Allure Beauty Box Review + $5 Coupon – August 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.)
EDITED 8/7 to adjust Makeup Eraser value and overall! (Thanks, Paige and Ashley!)
The box comes with a reusable vinyl bag:
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: Allure Beauty Box
The Cost: $15 a month. Save with a yearly subscription.
The Products: Deluxe and full-size beauty and makeup samples.
Ships to: The US
Allure Beauty Box August 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!
Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara, 0.1 oz. – Estimated Value $6.25 (Buy a full-size 0.3 oz. for $25.00)
This continues to be one of my favorite mascaras. It stays on, gives me length and volume, and is clump-free. It is also a pretty regular occurrence in subscription boxes, so while I use it almost daily, I have yet to actually have to buy it! Nothing new and super exciting here, but I love getting old favorites again and again.
Erno Laszlo Multi-Task Eye Serum Masks – Estimated Value $5.00 (Buy 6 pairs for $30.00)
So a few weeks ago I was thrilled over eye mask pads since I wasn’t sleeping well due to headlights through the window of our new bedroom. That issue is fixed but we adopted a new dog this past weekend and he hasn’t settled into our night routine yet, meaning more random wake-up moments for me and dull circles under my eyes. While I will totally lose some sleep until my super good boy gets into a routine, I am thankful for cooling eye pads to at least make me look well-rested until that actually happens. These are so cooling and hydrating, and I immediately looked (and felt!) brighter and bushy-tailed!
Primera Alpine Berry Water Cream, 0.16 fl oz – Estimated Value $4.00 (Buy a full-size 1.6 fl oz for $40.00)
This is a new brand for me and right off the bat, I enjoy the aesthetic. I also generally love K-Beauty skincare so I had high hopes for this one. I was not disappointed! For such a lightweight cream, this stuff packs a ton of moisture. I have incredibly dry skin that only gets worse in the winter, so I am always on the hunt for my next favorite cold weather cream. This could certainly be a contender, and if you have dry skin but hate heavyweight formulations, give this a try! Bonus points: this is a clean formula!
Nuria Defend Triple Action Eye Cream, 15 ml – Full Size! Retail Value $40.00
My skin always reacts really positively to anything with ginseng. I have no idea why, but I will run with it! This eye cream is full of ingredients that delicate skin will love. Cucumber hydrates and reduces redness, ginseng energizes, and mulberry brightens! Total win! I also loved the disc-shaped applicator tip which was perfect for patting this cream into my eyes in a much gentler fashion than my fingertips.
Cargo Essential Lip Color in ‘Paris’, 0.1 oz. – Full Size! Retail Value $22.00
FYI: Colors may vary!
Yesssss! I love, love, love this lipstick! It is a sex-kitten red and the finish is perfection. It somehow manages to be over-the-top pigmented but still super lightweight. I really like the finish because it has just enough sheen. I do recommend a lip liner with this particular shade as I had some traveling on my upper lip, but I am the type that obsessively rubs my lips together. I think this lipstick shone brightest for me when used as a stain. I applied a ton of it, rubbed my lips together and waited a minute or so, then blotted most of it off with a napkin. It created a dreamy stain that looked even better with a little balm or gloss on top. This will be one of those tubes I end up getting to the bottom of for sure.
Creamy, dreamy, and delightfully vampy.
Here it is on!
LARITZY Liquid Beam in Topaz, 3.1 g – Full Size! Retail Value $22.00
This was the only dud in the box for me this month. I was actually looking forward to this shadow because I was hoping it would be similar to Glossier’s Lidstar. I was disappointed that this pretty color didn’t look like anything on my lids. Once I rubbed it in, you couldn’t tell I had applied anything, and not even a hint of shimmer was apparent. It did work a little better on my cheekbones as a highlighter, but I wasn’t impressed enough to use it instead of my other highlighter favorites. I think this shade is just exactly the same as my skin tone and I hope it works better for others!
I wish it went on more opaque.
Mini Makeup Eraser – Retail Value $12.00
Ok, so I have so many of these sample or mini-size erasers I could hypothetically stitch them together and make a towel. They are still so useful that I can’t complain TOO much at getting another one. These things really do work well and I have a few stashed in my desk at work just for removing swatches. It just takes a little water and voila! Makeup GONE. I liked that this one was black and not the usual hot pink. It looks more sophisticated and also hides all that mascara I wipe off, between washes!
Verdict: Aside from the Makeup Eraser, this box has a total value of around $111.25, which is awesome for a $15 box. There were some items in here that were old friends (mascara, eye pads, makeup eraser), some new faves (that LIPSTICK and eye cream!) and one dud (the shadow). Overall, I would have been thrilled with this box for the lipstick alone, so the other items are icing on the cake. I always love trying a new brand and I might just be adding that Korean cream to my next haul! Allure continues to deliver solid products and great value, along with the full-size products that really make me happy.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $15 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Benefit Mascara $0.84
- Erno Laszlo Eye Pads $0.67
- Primera Cream $0.54
- Nuria Eye Cream $5.39
- Cargo Lipstick $2.97
- LARITZY Liquid Beam $2.97
- Makeup Eraser $1.62
Alternatively, each of the 7 items has an average cost of $2.14.
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What do you think of the August Allure Beauty Box? What was your favorite product in the box?