Allure Beauty Box Review, September 2016

Allure Beauty Box, $15 per month (US only)

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This baby bunny is so silly!  She seems to like hanging out in the beauty boxes.

The Allure Beauty Box is a monthly subscription curated by the editors of Allure Magazine.  There are generally six or more items and the value is often high.  This is a good introductory beauty box.  I find that I get products from them that I've gotten multiple times in other beauty boxes, so this might not be the best choice for someone who is a veteran beauty box subscriber and who wants to try new and different products.  The brands featured are almost always mainstream, so most of the products you'll find in your Sephora, ULTA, or local department store.  Some months are amazing, some are not.  This subscription is really hit or miss for me and I often consider canceling it.

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Here's what I got this month:

My September Allure Beauty Box was worth approximately $56.97.  That's on the lower side for Allure, but it's still a great value for a $15 box.  The sample mix is pretty good -- three skincare products, a cosmetic, a nail polish, and a perfume.  This might be the first time I've gotten perfume from Allure.  The spoilers showed two additional products, a Grande Cosmetics mascara and an Estée Lauder eye serum, so I'm not sure why most subscribers didn't get those.  They weren't listed in the mini magazine that Allure sends in the box.  Several times lately, they've had spoilers that make you think you're getting one thing and then change it out at the last minute.  It's very annoying.  Substituting products is one thing, but not including them and not replacing them is another thing entirely.

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I'm not sure what it is with Allure and Pur~lisse, but they send out a different Pur~lisse product just about every month.  I don't mind Pur~lisse, but it's not my favorite brand, either.  I've tried the Prevent Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk before and liked it.  It's a gentle cleanser that is fragrance free.  The Allure editors say you can use this to remove a full face of makeup, but I'd recommend using regular makeup remover to do that and then cleanse your face with this.  

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I love that Allure sent a perfume mini instead of a teeny sample vial!  I love Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline, so I was excited to try Bvlgari Omnia Coral.  This perfume has a light fruity-floral scent and has notes of bergamot, goji berries, hibiscus, pomegranate, cedar, and water lilies.  The fragrance didn't last quite as long as I would have liked, but it is a great daytime scent and you can always touch it up periodically.  The bottle is just the cutest thing ever, but I wish it sprayed.  The entire top part with the metallic pieces snaps off and then you pour out a little perfume from the bottle.  It's not easy to snap the top off, so I always worry I will spill it.  

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ORLY Breathable Treatment and Color Nail Polish is 3-free and contains argan oil and vitamins B5 and C, so, besides giving your nails some color, it will also get them back into shape.  ORLY says this polish can be used on its own and that no base coat or topcoat is needed.  I got surprisingly good coverage with one coat of this, but two coats gave me the best coverage.  This held up better than I expected with no topcoat.  While I love purple, this shade, Feeling Free, isn't my favorite nail color.  I'll use it occasionally, though.  Subscribers received one of ten colors, so not everyone got this purple.  Of the ten shades I could get, there were worse and better colors than this one.  I could have ended up with tan, so I won't complain about the color I got.  By calling the polish Breathable, they were clearly trying to go for a Julep-type formula and I can see the similarities.  At $9 for 0.5 oz of this ORLY polish, it's a much better deal than $14 for 0.27 oz of Julep polish, so this is worth a try if you love Julep but think it's on the pricey side.

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Supergoop! Shine-On! Lip Screen can be used on its own or applied over your lipstick to protect your lips from the sun.  Lips are often left out when it comes to sun protection, so a sunblock for your lips is always a great idea.  Unfortunately, this is quite sticky and tastes like sunblock.  This is a clear gel, but it seems like it would be hard to put on top of your lipstick without messing it up.  The full size version of this product has a brush to paint this on with, but it still seems like that would be difficult to get on top of your lipstick.  The stickiness really got to me, so I can't see myself using this.

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I always mean to use lash primers, but I almost never do.  The Grande Cosmetics Primer has gotten me back into the habit of using a primer!  I couldn't believe how great this made my lashes look.  It makes your lashes look white, but, once you put mascara over it, you can't see it.  It gave my lashes tons of length and volume and I was very impressed with this product.  I hadn't heard of Grande Cosmetics before, so I didn't have high hopes, but they surprised me!  I wish I had gotten the Grande Cosmetics Mascara that Allure had shown in the spoilers.  I would have loved to have tried the primer and mascara together.

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The final product was the Eau Thermale Avène PhysioLift Eyes.  This is an eye cream that contains hyaluronic acid for hydration, brown algae extract for collagen production, and retinol for anti-aging.  The cream is yellow, has no fragrance, and isn't too thick or too thin.  It made the skin around my eyes feel soft, smooth, and hydrated.  I can't tell you how well it works at fighting signs of aging after using it for just a week, but retinol is one of the best anti-aging ingredients out there, so it's worth a try.

I liked five of the six products in the September Allure Beauty Box.  The Supergoop! lip product was a miss for me as the stickiness was unbearable, but I was very happy with the Avène eye cream, Grande Cosmetics Primer, Bvlgari Omnia Coral, Pur~lisse Cleansing Milk, and ORLY nail polish.  My favorite products were the Bvlgari perfume and the Grande primer.  September and August were great for Allure, but the two months before weren't so good.  I'm hoping that the boxes continue to get better.

What did you think of this month's box?  Did anyone get the Grande mascara or the Estée Lauder eye serum?  If so, how did they work?