I'm a recent purchaser of these boxes (I started buying them last year), and while people who have been getting from the beginning have noticed a decline in quality, even I can see a very drastic difference in product quality and value from last year to this year. I thought about pre-ordering the 2016 boxes because of how happy I was with the ones I got last year, but I am very happy I didn't. The Spring box was a huge let down, and I believe it's one of the first boxes that didn't even sell out, months later (there were so many left over that Allure was selling them as add-ons to the Fall box for $24.99, almost half of the full $49.99 price). The Fall box (or August box, as the info booklet says) was significantly better, but I still debated on whether or not I was going to purchase it. I ended up justifying it by comparing the value of the products I knew I would use to the price of the box, but even then there were some disappointments.
I touched on it before, but the Allure Beauty Thrills boxes come out about three times a year (one for the spring, one for the fall and one for the holidays/winter) and are $49.99 each. You also have to pay shipping and handling of $9.99 for each box; I understand why, these are heavy boxes and probably cost a bit to ship, even with a volume discount, but it would make more sense to me to just say the boxes are $59.99 each with shipping included (I don't think these can be shipped internationally, which would be the only valid reason I can think of why they would separate the shipping instead of it just being a marketing tactic). These boxes have product values of around $250-$350 (the Fall box is supposed to have a value of $320), so you do get your money's worth, but the quality and variety of products has been declining. These boxes also contain mostly drugstore brands, though there are a few higher end products thrown in. Allure doesn't list the sizes of the products in their spoilers, but that hasn't been an issue in the past since all the products were full sizes. In the Fall box, unfortunately, there were some travel sizes; if I had known that some of the products weren't full sized, I might not have purchased this box since the value I calculated for myself (the products I would actually use, versus the ones I would just give to my family) was based on full size prices. Like all things Allure these days, there was some controversy surround these boxes (like people who pre-ordered were understandably very upset that the Spring boxes were being sold for so cheap), so if you're curious to learn more, check out the comments on the spoiler posts on My Subscription Addiction.
Overall, I got 23 products (20 full sizes, 3 travel sizes) with a total value of about $292, which is more than what I paid but less than the $320 promised value. My personal value, the value of the products that I know I will use for sure is about $105, which again is more than what I paid but seems to be a lot less than what it was with previous boxes. I'm curious to see what the Winter box brings, but I won't be champing at the bit to purchase it. Again, I am very happy that I didn't pre-order these boxes and, unless the Winter box blows me away, I would recommend waiting until spoilers are released and calculating what your personal value is (keeping in mind that you might not get all full sized items) before deciding to purchase one of these boxes and not pre-ordering (not that you can anymore, but just a heads up for next year).
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