NewBeauty TestTube Subscription Review – January 2021
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 U.S. only
Our January 2021 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! Usually, this subscription arrives with a very informative booklet, but it looks like they have gone digital.
Now, on to the items!
Christophe Robin Cleansing Mask With Lemon, 8.33 fl oz – Full Size! Retail Value $49.00
This is a brand I absolutely adore, so I am glad it has been popping up in my boxes lately, usually in full-size glory! As someone who isn’t really that into hair products, I do have a handful of brands I love but still won’t spend the money on, mostly because I am always buying a lipstick or highlighter I really don’t need instead. Honestly, I shouldn’t be allowed to ever buy beauty products at this point! But, hey, here we are. And this product is very, very cool. I was initially worried it would be like a sweet, dessert-like lemon scent, but instead, this wonderful goo smells much more like a tart juicy lemon plucked from a sunny tree. It has a heavy texture that still somehow feels whipped, and even my thick hair doesn’t need a lot of this product to get the job done. I scooped out some from the pot and began working it through my hair, starting at the scalp. The directions say to leave on for 20 minutes and I ALMOST got through that time (I used it to shave my legs), but my water started to get cold and I got scared. Then I started to gently rinse it out. I was pleased that it didn’t make my ends feel dry but still left my hair feeling really clean and extra shiny. This will be a once a week treat for me!
Éminence Organic Skin Care Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream For Face & Neck, 15 mL – Estimated Value $17.00 (buy a full size 60 mL for $68.00)
Éminence is a brand I am familiar with because they carry it at the fancy spa inside my gym. I have had one facial with their products and I liked the textures, scents, and results very much. I actually considered this line for my studio but ended up going with a different one, but it was a really hard choice! I liked this line because it is very much a botanical/plant-focused treatment line, which was very important to me. Inside this cream is a plethora of delightful extracts, including everything from lemon, to jasmine, to calendula, plums, apples, yams, and so much more. It’s like a little produce section for your face, to be honest! Paired with all of those yummies are nourishing ingredients like jojoba, argan oil, and shea. There is a little bit of coconut oil in here which can be pore-clogging, but it is really far down that ingredient list and coconut oil does bring other really great benefits, but just be aware of that if your skin has been congested. Oh! And this formula also contains lactic acid, one of my favorite ingredients for gentle overnight exfoliation and smoothing. This formula does leave my face a little bit greasy feeling, but since it is a night cream, I really don’t mind. I am also a big fan of the floral scent.
Grande Cosmetics Grandepop Plumping Liquid Blush in ‘Mauvesicle’, 1o mL – Full Size! Retail Value $25.00
I am a cream blush enthusiast, but this one fell a little flat for me. I am really pale and this color barely showed up on my face! Granted, I am also naturally pink on a good day and ruddy on a bad one, but the payoff here was pretty lackluster. I also didn’t notice much of a plumping effect where I applied it, but I have a pretty full face so maybe my cheeks are already plump enough? I think I would have really enjoyed this in a darker shade. It is easy to apply with the oversized doe-foot applicator and blends very easily. It does have a tightening effect for about the first 15 minutes of wear, which probably means it was “plumping”, I just couldn’t see a difference myself. What do you all think?
Here is what it looks like swatched on my arm.
And here it is blended in. Kind of hard to see.
Here is my face before (no makeup but recently moisturized). I was having a good pink day and not a bad red day.
Here is what it looked like after application…
And here it is blended in! I mean, it is pretty… but it doesn’t feel like enough.
Dr Dennis Gross Stress Rescue Super Serum, 15 mL – Estimated Value $37.00 (buy a full size 30 mL for $74.00)
I really wanted to like this serum, but there was something I just didn’t love and I can’t quite place my finger on it. I used it for about 4 days and just didn’t notice enough of a difference to feel like I loved it. I also thought the scent was a little pepperminty in a way I didn’t enjoy, though there is no peppermint inside. It also has some good stuff inside like niacinamide, loads of botanical extracts, mushrooms, and lactic acid. I could honestly do without the inclusion of Ethylhexyl Palmitate but I know it isn’t irritating to everyone. I don’t know why but I just feel very ho-hum about this serum. Am I off base?
Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Micropoint for Dark Spots, 6 patches – Retail Value $12.99
I absolutely adore Hero Cosmetics acne patches. I actually keep a massive stash of them in my treatment room to give to my clients who might be experiencing some extra aggressive acne spots and I use them myself on the larger maskne bumps that pop up along my jaw ever so often. While I don’t really struggle from dark spots, even I am not immune to the extra pigment that is left behind after an especially bad zit or cluster of bumps. While mine tend to appear redder than anything, a patch like this is a great treatment for helping those areas recover and return back to their normal pigment level, especially if you struggle with hyperpigmentation! Each sticker patch has 173 dissolving micro points that are infused with ingredients like niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, trehalose, vitamin C, and glycolic acid, all of which work together to fade discoloration while still keeping the skin moisturized and conditioned. I applied one on the remains of an especially nasty bump right on my jaw and since these are decently see-through, I can totally see the skin looks less red than it was after a few hours. You can leave these on for up to 6 hours and use a patch every 2-3 days. Make sure your skin is extra clean, or they won’t stick!
Youtheory Immune+ Daily Wellness Supplements, 60 capsules – Retail Value $32.49
I just started regularly taking a multi-vitamin this year (it seemed like a very easy resolution to keep, especially since they taste like candy) but I really don’t know a ton about vitamins. I also never seem to notice a difference in how I feel when I take supplements, so I just assume they are doing their thing! This supplement is mushroom-focused and contains extracts from 6 different types. I mean, I like mushrooms, so, I am in. There is also zinc inside, baker’s yeast, and vitamins C and D. I think they are a pretty normal vitamin size (I don’t have trouble swallowing them) and I like that the capsules are vegan.
John Masters Organics Hawaiian Lip Calm – Retail Value $16.00 (each tube retails for $8.00)
I thought this scent would be a lot more tropical than it was, which was a plus for me. I am not crazy about “beach” smells but this balm has nice notes of passionfruit, papaya, and guava that are sweet but very natural. I found this to be a pretty standard feeling balm but thought it was more effective in terms of hydration than your average tube of chapstick.
111Skin Rose Gold Illuminating Eye Mask, 1 pair – Retail Value $15.00
My final item was a set of rose gold eye masks from 111Skin. While I don’t love this brand (I find the pricing so high that it feels ridiculous) I have always liked their masks and gels. They feel great on my skin and add instant firmness. My undereye can always use a little extra boost, and I enjoyed these after letting them chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes. BLISS.
Verdict: NewBeauty TestTube is always an adventurous assortment. I love that it casts a wide net across all sorts of beauty products, never stopping with just makeup and skincare. It feels experimental and well rounded, and unlike any of my other subscriptions but in the best way. I enjoyed this tube a lot! My favorite items were totally the Christophe Robin hair mask (which also covered more than the cost of the entire box!), the Hero micro points, and the Éminence cream. I think I would have loved the blush in a different color, too. While I can’t speak to the effectiveness of the vitamins, I liked adding these to my rotation since I seem to have a thing for vitamins this year. All in all, I love this subscription and I think it is a great choice for anyone who wants to try new and different products at a great price for what you get. This month the value totaled $204.48!
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:
- Christophe Robin Mask $9.32
- Éminence Organic Skincare Night Cream $3.23
- Grande Cosmetics Liquid Blush $4.76
- Dr. Dennis Gross Serum $7.04
- Hero Cosmetics Micro points $2.47
- Youtheory Vitamins $6.18
- John Masters Organics Lip Balm $3.04
- 111Skin Eye Mask $2.85
Alternatively, each of the 8 items in this box has an average cost of $4.86.
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