Discovering recently that I am not 20 years old (believe me I was as shocked as you are) I have developed a sudden and urgent interest in make up and skin care. I’m using my Clarisonic every two to three days and I have to say I am noticing my skin is much brighter. Last month my friend Kimberly Fisher Horan shared her make up and skin care secrets here on Les Petits Gazette and I have already tried out a few of her suggestions, starting with the Queen Helene Mint Julep Facial Masque, because it was the cheapest product on the list (and also because a friend used to call me Queen Helene in high school and it felt appropriate). This mask is truly amazing for the price.
A friend of mine subscribes to a lot of stuff – clothes, beauty products, shoes… and she discovers a lot of great stuff. I decided to try a couple of sample subscriptions to test some beauty products for myself. I tried GLOSSYBOX and Allure Sample Society. This is my review of Allure Sample Society. (GLOSSYBOX review to follow)
The Allure Sample Society box is a collaboration between BeautyBar.com and Allure Magazine and you get $10 off monthly purchases of $50 at BeautyBar.com with your subscription.
The little magazine that comes with the box does a great job of telling you about the products and how to use them. Some of the write ups do a better job of selling the products than the samples themselves do. Hmm…
My favorite samples over the three boxes were the Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional, the Caviar Multivitamin Heat Protection Spray, Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs and I loved the smell and feel of the Cargo Essential Lip Gloss, even though the color was totally wrong for me. I would buy it in another color for sure.
One of my boxes came with a 50ml Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray. It was the product I was most looking forward to using in that box. The nozzle was defective and I got zero sprays from it. I called customer service and they said they couldn’t replace individual items but they would refund my account $5. The $5 they refunded is probably more than the spray is worth but I would have preferred to get the replacement. I loved the size – perfect for travel.
Also, two of the three boxes I got came with a brown lip color. I tried to do this in 1996. It didn’t work then and it doesn’t work now. I gave them to a friend of mine with a darker complexion and it looks great on her but it would be nice to customize colors a little.
Cost: $15 a month (plus $10 off monthly purchases of $50 at BeautyBar.com)
Worth: Around $30 to $40
VERDICT: I liked the Allure box for the cost and the number of samples. It was hit or miss on the make-up colors (mostly miss) but the variety of products was good. I can see myself buying full sizes of about 10% of the samples. It’s nice to try new things and I’ll use a lot of what I got but I didn’t find any new favorites.