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Allure Beauty Box April 2022 Review

Megan K.
ByMegan K.Apr 25, 2022 | 10 comments

Allure Beauty Box
3.5 overall rating
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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 2022 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

Note: This is an existing member curation. To see all variations, check out our spoiler post here!

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!

EltaMD UV Sheer Broad-Spectrum SPF 50+, 30 mL - Estimated Value $19.20 (buy a full size 50 mL for $32)



This liquid highlighter is very shimmery and pretty and arrived in a champagne sort of rose gold that I would think would be flattering for all. The doe-foot applicator makes it easy for spot highlighting, or try mixing it in with your foundation/moisturizer for a more subtle dew. There is something 'off' about the texture for me personally, but I can't quite place my finger on it. I also noticed coconut oil and ethylhexyl palmitate which are comedogenic, so acne-prone friends, beware. Aside from those qualms, the effect is actually very pretty on, I am just not sure it would be something I would reach for myself.

Amika Perk Up Talc-Free Dry Shampoo, 0.75 oz - Estimated Value $3.68 (buy a full size 5.3 oz for $26)


Although this sample really could have been bigger, I love having little travel-size bottles of dry shampoo for weekend trips or just those gross days where I will be running from the gym to work to dinner without a truly appropriate length of time to freshen up. Amika is one of those formulas that works so well (even though I am not super crazy about the sweet scent). It adds volume to my roots and makes me look freshly showered regardless of when the last hair wash actually happened.

Neogen Dermalogy Real Ferment Micro Essence, 20 mL - Estimated Value $5.07 (Buy a full-size 150 mL for $38.00)


I have tried this stuff before and I loved it! Again though, what a dinky sample size for a product that really isn't all that expensive. Regardless, a little goes a long way here if you skip the cotton round and apply with your hands instead. This juicy essence contains probiotics, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, anti-inflammatory adenosine, and lots more. It is like a slippery water texture and is a great step between cleansing and moisturizing.

Saturday Skin Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel, 75 ml - Retail Value $28.00 (full size!)


This was another familiar face, though it is one I like a lot less. I have just never really been into these formulas you rub on your face that creates pills of dead skin. Mostly because I am not sure how much is actually dead skin (my face feels mostly the same before and after this product) and how much of it is just oil+product. It does have gentle exfoliators inside, and I am used to some pretty aggressive peels by now. So maybe my skin is just beyond this formula? I honestly don't know. It is also one of those products with alcohol denat, which just isn't ideal for my dry skin. I could see a peel newbie with oilier skin loving this more though!

Baseblue Cosmetics AirSponge (set of 2) - Retail Value $12.00 ($6.00 each)

This was another little bit of a yawn for me until I realized I can use them for ombré nail art. Seriously, the small size and dense sponge creates a really smooth transition! If you plan on using these for your makeup instead, I have found that getting them wet with water or even a toner is the secret to a smooth foundation application. The small size of these sponges makes them a great choice for the smaller areas of the face, or even spot highlighting. For me, though, these are going in my nail kit.

OSEA Essential Hydrating Oil, 2 fl oz - Retail Value $68


This was probably the main draw of this box for a lot of subscribers, and it is also the highest value item this month. OSEA is actually a really cool brand. They are based in Malibu, CA (what a dream) and is totally sea-centric. Founded by a family in 1996, they are known for their beautifully formulated products that have that sort of effortless beachy vibe I wish my life had. They are also very invested in lobbying congress for cosmetics safety, which you can totally geek out over here. Anyways, I love seeing this brand pop up in the mail!

This oil manages to be nourishing without being heavy. The beneficial oils inside are numerous, but here is a summary: macadamia, sesame, jojoba, with fragrant oils like bergamot, cedar, lavender, and rosewood. It smells so good that I love using it before bed, but if you are on the drier side, this could easily be a daytime oil option. It is easy to fall in love with this one.


This month's Allure Beauty Box felt up and down, which is kind of usual for this box, at least for me personally. Somehow, though, the value always makes it a good buy when I sit down and actually do the calculations. This month, it lands around $153.55 for a $23 box. It is kind of hard to argue with one single item being worth $68. And honestly, even if you only loved the oil at the end, that alone is a good value. I think for me though, what was really noticeable this month was how small some of the sample sizes were, even for inexpensive products. And when you have a $68 serum to compare them to, it can feel a little uneven. That being said, I am super thrilled with the tube of SPF and that facial oil!

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Cost Breakdown: At $23 for this box, here is what you are paying approximately per item:

  • EltaMD UV Sheer Broad-Spectrum SPF 50+ $1.92
  • Saint Luxe Rose Gold Liquid Glow $3.59
  • Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo $0.55
  • Neogen Dermalogy Real Ferment Micro Essence $0.76
  • Saturday Skin Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel $4.19
  • Baseblue Cosmetics Airsponges $1.80
  • Osea: Essential Hydrating Oil $10.19

Alternatively, each of the 7 products has an average cost of $3.29.

What do you think of the April 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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Kathy Phillips

I so wish that I would have gotten the rub a dub product because I really love it. I received the Osea, the Amika, Elta MD and Saint Luxe products. I also received The Beauty Crop dewy primer, Uve purple face blender sponge and Scratch Nail Wraps. I would’ve much much preferred the Saturday Skin rub product.

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I got this box too and long time subscriber.

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Same. I feel like this is the worst box I have ever received from Allure.

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Peeling gels do work. My hands get so dry and flaky in the winter. I use hand creams which will heal up the open cracks. Then I will use a peeling gel. It is so satisfying to see all the dry dead skin roll off. If you are using adequate exfoliation on your face, whether with scrubs or chemical exfoliators, you don’t need the peeling gels.

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just curious, what did ppl get instead of the osea product (when there was an announcement that not everyone would get the osea due to supply)?

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I skipped because of lavender being an ingredient in OSEA. I have used the sunscreen in the past and really like it. It feels so light for spf 50.

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FYI the Saint Luxe highlighter is a DLS brand. It probably costs 10 cents landed.

Why, my gawd why would Allure associate with this brand and feature them in their box? Their name alone should carry a bit more clout.

They’ve really covered both ends of the spectrum in this box. OSEA, handmade in small batches in Cali with concern for cosmetics safety in ingredients and care for its customers. Then you have Saint Luxe which is a DLS brand where the owner buys from Alibaba the products for pennies and relabels them with one of her dozens of brand names. No concern for her customers, only profits and lies about where they were made. With labels which may or may not be true, you really don’t know where you’re buying blindly in another country which is known for a plethora of quality and sanitary issues.

I don’t talk bad about Allure but featuring Saint Luxe is like Hermes selling a cosmetics bag you get with a free gift with purchase. 🤢

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the first thing i do when i see something that interests me is i google the brand to see what else they’ve got and see what they’re about… and a lot of times i find stuff in sub boxes don’t have a web presence, or a poorly done site, they aren’t sold ANYWHERE, there’s no info about the brand at all… and to me that’s a red flag.

i’m all for discovering new brands, but when there’s absolutely no one mentioning or carrying the goods, why do these sub boxes not think that’s suss? if the average joe can find out they’re importing private labeled stuff from alibaba, how do THEY not know? they should do more research into what they’re boxes are carrying.

if there’s no R&D behind the product, can they be assured it doesn’t have carcinogenic ingredients?

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This ☝️ was extremely well said! Polar opposites of the spectrum is right, how ironic.

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Hi Megan- I think the value of the Elta MD product is wrong. It should be $19.20 if 50 ml is $32.
I canceled my Allure back in Feb because I was so mad at my box after not getting the (promised?) spoilers. It’s always on my radar though. Although I like Elta MD and Osea, this box isn’t enough to get to resubscribe. I don’t like the inclusion of the Saint Luxe brand, and the small sizes do seem stingy.

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