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 August 2021 Review
This handy booklet has all the product info inside.
111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream, 50 mL - Full Size! Retail value $270.00
Before we dive in, here is a statement from Allure regarding this item:
111 Skin has provided a statement on their manufacturing process which you can read in full here. This statement includes the following information on their ingredient standards: "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." It also includes information on why they may produce samples in China: "As the scale of our business continues to grow we frequently transition between different suppliers depending on capacity needs."
So I know readers have feelings on this brand that range across the spectrum and yours might be very different from mine or anyone else's. For that reason, I am going to approach this product strictly from an ingredient and first impression sort of angle. I feel like it is going to be the most helpful to read. Admittedly, 111Skin has never been on my top tier of favorite brands (regardless of where it is manufactured) so I feel like I come from a pretty balanced perspective and one that isn't swayed by (and more likely super skeptical of) a high retail price. In peeking at the ingredient list, isopropyl myristate is number 2. This is an ingredient I personally don't love because it has a higher comedogenicity value than I like, especially for my acne-prone friends out there. It is an emollient that makes your skin feel soft and is actually found in tons of products. So take my thoughts here with a grain of salt. You might love it!
Aside from that one red flag for myself, this cream does have goodies inside like antioxidants from rice and olives and hyaluronic acid. The texture is very thick and soft and it does leave a little shine and weight behind, which says to me it might be a great nighttime choice even if it is technically a day cream. I wasn't crazy about the scent which smelled perfumy but also clinical.
Realher Eye am Resilient Metallic Bronze Eyeliner, 1.5 g - Full Size! Retail Value $16.00
Hello, eyeliner that isn't black! You are such a rarity. Welcome to my home.
This bronze shade is very pretty and, because it is buildable, also perfect for smearing and smoking, I feel like it is a great shade for between summer and fall. You can load it on for drama or add the most demure accent to your eye look. It lasted a few hours on me without any movement, but I imagine if your eyelids aren't wildly and weirdly oily, its longevity will only improve.
A swatch of a not-black eyeliner.
Beautaniq Beauty Blush Serum in 'Magenta Sky', 10 mL - Full Size! Retail Value $16.00
I absolutely adore cream blush. I pretty much stopped wearing foundation last year and instead use an SPF with a little bit of added glow. That cream-on-cream application feels natural and effortless. I own quite a few Glossier cream blushes and use them all the time. This feels slightly similar, but is thicker and possibly even more pigmented. Literally, you need just the tiniest amount of this bold magenta shade! I dabbed little dots onto my cheeks and blended into my SPF until I had a flushed look that I thought was very pretty. I will reiterate that for someone like me, who is very fair, this would be very easy to overapply. I am fine with that tradeoff because it means that this stuff will really pop on richer skin tones that so often experience subpar coverage and pigmentation from some cream formulas.
This looks wild against my skin. But don't worry.
Here I am using it on my bare face on the left. You need just a wee bit!
I always seem to wish some random inexpensive product in this box was the full-size item, and this month, it is this little bottle of toner. The full size is only $22 and I would have gladly swapped that option out for the 111Skin cream, tbh. I am a big fan of toners because they are an easy way to refresh your face all day. This formula looks like water but it is somehow juicier? I don't know how to quite articulate it. It is slippier and slightly thicker than water but applies just like water would. In fact, if I had a bigger bottle, I would be tempted to put it into a misting bottle and apply it that way. It is refreshing, cooling, hydrating, and smells yummy like lavender and rosemary. Inside is hyaluronic acid, glycerine, and loads of antioxidants. This is such an easy way to give your skin a moisture and antioxidant boost any time of day. And for $22? I will add to cart.
Mediheal N.M.F Intensive Hydrating Beauty Mask - Retail Value $1.99
I love a good sheet mask so I am always pretty happy when one arrives in a box. This one was formulated to provide hydration and boost your skin's moisture retention. It had loads of clear serum and was a thinner fabric that fit my face well. It has a slight hairspray sort of scent, but it was so light that I won't hold it against this mask. The effect of the serum was instantly cooling even without any fridge time and my skin did indeed feel soft and hydrated when I removed it.
Avène Thermal Spring Water, 1.6 fl oz - Retail Value $9.00
New members will receive this item. Renewing members may receive Decorté Moisture Liposome Serum/Decorté AQ Serum Absolute, Vitabrid C12 Dual Drop Serum, or Clarins Total Eye Lift. Members will not receive the same product twice.
My final item is near and dear to my heart. I have gone through countless cans of this stuff. When I first started diving into beauty, I thought "fancy canned water" was, well, kind of dumb. And I get it if you feel that way. But I love this stuff for a general refresh, setting a dewy makeup look, hydrating my face between skincare steps, and more. The idea behind this specific brand of fancy spray water is that the French spring water has minerals in it that nourish the skin without irritating it. I don't know much about that, but I do love fancy spray water and I don't see that changing anytime soon.
Verdict: This Allure box has a total value of around $314.90 which is the highest value Allure box I can remember and also a great deal for $23. That being said, a lot of how you feel about this curation is going to be directly tied to that 111Skin product. For me, there was still enough in here besides that cream to make this feel like a useful box. But, then again, I love cream blush, spray water, and non-black eyeliner. Do I think this assortment is going to land for every subscriber? No. But there is value here, even if it isn't the most knock-your-socks-off Allure offering so far this year.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $23 for this box, here is what you are paying approximately per item:
- 111Skin Cream $19.72
- RealHer Liner $1.17
- Beautanique Blush $1.17
- Haruharu Toner $0.14This month's Allure Beauty Box featured a fun mix of skincare and makeup. From a hydrating sheet mask to a bronze eyeliner, read on to see what Megan thought!
- MediHeal Sheet Mask $0.15
- Avène Water $0.66
Alternatively, each of the 6 products has an average cost of $3.29.
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What do you think of the August Allure Beauty Box? What was your favorite product in the box?