Target comes out with a beauty box every so often. They cost $5 to $10 and they usually include samples of products they carry worth several times that much. Sometimes more than one version of a box is offered. You have to order every box individually – you can’t subscribe – which means that you need to be alert for when they come out for sale as they usually sell out within hours. Your best bet, if you want to grab one, is to subscribe to the My Subscription Addiction blog mailing list.
This month Target put out two different “Back to College” boxes, each for $5. While Target discloses what’s in the boxes, I didn’t bother looking and ordered them both, thinking one way or the other, it’d be a good deal. Unfortunately, once I actually looked at what I was getting, those hopes were deflated. While the boxes did fulfill their promise of giving you over a $20 value, the personal value I got from the items in them is barely above what I paid for them. And the value pales in comparison with the summer box which was $7, but had a $41 value. Still, whatever I don’t use I should be able to swap or give away.
This box included seven products, three were full size, three were samples and the other was a shower pouf. They are all brands sold at Target. The total value of the box was around $25, slightly higher than the $20 Target had promised.
Like many subscription boxes, this box came with a card listing the products that are included. It has a coupon for $3 off any $15 beauty purchase at Target. This is what I got:
CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Primer, 1 oz, value $11
This is the “hero” item in this box (yeah, it’s sad, but the box is just $5) and, unfortunately, it’s not one I’ll get much use of as I don’t wear makeup. This seems to be a new item and I couldn’t find much information about it but one one reviewer on Amazon.com found it a good alternative to more expensive primers. It’s made in the USA from foreign “parts”.
NYX Butter Gloss Strawberry Parfait, 6.5 g, value $5
I’m too old by several decades to ear this fuschia color, and my 10-yo doesn’t like butter glosses. It does, however, get great reviews in Ulta.com. The lipgloss doesn’t say where it’s manufactured.
Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract, 10 Count, value $3
I’m always glad to get these as they’re very practical. I’m keeping this ones for me. Made in the USA.
The Bathery Delicate Sponge, 1 sponge, value $2
Despite its name, this is not a sponge but a shower pouf. I no longer use these, but I’m sure someone in my family will put it to use. If nothing else, you can turn them into an “ice cream” decoration by putting one on a paper cone (I made those for one of my daughter’s birthday parties). This particular pouf is very, very puffy and, according to the label, it’s recyclable (sans rope). As you can expect, it’s made in China.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7-Day Treatment, 1 oz, good for 3 showers, value $2
This is sold as a “semi-permanent treatment [that] transforms fine hair, leaving it full even after multiple washes.” It took me a little bit of googling around to find out what John Frieda meant by “7-day treatment” and “semi-permanent”. It turns out that what they mean is that if you use the treatment in one shower, it should give you volume for up to 7 days. Just in case, they recommend that you allow 2-3 washes before your next treatment. I assume that John Frieda’s costumers must not wash their hair everyday, and given the drought in California, I applaud them.
The treatment gets fairly good reviews on Amazon.com, it doesn’t work for everyone however. I read the instructions and they say you should use it after Luxurious Volume shampoo and conditioner and blow dry your hair after rinsing it. That’s too much work for me. I’ll see if I can pass it on, at $2 it’s not cost effective to swap. Made in the USA.
Olay Fresh Cooling White Strawberry & Mint Outlast Body Wash, 3 oz, value $1
I have several of these body wash minis for emergencies. Unfortunately I don’t have many body wash emergencies but you never know. I don’t particularly like the overly sweet candy smell, but I use bar soap anyway. This is for the girls. Made in the USA.
Goody Ouchless Elastics, 3 count, value 40-cents
*Retail value refers to the retail value suggested by the manufacturer. Market value refers to what it would cost a consumer to actually buy those items at mass retailers, including Amazon.com. In the case of items exclusive to a box, it’s the re-sale value of the item on e-bay. My value is the combined value of the items from the box that I or my family will actually put to use. To be a good value, a beauty box should have a market value of at least twice the subscription price and should at a minimum match my value.