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Macy’s Beauty Box Review – September 2019

Macys Beauty Box September 2019 beauty box subscription review

Macy’s Beauty Box is a monthly beauty subscription box that sends you deluxe product samples, a bonus item, and a collectible cosmetics bag. Plus, you also get a $5 beauty coupon for use in-store and online.

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

About Macy’s Beauty Box

The Subscription Box: Macy’s Beauty Box

The Cost: $15 a month + free shipping

The Products: Each month you will receive five deluxe beauty samples, one bonus item, a collectible cosmetics bag, and a $5 beauty coupon exclusively for Beauty Box subscribers, available for use online and in-store.

Ships to: The 48 contiguous United States. The Macy’s Beauty Box cannot be shipped to PO Boxes, APO/FPO/GPO address, Hawaii, Alaska or U.S. Territories at this time.

Macy’s Beauty Box September 2019 Review

Each box comes with a fold-out card detailing the items included:


No makeup bag this month, but I believe that it will be returning in October!

Now, on to the items!


StriVectin Anti-Wrinkle Wrinkle Recode Serum, 0.25 fl oz – Estimated Value $22.25 (Buy 1 oz for $89.00)

This gel serum feels kind of like a gel primer but also tingles like a lip plumper! It also has a minty scent which added to the plumper feelings. A little goes a long way, especially if you tone beforehand. I am calculating that this is about a week’s worth of product, so you can try it out for the full 7 day recommended timeframe. I am on day 4 and though I don’t have wrinkles yet, I do have fine lines on my forehead. I have been using this product specifically there, which should also make it last longer. I haven’t seen dramatic results but I will say that my forehead looks smoother and softer, and I * think * the lines are less noticeable.


Perricone MD High Potency Classics Face Finishing & Firming Moisturizer, 0.25 fl oz – Estimated Value $6.75 (Buy a full-size 4 fl oz for $108.00)

I really love this brand and I love these little pots that make good skincare on the go easy-peasy! I like to keep these sizes in my purse, carry-on, or weekend kit to make sure I have high-quality creams and serums without having to lug along full-size bottles or tubs. This cream is lightweight and smells like roses. Don’t let that light texture fool you though, it packs a lot of moisture for your skin! It can be used both day or night, but for me this is more of a day cream sort of weight and it worked beautifully under my makeup. If you have oilier skin, this will likely be heavy enough for a night cream.


Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, 0.5 oz – Estimated Value $3.95 (Buy a full size 3.8 oz for $30.00 )

Yaaaaaas, I love a cleansing balm! For best results (IMO) use this on dry skin. You can even apply it way before you plan on washing it off because it will hydrate while it loosens up that dirt and makeup on your face from a long day. I tend to wash this sort of cleanser off in the shower but in a pinch you can also wipe it away with a cloth, making this perfect for those times when you need a reset but might not be able to hop in the shower or dunk your head in the sink. It is also the perfect first step for all my double cleansing friends out there. This generous sample size will last quite a while.


Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in ‘Fiesty’, 1.5 g – Estimated Value $7.77 (Buy a full-size 5.6 g for $29.00)

And the hits just keep on coming! I fell in love with this blush when I received the “paaarty” shade in my 2017 Sephora birthday gift. This reminds me a little of that shade because it is a super natural shade, but this is much more peachy. I find that the color is gorgeous on my complexion, and warm without being orange. I also like that it is more of a matte finish so it doesn’t compete with my highlighter. The texture is smooth and it is totally buildable, so go as natural or dramatic as you wish!

Perfect. I am very, very pleased.


NUDESTIX Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil in ‘Belle’, 0.088 oz – Full Size! Retail Value $26.00 (Buy a kit for $26.00)

Ok, another winner. Dang Macy’s! I thought this was a mini size pencil but I guess it is technically full size, though when you purchase it, it comes in a tin with a sharpener. This color is beautiful. This is exactly the sort of moody, dirty pink I love in the fall. The finish is also excellent, a true matte, but not dry. I have to admit that I had pretty low expectations because I have yet to find a lip + cheek combo sort of product that I like. I tried it on my cheeks and thought it kind of just fell into my pores, but this is way too pretty to ever use anywhere but my lips anyways!




My brush collection has grown by leaps and bounds this year due to my MorpheMe subscription. (I highly recommend!) While I don’t generally reach for things like this anymore, I can totally see how this would be great for travel. Those full-length brushes don’t always fit inside a makeup bag and I have found that if I force them, the bristles get all distorted. This handy alternative has double ends; one is a foam blender and the other is a fluffy brush perfect for all sorts of powder formulas.


Azzaro Wanted Girl Eau de Parfum Spray, 0.05 fl oz – Estimated Value $1.94 (Buy a full-size 2.7 fl oz for $105.00)

Although I am starting to really love white floral perfumes (what is happening to me?) there wasn’t anything super special about this one, at least to my nose. I also found it to be too sugary. The main notes I noticed were caramel, white flowers, and a little spice. It just lacked anything really outstanding to me.


Azzaro Men’s Wanted Eau de Toilette Spray, 0.04 fl oz – Estimated Value $1.05 (Buy a full-size 3.4 fl oz for $89.00)

Much like its feminine counterpart, this fragrance felt a little nondescript and generic. It actually smelled just like standing near the Macy’s cologne counter, where all the scents kind of mix together and create a cloud. Main notes were a little citrus, a little evergreen, some vanilla… there are better ones out there.

Verdict: This Macy’s Beauty Box was awesome! With a value of around $69.71 (without the blender brush) this is more than worth the $15 subscription cost. I am absolutely LOVING all the skincare that came this month and the makeup shades were absolute perfection. So the perfumes were duds, it’s fine. The rest of the box more than made up for it!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Check this page to see what box will be available when you sign up. As of publication, October will be your first box.

Value Breakdown: At $15 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • StriVectin Serum $4.79
  • Perricone MD Cream $1.45
  • Clinique Balm $0.85
  • tarte Blush $1.67
  • NUDESTIX Pencil $5.59
  • Blender/brush $ n/a
  • Azzaro Perfume $0.42
  • Azzaro Cologne $0.23

Alternatively, each of the 8 items has an average cost of $1.88.

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Written by Megan Kirkland

Megan Kirkland

I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

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Comments (20)

  1. I had to wait for September box more than to weeks after receiving an email that it had shipped! On top of that I did not receive a Perricone MD cream and there was only one perfume sample instead of two! Thinking of unsubscribing.

    • if you call them when this happens they will credit you the whole price. and the shipping is generally two weeks for me as well, the NARVAR trackign is never accurate

  2. I’ve been with them from the beginning, and also do shop at a local store and buy cosmetics, so the card almost always gets used.

    I think this is the best box they’ve done in a long time. Every product is a brand and type I’ll use. I love the Nudestix color, and think they sourced a very wearable Tarte blush shade. ( One sub box sent a bright orchid color of the same product- likely the only strange shade the company made.)

    Also, regarding the makeup bag: The amount of products shipped with the large-ish brush wouldn’t likely fit in their tiny shipping box with a makeup bag of any sort this month. It’s a nice brush.

  3. Wish we could still get this box 😩

    • If you find yourself saying this every month, you should subscribe

  4. This box looks great but the sponge part of the brush seems awkward to use and clean. Otherwise awesome box.

    • I’m confused. Why didn’t you add the brush into the overall RV?

      • Because it’s one of a kind item that’s not for sale anywhere so there is no RV for it

  5. Hi Megan! I think that Nudestix is actually a “sample” as the full size is .1oz. I just thought I’d mention because it just so happens that I’m using that exact lip crayon as my daily lip product when I get ready in the morning, and when I got the sample in my box and compared it to the one I’m using since I was sure they were the same color, the one I’m using is longer… even after sharpening it a couple of times. I’m really liking the color, however it comes off as more of a light pink, peachy color on me. I do find that I have to use a lip gloss on top of it, otherwise the matte finish will show EVERY line and bit of dry skin I have on my lips as the formula dries down… but it does feel very smooth when I apply it.

    I also felt the same about the perfume. I didn’t think it smelled bad or anything, and I’ll definitely use it, but I think you worded it perfectly when you reviewed the men’s cologne in that it smelled like you were at the fragrance counter and the cloud of fragrances in the air were blending together. I thought that exact same thing with the perfume but I was envisioning standing at a Sephora or Ulta. lol

    This was my last Macy’s box for the year, and other than gifting the cologne & brush I was quite pleased with it. I’ll definitely be re-subscribing in the new year, and I can’t wait! 🙂

  6. Macy’s hits it out of the ballpark again. Take note Allure

  7. This box would have been perfect for me. Sad that I canceled.

    • Our Macy’s has them for sale in the store. You should check it out! Its the same price as the sub and has the coupon in it still.

      • Thanks!

      • I haven’t been in a Macy’s in about 15 years! LOL!

      • Lol!! I think that was the case for me too until I started subbing to their boxes, which “forced” me to go into their stores to use their coupons. 😀

      • No bag this month!!! 🙁

        Wonder why?

      • Just for a change. I bet it would be back next month. I personally was happy to see something different besides a bag.

  8. This was a great box. I went to sign up and it’s for the October box. 🙁

    • Macy’s is always like that. If you see spoilers (usually at the end of the month before), it is too late to sign up and it will be the next month. They make the amount of boxes for people signed up and no more.

      • I think they make extra boxes because they usually have extra boxes available for purchase (at $10) with a purchase (I think it’s usually a $40 beauty purchase) later on. It’s too bad though that they can’t release those boxes to those that want to subscribe.

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