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.)
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The Subscription Box: Allure Beauty Box
The Cost: $23 per month + free shipping. Save with a yearly subscription.
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Allure Beauty Box April 2021 Review
Heads up! There are variations this month. Find out more here!
This handy booklet has all the product info inside.
Akar Restore Eye Serum, 10 mL – Full Size! Retail Value $85.00
I really adore the Akar brand. The formulas are nourishing, fun to use, and their iconic red packaging just makes me smile. This frosted glass bottle has a genius feature where when you twist the cap closed the dropper button descends into the cap itself, preventing extra pumps while it is closed. The serum itself is a golden shade and has a warm and slightly nutty scent that I really liked. The ingredient list is another wonderful feature, in fact, if I could add together all of the oils I really love into one serum, it might look a lot like this! It has so many goodies: argan oil, jojoba, seabuckthorn, baobab, tamanu, rosehip seed, and more! These oils are combined with other delights like shiitake mushroom extract, calendula, and vitamin E. Because the skin around our eyes is so delicate (and often so dry!) an oil serum like this is a wonderful choice for any routine. Because this oil is so rich and spreads so easily, you don't need a lot each time you apply it to your eyes. I like to use oils like this in the evening and layer them on a little thick. I place a drop or two in my palm and I use a finger to pat it around my eye, including on my lids. Then it's time for some beauty sleep!
Maapilim Face Moisturizer – Full Size! Retail Value $49.00
FYI: I didn't see this item's ingredient list on the page, so I tracked it down elsewhere. It is also on the back of the tube, but the font size is tiny! Here is the list for anyone who would prefer an easier reading experience:
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propanediol, Isopropyl Myristate, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Origanum Majorana Leaf Oil, Linalool, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chlorphenesin, Laurus Nobilis (Bay Laurel) Leaf Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Bark Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Limonene, Geraniol, Eugenol, Citronellol.
I wasn't a huge fan of this cream. It has some ingredients that have higher irritancy and comedogenic ratings than I personally prefer to use on my face. That doesn't mean it might not be great for yours though! I did find it super hydrating and I will probably use it on my arms and legs since the hyaluronic acid, avocado oil, shea butter, and aloe inside do have a lot of benefits. I am not super crazy about the scent (it is sharp and smells a little like mosquito candles) but it dissipates quickly and isn't too bothersome.
Chella Travel Size La Vie Eyeshadow Quad - Retail Value $20.00
This is one of the most wearable little palettes I have gotten so far in 2021. The neutrals are versatile and you can keep them more demure or go big with that gold metallic for more drama. The mattes didn't swatch that well but they are smoky and really nice on my eyelids. A little fallout here with a brush but this is a smaller travel-sized palette so I would likely be using my fingers anyways.
Here are the swatches.
And here is a basic eye look!
Travel Size Aveda Botanical Repair Intensive Strengthening Masque: Light - Retail Value $12.00
I love Aveda products! They always smell so good and I find they work nicely for me too. While my hair is thicker and kind of coarse, I still found this "light" mask to be great for my hair. I used it instead of a conditioner after shampooing and left it on for 8 minutes instead of the recommended 2-5. It left my hair smelling great and noticeably softer, without ruining my natural wave. I will say though, I liked this even better mixed with water in a spray bottle as a leave-in conditioner. Add a few spritzes to damp hair, scrunch it, and air dry for some really fine waves.
Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Eye Liner Pencil in 'Black Sea' - Full Size! Retail Value $18.00
FYI: You might receive a different shade. Offered are: Black Sea, Pfeiffer Beach (a plummy reddish shade), OR Dorado Beach (a golden bronze)
The irony that I, someone who owns what feels like a million black liners, still received a black liner even with other color variations is not lost upon me. I wish I had gotten the plummy shade or the golden one! If you received either, let me know your thoughts in the comments below! As far as black liners go, this is a softer pencil that is great for smokier looks. It does have staying power but tends to smear a little if you mess with it. The pigment was rich and dark, and as far as liner pencils go, this one felt pretty effortless to use.
M-61 PowerGlow® Peel, 3 treatments - Retail Value $9.00 (buy 10 treatments for $30.00)
FYI: You will receive either Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Duo or M-61 PowerGlow Peel in your box depending on your member history.
My final item was a set of 3 peel pads. I love peeling solutions like this because they couldn't be easier. You simply wipe your clean face down and let it dry. No need to wash or remove after! Inside is a potent mix of glycolic and salicylic acid that is great for minimizing the look of pores, exfoliation, and reducing the appearance of fine lines. The only thing I didn't love about this product was the instructions to slowly build up to using a pad daily. I feel like every day is a lot of exfoliation and it could easily over-work some people's skins depending on thickness and tolerance. I personally plan on sticking to no more than twice a week for something like this. Peels like this can make your skin extra sensitive to the sun, so (of course!) wear that SPF if you try these out and make sure your face is also getting the hydration it needs from a great moisturizer.
Verdict: This Allure box has a total value of around $193 which is wonderful for a $23 box. The Akar serum alone was worth over three times the cost of the box, making this an instant winner for me. The Chella palette was basic (aka totally useable!) and performed well, I loved the Aveda masque, and the peel pads were really fun and effective. I think if my liner had been a different color I would have been in love with it, and even though the Maapilim cream wasn't for me, it was still a nice expensive addition to a well-rounded box that was much more useful than flashy. And hey, that's ok with me!
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $23 for this box, here is what you are spending approximately per item:
- AKAR Eye Serum $10.13
- Maaplim Moisturizer $5.84
- Chella Palette $2.38
- Aveda Masque $1.43
- Cargo Liner $2.15
- M-61 Peels $1.07
Alternatively, each of the 6 products has an average cost of $3.83.
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What do you think of the April Allure Beauty Box? What was your favorite product in the box?