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 March/April 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!
Avant Gentle Rose Beautifying Face Exfoliant, 1.69 fl oz - Full Size! Retail Value $126.11
I tend to like this brand, though I am always confused at the arguably crazy price tag. I have tried a few of their creams and moisturizers before, but this is my first exfoliator! I loved it immediately for a few reasons: the amazing rose scent, the hydrating formula, and the micro-exfoliators. No harsh scrubbies in here, just the tiniest grains that feel soft on your skin while still scrubbing away dullness and dead skin! The scent reminds me of my grandmother's roses and the formula itself leaves a lot of moisture behind to care for your newly resurfaced skin. This was a winner for me!
Piperwai Activated Charcoal Deodorant Cream, 2 oz - Full Size! Retail Value $11.99
I (sadly) have to be cautious with any deodorant that has baking soda. I used to use one regularly then suddenly one day had a reaction that left my armpits red and splotchy. Not cute. While I am a little scared to try this there, I did try it under my bra line and on my thighs. The rub is real, especially during the warmer months. Summer can be a nightmare if your thighs enjoy touching! I really like this formula and the scent (herbal and minty!) so I am going to hang onto this for when it gets hotter outside. The formula feels very velvety, so I can only imagine this will be a lifesaver!
Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Daily Peels, 3 pack - Estimated Value $8.80 (Buy 30 treatments for $88.00)
I love, love, love a good peel! These sorts of pads make it super easy to perform high-quality peels at home with pretty great results! These pads come 2 to a set, with one side housing the cloth with the AHA exfoliator, and the other an anti-aging neutralizer. Simply wipe your face down with the first cloth until it dries up and wait two minutes. I do peels frequently, so this solution didn't bother me but if you are sensitive, maybe just apply for a few seconds. Allow the solution to sit on your face for 2 minutes, then wipe down with the second pad, which calms everything down. AHAs make skin more sensitive to sun, so please don't forget to apply sunscreen after you use this! I always notice smoother skin after using these pads and regular use improves overall skin tone long term! My only complaint with this is that there were only three sets inside our sample.
Daily Dose Miracle Moisture Spray Leave-In Conditioner Detangler, 8.5 fl oz - Full Size! Retail Value $24.95 (on sale for $17.99)
I often skip actual conditioner in favor of a good leave-in. My favorite right now is by OUAI, and though I doubt any other could dethrone that from my favorite spot, this is still a really nice leave-in. It has a heavier formula and a really soft white floral scent. I like to towel dry my locks and spray leave-in conditioners all over my ends only, then finger comb my hair into soft waves. I also like a spritz throughout the day if I happen to have static or flyaways. My recommendation for that is to spray a little into your hand, rub your palms together, then pat them onto your dry tresses.
Whish Renewing Mud Mask, 2 fl oz - Full Size! Retail Value $48.00
This is a hit or miss brand for me. I tend to like their shaving formulas but the skincare I am less enthused about. This is an interesting little mask though, because you only leave it on for a minute, unlike traditional clay masks that you let dry on your face for much longer. I applied to my face, let dry for a minute, then rubbed in circular motions. Then I rinsed my face. I actually liked this a lot! It seems like a great way for someone like myself with dry skin to enjoy the benefits of a clay mask without the drying. The exfoliation was gentle but effective, and my skin looked pretty radiant after rinsing this off and toning.
Daily Concepts Multi-Functional Soap Sponge Mother of Pearl – Full Size! Retail Value $8.00
Loads of exfoliation in this month's tube! This pearl-infused sponge can be used on face and body, though I personally find it too small to be a body sponge. It provides very gentle exfoliation and the pearl has brightening benefits for my skin. I like to keep one or two of these stashed away for trips since it basically means I can skip bringing my exfoliation tool and facewash.
Vagisil Scentsitive Scents White Jasmine V-Friendly Bath Bomb - Retail Value $3.99
Vagisil Scentsitive Scents Peach Blossom V-Friendly Bath Bomb - Retail Value $3.99
Who doesn't love a good bath bomb? This pair is specially formulated to be gentle to your most sensitive areas, which is certainly important. These bombs are pH balanced and have chamomile, so you can have a bath that feels luxe but is also good to your skin. I really loved the scent of the jasmine one, but the peach one was waaaay too sweet and fruity for me. I passed it along to a friend.
Oralgen NuPearl.32X Perfecting Teeth Whitening Pen, 2.5 ml - Full Size! Retail Value $19.95
Finally, our last item is a tooth whitening pen. I thought this product was effective but kind of time-consuming to use. You basically apply it to your teeth, smile for about 30 seconds, then leave it on for 10-20 more minutes. Smiling for 30 seconds is a long time! I liked that the gel formula and brush applicator allowed me to get into the little nooks and crannies that my whitening toothpaste can miss. All in all, this does work, but I might be too impatient for this sort of thing.
Verdict: NewBeauty TestTube had quite the assortment this time. It was a little hit or miss for me personally, but I did enjoy this mix. The value is also pretty good, landing around $248.82 for your under $40 investment. It's true that the Avant exfoliator makes up a massive portion of that value, so if you don't like it like I did this might feel like less of a win. I loved it, as well as the peel pads, leave-in conditioner, and the clay mask. I also enjoyed one of the bath bombs, the deodorant, and the pearl sponge. There wasn't anything really groundbreaking in here, but everything was really practical and useful, which makes me feel pretty good about this tube!
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:
- Avant Rose Exfoliator $19.72
- PiperWait Deo $1.87
- Dr. Dennis Gross Pads $1.38
- Daily Dose Conditioner $2.81
- Whish Mud Mask $7.50
- Daily Concepts Sponge $1.25
- Vagisil Jasmine Bomb $0.62
- Vagisil Peach Bomb $0.62
- Orlagen Pen $3.12
Alternatively, each of the 9 items in this box has an average cost of $4.32.
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