NewBeauty TestTube Subscription Review – November/December 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: The continental US only
Our November/December 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!
Virtue Labs Restorative Treatment Mask, 1.7 oz – Retail Value $30.00
FYI: Subscribers will either receive this item or Virtue Labs Dry Shampoo
I don’t generally use hair masks as they are meant to be, mainly because I like my coarser hair texture and don’t shampoo daily, so sometimes these ultra-hydrating treatments can make me feel oily. I skipped my normal conditioner after shampooing and used a dollop of this instead, leaving it on my ends for about 2 minutes before rinsing out. It worked really well for me like this and was sort of a step between daily conditioner and a mask, which suits me just fine. It smells really great, kind of creamy but with wood and citrus. Also worth mentioning is that there was no size listed on this product, but I am guesstimating it is the 1.7 oz size when compared to similar products in my arsenal.
Klorane Body Lotion, 6.7 fl oz – Retail Value $16.00
FYI: Subscribers will either receive this item or Klorane Shower Gel
This lightweight lotion has a nice, soft scent. A little sweet, a little floral, it is a nice subtle complement to my perfume. I tend to prefer heavier lotions and creams, but this is just the right sort of midday hand moisturizer I can see myself reaching for between typing up reviews. I also loved how this felt on my arms because it gave hydration without leaving any film or residue behind. I appreciate the pump and the 97% natural ingredients too!
Aveline Razor – Retail Value $10.00
This was an interesting addition to our tube this month. This razor has three rollerballs that help it glide against skin as well as a ring you can slip over your finger for a more controlled shave. I don’t really have any issue with my traditional razors and I have to ask: Are we remaking the wheel? The shave itself was fine, though I found myself holding it just like I would a traditional razor. The ring felt like it put the cartridge at a weird angle for me personally. Where this razor really shined was the SIX sharp blades and lavender-infused cartridge strip. I wonder if this might be an awesome option for someone with less hand mobility or stiff joints because that ring certainly would be easier than gripping a thin handle for some. It also might be one of those things that just has a learning curve for me? I will say that if they sold these cartridges for normal razors, I would totally buy ’em!
Vitabrid C¹² Scalp Shampoo, 10.15 fl oz – Full Size! Retail Value $32.00
As soon as I pulled this shampoo bottle from the box I knew Will would love it. I can’t really explain why, but something about the minimal (and arguably sterile) looking packaging just looked like something he would be into. I was right. This shampoo has a menthol/cooling/tingling sensation on the scalp that I wasn’t super into but Will was alllll about. He loves this stuff! He said it left his hair feeling extra clean and his scalp felt amazing. I don’t like having a cold scalp and I found the bottle hard to squeeze, but, hey, he is happy. I told him to savor it with that price tag!
Refresh Skin Therapy Fruit Acid 15% Gel Peel, 1 fl oz – Retail Value $36.00
I am a gal who likes a peel. I use a liquid one once a week on Sundays. This peel is a heavier gel that you apply to your clean face and wash off after 1-3 minutes. Inside is a 15% AHA solution that helps to promote cell turnover and exfoliates dead skin away. Be sure to follow up with a moisturizer after every use and be wary of overdoing sun. This product worked pretty well and I could certainly feel a slight difference in my skin’s texture after trying it. I have been using a different 30% AHA peel regularly for a few years now so this probably just wasn’t strong enough to compete. It is one of the few skincare products I would never want to do without and is under $8.00! Want some? Click here.
Niu Body Piña Colada Lip Polish, 5 g or 10 g? – Buy a full size 15 g for $10.00
First, a little bit of detail info housekeeping. I have no idea what size this product is. The lid says 5 g, but the sticker on the back says 10 g. I can’t really give you a value estimate, because I have no clue what size it is!
Ok, now that that is over, this lip scrub is ok. I don’t really love tropical flavored things, but it does do what it says it would, namely exfoliated my lips and made them extremely soft. And as far as scrubs go, this one isn’t badly priced at $10, especially since the ingredient list is simple and clean.
Laura Geller Iconic Baked Sculpting Lipstick in ‘Brooklyn Beige’ – Retail Value $21.99 (currently on sale for $12.99)
I know this is an odd thing to be excited about, but this tube has one of those heavy-duty magnets that makes the lid snap into place with such a satisfying click! Ahh, I love these! The color is also gorgeous, a nude pink that looks great on my lips. It has a satin finish and is decently long-wearing. I loved that it was also hydrating, and felt almost like a creamy balm on my lips. The coverage was great and the name ‘Brooklyn Beige’ is super cute.
Easy, pretty, done.
elvis+elvin Grape Stem Cell Treatment Masks, 4 masks – Retail Value $30.00
FYI: You will either receive grape or lilac masks
I kind of wish I had received the lilac version of these masks, because they had such a strong grape smell that I just couldn’t enjoy them as much as I would have liked. They did leave my skin looking awesome though, so I might just have to suck it up and deal with it. They fit well and were super hydrating. There are grape stem cells in the serum which are said to protect against UV rays and thus prevent the signs of aging.
Verdict: NewBeauty TestTube is always a good time, though there wasn’t really a standout product for me this month that got me really excited. Everything in here was super practical and useful, and I love full sizes. I think I was just waiting to pull out something over the top and it didn’t really happen. Was this box worth the subscription cost? Oh yeah! It always is! And while there weren’t fireworks this month, it was solid and had a great assortment of products that will certainly be used or passed on to my mom or a close friend. The value lands somewhere around $175.99 even without the lip scrub which I couldn’t figure out how to price due to sizing inconsistencies.
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, each of the 8 items in this box has an average cost of $4.86.
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What do you think of the November/December NewBeauty TestTube?