Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Allure Sample Society: November 2014

My Sample Society box came in the mail yesterday. The box is $15 + tax and ships monthly from This subscription includes 5 delux-sized product samples, the Allue editors mini-mag (which is really just a very detailed product description card), and a code for $10 off $50 from (isn't that just a ploy to get us to spend more money?). I didn't get a shipping email this month; the box just showed up at my door (thank you UPS).

So, this is my first look at the box. The box it comes in is a sturdy red one. 

After taking off the top:

The products:

-Malin+Goetz Bergamont Body Wash

-Calvin Klein Reveal

-Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Omega + Nourishing Oil

-Lorac Cobra Mascara

-MD Solar Sciences MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm

So my initial thought is that I have no use for any of these products except the body wash and maybe the mascara. Additionally, after reading the "mini-magazine," I'm left questioning why the Allure editiors picked these products. Their reviews indicate that they didn't super love any of the products except for the body wash from Malin+Goetz and the Calvin Kelon scent sample. They noted that they Alterna hair oil is "globby out of the dropper" and "leaves a dull residue by day 4." About the Lorac mascara, they note "we can't really pinpoint a right way to use [the brush]" and "if you like to look like you have a zillion lashes and each one is long and thick, move on." Their review of the MD Beauty Balm notes "this BB falls short in coverage."

None of these details make me want to try the products and in fact make me question why they were included in the box. To say I was underwhelmed was an understatement. I'm pretty sure that the only thing I'll be using is the body wash. The rest will be passed on via eDivv. Looks like it might be time to cancel my Sample Society box. Decisions, decisions. 

1 comment:

  1. Your thoughts on the mini mag are right on! At least the editors are honest but it's bad business to sit there and basically say, we know these items suck but we gave them to you anyway. The July, August, September products were amazing and a great value at $15 (imo). Everything before and after leaves me thinking, "Seriously, wtf is this? I can walk through the cosmetic section of Macy's and score all this crap plus more for free." I just canceled and signed up for Boxycharm.