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Allure Beauty Box Review + $5 Coupon – November 2019

Allure Beauty Box November 2019 subscription box review

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.)

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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.)

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About this Box

The Subscription Box: Allure Beauty Box

The Cost: $15 a month + free shipping. Save with a yearly subscription.

COUPON: Get a Free Mega Bundle when you sign up for a 12-month subscription! No coupon needed - just use this link.

The Products: Deluxe and full-size beauty and makeup samples.

Ships to: The US and Puerto Rico for free

Allure Beauty Box November 2019 Review


A handy booklet has all the product info inside.



Tarte Color Splash Lipstick in ‘High Dive’, 0.12 oz – Full Size! Retail Value $21.00 (shades will vary)

Will there ever be a day when I don’t get really excited about a full-size tube of lipstick? Probably not. This color is insane! I am over the moon with it. The deep red-berry shade is fall perfection, and, frankly, makes me feel like a total badass. This lippy has a nice sheen and is very buildable, so you can do a sheer look with one swipe, or go full-on drama with more.

I am obsessed.


belif Hungarian Water Essence, 10 ml – Estimated Value $5.60 (Buy 75 ml for $42.00)

Essences are often liquid and feel like water, so I was curious when this felt more like a serum. This makes it so much easier to apply! I like to use a step like this after a toner but before a serum. It adds extra moisture to my skin and helps cut down on expensive serum usage since it helps it spread and absorb better. My skin felt really cooled down after applying this. It was a nice sensation! I also tried this on my dry sleepy face in the morning and liked the instant life that it added.


Raeka Illuminating Turmeric Polish, 15 ml – Estimated Value $4.80 (Buy 100 ml for $32.00)

Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory ingredient, so if you have issues with redness (I do!) it is a great addition to your routine. It also contains crushed walnut shells and reminded me more than a little of St. Ives. I find abrasives like this to be a little hard to my skin, and prefer smaller particulates. Will loves super scrubby scrubs though, so this will go to him.


Curology Cleanser, 15 ml and Curology Trial Offer (up to $19.95 value)

I am a Curology enthusiast, though I prefer their custom formula more than the cleanser or moisturizers. This box arrived with a sample of the cleanser and a link to get a free Curology trial, something I HIGHLY recommend. Basically, you sign up, fill out a questionnaire regarding your skin and skin concerns, submit photos of your face, and an actual dermatologist looks them over and builds a custom formula for you. It arrives monthly or bi-monthly, according to your schedule. This has been much cheaper than seeing a local dermatologist to get my hands on the RX strength anti-aging superhero that is tretinoin. I also love that there are monthly check-ins so my doctor can adjust my formula as needed.


e.l.f. Gentle Peeling Exfoliant, 90 ml – Full Size! Retail Value $10.00

Hmm. At the risk of coming off snobby (I promise this is not my intention!) I don’t love seeing the e.l.f. brand in this box. This is half because I associate this sub with higher-end brands, and the rest is that if I wanted to try out this product, I could easily go buy myself the full size for $10. It isn’t a high-risk expense that a skincare item with a $60-90 price tag would be. That is the kind of stuff I (personally) enjoy most in subscription boxes. Ok, all those feelings aside, this exfoliant was fine. It is one of those peeling types that pills up. I am skeptical of these because you can test them on any surface and if you rub the cream will pill. I am sure when used on skin it does grab up some dead skin and dirt and grime, I am just not convinced it is better than a traditional exfoliant. It had a nice scent and contained fruit extracts as well.

Verdict: This Allure box has a total value of around $63.40, which is a nice value for a $15 box. I decided to leave the Curology trial value out of this calculation since you might not use it if you aren’t interested or already subscribe, but if you partake (and you should!), it does add about $20 to your value total. I thought this was a good box, even if I didn’t love everything. The cloud cream and lipstick were certainly the standouts for me. Together, they account for $43 of the boxes value and alone I would have paid $15 for them both, so I already felt the box was a win, 2 items in. I also really liked the belif essence. The e.l.f. exfoliator was not something I enjoyed, but I always appreciate full-size items, and this month had 2, which is awesome for such an inexpensive box.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! Scroll down this page to see what items you will get when you first sign up.

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

  • Peter Thomas Roth Cloud Cream $5.21
  • tarte Lipstick $4.97
  • belif Essence $1.32
  • Raeka Exfoliator $1.14
  • Curology Cleanser $n/a
  • e.l.f. Exfoliator $2.37

Alternatively, each of the 6 items has an average cost of $2.50.

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Written by Megan


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 (81)

  1. I received Miami Vice… a pretty red. But I could never pull it off.

    • Same….wish I got a darker color

  2. I subscribe directly from Allure and I am pretty happy with the variation this month. I received: Tarte in Yatching (slightly lighter than High Dive), ELF Putty Primer, Bliss Peel, Curology cleanser, Vichy peel mask (Variation within Vichy products), and Freeze 24/7 eye cream.

    Lisa Eldridge just released a brand new video with dark lipstick tutorial for those who want to try dark colors but scared like myself. She has her own line of lipsticks, so she is using her products in her video, but she uses dark berry color and dark brown color and show us how to wear them as a stain and also mix with another color. I have learned a lot about makeup from her videos as I was kid of helpless at my ripe age, lol.

    • I got this same box and I am happy with it.

  3. My box arrived today (Saturday)…and I’m happy with everything but the lip color, and with all the variants possible, I’ll take that! lol I got:

    Tarte lipstick in Surf’s Up (the only bummer, I wanted a darker blue-based shade, and this is light terra cotta-orangey-rose, no bueno for a reddish complexion)

    Bliss Peel Pads
    Elf Putty Primer
    PTR Cloud Cream
    Freeze 24 Eye Cream
    Curology Cleanser

    I definitely feel I got my money’s worth! : )

    • I got the exact same box, even the lip color in Surfs Up! I feel like I really lucked out, that lip color is perfect for me! I wanted the Freeze eye cream and those Bliss pads, too, so I’m very pleased. Best Allure box in a long time!

  4. I love my box! Vichy charcoal mask, tarte in winterberry, curology, elf primer, bliss peel pads & freeze 24/7! The freeze is my fav eye cream and the tarte is the perfect shade for me!

  5. I got tarte in tachting, peel pads, elf primer, eye freeze, Vichy glow peel mask and cureology..

    • Same! I thought I was getting the Roth item since I subscribe through Amazon but I got the Vichy.

  6. I received my box from amazon only 5 days after ordering. I’m very happy with it. It is disappointing I can’t wear brown lipstick since I love the formula

    ELF primer, PTR cloud cream, BLISS peel pads, Curology cleanser, Freeze 24/7, Tarte Boardwalk

  7. I haven’t even received a shipping notification yet. Allure usually ships on the same day my Birchbox does, oddly, but no news yet and I’ve already received Birchbox. I hope I get this red lipstick. I have this fear that they are fulfilling boxes with the best colors first and I’ll be stuck with some nude.

    • I don’t always get a shipping notification either. You could try calling customer service or checking on line.

      I just got mine today, although the shipping notification I did get indicated that mine arrived yesterday, even though I thought Veteran’s Day was a postal holiday.

      Wish I had checked the mailbox anyways. It was blasted cold last night.

  8. This is the same box I got.

    I’ve tried the Water Cloud moisturizer before and like it.

    I wasn’t terribly excited about either E.L.F. product, but and exfoliator beats a primer for me.

    Happy to get the lipstick; I couldn’t find that shade anywhere else.

  9. Got my box today, love it.
    Tarte in Berry Mojito
    ELF Putty
    Bliss Peel
    Curology cleanser
    Vichy mud mask
    Freeze 24/7 eye cream

    • I got the same as you and love it. I had a feeling all the lipsticks were going to be dark so very happy with the berry color. I really wanted the peel pads and very excited for the putty primer.

      • Got the exact same box
        Happy with the lipstick shade and that I got the eye cream which I really wanted. Really would have preferred the Belif water as I like that brand but overall I’m satisfied with this month

  10. This is the same box I received, but the color Miami Vice for my Tarte lipstick. It’s a cool tone red, which is more wearable then I expected!
    Was happy to receive it!

  11. It sucks that they included a trial to a service that isn’t all inclusive. Curology is not available in Louisiana either.

    • I got the surf’s up color also in the tarte lipstick which is perfect for my weird peachy olive skin tone! I don’t use primer so I’ll gift the ELF. I’ll use everything else in the box for sure!

  12. I have no use for a brown lipstick or a dark berry one (I like pink and red lipstick). I received the e.l.f. primer putty, Curology cleanser, PTR cloud cream, the 24/7 freeze item, Bliss glycolic pads, and the lipstick. I’m happy with everything except the lipstick

  13. I was going to subscribe through Amazon to get November’s box but it says my subscription will start on December 9, are they sold out for November? Does anyone know if that’s usual for Amazon to start you off till the following month?

    • I just went to try to subscribe through Amazon… for me, it looks like it says that the subscription will renew on December 9th, which I assume means they’d charge me today for November’s box and then again in 30 days for the next? I’m really not sure I want November’s… the major draw was the lipstick, but the brown shade that seems to be in the Amazon variation just isn’t speaking to me.

      • Oh ok, thank you Melissa! That makes sense😀

  14. I got the Boardwalk lipstick. Didn’t open it. Was hoping for the High Dive. Anyone want to trade ?

    • I got a shade called Yachting if you’d want to trade!

  15. Last years November box was the all mask one so I think it’s a skincare heavy month with them, but this one is definitely better in my opinion. I cant wait to get mine

  16. Wow..really excited about this one!! Great mix of things I’d like to try out !!!

    Will everyone get the curelogy?! I’m in Indiana and it wont allow me to use their service or order their products (believe me, I’ve TRIED) so I’m REALLY excited to try out the cleanser…will it be for everyone?!

    Thanks 🙂

    • I’m in Indiana as well and tried getting it. I think it’s in every box. I ordered through Amazon and others who did recieved it. Excited for my son to try it.

    • I’m in Michigan and got it, but haven’t checked to see if it’s available to me.
      I’m not really interested in a mail order only system.

      • It is available.

  17. So I was on the fence about getting the November box because I have other subs I am trying and I felt like I have more than I need but I want to try the tarte lipstick formula. I decided to email them and skip November which they confirmed. I checked my bank account and they charged me for November. I’m actually ok with it as long as they send me the November box. In the future how do I go about skipping a month without completely cancelling?

    • I have called to skip with no problems! I have skipped 3 months since last November with no issues! I have actually called to confirm my box would start back up as I wanted 🤪

  18. Does Allure have any discounts for Black Friday? Thanks!

  19. oh i am getting mine from amazon also, but i just re subbed through them, and i would be over the moon happy with the primer and freeze eye cream. ughhh if anyone wants to trade those two items, let me know and ill let you know what i get in my box as soon as i get it. its on the way. id definitely trade my ptr for one of them !!

  20. i really love that you put the back with the ingredients up in your review !!! i wish more reviews did this its a great idea !! thank you

    • You are welcome Denise!

    • Thank you for those kind words, Denise!

  21. I’m happy to get a full size drugstore brand in a box. Unlike most of what I try in boxes, if I love something from E.L.F. I can buy it again without feeling duped. So many say if you wanted to try it for $10 you would have already, but you didn’t. That’s the point of samples. How would you ever know that a $10 brand is great because you keep walking past it? Then you fall in love with something that’s $78 and still don’t know that you would like the $10 thing? Or maybe you try some cheap stuff and it reminds you that it’s worth it for you to splurge.

    I’m moving more and more towards drugstore brands for everything because the formulas and packaging keep getting better and better. I don’t feel posh dumping out my wallet for makeup anymore, I just feel cheated. It’s all made of the same stuff in the same places, for the most part. I use affordable Korean skincare mostly now. I Heart Revolution dupes the colors I want. Wet n Wild makes the most affordable holo topper (nail polish) and you can get it at every Walmart. (It’s a mermaid something.)

    Don’t be a sucker. Save your money. Be glad to try affordable brands.

    • Amen! I read ingredients first thing. I know the basics of dermatology. I know how marketing works (hype it up, people!). I refuse to pay for the name in cosmetic industry. I’ve never noticed any difference between a $10 and $500 cream. Skin is a PROTECTIVE barrier designed to keep stuff OUT. And nothing can reverse, delay or cancel aging. My favourite cream is Avon with SPF 50. Best oil I’ve ever found is wheat germ, costs $1 for 25 ml, I buy it from Russia. IOPE CICA cream is good for night. And I love ELF with all my heart.

      I love pretty packaging as much as a girl next door, and I buy a lot of pretty makeup items because I collect them. But I would never assume that their formula is 100 times superior to a drugstore brand.

    • I think my thoughts on this stem from the box it arrived in, which is more of a higher-end brand box and I don’t think it was a good fit for my expectations of the box. I don’t buy e.l.f. products because I generally don’t like them and I don’t find them effective. While I am not shelling out loads of money for Sunday Riley or other similar brands regularly, I don’t mind spending a little more on brands that feel more trustworthy to me and feel like at least a little bit of a splurge. Skincare and makeup falls into a hobby category for me as well as (mostly) necessity, so I love investing in products that speak to me on multiple levels, especially when it comes with the fun of browsing Sephora for way too long! If I am going to go more affordable, it is absolutely going to be a brand like The Ordinaries or a Korean brand because I am obsessed with K-beauty too!

    • Yes indeed! The K skincare is definitely value priced and is lovely. I’ve lived on drugstore brands most all my life.

  22. I’m no snob either (love ELF!) but it doesn’t make sense in this box. I also don’t love that it’s all skincare. TWO moisturizers, TWO exfoliants and a cleanser? And I could never pull off that lipstick in a billion years. I skipped this box and I’m so glad!

  23. i love this box ..but that tarte lipstick looks to dark for me, hope I get a lighter shade..

    • Me too — but this looks like the sort of color that would be perfect if only a few shades lighter. I was thinking it might work if blotted almost completely away…

      • Just top it with one of those gazillion “nudes” they send in subs 😉

      • Thars what I do!

      • Or, wear the nude, smudge a bit of the red color on the center of your lips, and blend out. You don’t even need a brush – you can do it with your finger.

  24. Has anyone received November from Amazon? What did you get?

    • I am interested as well. Mine should be delivered hopefully Saturday.

    • Mine had the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream, Bliss That’s Incredi-peel pads (pack of 5), Freeze 24/7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum, E.L.F. Poreless Putty Primer, Curology Cleanser, and the Tarte Color Splash Lipstick in the color Boardwalk, which is very dark, but overall I was pretty pleased with the variation. The eye serum is half of the full size, so I believe it’s worth $57.50 just for that one sample.

      • Thanks! I’m going to restart my Amazon subscription

      • Cool, that variation sounds good to me! Really want the Cloud cream and eye serum. Boardwalk is brown, but I’ve actually been liking brown nudes lately so I can deal with it.

      • Thank you for sharing. I subscribe through Amazon, so I am hoping I get this box. The shade Boardwalk looks like a darkish-brown. I don’t know that I’ll be a huge fan but I’ll give it a try! Maybe blot it and add some nude lipgloss on top.

      • That sounds amazing! The brown lipstick will need a new home, but the rest are perfect for me

      • Does everyone get the same box from Amazon?

      • We are Amazon box twins! I love this box! I will try everything – even the lipstick. The formula looks really nice. If I could get a peel in every box I’d be over the moon. Excited to try the primer and eye serum. I think this box is a great value.

      • Thanks! I want to try the cloud cream and eye serum, so that sounds good to me. I’m not sure about the Boardwalk color, but I don’t own any brown lippies, so at least it will be something new.

      • Received the same box through Amazon. Wish lipstick was different color. That brown is so not me

      • Thanks, my Amazon box should be here tomorrow. That Boardwalk color looks terrible in the pics I saw and it seems way too brown and unflattering for most skintones. I think the one in the pic looks great and I’m disappointed it probably won’t be in our box.

      • Hellox my Amazon box was the same, except my lipstick came in Ocean Dive! It’s a beautiful bright pink. Can’t wait to wear it out.

  25. I really hope I receive the Elf Putty Primer, instead of the peel. Also, that lip color is way too dark for my liking… I hope to receive a pink nude shade. It’s still a nice box. The Peter Thomas Roth item is such great quality.

  26. I am not too crazy about this lip color, but it’s much better than bright red they usually tend to send. I resub for this box through amazon. We will see what I get tomorrow

    • I’ve gotten more than my share of nudes from Allure this year.

      Hoping for the shade Megan got, but we’ll see.

  27. Wow, that tarte lippie color is a knockout! I hope I get this one.

    • I have worn it for the last 3 days straight 😉

  28. I sub through Amazon and received my box yesterday and it came with the ELF Primer (which is what I wanted in addition to trying out that Freeze serum people keep raving about). If anyone is interested the Amazon box came with E.L.F. Poreless Putty Primer (full size), Curology Cleanser, Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream, Bliss That’s Incredi-peel pads, and the Freeze 24/7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum… and the lipstick was in the shade Boardwalk

  29. FYI, The Curology custom ordering is not available to Indiana residents. There may be other states as well.

  30. I’m not excited to see ELF as well and also hoping for the primer as I feel the same way about these “peeling” products . I love Curology me and my daughter both sub she gets the custom acne kit and I just get the superhero Tretinoin and I love it!!! Being an esthetician, I have used retinol for years and wanted to try tretinoin for the experience to help my clients and I loooovve it a real game changer! There formulas are really effective without causing the skin to freak out but u have to take it slow and adjust as needed etc. My daughter is seeing great results with her kit for grade 1 acne her skin looks healthier and the azalaic acid helps the redness. I highly recommended and u get the first month for free ; )

    • Yeeeessss! If i had to only recommend a single skincare sub it would be Curology, hands down. It is the best thing you can do for your skin. <3

      • Not happy Allure is starting the variation nonsense. I always end up with the variation with the lowest value and stuff I don’t want and cancelled play for this very reason. I will cancel allure as well if I feel they are sending the good stuff to everyone else. Of course I got the drying mud mask and putty primer instead of the cloud cream and peeling gel I would have loved. As usual I get the stuff I Can’t use. The lipstick is way too dark for me. I would love to know how most of you end up with nude lip colors because of the 15 I have gotten in the last year 2 have been useable nudes and 13 have been some variation of red color I could never wear and have been given away. The most expensive item is always a dark lip color I don’t want. Its soooo frustrating since so many people complaining about getting too many nudes and I can’t get one to save my life.

  31. I subbed through Amazon and the items were different. It was their in between selection. But I did sub in November so I may receive some of these items. Though I would prefer to receive the ones pictured on Amazon’s site.

  32. I resubbed to this box just for Christmas gift purposes lol. My mom loves that Tarte lipstick but doesn’t have a full-size one. Everything else will make great stocking stuffers.

    • I was going to do the same, but my Mom is so picky with colors. I know she would not wear any darker colors.

      • Yeah, if it’s too dark I’ll just keep it for myself lol.

  33. I’m not really interested in seeing e.l.f. in this box, either. I’m going to paste a blurb from Vox as to why: “The ‘cruelty-free‘ drugstore brand e.l.f. unknowingly sold US consumers false eyelash kits made with illegal North Korean materials.“ I get that it wasn’t directly e.l.f.’s fault, but that’s still such a turnoff for me personally. The brand doesn’t say fun treat or little luxury to me at all, which is what I’m looking for in a box.

  34. Haven’t received mine yet. Hope my Tarte isn’t that dark

  35. This looks like a great box. I’m also not too excited about the ELF product but I’m hoping for the primer.
    Wish I knew all the color variations of the Tarte lipstick. High dive looks so dark it’s scary! I’d try it but would probably have to mix with a different shade to make it work for me. I’m hoping for a lighter shade.

    • I don’t have this exact shade (I don’t think…) but I do have other darker colors from this line and they really are pretty sheer. You can just do one light-handed swipe or blot some off after with a tissue and just leave a wash of color like a stain. Hopefully you can make it work!

      • Thank you LB! I’m excited to try the Tarte lipstick regardless of color. I usually stay away from colors that are too dark but will blot it down if I receive High Dive.

    • LB is totally right on the stain effect! It is a great color, but if you arent ready for that level of vamp, blot it and gloss!

  36. Waiting for my box to get here. Will have to pass on the lipstick if it’s that shade`

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