My Allure Beauty Box arrived and if you’ve been reading my posts, you know that this is the last box I am contracted to receive. Initially, the Allure Beauty Box was a $15 per month subscription box. As a $15 subscription this box hit it out of the park every month. In October however, they decided to adjust the box and turn it into a $23 per month subscription. With tax it boils down to $24.27 if you want the full cost.
The problem is that with the October and November boxes, nothing really changed about the box except the price. There was nothing substantially different from when it was a $15 box and so I went from really loving the subscription to being very hesitant to keep it. So this is the third month after the switch in cost and I am trying to decide whether or not to keep it with me in the new year.
So let’s get into it shall we?
First off the subscription box itself changed. It was once sent in a solid and sturdy (and reusable) cardboard box. The box changed and it is now a disposable mailing box. I do cut it up for my compost bin, but it isn’t my favorite change. Plus the items remained the same size and all of them fit in the old boxes so even though I’m sure they changed the box for the new subscription, I’m not a fan.
I’m also not a huge fan of the booklet that comes with the box. While it is a substantial booklet and should have a plethora of information in it, sadly it rarely does. There is a blurb from one of the editors about how much they like the product, the price of the product should you wish to purchase the full size and (if available) a promo code. There is no real product information.
This month that wasn’t a big deal as everything was more or less straightforward, but last month there was an essence in the box that I had no idea how to use. It would have been nice if the large glossy brochure they took so much care to put together had some information about it. Do I put it on after toner? Do I use it in place of toner? Do I replace a serum with the essence? All of that I had to look up on my own before trying the sample they sent. I know, not a major deal breaker, but something that always sort of bothered me about their booklet.
To the Items!
The first item out of the box was a winner for me. It was a nine pan Ciate London Trend Edit Eyeshadow Palette. I liked the last Ciate London eyeshadows I tried and I am happy to have another palette from them. The colors look good and I look forward to trying it out. The palette is also one of the three full sized items promised each month.
I believe the second item I took out of the box was full sized as well. I’m not entirely certain because it isn’t listed anywhere, but I believe it is. This product is the MudMasky Leave-me-on Winter Mask. I’m guessing it is a mask that you leave on. (Not my brilliant deductive skills.) I’ll have to look up the details before I use it though. It sounds interesting and Mudmasky is one of those brands I’ve seen around but not tried.
My third item was a sample size of the Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum. I really like Caudalie products. I tend to hoard their sorbet moisturizer. I’ve tried several of their serums before as well and really liked liked them. I actually received a tube not that long ago from Look Fantastic in their subscription box. I am always happy to have another Caudalie product on hand and this one I don’t think I’ve actually tried which is always nice to see.
The third full sized item in the December box is an eyeliner from By Me x My Beauty Brand. I’ve not heard of the brand before but I do like that this box is a mix of things I’ve heard about and things I haven’t. Honestly though, I’m not going to get all that excited about another black eyeliner. Even when the black eyeliner is my absolute favorite brand (Eyeko actually) I’m still not hugely excited by it. But I will give it a try.
Next up is a sample size of an item I actually have in my shopping cart elsewhere. It is the La Roche Posay Retinol B3 Serum. I recently tried Retinol for the first time and really liked the way it worked on my skin so I started looking into trying more retinols. As La Roche Posay is one of those brands that is really good for sensitive skin, I figured they would be a good place to start. I’ve used their cleanser routinely as well as their moisturizer and had no problems so I thought the retinol might be good for me as well. I am happy I now get to try it before I buy the full size.
The last official item in my box this month was the Cetaphil Healthy Glow Daily Cream. I have friends who swear by Cetaphil and have used it for years. I remember trying a sample a long time ago and not being terribly impressed. However it was a long time ago and my skin has changed so what I look for in a moisturizer has changed as well. Plus this looks as though it is a new product in their skin care line so perhaps I will like this better.
I know some of you have looked at the picture above, seen the small black bag and have spent the entire post waiting to see what is inside. Well wait no longer. Inside the bag is a little card that thanks me for being a member and then gives what has to be the smallest sample of liquid lipstick I have ever seen. It is from Giorgio Armani.
I’ve tried their perfumes but never their makeup. I’m sure the sample is so small because it is so expensive. But oh my darlings it is tiny. Adorable. But tiny. From the swatch it looks to be a fantastic color and perfectly suited to the holiday season.
I’ll have to see how it wears before I decide whether or not it is worth picking up in a full size. I do appreciate the sample actually, even though it is comically tiny. It is a nice, thoughtful thing to add.
But am I going to remain an Allure beauty box customer?
While this box is markedly better than the last two months, I am going to take a break from the Allure Beauty box for a while. I adored it as a $15 subscription. Then it offered two to three full sized items each month, usually three and occasionally more. Now at the higher price they promise three or more full sized items, and have exactly three. Which is what they promised.
It is however, what they were already providing before the change. So while I like all of the products within the box and I think they are getting better, I don’t think they are quite there yet. I will be watching the Allure beauty Box every month, checking out the products they offer and seeing how the box changes moving forward. I hope that in a few months there will be enough change that I can re-subscribe and feel good about the $23 price of the box. But that time is not now. For now, I will be letting the subscription lapse. I am not completely closing the door though and will continue to pay attention to them and perhaps return in the future.