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New Beauty + Dillards Beauty Box Review – Spring 2019

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Box 1

The Beauty Report Box is a limited edition box from New Beauty that is usually released once a quarter. If you aren’t familiar, The Beauty Report is a part of the New Beauty Test Tube brand, which MSA readers voted one of the Best Beauty Subscription Boxes of 2019!

They recently did a collaboration with Dillards and created a box full of beauty products.

This is a review of the New Beauty + Dillards Limited Edition Box. FYI, this is now sold out.

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Box 2

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Group Shot

About This Limited Edition Box

The Box: New Beauty + Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box

The Cost: $25

The Products: Trusted favorites, brand new products, and a $15 off coupon!

Ships to: the US for $9.95

Our Review

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Info

On the back of the box was more information about the products included along with tips from New Beauty Editors.

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Magazine

This box also came with a coupon for New Beauty Test Tube and a copy of the New Beauty Magazine.

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Dillard's coupon

We also received a $15 off coupon that can be used on any product from any of the brands featured in this box.

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Toffee

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Toffee, 0.07 oz – Estimated Value $7 (buy the full-size version for $16)

I am not a big lip gloss fan because they can feel heavy and sticky, and that was my experience with this gloss. Toffee is a light warm brown that’s fully opaque like a lipstick, and I just did not enjoy how it felt on my lips.

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint in Bare Pink

Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint in Bare Pink, Full-Size! Retail Value $34

This lip tint is super comfortable like a nourishing lip balm, but the shade bare pink isn’t noticeable (on me and I don’t think it would be noticeable on anyone). It is essentially a clear lip balm, which is a bit of a bummer considering the cost of the full-size. I do appreciate the full-size being included in this kit, though- I had to do a double take and verify the size of my lip balm because it is smaller than what I expected the full-size to be! For perspective, this is about the same size as the Anastasia lip gloss sample.

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly

Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly, 0.5 oz – Retail Value $5

I have tried the dramatically different line from Clinique before, but this was my first time trying the hydrating jelly. It comes out with the texture of jelly (which is fun) and then melts into an almost watery consistency when you apply it. I use this as a hydrating serum before a heavier moisturizer, and I am happy with it that way.

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Dolce & Gabbana The Only One Perfume 1 Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Dolce & Gabbana The Only One Perfume 2

Dolce & Gabbana The Only One Perfume, 0.13 oz – Estimated Value $7.64 (buy the 1.6 oz version for $94)

This is a new fragrance from Dolce and Gabbana that features notes of bergamot, coffee, iris, and vanilla, and it has a warm sweetness that I appreciate. I love that the sample is a spray, too- I really dislike rollerball perfumes for reasons I cannot fully articulate.

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator, 0.25 oz – Estimated Value $9.88 (buy the full-size version for $79)

This physical exfoliant is probably familiar to most of you thanks to its frequent appearance in subscription boxes. I prefer chemical exfoliants to physical, and this one has a bit too much grit for my liking (if I am using a physical scrub, I prefer the grit to be almost minuscule). I know a lot of people love this scrub, though, so if you are curious about trying it I say go for it.

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel 1 Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel 2

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel, 3 uses – Estimated Value $8.80 (buy a box of 30 for $88)

Speaking of chemical exfoliants, that’s exactly what these pads are. I don’t love that step one has Alcohol Denat as the second ingredient, but it is also made with witch hazel, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acid. You swipe step one over your face until the pad feels dry, wait two minutes, and then swipe on step two which acts as a neutralizer for all of the acids you just applied to your face. My skin is definitely smoother after one use, and I didn’t experience any increase in sensitivity.

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum

Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum, 0.17 oz – Estimated Value $16.20 (buy the full-size version for $162)

The smell of this serum reminds me of my mom, which I don’t fully understand because I know for a fact my mom wasn’t shelling out $162 for a serum. This absorbed into my skin quickly and left a semi-matte finish on my skin, so I definitely see the appeal of using this serum in the morning. This is made with the powerful antioxidant idebenone, which fights free radicals (and in turn, fights signs of aging).

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery 1 Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery 2 Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery 3

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery, 0.10 oz – Estimated Value $12.40 (buy the 0.5 oz version for $62)

I challenge y’all to say the name of this eye cream three times fast and then I challenge y’all to get a sample because I enjoyed this. The Advanced Night Repair Concentrate is pretty popular, and this relatively new eye cream takes that same beloved complex and turns it into an eye cream. A tiny bit goes a long way and it feels luxurious applying it at bedtime, and when I woke up the next morning the skin around my eyes still felt hydrated rather than dry or tight. This also won the 2019 beauty award for Best Eye Cream from Glamour, too.

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer, 0.5 oz – Estimated Value $18 (buy the full-size version for $36)

Juice Beauty is a vegan and cruelty-free beauty brand that pops up a bit frequently in subscription boxes, but I haven’t tried this primer before. I like the subtle sheen this provides while also having skin-healthy ingredients like grapeseed oil and vitamin E—the first ingredient is aloe!

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Dillard's Swatch

Here is the primer swatched followed by the Lancome cream, the Bobbi Brown lip tint, and the ABH lip gloss.

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Keracell Invigorating Shampoo with Multiple Human Stem Cell Extract

Keracell Invigorating Shampoo with Multiple Human Stem Cell Extract, 1 oz – Estimated Value $5 (buy the 8 oz version for $40)

Can we just take a moment to acknowledge that I will try some weird stuff for the sake of reviews? Human stem cell extract in shampoo, really? This shampoo worked well enough for me- it didn’t dry my hair out, and that is usually the case for shampoos not specifically made for curly hair.

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Keracell Fortifying Conditioner

Keracell Fortifying Conditioner, 1 oz – Estimated Value $5 (buy the 8 oz version for $40)

More human stem cells, but this time in my conditioner! I thought this paired well with the conditioner to nourish and hydrate my hair without weighing it down, but the tube felt half empty and it was hard to get the product out.

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Kiehl’s Youth Dose Eye Treatment

Kiehl’s Youth Dose Eye Treatment, 0.10 oz – Estimated Value $7.80 (buy the full-size version for $39)

I love Kiehl’s, but since I wear glasses I shy away from retinol eye products due to the increased risk for sun sensitivity (I actually have sun damage I am working to try and correct due to this exact reason, though it was a different retinol). Along with retinol, this is also made with red grapeseed extract and vitamin C. According to Queen Paula, it is a myth that retinol and vitamin C shouldn’t be used together, so this eye cream really does pack a potent punch for those who want to fight the signs of aging around their eyes.

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Lancome Absolue Soft Cream

Lancome Absolue Soft Cream, 0.17 oz – Estimated Value $20.40 (buy the 1 oz version for $120)

This is a new product from Lancome, and I actually thought it was a makeup product at first (which is why you see it in the swatch above- oops). This is a luxury moisturizer made with grand rose extract, meadowfoam seed oil, and rose concentrate. Even though it has rose in the ingredients it didn’t smell like rose, and it left my skin feeling plump and soft. While I enjoyed this, as a whole I do not feel the ingredients list justifies the high price tag.

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Moschino Toy 2 Eau De Parfum

Moschino Toy 2 Eau De Parfum, 5 mL – Estimated Value $7.60 (buy the 1.7 oz version for $76)

This is a new perfume from Moschino, and I love that our sample looks just like the full-size packaging! This has notes of mandarin orange and granny smith apple combined with floral notes and sandalwood, and I think the sandalwood adds warmth to the otherwise fruity scent. I enjoy using it, and this sample should last a while.

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream 1 Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream 2

Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream, 0.14 oz – Estimated Value $20.16 (buy the full-size version for $72)

I always enjoy seeing Perricone MD in subscription boxes due to the hefty price tag, and I enjoyed this eye cream. A tiny bit is enough for both eyes, and it spread across my skin evenly. I patted this both under my eyes and on my eyelids, and I experienced no eye sensitivity which always makes me happy.

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Philosophy Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion

Philosophy Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion, 2 oz – Estimated Value $5 (buy the 16 oz version for $40)

Amazing Grace is a cult fragrance for many, but I have never been able to hop on that train. I still liked this lotion though- it absorbed quickly into my skin and didn’t leave my legs feeling sticky (important in this south Louisiana humidity).

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Smashbox The Original Photo Finish Smooth and Blur Primer

Smashbox The Original Photo Finish Smooth and Blur Primer, 0.25 oz – Estimated Value $9 (buy the 1 oz version for $36)

This is one of the first full-sized primers I have ever owned, and it has remained a classic for a reason. If you don’t like the silicone feel of primers this won’t be for you, but I like how it leaves my face feeling velvety smooth and ready for foundation.

Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Strivectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream Plus 1 Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box - Strivectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream Plus 2

Strivectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream Plus, 0.25 oz – Estimated Value $13.97 (buy the full-size version for $95)

I don’t use a neck cream (even though I know I should, even if it is just a regular moisturizer). After using this, though, I do think I need to make it a part of my regular routine. I really enjoyed how it relaxing it was to take a few extra moments to massage it into my neck, and it didn’t leave me sticky. I can’t really say much about if it *tightened* my neck, but I’ll use this sample up.

The Verdict: I can see why this box sold out so fast. It is hard to go wrong with pricey skincare samples and a full-size Bobbi Brown product, and the $15 coupon is like icing on the cake. I liked that there were so many newly released products included (six, according to the info on the box!), and I thought as a whole this was a good curation. I do wonder if we *really* needed three eye cream samples, but that is my only genuine critique about this kit. Value-wise, I calculated a total value of $212.85 for all of the products in this $34.95 box, and I think that is absolutely fantastic.

To Wrap Up:

Can you get this box if you sign up today? No, this is now sold out.

Value Breakdown: At $34.95 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • ABH: $1.15
  • Bobbi Brown: $5.58
  • Clinique: $0.82
  • Dolce & Gabbana: $1.25
  • Dr. Brandt: $1.62
  • Dr. Dennis Gross: $1.44
  • Elizabeth Arden: $2.66
  • Estee Lauder: $2.04
  • Juice Beauty: $2.95
  • Keracell Shampoo: $0.82
  • Keracell Conditioner: $0.82
  • Kiehl’s: $1.27
  • Lancome: $3.35
  • Moschino: $1.25
  • Perricone MD: $3.31
  • Philosophy: $0.82
  • Smashbox: $1.48
  • Strivectin: $2.29

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Written by Jessica Hapak

Jessica Hapak

I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

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Comments (135)

  1. FYI: In the latest edition of New Beauty (Fall 2019 edition) they have an advertisement on pages 18 & 19 showing the next New Beauty box that will be sold at Dillard’s. It’ll be a 14-piece box selling for $25, and it will launch on November 1st but only in Dillard’s stores (so it appears).

    Here’s what’s included (all deluxe samples):

    CBD Daily Soothing Serum with Essential Oils
    Clinique Moisture Surge Eye 96-Hour Hydro Filler Concentrate
    Dermablend Professional Loose Setting Powder
    Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Eau de Parfum
    Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum
    Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate
    Juice Beauty Phyto Pigments Illuminating Primer
    Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate
    Lancome IDOLE Le Parfum
    Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs & Rosemary
    Philosophy Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser For Face & Eyes
    Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate
    Strivectin Sd Advanced Plus Intensive Moisturizing Concentrate
    Versace Dylan Blue Femme Eau de Parfum

  2. This box is still available. I just bought one from the Dillard’s in Nashville. All I had to do was ask one of the sales associates and she brought it right out. I’m just checking out the review to see if I want to keep it and noticed people are saying it’s sold out. If you are interested in getting one be sure to ask when you are in the store.

  3. I bought this in store today, so may be worth checking if you have a Dillard’s near you…..or road trip to Lincoln, NE as there were 3 left! 😀

    • Whaaaat??

      I always seem to love the items that are sold out…and I have to travel to get them!

      Great find, Donna! ✨

  4. Oh boy, pitchforks and grown women acting like petulant children as usual on MSA!

    I give thanks to Liz and the other people who work on this site because dealing with the “public” and these rude, entitled children must be incredibly taxing especially when you cant tell them to stick it up their ……..

    Some of you need to dig deep and see a therapist. It’s just beauty products.

    Thanks for the review!

    • Well said

      • Agreed.

    • Ahhhh-greed

  5. Wish i could have got this 🙁

  6. Great review, Jessica! It’s a shame this box sold out because I would love to take the coupon to Dillard’s and use it with a gift card I’ve been waiting to use 😂

    Anyway, on a side note, do you mind sharing where you got your MM bracelet? I love it!

    Thank you!

    • Hi Rebecca!
      Thanks! Mine is from the association in perryville, Missouri! I’ve been there in person but they mail the bracelets too.

  7. Wow is it Oreo box time already? 🙄😳

    This box is great and I would’ve loved to buy it but alas I didn’t read my NB magazine. Glad to know about for the future though! I certainly don’t expect MSA to advertise for every box they review. As far as I’m aware, they are an independent site And not a paid branch of marketing for these beauty box companies. Plus advertising just adds to the competition to purchase highly sought after items.

  8. When will the next Dilliard box come out ? Also is it always a collaboration with new beauty? Or different each time it comes out? Thanks 🙂

    • The next one should be coming out in November, and it’s always been a collab with New Beauty. 🙂

      • 🌹Luna!

      • Thanks a lot Luna !

      • Luna, do you have an IG or Twitter account where you post upcoming boxes? You always have stellar intel on upcoming boxes and I don’t want to miss out again! If you happen to post info on any of your social media platforms I’d love to follow and turn on those notifications! 😁

      • I actually don’t have any social media whatsoever, and never have! My participation on MSA is really as “social” as I get. 😀

      • Well darn! Guess I’ll have to creep every comment section on the MSA posts 😂 I pretty much do anyway! Lol

      • Lol!! Well, if it makes it any easier, I really only look at and comment on the beauty box posts. 😀

      • My girl! I’m the same exact way, Luna! I have most types of social media accounts but only out of necessity. I’m not ever on there unless I have to be.
        I can’t tell you how much better I feel about being so “old school”, so resistant to keeping up with the constantly changing technology and the new, and sometimes only, way to interact and communicate with people, businesses, etc. knowing I’m not the only one!
        MSA is where I spend the majority of my online time and the only place I comment and ask questions other than those that are directed towards businesses (customer service and such).
        My other “shameful secret” is that I still MUCH prefer to look at things on paper, to have them in my hand. I know that makes me a bad environmentalist, but I can deal with the guilt. 😊
        I prefer hard copies of books, magazines, catalogs, manuals, informational documents, applications, forms, records, all of it! I hate it when I’m forced to go paperless. I’m always saying I love what the internet has provided as far as knowledge and resources, but other than that, I’d much rather go back a few decades to live. 😁

      • Hi Dani! I’m glad I’m not the only one who has never felt the need for a social media account. Lol! I totally get the appeal, but for me, I don’t want to commit the time to keeping one updated, I see those I cherish enough to not have to keep them updated on my life (we just catch up next time we see each other!), plus I don’t want to share the same things to the same people. 🙂 I actually think it could be fun to have an IG, YT, and/or Facebook account related to my beauty product/sub box obsession, but I think it would only be fun for me if I could do it as my full-time job, and not during what little free time I have to relax, decompress, or just get other life things done that built up over the week.

        And in some ways I’m just like you when it comes to paper 😀 I love to read (although I haven’t been doing it regularly recently), but I refuse to get a kindle because nothing beats a good ol’ real life book for me…. plus, I stare at screens virtually all day, so staring at another one to read a book has never really appealed to me. I also love flipping through catalogs (ever since I stopped going full Ulta at the beginning of this year, they all of a sudden stopped sending me their catalogs. Wah!!!), and I love paper coupons too! (now I feel really old. Lol!) What’s soooooo incredibly funny to me is at times I throw the ladies at Sephora or Ulta for a loop when I hand over a coupon or my insider cards instead of showing them my phone to scan or giving them my phone number or email address. When handing over a coupon or my insider card, quite a few times I’ve heard something along the lines of, “wow! I haven’t seen one of these in years!” 😀 I also still use my old school Starbucks card, instead of paying through an app too!

      • Luna, and Dani,
        You both just made my day!!! I’m glad I am not the only person left who loves using real paper coupons, and reading actual books!!! LOL. I too have social media accounts for necessity but I only post things related to sub boxes, food, or reviews.
        I think people become so used to using technology that they forget or are lost without it….perfect example, reading a map! We recently went off into the “Wilds of Northern Maine” and GPS doesn’t work up there, our traveling companions (who are of a similar age to my husband and I- mid 40’s) were completely lost….I pulled out my trusty Gazetteer (big book of bound maps) and got us to within 20 ft of our destination.
        My point is that while technology is a useful tool it is just that a tool and can break just like any other tool so remember how to do/use other tools, in case one or the other breaks!
        Thank you ladies for all of your valuable information, I hope to chat again soon.
        Happy Subbing!

      • I am on the no social media band wagon too 🙂 My family tend to make fun of me and I do find it funny when my dad says “hey did you see…” and I am like “um nope”. But MSA is my outlet.
        I think this box looked great, bummer I missed it but I am so not mad about it like some seem to be!
        Great review too!

    • Check out Dillards online because the fall box is out now AND the old box is on there also! There are a couple of past Spring boxes. These are such a great deal, even if you pay shipping. However they now have ship to store so thst saves $9.95 and guarantees you’ll get the item. YAY!

  9. I’m so grateful to be able to come on MSA and read all of the great information on beauty, etc…Thank you Liz and all of your staff and bloggers, as well!!!

  10. Might be nice to hear about it before it went on sale !!

    • Agree; I was pulling out my wallet midway through this review. Alas.

    • Second that – I would rather get a heads up when I could purchase it ! Not
      A review after the fact :/

    • If they receive info from someone here, they post about it. They don’t get notified by the company of every single box out there. That’s just impossible. Maybe do some research and see if you can sign up for a newsletter through New Beauty or whatever, and you can be notified.

      The reviews after the fact are still helpful since it shows what you can expect from future boxes.

      • But it was purchased by a reviewer on this site at the time it was available.Surely if it was purchased they knew about it. Thats when it should’ve been posted here.. not just after it was received and reviewed 🤷🏻‍♀️ Liz apologized and stated it was an oversight.. which is fine with me.. I completely understand mistakes happen and that they aren’t responsible for every box.. I’d honestly have preferred to not see this review at all seeming as it was sold out. It’s just frustrating considering it’s such an amazing box and yet none of us can get it.. hence the oodles of FOMO in the comments (in this case it’s the Frustration Of Missing Out… not the Fear Of Missing Out)

      • Except New Beauty had it in their magazine with the release date like a month in advance. So if you keep up with New Beauty you would have actually known about it and been able to purchase it. I bought one they day it released. Don’t go getting upset with MSA that you didn’t keep up with New Beauty news and know about it.

      • But there are tons of sub boxes that are sold out prior to getting reviewed. Some had few or no spoilers. Not sure why everyone is so offended by this. So one of the team members got it before it was gone, big deal. I think it is still nice to see the products.

    • Rather than having box envy after realizing that it is no longer available… Apparently we all need to set a reminder for post summer…

    • Indeed!!!!

  11. Well, because of this really nice box they didn’t make enough of to begin with, I’m now on New Beauty’s lists that go on for miles.

    I now have been welcomed via one email to a subscription to their ” magazine” which is all ads for questionable DIY cosmetic fixes for lines, wrinkles, thinning hair ( none of which I have), or the more drastic category plastic surgery the last time I looked at one in the mag. section of Barnes and Noble.

    ALL I wanted was to get emails about ” upcoming events”– but I’m in their ” database” from the very beginning of their online presence, which means ” til death do we part” with these people. If their advertising disguised as magazines start coming in the mail, it won’t be the first time they did this. ” Free gift”, yeah. No.

    As a thank you for signing up for their email, they had the nerve to send another ( 4th or 5th) email with a lovely big CLICK HERE button. I was half asleep, almost clicked. It was for the NBTT.
    I can’t believe they tried to sell me their two largest money makers just for signing up for their email ” first to know” list.

    Be careful if you try to find out about their boxes via their email. You might end up subscribed to SOMETHING. No kidding.

    It’s a shame Sandow is so persistent in hawking this and that,but NOT the Dillard’s box. I mean, I’m IN a Dillard’s store every week or so, same with Macy’s.
    They’re in all our malls as the ” anchor stores” now, along with Nordstrom’s if there’s no Neiman’s, etc.

    I seriously should have seen this box or something about it. New Beauty just never has had their act together well, IMO.

  12. Holy crap. That’s a lot of stuff. Totally getting this if it’s a monthly thing!

    • Unfortunately, it’s not a monthly box. That would be so cool if it was though!

  13. Dillard’s and New Beauty does this every Spring and Fall. I used to work at Dillard’s HQ for one of the VPs and I miss being in the know way beforehand.

  14. Great review Jessica. You always do such a great job. I love all your reviews. Xoxo

  15. Eyeglass lenses- both plastic and polycarbonate, have 100% uv protection built into them. The plastic is a UV coating applied during manufacturing and polycarbonate material blocks rays. Anyone wearing glasses should not worry about using retinol around the eyes. I do and I’m fine. But anyone using retinol should wear sunscreen over the top. I use elta md, but you can also get eye creams and even concealer with sunscreen built in. My two cents.

    • Thanks, Becca! I didn’t know that- maybe it’s not my glasses and instead I need stronger sunscreen around my eyes.

      • I get really sun sensitive with retinol so I can relate! SPF 40-50 works for me. I take it and rub it over my face and pat what’s left on my orbitol bone under my eyes. Also supergoop makes a super pretty shimmer SPF shadow you can use on lids. Sephora sells it.

    • Glasses won’t protect you. Sunscreen is a must in general, retinol or no retinol.

      • Absolutely still need sunscreen with retinol.

      • And without! Lol

  16. I need to remember to get some popcorn before reading these comments 😂

  17. FYI – it’s written and pronounced “denatured alcohol”, not “alcohol denat”, and not capitalized. Ingredients are not capitalized unless they’re the first word in a sentence, or a person/place name (e.g., “Brussels sprouts”, “St. John’s wort”).

    If you love silicone primers but not the Smashbox prices, I recommend the one from the brand L.A. Girl.

    • I have this same peel. On the box it says Alcohol Denat (SD Alcohol 40-B). All caps are intentional. I copied it exactly how it was written in the side of the box in the ingredients list. 🤣

    • Nothing better than a passive-aggressive FYI. I doubt most people read beauty blog comments in order to get AP Stylebook-esque tips, but then I also hate brussels sprouts (with an optional capital “B”). Definitely made me laugh.

      • FYI- I love this response. Thank you for making me giggle. I’m so put off by “FYI” condescension posts that truly serve to be nothing more than rude.

    • Julia I have this exact sample pack in front of me and Jessica wrote it exactly as Dr Dennis Gross did. I think it is proper to cite the ingredient list on the product for the ingredients (where else would someone look easily?), and I wouldn’t expect a reviewer to go do further research on whether or not a manufacturer was using proper English for each ingredient on their list, especially when the reviewer recognizes the ingredient. And FYI: a lot of beauty companies are capitalizing their ingredients, do you call each one of them out? Do you need contact info for Dr Dennis Gross?

      • I needed a good laugh today. Thank you 😂

  18. Well I skipped over the craziness, Can we still get this next month with new beauty?? What is crazy I didnt get anything through new beauty so I am so confused how ppl knew about this? Can someone let me know please. It is yall fault!! Some ppl r crazy over there boxes, I mean I was upset for a minute tops but there is nothing anyone can do, ppl that r upset should tell new beauty tube lol. But if anyone could let me know please thank you. I’m running out of eye cream hehe…. Liz it isnt ya’ll fault at all!

    • Hi C! I found out about it because it was advertised in New Beauty’s magazine. At the time it was only available in stores, but from past experience I knew it would be available online a little while later, so being the curious nut that I am with these things, I checked Dillard’s site periodically and it was there one day(!), but it ended up being available online for a very short time before it sold out. 🙁

      • Luna – I hope the changes Liz is talking about is giving you a paid position! You always know about these things girl and you deserve credit for that.

      • I knew about this box from a Luna comment on another post, but didn’t seem worth it to me with added shipping and couldn’t use the $15 Dillard’s coupon.

      • Right!! Luna for president 2020
        We love you Luna <3

      • I love you all too! <3 It's been a fun ride these past few years since discovering MSA. 🙂

      • Awww, thanks Jackie! But I have to say I do have fun even being a voluntary MSA corresponent 😀

      • I look forward to all your information Luna!!! You rock!! 🙂

      • I know right!? It seems like 60%+ posts info come from info posted by/shared by Luna. MSA definitely should be giving her some sort of compensation!!

      • Yes Luna thank you for all of the great leads! I am bummed I missed out on this but because of you I scored on the net-a-porter boxes both of which are awesome.

      • Yay! I’m so glad you’re loving those boxes! Aren’t they awesome?! I was at Blue Mercury the other day, and came across the Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Pollution Drops that sell for $145, and couldn’t help but be proud & feel like I knew a little “secret” knowing I got it at a really awesome discount and so many other high-end, luxe products just like it for “free”! 😉

      • Yes, exactly! These boxes are excellently curated and beautifully presented. I am so enjoying the luxurious products. But I get a little bit of extra pleasure knowing I paid a small fraction of the normal cost for them!

      • Luna, when that Barney’s beauty one came up, the Dillards was mentioned in a thread but I had just got the Barney’s .. I did find it in time but for some crazy reason told myself no… both are on my fall radar along with the Detox GWP… lol… I need to break up with Barney’s warehouse soon so I can save …

      • Hi Tanya! That’s so funny you mentioned The Detox Market’s gwp, because just this morning I was talking about it and said that a new one should be coming out soon! Well, at least I feel like one should be. My 6-month sub to the Detox Box just renewed, and per my purchase history with The Detox Market, I usually make a store purchase not too long after my sub renews and the only time I make a regular purchase with them is for one of their bundles. 🙂

        After reading Jessica’s review, I started to question myself on why I chose to skip the Dillard’s box. Her reviews tend to have that effect on me. Lol.

      • Fingers crossed then… wasn’t sure if they were two or four times… but I feel as though a spreadsheet may be called for… lol Diliards definitely spring and fall (November)… and since I am making glam bags for the holidays for many of my friends.. this one will give everyone a chance at a higher end sample.

  19. i can’t believe that i missed out on a new beauty box! drats! i would have purchased this for sure, because, well, i do love the three eye creams! i live on eye cream samples because it’s so darned expensive. well, hopefully the awards box will be released soon, those are always so amazing! and jessica, just want to say that i enjoy your reviews. they’re always fairly detailed. thank you!

  20. Maybe Jessica is a little over burdened. I notice she reviews a ton of subscriptions

  21. Btw, ladies, the three Beauty Report boxes (“Jet Set”, “Sleep Support”, and “Stop the Clock”) are still available on Amazon.

    Just search for “beauty report box” on there.

    • But WHEW the price on those! Especially compared to the box reviewed above, for the same price (minus shipping.)

  22. I know I would have gotten this box without a second thought. My only small complaint is, if it was not advertised here before it sold out, why bother reviewing it now? Serious feelings of, I missed out. I would have loved every single product and that is rare. Sad…

    • Yes, totally agree. If we’re not posting about it before it sells out, then we shouldn’t review it. This was a mistake and we’re putting steps in place so that it doesn’t happen again. So sorry!

      • I’m gonna go against the grain here and say I’d still like to see a review. This helps being informed for me and triggers a radar when we discuss the box in the future for any upcoming releases. (Fall Box). I read MSA every day frequently so although I knew about this box, I couldn’t buy it. (No Dillard’s near me) And even tho I couldn’t buy it in store, I just now learned that there was a small window of opportunity that I could have bought online by reading the comments. This could have sold out an hour ago or 3wks ago and I would still wanna see. MSA is great and the comment are life!

      • I was aware through a MSA thread and based on Jessica’s review will NOT talk myself out of the fall box. Believe that. Totally kicking myself over that decision to not buy because I just got a new box…

      • Awe… thanks. I was half kidding. Guess that doesn’t read well thru text. Always… and I mean always, love your reviews. Thanks so much for all you do.

      • I really enjoyed reading this review despite the box having sold out! A lot of these brands are subscription box regulars, or show up at TJ Maxx/Marshall’s, and having heard an opinion about the texture or application or just if they work makes me feel better about trying something out further down the line.
        I probably wouldn’t have bought this box if it was available because I have super duper reactive skin, but I’ve been eyeing that Juice Beauty tinted primer stuff for ages and really liked seeing it reviewed. Maybe I can swap for it now!

      • I agree. I don’t just read reviews to see if a certain box is worth buying. Sure that’s part of it but I also read them to learn about products I may or may not have had a chance to try or haven’t even heard of. Plus sometimes a box goes on sale and that info is posted here but it might sell out in a day or even hours. I’m constantly checking MSA but if I was someone that had work, kids, a social life, etc etc etc I know I would inevitably miss out on boxes sometimes. My point is posting it doesn’t guarantee no one will end up with FOMO. I think once people get over that they’ll see it’s still beneficial to have the box reviewed.

      • Please don’t Liz! I do not care if it was not advertised or mentioned before hand. I just love you all’s reviews. Plus I got to learn a little about new to me products that I can ask a store for samples of if I want to try it. I think you guys are great!

    • When I saw this in the stores I knew it was an amazing deal and emailed Liz a pic of the the front and back of the box because I actually bought it I was hoping someone had reviewed it, as I had just seen a a glance of the box in store. When I couldn’t find ANYONE talking about it, I just went back to the store and bought it and thought I would be nice to have this site at least put it up but alas, no one did. I know there are lots of things to review so I just figured everyone got busy.

      • I wonder if one of the changes could be creating an email address that MSA readers can send spoilers, sales, sub box news, or launches to that MSA staff can monitor rather than all emails being sent directly to Liz. I can’t even imagine how many emails Liz gets in a day, and while not all of my notifications are posted, I’m still super impressed with how quick she is in creating new posts. For the times when a post isn’t made, like you mentioned, I always figured Liz is too busy… or my email got lost in the river of new emails flowing into her box or it just wasn’t worth posting (which I’m totally cool with(!) since it’s not my blog 🙂 ).

      • Luna, I like your idea! Sometimes I have a tip, but it’s hard to get to the right place!

      • Luna,
        That would be great, there’s a few new boxes I’ve ordered that I’ve not seen here.

  23. Count me as someone who would have purchased. Oh well!

    • Definitely disappointed too. It threw me off with Dillards in the title. I didn’t know they still existed! This was a great deal.

    • I just saw a couple of boxes up for sale on ebay for what I paid in store (total price with shipping) but without the $15 coupon. So if you weren’t going to use the coupon anyway would be a good deal. I abosultely love the Philosophy Amazing Grace – had never tried it before!

      • Anna- thanks for the ebay heads up. Snagged one. Too good of a deal to pass up, though I need another beauty box like a hole in the head! 😳. The Bobbi Brown lip tint alone is worth more than the price of the box; I live in an arid climate and always have some type of lip product on. Such a deal. Thanks again!

  24. For $25 this was a great deal. Bummer!

  25. Thank you for this honest review; I found Jessica’s comments about retinols to be interesting. I have several I have been trying to use but now I am concerned I could be causing myself to have sun damage to my skin. I need to do some research and probably not use these types of products. Thanks again Jessica; an interesting read!

    • It is okay to use an eye rentiol with vitamin c just make sure to put on spf under your eyes but u should be already using it hehe:)
      Can someone let me know please is this going to be the next new beauty tube/box lol
      I cant believe some of these comments 🙈🙉🙊

    • Anyone using a retinol should be wearing sun protection. It makes your skin more susceptible to adverse effects from exposure vto the sun.

  26. Yes, we do need three eye creams in a box. Ask anyone over the age of 35 who cares about eye lines and wrinkles. Lol. I started using eye cream in my late twenties and I am now in my late thirties still looking like I am in my late twenties.

    • I agree! I would love to get three eye creams in a box! 😀

  27. Oh, I was actually thinking about New Beauty today! When is the next Beauty Report or Awards box coming out, does anybody know?

    I want that Moschino perfume btw 😊 – I already have practically everything else in this box. ☺️

    • I think it comes out in July. Looking forward to it!!

    • They already posted the content in their magazine, if I am not mistaken.

      • I am not a subscriber though, is it available anywhere online, Svetlana?

      • Hi Juju! Keep an eye out on newbeauty dot com/beauty box . The old Beauty Report box is still showing, but it should update once the awards box launches. 🙂

      • They posted partial spoilers in an ad stating that it would be $49.99 and featuring full size products from Amika, First Aid Beauty, Klorane, Korres, St. Tropez, Weleda, and other brands. The ad didn’t state specific spoilers or release date, unfortunately. However it did provide the link newbeauty dot com/beautybox . Currently, the last Beauty Report box is still showing, but I’m sure it’ll update when the box launches. So keep checking that link ladies as we continue to get close to July!!! 🙂

      • Luna didn’t they post picture of fancy toothbrush and some cellulite creams as a spoilers?

      • Hi Svetlana! They did post pictures of products, but I don’t think they were necessarily box spoilers, but rather just some of the award winners. They’ve done that with past boxes… I remember getting my hopes up what was shown were actual box spoilers, but the contents of the actual box would only include a fraction of what was shown. However, there’s always a chance one, some, or all of them could be in the box!

        Below, I’ve listed the products that were shown as award winners as potential box spoilers 🙂 :
        Supersmile Sonic Toothbrush
        Alastin Skincare TransFORM Body Treatment
        Jan Marini Skin Research Cellulite Cream
        Le Meiux Skin Savior
        RoC Retinol Moisturizer
        Eminence Organic Skin Care Acne Cleanser (I really hope this is in the box!)

      • Can I just please echo everyone else and say Luna should be working for MSA? I seriously thought she was already being paid by MSA. Ive learned useful tips from her!

      • Thanks Kslo 🙂 I’ve always been a volunteer contributor just like all other MSA readers who share new discoveries with MSA that we’ve stumbled upon through our “research”. Lol!

  28. This is happening more and more with 2 reviewers.
    I guess there’s just not enough time to tell us about it?

    I would have loved the box because DIllard’s began almost in my neighborhood, same as Neiman’s. 🙂

    PS= I’d LOVE a monthly Dillard’s makeup/ skincare sub box AND especially a NM monthly or even quarterly makeup and skincare box.

    I can dream. right?

  29. 😭 Why wasnt this box posted BEFORE it sold out?

    • More importantly, why didn’t New Beauty email their subscriber base about this box?

      There are a lot of products in this box I’m not interested in, but I am surprised I didn’t receive any email adverts.

      • I agree! They are the ones actually responsible for letting us know. MSA does it as a courtesy to their subscribers, being nice to us. New Beauty is the entity that is responsible for advertising it.

      • New Beauty advertised the box in the Spring issue of their magazine. In the ad it said it would be available in Dillard’s stores on April 22nd, however there was no info about it being available online. It did become available online on Dillard’s site in early May for mere hours as it sold out super quickly. But I agree that an email from New Beauty (or maybe more like Dillard’s) would have been nice to at least give people a heads up it would be, or is, available online.

    • I’m so sorry – that was an oversight on our part. We’ll work on making sure that doesn’t happen again.

      • That is a very big oversite! I know that many of your subscribers that would have loved the opportunity to purchase that box. I know that I would have. To be honest, this isn’t the first giant, so called, oversite. It seems like you people have an editor for each box there are so many names reviewing boxes. How could something this glorious be missed. I’m sorry for coming off like a mean girl, but somebody has to pay. 💲💲💲💳💰💵

      • Whoa, you are incredibly out of line.

        And it’s “oversight”.

      • As far as MSA, we don’t know what goes on behind the scenes… Some people I was so very used to reading reviews from seem to be gone.

        Maybe there are changes in peoples’ lives and it affects how something sometimes gets overlooked.

        I certainly forgive the staff. 🙂

        As far New Beauty, I do not consider them to be ” on the ball” ever, in any way, except in the billing department.
        JMO with years of forumer subscribing to almost everything they sold.

      • Wow it’s not that serious 😂

      • Exactly! I think she is expecting heads to roll for this.

      • 😂🤣

      • *oversight*
        And “someone has to pay?” What does that even mean?

      • She’s definitely out of line. Some people need a hobby.

      • Seriously Mary Gear ? You came off worse than a “mean girl”. “Somebody has to pay”, it sounds like a threat ?!?! I hope you were joking, but I feel like you should apologize. MSA is a free website for us (yes, they have ways of earning a commission, but no, there is no cost to read all the valuable info they give us!!) and you talk to ppl that offer a free service like that. I am not offended easily, but I will call out what I feel like is bully and/or completely inappropriate behavior.
        Liz just apologized for it, and that was your reply? Wtf. I would understand if they stopped altogether if they have to read stuff like this. I can only imagine what you would say then.

      • Exactly. We aren’t entitled to their service as we don’t pay for it. They can handle reviews and box announcements however they want and if people don’t like it they can choose a different subscription site to view. The entitlement is unbelievable. It’s just beauty samples. It’s nothing necessary or critical to your life.

      • I think the “somebody has to pay” was in reference to the buying of boxes and if readers weren’t buying through their links they’d lose money.

        Btw I’m not at all siding with this person just think it wasn’t meant that way. It’s a first world problem but I think we all probably get a little disappointed when we miss a box we’d love to have purchased.

      • Maybe you could hunt the information down yourself instead of demanding retribution from a website you view for free? Geez Louise the entitlement.

      • Mary Gear if you are not happy with this site than stay off. Nobody makes you come here to read the reviews and spoilers. Start your own blog the way you think it should be done and leave MSA out of your little girl tantrums. Geez… some people are truly disrespectful and I cant stand by while you are being a spoiled brat putting MSA down. Go take a manners class to fill your time.

      • Seriously? I can’t handle how entitled some of the readers on MSA are. Yikes.

      • Settle down. It’s a box of samples.

      • Beyond a mean girl Mary Gear. How on earth is this a “giant” oversight? You don’t like the blog then move on. Some of us are very happy here. And sometimes when they do post a spoiler or a new box up for sale it sells out super fast and some folks are just left out. We don’t throw fits about it or expect compensation.

      • Thanks Liz. Do not sweat about it. It’s only beauty items. Thank you for all that you and your staff do to bring us so much data, honest reviews, photos, and swatches. I can say that I genuinely appreciate you. I have learned so much on this site and have gotten to know many brands through your reviews and my subsequent purchases. And if I missed a heads up on a beauty box, it will not ruin my day. Take other comments lightly and know they are probably not the norm.

    • Oh, I was wondering if I was the only one who missed it, because I didn’t recall ever receiving any news of this box.

    • Exactly

    • I’m in the same situation as you. Know that I would not have passed on buying this. Now I know. I didn’t know about it, until after it is sold out.

    • FWIW, I know this box sold out online super quickly. I wonder if Jessica picked it up in the store. But I do understand how people would have loved to know that it was available in stores as well despite it no longer being available online.

      • Luna, Did you post about this box as a comment on another beauty report review or spoiler reveal? I distinctly remember going to Dilliard’s site after reading about it and deciding to pass because so many items aren’t cruelty free. But, I don’t see that MSA posted it so how the heck did I hear about it? I am certainly not as savvy as you in discovering the deals LOL

      • I did post about it in the comments for the Barney’s gwp bags thread because my email was down at the time so I couldn’t let MSA know. I can’t recall how long I took between the time I saw it was available to when I made my comment, but unfortunately it was too long because a lot of people replied shortly after that it was sold out 🙁 , but I know it was available at the time of my posting because I always check things are available before I let MSA know about things or post in the comments. Oh well. The good thing is that there’s always another beauty box as good as this one right around the corner! 🙂

      • Ahhhhh I was so confused! I KNEW I read about this bag somewhere and had a feeling it might have been from you. You are absolutely correct that there will always be another great bag available! I have been trying to sift through my stash all day to make it more manageable. I have so much stuff right now that I got overwhelmed and gave up lol. It’s making me feel like my life is such a disaster. I think it’s time for another de-stash sale and donation drop off. I, for one, am glad I didn’t pick this one up, ha!

    • Exactly!!!

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