October 2018 Allure Beauty Box Review

This post is pretty late in the making, seeing as how’s it’s already October 28th!  But, the good news is that I’ve had this box of products since around about October 7th, so I’ve been able to put them to regular use for review purposes!  This is my second month of receiving the Allure Beauty Box, and I have to say that I find the service to be pretty impressive so far.  I purchase this box with my own money, I don’t receive any compensation from Allure or any of the companies whose products are contained within the box.  All opinions are solely my own.

The quick rundown is that the Allure Beauty Box is a monthly subscription box.  It costs $15 plus tax each month and generally contains 5-6 full-size products or deluxe-sized samples of products.  The products will usually have won an Allure’s Best of Beauty Award.  Now let’s get on with the sharing and reviewing!

First up was a deluxe sample of Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara in Ultra Black.  I’m kind of a mascara snob, because I have really long eyelashes.  However, they are REALLY light in color, so I need mascara to make them stand out.  I always wear mascara that dramatically lengthens and volumizes to accent my eyelashes, since they are one of my best facial features.  This mascara didn’t disappoint.  I definitely made my lashes standout, but I quickly learned that two very thin coats, applied in quick succession, was the secret to applying this mascara.  The formula is a bit thick, but definitely achieved the dramatic results I like.  I did find the applicator handle a bit awkward (it’s triangular), but I think this wouldn’t be an issue with the full-sized product, which would have a longer wand.  The retail price is $29 for a .33 oz. tube.  This sample appears to be .19 oz., making the approximate value of this sample $14.

Next were two products by Sunday Riley – Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment and Ceramic Slip Cleanser.  I’ve used both products and have found them to be gentle and effective.  But, I truly love the Ceramic Slip Cleanser.  Now that I’m almost out of this sample, I think I’ll have to buy a full-size product to keep using!  The Ceramic Slip Cleanser is a light-foaming clay cleanser that really did help with breakouts and clogged pores on the lower half of my face.  Good Genes retails for $105 for 1 oz., this deluxe sample was .17 oz., making its approximate value $17.50.  The Ceramic Slip Cleanser retails for $35 for 5 oz., this 1 oz. deluxe sample is valued at $7.

The box included a deluxe sample of Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Matte Liquid Lip Stain.  My box contained this product in Nude Emblem, a terra-cotta pink.  This was an interesting product to get used to – it’s a very thin, almost liquid formulation.  While I do wish it had a bit more staying power, like some of the lip stains I use regularly, the shade is very pretty and can be applied lightly for a more subtle look, or more heavily for a dramatic look.  The retail price for this product is $37 for a .2 oz. size.  I wasn’t able to figure out the size of this sample due to the unbelievably small print on the bottom of the tube, so I’ll assume this is about half the size of a regular tube, making the value approximately $18.50.

The next product is Caudlie Vinopure Skin Perfecting Serum.  This is a gel-like beta hydroxy acid serum.  It wasn’t drying at all and the smell was quite pleasant.  The booklet that comes inside each box even suggested you could wear it under makeup, which I did with good results.  This product retails for $49 for 30 ml.  This sample was 10 ml, giving it a value of $16.33.

Next up was First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream.  This was a thick moisturizer for dry skin, and although the Allure beauty editors said it didn’t clog their pores, I wasn’t taking any chances with my acne-prone skin.  I tested this out as a general body lotion on a dry October day following a workout and it really did moisturize.  The retail price of this product is $12 for 2 oz. or $30 for 6 oz.  This deluxe sample was 1 oz., making its value $6.

The final product was BKR Paris Water Balm.  This is a pail pink lip gloss and if I had to pick a favorite product from this box, it would be this (though the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser is a close second).  This little jar hasn’t been out of my handbag since I got it.  I always have something on my lips and this is a light, subtle gloss that provides great moisture without being sticky.  This product retails for .2 oz. for $22.  The sample was .07 oz., making its value approximately $7.33.

The approximate value of the October box was approximately $87, which is fantastic considering the $15 cost.  The products were thoughtfully curated and I’ve enjoyed using them all regularly.  I’m looking forward to seeing what November brings!

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