Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April Allure Sample Society Box

The Allure Sample Society beauty box is a monthly service for beauty products that promises 5 fresh deluxe sized samples from luxury brands designed for multiple uses.  You also receive a coupon each month for $15 off a $50 purchase from Beauty Bar and a 12 month subscription to Allure magazine.  The cost for this subscription is $15.00 a month with shipping included.

Price: $15.00 a month with no option to skip.

The good:

The samples: You get deluxe sized samples from luxury brands.   

Magazine: You get a free 12 month subscription to Allure magazine.  If you already subscribe they will extend your subscription and if you don't want it you can mail in a form for a refund on the value ($12)

Coupon: They send you a coupon with each box for $15 off a $50 purchase. The catch is your order has to include at least one item from a brand you received that month.  It doesn't have to be the item you received just the same brand.

Referrals: It's a win/win. You get a $5 credit on your account or you can donate that to charity and the person you refer gets a 20% discount on their first purchase at Beauty Bar. 

The not so good:

Skip a month: There is no option to skip a month, only cancel.

Contents of box with approximate retail value.

small sample Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper in Rio. Value = $??

.1 oz. Benefit POREfessional. Value = $4.00

.04 oz. Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Eau de Parfum. Value = $1.81

1 oz. Illume Tonka Noir candle. Value = $5.00

.07 Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Value = $0.81

.06 oz. Mt. Sapola Lavender-Chamomile Body Lotion. Value = $0.20

The total value of this box is $11.82. Yikes! What a terrible value for this box. This box usually has a high value but this one totally missed the mark. I can usually count on getting at least one full size product but this box had all sample sizes. I will use most of the stuff in this box, although the lip color is kind of plain. Good everyday color though. The Lavender-Chamomile lotion reminds me of bedtime. I think it's the lavender scent. 

Verdict: This box had a terrible value but since this doesn't normally happen with them I'll forgive it this time.

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