NewBeauty TestTube Subscription Review – September/October 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.
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About this Beauty Subscription 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 September/October 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!
AnteAGE Home Multineedling Kit – Retail Value $120.00
This is a rather unique addition to this month’s Tube! Admittedly, we didn’t learn a ton about micro-needling in esthy school because this is usually a treatment reserved for med spas, and it’s considered advanced, at least where I was taught. This kit includes one roller and two smaller vials of roll-on solution that includes human bone marrow cells, and hyaluronic acid. The whole human bone thing might turn a few people off, but I gave this a go, you know, for science! The rollerball vials make the application really easy. Simply apply it to the areas you plan on rolling (make sure your face is clean!) and then roll the microneedler ontop. Then, apply another layer. The good news about this product is that if you are not feeling the whole bone marrow solution aspect, you can use the microneedler solo or with another serum of your choice. The way microneedling works is that those needles stimulate your skin layers and prompt a natural growth response within your skin. This leads to extra collagen and elastin which means firmer and healthier skin.
This kit comes with enough solution for around 10 treatments. Microneedling is one of those “takes time” sort of treatments and though it’s hard for me to report a massive difference in 4 days, it certainly feels like my skin is responding. I am not going to say this sensation feels pleasant. The needles don’t feel good. Like at all. But they also aren’t uncomfortable enough for me to stop using this tool. If you decide to give this a shot with or without the solution, be sure to wash the microneedler well between uses and/or spray with some alcohol to make sure it is clean every time you use it.
Aquage Dry Shampoo, 8 oz – Full Size! Retail Value $24.00
Dry shampoo is a little easier to write about than a fancy microneedler! I mean, it’s pretty straight forward, right? I like to flip my head upside down and generously spray my roots, finger fluffing the shampoo throughout before I flip my head back over. This technique creates instant volume! I liked this dry shampoo, though it would never replace my favorite. It has a really nice fresh scent and was very effective at making my 3 days after shampoo hair look big and clean. I liked that this specific formula is like a dry shampoo + texture spray hybrid because it gives so much volume and helps me keep that messy look that I prefer. A+ for none of that white residue either!
L’Occitane en Provence Cleansing Oil-to-Milk, 200 mL – Full Size! Retail Value $24.00
I am a cleanser enthusiast, and I generally double cleanse first with an oil formula then again with a gentle cream sort of cleanser. This oil cleanser is so pretty and decadent! The golden oil turns into a slightly milky liquid when you mix it between your palms with a little water. It feels so great on my face and smells wonderful! The scent here is kind of like a tangy floral, but very natural and bright. It makes quick work of stubborn makeup and is totally appropriate as a solo cleanser if you aren’t into double-dipping.
C.O. Bigelow Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer, 2 fl oz – Full Size! Retail Value $6.00
Hand sanitizer is something I can usually find in stores again at this point, but I will take a little extra any day! This formula is pretty straightforward. It contains water, glycerine, alcohol, aloe, citric acid, and sodium hydroxide. No scents here! I will say that the aloe makes this feel a little slimy at first but keep rubbing your hands and that disappears. This sanitizer felt gentle on my hands (well.. as gentle as hand sanitizer can be) and I am happy to have a nice sized tube to toss into my purse or stash in my car.
Good Science Beauty Skin-Care 001-Pu Purifying Face Cream, 1 fl oz – Full Size! Retail Value $48.00
I kind of wish I had gotten one of the formulas that wasn’t for oily skin, but then again, with all the acne around my jawline these days, this might be a blessing! This formula also boasts pore size reduction in 28 days. For someone who has drier skin, I do have giant pores. The images used on the product site were compelling too, especially since they were from an independent trial and independently verified to have zero photo manipulation. Isn’t it crazy how we just assume everything is edited now? With so many images retouched, this is really refreshing. Inside this frosted amber bottle is a cream that has a very light brown color. The formula has a lot of good stuff inside too! Major callouts include willow bark, shea, and Oligopeptide-10, an amino acid peptide that is antimicrobial and great for your skin’s texture long term. This cream absorbs in a snap and leaves a nice soft finish. I am going to continue using this in the day but reserve something heavier for a night cream.
AfterSpa Exfoliating Wash Cloth – Retail Value $7.00
I am not suggesting that I have tiny t-rex arms, but I do struggle to reach all the spots on my back with soap when I shower. I usually just rub my shoulders down and let gravity and water cover my whole back, but sometimes it just needs a good scrub. This larger towel comes with loops so you can hold the ends and scrub it across your entire back! It feels pretty freaking excellent. I also love the way this feels on the back of my thighs!
Glo Skin Beauty Suede Matte Crayon in ‘Trademark’ – Full Size! Retail Value $22.00
FYI: Shades will vary by tube.
This is a pretty great little pencil! It dried down to a matte sort of finish without any dryness. The shade I received was a muddy berry color that was super flattering on me and rather perfect for fall. You can use this as a wide liner or coat your whole kiss. I liked that it had a very soft minty scent too.
Totally a shade I will reach for this fall, over and over.
Masqueology Pucker Up! – Retail Value $4.00
Our last item is a multi-step lip plumping mask. The first packet holds a clear scrub with ground-up walnut shells to exfoliate. I didn’t love this step, but that might be because I am so used to yummy sugar scrubs! This was a much more gentle and significantly less tasty exfoliation step. The second step is a lip-shaped mask that actually stayed on my lips, unlike so many other lip masks out there! The final step is a clear plumping gloss with a minty tingle. I think the middle lip mask step was actually muy favorite, and the one I noticed the most benefit from, but this was still a fun little pampering treat!
Verdict: This was a well rounded NewBeauty TestTube. It has everything from hair to skincare, and even some makeup in there too! I think this wasn’t as exciting as some Tubes have been in the past (sorry, Sunday Riley always gets me pumped) but everything here was really useful and the formulas were very nice. I am especially pleased with the oil cleanser and the cream from Good Science Beauty. The lip color was great and I always like having dry shampoo on hand. The back scrubber feels SO good on the spots of my back that often get overlooked and the lip mask was super fun. The microneedling kit was the most expensive product inside this delivery and it will likely be the most polarizing, but as a rather brave skin geek, I thought it was a good time and I am going to use it regularly until I run out of the solution to see what happens to my skin over time. The total value of this Tube is $255.00 which is really great for a $38.90 beauty discovery subscription.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! But these do often sell-out!
Value Breakdown: At $38.90 for this box, here is what you are paying approximately per item:
- Anteage Kit $18.31
- Aquage Dry Shampoo $3.66
- L’Occitane en Provence Cleansing Oil $3.66
- C.O. Bigelow Sanitizer $0.92
- Good Science Beauty Cream $7.32
- Afterspa Cloth $1.07
- Glo Skin Beauty Lippie $3.36
- Masqueologuy Lip Mask $0.61
Alternatively, each of the 8 items in this box has an average cost of $4.86.
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