Okay my darlings, buckle up this is going to be an interesting unboxing. The highly anticipated October Allure box has arrived. As you can see above, the box itself has changed. No longer is it the reusable box of yore but a cardboard mailer.
This was the first month of the NEW Allure Beauty Box if you will remember. Originally It was a $15 subscription box which put it into competition with both Birchbox ($15) and the Regular IPSY Glam Bag ($12). In October the price of the Allure Beauty Box went up to $23 per month. With the price increase you are guaranteed six or more products valued at $100 or more (previously 5 products with a $70+ value) and at least three full sized items (previously 2).
While both Boxy Charm and IPSY have $25 boxes, those boxes are all full sized items (5 full sized items). By contrast, Look Fantastic ($19/ month) has a mix of full and deluxe sample sized items as does GlossyBox ($21/ month). Since I get BoxyCharm Premium and IPSY Ultimate instead of the regular boxes (and because of the sample and full sized mix) I am going to be comparing the new Allure Box to this month’s Look Fantastic and Glossy Box as they are its closest competitors. Just remember they are both slightly less in cost.
So let’s talk about what arrived this month.
Item number one is the The Nue Co Topical C (full size) (Retail $70). It is a vitamin C powder that you add to a moisturizer or mix with a little water. According to the little write up in the magazine the powder is supposed to help prevent it from being too heavy on the skin.
I can’t say I’ve ever had issues with serums being too heavy. Moisturizers and occasionally oils, yes, but not really serums, but I can see the logic. If you add it to your moisturizer, it is like you are only layering one product (sort of) onto your skin. I’m game to try it as I do like Vitamin C serums and I have never tried it in powder form. I am just going to have to look it up on the brands website to get more information when I do. The Allure booklet tells you only what one of their beauty editors thought of it and doesn’t give you a lot of product information.
The next item in the box is the Verso Super Eye Serum (full size) (retail $65). I like Verso products in general. I’ve used several before and find it to be a really good brand. I pick them up now and again from Alyaka when they have sales. As far as eye cream goes, it is a good size and one that would take me quite a while to get through. I have no complaints about that. Speaking of Alyaka, they too have an Advent Calendar out (and I forgot to add it to my advent post yesterday. I knew as soon as I posted I would find more, anyway you can click on the link to see it. It looks kind of amazing and Alyaka specializes in vegan and cruelty free beauty products. The advert with the photo of products is posted at the bottom of this post if you want to get a look at the goodies offered)
The third full sized item is the Static Nails Liquid Glass Lacquer in Irene (full size) (retail $16). It looks to be a nice color and one I will use. I like nail polishes. As I recently purged several no longer usable nail polishes from my collection I have plenty of space for it.
However, it does not look full sized. It may be full sized, but if it is I would take issue with Static Nails. Since it is hard to get a visual on it by itself, I put it with two other nail polishes. The Smith and Cult which retails for $18 and which came in a $15 Birch Box and a Nails Inc which came in a Glossy Box. It may be a pretty color, but it does not look full sized. Of course I haven’t tried it. It could be the best nail polish I’ve ever tried where one coat performs unexpected feats of magic. I don’t know and won’t until I try it. Yhis is however an unboxing. I sometimes forget to report back about nail polishes, but this one, I will be remembering to review. As you can tell in some of thes photos, I really need to take off my old polish and repaint them so a review may be coming fairly soon.
Moving on we come to the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP + Body Cream. It’s a sample so there is no price given for it, but the full 400 mL size is $19.99 and the sample is 15 mL so basic math gives us a value of $0.75.
Now, I like La Roche-Posay products. Their sunscreen is really good and very lightweight on the face and their cleanser is amazing for anyone with sensitive skin. Well, it is good in general, even if you don’t have sensitive skin. (Incidentally their 20% off sale starts tomorrow, I’ll post reminders, but on 10/21 use the code EXCLUSIVE20, on 10/22-23 use code HURRY, and on 10/24 use the code SURPRISE to get 20% plus two deluxe samples.)
Since you can now pick up an array of the brand’s products in Walgreens I tend to run out and pick it up when I find myself low on cleansers and don’t have another one lined up. It is consistently good. I have even used this moisturizer before.
This exact same size was given out as a free sample from Walgreens when the brand first started being sold there. It is a good moisturizer. I prefer it on my body rather than my face as I find it a little heavy on the face, but it is a good product. As Allure claims that they are the box that sends products you can’t find anywhere else, I can’t say I am wowed by its presence.
The same goes for the Dr Jartt Ceramidin Cream sample (again basic math $48 for full sized 50 ml Tube, sample size is10 mL with a value of $9.60) . It’s a nice cream. I’ve tried it before. I’ve even had a sample of it from Allure before.
Admittedly the previous sample was a bit smaller in size. But I have had so many samples of this cream from so many different sources that I have lost count of the number of times I’ve used or passed on these tubes of cream. Because it has been repeated so many times by so many different boxes, it doesn’t feel all that special. And quite frankly it is an okay cream that I will probably not be picking up in the full sized versions any time soon. As this was their first higher priced box, I would have expected them to try to make it a little more special.
I will say that the Sigma Liquid Lipstick in Venom did feel special (full size $20, sample $4). It is a beautiful color and I can not wait to try out the formula. I’m okay with it being a sample size.
Would I have preferred the full size? Of course. If given the chance I would have made the lippie a full sized and the nail polish a travel sized. As the nail polish already looks travel sized it probably would have looked ridiculous any smaller though.
My next items was the Wilma Schumann Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads (1 pair)($18 for 5 sets, 1 pair is $3.60). I like eye masks and I am always willing to have another pair to try. I have no complaints about this product. I look forward to using it and hope it turns out to be something I enjoy using.
The Rusk PUREMIX Native Fig Replenishing Shampoo & Conditioner I sort of have an issue with (at Ulta it is $26 for the set – here the math gets fun, 12 ounces is 354.882 mL the shampoo and conditioner are both 12 ounces so combined for $26 you get 709.762 mL. There is 10 Ml of shampoo and another 10 of conditioner in the foil packet which means the foil packet is valued at $0.73).
Again this is nothing against the brand. I have used many Rusk Products before and I enjoy almost anything fig so that’s not the problem. The problem is that it is a foil packet.
First, of all I hate foil packets of shampoo and conditioner in general. For me there is no middle line with that. There is no ‘well it is a really pricey product and this is a cost effective way to try it.’ No, I’ll let you get away with that for serums and well most any other product really, just not shampoo and conditioner.
I don’t care how good the dotted line is, opening them in the shower with wet hands is always a pain so if you don’t remember to cut them open before you get in the shower it just becomes a struggle. And you have to separate the shampoo and conditioner first, otherwise you end up squirting both into your hand at the same time. However, when you separate them, sometimes the packets tear weirdly and you end up with shampoo dribbling out of the side of the packet. And then you have too much product to use in one sitting and if you try to keep it for your next shower so you don’t waste it then sometimes the edges dry out and get nasty so you just throw it away, or someone else uses the shower, ends up setting their shampoo on top of your semi flat foil packet thinking you just accidentally left the empty in the shower, thus causing a spluge of product on the wall.
No, no shampoo and conditioner foil packets.
I can tolerate foil packets for other products, but absolutely hate them for shampoo and conditioner.
But pet peeve aside, when you get a foil packet, it always feels like an extra. Something they threw in as a bonus item. Now, it is the eight product in the box and technically could be considered as an addition. It is listed as an item on the site and advertised as such not as a bonus. It is even listed as a sponsored item.
While the value is there, the included products having a value of $169.68, and there were more than the six promised items and technically three were full sized, it still felt like a $15 box and not a $23 one.
By contrast Look Fantastic had six items this month and Glossy Box had five. These links will take you to my reviews of the boxes if you want to do a more indepth comparison of items. The value of the $21 Glossy Box was $91.44 and the $19 Look Fantastic Box had a value of $76.11. Despite this, both Glossy Box and Look Fantastic felt far more lux than this upgraded $23 box.
It isn’t one major thing, but a lot of little things that make me feel this way. To be honest, once I received the box, I went ahead and called to cancel before the next box. They did offer me a deal. For the next two months I would get the old price. So November and December I would receive the same box for $15 instead of the upgraded fee. I suppose they are planning to get better and hope to convince me to stay when the deal is over.
I accepted the terms and they charged November’s box right away so I have prepaid ($15) for November. I will then pay December regularly (still at $15). That will give me two more boxes to decide if it is worth keeping around. As I was planning to reassess my subscriptions in December/January, I am fine with that. If they step up in the next two months, I may keep the subscription, if they don’t then I may cancel.
However, an interesting thing happened shortly after I had my conversation with Allure about my subscription. I received an e-mail saying that the new price of $23 will take effect December 1st. I don’t know if this means that enough people cancelled that they had to rethink the box or what. I know that anyone else I talked to about their box this month was not happy so I imagine there was a lot of push back.
Personally, if I was increasing the price of a subscription I would make sure to knock it out of the park the first few months so people would get comfortable with the new price increase. Mostly because there are a lot of people who can justify a $15 box but who might be skeptical of something over $20. This was not an out of the park hit. There was no home run. And I will spend the next two months with a very critical eye to the box to see if it will be worth the price increase or if this box will not be following me into the new year.