Allure, $15 per month, US only
Allure is a monthly beauty subscription box curated by the editors of Allure magazine. The editors there have tried just about every beauty product out there, so I always love seeing what they've chosen for the box! They include a mini magazine in which the editors offer in-depth descriptions of each item and how to use it and, best of all, the good and bad points of each item. I like that they are honest and will tell you the drawbacks of a particular product. They generally have a good mix of makeup, hair care, and skincare, and they always seem to have one small sample of a luxury item. They send at least five items per month. Lately, they have been sending six or seven items each month, so that has been a nice treat. Also, they send their boxes out very early in the month, so this is usually the first box I get.
Allure sends me this box free of charge for review.
Here's what I got in my January Allure Beauty Box:
- Derma E Hydrating Night Crème with Hyaluronic Acid (deluxe sample, worth $7.38; full size costs $29.50)
- Schmidt's Natural Deodorant Jar in Lavender and Sage (deluxe sample, worth $2.25; full size costs $8.99)
- Skinn Cosmetics Caviar Lip Cream in Ruby (full size, worth $22)
- Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Champagne Problems (full size, worth $15)
- DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (travel size, costs $5.50; full size costs $28)
- Mally Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Liner in Black Navy (full size, costs $18)
- Erno Laszlo Transphuse Eye Refiner (teeny sample, worth $7; full size costs $105)
The January Allure box was worth $77.13. That's a great value for a $15 box. It seems like Allure's Beauty Box values have been getting higher and higher!
Derma E really isn't my favorite company. I've never gotten something I've liked from them. This was no exception. I've gotten samples of their day moisturizer a number of times, but this is my first time getting their nighttime creme. It had a strong plumeria scent to it and I didn't like the scent all that much. Allure's mini mag said this was apricot scented, but I didn't pick that up at all. As soon as I smelled it, I knew there was plumeria in it and, sure enough, there it was in the ingredients. Is it just me, or does plumeria smell like liquid amoxicillin (aka bubblegum juice)? I was surprised that this was thinner consistency than Derma E's day moisturizer. I expect night moisturizers to be thick, but this was thin. I'll use this sample up, but I will never buy it.
I just don't want to rub my hands in my armpits to put on deodorant. I need a stick. I tried this out once and it worked well enough, but I don't the application process. Emily liked it and was happy to take the sample. The lavender and sage scent was very light. Emily found the deodorant effective. Does anyone like the deodorant that you have to apply with your hands? No judgment if you do, just trying to figure out what would make someone prefer this over a stick. I am sure there are some valid reasons out there that I'm not thinking of. I'm still looking for a natural deodorant that I can tolerate.
I was expecting the Skinn lip color to be a gloss, so I was dreading trying it. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it is closer to a lipstick. It gave me very opaque, bright red lip color and the formula was a lot thicker than I was expecting. It lasted quite a while on my lips and didn't feel drying. I probably won't give up my normal lip products for this, but I enjoyed using it and will occasionally wear it. This does have caviar extract in it, so it is not vegan.
I love that Trust Fund Beauty has been in just about every beauty subscription box lately! Their nail polish is amazing and I can't recommend it enough. The polish goes on smoothly, looks good with just one coat, and lasts for days. I was a little disappointed that this color, Champagne Problems, was similar to the color I got in my Holiday Glossybox, Champagne Socialite, but they aren't exactly the same. Champagne Socialite is very glossy and glittery and has a rose gold tint to it. This polish, Champagne Problems, while glittery, has almost a matte finish to it, and is pure gold. I prefer Champagne Socialite, but this color will get some use, too. Best of all, Trust Fund Beauty polishes are 5-free. If you're in the market for a new polish, check out Trust Fund Beauty's website to find the nail polish of your dreams.
I've heard a lot of good things about DHC Cleansing Oil, so I couldn't wait to give this a try. The sample is a good size, so I'll be able to get a lot of use out of this. This is an olive oil-based facial cleanser that also removes makeup. Usually, when facial cleansers say they remove makeup, they don't do such a great job of it, so I end up using a makeup remover cloth to take off the makeup before cleansing my face. This one actually removes makeup really well, so I can skip the remover cloth step! It feels a little dry when you first massage it into your skin, but once you add some water to the mix, it is creamy and soft. It rinses off completely, so you don't have to worry about feeling like you have a gross layer of oil on your face once you're done rinsing. It didn't cause any breakouts for me, so no need to worry about the oil messing up your skin, even if you're prone to acne. I would say this is a fantastic buy and highly recommend it.
I couldn't find this Mally eyeliner in the color Black Navy. I'm not sure if they were out of it or if they have discontinued it, but it wasn't listed on their site. I found another one of their eyeliners in Black Navy, but it wasn't the same type of liner. Anyway, I was excited to get a non-black eyeliner! That doesn't happen nearly enough. This is near-black, but it is definitely navy. The color was a little harsher than I was expecting. It blended some, so that softened it up a little, but it still wasn't quite what I was looking for.
This is a teeny, teeny sample of this eye cream! Fortunately, like most eye creams, a little goes a very long way, so I will get a few uses out of this. I understand why the sample is so small, given that a full size, 1/2 ounce container costs $105, but it is very hard to see results with skincare products when you get microscopic samples. I love using expensive products that I don't have in my budget to buy, so I am not complaining about it. Even after reading about the fancy ingredients Erno Laszlo puts in this eye cream, I have no idea how a $105 price tag for half an ounce is justified, but the cosmetics industry is notorious for outrageous markups.
I absolutely loved the Trust Fund Beauty nail polish and DHC Cleansing Oil! I thought the Skinn lip color, Erno Laszlo eye cream, and Mally eyeliner were okay, but not amazing. I could have done without the Derma E cream. Emily loved the Schmidt's deodorant, so, while it wasn't for me, my lovely lady is happy to have it. I'm really happy with Allure's box this month. They had a great mix of skincare and makeup and threw in a nail polish in, too. Allure is getting better and better each month. I always look forward to what the editors have picked out for us to try and like reading their honest thoughts about each product in the mini magazine that comes with the box. If you're on the fence about subscribing to Allure, I say go for it.