Allure Beauty Box, $15 per month (US only)
The one ear up/one ear down stage is my favorite! So cute!
Allure Beauty Box is curated by the editors of Allure. Each month, you get at least five beauty products that the Allure editors have chosen for the box. There is a mix of full size, deluxe sample size, and small sample size products. They always include makeup and skincare products, and generally there is at least one hair product per box. Usually they have a product or two that varies per month, but they don't seem to customize the boxes based on your profile. If you're new to beauty boxes and want to get a good idea of the products and brands available, Allure is a good place to start. If you are a beauty box veteran, though, you're likely to get a lot of products you've gotten multiple times in other boxes. The value of the box is usually high. The Allure box used to be run by Beauty Bar, but, once the editors of Allure took over a little over a year ago, I saw big improvements in value and curation.
Here's what was in the October Allure Beauty Box:
- Spongellé Freesia Pear Limited Edition Buffer (worth $15)
- Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream (small sample, worth $6.44; full size costs $38)
- Mally Volumizing Mascara (full size, worth $20)
- Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow in Kristi (full size, worth $8.75; sold in palettes with four pans for $35)
- Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle (travel size, worth $10; full size costs $20)
- Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask (travel size, worth $9; full size costs $36)
The October Allure Beauty Box was worth $69.19. At over 4.5 times the cost of the box, so the value is amazing. I've gotten two of the six products -- the Klorane Dry Shampoo and the Briogeo hair mask -- in other beauty boxes many times before. The other four items were new to me, which is pretty good for an Allure box. For the first time, Allure collaborated with a company to make a special product for the box, the Spongellé Freesia Pear Limited Edition Buffer. The boxes were shipped out a little later this month as they were waiting for the buffers to come in.
I got a Spongellé buffer in my fall FabFitFun box and loved it, so I was happy to get another. I didn't know if I would like the freesia pear scent as I hate pears, but it has a soft floral fragrance that I like but don't love. The scent is a lot more subtle than the Bulgarian Rose scent of the FabFitFun buffer, which I appreciated. While I liked the FabFitFun buffer, the scent was a little too strong for me. Spongellé buffers contain body wash and there is enough body wash in the sponges for about 15 showers. You have to wring the water out of the sponge when you're finished and then allow it to dry out between uses. The sponge is gently exfoliating. Even after the body wash is gone, you can continue to use the sponge if you want.
Subscribers received either the Tatcha Indigo Soothing Hand Cream or Body Butter. I received the hand cream and I was okay with that as I have more body butter than I know what to do with. This is the perfect size sample to throw in my purse so I can use it when I'm at work or out somewhere and feel like my hands desperately need some lotion. The scent of this is gorgeous. The lotion is purplish, but the color goes away once it's rubbed into your skin. This is very hydrating. I wish the full size didn't cost so much!
I'm so impressed by the Mally Volumizing Mascara! This mascara gave me tons of volume and length without clumping. It held up all day and didn't leave little black flakes under my eyes. I love that it's full size. A few months ago, Allure sent out a full size Mally eye brightener to some subscribers, but sent considerably cheaper samples (a $1 Pixi tonic sample, a $2 e.l.f. brush, and a $7 Burberry lotion sample) to most subscribers, which understandably upset a lot of people. Maybe they're trying to make up for that.
Next up is the Doucce Freematic Eye Shadow. This seems to be the month of the bronze eyeshadow. All subscribers got this eyeshadow in the color Kristi. With Doucce's Freematic Eye Shadow, you choose four colors (out of 82) and Doucce puts those four eyeshadows in a Z-palette, so you get to make your own mini eyeshadow palette. You can't buy the eyeshadow individually. I was impressed by the pigment and found the shadow held up relatively well throughout the day. There wasn't all that much fallout, which is a plus. That said, $35 for four small eyeshadows is pretty expensive, so I probably wouldn't buy this.
I've lost count of the number of times I've gotten Klorane Dry Shampoo in my boxes. Back in June, I got the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk in my Allure box. I got the Nettle version this time, which is supposed to be perfect for people with oily scalps, but it's almost the exact same product I got back in June, so I'm kind of annoyed with Allure. This is your basic dry shampoo -- it sops up excess grease and lets you go an extra day or two without washing your hair. I don't have overly dry or greasy hair, so I didn't see a difference between the Nettle formula and other Klorane formulas I've tried. Klorane makes tinted dry shampoos for those of us with darker hair, but this particular kind isn't tinted. It looks white going on, but if you brush your hair thoroughly, you can't tell it's there. My sister loves Klorane Dry Shampoo and has trouble finding it where she lives in Maine, so I always end up giving it to her. If you have an oily scalp, did this work better for you than the Klorane with Oat Milk?
Finally, there was the Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask. This is another product that I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've gotten in boxes. I like this product, so I'm okay with getting it multiple times, but it's a little excessive at this point. I wish Briogeo would try to get their other products out to beauty boxes instead of the mask as just about everyone has tried the mask at this point. To use this mask, you apply it to your hair after shampooing and let it set for five to ten minutes before rinsing. Briogeo recommends using it once or twice a week. This always makes my hair extra soft and shiny, so I love it, but I usually forget to use it. I need to leave one of my samples in the shower so I will remember to use it more regularly.
While I liked everything in my Allure box this month, I didn't find the month to be amazing, probably because two of the six products were products that I've gotten so many times in other boxes. I'm really not happy that Allure sent me the Klorane dry shampoo in the June box and now I'm getting it again this month. The formulas are technically different (Oat Milk vs. Nettle), but not different enough that I want to get them four months apart in the same beauty box. I loved the Mally mascara, the Spongellé buffer, and the Tatcha hand cream, and I thought the Doucce eyeshadow was okay. That said, I get beauty boxes because I love trying new things. With as many boxes as I get, I understand that I'll occasionally get products I've tried before, but every month with Allure I've gotten products I've tried multiple times. I've decided to cancel Allure and replace it with Julep. I might resubscribe to Allure eventually, but I think it's time for a break now. I love Julep's makeup and nail polish, so I'm excited about this change. Sadly, I didn't subscribe to Julep in time to get the November box, but I will be getting a free 8-piece box of nail polish and makeup with my new subscription (use coupon code COLOR8 if you're a new subscriber to Julep and you want to get the bonus set), so I'll review that in November and begin my reviews of the regular Julep subscription boxes in December.
What did you think of the October Allure box? Did you love the Mally mascara as much as I did? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!