Macy’s Beauty Box Review – February 2020

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Macys Beauty Box February 2020 makeup and beauty subscription box review

Macy’s Beauty Box is a monthly beauty subscription box that sends you deluxe product samples of skincare, makeup, fragrances, and beauty tools for $15.00/month. Plus, you also get a $5.00 beauty coupon for use at Macy’s 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: $15.00/month + free shipping

The Products: Each month you will receive five deluxe beauty samples, a collectible cosmetics bag or beauty tool, and a $5.00 beauty coupon exclusively for Beauty Box subscribers, available for use at Macy’s 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 February 2020 Review


Each box comes with a fold-out card detailing the items included, a pro tip, and your $5.00 beauty coupon code to be used at Macy’s stores or online.


The bag this month is so cute! It is a linen look with a black zipper, and the pull tab has magenta and turquoise poms. I love the illustrated makeup items on the front too.


Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, 0.25 oz – Estimated Value $9.00 (Buy a full-size 1 oz for $36.00)

This product has been everywhere in the last few months. At least it is a good one! This was the first primer I ever really thought highly enough to use years ago and it is still a cult fave for a good reason. It has this powdery finish after you apply it to your skin that feels a little odd if you aren’t used to it, but wow does makeup look great on top!


Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser, 1 fl oz – Estimated Value $2.25 (Buy a full-size 16 fl oz for $36.00)

I am also familiar with this cleanser, and I like it very much. It is actually my mom’s favorite cleanser of all time because it feels great on the skin and is gentle but still thorough with removing makeup. She has skin that is prone to redness (I get it honestly) and this causes a lot less of a reaction than so many other cleansers out there.


C2 Lip Conditioner in ‘Vanilla’, 0.15 oz – Full Size! Retail Value $9.50

I am a lip chewer and a compulsive lip balm user. This formula has a nice, short ingredient list: sunflower oil, beeswax, jojoba oil, flavor, calendula extract, vitamin E, and rosemary extract. It is also organic, so you can feel good about making your lips feel so good!


ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream, 0.5 fl oz – Estimated Value $47.06 (Buy a full-size 1.7 fl oz for $160.00)

This is the highest value item in our bag this month and it is also something I have sampled before. I love a good night cream and this one certainly fits the bill. It is designed to target wrinkles, which I don’t have yet, but I am trying to be proactive about fine lines. It feels like pure velvet on my skin, and I noticed an improvement in the texture of my skin in the morning right away. My only complaint is the scent, which I just don’t like at all.


Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, 1 fl oz – Estimated Value $2.46 (Buy a full-size 6.7 fl oz for $18.50)

Clinique is super nostalgic for me because it is my Nana’s favorite brand and she has been using it since before I can remember being old enough to raid her vanity. This sample is of their liquid facial soap for sensitive and dry skin. No real scent here, but it manages to still smell very “clean.” It also does an incredible job of removing makeup in the most gentle way possible. I love heavier clear gel cleansers, so I am really excited to have such a nicely sized sample.


Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Eau de Toilette, 0.03 fl oz – Estimated Value $0.94 (Buy 3.4 fl oz for $106.00)

My very glamorous aunt wears this perfume, so it has very strong and positive memories attached for me. She actually gifted me a bottle when I was in college that I loved wearing! Launched in 1992, it still feels so classic and fresh. This is truly a timeless sort of fragrance, with notes of powder, white florals, fresh water, and a mellow wooden base. Inspired by the scent of water on a woman’s skin, this is a delightfully fresh fragrance that is perfect for spring.


Issey Miyake Men’s L’Eau d’Issey Wood&Wood Pour Homme Eau de Parfum Intense, 0.03 fl oz – Estimated Value $0.89 (Buy 3.3 fl oz for $98.00)

This is a new launch from Issey Miyake, and as a lover of any heavily wood focused scents, I do like it. I will admit that it feels a little more generic than his other creations though, and would benefit from some sort of unexpected note. As is, it smells like any men’s cologne you might stumble across at the Macy’s counter.

Verdict: This Macy’s Beauty Box has an estimated value of $72.10, which is great for a $15 box. This is the sort of box I would classify as a weekend trip toiletries supply run. The two cleansers and night cream are the perfect sizes to take on the go and feel like you are still using an elevated range of skincare products but without the weight in your bag. The primer is another nice addition for the same reason. The scents were welcome, but that really can’t surprise any of you who know that I do indeed have a perfume addiction. All in all, nothing new or exciting in here, but an arguably great value and brands everyone already knows and loves. 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Check this page to double-check what you’ll receive when you sign up. As of publication, it looks like March will be your first box.

Value Breakdown: At $15.00 for this box, here is what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Smashbox Primer $1.87
  • Philosophy Cleanser $0.47
  • C2 Lip Conditioner $1.97
  • ELEMIS Night Cream $9.79
  • Clinique Facial Soap $0.51
  • Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Eau de Toilette $0.20
  • Issey Miyake Wood&Wood $0.19

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

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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 | 17 comments


  1. I Loved This Box! The bag is so cute! I have been a Beauty Box subscriber since the start and never have received one box that I did not either use or donate to our local domestic violence shelter, where they appreciate everything!

  2. Every time I eat something new and don’t like it, it turns out it has cilantro in it. Every time I dislike a perfume it turns out it has tuberose in it. Like this one. Don’t know if the two aversions are related. (The rest of the box is repeats, but useful, so I’m not complaining.

  3. That Miyake is the only water-accord fragrance I love, and it’s definitely because of the backbone of woods.

  4. I wanted to sign up for this months box but it says the first box I would receive is April. I wish MSA would review boxes sooner so I don’t get my hopes up!!!

    • With this box after the spoilers come out at the end of the month, it’s already too late to get the box. So technically even if MSA reviewed February’s box right when the spoilers came out at the end of January, it would already be late to get that box and the first box would be March.

    • My store sells the box all month long. Try checking out your local Macys and if your in a rural area, it’s a great reason to take a trip on the town 😉

  5. Did they stop putting in the $5 coupon? I thought it came in every month.

    • I got a coupon.

    • Mine came with a coupon. Mine was glued somewhere in the booklet that came with the box.

  6. Ugh, I did it, I finally signed up. I wanted a box to replace Birchbox and after seeing this review I’m convinced I made the right decision. 🤞

  7. I left a comment here hours ago. Not posted yet. Grrrr.

  8. I can see how this month’s bag wouldn’t be that exciting to someone who’s into beauty boxes solely to discover newly launched items, but I personally enjoy also receiving familiar products in my boxes, so this one was still a really great fit for me, and I’ll happily use everything in the box (except the cologne). I love that face primer & Philosophy cleanser, and will never complain about getting yet another sample of them in a box or gwp. I haven’t tried that Clinique cleanser, Elemis night cream, or lip balm before, but I’m sure I’ll love them. I can’t recall my feelings on the perfume, but I kept it, so I must have liked it. 🙂 Oh! And I thought the bag was super cute too. I can’t wait to see spoilers for next month’s box!

    • I feel almost exactly the same as you, on all counts!

    • it is basically a perfect weekender box for me! I have an esthetician conference coming up in March so at least I won’t have to worry about exploding full size bottles all weekend 🙂

  9. So this isn’t related to the Macy’s box, but last week after reading one of your fragrance reviews, I decided that I NEEDED to have Clean Reserve Solar Bloom. So I diligently stalked ebay and found an inexpensive sample rollerball and let me tell you, Child: I love it! It twists that creaminess right up with the citrus and creates this magical Dreamsicle scent. And generally, my nose doesn’t enjoy patchouli (which I notice is one of the base notes here), but my sniffer doesn’t seem to pick up the patchouli at all, so WIN.

    Thanks so much for the recommendation!

    • I am so happy you liked it too!!! I always get a little nervous with perfume reviews because ‘scent’ is so specific and everyone seems to smell things differently. It is such a dreamy summer scent that makes me smile everytime I wear it. So happy you love it too. <3

  10. Really like everything in the box this month and will use it all! The lip balm is my favorite and I already ordered more so I have extras everywhere. I also thought the bag is really cute (even though I already have a ton of bags, I can always find a use for one more if it is adorable).

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