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.)
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
- 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
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?