Allure Beauty Box is a monthly beauty subscription from Allure Magazine. Each month they send out a mix of deluxe and full-size samples from mostly high-end brands. (It was named one of the best beauty subscription boxes by MSA readers in the 2020 Subscription Box Awards.)
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: Allure Beauty Box
The Cost: $23 a month + free shipping. Save with a yearly subscription.
The Products: Deluxe and full-size beauty and makeup samples. Ordering through Allure also means you receive a newsletter with tips, tricks & exclusive promotions like limited-edition boxes, access to members-only virtual events, promo codes, and more!
Ships to: The U.S. and Puerto Rico for free
Allure Beauty Box January 2021 Review
This handy booklet has all the product info inside.
Saturday Skin Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel, 75 mL – Full Size! Retail Value $28.00
I know there are loads of people out there who love this stuff, but it just isn't ideal for my skin. I find it drying, (but please keep in mind that my skin is reeeeeeally dry) and if you avoid fragrance from essential oils, this might not be for you. The whole process is kind of cool though. It is a gel that you rub onto your clean face in circles, and the whole thing starts to pill, collecting dead skin cells. Then, you rinse it off with warm water. Notably, the majority of the pilling is from the product itself, but because of the fruit enzymes inside from papaya and pineapple, it does work to detach dead skin cells. This is a good exfoliator for skin that doesn't like the feel of scrubs or abrasives and my skin does always feel a lot smoother after I use it. I just try to really moisturize afterwards because alcohol denat is in the ingredients list and through experience, I know this is a dryness trigger for me.
L’Occitane Immortelle Reset Serum, 5 mL – Estimated Value $9.83 (buy a full size 30 mL for $59.00)
FYI: Subscribers will either receive this serum OR L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream
I absolutely loved this serum. First, the little yellow blobs floating inside remind me of boba tea! Which makes me smile. I know that isn't skincare related, but I thought it was worth mentioning. Anyway, those little orbs hold nourishing oils from Immortelle which is a Mediterranean flower from the daisy family known for holding its cheery yellow color even when dried. There is also meadowfoam seed oil in here which is a wonderful smoother and full of antioxidants and vitamin E. Another strong selling point for me here was the texture. If you aren't into serums because they make your face feel filmy, this one might convince you. It feels like a light gel when you apply but absorbs in a snap, leaving nothing but hydration behind. This serum does have added fragrance, but, heck, it smells great and scent is one of the things I will happily overlook if it's a good one.
ManiMe Gift Voucher - Retail Value $30.00
This was the thing I was most excited about this month! I absolutely loved the nail stickers Allure sent us back in 2020. And ManiMe is super customizable which is ideal when you have sad little nails that lack surface area. This voucher has enough to cover both a set of stickers and shipping! I also noted that a bottle of clear topcoat was automatically added to my order. Allure teamed up with ManiMe to curate a selection of 5 designs for us to choose from:
I ended up selecting the Enigma set because it reminded me of a drunk Mondrian painting and I feel like that might be my 2021 aesthetic. Checkout was seamless and easy, and there was no need for me to add any payment info, which was a plus. ManiMe is unique because they actually use images of your nails to custom fit your stickers. The included voucher has a credit card-sized area for you to use to take pictures of your nails. I had to take pictures of both my left and right fingers and both thumbs. It was made extra easy because a link was sent to my phone allowing me to snap the pictures and upload them immediately, without needing to send pictures back and forth. Once these arrive and I have a chance to try them, I will update the review!
What design are you choosing?
My kit has arrived! It included a file/buffer, top coat, 15 stickers, and instructions.
I was impressed wth these because they lasted on my nails for a week even with working out (aka weight lifting). I only had to replace one pinkie sticker because I absentmindedly peeled it off. Totally my fault. I am also happy to report that my nails showed ZERO damage when I peeled all of these off too. I am a convert!
True & Lucious Super Moisture Lipstick in 'Vintage Rose', 0.12 oz - Full Size! Retail Value $22.00
I am also always a fan of a full-size lipstick! This dirty pink should be universally flattering and the formula felt so light I wasn't sure it had great coverage until I peeked in the mirror. This is one of the lighter feeling lipsticks I have in my collection but the color payoff is stellar. It also looks quite different depending on the light, which is why I included an arm swatch in cooler light and also a shot of my face in the ultra-flattering warm morning sun.
I am also wearing the blush below in this shot.
The Beauty Crop Blush Duo in 'Mauve-ulous', 3 g - Full Size! Retail Value $10.00
Blush is one of those things that I really love, even though I am naturally quite reddish. For some reason, the allure of hiding my natural redness in order to replace it with a perfect pink placed exactly where I want it has always been super appealing to me. I also have really embraced cream blush lately paired with a mid-coverage BB or CC cream and highlighter because it creates this very natural lazy gal look I am enjoying. These two shades are on the cooler side and while the cream is flat, the powder has a subtle shimmer.
Top is the cream, bottom is the powder.
BaseBlue Cosmetics Airsponge - Retail Value $6.00
Our last item is a wee little beauty sponge. I actually prefer these tiny sizes to the larger sponges because they are great for applying powder highlighter if you get them a little damp. It creates a great glow and the smaller size helps me not to overdo it. Left to my own devices I would glow like the sun.
Verdict: This Allure box has a total value of around $105.83 which is nice for a $23 box. I think the highlight for me was the ManiMe voucher which, alone, more than covered the cost of the whole box. I am so excited to try them out and update the review! I also absolutely loved the boba serum and the lipstick and blush. The peel was ok, but not ideal for me. It should make a great gift! This was one of the better Allure boxes in the last few months and I am excited to see how the rest of 2021 unfolds.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! Scroll down this page to see what items you will get when you first sign up. (EDITED 1/6 : We reached out to the Allure team to confirm! If you subscribe in January, January will be your first box!)
Value Breakdown: At $23 for this box, here is what you are spending approximately per item:
- Saturday Skin Peel $6.09
- L'Occitane Serum $2.14
- ManiMe Voucher $6.52
- True & Luscious Lipstick $4.78
- The Beauty Crop Blush Duo $2.17
- BaseBlue Sponge $1.30
Alternatively, each of the 6 products has an average cost of $3.83.
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What do you think of the January Allure Beauty Box? What was your favorite product in the box?