Macy’s Beauty Box Review – December 2020
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/month. Plus, you also get a $10 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/month + free shipping
The Products: Each month you will receive five deluxe beauty samples, a collectible cosmetics bag or beauty tool, and a $10 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 December 2020 Review
Each box comes with a fold-out card detailing the items included, a pro tip, and your $10 beauty coupon code to be used at Macy’s stores or online.
Looks like we have a substitution! I will let you know which item that is as we dive into the review!
bareMinerals Mineralist Lipstick in ‘Honesty’, 0.06 oz – Estimated Value $10.00 (Buy a full-size 0.12 oz for $20.00)
I really love getting lipstick in boxes. Do I need more? Nope. Did I wear much in 2020? Eh, no. But they make me happy and when I have a bold lip on I just feel more like myself! Hopefully, this will be a big lipstick year? Anyway, I love this pink shade. It’s a nice cool shade that still has a richness to it and I think this is going to look great on anyone. The finish is lightweight but pigmented and it is very smooth. The only complaint I have is about the scent of this formula, but it isn’t really anything that would stop me from wearing this beauty.
This is a spring pink!
And I like it on a lot.
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask, 14 mL – Estimated Value $5.13 (Buy a full-size 150 mL for $55.00)
This addition feels delightfully summery, and since I can’t wait for warmer weather, I am feeling it. The ingredient list here is a good one: aloe, cucumber, pineapple extract, chamomille, and more! This isn’t heavy enough for me to use in the winter months, but in the summer I just adore how cooling and soothing this green goo is. This is the perfect size for my purse so I can keep it on hand and apply it after some sunshine. It gives my skin a great level of hydration while being weightless. And it helps me lose that pesky redness that haunts me in the sunshine months.
Grande Cosmetics GrandeLIPS Plumping Liquid Lipstick Metallic Semi-Matte in ‘Sparkling Sangria’, size unknown (Buy a full-size 4 g for $25.00)
FYI: This is our substitute item! According to the book, the original item should have been a Grande Cosmetics Stay Put Lip Liner.
I am not a big lip liner fan, so I was totally fine with this substitution. This formula is pretty cool too! It is a plumping formula so it does have a little tingle to it, and it did make my lips feel plumper. The finish looked matte but never got super dry and it has this really cool metallic effect. I really liked this.
This shade feels a little more wintery.
I really like it on!
Kiehl’s Calendula Petal-Infused Calming Mask, 14 mL – Estimated Value $6.30 (Buy a full-size 100 mL for $45.00)
This is a lightweight mask with little calendula petals inside. It is meant to give your skin a quick moisture boost in just 5 minutes. The big ingredients inside are aloe, calming Calendula extract, vitamin E, and other goodies. I tried this out by applying a thin layer to my clean face. I massaged it in circular motions with a special emphasis on my hairline since it has been super dry and gross lately. I waited the recommended 5 minutes then gently removed it with a warm wet towel. The whole experience was really nice! Though I am always going to need more and more hydration, this mask did a nice job of boosting my skin and making it feel smooth. There are some citrus oils in here that might turn some people off, but I found the mask itself really didn’t smell like much of anything!
Shiseido Essential Energy Moisturizing Gel Cream, 0.35 oz – Estimated Value $9.88 (Buy a full-size 1.7 fl oz for $48.00)
I didn’t love this stuff. I honestly just need more than a gel moisturizer on most days which wouldn’t have been an automatic disqualifier for me, but this one also has my nemesis: alcohol denat. My dry skin just can’t do it. This is going to be a much better choice for someone who has oilier skin or who doesn’t mind alcohol in their skincare. It does have good stuff too, in fact, I was excited to see both caffeine and hyaluronic acid inside, but this just wasn’t a product for me.
Viva La Juicy Le Bubbly Eau De Parfum, 0.05 fl oz – Estimated Value $1.46 (Buy 3.4 fl oz for $99.00)
This perfume smells literally exactly like you think it will: it is girly, fruity, and super young. The top notes are sharper and citrusy, but also kind of almondy? It then turns into a fruit plate with a side of sweet champagne. While this isn’t my sort of scent at all, it certainly makes me think of carefree summer days in the beach house I don’t own.
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau De Toilette, 0.05 fl oz – Estimated Value $1.58 (Buy 3.3 fl oz for $104.00)
Light Blue is a classic and a scent I have always loved but never purchased. This is the men’s version of this cult-fave, which certainly should never stop anyone from wearing it, even if you aren’t a guy. It is light and clean, with bright notes of juniper and citrus. It also packs some sexy incense and wood notes that I am digging and those give it a depth that compliments the tart citrus really beautifully.
Travel Bottle Set
This is probably a leftover from Macy’s undelivered bags, and I can’t fault them for that. And aren’t we all hoping to need travel bottles soon? This little set is geared towards someone with a multi-step skincare routine (Hi, my name is Megan!). My fave inclusion is that little scoop! That is ideal for a kit like this and for a traveler who refuses to waste product.
Verdict: This Macy’s Beauty Box has an estimated value of $34.35 without the value of the Grande lip color (I have no clue what size the sample is!) and the travel bottles. It felt like a good value for a $15 bag to me. Sure, we had a substitution, which honestly isn’t that uncommon with this subscription. But I love lip products so I am fine with that. And the travel set felt a little weird right now, but that is no fault of Macy’s and I really like the set. All in all, I was satisfied with my first box back from this sub that we all thought was gone forever.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $15 for this box, each of the 8 items has an average cost of $1.88.
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