Allure Beauty Box is a $23 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.)
As always, the box arrives beautifully packaged in typical white and red Allure fashion!
There was also the helpful mini-magazine with more info on the products.
Now, on to the items!
Boscia 0.6% Pro-Retinol Repair + Renew Waterless Advanced Treatment, 1 fl oz - Retail Value $48.00 (Full Size!)
I love K-Beauty and I really like the Boscia brand too! It is always awesome to get a full-size item from a brand you already enjoy, but I am not sure I am in love with this product. This is mostly because the third ingredient is isopropyl palmitate which tends to be comedogenic, though I think if I avoid my acne-prone jawline this isn't really an issue. The texture here is a really lightweight oil, though it does leave a little shine behind so reserve this one for PM use if that is going to bother you. This stuff is interesting because it is kind of a hybrid between retinol and super-hype-y Bakuchiol, which is a plant-based retinol alternative. Why Bakuchiol? Because retinol can be quite irritating depending on your sensitivities. By creating a blend of both, Boscia has made a less aggressive anti-aging treatment that is likely much more appropriate for sensitive skin than a pure retinol. These two anti-aging powerhouse ingredients are combined with other goodies like green tea, vitamin F, vitamin C, vitamin E, and aloe. The applicator is kind of tricky to use because you worry about squeezing the tube too hard and squirting out too much of this stuff but the learning curve is easy. All in all, as long as this stuff doesn't break me out, we might fall in love. Time will tell.
Kaja Beauty Bento Bouncy Shimmer Eyeshadow Trio in 'Chocolate Dahlia' - Retail Value $21 (Full Size!)
In addition to being adorable, this little trio of eyeshadows couldn't be easier to just, well, wear. The shades are soft and smooth, with two matte brown shades and a shimmering champagne. The lighter brown is a great all-over lid shade that you can accent with the darker in your crease then highlight in the center of your lid with the shimmer. I feel like this trio will please shadow minimalists (like myself) and also be useful to those who like a little more drama because the shades are very buildable. They apply as easily with a finger as they do a brush and the compact size of this set makes it perfect for your purse.
WHISH Champagne Lip Balm with Bakuchiol, 15 mL - Retail Value $20.00 (Full Size!)
I am not often a huge fan of Whish, but there is something about this tube that I like. The scent is really nostalgic and reminds me of the glosses I used to wear as a kid. It is sugary sweet and strong! And I would be lying if it didn't make me smile a little when I apply this stuff! The formula is a lot more grown-up than those sticky glosses of my youth and it features anti-aging Bakuchiol, shea, vitamin E, and more. It applies with a thinner feel and adds a nice bit of shine.
NatureLab Tokyo Repair Leave-In Treatment, 1 fl oz - Estimated Value $3.47 (buy a full size 4.9 fl oz for $17.00)
NatureLab Tokyo is one of my favorite affordable hair brands, though I have to admit this stuff didn't really do anything for my hair. A little background: I have very thick coarse hair. It has a 2B wave/curl and generally feels a lot like straw on most days. This stuff is probably geared more towards fine or medium hair. The nozzle creates a foam that you can then apply to damp/towel-dried hair and it should give you softness and shine, though all I noticed was a great scent left over.
First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser, 2 oz - Retail Value $11
Most of you know that I generally don't get too excited over more "basic" cleansers because I love scents and weird textures and, frankly, after years and years of reviewing hundreds of cleansers, I am just not as excitable about them sometimes. I fully expected this to be a total yawn but there is something here that was really enjoyable and I can see this being such a great cleanser for anyone prone to sensitivity or redness. The cream gets a little foamy in the shower as you rub it onto your face and though it didn't have a scent it was still a great experience because my face felt very clean but also really calm and taken care of when I rinsed. This will be staying in my shower until it is empty for sure.
Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Cream, 10 mL - Estimated Value $9.60 (buy 50 mL for $48.00)
FYI - New members will receive this item. Renewing members may receive this or a Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Collection Fragrance, a Proenza Schouler Arizona Fragrance, or Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. Members will not receive the same product twice.
This is one of my number-one winter moisturizers and though the weather is still mild here, this little tube will be empty in a few months! You know that period of time mid-winter where your face is just pissed-off, red, and chapped and nothing on earth makes it feel better? This stuff probably will. It is medium-weight, soothing, and loaded with everything stressed-out skin loves: ceramides, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, panthenol, and more. I like to sleep in it until winter really kicks off and then I transfer it to daytime and nighttime use if needed.
I really liked this month's Allure box. And the total value of $113.07 for $23 is really nice. It was cool to try out a new Boscia launch and I loved the eyeshadow bento palette! The Whish lip balm was a pleasant surprise and the cleanser was a home run! The Dr. Jart + cream is always welcome (seriously, send me one monthly) and though the NatureLab Tokyo didn't work for me, I still have tons of love for that brand.
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To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! Scroll down this page to see what items you will get when you first sign up.
Cost Breakdown: At $23 for this box, here is what you are paying approximately per item:
- Boscia Treatment $9.76
- Kaja Beauty Eyeshadow Trio $4.27
- WHISH Champagne Lip Balm $4.07
- NatureLab Tokyo Repair Leave-In Treatment $0.71
- First Aid Beauty Cleanser $2.24
- Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Cream $1.95
Alternatively, each of the 6 products has an average cost of $3.29.
What do you think of the October Allure Beauty Box? What was your favorite product in the box?
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