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Allure Beauty Box December 2022 Review

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakDec 21, 2022 | 17 comments

Allure Beauty Box
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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 December 2022 Allure Beauty Box

This month we received this sample from Emuaid.

New subscribers received this Sunday Riley 5 Stars Retinol + Niacinamide Eye Serum.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle, 150 mL - Retail Value $20

Klorane is a popular dry shampoo brand, and this is their version designed for those with more oily hair and scalps. I don't use dry shampoo regularly, and on the rare occasions I do use it I wouldn't describe my scalp as oily. I've actually given a bottle of this to my sister before, though, and she liked that it didn't leave any visible residue and helped to extend her blowout an extra day or two before she had to wash her hair.

Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek Cream Blush Stick in Werk, 3 g - Estimated Value $11 (buy the 6 g version for $22)

I have been resistant to the cream makeup trend but it feels like the trend is slowly creeping onto my makeup vanity anyways. This two-in-one comes in a convenient stick that you can apply to both your cheek and lips, and it has a blendable formula that you can sheer out or build up for a soft wash of color on your cheeks and lips.

Static Nails Liquid Glass Lacquer in Coconut, 12 mL - Retail Value $16

This nail polish is made with rosehip and marula oil, and it's designed to promote healthy nail growth while still being a long-lasting nail varnish when paired with a base and top coat. I haven't painted my nails in years, and if I did decide to ditch my gel nail strips I don't see myself reaching for this milky shade. This was actually a variant item this month. I forgot to pause my personal subscription, and in my second box I got the Curved French Round Pop-On Manicure. The fake nails are a little more my speed (with a good chance I am actually going to use them when the occasion calls for it and my natural nails aren't longer than the fake ones), and I like the curved design of the white french tips.

By Rosie Jane Rosie Perfume Oil, 7 mL - Retail Value $45

This is a really beautiful perfume oil. While I prefer sprays to rollerballs, I can't deny the convenience of the packaging nor that a rollerball makes sense for applying an oil. It has scent notes of sweet rose and musk, and it's definitely a skin perfume enhanced with florals. I went wedding dress shopping this past weekend, and I brought this in my carry on along with two sample sprays that I layered on top on the different days and it was perfect for the experience.

Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum, 0.14 oz - Estimated Value $6.30 (buy the 1 oz version for $45)

I am not crazy about the Mario Badescu brand, but the ingredients list on this serum is a lot more likeable compared to some of their other products. My skin is really picky with vitamin C products, though, so I ended up testing this out on my chest and the back of my hands. I didn't love the way this smelled, but I didn't find it to leave a tacky finish and it layered well under moisturizer. Notable ingredients include two different forms of ascorbate acid, ginseng, collagen, and hyaluronic acid.

Whish Lip Pink Champagne Lip Balm, 15 mL - Retail Value $24

I've tried this lip balm before, and I think it's a pretty solid one. It has a lightweight formula that still makes my lips feel soft, and the moisturizing balm gives my lips a bit of a glossy finish. This is another item that was a variant, and my personal subscription came with the Dr. Paw Paw Overnight Lip Mask that has a much more thick, vaseline-like texture compared to this one.

Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $23

Value Breakdown:

  • Klorane: $20 → $
  • Milk Makeup: $11 → $
  • Static Nails: $16 → $
  • By Rosie Jane: $45 → $
  • Mario Badescu: $6.30 → $
  • Whish: $ → $24

Key Takeaways

I thought that this month's Allure Beauty Box was a solid one, and a good way to round out the year. While I don't personally really use nail polish or dry shampoo, I know that I am kind of in the minority on that so I don't begrudge Allure for sending them-especially since they're from established brands sold at places like Ulta and Nordstrom. The By Rosie Jane perfume oil was the star of the month for me, and if you feel the same way you'll feel like you got a great deal considering the perfume is worth about double the subscription box cost. This month's box had a good overall value with everything adding up to $122.30, which exceeds Allure's promised value of being a box worth more than $100.

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To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? If you sign up in December, you should receive the December box.

What do you think of the December 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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17 comments

Alison

Does anyone know if I start a subscription today through Amazon will I receive the December box?

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Allure Beauty Box

Mandi is right, Alison! When you subscribe through Amazon you will always get the box of the month you register in 🎁✨.
If you have additional questions, you can always send an email through your Amazon and our team will be happy to further assist you.

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mandi

Yes, you will get the Dec box and won’t get the Jan box until the end of the month if you don’t cancel. You can always cancel and resub during the first week of the month to get the Jan box right away.

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Alison

Thank you!

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sparker

The nail polish would be beautiful for a toe color if you don’t use it on your fingernails!

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Pink5

Be warned: even at a discount retailer, a full size jar of Emuaid is $50.

I went ahead and bought it anyways because I was in no mood to get it taken off my order.

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LeanGreenBean

Congratulations on wedding dress shopping! So exciting! Did you find the one?

The only thing I ended up liking in this box is the Dr. Pawpaw lip mask. I love that it has a Vaseline texture that stays put all night but doesn’t actually contain any petroleum derivatives at all. I like but don’t love the perfume, which was initially the item I was most excited to try.

The January spoilers are looking good though!

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Jessica Hapak

Hi Lean!
I’m actually torn right now between two complete polar opposite dresses, which is funny because one of them is the type I swore I would never like. I think If I could find a pretty flowy lace-y tulle dress to wear to a shower or rehearsal or something it would be a lot easier to make the decision because that kind of dress is just so FUN to wear and where else will I really get the opportunity? But the more classic streamlined fit and flare mermaid dress looked like it was made for me in a way that genuinely shocked me and I couldn’t stop staring at myself in the mirror. I’ve got to keep thinking on it!

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Jessica

The Rosie perfume oil was a surprise hit for me. I find it light and comforting—a lovely, understated everyday type scent.

Congrats on your engagement and wedding dress shopping. How exciting!

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Jessica Hapak

I agree on the Rosie Jane perfume! And thank you so much 😊

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Pink5

I was underwhelmed with this box. There were more unimpressive products than impressive.

I got the Dr. Pawpaw and it is basically stale petroleum jelly.

I got stick-on nails rather than polish. I don’t have much use for either, but fake stick-ons? Really??

My Milk product was primer and I never use primer.

The Emuaid sample was useful because I had a scar that was bothering me and this helped soothe it.

The Klorane I will use on the rare occasions I use dry shampoo as it is a good product.

January is looking to be better, though.

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Heather

Press on nails have improved a lot and are very popular. Don’t knock them till you’ve tried them! I wear them all the time and people think they are salon gel nails.

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Sue

I hate them. They were extremely popular in the 80s and remember a neighbor lady eating and one of her nails fail off into a salad. As a kid, it grossed me out then and fake nails till today gross me out.

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Hi Pink5. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! Our team is always striving to bring our members the best makeup and skincare products each month, but we understand that everyone’s beauty routine is different and some products may be a better fit for you than others.

We have an exciting lineup of products headed in the coming months. Hopefully, you will discover something new and worth raving about in the future!

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Annette Muttel

Do you know the spoilers for Jan?

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Pink5

The Ciate Fierce Flicks is a LINER, not a mascara.

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DST

According to a different website:

Boxes may include:
Ciate London Fierce Flicks Liquid Mascara
Christophe Robin Regenerating Serum
Dr. Botanicals Tu Mask
Sunday Riley CEO Afterglow
EltaMD Skincare Skin Recovery Essence Toner
FIRST AID BEAUTY Pure Skin Face Cleanser OR FIRST AID BEAUTY KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub with 10% AHA OR FIRST AID BEAUTY KP Smoothing Body Lotion with 10% AHA

You have to log in to your account and pick which First Aid Beauty product you want.

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