Ipsy Glam Bag for a while now, but I decided it was time to test out a few other subscription box options as well.
First on my list is the Allure Beauty Box from Allure Magazine, which is currently running a promotion that gives you $5 off your first box for new subscribers. According to their website, with the Allure Beauty Box you get “ top-trending, editor-tested makeup and beauty picks with a $50-$90 value for only $15 including: Full and travel-size products selected by Allure experts (we test more than 50,000 products a year), A mini-mag with tips, shortcuts, and step-by-steps, New member gift: A mystery bonus gift valued at $15+ and Free shipping.” To compare, Ipsy’s monthly subscription includes 5 beauty products (usually deluxe samples, sometimes full size products), free shipping and a cute makeup bag for $10/month. In order to give it a fair review, I opted to subscribe for 2 months instead of just one, in case the first box seemed like more of a wow factor to keep people subscribing or if there was consistency.
First thing I will note upon subscription, there was no “membership” information sent (account number/ID etc..) and when you try to use their login with your email and zip code you get an error so there is no way to track your order. This would later become an issue when trying to figure out how to cancel my subscription, but we will discuss that later.
The first box shipped about a week after I subscribed and took 5 days to reach me. Upon opening the box, I was pleasantly surprised with the variety of products inside. Judging by the “mini mag” that came with it, I definitely got the vibe that this was an “OMG look how awesome we are!” box that intended on impressing and luring you in to continue your subscription. The products were mostly sample sized items and did not seem quite as luxurious as the advertisements for the box make it seem. Don’t get me wrong, they’re still great products but I felt that they hyped themselves up a little bigger than they actually are. And honestly, for $15/mo I assumed the products would be slightly higher end (and because that’s what the photos lead me to believe). I’ll admit, I did not do any kind of super research before subscribing, so there may have been a better way to know what to expect, but I opted to take the more naive route as there are a lot of naive people out there who don’t really read the fine print (no offense to them of course, just stating that I was trying to be an average or “regular” buyer). I will say, the biggest winner out of the box for me was the Kur Nourishing Cuticle Oil by Londontown. It smells amazing and feels great on cuticle/nail areas. I will most likely be purchasing more of this when I run out.
As I assumed, the second box felt a lot more “lacking” when it arrived. Not to say the products were bad (I’m looking forward to trying The Original Makeup Eraser), but after having a more full looking box the first time, it made me ask “what’s soo different about this compared to other deluxe sample boxes?” ..and the answer was: nothing, really.
Yes, the Allure Beauty Box boasts that it has “top trending products” and has their popular magazine to give them a good name, but really its a slightly more expensive version of most of the other sample boxes out there. PLUS, I’d like to go back to the fact that even after receiving a 2nd box, there STILL was no membership/account information and the website still gave an error when trying to use my email/zip code to access info. In order to cancel my subscription, I had to call a customer service number and provide all of my info. I’d also like to add that while I was annoyed that I had to do this, I was very polite to the operator as I know it is not her fault that I was not pleased with everything, however she was a bit miserable/rude and that was a little disappointing. If you’re going to have cranky customer service reps that don’t really want to talk to us anyways, why not give us access online and let us do things that way instead?
In the end, I feel that the Allure Beauty Box was a bit of a disappointment and not worth the time/money. Do yourself a favor and subscribe to Ipsy instead. It’s $5 cheaper PLUS you get a cute cosmetics bag every month with your products.
Did you have a different experience with the Allure Beauty Box? Do you have other subscription boxes/products you would like to see my review? Let me know in the comments below or hit me up on social media!