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Macy’s Beauty Box Review – October 2019

Macys Beauty Box october 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 October 2019 Review

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


No makeup bag this month, again, but that seems kind of on theme for a green beauty curation. Instead we received a muslin face cloth I will talk more about below.

Now, on to the items!


Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Serum, 0.5 fl oz – Estimated Value $25.00 (Buy 1.6 oz for $80.00)

As a general rule, I like the Origins brand and I am always happy to see a sample in a subscription. This serum was no exception! Right off the bat I noticed it was highly moisturizing, while still being more of a lightweight gel. It doesn’t have those stronger ingredients that give me sun sensitivity, so this is a totally great choice to use as a day serum in my routine.


bareMinerals Mineral Veil Setting Powder, size unknown – Buy a full-size 0.3 oz for $24.00

I use a lot of setting powder so I am always happy to try something new. This was a translucent and very fine powder that did a great job of setting my makeup and giving me just enough of a matte finish on my face. This was a pretty generous sample too, and it is perfect for your on the go makeup bag or purse.

It is truly translucent on my fair skin.


ELEMIS Superfood Facial Wash, 1 fl oz – Estimated Value $5.00 (Buy a full-size 5 fl oz for $25.00 )

I am a double cleanser, which means I go through a ton of facial wash. I am never going to complain about a larger sample from a good brand! This formula has a blend of broccoli seed, avocado and pumpkin oils, as well as a pre-biotic. These are meant to provide skin with a genuine and thorough cleanse without damaging the natural balance of your skin. I found this did leave my face feeling quite clean, but not stripped of moisture. It also has a potent herbal scent that I found invigorating.


PÜR No Filter Blurring Photography Primer, 7 ml – Estimated Value $15.40 (Buy a full-size 15 ml for $33.00)

I had never tried this primer before but I tend to enjoy ones that have a subtle shimmer built in. They are perfect for layering under your foundation for that lit from within look. Though there wasn’t enough to see in a photo, this primer has a warm golden pearl finish that would be flattering to all skin tones and gave my face a healthy and natural radiance. I also liked the moisturizing finish which helped my makeup stay put all day and still look pretty fresh when I got home.


Koh Gen Do Pure Cotton Pads, 10 pads – Estimated Value $3.17 (Buy 60 for $19.00)

These chemical-free thick cotton pads put my normal cotton rounds to shame! They feel truly luxurious on my skin and I will admit that I cut them all in half to make them last longer. I have no shame! These worked beautifully with my micellar liquid lotion which I use after washing my face and before any serums or creams at night. These feel like they belong more in a spa than in my bathroom, but I enjoy pretending I am extra fancy as often as I can.


fur Wash Cloth, 1 cloth – Estimated Value $1.22 (Buy 18 for $22.00)

I keep a similar (though admittedly less fancy) sort of wipe packet in my purse as a general rule, because they are great for on the go freshness from head to toe. These are cooler than my usual fare on so many levels. The cloth itself is black and oh-so cool. It is also a lot larger than the ones I generally buy and is 100% biodegradable. It is soaked in essential waters and the signature oil that this company is known for. Not a ton of scent here, but it smells natural, a little herbal, and very clean.


Muslin Face Cloth

This was the item they included this month instead of a bag, and I am 100% fine with that. Muslin is such a skin cleaning powerhouse! It has enough texture to do some exfoliating, but it is very gentle, even on the most finicky skin.

Verdict: This Macy’s Beauty Box was wonderfully curated around a green theme. The team did a great job! There wasn’t much in here for hardcore makeup lovers, but for the skincare obsessed among us, this was a fun adventure. I actually can’t decide on a favorite item because they were all quite nice and seemed to really work together well. Value is a little hard to calculate this month since I didn’t know the size of the powder and the muslin cloth was not for sale on the Macy’s site, but even without these two items you still have an estimated value of almost $50, which is more than respectable for a $15 beauty box. 

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, November will be your first box.

Value Breakdown: At $15 for this box, each of the 8 items has an average cost of $1.88.

Check out all of our Macy’s Beauty Box reviews and take a peek at some of our other favorite beauty subscription boxes!

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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.

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Macy's Beauty Box Reviews, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: macy's beauty box | 14 comments

Comments (14)

  1. What happened to the cute makeup bags??? Website still states: “Welcome to Macy’s Beauty Box! When you sign up to be a part of our monthly subscription program, 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.” They should still be providing the bag. This month I just got the products wrapped in pink tissue paper, but no insert (no coupon) and no bag. When I called customer service they told me they ran out, but November’s box will have a bag? Anyone else inquire about the bags coming back?

  2. I did not like this box. I was really disappointed. I would have liked it better if the put the products in a bag. At least I could have used the bag. Bring back bags!!!

  3. Even a meh Macy’s box is more interesting than other boxes. I’ll think it was a boring box then realize they put in things I would never have bought but then am glad to have. I do miss their whimsical take on a bag and perfumes but it’s only one month. I feel like Macy’s tries to be original and usable. That’s a hard combo.
    If you have a Macy’s credit card you get free shipping with any beauty purchase. On my broke months I can still use the $5 or $10 gift card, that comes in every box, to get myself a treat.

  4. Is anybody having trouble signing up? keep getting an error message

  5. Can I go to the store and grab this? If so, from where?

    • No

    • The Macy’s website usually has past month boxes for sale. The coupon will be expired. One comes with each box. They value is still worth it to me.

  6. I think Macy’s is losing their touch in the Beauty bags. The past three beauty bags have not come in a bag. Zero for presentation.
    This month I feel like they filled up the box with cotton pads and face cloths. Stuff that probably cost the company that makes them $.05. Anyway, I’m not sure why Macy’s is really struggling compared to my first box. Lastly, if there is a extra product each month that’s a surprise I’ve no idea what it is. I do get substituted items more than I think they should. I’m giving them only till the end of year then I’ll cancel. And please stop adding a cleanser almost every month my skin is not happy any more!

  7. I know there was alot of grouchiness about this month but I loved everything. Mineral Vail is my go to setting powder and I like trying the different cloths and makeup removers. I’m glad to not have yet another bag I don’t need. People freak out about everything. If there’s a bag it’s we don’t need anymore bags. If they stop it’s where’s the bag. Perfume samples people cry about not wanting but if they stop people scream about not getting perfume. Just enjoy or cancel.

    • I don’t miss the bags either honestly!

  8. Loved all the skincare. I signed back up 2 months ago it seems which i still think is weird. It’s like they don’t care to get subscribers. I have sign up in passed but cancelled because of the wait or mostly because I ended up seeing something better for 15 dollars. Another thing that is different is that you have to spend 50 bucks now to get free shipping and its 10 dollars too so the only way it would work is getting something cheap to a store or going to Macy’s store which is not something I like to do. I’m done crabbing. Lol

  9. I loved this box, it was so nice trying out the muslin facecloth and the fancy cotton pads. i don’t mind not receiving a bag. I already have plenty of them.

  10. I was very satisfied with my Macy’s box this month. Plus it was my very first one so we are definitely off to a great start. Every single product will get some use without a doubt!

  11. Thinking of subbing to this box since I’m probably breaking up with Ipsy and Boxy. There’s something classy about their curation, and plus…no variations!

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