NewBeauty TestTube Subscription Review – January/February 2020
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 January/February 2020 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!
FRÉ Skincare Protect Me, 2.03 fl oz – Retail Value $50.00
I am a sunscreen addict. It is the number 1 thing you can do to protect your skin against aging (other than just never leaving your house). That being said, there sure seem to be a ton of sub-par facial sunscreens out there! I want the protection without the film, please. This moisturizer manages to feel really great on my face. It is feather-light, which is a must-have! There is also a minimal scent in this formula, just a light clean whisper. Designed for skin that sweats, this is a perfect summer sunscreen. It actually arrived at the perfect time since I just ran out of my normal SPF moisturizer, and with a retail cost of $50 that more than covers the box cost, the rest of the items just feel like a bonus.
Soon Skincare Biocellulose Anti-Aging Face Mask – Retail Value $22.00
Soon Skincare Micro-Hole Hydrogel Collagen Face Mask – Retail Value $18.00
Soon Skincare Biocellulose Firming Face Mask – Retail Value $22.00
I really enjoyed this trio of masks. Each was a form of biocellulose material, meaning they kind of feel like a super-thin gel, but more like a layer of skin. My favorite would probably be the anti-aging because it combined three of my favorite skincare ingredients: hyaluronic acid, collagen, and niacinamide. The other two were both equally as excellent and contained a host of wonderful elements like aloe, raspberry ketones, rose, and ginkgo.
Caolion Pore White Cake Pack, 50 g – Retail Value $14.49
I tend to use clay masks more as spot treatments because I have drier skin that seems to not react well to loads of clay-based skincare. Even still, I often still see random pimples on my jawline (I sleep with my hands under my chin, which is just awful but very comfortable) and I like clay because it seems to help dry out my unwanted spots. This pot came with a helpful little spatula to scoop out just the right amount. It is a very heavy sort of mask but has a nice soft medicinal scent and smooth texture.
10+ Free Chemistry Nail Color in ‘Pink Sand Beaches’, 0.4 fl oz – Retail Value $18.00
FYI: The shade of your polish may vary.
I find nail polishes a little hit or miss, more so now that I no longer have my long nails. My small nails are hard to paint, especially when it comes to darker shades, which is why I usually love pale pinks, nudes, lavenders, etc. This is pretty much a perfect Megan color! A soft lilac-leaning pink, it is neutral enough to still look good even if it chips a little, but special enough to be worth wearing. Application was awesome, and I could easily justify stopping after one coat. This polish dried relatively fast and had a very shiny finish. I am very, very pleased.
Naturally G4U Instant Eye Repair Serum, 0.25 fl oz – Retail Value $19.99
FYI: Subscribers will either receive this item or Naturally G4U Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Serum.
I was a little less obsessed with this eye cream for a few reasons. First, the pot felt like a sample size, even though it was the full size. I know, I know, eye creams and serums usually do arrive in smaller packages, but this just felt dinky. The second reason was that although it did have some goodies inside (hello cooling cucumber, hyaluronic acid, and peptides!) it didn’t feel all that great on my skin. It actually felt like a tight film when I used it as a last step, but that feeling vanished when I added in some moisturizer. All in all, the price is great for the ingredients, I am just not excited here.
Bawdy Beauty Squeeze It Butt Mask – Retail Value $9.00
This was a first for me. This is a sheet mask for your BUM. Yes!! I get the reasoning behind this: we literally sit on that skin all day, and if you are regularly wearing tight-fitting leggings or rough fabrics, that skin might need a little love. I have to admit that I tend to quite literally ignore this area of my body aside from soap/shower gel. My poor bottom! I did open this packet with some apprehension: my butt is not small. What if this mask just covered like a pocked sized portion and I felt awful about myself after? It didn’t help that Will discovered exactly what this product was and was outside the bedroom door laughing himself silly. Rude! I was really thrilled that this is a bigger mask. Both cheeks were well covered. Did I feel really silly laying on my stomach for 15 minutes with a sweatshirt on and my bum out? Yeah, yeah I did! Did I notice a major difference in my skin? I don’t think so. But honestly, I don’t look back there too much. Either way, this is literally like the most appropriate TestTube item this round and I did enjoy myself.
Supersmile Extra Whitening System On-The-Go – Retail Value $12.00
New Generation 45º Toothbrush – Retail Value $9.00
Not one to generally get excited about tooth-related products, I was ready to write this stuff off as fancy toothpaste and a pretty toothbrush, but after I tried it I am a convert! These tubes really do make your smile visibly whiter after one use. Simply apply a pearl-sized drop of both to a DRY toothbrush, and brush in circular motions for 2 minutes. There is a grainy texture similar to the cleaning paste used at your dentist’s office, but less extreme. After 2 minutes rinse your mouth and enjoy your whiter smile! This is 100% a great option for anyone looking to brighten their smile without custom trays.
Rene Furterer STYLE Vegetal Texture Spray, 25 g – Estimated Value $7.26 (Buy 62 g for $18.00, currently out of stock)
Finally, our last item is a hair texture spray. It absolutely adds loads of texture with very little product, so be careful how much you apply! I like sprays like this, especially when I want to rock a messy bun or pony.
Verdict: NewBeauty TestTube is excellent. The value lands somewhere around $201.74, which is more than enough to justify the cost of this tube. In typical fashion, there were plenty of new to me products to try, which is what I look for in a NBTT. I am especially thrilled with the nail polish, FRÉ cream, and the teeth whitening kit. Never saw that coming! I also thoroughly enjoyed the bum mask and the face masks, as well as the texture spray. The only dud for me was the eye serum, but I am ok with there being only one miss!
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, here is what you are paying approximately per item:
- FRÉ Protect Me $9.64
- Soon Skincare Mask $4.24
- Soon Skincare Mask $3.47
- Soon Skincare Mask $4.24
- Caolion Cake Pack $2.79
- 10+ Free Chemistry Nail Polish $3.47
- Naturally G4U Eye Serum $3.85
- Bawdy Squeeze It Mask $1.74
- Supersmile Kit $2.31
- Supersmile Toothbrush $1.74
- Rene Furterer Spray $1.40
Alternatively, each of the 11 items in this box has an average cost of $3.54.
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What do you think of the January/February NewBeauty TestTube?