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.)
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 + free shipping. Save with a yearly subscription.
The Products: Deluxe and full-size beauty and makeup samples.
Ships to: The US and Puerto Rico for free
Allure Beauty Box December 2019 Review
A handy booklet has all the product info inside.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $40.00
I can't think of a palette that has ever looked more wintery in my entire life! This set of 6 highlighters is really beautiful. They are all pretty much in a pearly base but differ because each has its own shimmering flash in different colors such as purple, blue, green, pink, etc! I generally tend to shy away from highlighters that aren't pearl, champagne, or blushy, but these are actually really subtle unless you go heavy-handed. I really loved both the 'Pink Heart' and 'Blue Moon' shades best, but all are totally wearable, even the green-leaning 'Lucky Clover'.
Kind of hard to capture this sort of iridescence, but these have such shine!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in 'Bohemian', 0.11 oz – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $20.00
I will admit that I am not a fan of this matte formula. It just dried my lips out so badly! I tend to prefer satin finish lip products in general though, and I have matte-loving friends who SWEAR by this formula. I am really taken by how pretty this color is though. A deep wine-berry-red that is pure drama! It is winter-red perfection, so much so, in fact, I decided to try this with a balm on top to make it more of a satin finish. I absolutely love it this way, and the shade is so flattering to my ashy blonde hair and fair skin.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, 2.5 ml - Estimated Value $7.01 (Buy 7.85 ml for $22.00)
I have been growing my eyebrows out for YEARS because I severely over-plucked them in high school. I generally rely on a similar gel but with a tint to it. Over the last few weeks, I have been reaching more and more for clear gels, so this arrived at the perfect time. I love any brow product that applies with a spoolie because it makes it so effortless to comb through and "arrange" my brows. This clear gel worked really well and didn't leave my brows feeling like I had any product in them, while still giving me a polished level of control.
First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothing Primer, 50 ml - FULL SIZE! Retail Value $28.00
I love a box with loads of full-size items, so this one is going really well! This is a coconutty scented primer with a featherlight feel! It is one of those formulas that absorbs really fast, and doesn't leave much of any feeling behind in terms of texture. It does add smoothness to my skin and a little radiance boost, but the kind that comes from hydration rather than obvious shimmer particles (though this does have super tiny micro pearls!). I actually liked this alone on my face for the days I forgo foundation but still want to look like my skin is healthy and vibrant. If I could change one thing about this product, it would actually be that coconut scent, but I can live with it!
OUAI Texturizing Hair Spray, 1.4 oz - Mini Size! Retail Value $12.00
Hello, favorite hair product brand. I love you. This little bottle holds a dry shampoo/hair spray hybrid that I love, especially on those days when my hair somehow already has a perfect wave. I have dry, thick hair, and I love playing up its natural texture. A few sprays of this finger-combed through my hair (I prefer to apply flipped over, upside down for volume) gives my hair so much va-va-voom! It also sucks up most of the oil on my roots and smells absolutely incredible!
Verdict: This Allure box has a total value of around $107.01, which is a stellar value for a $15 box. I think this is one of my favorites yet! I loved the Moonchild palette so much. I don't think I ever would have even swatched this on a Sephora visit because I would have assumed the shades were too "wild" for me. That couldn't be more wrong! I also loved the shade of the lipstick, though I do have to alter it a little to improve the formula for my personal taste. The brow gel was one of those low-key must-haves that I am always happy to have more of. Who wants to buy brow gel? I haven't in over a year. The FAB primer is a solid product, and, of course, anything OUAI makes me very happy indeed!
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $15 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Moonchild Palette $5.61
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick $2.80
- Clear Brow Gel $0.98
- F.A.B. Primer $3.92
- OUAI Spray $1.68
Alternatively, each of the 6 items has an average cost of $3.00.
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What do you think of the December Allure Beauty Box? What was your favorite product in the box?