March Beauty Subscription Box Reviews
Today I’m doing my Beauty Subscription Box Reviews for March. Since I do get quite a few of them, it does take me some time to try and use the products enough to give a fair review.
Beauty Subscription Boxes
The boxes I’m covering this month are Glossybox, The Allure Beauty Box, Ricky’s NYC Cult Crushes, and Medusa’s Makeup Vegan Beauty Box.
(disclosure: This post contains a couple of referral links. They will have (*Referral) after them to let you know which ones they are. If you sign up with them, you will get your own referral link too. There are no affiliate links in this post)
- Tarte Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30
- Catrice Cosmetics Absolute Rose Eyeshadow Palette 010
- Mary Kay Timewise Repair Volu-Firm Set
- Emite Make Up Millesis Active Eye Light, Shade 101
- Figs & Rouge Avance + Mattifying Emulsion MT + Sheer
- Incoco Nail Polish Applique (bonus product)
Tarte Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This was a huge win for Glossybox. A full-size product from a prestige brand is not super common in beauty subscription services, so when it happens, it’s pretty amazing. With my oily skin, I have to be careful with certain products so I use this sparingly. If you have normal to dry skin, then you would be totally fine with it unless you had some other type of issue with an ingredient or another factor. If you do have oily skin, don’t feel like you have to shy away from this because it doesn’t necessarily exacerbate oil, and everyone is different, even with a similar skin type.
Catrice Cosmetics Absolute Rose Eyeshadow Palette 010
I’ve been wanting to try Catrice for quite a while but it’s not available everywhere. Now you can purchase it at Ulta, which is awesome. This is a nice little palette. The colors are very beautiful and the pigmentation’s pretty good. I would like to try more Catrice products in the future to get a better idea of their whole line.
Mary Kay Timewise Repair Volu-Firm Set
I’m not huge on Mary Kay so when I first saw this I wasn’t too thrilled. I went through the set and knew there were some products I would never use and wouldn’t want to use on my temperamental skin. However, I did decide to keep the moisturizer and eye cream. They both contain retinol which is used in this set for anti-aging, but it’s also amazing for acne. I notice a difference in my breakouts and my skin overall looks better after I apply it. It’s a night time treatment and it really does a lot for my skin. The eye cream is really great too. It hydrates and firms the under eye area and it, as well as the moisturizer, are both products I would recommend for acne prone skin, anti-aging, or both.
- Entire set $205.00
- Day Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 $52.00
- Foaming Cleanser $28.00
- Lifting Serum $70.00
- Night Treatment with Retinol $52.00
- Eye Renewal Cream $42.00
Emite Make Up Millesis Active Eye Light, Shade 101
Active Eye Light was a surprise hit. I really liked this, it instantly brightened up my under eye area and concealed as well. It made me look more awake (which is not an easy thing as this girl is not a morning person) and didn’t crease or break down and overall I just really loved it.
Figs & Rouge Avance + Mattifying Emulsion MT + Sheer
Sadly, this wasn’t the win I was hoping it would be. I thought I was going to love this because it was mattifying. I will say that part is definitely true. It dries immediately but if you don’t rub it in enough as soon as you put it on, it leaves white dried spots. The product needs to be completely and evenly rubbed in until you don’t feel it anymore and even then, sometimes I would have to get a damp tissue to get the dried spots off. A plus is that it smells amazing, and it does do what it says it will, but it’s just not something I see myself trying again. Not when there are so many other great mattifying options out there.
Incoco Nail Polish Applique (bonus product)
So I used these about 5 – 6 years ago when the Sally Hanson ones were really popular. I initially liked these better because I preferred their designs and they seemed to apply and stay on better. I’ve since not used nail polish as much, opting for other nail design alternatives, but tried these again since they came in the box. I only had them on for a couple of days before I took them all off. Just like nail polish, it would get bunched up at the top the minute anything came in contact with my nails. I’m just not a fan of nail polishes in general and these are not as easy to work with as they claim, especially if you have shorter nails.
This was my last Glossybox for the moment, but it was definitely the best one I’ve gotten. The full-size Tarteguard, the Catrice palette, and the Eye Light all were fantastic products. I enjoyed some of the Mary Kay and the primer wasn’t my favorite, but it wasn’t bad. Definitely, something I was glad I got the chance to try. I didn’t like the nail appliques, but these were a bonus item and not part of the main beauty subscription products. I always appreciate when an extra is thrown in.
I give it an A
Subscribe to Glossybox $21.00 per month (billed monthly) (*referral)
Other plans include a 3-month plan for $19.50 per month, a 6-month plan for $18.50 per month, and a 12-month plan for $17.50 per month. Just be aware that these are billed and paid the total amount of the plan you choose in a one-time payment. So for 3 months, it would cost $58.50 (3 months at $19.50 per month), for 6 months it would cost $111.00 (6 months at $18.50 per month) and for 12 months it would be $210.00 (12 months at $17.50 per month) The flexibility is something that makes this beauty subscription service a good option, especially if you don’t want a long commitment or you’re just beginning to dip your feet into the beauty subscription pool.
Allure Beauty Box
(I lost the photos of the box that I took so this picture is from Allure’s site.)
- Akar Skin Ruby Tint Lip Butter
- Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum
- John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment
- Londontown Lakur Enhanced Color
- Londontown Kur Nourishing Cuticle Oil
Akar Skin Ruby Tint Lip Butter
It’s a nice lip butter and it’s great for some color in a pinch, but I think I would have preferred it without the tint because I usually wear lip color separately and I can’t do that when I wear this. If you like that, then I would give it a go. It’s a great product and I would recommend it.
Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum
Loved this. Vitamin C is so good for your skin. It helps to brighten and fight free radical damage, which you can read more about in my post, acids in skin care. You only need a small amount and it absorbs quickly and makes your face feel really good. Another plus is that it smells really great.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment
This was a so-so product for me. It smelled nice, which I always love in a hair product, but it weighed my hair down. For a product made to volumize, it did almost the exact opposite. My hair felt loaded with product. The directions state to saturate all of your hair in the treatment, leave it on for a few minutes, then wash it out. After the result I got from that, I decided to finish the rest up by just using it midway down my hair to the ends. I wasn’t impressed with this, which was unfortunate because I love the shampoo from this line.
Londontown Lakur Enhanced Color in ‘Cheerio’ (sheer pink)
I attempted to use this once even though I didn’t like the color. I’m not one for very light or nude nail shades and I just care for it. It’s got a nice consistency and covers evenly. For me, it was just the color. If you do like nude or pale shades, then you would love this polish.
Londontown Kur Nourishing Cuticle Oil
This is made by the same brand as the nail polish. It’s a nice cuticle oil and it smells good, but takes a little time to dry. I just don’t care much for getting nail products in subscription boxes. If you’re looking for a cuticle oil, this is an excellent one to try.
This was my last Allure Beauty Box as well and I don’t think I’ll re-subscribe. The boxes were nice but they never wowed me. I also felt that two separate items being nail products almost cheating subscribers out of all the products they paid for when they were charged for the month. I don’t feel that anyone should be deterred from subscribing, everyone is different. Some people may love getting things like nail products.
I give it a C
If you are a fan of nail products, I would recommend the Julep beauty subscription box (*referral) You always get at least one nail polish and one or two other types of products like lip gloss, blush, etc.
Subscribe to the Allure Beauty Box $15.00 per month (*referral)
- Lipstick in ‘Lydia’
- Stick It! Eye Primer
- Lip Paint in ‘Get Lucky’
- Eye Dust in ‘Wasabe’
Lipstick in ‘Lydia’
A pretty purple shade. It’s opaque but takes a little building up to get completely full coverage. You want to make sure to cover your entire lips to avoid your natural color appearing anywhere. It doesn’t look as good contrasting like that. But it is a really gorgeous color.
Stick It! Eye Primer
I would advise using this for the eye dusts, glitters, loose pigments and products like that. That may be what they designed it for. I tried it with regular eyeshadow and it remained tacky and ended up creasing. But trying it with a loose pigment or glitter made it look a lot better. It’s a great primer if you use it for that.
Lip Paint in ‘Get Lucky’
This is a BRIGHT pink. You could probably wear it outside at night instead of a reflector. But it’s a beautiful shade. My only issue is that it’s somewhat drying and if you press your lips together, especially before it completely dries, it removes some of it. That’s also something to be aware of if you wipe your mouth with a napkin or tissue. With a color like this, it makes it really obvious. However, when eating or drinking, it stays put. It does not budge at all and lasts all day without fading.
Eye Dust in ‘Wasabe’
A lovely green shade. I’m a fan of Medusa’s eye dusts. They’re highly pigmented and come in a ton of colors. They work wet or dry, which I’ll go into more in the next box review as an item in the April box shows how well it works to create a wet look or liner.
I enjoyed the March box a lot. Even when eye dusts or glitters have darker or louder shades, they are always wearable and can be used as an eyeshadow wet or dry and liner when wet. The lip colors were so pretty and have great staying power. The primer works well with the type of eye products Medusa’s sells.
I give it an A+
Subscribe to Medusa’s Make-Up Vegan Beauty Box $15.95 per month
Ricky’s NYC Cult Crushes
- RickyCare Blotting Papers
- Palladio Definer
- L.A. Girl Lip Glaze in ‘Whimsical’
- Floss Gloss Nail Polish in ‘Neon Nacho’
- Inked by Dani Floral Choker
RickyCare Blotting Papers
RickyCare’s line is one of my favorites and they usually include one item from it in every box. They have so much great stuff that’s super affordable. And as a gal with oily skin, I can never have enough blotting papers.
Obsessed with this! It’s so easy to apply and blend, and the shades are very flattering. The contour is buildable depending on how strong you want it and the highlight gives a beautiful glow without being too much and is not sparkly at all. I cannot recommend this enough. This is all you need to achieve a perfect contour and highlight.
L.A. Girl Lip Glaze in ‘Whimsical’
I have a few of L.A. Girl’s Lip Glazes and I like them all. This is a light, blue based pink shade with good pigmentation. It goes on glossy and stays that way. The original lip glazes don’t dry down matte which makes them pretty moisturizing but something to be cautious of on a windy day. Overall, L.A. girl makes awesome products and the lip glazes are no exception.
Floss Gloss Nail Polish in ‘Neon Nacho’
There were a ton of nail products in this month’s boxes and I ended up giving this one away. The color was just not for me. It’s a bright neon orange and I typically avoid colors like oranges and yellows. But if you’re into those shades, this would be a great nail polish for you to try.
Inked by Dani Floral Choker
Temporary tattoos are a little bit of a different item than what I’m used to in subscription boxes. I preferred it as a bracelet which gave me more than a one time use. I love the floral design and it looks really cool when it’s applied.
I couldn’t find an exact price but the most similar ones were $6.00
Ricky’s Cult Crushes is one of the best beauty subscription services I’m a part of. There’s always something new and interesting to try. It contains well-known brands, lesser known brands, and professional brands, as well as Ricky’s own brand. I always recommend this box!
Ricky’s Cult Crushes is one of the best beauty subscription services I’m a part of. There’s always something new and interesting to try. It contains well-known brands, lesser known brands, professional brands, and Ricky’s own brand. always recommend this box!
I give it an A
Subscribe to Ricky’s NYC Cult Crushes $11.00 per month
So these were my March Beauty Subscription Box Reviews! I’m already well into testing out April’s products, but those and all box reviews will be out at the end of each month because it takes me quite a while to get to all of the different products and form a full opinion on them.
And as I said, this month is also my last for Glossybox and Allure. I canceled my subscriptions for the time being and don’t know if or when I’ll resubscribe. I did, however, subscribe to Boxycharm and my first box came in April, so the next beauty subscription reviews will have that included!
Do you subscribe to any of these Beauty Subscription boxes? What did you think of your March boxes?
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