Monday, June 13, 2016

Unboxing and First Impressions: Amazon Beauty Box


Before I get into this unboxing, I want to make it clear that this box is no longer available (it was available HERE for Prime members only when I first posted about it back on May 17th, but it has not yet gone back in stock; I don't know if it will). I'm sharing this unboxing for two reasons: 1) I thought that those of you who didn't order it might want to see what we got and 2) I want to have a record of this box that we can refer to if/when Amazon does another beauty box.

Now that we have that out of the way, this box retailed for $9.99 + free shipping, and when you purchased this box, you received a credit for the full purchase price ($9.99) in your Amazon account, to be used toward a purchase on this page (only that page, and only products on that page that are shipped and sold by Amazon). If you purchased this box, you have until 12/31/16 to use your credit. I'm still debating on what to get, by the way--I haven't used my credit yet.

So let's take a look at this box:


First of all, the box is kind of cute with a little makeup-themed graphic printed on the outside. There is no inner box--the shipping box is the only box. 


Inside, this is the first thing you see. There's a URL leading you to the Amazon Beauty page (again, this box is no longer in stock as of the time of this post).


Some of the items in this box were a little banged up, but the outer packaging was the only thing that suffered any minor damage--none of the actual products were damaged.


First, here are the makeup products in this box:
  • Deluxe sample L'Oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation in W3 (this is the same sample that was in the June 2016 Target beauty box, by the way)
  • Full-size Mineral Fusion Mascara in Graphite (retail: $12.69 at Amazon) (UPDATE: thanks to reader Clarisse below for confirming that she received a deluxe sample of this mascara, not full-size. Looking at the original listing again, we were only supposed to receive a deluxe sample, so I'm not sure why I received a full-size tube. Perhaps they ran out of the deluxe samples and sent certain customers a full-size tube instead?)
  • Full-size L'Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara in Black (retail: $5.59 as an add-on item at Amazon)
  • Full-size L'Oreal Brow Stylist Sculptor in Brunette (retail: $5.50 at Amazon)

So before we even get to the haircare items, this box is already worth more than the retail price of the box ($9.99).


A closer look at the Lumi Cushion Foundation sample--you get a little sponge in one pod and the foundation in the other pod.


And here's the Mineral Fusion Mascara unboxed--I put it next to the L'Oreal mascara just so you can see that it's full-size.


And here are the haircare products:
  • Travel-size Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasures Shampoo and Conditioner (I'm SUPER excited to have received these since I didn't have luck with Green Apple & Green Tea products, and many of you told after I posted my review of those products that you thought I should try the honey line!)
  • Travel-size Black Miracle Hair Treatment
  • Foil packets of Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner


And here's a closer look at the Black Miracle Hair Treatment unboxed.

FINAL THOUGHTS: I knew going into this that my options for how to use my credit were limited, so that's not a disappointment by any means. That said, what IS a minor disappointment to me is that some of the items in this box are not available for purchase with said credit. For example, the only listing for the L'Oreal Brow Stylist Sculptor on the designated page is this listing and the item is not sold and shipped by Amazon, therefore it's ineligible. I think that the purpose of a sample box is to try products you may like and want to buy again, so not having that option for use with this credit is sort of a bummer. However, the overall value of this box was great even if there had not been a full credit reimbursement, so I cannot complain and I certainly wouldn't let a minor issue like that stop me from purchasing a future box. I would most definitely purchase a future beauty box from Amazon and this credit was a sweet, bonus incentive that I very much appreciated.

PS: I knew going into this that the brow pencil would be too dark for me, and that I'm not a huge fan of the original Voluminous Mascara. But this brow pencil is a perfect match for my mom, and she also loves that mascara, so we both win!

Did you order this Amazon Beauty Box? If so, were you happy with your package? I would love to hear from you!

The products featured in this post were purchased with personal funds. For more information, click here.
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28 comments

  1. I only got the sample size of the Mineral Fusion Mascara :(

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    1. You know, I'm looking at the item listing again and we were only SUPPOSED to get the deluxe sample of the Mineral Fusion Mascara! I wonder why I got the full-size??? Maybe they ran out of the deluxe samples and sent some customers a full-size instead? Hum....

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    2. I also got the full-size :O

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    3. I got a full size of the mineral fusion too.

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    4. Full size here too. Was a nice surprise!

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    5. I received a sample too - don't like it - too clumpy and flakes a LOT. But I'm loving Voluminous mascara!

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  2. I got the full size mascara as well. I gave away the eyebrow pencil also. I'm a blonde, so that wouldn't work!

    the only thing I used entirely in the box was the Black 15 in 1 treatment. I LOVED it. I ordered the big refill bottle from Amazon.

    I used my credit to get the L'Oreal Magic Pefecting Base and so far, I' really liking that also. It was fun to get this box and maybe I'll do it again.

    Thanks so much for giving us the heads up about it!

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    1. I haven't tried the Black 15 in 1 yet, but I'm really curious about it. I have very fine hair. I didn't see any instructions about how much to use. Also wondering how it looks and feels on fine hair.

      Let me know how you use it if you can! Thanks!

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  3. Mine was sample-sized, too! I'm glad you got the nice full-sized one (although I'm a little jealous)!

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  4. I am so glad I got this box, I love the shampoo and the lumi cushion foundation. I got the full size of the Mineral Fusion mascara too. I'm still trying to decide what to get with my credit, maybe the lumi cushion foundation.

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    1. Did your sample come in the box? I got the sample but it didn't come with its packaging.

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  5. I got the full size of the Mineral Fusion mascara. I'm annoyed that only the shade of cushion foundation that seems eligible for the credit is the one in the box. Booooooo.

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    1. I ordered the loreal lumi cushion foundation in a different color and the credit still worked! And I got it as a subscribe and save item to lower the price even further! With tax it only came out to 22 cents. :)

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  6. I got a full size of the mineral fusion too. I'd been a minute since I'd tried l'oreal voluminous. I remember liking it but I'm not too impressed nowadays. I ended up just using my credit for a magic perfecting base. I love the cushion foundation but they didn't have my shade.

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  7. This is related to the Amazon sample boxes, not this beauty box specifically. I ordered 7 different sample boxes and now I'm having trouble redeeming the credit. I tried ordering several different products featured in some of those boxes but when I go to place the order no credit is applied. I just spent 45 minutes on the phone with Amazon customer service and they had absolutely no idea what I was going on about. We also had a bit of a language barrier cause they're not based in the US which made matters even worse. So I guess I'm asking for help/advice on how to redeem the credits. Thank you.

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    1. Try emailing them. That's what I've been doing lately. The language barrier is not an issue and they always email me back promptly with a favorable resolution.

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  8. 2 full size mascaras here too. I also really love this box. Has anyone purchased anything or have your eyes on anything i can use with the credit yet? I'm looking for some ideas. Thanks Guys and G your blog is amazing!

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  9. I only got the sample size mineral fusion mascara, but I purchased my box when they did the restock around May 30 or 31. I got the full size cushion foundation with my credit plus an extra dollar off with the code haircarebox. It was weird though; the only shade eligible for the promo credit was the shade from the box. It's a little light for me now, but it works and will be a better match in fall/winter.

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  10. I got the full sized mascara too! Sadly I don't like it at all (it does nothing for my short sparse lashes).

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  11. I would love it if you could review the Black Miracle Hair Treatment. Thanks!! Over all I'm not impressed with the rest.

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  12. I received the full size of the mineral fusion too! I loved the box and will definitely be open to buying another one.

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  13. I was very pleased until I noticed that the $9 credit was only usable through Amazon Prime Pantry -- which means you have to pay shipping, even if you're a Prime member.So the credit isn't really free.

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  15. I too got the full size. I was quite happy with the box. Having been a Glossybox and Ipsy recipient and ordering the Target Beauty box in the past. I enjoyed what I received and for the small cost. Would definitely purchase again.

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  16. I got the snack sample box and was terribly disappointed when the items I liked wasn't listed as eligible. But I thought I would buy it anyway and guess what? The credit worked! So I would try it out and see what your cart says before check out.

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  17. I didn't get the mineral fusion mascara just the l'oreal mascara. Is the fusion mascara any good?

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  18. If they happen to release a different beauty box before our credit expires, do you think we'll be able to buy a box using this credit?

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