Quick Run-Down (I can never remember how I punctuate and capitalize this phrase, so I apologize for the inconsistency): $15 a month ($16ish plus tax) makeup/beauty sample box curated by Allure magazine; five or more deluxe/travel/full sized products a month, wide range of products and brands, mostly mid/-high end but with drugstore products mixed in; no rewards program, but random extra samples occasionally mailed to you (this has happened twice now; once was three deluxe samples, once was a full box).
When I saw the spoilers, I was expecting to get the same size I've gotten in the past, but this sample is a hefty 2.5fl oz. It has a wonderful, soft almond scent and, as the name suggests, this is an oil you use in the shower for cleansing, though most people use it as a shave oil (which it performs beautifully as). The full size is $25 for 8.4fl oz, making this 2.5fl oz sample worth about $7.44.
I have heard of the brand DDF before, and I've seen it at Ulta and on DermStore.com, but I've never used anything from it. This is one of the brands that contribute to the 'discount beauty' feel; every time I see it at Ulta, it just looks sad and neglected. This product is like a primer serum; it provides the benefits of s serum (and you apply it as such), but it's also supposed to fill pores and smooth lines (it has silicone in it). A very intriguing product since a lot of pore-filling/shine-diminishing products are not very hydrating. The full size is 1.7fl oz for $85, so this 0.5fl oz sample is worth about $25. Which...is kind of shocking!
Fekkai is another one of those brands that feels neglected and kind of sad; my Ulta used to carry it, but they discontinued it a bit ago. I believe you can find this product at Target, but I think this is one of those salon brands that you can find at regular stores, but they're not authorized retailers so the quality isn't guaranteed. In this box, we got a travel sized sample of the Fekkai Brillint Glossy Styling Creme.
This is a frizz-fighting, shine-enhancing cream, which are two things my hair actually needs! I have naturally curly hair, so not only do I suffer from frizz, but I also suffer from dullness (especially after bleaching my hair to platinum blonde). I normally don't like Fekkai products, but this is one I'm interested in trying out. The full size is $20 for 4oz, so this 2oz size is worth $10.
Overall, I got two full size products and four deluxe/travel sized samples with a total value of about $72.24, which is kind of unexpected; I wouldn't look at this box and think that it was worth over $70, but, if my math is correct, it is! Some hits, some misses, but the misses are more for personal reasons than any actual flaw in the box or the included products. I'm excited to try out most of these products and to see what the next Allure Beauty Box will bring!
Thanks for reading! <3