Allure Beauty Box Review for January 2019

This post may contain affiliate links. Read the review policy here | Read the disclaimer here.

In this post, I’ll share my Allure Beauty Box review for January 2019. Allure Beauty Box is a monthly subscription curated by the editors at Allure Magazine. Each month, the subscription includes an assortment of makeup, hair and skin products.

I pay for this subscription with my own money. Read about the Try all the stuff review policy here.

About the Allure Beauty Box


$15 per month
Free shipping


5-6 beauty items ranging from makeup, skincare, body care and hair care


$50 to $90



Learn More

January 2019 Allure Beauty Box Unboxing

I love sharing quick videos on Instagram of the swatches and to give you a closer look at the texture of the items. If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Instagram where I share first looks at the subscription boxes I review.

What is in the Allure Beauty Box?

Each month you’ll get a small pamphlet with more details on the products included.

There are different versions of the Allure Beauty Box each month where some boxes will include certain items and not others. This pamphlet gives you information about all of the products, even those not included with your version of that month’s subscription.

Let’s get on with the January 2019 Allure Beauty Box review

Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum

Full size price: $85 USD
Full size amount: 1 oz / 30 ml

This serum contains a 6.5% solution of retinoid blends that are supposed to “fights the signs of aging and improves the look of congested and UV damaged skin.”

It can take your skin a while to get used to retinol products. Therefore, you should introduce it to your skincare routine gradually by using it every other day. It’s hard to get a real read on how a skin care product will perform with just a sample size that will last a week at best, but I think trying skincare samples is best to find out if your skin has a negative reaction to it. Mine didn’t with this.

I have a prescription for retinol, so I don’t have an immediate need for this product. However, if I didn’t have that prescription, I would buy the full size and use this regularly.

  • Cruelty free and vegetarian
  • No sulfates, parabens, gluten, soy, phthalates, or fragrance

Where to buy

Mally Eyeshadow Stick Extra in Burnished Bronze

Price: $25 USD

This was another full-size item in this month’s box, which is always exciting. This is a great eyeshadow stick for quick makeup application. It applied pigmented and blended well. 

It has tiny flecks of silver. I don’t like how silver looks on my skin tone, so I seldom wear any makeup with it. I do like the formula however and would buy this in another color, but I don’t find myself reaching for this too often.

Where to buy

Sunday Riley CEO Glow Face Oil

Price: $40 USD
Amount: 0.5 fl oz / 15 ml

Sunday Riley CEO Glow Face Oil has Vitamin C and Turmeric and is supposed to give you a radiant glow. All subscribers got a full-size bottle of this face oil, which is awesome. This is the first time I’ve ever had a face oil. So far I’ve only used it a handful of times because I’m afraid it will clog my pores, however, I haven’t noticed any breakouts so far.

Where to buy

Doucce Relentless Matte Lip Crayon in Winterberry

Price: $22 USD

Doucee Relentless matte lip crayon is a long-lasting matte lip crayon. Lip crayons are awesome. As far as matte lip products, not so much.

The Winterberry Doucce lip crayon made its rounds this month and was also included in the Lip Monthly subscription. They are two separate subscriptions, but why wouldn’t Doucce suggest a different color? 

I don’t wear reds often, so for someone like me who has multiple subscriptions, this kinda sucks. Wouldn’t you think Doucce would want to get a larger product or shade range out into as many hands as possible?

This is a sample size inside of a full-size applicator. The applicator is plastic and I cannot figure out how to “sharpen” it which leads me to believe that the tip of lip color is all you get, there is nothing inside of the tube.

Aside from that, I do like the formula but would have liked to try a different color. 

Where to buy

Ouai Scalp and Body Scrub

Full size price: $38 USD
Full size amount: 8.8 oz / 250 g

This is another product that made its rounds amongst the subscriptions. I’ve reviewed it here, on my December 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag review.

It smells amazing and was a lovely exfoliator on my skin. It did foam up a little, which I am not used to in this type of product, but I guess that’s ’cause it is also for the hair. So I tried using it on my scalp but I had to use quite a bit because it didn’t spread well. 

Using this scrub on my scalp was awkward, but I’ll still use it there to help get rid of any build up.

  • Developed and produced in the United States
  • No parabens, phthalates, or sulfates
  • Cruelty-free and no animal testing

Where to buy

Amika Soulfood Nourishing Hair Mask

Full size price: $28 USD
Full size amount: 250 ml / 8 fl oz

A great-smelling deep conditioner. I used this a couple of times and really liked it. Has Jojoba seed oil and Vitamin C to nourish hair.

  • Safe for color-treated, brazilian-treated and keratin-treated hair
  • Cruelty free and vegan
  • Free from gluten and sulfates

Where to buy

NCLA Nail Polish

Price:  $16 USD
Amount: 13.3 ml / 0.5 fl oz

I think this is a gorgeous color even though reds aren’t my go-to. It has a really pretty hint of coral.

  • Made in the United States
  • Cruelty-free and vegan
  • 7-Free formula

Where to buy

Is the Allure Beauty Box worth it?

Yes. I think they should work on getting exclusive products or somehow ensure that the products that they do include aren’t going to also be included in other subscriptions within a few months from each other. However, I don’t mind duplicate products that much, but I think it would be a better experience from a consumer’s point-of-view to have a bit more variety. I feel that getting two of the same lip crayons in separate subscriptions isn’t much of a big deal as long as the colors are different, but it was the same color that I won’t wear so I’m bummed about that.

As the month’s go on, I will become more and more critical as to whether I want to continue with a subscription if I keep seeing duplicated products like the two I recieved this month. And honestly, that’s the only complaint I have with this month’s box. I do think that Allure Beauty Box really hit it out of the park with the two Sunday Riley products this month and that was its saving grace from being a total flop.

I’ve written a few other Allure Beauty Box reviews and you can read them here and here.

If you want to learn more or are interested in signing up, please visit this link (referral link).

I’d love to know more about what you think of the January 2019 Allure Beauty Box review. Leave me a comment below and let me know how you feel about getting duplicate products.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.