Hello! Hope you're having a great day! For this post, I want to share with you my November 2015 Allure Beauty Box.
The Allure Beauty Box is my newest subscription service; I've only been subscribed since September, and it's definitely had a lot of ups in downs in that small time period. Which is not a good thing. It's also a more expensive subscription (at least compared to Birchbox and Ipsy) at $15 a month, so it's only natural that I expect a little bit more out of it. From my past experiences with subscription boxes, the more you pay doesn't seem to always correlate to a better value; many of my Ipsy/Birchboxes have had 3-4 times more value than the $10 I paid while my more expensive subscriptions have had 2-3 times more value. The first month I subscribed, September, the Allure Beauty Box was an amazing value. October was pretty "meh", and my November box is dismal. Since Allure doesn't offer any rewards program (at least from what I can tell; they do seem to have a lot of contests, though), I'm not confident in the value of this subscription and, come January (I already got my December box), I may be unsubscribing. ...I will also unsubscribe immediately if I get into the Sehora Play subscription service.
I know I've ranted enough about this product, but I also wanted to address why I think this is mislabeled by Allure as a liquid lipstick. On the Mally Beauty website, there are, indeed, High-Shine Liquid Lipsticks. They look completely different and they do, in fact, have doe-foot applicators. They kind of remind me of the Stila lip glazes, just with a different tip. They are $20 each, which is exactly what Allure says. However, there is also a set of five minis that look exactly like this sample and it is called a High Shine Lipgloss set. So are these lipglosses or are they lipsticks? I almost think Allure used the full sizes without testing the minis, but then they also say that these only lasted an hour or two and are sheer, so the product must have been the same. Again, tl;dr, the set of five mini glosses retails for $29.50, so this sample has a value of about $5.90.
Overall, this was not a great box. Had September not been so impressive, I would have unsubscribed after this one. But, I held out and got the December box, which was a little redeeming, so we'll have to see what January brings. If I remain unimpressed, I will unsubscribe. All six products in this box were deluxe sized samples, unless you don't count the perfume sample as deluxe sized (this box does not promise any full sizes, so all deluxe sized samples are okay with me. I'm on the fence about the perfume sample; since you can get them for free with your orders from Sephora along with other foil packets, it's arguable that it's not). The value of the November box, while still more than what I paid, is pathetic. The total value is $31.64, $29.48 if you don't count the perfume, which is barely just twice what I paid (less than twice if you include tax). Hopefully Allure steps up their game, and keeps it up there, otherwise they're going to have one less subscriber.
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