New Beauty + Dillards Beauty Box Review – Spring 2019
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.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
About This Limited Edition Box
The Cost: $25
The Products: Trusted favorites, brand new products, and a $15 off coupon!
Ships to: the US for $9.95
On the back of the box was more information about the products included along with tips from New Beauty Editors.
This box also came with a coupon for New Beauty Test Tube and a copy of the New Beauty Magazine.
We also received a $15 off coupon that can be used on any product from any of the brands featured in this box.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
Here is the primer swatched followed by the Lancome cream, the Bobbi Brown lip tint, and the ABH lip gloss.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
What do you think of the New Beauty + Dillards Spring 2019 Beauty Box?