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Macy’s Beauty Box Review – December 2019

Macy_s Beauty Box December 2019 beauty and makesup subscription review

Macy’s Beauty Box is a monthly beauty subscription box that sends you deluxe product samples, a collectible cosmetics bag, and a bonus item. 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, a collectible cosmetics bag, one bonus item, 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 December 2019 Review

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


We also received notice that we have a product substitution. I will give you a heads up when we get there!

Now, on to the items!


A makeup bag came this month that has a strap allowing it to double as a chic holiday clutch. The front is covered in super sparkly glitter (that doesn’t shed off!) and the back is metallic silver pleather.


MakeupDrop Original Silicone Beauty Applicator – Retail Value $20.00

I had heard of these little silicone tools and was interested because they seem like a great alternative to the sponge applicators that do work, but seem to soak up a lot of extra makeup in the process which is both costly and gross. This little applicator has a larger rounded end as well as a pointed tip, meaning you can get coverage all over your face and into the little corners that can be easy to miss. The one that arrived in my bag was clear and filled with trapped glitter, which felt super festive indeed. I didn’t think I liked this tool at first, because I was swiping it around on my face which just seemed to smear my foundation around, but then I changed my tactics and used patting motions. This worked beautifully and set my foundation onto my skin in a natural soft finish. I am now a convert!


PÜR Skin Perfecting Powder in ‘After Glow’, 0.08 oz – Estimated Value $2.60 (Buy a full-size 0.8 oz for $26.00)

FYI: The booklet lists this item as PÜR Mineral Glow Skin Perfecting Powder, but this sample is actually a champagne highlighter rather than a bronze shade. This wasn’t our substituted item, but rather a different product entirely. 

You know I love highlighter. I am not sick of all the samples I get and I don’t know that I ever will be! This finish is way more on the natural side than some of my others, but I can dig it. It gives a wash of super sheer pearly shimmer with no really large or noticeable particles.

A soft champagne glow.


Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum, 7 capsules – Estimated Value $9.80 (Buy 60 capsules for $84.00)

These cute little capsules hold a perfect one-time-use amount of ceramide serum each. The serum itself is super watery and doesn’t have much scent. It absorbs easily into my skin and seemed wildly hydrating without being oily or filmy and gave my skin that sort of radiance that comes from being well hydrated. I don’t know that I would use this during the day time but at night before my night cream? Totally. The capsules are also perfect for travel.


Girlactik 3-In-1 Lip Sparkle Balm, 2.8 g – Full Size! Retail Value $17.00

I didn’t expect to think much of this little pencil. It looked pretty boring and was a shimmery sort of topper. I was totally wrong. This stuff is amazing! I am not someone who really loves glitter but this micro glitter on my bare lips is so, SO good. It is a clear base with electric flecks of purple, pink, blue, and green. You can wear it alone or over a lip color, but I vote for alone because it is such a unique finish and although it is blindingly shiny, you don’t feel any grit at all. I will buy this when I run out for sure.

This is actually so sparkly and dimensional in person, but is nearly impossible to capture in a photo.


GrandeLips Hydrating Lip Plumper in ‘Midnight Shimmer’, 0.084 oz – Full Size! Retail Value $27.00

This was our substitution, though it wasn’t super drastic. The original item was meant to be a shade called ‘Sparkling Sangria’ though I quite like this totally off-the-wall smoked shade. I have never worn a color so chic and moody. The sheer base is a deep plummy brown but it is filled with hot red sparkle. It looks awesome on its own but I prefer it over a berry lipstick.

She is MOODY.


Carolina Herrera Good Girl Légère Eau de Parfum, 0.05 fl oz – Estimated Value $2.17 (Buy a full-size 2.7 fl oz for $117.00)

This is such a pretty and feminine scent. It smells very polished and ladylike but also bold and memorable. It is also super unique as it is a white floral with strong coffee notes and more than a little sex appeal. I feel like some badass CEO would wear this while conquering the world (or at least the boardroom). The other notes that stood out were a little wood, a little patchouli, and orris, my favorite.


Paco Rabanne Men’s Invictus Legend Eau de Parfum, 0.05 fl oz – Estimated Value $1.41 (Buy a full-size 3.4 fl oz for $96.00)

Oh, I like this. It smells like the ocean and sea salt, and lemons! After a few minutes, the citrus fades down and you notice wood and perhaps a little pepper? This is delightful and I will probably wear this one myself as I have been known to wear men’s colognes as often as I have ladies perfume. Wear what excites you!

Verdict: This Macy’s Beauty Box was awesome. The holiday glam and sparkle theme was totally there and beautifully done. There wasn’t a single dud in this assortment for me and I even somehow loved both perfumes. Who am I?! The value was great too, a $79.98 total for your $15 investment. And 3 full-size products? Yes, please.

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, January will be your first box.

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

  • MakeupDrop $3.75
  • PÜR Highlighter $0.49
  • Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules $1.84
  • Girlactik Sparkle Balm $3.19
  • GrandeLips $5.06
  • Carolina Herrera Perfume $0.41
  • Paco Rabanne Cologne $0.26

Alternatively, each of the 7 items has an average cost of $2.14.

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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.

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 | 36 comments

Comments (36)

  1. For me, this was the worst box yet. I got a substitute lip product that was all dried up. Can’t really use any of the products (except I like the glitter bag), and one of my peeves is MEN’S cologne (husband will never use). Caused me to cancel my sub, but now I’m tempted to resubscribe, because I have generally enjoyed the Macy’s boxes.

    • Does anyone have a coupon they won’t be using? Thank you kindly!

  2. Lip color was so dark; something I couldn’t even use when I was young. One cologne sample wouldn’t spray, nor could I open it. I had the same smearing problem with the makeup applicator but I will try the blotting technique. I called customer service about the lip color and cologne and they refunded the entire cost of the box. No complaints there…

  3. I tried MakeupDrop and have no idea how to use it. I pat it on and it just smears all over.

  4. If anyone want to use the gift card, today macy has free shipping on all orders 😊

    • Great, I think I will use it to order Skin Perfecting Powder we were supposed to get

      • Urban Decay holiday collections also 50% off and there are some items that’s under $20, if you’re looking for stocking stuffers.

      • They’ve had select Estee Lauder 50% off. Have to search and it comes and goes. I bought lipstick.

    • Thank you for this tip. I had given up on using mine since shipping was $10.95. I was able to get a couple small things that will take my mind off the truly awful shade of the Grande Lips that I got (it’s orange).

  5. Your review was awesome as always!!! Thank you for taking the time.
    I was disappointed in this months bag. My bag was a DUD!!
    My silver bag’s glitter is falling off. Thats a bummer.

    Didn’t like the MakeupDrop (haven’t find anyone to give this to)

    Gave it to my grandy not into the PUR line. I’m glad she wanted it. PÜR Highlighter

    Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules not sure how I feel about these yet but will will give this a try nightly as you suggested.

    Girlactik Sparkle Balm LOVE these! Glad to have a 2nd set and I also need to know how to sharpen them.

    GrandeLips horrible gold color. WIsh I had received the shade you did. The gold alone is not exciting.

    NOT into perfume samples at all. I will pass them along.
    Carolina Herrera Perfume $0.41
    Paco Rabanne Cologne $0.26

    • Thanks so much Carla!
      I am surprised about your bag. I was rubbing mine trying to make glitter come off, because shedding glitter is one of my pet peeves. Sorry yours is not holding up in the same way!

      That Girlaktic is sooo good. I am def repurchasing another pencil!

    • My bag’s glitter seems to be ok, yours seems to be “damaged”?
      Maybe you can contact CS about receiving “damaged” item.
      Once I received damaged item also & contact CS.
      They’re unable to send replacement so they refunded me the cost of the whole bag ($16.16 with tax).

    • I end up donating mine to the non profit I work for. I didn’t realize they accepted it. Last time I collected all the ones I had from when you buy x get y for free or any from the beauty box, I put it in a bag at work and it was all gone. Someone took the whole bag!

  6. Megan,
    Please model these lip pies in future reviews. You are one of those people who look great in everything. Let us see how it looks on…

    • Lippies… switched from a Galaxy to iPhone 11. This autocorrect is out of its mind

      • But lip pies is kinda funny! : )

    • Agreed. It’s SO helpful to see these *on* someone’s lips. Honestly, in the past, it’s made the difference between me subscribing and not subscribing to boxes. Seeing it on an arm versus seeing on someone’s face is a huge difference.

      • Well, you can’t get this box anyways as it’s too late to get December

    • But now I want pie!!!

      I left this one at work but let me see if I can take a snap and add it on Monday. <3

  7. Which sharpener will work correctly on the Girlactik balm? Thanks in advance!

    • I have a random Revlon one with two different size sharpeners that seems to work. I wish I could give you more specific info on it, but its so old I have no idea what the item info was!

  8. This looks like a wonderful box! Unfortunately, I moved and even though I updated my address in plenty of time, Macy’s sent it to my old address! It delivered there and wasn’t forwarded, so my old apartment office got an early Christmas present! I wish they paid better attention to customer service, like address change, for instance. I was so looking forward to this box too! I wanted to try it all!

    • Contact Macy’s if you haven’t already. Tried emailing them or chat. They will not send another box, but they will refund you. I’ve done this when my package was lost

  9. I think I need to bite the bullet and sub to this box. Every review gives me serious FOMO.

  10. I’m so happy with this box I could cry!!! Then I learned how to use the silicone for concealer around & and on my eyes!!! No more struggle to use finger with my long nails!!!! I Love the gloss perfect for my melanin skin!!!! Highlight meh inner corner highlight. But the vitamin C my face loves!! Used my coupon already wore my little clutch to shop

    • It was such a good one! Macys is usually really fun, and totally worth it. I am glad you enjoyed this month as much as I did! 🙂

  11. This is the first Macy box I would have been thrilled to get, even al the substitutions! Unfortunately it says January now.

    • Macy’s doesn’t release spoilers so you don’t know until they’ve been shipped or past the billing date.

  12. This box was MEH. I just used the $10 off coupon at Macy’s and the clerk had to input it manually because I bought a little set that was the special off the day for $25 (down from $40).

    I think there’s a bunch of restrictions on it that aren’t mentioned on the card (cannot be used on sale, marked down, clearance items AND requires minimum spend of $20)? I wish they’d be outlined on the card!

  13. I’ve got the bag listed on the swap site. 🙂

  14. My lipstick was a different lighter color. It was something amber in the name. A bit on the lighter shade, but I think I can make it work. The makeup drop probably going in the trash. The bag is fantastic. Think I will gift the highlighter. Wish I got what we were supposed to get originally.

  15. I love my box. The bag I’m going to use for upcoming holiday parties! I was not excited for the Girlactik stock at first, but it has become my favorite thing! It gives my lips a nice subtle glimmer. I am really loving this sub and glad I signed up!

    • I was so expecting to be “blah” about that sparkle stick but WOW. I plan on buying another as backup.

  16. love that bag!

  17. I’ve always liked Macy’s Beauty Box. The one thing I didnt care for was the silicone beauty blender No one likes these things. All they do is smear.

  18. Too bad I’m broke because this looks like a great deal! I love the bag

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