Allure Beauty Box Review – April 2019 + $5 Coupon
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. (It was named one of the best beauty subscription boxes by MSA readers in the 2019 Subscription Box Awards.)
The box comes with a reusable vinyl bag:
This is not a high-quality bag, but it is reusable, and I’ve found them to be helpful for travel. (They snap shut.)
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (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
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!
Anastasia Liquid Lip in Pure Hollywood – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $20
This liquid lipstick formula is impressive. It seriously stays put, and the pigment is amazing, too. I read some reviews on Sephora that people found it to be drying, but I apply lip balm throughout the day no matter what type of lipstick I’m wearing, so I didn’t have any issues there.
The color is very close to my natural lip color, which is good for a no-makeup look, but I think I need a little more contrast with my lips + the rest of my face, so I applied a pink tinted lip balm over it to get a natural looking (but still darker than my normal color) lip look. And I like this formula so much that I’ve already added the Dusty Rose shade (it’s slightly darker) to my Sephora cart.
(Swatched in lower photo.)
Natasha Denona Eye Shadow in Aubade – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $29
(Subscribers will receive this shade OR Bronzafe OR Morgana.)
I have heard wonderful things about the Natasha Denona brand, but since it’s so pricey I never took the plunge to buy it. (It’s $129 for a palette!)
So, this inclusion was definitely the highlight of the box for me. (I believe this is the only time I’ve seen Natasha Denona in a subscription box, too.)
The formula definitely lives up to the hype. The eyeshadow is super-pigmented, buttery, and so easy to blend. Plus I had minimal fallout when applying. Now I really want to splurge and try the matte eyeshadows.
(Swatched in lower photo.)
Laura Gellar INKcredible Gel Liner in Into the Lavender – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $22
(FYI – shades will vary.)
This eyeliner is waterproof and doesn’t budge once it sets. (You have a few seconds to smudge it before that happens, though, if you want.) I love that I received a lavender shade, too. (I have a lot of black eyeliners!) And this is one that you can apply lightly if you don’t want too much color.
Here it is swatched beneath the lipstick and the eyeshadow:
Moda Triad Eye Brush – FULL SIZE Retail Value $4.99
(Subscribers will receive an eyeshadow brush, but the brands will vary.)
This is a densely packed eyeshadow brush with a triangle shape that makes it easy to apply a lot of pigment and also blend out – it’s a smart design.
Vita Liberata Phenomenal Tan Infused Towels (2 pack) Value $6.25
For the past decade or so, I’ve been on the search for the perfect self-tanning product. Way back in the day, I used to use TanTowels (which were fine, but I think also made me look a bit orange), and these remind me of TanTowels because of the application method. I’m always up for trying a new self-tanner, and I love that this brand is ingredient-conscious, so I immediately gave these a go!
Each packet includes a folded towelette soaked in self-tanner solution. This makes it super easy to apply a light layer without worrying about streaking, and you just have to be sure to wash your hands after to make sure you don’t get self-tanner palms. (The formula goes on invisible and color should appear in 4-8 hours.)
The good news? My fake tan looked very natural. The bad news (for me)? I could barely notice a difference. (Maybe I should have been more heavy-handed in applying?) If you are a self-tan newbie and want a product you can’t mess up, I’d start here.
(One thing to note – since this is not a product for all skin tones, I would have loved to see Allure offer an alternative option for subscribers like they once allowed for subscribers to pick foundation shades.)
Briogeo Farewell Frizz Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray – .75 oz Value $3
(This is a variant item)
I’ve had mixed results with the Briogeo line of products, but this one is a winner!
I love the scent, and I found giving my damp hair a light spray left it feeling softer, too. (Plus I love that they are ingredient conscious!)
Verdict: This box has a value of about $85! I think that’s a great value for a $15 beauty box! The eyeshadow alone made this box worth it for me, and I’m using everything so I’d consider that a win, too!
To Wrap Up:
What do you think of the April Allure Beauty Box? What was your favorite product in the box?