Allure Beauty Box, $15 per month (US only)
My adorable little Rosie bun, a 6-week-old Holland Lop, is checking out the August Allure Beauty Box. She's a little shy still, but very sweet. Rosie is Emmett's niece, so she is extra special! It's hard to tell in the pictures, but she has blue eyes and very pale tan spots on her back. Her coloring is so pretty.
The Allure Beauty Box is a monthly subscription curated by the editors of Allure. They've tried just about every beauty product out there, so, when they say something's good, it might actually be worth checking out. Until a year ago, Allure had The Beauty Bar curate their boxes, but the curation substantially improved and values went way up when the Allure editors took over. That said, being curated by the editors of Allure also means the products tend to be mainstream, so the box contents are often products you've at least heard of, if not tried. If you're new to beauty boxes, this will give you a great introduction to the world of beauty. If you're not new to beauty boxes, your Allure boxes will likely contain at least a product or two each month you've gotten in other boxes multiple times.
Here's what came in my August Allure Beauty Box:
- Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Eye Pencil in Pebble Beach (deluxe sample, worth $12; full size costs $18)
- Freeze 24-7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum (deluxe sample, worth $53; full size costs $115)
- Pur~lisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer (deluxe sample, worth $16.18; full size costs $55)
- e.l.f. Studio Small Stipple Brush (worth $3)
- Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 (travel size, worth $8; full size costs $28)
- Wet Brush Midi Brush in Stone Cold Steel (worth $8.90)
- Garnier Whole Blends Repairing Shampoo in Honey Treasures (small sample, worth $0.54; full size costs $3.99)
- Garnier Whole Blends Repairing Conditioner in Honey Treasures (small sample, worth $.054; full size costs $3.99)
My August Allure box was worth $102.16. For a $15 box, the value is definitely up there. There were some variations this month, though, and my box was the second lowest value variation. All of the products were the same except the e.l.f. Studio Small Stipple Brush. Some people got the Mally Mattewand Eye Brightener, which I believe ended up being full size and worth $25; some received the Pixi Glow Tonic, a small sample worth $1.74; others got the Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base, a small sample worth $8.16. Variations are fine and all, but when you're advertising the most expensive of the variations in spoilers and then send out variations that aren't just a little cheaper, but a lot cheaper, you're going to have some annoyed customers. I will give them credit for at least saying from the beginning that there would be variations, especially after last month's issue with Glossybox saying that a Nuxe oil would be in every box and then not delivering on that. I really wanted to try the Mally Mattewand, so I was a little disappointed. The e.l.f. brush was the product I wanted the least, but, of course, that's the one I ended up getting.
First up is the Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Eye Pencil in Pebble Beach. I actually got an eyeliner that wasn't black! It's a really dark brown, though, so it's not that far off. I've tried Cargo's eyeliner before, and I've tried their Swimmables blush before, but I've never tried their Swimmables eyeliner. The Swimmables line, as you probably guessed, is supposed to be waterproof. The eyeliner went on easily and smoothly and lasted all day. Although it was dark, it wasn't quite as severe as black eyeliner, so I liked the color. I've never worn this eyeliner while swimming or in a rainstorm, so I can't tell you how waterproof it is.
Can you believe this teeny tube of eye serum is worth $53?!!! It's almost half the size of the full size, which goes for $115. Fortunately, with eye serums, a little goes a long way, so this should last me for a good amount of time. The Freeze 24-7 serum is supposed to moisturize the delicate skin around your eyes, plus make the skin look tighter and smoother for a few hours. It contains amino butyric acid, which helps the muscles relax, plus aloe to reduce inflammation. There wasn't any fragrance to it, and the product itself is thin and milky looking. The skin around my eyes is still pretty smooth, so I didn't notice any real results. While many extremely expensive products just aren't worth it, if this works as it says it does and you really want smoother skin around your eyes, I could see spending the money on it. It's certainly cheaper and less invasive than Botox. Whether it works as well as it says it does, though, I can't tell you. Has anyone else tried it? Was it effective? Is it worth it?
Next up, we have the Pur~lisse Prevent Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer. I've gotten Pur~lisse moisturizers so many times in beauty boxes, but I can't remember if I've gotten this exact type before. Besides being moisturizing, this also fights signs of aging. It's very lightweight and a good choice for the summer. I'd suggest using this at night and perhaps one of Pur~lisse's moisturizers that contain sunblock during the day. This isn't fragrance-free, but the scent is light and goes away after it is absorbed.
The e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush is for use with liquid makeup and is supposed to give you an airbrushed looking finish. This works pretty well for a $3 brush. The bristles aren't the highest quality, but I wouldn't expect them to be at this price point. I'm too lazy to bother with stippling most of the time, but this will be good to have around when I want to put in the extra effort.
I believe this is the fourth time I've gotten Supergoop! Setting Mist with Rosemary in a box. While I wouldn't use this as my only sunblock, this will give you a little added protection in case you missed a small spot or if it's been a few hours since you applied sunblock and need a boost. This will set your makeup and keep in locked in for the day, plus it has a matte finish and helps with oil control. Strangely enough, it smells like mint, not rosemary. The scent is a little on the strong side, so, if you don't like mint that much, this won't be for you. I like mint and everything, but, really, who wants their face to smell like it? Although it could do without the minty scent, I still like the product and think it's the perfect setting mist for a hot summer day.
I've gotten the Wet Brush before, but I got the smallest size, The Squirt. This is the Midi, in between The Squirt and full size. Allure subscribers received either the color Stone Cold Steel or Bombshell Blue. I can't seem to find my little Wet Brush, so I guess my ex must have kept it when I left her. You can't begin to understand how well this works until you actually try it. I'm lucky in that I have thick hair that is strong and never falls out, so I've always brushed my hair when it was wet with a regular brush and have never had problems. You're really not supposed to brush your hair when it's wet, though, so that's where The Wet Brush comes in. This glides through your wet hair and detangles it. It doesn't even feel like your hair is being brushed. I remember using one for the first time and thinking it didn't feel like it was doing anything to my hair. I then looked in the mirror and saw that my hair looked smooth and perfectly brushed. This brush really does work and, best of all, it's only $8.99.
The final products were the Garnier Whole Blends Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner in Honey Treasures. These weren't listed in the booklet Allure sent with the box, so they must be an added bonus. Given that they are worth $0.54 each, it's good they're just extra products Allure threw in. They smell good and work well for inexpensive drugstore shampoo and conditioner. I like Garnier products and think they're some of the better drugstore hair care products available. I don't see myself buying these, but I'll use the samples up.
The August Allure Beauty Box was okay, but not amazing. The value was up there and I liked the products for the most part, but there was nothing really special in the box. My favorite product was The Wet Brush and my least favorite product was the e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush. I really wanted to try the Mally eye brightener, so that was a bit of a disappointment. It's annoying that they advertised the Mally product and then sent most subscribers much cheaper items. I'll give them credit for being upfront about the variations from the beginning, but I think the values of the product should have been similar. I'm still on the fence about canceling Allure. I said last month that if they didn't wow me this month, I would probably cancel. While I wouldn't say they knocked it out of the park, it was an improvement over last month, so I'll probably just wait and see how September goes.
What did you think of Allure this month? Which variation did you get?