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.)
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Also, I apologize for the wait on this review. I have been out of town for the last few weeks due to a family emergency. I was in Tennessee, this box arrived in Pennsylvania, and the whole schedule was more than a little disrupted. I truly appreciate your understanding!
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!
Avant Collagen Intense Radiance Activator Serum, 30 mL - Retail Value $125 (full size)
I know Avant is one of those pricey brands (that few of us have ever heard of outside of subscriptions..) and I am always skeptical of the crazy high value associated with this British line. From a purely ingredient perspective, it does have a lot of good inside. In fact, since the ingredients seemed to be MIA from the product page, I am going to provide them here:
Aqua (Water), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Betaine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Urea, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Trehalose, Lecithin, Serine, Niacinamide, Arginine, Pyridoxine Hcl, Calcium Pantothenate, Phenylalanine, Histidine Hcl, Tyrosine, Erythritol, Rna, Algin, Pullulan, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ubiquinone, Thioctic Acid, Arachidyl Glucoside, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Mannitol, Maltodextrin, Potassium Phosphate, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Glyceryl Linoleate, Glyceryl Linolenate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Silica, Sodium Polyacrylate, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Pentylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol
Immediately I see a few of my personal favorites: hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and collagen. It also has other interesting additions like moisturizing mannitol, super antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid (ALA), and a stable vitamin C. The only red flag is algin, which can be irritating and acne-causing, but it is pretty far down the list and is likely there to keep the texture of this formula intact. Speaking of texture, this one is a really nice gel-cream that has weight to it but absorbs quite well. There is an elegant scent here that even I must admit smells higher-end. So, I kind of like this stuff a lot. Would I spend $125 on it? No. But I do like it and think it made my face look brighter and feel smoother.
Verb Ghost Oil, 2 fl oz - Retail Value $20 (full size)
In my opinion, Verb Ghost Oil is like the modern version of that BioSilk silicone smoother we all used to love. But it has the advantage of feeling a little more modern and having more conscious ingredients. I like to use this on damp hair when I am wanting more shine, less frizz, and easier manageability. I add a few drops to my palms and finger comb it through my hair, then I generally twist it up into a top knot because I am very lazy. Even my air-dried hair looks better! I have never been crazy about the scent (it smells like generic haircare to my nose) but it is light and doesn't hang around.
AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream Cactus & Pepper, 5.1 oz - Retail Value $36
Speaking of scents I don't like, AHAVA and I don't have a great track record. I generally regift all of the lotions and creams I get from this brand. But anything with pink pepper usually agrees with me and I was pleasantly surprised by this lighter and much more natural fragrance. It is very fresh with a backbone of spice, but the whole package wears really light and doesn't punch you in the nose like I find the other AHAVA scents can. And I finally can appreciate the hype that this hand cream boasts because my hands do feel so soft and absolutely incredible. And between doing nails and giving facials, it is a softness I totally need!
Pyungkang Yul Essence Toner, 30 mL - Estimated Value $3.60 (Buy 100 mL for $12.00)
Allure seems to always have some super small samples for the more affordable items inside, and I always love them. I so wish this was full-size! This Korean toner essence is 91.3% Astragalus Membranaceus root extract. This Chinese herb is deeply rooted (pun intended) in Traditional Chinese Medicine and this root is pretty amazing. In addition to being both anti-inflammatory and antiviral, it is also bursting with antioxidants. There is also arginine inside this cute blue bottle and it is one of those magical ingredients closely related to collagen. This stuff feels great on my face! A few drops in my palms and a few pats on my face and my skin gets an extra dose of hydration and antioxidants before I apply my moisturizer.
APTO Orange Blossom Lip Balm with Coconut Oil, 10 ml - Retail Value $5 (full size)
I liked this lip balm, though honestly if it moisturizes my lips and doesn't taste bad, I am not that picky about balms. And this does both with the added benefit of a nice scent. It also worked well over my favorite lip stain.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-in-Milk Sunscreen SPF 60, 15 mL - Estimated Value $3.70 (buy 150 mL for $36.99)
I'm an SPF freak and if you read my reviews often, you already know why I say SPF is mandatory: it is the BEST thing you can do to protect your skin from premature aging, sun damage, and skin cancer. I don't even care what brand you use. The best SPF is one you will actually wear! And, I won't be wearing this one. Sure, I am drooling over that SPF60 rating. But it left me feeling slick and greasy and had a weird smell. Because of the cute little size, I plan on keeping it around if I am in a pinch, but I don't see myself applying this on my face again.
Sponsored Gift: LatinUs Beauty Hair Care Control Shampoo & Conditioner Samples
We also received a little shampoo and conditioner duo that I have tried before and liked well enough to use again for sure. My hair is thicker and coarser, and I liked how these formulas made it behave a little more than some others I have tried. They will be going on a weekend trip with me next month!
I was very prepared to dislike this month's Allure Beauty Box, but breaking each item down piece by piece shows a very good assortment of solid staples I will use. And, honestly, I think that is my problem with this box lately. When I think of Allure Beauty, I think of the latest and greatest! Stuff I can't buy on Amazon or at Target. And items that are sometimes designer and at least a little out of the "attainable" range for someone like me. And I think that is the missing piece for me month after month. Literally, the value is always good (this month it is $193.30), and I always use most of the stuff inside. So maybe the error is on my end with my YSL and YTTP expectations? Sure, that AVANT serum is like $125, but, I just don't know. I need a little more magic.
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Can you still get this box if you sign up today? You'll likely receive the June new member box as your first box.
Cost Breakdown: At $23 for this box, here is what you are paying approximately per item:
- AVANT Serum $14.87
- VERB Oil $2.38
- AHAVA Cream $4.28
- Pyungkang Yul Toner $0.43
- APTO Balm $0.59
- La Roche Posay $0.44
Alternatively, each of the 6 products has an average cost of $3.83. I did not include the sponsored samples in this breakdown.
What do you think of the May Allure Beauty Box? What was your favorite product in the box?