Allure Beauty Box Review + $5 Coupon – July 2019
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.)
Inside the box, you find a beautiful shot of Huda:
The box comes with a reusable vinyl bag:
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
About this Box
The Subscription Box: Allure Beauty Box
The Cost: $15 a month
The Products: Deluxe and full-size beauty and makeup samples.
Ships to: The US
Allure Beauty Box July 2019 Review
Each box comes with a booklet detailing the items included and why the Allure Beauty Editors selected them.
Let’s see what products are inside!
Huda Beauty Liquid Matte in Alluring – Full Size! Retail Value $20.00
I have tried one of these liquid lipsticks before (Trophy Wife) and I was really impressed. I don’t generally buy a lot of matte formulas because I find them super drying. This is one exception though, as while this formula does dry down to a true matte finish, it somehow manages to stay soft and velvety without transfer issues or flaking. I can wear it for hours! I was expecting a pretty traditional red but I was so happy when I opened it and realized this color has a strong orange tone. I LOVE red-oranges but they can be hard to get just right.
Exhibit A: The perfect red/orange-red.
After I applied this lipstick, my officemate Rachel just had to try it. She has really beautiful warm skin, and it looks amazing on her too. I think this might be a color that literally anyone could wear.
My new go-to power lip. Have I been stopped a few times by people asking what color it is? Yep. I was nice enough to spill the beans. Allure, where can I buy more?
Huda Beauty Samantha Lashes – Retail Value $20.00
I don’t really ever wear lashes and these were actually intimidating to look at because they were so long and wispy! Aside from the length and volume, they were actually quite realistic looking due to some extra wisps scattered throughout. These are the sort of lashes that would likely reach my eyebrows with no problem. Though they are totally on-brand with this box and the curator, they might be a little too much for me.
VERY Important Info: You can do this with the back of the packaging.
Kayali Vanilla Fragrance, 1.5 ml – Estimated Value $1.77 (Buy a full-size 100 ml for $118.00)
I am always happy to get a new perfume sample. From the description, I expected a pretty basic vanilla scent but my mind was quickly changed after applying this to my wrists. The first impression is certainly a true, deep, vanilla. Once that dies down there is something much more interesting underneath, like burnt sugar and smoke, a little booze, and so much musk! My mind immediately went to Commodity’s Velvet (RIP), though this is much sweeter and much more wearable. The staying power is also incredible! I noticed it the next morning still on my arm.
Benefit ka-BROW! Cream-Gel Brow Color – Mini Size! Retail Value $12.00
I have mixed feelings about this product, but they stem from just not being good at using it. I like to fill in my brows with Benefit’s Gimmie Brow, which is a thinner gel on a spoolie, where this version has an angle brush and a pot. I had a hard time not applying this too heavily, though the shade was the same as I use in the other formula. This is likely for someone who wants to sculpt as well as tint their brows, whereas I am just happy making mine look fuller.
#3 is a soft, ashy brown.
OUAI Texturizing Hair Spray, 1.4 oz – Travel Size! Retail Value $12.00
I am always happy to get an OUAI product because, in addition to working well with my hair, they also smell like a perfume I would buy! This spray is described as a dry shampoo+hair spray combo, and I found that pretty accurate. I flipped my hair upside down and sprayed all over, then ran my fingers through my strands. Upon flipping right side up again, I immediately noticed more volume and less oil. It didn’t give a ton of texture as a salt spray would, but I loved the volume!
TONYMOLY Intense Care Snail Hydrogel Mask – Retail Value $10.00
Finally, our last item is a pretty fancy looking mask! I love this K-beauty brand so I used this immediately. It was a two-part mask, with a lower portion for your chin and around your mouth, and an upper piece that had eye holes and covered my forehead. It was a gel mask with a golden metallic coloring. I loved the formula but I did have trouble keeping the bottom half from sliding down my face and had to adjust it pretty frequently in the 20 minutes I wore it. The extra work was worth it because my skin was glowing when I removed it!
Verdict: This box has a value of $75.77, and aside from the (admittedly high-quality) lashes, I can use each and every item! I am obsessed with the lipstick color and will likely be wearing this shade all summer and into fall, as it would work for multiple seasons. The perfume was another winner, and I was surprised by how much I liked it since I rarely reach for vanilla-heavy scents. The brow gel might be beyond me, but I plan on experimenting with it until I can make it work. The hair spray is genius and lives in my purse for when my tresses need a pick me up. I always love a good mask too!
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $15 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick $3.96
- Huda Beauty Lashes $3.96
- Kayali Perfume $0.35
- Benefit KA-BROW $2.38
- Ouai Spray $2.38
- Tonymoly Mask $1.98
Alternatively, each of the 6 items has an average cost of $2.50.
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What do you think of the July Allure Beauty Box? What was your favorite product in the box?