Allure Beauty Box Review, June 2016

Allure Beauty Box, $15 per month (US only, minus Alaska and Hawaii)

 

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The is a two-week-old Holland Lop checking out what is in the June Allure Beauty Box!  I don't think he really wanted to model that day.  He's looking a little cranky.

Allure Beauty Box is curated by the editors of Allure.  Subscribers get at least six samples, sometimes seven or eight, and there is a mini magazine in each box telling you why the editors chose the products that are in the box that month.  I like that they will tell you the strengths and weaknesses of the products and offer tips on using them.  The box has really improved since the Allure editors took it over from Beauty Bar.  Generally, everyone gets the same box without variation, except for perhaps color.  If you sign up now, they're offering $5 off your first month.  They've been overselling their boxes lately, so you definitely won't get the June box and you possibly won't get the July box if you sign up now.

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Here's what was inside:

The June Allure Beauty Box was worth $82.39.  It's not worth as much as the May box, but it's still worth over 5x the price of the subscription.  The values have really improved since Allure editors took over the box curation almost a year ago.  The box is heavy on skincare, but there's a makeup product, a hair care product, and a nail polish, so I'm happy with the product mix.  

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I can't even tell you how many times I've gotten a Klorane Dry Shampoo sample in a box.  As far as dry shampoo goes, it's average.  I prefer Klorane's tinted dry shampoo because it helps prevent the telltale white cast so many dry shampoos give your hair.  It sops up the oil  well so you can go an extra day without shampooing.  One of Allure's spoilers for the June box was the Klorane Shampoo with Mango Butter, but it seems as though they didn't have enough of that and started sending out the dry shampoo in place of it.  I hadn't tried the mango shampoo before and was looking forward to it, so I'm a little disappointed.  I wish they had at least substituted a different Klorane regular shampoo or conditioner instead of the boring old dry shampoo.

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I've gotten Leaders masks before in my Beauteque subscriptions, but this particular mask is new to me.  Both Glossybox and Allure included Korean masks in their boxes this month.  I like that they are trying to introduce K-Beauty to more people.  This mask was of high quality and fit my face well.  With some sheet masks, I'm adjusting them every minute so they don't fall off my face, but that wasn't necessary with this one.  The tundra cranberry is supposed to moisturize your skin and fight signs of aging.  It had a nice, light scent to it and it left my skin feeling hydrated and tight.  At $6 for one sheet mask, though, it is a little expensive.

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This is at least the third time, possibly even the fourth time, that I've gotten the Pur~lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum in the past six months or so.  I do like this serum, but a tube lasts forever, so I'll probably give this one away.  It looks like a small tube, but this is half of the full size.  The under-eye serum moisturizes, firms, brightens, and minimizes puffiness, which is where the 4-in-1 part of the name comes from.  The formula is very lightweight and absorbs quickly. It really does help with my puffiness, so I recommend this if the skin around your eyes could use some help.  The skin around your eyes is generally the first part of your face to show signs of aging, so taking care of that delicate skin is important!  Even if you think you're too young to worry about that, you're not.  Get a good eye moisturizer because it's a thousand times easier to prevent wrinkles than it is to get rid of them once they're there.  

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Pur~lisse's Blue Lotus Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Essential Day Moisturizer is a lightweight formula that protects your skin from the sun without giving your face a white cast to it.  I think I got a teeny sample of this years ago in a Birchbox, but I can't remember for sure.  The sample of this isn't huge, but it's the travel size version Pur~lisse sells, so it's still a good size.  I like that it combines moisturizer and sun protection all in one because my face feels kind of gross when I layer some types of sunscreen over moisturizer.  It's nice to keep it down to one thin layer.

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Swatches of Kardashian Beauty Cabana Bronze Matte Bronzer, light (top), medium (upper middle), dark (lower middle), and all three shades combined (bottom)

Swatches of Kardashian Beauty Cabana Bronze Matte Bronzer, light (top), medium (upper middle), dark (lower middle), and all three shades combined (bottom)

While I don't hate the Kardashians as much as some people, I certainly don't love them either.  I was hoping to never try their makeup, but here we are.  This is a relatively inexpensive bronzer and it has three shades in it so you can pick one to use, or mix two or even all three of them to get your desired shade.  I've seen many subscribers complain that this bronzer was smashed when they received it, but mine, surprisingly, was all in one piece.  The coloring of this palette didn't work that well for me, so I don't plan to use it.  My friend, Johnny, loves the Kardashians and loves bronzer, so he'll be more than happy to take it.

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Last but not least, there was the Julep nail polish in Cassidy.  Some subscribers received April, a deep coral, or Katie, a pinky metallic purple.  I was hoping to get one of the other colors, but I actually ended up loving Cassidy.  It's a gorgeous dusty teal color when it's on my nails and makes for the perfect summer nail color.  I like Julep polish, so I'm always happy to get another one.  It started chipping on day three for me, which is longer than it takes most polish to chip.  While I like the Pur~lisse eye serum a lot, I've gotten it way too many times, so I'd choose this product as my favorite in the Allure June box.  

After Allure's issues with putting out amazing spoilers for the May box, then overselling and disappointing a lot of people who subscribed and expected to get that box, I thought they would really knock it out of the park in June.  I liked most of the June box, but I expected that they would want to amaze the subscribers they had upset to try to keep them from canceling their subscriptions.  Besides the Klorane and the bronzer, I was happy with my box.  There was a good product mix and the value was there.  Unfortunately, though, the wow factor was not there.  I'm hoping July will be a better month for Allure.

What did you think of this month's Allure box?  Did anyone get the mango shampoo?  I'd love to hear how it works.!