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Macy’s Beauty Box Subscription July 2022 Review

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakAug 1, 2022 | 6 comments

Macy's Beauty Box
3.4 overall rating
97 Ratings | 25 Reviews

Macy’s Beauty Box is a monthly beauty subscription box that sends you deluxe product samples of skincare, makeup, fragrances, and beauty tools for $15.00/month. Plus, you also get a beauty coupon for use at Macy’s in-store and online.

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First Impressions


Everything came inside a white Macy's branded box, and when you open the box you find everything has been neatly packaged together with pink tissue paper.


You'll also find a helpful monthly booklet. The booklet goes over each product in detail, and they even sent along with a coupon for your next Macy's beauty purchase.

The Products

Sun Bum Mineral SPF 30 Sunscreen Lip Balm, 0.15 oz – Retail Value $3.99

If you’ve never experience sunburned lips before, I hope that remains true for you for the rest of forever- they hurt. I can definitely appreciate a good SPF lip balm after experiencing the pain that is sunburned lips, and since I’m allergic to chemical sunscreen filters, I love that this is a mineral sunscreen that uses zinc oxide to protect your pucker from the sun. It’s fragrance-free and lightly hydrating, and I honestly wouldn’t know I was wearing a lip balm with SPF based on the texture alone (which, to me, is a win).

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Moisturizer SPF 45, 5 mL – Estimated Value $5.75 (buy the 20 mL version for $23)

My allergy to chemical sunscreen filters only developed in the past few years, and before that this was actually one of my favorite sunscreens! It’s incredibly hydrating- it felt like I was applying a moisturizer to my skin rather than a sunscreen, and it absorbed quickly with no white cast. I’m sad I can’t use this anymore, because it truly was an SPF gem.

TonyMoly Watermelon Dew All Over Serum, 0.5 oz – Estimated Value $1.88 (buy the 4 oz version for $15)

TonyMoly makes fun skincare products, and this watermelon serum screams summer. 50% of the formula is watermelon extract, and it does smell like watermelon but it isn’t overpowering. It’s also formulated with aloe vera and centella, so it’s great for soothing and calming the skin while adding a hydrating boost. I didn’t find this serum to be particularly sticky, but even when I do experience stickiness in a serum, that’s easily solved when I apply a moisturizer on top.

Versace Eros Cologne, 1 mL – Estimated Value $1.39 (buy the 100 mL version for $139)

This cologne has a lot going on- we would be here all day if I listed every single scent note in this fragrance. One thing to note is that we were sent the parfum version of this scent, not the eau de toilette. I think a fair way to describe this would be "exotic citrus." There’s definitely more to it than the Italian lemon and mandarin; the blend of black pepper, clary sage, lavender, and vetiver gives a nice depth. This had really nice staying power, too.

Versace Bright Crystal Perfume, 1 mL – Estimated Value $3 (buy the 10 mL version for $30)

Bright Crystal is a fresh, floral perfume with fruity undertones. It has notes of yuzu, peony, magnolia, lotus flower, and musk, and it was inspired by a mix of Donatella Versace’s favorite floral fragrances. I think this is a good summer scent and like its freshness, but it didn’t have impressive staying power on me when I wore it.

Skylar Coconut Cove Perfume and Skylar Vanilla Sky Perfume, 1.5 mL each – Estimated Value $4.35 each (buy the 10 mL of each version for $29)

Vanilla Sky is in the same gourmand family that the Sol de Janeiro Cheirosa perfume belongs in- which means that while it’s sweet, I quite like it when the occasion calls for it. It has scent notes of cappuccino, vanilla, and caramelized cedar, and while this is a perfume I would personally reach for more often in the winter months, I think it’s really nice. Coconut Cove, on the other hand, is much more summer-y. Coconut is definitely the star of the scent, and it’s supported by jasmine, gardenia, and bergamot. This perfume was nice, but it isn’t one I would seek out to own, personally, and it didn’t last long when I wore it.

Laura Geller New York Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Diamond Dust – Retail Value $27


I remember when I was first getting into makeup I had an interest in the Laura Geller Spackle primer, and since then I’ve seen the brand’s gelato swirl highlighter more than once. The shade diamond dust is an opalescent light pink highlighter that will look a little different depending on how the light hits it. I apply it with a light hand using a fan brush, and I really like the scattered pearlescent finish that this gives to the high point of my cheek bones. It can quickly look over the top if I apply with a heavy hand thanks to the holographic light reflecting particles in it, but if you go in sheer the finish is lovely.

Color Changing Tumbler

This subscription seems to include a bonus item each month, and this month it is a sunny yellow tumbler that will change to a more orange color when you add cold water to it.

Personally, my preferred way to consume water is through a straw, so this was a welcome addition to the monthly box.

The Verdict

I thought this was a fun box from Macy’s Beauty Box. I liked the summer vibes that were evident through the tumbler and sunscreens that were sent, and appreciate that we received a full-size highlighter that retails for more than the cost of the box. One thing to know about this subscription is you'll definitely get perfume samples each month- while that's obviously not the only thing sent, you get more each month compared to a standard beauty subscription. Overall I think this was a decent box for the $15 price tag- everything except the tumbler adds up to $51.71. Considering the cost of the box, I think the value is fair, and appreciate that Macy's continues to bring it's best effort each month considering it seems to be the only $15 box left (the rest seem to have raised their prices or left all together).

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To Wrap Up

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, order now to receive the August box.

Value Breakdown: At $15.00 for this box, each of the 9 items has an average cost of $1.67. 

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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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This box arrived with the contents smashed on me. Everything was covered in coconut perfume and the Laura Gellar highlighter was crushed to powder form. The box itself was unharmed, though, and so was the tissue paper, so I was stumped. I was so disappointed.

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Never a fan of foil packet samples. Especially in a paid subscription.

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There aren’t any foil packs in this one.

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Such a strange and random bunch of items. Very sad box. The last few have been this way i think. Late, but not a big deal with a note that an item is missing from box. I try to not look at spoilers so I’m not sure what the box is or isn’t missing. I wish they would just do one brand type boxes or more of them because those are the best! Did anyone else’s lips dry out when using the chapstick from box???

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Lip care with SPF by a brand name – check.
Skin care with SPF by a brand name – check.
Perfume samples from luxury brands – check.
More skin care from a popular Korean skin care brand – check.
Natural fragrance by a name brand – check.
Highlighter by a name brand – check.
The box seems overall summery, has name brands, and addresses more than one area of beauty. I’m not sure how that is “strange,” “random,” or “sad.”

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Yeah, this isn’t my favorite month, but I still think that Macy’s provides a better variety for $15 than Allure does most months for $23. The Allure boxes may technically have the higher value, but Macy’s has more usable (for me) products and better brands.

And I am still super-thankful to them for introducing me to Jo Malone. Can’t imagine a box like that from anyone but Macy’s.

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