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Allure Beauty Box July 2022 Review + Coupon

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakJul 8, 2022 | 24 comments

Allure Beauty Box
3.6 overall rating
740 Ratings | 174 Reviews

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

 

The box arrives beautifully packaged in the classic Allure white and red box.

 

There was also a helpful mini-magazine with more info on the products and a note from Allure's deputy beauty director Elizabeth Siegel.

What's Inside the July 2022 Allure Beauty Box

PCA Skin ReBalance Daily Moisturizer, 1.7 oz - Retail Value $53

 

I was really pleased when I opened this box up and saw a full-size PCA Skin moisturizer looking back at me. PCA Skin is a brand that I see frequently sold at spas, and I've used other products of theirs before with good results. Their ReBalance Daily Moisturizer is designed to repair damage to your complexion caused by everyday stress, chemical peels, or laser treatments, and it's made with primrose oil, vitamin B5, and niacinamide. I found it to be a soothing, hydrating moisturizer that felt nourishing without being too heavy, and my dry skin really soaked it up. Based on the name alone I thought this moisturizer was going to be designed for those with combination skin (as "balancing" products are usually geared towards those who have both dry and oily skin), so I was surprised to see this was actually intended for those with redness, rosacea, hypersensitive skin, and hyperpigmentation concerns.

OFRA Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Canyon, 8 g - Retail Value $20

 

Ofra definitely knows how to make a liquid lipstick that stays put, though it may dry out your lips in the process. I've used their formula before and have been happy with its performance, and while I don't typically reach for liquid lipsticks like this anymore, if I am wearing a bold lipstick color I definitely want to feel reassured that color won't budge. All of that is to say that I wish Allure had sent us a different shade- Canyon is not the one for me, and I think it'll take a specific type of style to be able to pull off this terracotta nude. If you can do it, I fully support it- I will just have to be cheering from the sidelines wearing a lip balm.

Here it is swatched.

ManiMe Mochi Ombre Stick-On Gel Nails - Retail Value $15

 

Allure changed my (nails) life in the summer of 2020 when they sent the Dashing Diva nail strips inside their monthly box- I've been using them ever since. Last year we received a gift card to ManiMe, a company that sends gel nail strips in custom-fitted sizes you apply at home for a long-lasting gel manicure without the UV light. This summer, ManiMe is back, only now they offer standard sizing for nail strips. You can still order nail strips in custom sizes for an extra $5, but this set of 18 gel polish strips should fit many (hopefully most?) Allure subscribers. I like the nude to pink ombre color shift of this set- it's fun while still being neutral. When I wear these I can go more than two weeks with one manicure, easily, and I do like to use a top coat to seal in the edges just to maximize the life of my manicure.

Hero Mighty Patch Micropoint for Dark Spots, 6 ct - Retail Value $12.99

 

If you've never used micropoint patches before, you might be feeling mighty offended that a pack of six is considered "full-size" when a full-size pack of hydrocolloid patches usually comes with at least thirty. I totally hear you- it's a bummer that these things are so expensive! I have actually used these exact micropoint patches before, and I have had success with them- but I had to use multiple patches over the course of a week to really see a noticeable change (I would apply one on one night, take a one or two day break, and then repeat). At $2.17 per patch that's not the most cost-effective way to treat all of your dark spots, but they really come in handy if you have a particularly stubborn spot that refuses to fade (I use these when I have pigmentation left behind from cystic acne). If you've never used these, you will feel a tickle or slight prick when you apply this to your skin- each patch has 173 dissolving micropoints that go to work to deliver ingredients like niacinamide, vitamin C, and tranexamic acid deeper into your skin while you sleep.

Nativa Spa Starter Kit, 30 mL x 4 - Retail Value $10

Since my boyfriend is currently stationed at a military base the next state over, I have been traveling quite a bit to see him (and have been devouring all of my travel-sized skin care products in the process). This set features four different body lotions, each with a key ingredient, so you can determine which Nativa lotion is the best fit for you and your skin type. My skin gets dry really easily, so I think the performance of the shea lotion was my favorite while my nose preferred the way the rose lotion smelled the most. All of them are formulated with quinoa oil, which is rich in Omegas 3,6, and 9 as well as being a powerful source of antioxidants.

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Wash AP+ Gentle Foaming Moisturizing Wash, 0.5 oz - Estimated Value $0.59 (buy the 13.5 oz version for $15.99)

I really, really like the LRP brand, so even when their samples may not have a super high value, I always am happy to see them inside a subscription box. This is a gentle cleansing wash that can be used on both your face and body, and I am happy to report that even though this foams up, it doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped like so many other foaming cleansers do.

Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $23

Value Breakdown:

  • PCA Skin: $53 → $10.92
  • OFRA: $20 → $4.12
  • ManiMe: $15 → $3.09
  • Hero Cosmetics: $12.99 → $2.68
  • Nativa: $10 → $2.06
  • La Roche-Posay: $0.59 → $0.12

Key Takeaways

This month's Allure Beauty Box definitely felt like a winner to me. From the moment I opened the box, I was excited about trying out the products inside- it felt like there were a lot more products of personal interest to me compared to previous months. I loved seeing a full-size moisturizer from a well-known, higher-end brand like PCA Skin, and the Hero Cosmetics micropoint patches and ManiMe nail set rounded out my top three favorite items sent this month. Speaking of which- am I mistaken, or is this the first month in a while where Allure hasn't offered variations? If I am correct, I hope Allure keeps it up for future months. Value-wise, everything in this box added up to $111.58, which meets Allure's promised value of $100 and is a value I am personally very okay with considering the cost of the box and the products sent.

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To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, you should receive this July box.

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

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Jessica Hapak
Jessica Hapak
I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

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24 comments

jenn

lol.. whenever they did send me a tracking email, i’d get it two weeks after i received the box. i hope their latest website update fixes this.

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Carolyn

Did everyone get theirs already? I haven’t gotten any shipping confirmation or anything yet. There’s not a lot in here I’m super stoked about so I’m willing to just wait and see if August ships, but it’s odd that it looks like this thing is supposed to ship on the first of the month and over two weeks later I’ve heard and received nothing.

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Barbara McDonald

I’m an active subscriber (although I do not know for how much longer), but have not received any notices or tracking for this box.

When I found out the contents, I was incredibly discouraged and just don’t think this box is worth it anymore.

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Mandi

Were you charged? If you skipped June your account may have been cancelled automatically, that’s what happened to me. I guess it had something to do with the site update last month.

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carolyn

I have a yearly subscription and have never skipped a month. The site shows my next bill date is June of 2023, so it looks like everything is in order. I did just get the “first look in your July box” email right after posting my comment last night, so that was weird timing.

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LR

Wow. So bad. I think I’ve been subbing to this box since 2015 or 2016. I never updated my PayPal payment last month. Last box was June. Glad it was! I went into PayPal to cancel that auto payment to Condé Nast just in case. Lol! I’ll sign up on Amazon if it gets better.

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Barbara McDonald

I left ALLURE for awhile, but just came back…and THIS is what they send?

Of all of the many years I’ve been a subscriber, this box was the worst of the lot! It is sheer junk. except for the moisturizer, everything else is junk, something to be picked up at a dollar store or flea market.

I truly don’t know if I will continue with them if THIS is their idea of an appropriate box. JUNK!!!

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Anita F

I’m happy I was able to cancel several months back before their customer service got worse. I now just order on Amazon and cancel when I want. Stress-free

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Rayven

Very disappointed with the July box. It seems like the things they ship to us have changed. Definitely won’t be getting once my subscription runs out

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Allure Update

Hi All,

Has anyone been having difficulty with Allure customer service? (Apparently they fired the US-based customer service team, and expanded overseas.) Below is my experience so far…

–I started a membership in May & my credit card statement reflects the charge. I never received any boxes.
–Called overseas customer service last month, and they claimed that because of issues with the new website, they wouldn’t have a record of my account until July.
–Called back today. Now they have a record of my account. They said I paid them, but since they can’t see how much I paid them, they want me to send them my credit card statement.

Is that a normal request? I’m a little worried that they’re asking me to email them invasive, personal credit card information. The number I called is (800) 274-1603‬.

–p.s. CS also said they reserve the right to send any box variation from any month– so just be warned in case you sign up for a specific box curation.

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Allure Beauty Box

Hi, Allure Beauty Box here!

We’re so sorry about the experience you had with our Customer Care team. We have made some improvements to our overall member experience and recognize that we have hit some bumps along the way. Please know, that your patience throughout this time has been very much appreciated!

Moving forward we hope that you have a better time navigating our new website. We would love another opportunity to make things right for you, please contact our Customer Care team at 1-855-291-2258, when you have an available moment and they will be happy to make sure your account is setup correctly!💕

In the future, you’re welcome to contact us using any of the following channels listed below!

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AutumnP

DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY CREDIT CARD INFO!!! They keep charging me even though I have asked THREE different times! for them to cancel my account! They are scamming ppl for real. I had some money-issues & needed to stop my subscription for awhile &hoped to pick back up once my funds were better. AND I TOLD THEM THIS. So, what do they do after they said everything was resolved last month? Hit my card again! I will not be picking up once my funds are better, I would highly advise to RUN! Run far away before you end up getting scammed! Smh.

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mandi

This is so weird. I wouldn’t send them a bank statement, that seems really unprofessional. Just do a chargeback with your card/bank and tell them you never received a box. Can you email Allure so you can have a record of never getting a box? Showing that to your bank should clear things up. Also, try signing up through Amazon if you still want a box, at least you’ll know what you will be getting every month.

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Tanya M

Your review made me feel a lot happier I forgot to pause for July. Thank you!

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Pink5

I’m intrigued by the PCA cream. Currently my rosacea is under control, but I’m always on the lookout for something new to try.

Given that the price of the box is less than half of what the cream costs, I would be tempted to buy it just for that, but there’s enough other stuff I don’t want and would end up pitching to not make it worth it.

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LeanGreenBean

Pink, would you be willing to share how you got your rosacea under control? I was recently diagnosed and I’m struggling with how to continue an anti-aging regimen while trying to get the rosacea under control.

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Mandi

You may want to look into azelaic acid, prescription strength may be better though. There’s a NYC cosmetic dermatologist named Sherenne Idriss who has a video on youtube about what to use for rosacea if you’re interested. I really like her and I’m picky about who I will follow on social media. She has her own practice and isn’t just an influencer, she also has said she suffers from rosacea if you want to watch. I think I’ve also seen her use azelaic acid and tretinoin at the same time so you can probably also keep up an anti aging routine while treating rosacea.

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LR

My bf has rosacea and foods are what flare him up. WIne, dark chocolate, hoppy beers, spicy foods, sometimes strong coffee… He loads up on probiotic pills every day, and he said collagen powder (in liquids) helps it greatly. Seems to be mainly a leaky gut issue.

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Pink5

The expensive CBD infused cream is actually Perrricone MD, sorry.

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Pink5

Depending on your budget, Origins™ Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion is a good product. A bottle is $40, but it will probably last you close to a year. I used it like an essence as the first thing I put on after cleansing. (I’m not shilling for them, honest)

Skin Actives Scientific Redness Reduction Serum is good and relatively inexpensive at less than $20.00. Unless you live in Arizona, you wll have to order it off their site. I had gotten it in a subscription box and tried it on a whim, but it does work well.

The Aveeno sensitive skin products are good, too, if you’re on a budget. So is the Clinique redness line. A lot of people look down on it, but the Laroche Posay line is good. Dr. Jart’s Cica products are good.

I’ve been battling rosacea since my early twenties, so I have tried A LOT of products, many of which I got in subscription boxes.

You might want to look at your anti-aging products. It could be that you’re layering too many products with retinols or vitamin C, or AHA, or BHA, and your skin is reacting to that. I myself am wary of vitamin C products because I had reactions to the early version.

Look for products that say “cooling” “soothing” or that sort of thing.

If you want to go big and you have good insurance with prescription coverage, I would check if a prescription cream called Soolantra is available to you. That stuff is da bomb. I discovered that after I was diagnosed with eczema on my face. (bad stress)

Other big-budget items would be the Tatcha mositurizers in the blue/indigo tubs, though travel sizes are $20 at Sephora if you want to give them a try.

Another big budget item would be the Dr. Brandt CBD infused products for sensitive skin. The serum cream is kind of gross-looking, but it works.

Some recommend avoiding caffeine, spicy food, red wine (yeah I know, stuff that makes life worth living). I don’t put a lot of stock in that, but it might help you.

You might want to try using a basic cleanser that doesn’t have any special properties.

I know I dumped a lot of recommendations, but I’ve been at this for a long time. I hope some of this helps.

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Colleen

Make sure all your face care is fragrance free.

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Beth

I normally still try hard not to look at spoilers so its a surprise but I do read a few comments about the spoilers ..lol ! And most were not happy so i ended up looking and going to my account to skip july but for some reason i didnt that option but did on old site so in the moment that I had to email or bother someone on social media I canceled completely. It’s 2022 and they should have that option always. I know emailing them is not something anyone wants to do. If I need a box then I will sign up on Amazon because the fact I can cancel in 10 seconds…
ALLURE I’M TALKIN TO YOU!

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Shea

I just skipped on the website the other day

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Jessica

I did the same thing! Couldn’t skip on the site, so I emailed and canceled. Glad I did – I don’t need more moisturizer or cleanser, and I can’t use the other products.

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