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Allure Beauty Box October 2022 Review

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakOct 21, 2022 | 10 comments

Allure Beauty Box
3.6 overall rating
721 Ratings | 155 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.

We also received a sample from The Body Shop.

What's Inside the October 2022 Allure Beauty Box

Fleur & Bee Just Dew It Hydrating Serum, 1 oz – Retail Value $34

This is a hydrating serum that doesn’t just have boring hyaluronic acid in it- it also has three ingredients I love (two of which are less common): aloe, prickly pear seed oil, and sea buckthorn oil. My dry skin really loves this stuff. Because it has a bit of a heavier texture than some of my other serums I like to use this at night before I am going to bed, and when I wake up in the morning my skin still feels hydrated.

Belif Aqua Bomb Brightening Vitamin-C Cream, 10 mL – Estimated Value $9 (buy the 50 mL version for $45)


I am a fan of Belif’s products, and this moisturizer felt just like their classic aqua bomb moisturizer only with the boost of vitamin C added to the formula. It has a lightweight gel texture that absorbs quickly into my skin, and the formula contains four types of hyaluronic acid and Lady’s Mantle to help your skin maintain its hydration and stay soothed. If you’re someone who is prone to rosacea, this is the kind of product I would stick in the fridge before using because the texture of the moisturizer feels extra refreshing when it’s applied cold.

Saturday Skin Yuzu Vitamin-C Bright Eye Cream, .5 oz – Retail Value $32


I like that we received this full-size vitamin C eye cream to go along with our sample of the vitamin-C moisturizer that came in this box. This eye cream has a thicker texture that reminded me a bit of softened butter, so it felt really nice as I applied it to the delicate skin around my eyes. It’s made with yuzu (a source of antioxidants and vitamin C), niacinamide, peptides, and humectants, and I like how hydrating it was to my skin- most vitamin C eye creams I have tried have had a more watery and lightweight texture while this feels much more nourishing.

Donginbi Red Ginseng Daily Defense Essence, 5 mL – Estimated Value $11 (Buy the 1 oz version for $65.99)

This essence is made with red ginseng, which according to the brand is supposed to be great for keeping your skins moisture barrier healthy against all of the stressors life has to offer. It’s lightweight but really hydrating and it leaves my skin looking plump, so this is a great product to start with before I start layering more hydrating products on top.

Sephora Collection Big by Definition Mascara, 0.06 oz -  Estimated Value $2.12 (buy the 10 mL version for $12)


This mascara gave me a lot of length, but it as hard as I tried to wiggle my brush as I applied it I couldn't get it to give me good lift at the base of my lashes for a wide-open look—I feel like that's key for my lashes to truly look fluffy and voluminous. It didn't leave a crunchy finish, so I could go back in and add more coats even an hour later if I so chose, and it really looked great on my lower lashes which didn't need any curling. This isn't really the mascara for me, but the $12 price point for the full-size is definitely nice.

True + Luscious Brow Definer Pencil in Taupe, 0.045 oz – Retail Value $20


I am way more of a tinted brow gel girl than I am a brow pencil girl, so the brow pencils that get sent in subscription boxes rarely get used. I like how creamy the wax-based formula is on this pencil- it glides across my skin and makes it easy to apply. I just can’t get the hang of making my brows look natural when I use a brow pencil, no matter how many times I try to draw short, hair-like strokes. Am I alone at being brow pencil inept?

Vasanti Brighten Up! Exfoliator, 20 g – Retail Value $8

I feel like anyone who subscribed to the original Birchbox way back in the day has tried this Vasanti face polish, but it’s been a few years since I’ve had this in my hands. It’s both a chemical and physical exfoliant, with the physical polishing coming from aluminum oxide microdermabrasion crystals while papaya enzymes gently work at chemical exfoliation. The formula also has castor seed oil and aloe, so this isn’t a harsh scrub on my face (though I do make sure to massage it in gently). This is designed to help with dull skin and dark spots, and while the dark spots take long term use to fully resolve, I do feel like my skin looks a tad brighter when I finish and rinse this away.

Viori Hidden Waterfall Shampoo and Conditioner Bar - Buy the full-size shampoo and conditioning bar set for $32


I don’t really like shampooing my hair on a regular basis with standard shampoo, so I have never hopped on the shampoo bar train—and certainly have never tried a conditioning bar to detangle and condition all of my curly hair. I admire that these products are vegan, plastic-free, and sustainably and ethically sourced, but I certainly won’t be switching my shampoo loyalties any time soon. These small bars, while cute, were unwieldy to hold in the shower, and I definitely didn’t feel like the conditioning bar was giving me enough product to work with the comb out the knots my curls like to form. Their website says their shampoo bar is best for normal to oily hair, and I definitely have dry hair, so maybe those with different hair types have had better luck than me. I did like the “hidden waterfall” scent though- it was a sweet vanilla musk scent I found to be quite nice.

Note to new members:

If you were a new member this month, you received the Kaja Beauty Bento Bouncy Shimmer Eyeshadow Trio in Chocolate Dahlia. If you're curious, I posted swatches of it over on the forum.

Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $23

Value Breakdown:

  • Fleur & Bee: $34 → $6.73
  • Belif: $9 → $1.78
  • Saturday Skin: $32 → $6.34
  • Donginbi: $11 → $2.18
  • Sephora Collection: $2.12 → $0.42
  • True + Luscious: $20 → $3.96
  • Vasanti: $8 → $1.58
  • Viori: N/A

Key Takeaways

I like that this month's Allure Beauty Box sent us a mini skincare routine with the ginseng essence, the Fleur & Bee serum, the Belif moisturizer, and the Saturday Skin eye cream- all you need to add is a cleanser and sunscreen, and you have the Vasanti exfoliator handy for when you’re ready to give your skin a polish. I wasn't crazy about the shampoo and conditioner bars, but those are pretty small items in the overall scheme of the box- and the full-size Fleur & Bee serum and Saturday Skin eye cream were really stars for me this month. I thought the box had a good value, too- everything except the Viori products adds up to $116.12, which meets Allure's promised value of being a box worth more than $100.

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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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The Fleur & Bee serum layered under September’s French Girl facial oil is a game changer for my moisturizing routine. My face is loving it. I’ve been using this combo at night before bed and it’s the most comfortable moisturizing sensation I’ve felt from any cream or oil or serum, and I wake up with smooth hydrated skin. I have combo skin that’s on the oily side. My partner who has very dry skin tried it last night and is still raving about it. Just be careful about which product you lay down first. I was using only the oil last month and getting dry patches. Now I use the serum first to hydrate, then pat the oil on top to seal it in.

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My hair is super oily (and thick and long) and, at age 42, I’ve learned to manage it well. I didn’t do well with the shampoo/ conditioner bars either. It look too much time to get enough product in my hair that it felt clean or moisturized. I was wasting water in the shower. So I tried it in my kitchen sink on hair washing days and it still wasn’t great. It was still taking me tons of time to get enough product to do anything. I do have slight mobility issues with my hands and they’d be sore afterwards.
(I have tried their full size bars and I felt the same way.)
I loved all the skincare.
The mascara was nice but I’m now use to a tubing mascara that won’t run/smudge and cannot go back. I’ll pass along the mascara.
I liked the light color of the eyebrow pencil, as I only buy darker eyebrow products for my almost black brows. I might try a lighter color of my brow gel in the future.
It did feel like I had to press hard to get color and then quicky realized I don’t have a pencil sharper and wouldn’t be able to use to after the first few times.

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To get good lift on upper lashes, you really do need to use a lash curler.

Or you wait until the lashes dry a bit and put the wand at the base of the lashes and literally push up a little, then let them dry the rest of the way.

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I went through the Donginbi essence already. That stuff is great.

If only it wasn’t so expensive….

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My box is apparently lost. I subscribe through Amazon, but I have full USPS tracking from ye olde Glendale Heights ( their always and forever shipping location) but it stops on Oct. 4.

It’s been a spooky month for subscription boxes. I’ve gotten either doubles or had missing boxes for most of my subscriptions.
I have NO IDEA when Owlcrate is going to send out the box I ordered in late August, either. I’ve written to them, they say ” Late is normal” basically. I’m bummed about the lack of even a bookmark.

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Hi Lillya, thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We’re so sorry to hear about your experience and we would love to help you with this. Please send us an email through your Amazon account at your next available moment and our team will be happy to further assist you!

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I love that you are reviewing this box now, Jessica, because we have similar hair and skin and besides that I just like the way you review.

I’m super happy with this month. I’ll pass the belif (too much denatured alcohol and fragrance for my rosacea sensitive skin), mascara, and Body Shop sample to my nieces, but I really like all the full size items and the Donginbi.

I was super excited to get the shampoo and conditioner bars since I already use some from a different brand and love everything about them. The solid shampoo and conditioner I use regularly are from a brand that makes them specifically for curly hair called Vida Bars. If you do curly girl method or just have dry hair they work really well.

Jessica, what is your favorite/favorites when it comes to tinted brow gel? My ends are too sparse for a pencil to look natural, sigh

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Hi Leangreenbean, thank you so much for your kind words! We’re so happy to hear that you loved the products in your October box. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts on next month’s box!

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I love this months box, especially the shampoo and conditioner bars. I plan to purchase the full size next week when Sephora has their fall/winter sale. They’ve been great for my dry, colored, wavy hair, making it so soft. I really like the fleur and bee serum, my skin drinks it in. Same with the donginbi, I wish the full size wasn’t $66 or I’d snatch it up. It’s hard to justify spending that much on anything when I have enough skin care for 150 faces, and I only have the one. Overall, a great box this month, especially at $15 for new subscribers, like I was again.

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We’re so happy to hear that you are enjoying this month’s box! Don’t forget to check out our Member Store for exclusive discounts on the products you loved. We included the link below!

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