January Allure Beauty Box Review

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I recently posted a review of my January Ipsy Glam Bag, and in that post I mentioned that I also subscribe to the Allure Beauty Box. A couple of you expressed interest in hearing my thoughts on that subscription as well, so I thought I’d post a January review. Next month, maybe I will post both reviews together? Also, next month, maybe I will actually take a photo of that month’s box and post it instead of stealing a stock image from the Allure website that has all the wrong products, oops?

The Allure Beauty Box is very different from Ipsy for several reasons. The first, and most obvious, is that it’s a box and not a bag. I hate the waste of it, but at least I can recycle it. The second big difference is that Allure is a huge name in beauty and therefore gets awesome brands with huge samples, plus lots of full size products as well. The cost is $15 per month, but you get some money off if you subscribe for 6 months or a year in advance. Your first box is also just $10. I don’t have a fancy code or anything for this one, but you can sign up on the Allure site.

So, here is my January review, just in time for uh, February.

Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick–I got this sample in the color Rosewood, but I’m not sure if different colors went out with different boxes. That said, I really did not like this. Like, at all. The color was okay, but it looked really chalky when I wore it, and felt suuuper drying on my lips. Thumbs down, MUFE.

Rodial Smokey Eye Pen–So, this was a full size product, which is awesome. I have not tried it yet, but honestly, it’s a brown eyeliner and I’ve used Rodial pencils before, so I think it will be good quality. This is the kind of eyeliner that you can smudge for a smokey look (hence the name) which means it’s obviously not smudge-proof. That’s the only drawback for me on this one, since I never do a smokey eye.

THE ONE by Frederic Fekkai One and Then Some Dry Texturizing Spray–I actually used this today and it added quite a bit of texture and volume to my very fine, very straight hair. It didn’t hold waves or anything for me, but I think my hair is more at fault for that than the product. My hair can’t hold a wave to save its life. This did not leave my hair feeling soft and touchable, but it wasn’t sticky, so didn’t mind it. It also smelled good!

ThisWorks In Transit Camera Close-up–Not gonna lie, this product confuses me a little. It’s a moisturizer, mask, and primer all in one. You’re supposed to use it to “erase signs of fatigue, boost hydration, and prep the skin for photo perfect makeup.” So, I guess you use it before your makeup application? The mask part threw me. I have not tried this yet, but I’m not so sure about it. Then again, it’s called “ThisWorks,” so what do I know?

Sunday Riley C.E.O Rapid Flash Brightening Serum–YOU GUYS. This was a FULL SIZE product! From Sunday Riley! This serum costs $85 in the store and I got it in a box for $15, plus all the other stuff. That’s insane. This is what I mean when I say Allure really provides the best brands and deals. It’s one of the pricier monthly boxes, but come on! Anyway, the sad news is I’ve actually tried the CEO serum before and it made me break out, so I gave this FULL SIZE bottle to my BFF. That being said, it gets rave reviews, so it probably just doesn’t work with my skin type.

Do you get the Allure Beauty Box? What did you think of the January box? Can you effing believe that full size Sunday Riley shit?!

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