This box came as a complete surprise. Allure sent an email stating they were sending a special box that was not part of the normal subscription. It actually came toward the end of February so....yeah. Let's just get to it.
Lots of CoverGirl in this box, by the way.
Of the CoverGirl items, only one is a possible fail - for me, anyway. The TruBlend Face Primer.
As you can see, it is for oily skin. I do not have oily skin - as we all know. Still, this box came to me for free so I will try to find a way of using this. Maybe add some of the Paula's Choice Moisture Renewal Oil Booster to it and see if that doesn't help it be better for my dry skin.
This is a full size product and sells for $8.49.
An item that did get me a bit excited is one of the CoverGirl Oh Sugar lip balms.
I've seen these reviewed by a couple of YouTubers that I follow and was hoping to find these locally so I could give them a try. Thanks to Allure, I don't have to look any further.
The color is Sprinkle.
I know it looks dark but this is definitely a lip balm, not a lipstick so it goes on very sheer with just a hint of that lovely rose pink color.
Doesn't show up on my lips very well and I also have some breaking out around my lips so I won't subject you to a picture of that. I'm thinking the Blistex I use constantly might be interacting with the Paula's Choice products that get close to my lips. Either that or I'm finally getting the purging associated with the initial use of a sonic cleansing device.
This balm is another full sized products and sells for $8.99.
Two CoverGirl products for eyes were also inside this box. One is their new Intensify Me liquid eyeliner.
I have one of these already - got it free with the Super Sizer mascara I bought. The color is an intense black and goes on with this interesting paddle-like felt tip applicator.
I can actually do a decent wing with this stuff. It dries down so that it doesn't budge, which is a good thing. You can do a thin or thick line, depending on the look you're trying to achieve.
If you don't want that much shine, just go over the liner with a black shadow.
This full sized product sells for $8.99.
And the Plumpify Mascara was included in the box.
Not gonna open this one yet until I'm ready to open a new tube. The brush comes separate from the tube, which I find interesting.
And that brush is even more interesting.
Silicone bristles arranged in a swirl-like shape and then there's those weird flat things in between rows of normal bristles. I'll be interested to see how well this one works.
This was also a full size and sells for $11.99.
Next, a hair oil from Wella - a brand I haven't heard of in a long, long time. Didn't even know they were still around.
This has avocado, macadamia nut and coconut oils in it. It has a light texture and a nice vanilla floral scent. Makes the hair very shiny. I used a bit to make the shorter hairs around my hairline lay down better with my hair pulled back in a pony and it worked pretty well.
This one was hard to put a value on. There is a full ounce here and I did find something similar on Ulta selling for $20. A full size is probably around 3.38 ounces, I found that size from the same company but a different version of the oil. The Wella site, however, is not helpful unless you are a salon dealer. I'm going with the Ulta price for the purpose of putting a value on the box.
The oil, however, was not the priciest item in the box, by the way. There were two items from a brand called SK-II, a very high end brand that I've never heard of before.
First, one of those sheet masks.
Products from this brand are based on something called Pitera. Pitera comes from the sake fermentation process. From the story I found on the website, back in the 1970s, their scientist were looking to find the one ingredient to make beautiful skin a reality. They discovered sake brewers in China who had the wrinkled faces of age while their hands looked youthful. Apparently these brewers really got their hands into the process, which helped keep the skin of their hands looking young.
These scientists found a way of getting the fermented yeast into beauty products that they claim "work to dramatically improve the skin's natural surface rejuvenation process." That may well be but the price of the stuff is way out of my budget.
There is a single mask in this pouch and it would sell for $17. They offer 6 masks for $95 and 10 masks for $135.
The other product is a toner called Facial Treatment Essence.
At least, I'm assuming it's a toner. The description states it's the step between cleansing and moisturizing. Sounds like a toner to me. Allure says it hydrates like crazy. It seems to be scent free, although one reviewer said it smelled like fermenting sake, and it has a consistency like water. The essence is made up of 90% Pitera so it's a very concentrated treatment. It also contains methylparaben, which I also found in several other products I looked at on the website.
Now for the bad news. This little one ounce sample is indeed the priciest item in the box. The product comes in four sizes from 2.5 ounces to 11 ounces and costs from $99 to $290. All of which means, this little one ounce sample would sell for around $33.
They do offer trial kits, the cheapest of which is the Pitera Starter Kit that contains 4 trial sizes of the cleanser, clear lotion (the actual toner), this essence and one of the treatment masks. It sells for $69.
As you can probably tell, I'm a little dubious about these last two products. Seems like a lot of money for something that does what can be found in something a lot cheaper.
Now for the bottom line - the total value of this box comes out to $108.46. Without the SK-II stuff, which I'm pretty sure I won't be using, the value is $58.46. Since it was free, even that is a good deal.
So, thanks, Allure. Despite my dubious attitude toward the SK-II, I do appreciate the extra box.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned.