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 2021 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 per 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!
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Allure Beauty Box March 2021 Review
Heads up! There are variations this month. Find out more here!
This handy booklet has all the product info inside.
111 Skin Vitamin C Brightening Booster, 20 mL – Full Size! Retail Value $155.00
Before we even launch into this, here is a statement from 111Skin:
As the scale of our business continues to grow we frequently transition between different suppliers depending on capacity needs. All aspects of the product including key active ingredients and components remain the same.
Whilst we may produce a small number of units with our longstanding Far East manufacturer for beauty box partnerships, all raw materials are sourced from our regular suppliers within Europe and the USA to ensure the integrity, efficacy, fragrance and texture of our products remain at a consistently premium quality.
I know most of us have feelings about an item being manufactured in a different location for a box than what we might buy in the store. And those feels are valid. I personally reached out to the Allure Beauty Box team and they wanted to reiterate that their editors stand behind this product. And I will take them at their word! Knowing the ingredients are sourced exactly the same certainly helps too. And what I will do to decide how I feel about this product is look at its ingredients. It is a pretty short list of good stuff. Vitamin C from stable sodium ascorbyl phosphate, licorice root, antioxidant glutathione, and apricot kernel oil. It is a clear gel sort of formula that absorbs almost instantly. You can use this directly on your face or as a booster, added to your moisturizer. Vitamin C is one of those hero ingredients that literally benefits so many different skin concerns. You can use it to fade dark spots, add brightness to your skin, even texture, and boost collagen production. While I have never been a big 111 Skin fan because I find their prices absolutely wild for their formulas, this is still a good vitamin C boost to any routine.
Eyeko Double Act Shadow Stick in 'Dusk/Dawn' + Eyeko Sharpener – Full Size! Retail Value $25.00
Can I just say how refreshing it is to get an Eyeko product that isn't a black liner or a black mascara? It actually didn't even occur to me that Eyeko might make different products since that is literally all I ever see from this brand in boxes. This double-ended shadow stick reminds me a lot of the ones I used to use after stealing them from my mom's vanity in the late 90s. And that's honestly not a bad thing. With a focus on that 90s smokey eye coming back in style (I support this), this is the perfect little stick to get me there. One end is a dark chocolate brown and the other is a bronze shimmer. Both are incredibly smooth and blend out beautifully with finger or brush. And Allure was thoughtful enough to include a sharpener too!
These are very pigmented and pretty!
B.Glen Clay Wash Mild Facial Cleanser, 15 g - Estimated Value $4.40 (buy a full size 150 g for $44.00)
I used to avoid clay washes because I found them drying, but currently, my jawline really benefits from them. The joys of maskne are still blessing my life, so I am frequently dipping into some clay here and there these days. This cleanser is gentle enough that I could use it on my entire face without any tightness or irritation. It uses a type of clay called Montmorillonite, which latches onto all the bad stuff (dirt, excess oil, makeup) without removing all of the good stuff from your skin barrier. Also inside is squalane, chamomile, and hyaluronic acid. The texture of this cleanser is more like a heavy cream-gel, and it has a soft clean scent.
Pixi LipGlow in 'Ruby' - Full Size! Retail Value $14.00
I don't often buy drugstore brand makeup or skincare, but Pixi is one of those brands I love and root for. You get a nice product for the money! And this lippie is pretty darn perfect for spring and summer. Though the color is called Ruby, it is more of a medium pink shade and the finish is sheer like a balm with the shine turned way up. You can just use a little for a tint of color, or build it up for more drama. It has a slightly minty scent and leaves my lips feeling smooth and hydrated.
Here is an arm swatch.
And here it is on my lips!
AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream, 40 mL - Estimated Value $9.60 (buy a full size 100 mL for $24.00)
While I don't love AHAVA (it's a scent thing for me) my mom really, really does. So I always save her all of the products from this brand I come across! She works for an oral surgeon and is wearing gloves literally all day, meaning tired, dry, and irritated hands. I gift my mom and her fellow office mates A LOT of hand creams! This little tube I imagine she will keep for herself though, because it is the perfect size for her purse. It has a floral sort of perfumey scent that I like on her, but not on me, and the texture it leaves behind is a very matte sort of velvet finish with lots of hydration and no greasy film. I know she is going to love having more of this!
Mudmasky Eye Mask, 30 mL - Retail Value $57.00
My final item is an eye mask from Mudmasky. I don't often get masks just for the eye area, but it's kind of cool. Granted, you can totally use this on your whole face, it is just formulated to especially benefit that delicate area around your eyes. I am blessed to not really have dark undereye circles but that area does look dull pretty much all the time and the skin can get really dry. This mask was a thinner gel with little flecks inside, and its slippery texture made it easy to gently apply around my eyes. I left it on for the recommended eight minutes then rinsed, and my undereye area did look brighter and smoother.
Verdict: This Allure box has a total value of around $265 which is one of the highest value boxes from this brand I have reviewed yet. It always feels nice to get a lot of value inside a box, even if I wasn't super excited about some of the items inside at first. I realize the highest value item is one that some folks have questions about, so I leave your opinion to you on the finer points. On my end, the ingredients are good and the formula feels nice. Only time will tell if it makes any transformations (in my experience, vitamin C products take a few weeks to really wow) and while I would never ever pay that much for it, that's exactly why I subscribe to subscription boxes. I like getting items for a lower price that I would never consider buying. A surprise favorite for me this month was the Eyeko stick. It works well and has a nostalgia factor that I enjoy! The cleanser was a nice little treat and I loved the pink shade of the Pixi lip color. My mom will benefit from the AHAVA cream and I imagine she will likely also steal the Mudmasky mask when I visit her in May. So, basically, my mom and I are pretty happy.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $23 for this box, here is what you are spending approximately per item:
- 111 Skin Vitamin C Brightening Booster $13.45
- Eyeko Double Act Shadow Stick $2.17
- B.Glen Clay Cleanser $0.38
- Pixi LipGlow $1.22
- AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream $0.83
- Mudmasky Eye Mask $4.95
Alternatively, each of the 6 products has an average cost of $3.83.
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What do you think of the March Allure Beauty Box? What was your favorite product in the box?