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Allure Beauty Box November 2021 Review + Coupon

Megan K.
ByMegan K.Nov 25, 2021 | 7 comments

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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 our editorial guidelines to learn more about how we review boxes.)

First Impressions

As always, the box arrives beautifully packaged in typical white and red Allure fashion!


There was also a helpful mini-magazine with more info on the products.

Now, on to the items!

Tarte Quickstick Shadow & Liner in 'Rose Gold Luster/Black' - Retail Value $25.00 (Full Size!)

What is it about squishy mascara tubes that sparks joy? Sure, I have enough black mascara to last me a few lifetimes (darn expiration dates) but Wander makes an especially delightful formula this time around. In addition to adding length, definition, and a glossy black tint, this mascara is also formulated to lengthen and improve your lashes over a 2-week span. It does this with the help of copper peptides which boost collagen promotion and extends the lash life cycle, resulting in thicker, longer lashes. So if you are someone looking for a 2-in-1 lash product, this is worth a try for sure.

EYEKO Eyelash Curler - Retail Value $15.00

In continuing with the "eye" theme of this box so far, my next item is a cobalt blue lash curler. I mean, I really don't use lash curlers,  but I guess if I have one show up in a box, it better be extra cute like this one. I found that it works as expected, and did add curl to my lashes with a quick squeeze.

Whamisa Organic Flowers Toner Deep Rich, 22 mL - Estimated Value $6.10 (buy a full size 155 mL oz for $43.00)


I so wish this product has been full-sized because I absolutely love these squishy bouncy toners that add hydration to my skin without weight and also serve as a great between step for a skincare routine. This one is full of goodies like moisturizing aloe, soothing oats, and gentle exfoliator gluconolactone. It also had a lovely clean floral scent and feels absolutely lovely on my face. My favorite use for this so far is adding a few drops of a facial oil and applying the two products together for lightweight hydration that is a daytime skincare dream.

Neogen Probiotics Youth Repair Cream, 15 g - Estimated Value $14.40 (buy a full size 50 g jar for $48.00)

My only issue with this cream was the fragrance. It was too sweet and artificial for my nose and strong enough to where I couldn't ignore it. This is absolutely going to be a personal preference sort of thing and I hope I am in the minority because really does have so many good ingredients for dry and/or aging skin. The first to jump out at me include niacinamide, shea butter, hyaluronic acid, panthenol, lactic acid, ceramides, peptides, and so much more. Seriously, check out the INCI breakdown here! This cream is STACKED. I might just have to hold my nose for this one because aside from the scent, it feels so incredible and would be an ideal cream for targeting a whole host of skin issues that I happen to struggle with.

SYMPLY BY HELENA Simple Cleanser, 2 oz - Retail Value $22.95


On the flip side, I was less enthused with this ingredient list because the number 2 ingredient is coconut oil. While I don't have skin that tends to break out that often, my jawline does flare up because I sleep like a weird little bug with my hands tucked under it often. So for that reason, I tend to avoid coconut oil as it is pretty pore-clogging. If you are someone who uses coconut oil and you like it, this should still be a viable option, especially if you tend to like simple formulas. It did feel really nice on my face during and after a cleanse and it truly smells great, but I don't see this one being a regular in my rotation.

Pili Ani Self-Care Night Oil, 3 mL - Estimated Value $5.40 (buy 40 mL for $72.00)


Though this little vial is tiny, it should last quite some time because a little goes a long way. It still would have been nice to see something a little larger for sure. This blend has a host of soothing oils and botanicals that moisturize as well as calm the skin. I am a big facial oil fan and thought this was quite a nice blend. It has a floral scent of lavender and jasmine that I thought was very pleasing and thought it was a little heavier, it did absorb well given a little time. You can apply a few drops between your palms and apply to your face or even mix a few drops with your favorite cream for a lighter application.

SPONSORED ITEM: Neutrogena Stubborn Blackheads Daily Serum - Buy it for $12.99


I don't think I would have ever reached for this product as I am not especially acne-prone, but, as I mentioned before, my jawline is a hot mess depending on the time of the month or if I have been sleeping funny or picking at it during stressful traffic situations. I was really pleasantly surprised by the ingredient list here. Sure, the heavy hitter is a 5% salicylic acid content that does wonders for clogged pores in general (not just blackheads!) but it also has powerhouse AHA glycolic acid (which can help fade acne scars among other things) and mandelic acid, another AHA that can help fade inflammation and help with exfoliation. While I wouldn't use this as an all-over treatment on myself (and I wouldn't recommend that for really anyone else probably either) it makes for an excellent and totally affordable spot treatment. Which, in my case right now, is a jawline treatment.

NEW SUBSCRIBER ITEM: Akar Restore Eye Serum, 10 mL - Retail Value $85.00


This eye serum arrives in the boxes of new subscribers. I have tried it before and think it is a great option for gently moisturizing the delicate area around the eyes. In addition to being moisturizing, it is filled with loads, and I mean loads, of antioxidants that fight the signs of aging, an action that is especially important around the eyes. Not into eye products? No worries. Everything in this cute bottle would benefit the rest of your face as well!


I was left wanting more from this month's Allure box. Sure, the overall value of around $114.85 (not including the new subscriber item value) is a great haul for a $23 box, but nothing in here really knocked my socks off this month. That is not to say that the majority of the items weren't enjoyable and useful. Heck, I loved the eyeshadow stick, mascara, and the toner, but I just think this box was missing a WOW moment. I think larger sizes in the items would have helped, or maybe sending something along that had over-the-top holiday vibes. I am curious to see what December brings and think maybe that will deliver the holiday feelings I am looking for this time of year.

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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:

  • tarte Eye Stick $5.01
  • Wander Beauty Mascara $5.21
  • Eyeko Eyelash Curler $3.00
  • Whamisa Toner $1.22
  • Neogen Cream $2.88
  • SYMPLY BY HELENA Simple Cleanser $4.60
  • Pili Ani Oil $1.08

Alternatively, each of the 7 products has an average cost of $3.29. I did not include the bonus sample or the new subscriber item in this breakdown.

What do you think of the November Allure Beauty Box? What was your favorite product in the box?

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Megan K.
Megan K.
I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

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I loved this box, and ended up buying 3 of the items: Neogen Probiotics Youth Repair Cream (smells like Smarties candies!), Whamisa Organic Flowers Toner, and the Tarte Quickstick liner in cream/aubergine (I was looking for an aubergine liner anyway). I thought it was a nice balance of skincare, cosmetics, and tools. I know the box doesn’t have a lot of makeup, but imho it’s quality over quantity: I prefer just 1 quality product per box, and the November box delivers. I still haven’t used the other half of the box because I’ve been obsessed with the 3 products I ended up buying, but just used the Simple Cleanser this morning, and it seems pretty gentle.

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I actually loved this box! The shadow stick is gorgeous, I love the toner and facial oil, and the mascara is a perfect natural look.
My only complaint is that the liner side of the shadows stick arrived broken so the whole thing comes out making it hard to use and the cleanser is AWFUL. I almost wonder if I got a moisturizer instead. It will not rinse off no matter what I do. I can rinse in the shower for several minutes and still scrape off a mix of cleanser and makeup. It also doesn’t melt makeup at all so it’s not even a good for double cleansing. Definitely won’t repurchase but wonder if they sent the wrong product.

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I need to try that mascara! I love both of the Wander mascaras that I have tried (currently using the red tube). It looks like this one has the spiky wand that I prefer.

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See New recently sent out an email about coconut oil and the bad rap it gets (several of this month’s products contain coconut oil). As someone who is acne prone and currently dealing with a HOST of skincare issues (when it rains it pours) at the moment, I can certainly understand the concern. I personally don’t think I have an issue with it and have even used moisturizers with coconut oil in them.
The problem I think I am having (besides good old stress), is doing too much to my face. It’s easy to overdo it because a lot of products seem to add acids, which can cause over exfoliation. Add that to the spot treatments I was putting on my acne (more acid) and I literally burned holes in my face after doing a strong chemical peel (more acid, I know I know). I had to ice my face with ice packs for hours and put bandages all over. I still can’t believe how much I messed up my face all trying to get rid of my acne and gasp fine lines 🥺 Talk about learning a lesson the painful, hard way! Thank goodness for full coverage, matte foundation and a husband who doesn’t mind his wife looking a little, um leprotic 🙏 Sometimes simplicity is really all that’s needed.

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Jess B

I TOTALLY had the same problem and I was doing too much. My husband was like “just stop doing so much with your skin” he has really nice skin btw. So I just stopped everything. Literally just started using a foam wash, crazy I know. It took a couple months but my face is great. I just added back in an exfoliater but thats it.

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I am so glad to hear that….you give me hope!
Looking back I realize I was on one serious acid trip 😆

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I occasionally develop milia, which are those hard white bumps that pop up after a pore gets clogged with keratin. Since I have time to get rid of them, I’ve discovered that a high-retinol formula such as the Neutrogena product applied once or twice a day for a week clears them right up.

If you need to get rid of them fast,please see a dermatologist for a proper extraction.

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