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Macy’s Beauty Box Review – January 2021

Macy’s Beauty Box is a monthly beauty subscription box that sends you deluxe product samples of skincare, makeup, fragrances, and beauty tools for $15.00/month. Plus, you also get a $10.00 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: $15.00 per month + free shipping

The Products: Each month you will receive five deluxe beauty samples, a collectible cosmetics bag or beauty tool, and a $10.00 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 January 2021 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.


Velvet Hair Scrunchie Created For Macy’s

I am so into scrunchies, all over again! This color is really pretty and will match with a lot of my clothes. Velvet is probably one of my favorite fabrics and is great for winter. It is also a great fabric to use in your hair at night because it won’t crease your hair if you put it in a low ponytail. My daughter wears her hair half up and was really into this scrunchie as well. So I think we are going to share it!


Sutra Beauty Mini Ceramic Flat Iron – Estimated Value $34.00 (buy a full-size iron for $80.00)

This mini flat iron from Sutra Beauty was created for Macy’s. It is made with pure ceramic plates to help protect your hair from damage and it has a fast heat-up time as well. This is perfect to take with your for a weekend away or to slip into your carry-on bag for a longer trip. I haven’t used a flat iron on my hair in many years, but I know this is something that I would have loved to take with me on trips back when I did rock straight hair. I am going to pass this along to my Mom who uses a flat iron and also travels more than I do.


Verb Ghost Oil, 0.57 fl oz. – Estimated Value $5.14 (Buy a full-size 2 fl oz. for $18.00)

Oils like this really help shape my curls and keep frizz away. My husband uses hair oils like this as well to keep his ends tamed and frizz-free. This oil has worked really well for both of us! It is super light-weight, but I would say a little goes a long way. It doesn’t have a strong scent, which I really like, but it is infused with moringa oil and bamboo extract. The oil works to smooth and strengthen your hair while helping it to retain moisture.


Klorane Dry Shampoo, 50 mL – Estimated Value $5.80 (Buy a full-size 250 mL for $29.00)

I have really thick curly hair so even though I don’t wash it every day, it rarely looks greasy. That being said, I don’t really need dry shampoo, but it is a product that my husband likes to use between washes (the longer he can go between washes the better for him). I will say that this came out really hard in the bottle so be sure to spray ten inches from your roots. This blend is made with corn and rice starches to cleanse, and organically harvested oat milk to soothe and protect both your hair and scalp. This shampoo is also meant to help add texture and volume. The site says that it is great for all hair types including darker hair. My husband used this and said it worked well at absorbing excess oil and lifting his roots a bit where it would normally look matted down for not washing. It also did not leave any white chalk residue behind which is a huge win!


Dry Bar Southern Belle Volume-Boosting Root Lifter, 0.7 oz – Estimated Value $2.36 (Buy a full-size 7.7 oz for $26.00)

This is another product that I probably won’t get a lot of use out of just based on my hair texture. I don’t really need to add volume at my root just because I have pretty thick curls. This product is really great to use before blowing dry to create lift, fullness from the follicle, and volume. You just want to apply this to damp hair, massage into your roots until the white foam full soaks in, and then blow-dry or style as usual. I have to say that this lifter smells incredible and it was a scent that really lingered! It is made with violet, sandalwood, and musk some of my favorite scents. I honestly wish this product worked for me just because I want my hair to smell like this every day. I am going to pass this along to my Mom who typically uses a root lift before styling.


Michael Kors NEW! Gorgeous, 0.05 fl oz – Estimated Value $1.76 (Buy 3.4 fl oz for $120.00)

Wow, I love this perfume! Receiving perfume samples is so much fun because you can really test and enjoy a fabulous scent like this one without spending the big money first. It is floral without being overpowering because it is mixed with a more masculine layer. The second fragrance note is tobacco accord and the third is woods. So it is that incredible blend of femininity and masculinity that is both fresh and earthy. This is my kind of perfume and I am so happy I got to try it!


Rahua Classic Conditioner, 22 mL – Estimated Value $2.88 (Buy 275 mL for $36.00)

Rahua Classic Shampoo, 22 mL – Estimated Value $2.72 (Buy 275 mL for $30.00)

I am super picky about my shampoo and conditioner, I need a really good lather since I don’t wash my hair every day, but I also need a conditioner that is extremely hydrating. Based on what I read about this product, I thought it could work for me, but I can’t say that I got the full experience because the sample sizes were hardly enough product to wash and conditioner my hair with (my hair is very long and requires a lot of product). The shampoo is more of an oil base so I did not get a very good lather from it, leaving my hair still feeling a tad greasy. It smelled incredible though with a deep woody scent. The shampoo is made with Rahua oil from the Amazon and works to strengthen your hair, keep your scalp healthy, and keep your hair silky smooth. The conditioner also smelled amazing with an almost minty fresh scent. I could tell that this would work nicely on my hair, but again I didn’t have enough of it to really be able to judge. The conditioner is also made with Rahua oil to hydrate, detangle, and leave your hair frizz-free.

Verdict: This was my first Macy’s Beauty Box! I always have trouble with hair products in boxes only because I am so picky about what I use on my hair. My hair is very thick, curly, and very long so I need a specific product to be able to get a brush through it. I also have a pretty low maintenance styling routine with just wash, towel dry, and a quick fluff with oil and hairspray. That being said, I don’t always have a need for more styling based products. While this box wasn’t filled with products that I can use every day, I really appreciated the overall curation. You could see and feel the thoughtfulness that went into selecting the products this month to focus fully on your hair. The mini flat iron is such an amazing product to receive in a box and is something that I would have loved back in my straight hair days. I was able to gift this to my Mom though who was really excited about it! The hair oil and the scrunchie are the two items that I will get a lot of use out of. The shampoo and conditioner weren’t my favorites, but again it just didn’t work as well with my hair texture. My husband has tried this brand before and loves it! The other hair products I was also able to pass along to my Mom who really appreciated the new products to test. This month’s box has an estimated value of $54.66 which is an incredible value! While my first box didn’t blow me out of the water, that was really no fault of the products or curation, it just all didn’t match with my hair texture. I am really excited to see what next month has to offer though as I can totally see that quality and curation is what this box is all about! 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but check this page to join the waitlist for March.

Value Breakdown: At $15.00 for this box, each of the 8 items has an average cost of $1.88.

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Written by Taryn Lowman

Taryn Lowman

Taryn’s passion for subscription boxes started when she was gifted a monthly Birchbox. She is excited to discover more Mom and baby boxes to share with her family!

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: macy's beauty box | 22 comments

Comments (22)

  1. This was a great box for me. I liked the Ragusa shampoo and conditioner to want to order larger sizes. My hair and scalp felt clean and for longer periods of time.the root lifter and verb oil help manage my hair. Dry shampoo also works well I never use a flat iron but tried this one. I love its portability. Also, yes to gorgeous perfume.definitely worth the wait, and thank you for your review which can help others decide whether this is good to subscribe to.

    • Thank you so much for your thoughtful feedback!

  2. Just an FYI…I’m a long time Macys subscriber and all boxes do not have a $10 coupon. It’s usually a $5 coupon. But the cool thing about it is you can use the coupon online and then take it in the store and use it again lol

  3. For 15 bucks that’s a pretty solid box!

    • Totally agree!

  4. I think a lot of boxes are having shipping issues and arriving late. Plus, unlike spoilers, reviews need a bit of time so the products can actually be tested. I’m guessing most of the recent late reviews are just shipping problems, though.

  5. This looks like a great box – sadly I don’t subscribe anymore, but I’d love the travel flat iron. Wonder why everyone has theirs listed on swap as being worth $60 if the estimated retail value is $34?

    • not sure where the $34 came from. A discontinued color on their website was $60. The box insert says $80.

  6. The VERB oil is amazing dor my hair!! A little goes a long way. Try it. The flat iron was missing from my box but I did get all the other stuff and cancelled after.

    • I am loving the oil still, it is working wonders on my curls!

  7. I don’t use a flat iron, but I think that is an amazing product to receive in a $15 box!!

    • Agreed!

  8. What is up MSA with all these late reviews? I got all my January boxes over a month ago and have received most of my February boxes by now. This is no offense to Taryn, btw, she does great reviews but very disappointing to see January boxes just now being posted.

    • Hi Kristin! Once our reviewers receive their boxes, we like to give them a bit of time to try out the products before writing their review. To ensure that our content represents the full shopping experience, our writers go through the process of making their selections and ordering the boxes online, so we don’t receive them any earlier than other subscribers. Hope this helps!

      • I appreciate them testing the products but historically this site posted reviews the same month so you were able to still purchase it (minus Macy’s of course!). That is what I miss. Perhaps in the past MSA was able to get the boxes first, so were able to do this, and now you no longer get them early. I remember all options for FFF were always reviewed prior to selection time, this was great so you were able to ask questions. This really made MSA stand out from the other sub box review sites.

  9. Has anyone tried the flat iron? I was really excited about it, but the plates just grab onto my hair and won’t slide. It’s really frustrating. Did I just get a bad one? Is there anything I can do to help it?

    • Mine was HORRIBLE! The plates didn’t match up and would have tore the crap out of my hair. I attempted one pass and I threw it away. I’m the type that keeps everything in hopes that one day I’ll be able to use it. Not this.

      • I hate that for you, but I am glad to know it’s not just me. That’s the part I was most excited about!

    • Unfortunately that was my experience also. It felt like it was snagging my hair as I tried to straighten a small piece. I tried multiple pieces of hair and always the same. It does not work well at all. I hate throwing things like that away, but it’s worthless really.

  10. Sub boxes introduced me to Dry Shampoo, and I like it a lot for those mom-days when I need to look presentable but don’t have a lot of time to take a bath or prep. The Klorane dry shampoo was one of the first I received, and is my favorite of the ones I have used. I can’t say as I’ve tried any that were really bad, though. The Klorane one just seems to work better/faster at lessening greasiness, fluffing up the volume just slightly, and keeping my hair and scalp feeling soft.

    • Thanks so much for your thoughtful feedback!

    • I had a friend in Texas who said dry shampoos were a life saver

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