Wal-Mart Beauty Box is a subscription box delivered once per quarter. The items are given to you free of charge, and you pay $5 for the shipping. Your first $5 charges when you subscribe, and a box from the current season will ship to you within a few weeks. Future boxes will incur the $5 charge as the box ships. My winter box arrived yesterday. There is usually some variety in boxes based on the age of the recipient. If you’re unhappy with your box, you can try adjusting your age up or down before canceling.
The box was a little beat up (again), but everything inside seemed fine.
It was obvious right away that I got the “old lady box.” There are times I do not mind getting products for older people, like with the Fall Box, but this is a time where I would have preferred the younger box.
Walmart does not have traditional product card, but there is a little card stating which season the box is from.
It also asks you to share your box online.
This box was coupon heavy (probably to make up for being product light). I do not factor coupons into my box value, but I love receiving them. The Covergirl Star Wars items have intrigued me, so I may use the coupon to pick up a couple of items.
A few of the coupons actually had useful items attached. I do not place value on foils, but it is always nice to receive them. The Centrum coupon included two Cool Mint Adult Minty Chewables. I hate the taste of vitamins, so I prefer coated vitamins that I can swallow. Even the sweetest chewables are generally nothing I’d buy, so I have low expectations for this. The Jennifer Anniston the fragrance coupon included a one time use to sample the fragrance. It is rare that I purchase a perfume and even more rare that I would purchase one after a single sample.
The Olay Regenerist Luminous coupon included a 0.02oz foil of the tone perfecting cream moisturizer. It says it fades the look of dark spots in 8 weeks. I have dark spots, so that is something that interests me, but the only thing I will be able to tell from the foil is if it is moisturizing enough and if I am allergic to it. The L’Oreal Paris True Match coupon included stickers to assist in finding a shade match. This is such a great idea.
One of the major reasons I never consider drugstore foundation is because you cannot sample in advance to find your perfect shade. Getting the stickers was helpful and insightful. It shocked me that these stickers matched we to W1 (warm 1). My skin tone is so pink that I am always told it is cool toned. There was one time where someone said I was neutral, because although I am pink, I also have some yellow. Every time I try warm toned shades, they pull too yellow or orange on me.
As you can see W1 blends in perfectly with my skin, but N1 and C1 do not. I got the same result when I tested it on my face (which I did before moving it to my arm to snap a picture of all three next to each other). While I am unsure why I am leaning warm, I tested the medium shades on my boys. One got a neutral match and the other got a cool match. My mind is officially blown. These samples are either way off, my skin tone is changing, or I’ve been wrong on my tone all these years.
The Clariol root touch-up Find your current color & discover your match cards definitely belong in the old-lady box. I actually discovered my first gray hair earlier this year and sadly noticed a few more as the year progressed. It has been years since I colored my hair and almost 20 since I colored it myself. Although I do get regular highlights, I may color all of it to spruce it up and fight off grays. This seems like it will take too much upkeep, especially if I do it professionally, so I will probably wait to start coloring until I see a lot more gray.
I get that the point of this product is to only die your roots to match up with your other color, but I see a flaw to this. Hair color fades. If you’re only touching up your roots, the first color placed on the gray hair at the base will eventually fade. As such, I think I’d prefer to color my entire head each time or at least every other time. In other words, I am a while away from needing this product.
The 1.7oz nspa Exotically Creamy Coconut Rich Body Butter, Real Fruit Goodness is by Nirvana Spa. It is worth $1.38. I love body butters in winter, so this is a perfect sample for this box.
The 30 count Swisspers 100% Cotton Swabs in leopard print with a paper stick are not listed online. Frankly, I would never pay the markup for a design on something you toss after using anyway. A 50 count to go pack of the regular ones is the smallest size sold. Using the smallest size, these are worth $2.49. Nothing against Swisspers, but I’ve used the cotton rounds from this brand and am not impressed. There is no way I would buy generic Q-Tips for more than Q-Tips cost. These do get a lot cheaper as you buy bigger sizes though.
The 2.25oz Pure Silk Rich & Luxurious Shave Cream Raspberry Mist Moisturizing with Aloe is worth $1.96. That is actually expensive for drug store shave cream, which is part of the reason I’ve never tried it. This is a sample I really look forward to testing out.
The 1oz Pantene Pro-V Style Series Air Spray Alcohol Free Hairspray was not listed at Wal-Mart, so I priced the value at Drugstore.com. It is worth $0.86. I do not use hair spray often, so I doubt I will repurchase even if I like it.
My box value is $6.69. This is also my personal value, because I will try everything in this box. Considering the fall box was almost three times this value, I am very disappointed. Have you subscribed yet? If not, you can still get a winter box of your own. If this review did not scare you off, I suggest giving a date of birth that makes you younger than 25. If the old-lady box is this awful, the younger box is likely better this time around.
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