NewBeauty TestTube Subscription Review – July/August 2019
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 NewBeauty Magazine. It’s a little pricier than other beauty subscriptions, but in general, the value is usually great.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
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 NewBeauty Magazine).
Ships to: US only
Our July/August 2019 Review
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!
Skin Research Laboratories neuLASH, 2 ml – Estimated Value $50.00 (buy 6 ml for $150.00)
I would love to have longer, fuller lashes, naturally. I had heard of similar products, but I always worried about my eye color darkening. I couldn’t find any info on this product regarding that, so I decided to just give it a try. #YOLO? I didn’t notice any eye color changes in the 4 days I have used it, but I also haven’t really noticed any difference in my lashes either. It does say that it can take around 30 days to really kick in, so I plan on trying it out for longer to see if I notice any positive changes. The reviews seem positive, so I have my fingers crossed. Does anyone have any longer-term experience with this stuff?
Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, 1.7 fl oz – Full Size! Retail Value $14.99
It is sunscreen season and I have so many different brands from my boxes! Compared to my other favorite, this stuff is downright affordable, and is actually also a COOLA brand product! All the wins! It also absorbs really fast and leaves behind minimal residue. It has a very light, slightly beachy scent that wasn’t too fruity or coconutty, which is a plus for me.
Sanitas Skincare Brightening Peel Pads, 50 pads – Full Size! Retail Value $74.00
These totally felt like Oxy pads for grownups, but add in tons of extra AHA power! In addition to salicylic acid, this formula also has lactic and glycolic acids, which help exfoliate skin and promote cell turnover. Acne-prone? These will totally help with those unwanted bumps and also minimize pores (my main concern). They can be extremely drying, so be sure to moisturize after usage and take care in the sun.
Daily Concepts Charcoal Multifunctional Soap Sponge – Retail Value $8.00
I love charcoal because it really deep cleans more pores without feeling drying like clay can. I used this both on my body and face and liked it very much. It is a soap + sponge hybrid bar, and the built-in sponge is both exfoliating and gentle. It has a nice citrus scent too!
Skin Actives Collagen Serum, 1 fl oz – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $18.00
I am also a fan of this product! In addition to the collagen in this formula, it also contains sea kelp extract, something my skin really loves! For how affordable this stuff is, I am really surprised at the other great skin-loving ingredients: hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and green tea too! (You should stash this in your fridge after opening to keep it fresh.) I use this on bare skin before my moisturizer at night. It is clear, fast-absorbing, and super lightweight!
Contour RX Lids By Design Kit in 5 mm + Mini Tweezers – Listed Value $29.95 (Buy a full kit for $37.95)
I have one eyelid that is heavier/droopier than the other and it has always bothered me. It just doesn’t look as bright, awake, or youthful as the other. I find it especially noticeable in photos when I am smiling! I have tried filling in my left brow in higher, Botox, everything. This product immediately captured my attention because it was something I haven’t yet tried! The tiny little silicone strips come with a set of tweezers for removal, but they were too difficult so I just used my hands. The trick here (that I am not sure I actually mastered) is to apply the sticker at the point where your lid creases. I had to try a few times to get it right where I wanted it, but luckily, these stay super sticky. The ones that came in this are the 5mm “casual” lift level. They range from 3-8 mm.
They really are nearly invisible on the lid and have a natural skinlike sheen to them.
This is my left lid before. Nothing major here, and likely something that no one else on earth would ever notice. But aren’t those the things that make us the craziest?
This is my left lid after. There is a marked improvement for sure. But I don’t know that this is my solution. My Botox appointment is next week, and I found that lifting the brow itself with two quick injections is just easier, lasts 4-6 months, and is probably cheaper than these strips every day.
Invisibobble Original Trip in Black, pack of 3 – Retail Value $8.00
These hair rings are no strangers to subscription boxes but that isn’t a bad thing. I love these little crease-free hair ties and I keep them stashed everywhere: my car, desk, purse, and closeby doorknobs! I haven’t bought elastics in almost a whole year. They hold my thick, heavy hair up in a bun or pony with ease.
Invisibobble Waver – Estimated Value $2.33 (Buy a 3 pack for $7.00)
I have tried this product before, and I truly think my hair is too thick/heavy for it. I also don’t see myself keeping track of it for very long, even though I certainly manage to with the hair rings above by the same brand. I think I will stick to normal bobby pins.
Chamonix Genucel Plant Stem Cell Therapy, 0.5 oz – Full Size! Retail Value $89.00
This product’s website feels a little like an “As Seen on TV” commercial, and it might, in fact, be sold on TV, I am not 100% sure. I am also not really sure it does a whole lot, aside from providing great undereye hydration. If you look at the images on the site, it looks like a miracle product, which is immediately a red flag for me. If I can tell you one thing from testing out so many products, it is that there is no magic cream that will completely transform your skin overnight. Positive changes take time and good ingredients! I admittedly do not have issues with undereye bags or wrinkles (yet!) so maybe this product isn’t for me. I personally didn’t see any difference between this eye product or others I currently use, other than the price tag.
Verdict: NewBeauty TestTube is always pretty exciting. There are so many different products and I usually haven’t heard of most of them. This box has a value of around $294.27, which is great for a $38.90 box. Though I didn’t find anything I absolutely loved enough to buy or add to my routine permanently, I have to say that this box was a really fun time. I don’t think I would have ever tried the eyelid stickers in any other box and I also think the lash serum (that I hope works over time!) was another unique addition. The peeling pads were excellent, and I also liked the charcoal sponge/soap bar, sunscreen, and collagen spray. The jury is still out on the plant stem cell eye cream, but there were plenty of other items to enjoy. Is this box one of my favorites from this subscription? No. But it was still well rounded, fun to explore, and totally worth the $$.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? It appears at sign-up that this box is still available for purchase. However, 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:
- Skin Research Laboratories neuLASH $6.61
- Bare Republic Sunscreen $1.98
- Sanitas Peel Pads $9.78
- Daily Concepts Soap Sponge $1.06
- Skin Actives Collagen Serum $2.38
- Contours RX Lids by Design + Tweezers $3.96
- Invisibobble Rings $1.06
- Invisibobble Waver $0.31
- Chamonix Plant Stem Cell Therapy $11.77
Alternatively, each of the 9 items in this box has an average cost of $4.32.
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