amber W.

I had better luck using the chat feature. 🙂

Cheryl Painter

Liz please help. Are you able to find out if they are restocking and when subscriptions will reopen?
Thank you for this wonderfully helpful website!

Sheila

I love, love, love this box, however, I have never received a copy of the New Beauty magazine. Has anyone else had this problem? CS keeps telling me it’s coming but obviously Fall and Winter are a no go, but maybe Spring?

Kristin

It comes as an email, not an actual magazine in the mail. I got the Spring one yesterday.

JuJu

I received the actual New Beauty magazine in the mail a couple of days ago.

MissJ

Hmm. I got an actual Spring 2019 hard copy magazine in the mail a few days ago, so it is not via email.

Amy L

Same for me. I’ve been subscribed since the Nov/Dec box and have never seen the magazine.

Flora

I never received the Jan/Feb magazine but the March/April is supposed to be sent March 22.

MissJ

I just got the Spring one the other day.

Sheila

This is my 4th tube by the way!

Regina

Was supposed to get mine today…it was in my city. Now, it’s in Chicago.USPS is killing me!!!

Kathy

Mine’s still saying “USPS awaiting item”! It went to 2 separate shipping partner facilities. I can’t even imagine where the heck it is now

Angie

I guess I was lucky in being able to get March on the 8th at 1pm and got confirmation email that March is what I’ll be receiving. I always call I never email bc I wanna have a response so I don’t know if a lot of u know they do have a phone number. Anyways I’m excited for this box 😍 they’ve been stepping up their game

Jeri

I think I’m gonna have to call because I chatted with someone to confirm that I’ll be getting March and she said “it looks like your order went through, if it was sold out you would not have been able to create an account” which I was able to…then she took my info to have someone look into it and get back to me. I really hope I get this one because I’m gonna cancel boxycharm for this

Angie

I called yesterday and they said yes they were sold out but due to high demand they restocked quickly for all of us to try and buy it so I hope u get it. I got it for sure but was telling them I was freaking out bc they said it was sold out but she assured me they have restocked and shipping 😉 hope this helps you

Ashley

How did you create an account? The top of the screen says March will be your first box, but when I try to add it to my cart it says its “sold out”. Although that sucks, I’d still like to buy a subscription. I can’t figure out how to create an account. Everything I select, sends me right back to the March page. I thought maybe there is a waitlist, but I don’t see any info regarding a waitlist…

SquirrelyGirl

Just a word of caution for the people with sensitive skin…be careful with the A+. It is definitely not for all skin types. I broke out in a little rash from it. I have had much better luck with KarynG retinol renewing serum and it smells lovely too.

Ashley

I’ll take it!

SquirrelyGirl

I don’t have one from this box. I am just warning people. Sorry.

Anestazia

😭 I wanted it so bad!! I was going to order it last week, but I couldn’t pull the trigger.. And then I changed my mind after reading this review. I’m so bummed!! Will someone let me now if they hear anything about it restocking?! Pleaseeee!

Kellie

This is an amazing box. Bummed it is sold out. I am on such product overload, but tempted to subscribe. Ugh!!! I really have issues.

Amber W.

That peel off mask is really good to use before putting on your makeup, if you have lots of time to get ready for the day. I found that when I use it, my pores are a lot smaller and my foundation is super smooth, versus when I don’t use it beforehand and my skin looks dull and foundation appears somewhat caked (I don’t use a lot of fondation to begin with). Even my mother in law noticed what a difference it made in the appearance of my complexion. She said it made my makeup look totally natural. Win!!

The steps I take:
-Peel off mask, let dry completely (35 mins is enough for me)
-Moisturizer (I use either DE Lala Retro or Clinique Moisture Surge)
-After moisturizer is absorbed, use primer (I prefer Dr Jart)
-Let primer absorb, use foundation
-Setting powder (I prefer Laura Mercier translucent)

Best makeup days with that routine. I have acne and acne scars, FYI, and it minimizes all of those flaws. Big time.

This is an amazing box. Bummed it is sold out. I am on such product overload, but tempted to subscribe. Ugh!!! I really have issues.

Jill M

I am so happy I finally subbed for this box! I got mine the other day and I was amazed at the full size products. Especially the SR serum!!! It was totally worth it for that alone. I am.loving the shower gel! It’s so invigorating in the morning shower and doesn’t dry out my skin. Still have to try everything else, but I’m sure I will be happy.

Celeste

I have 2 boxes on accident, I will only use 1 so if anyone is wanting this box let me know.
(long story but due to their website change for members accounts I couldn’t update my cc ….so long story short I ended up placing a new order and they sent my regular account order too. I have it straight for future boxes now, but I’m left with an extra box I don’t need 😧

Celeste

Please contact me at ccolli75 at gmail if interested, although it’s an amazing curation this month the sizes are pretty large it will take me forever to use so I definitely don’t need the 2nd box and would love for someone else to have the opportunity to enjoy it 😊

Ashley

I’ll take it! Pretty please w/sugar on top!

Mandy

I would gladly purchase it from you, just let me know. Thanks!

Anestazia

I will take it!! How can I get ahold of you??

Celeste

ccolli75 at gmail

Claudia

I went to the site this morning right after I read the review and spent 10 minutes trying to figure out if I should pull the trigger. So glad I did. Now I’m awaiting the email that says oops we sold out.

kitty

where has this been all my life!?!? it’s sold out as many already post but this sub looks wayyy better than ipsy glam plus which I have not been super happy about. If I can get on this sub, may drop out of ipsy plus. anyone have both subs? thoughts??

Lori

I have both and LOVE them. This one is much more skin care heavy than Ipsy. This box has NEVER disappointed me. Always a great mix, insane value…I even like it better than BeautyFix, which I never thought I’d say.

Lori

That being said, I think comparing it to Ipsy is apples and oranges. This is more like BeautyFix to me.

JuJu

Well, it depends on what you prefer – they are completely different subscriptions!

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus is almost exclusively makeup, and New Beauty Test Tube is almost exclusively skincare.

A more valid comparison would be between TestTube and BeautyFix, but there is no definite answer to which is better, it heavily depends on the month.

Chris

I received replies both in chat and from email apologizing for being sold out but advising to check back. Had a positive result in the past in the same circumstance… so fingers crossed!! Excellent turnaround time with CS and never any issues in the past. Highly recommend this subscription and wish that I was active for this box!!

DawnS

That’s good news. I email CS, I am hoping to get a similar reply!

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