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Today we are taking a look at the Summer 2016 Walmart Beauty Box.
The Walmart Beauty Box is released quarterly, at the beginning of each season. The box costs $5.00, but they say that the cost is only to cover the shipping, and the box is actually free. Okay then. Regardless, at $20.00 for a year’s subscription, this box is one of the most inexpensive, if not the most inexpensive of all the beauty subscription boxes.
Sometimes, the contents easily pay for themselves, and then some, but other times, not so much. This is all personal preference.
Read on to see what we got for Summer 2016, and see if this box is something you’d be interested in!
What we have here is a typical box
I’ve noticed that most of the boxes seem to follow the same general guidelines, just with different products each time. It’s not like Ipsy or BoxyCharm, where you can get one assortment of products one month, and then something completely unexpected the following month. This one is consistent. It likes routines.
the Beauty products
Each box comes with one or two beauty products, one of which is usually a full size product. This time around we received a sample of Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluid Eau de Parfum. I think we all have a love-hate relationship with perfume samples.
On one hand, it’s nice to try out a fragrance in real life without getting our butts out to the store, only to leave with a spritz on a card. Like, what are we supposed to do with that? On the other hand, I think we can agree that we feel a bit “jipped” when we pay for a subscription only to receive a sample that we could likely get for free somewhere. So there’s that.
We also received the Incoco Nail Art Strips. I’ve never heard of this brand, but that isn’t a reason for me not to try these. However, I’m just not the biggest fan of nail strips, as I’d rather use regular nail polish; I’m old-fashioned like that. Other times, the full-size beauty product has been a name-brand lip product, which is obviously more highly revered in my world. If you are into nail art, there is something in there for you.
Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluid Perfume >> Purchase at Walmart
Incoco Nail Art Strips >> Purchase at Walmart
the Skincare products
While this is marketed as a beauty box, the products tend to lean more toward skincare and overall self-care rather than beauty. In every box so far, we’ve received an assortment of lotion-y things. This time, the box includes a deluxe sample of Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion, and an, ahem, rather small sample of Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Leg Makeup in Medium.
I am personally not excited by either of these. Lotions aren’t my thing, and think I’m tan enough, so I will probably never be needing leg makeup to fake a tan. I may try it for kicks and giggles, but it is not something that I would ever seriously consider using. Some sort of tanning product seems to be a staple in these boxes, even in the winter. Weird. Maybe you’re into that?
In addition, we got a little travel size of the St. Ives Apricot Scrub. While this isn’t very exciting, nor is it my favorite face product in the world, it is one of those products that basically everyone is familiar with. And if you don’t like it yourself, then you probably know somebody who does that would love to have it. I suppose the same goes for the lotion.
Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion >> Purchase at Walmart
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Leg Makeup >> Purchase at Walmart
St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub >> Purchase at Walmart
Speaking of staples, a shampoo and conditioner set are typically included. It was Dove once, Garnier another time. This time it is Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime, developed with Claudia Schiffer. (I don’t know who that is, but I suppose she is good with hair?)
Running out of toothpaste? Walmart’s got you covered, with the ever-so-thoughtful addition of this Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Clean & Fresh toothpaste. This is probably the most un-fun item I’ve ever gotten in a beauty subscription box, but anyway…
Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Diamond Color & Radiance Shampoo >> Purchase at Walmart
Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Diamond Color & Radiance Conditioner >> Purchase at Walmart
Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Clean & Fresh Toothpaste >> Purchase at Walmart
To sum the box up in one word, I would say it is “useful.”
Most other beauty subscription boxes give us “fun” things. Things like another lip product to add to our overflowing collection, and a chunky glitter eyeshadow that we’ll honestly never wear out of the house. You may or may not get you money’s worth out of this stuff. These items are entertaining, but they aren’t practical.
But this box gives you useful things that you will surely need at some point, but aren’t exactly fun right now. Think of it like Walmart is giving you a free trip through their travel toiletry section. Next time you are going on a trip, you’ll be glad you have that little tube of toothpaste because it saves you a pre-trip errand.
If you travel a lot, or just enjoy mini-sizes of well-known products, this box is for you. If you are looking for a fun surprise, you won’t like this.
I think it’s pretty cool, and I have no intention of canceling any time soon.
Tell me in the comments what you think. Do you received the Walmart Beauty Box? How do you like it?
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That’s all for today!
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