Tuesday, May 13, 2014

New Beauty Test Tube May/June

New Beauty Test Tube is one of the original beauty subscriptions, and one that I've been subscribed to on and off for over 4 years. Sometimes they knock it out of the park, and other times they fail to deliver. It's a pricier subscription at $39 or so per tube after shipping charges, and it is delivered every other month/ 6 times a year. When you subscribe to Test Tube, you also receive a complimentary subscription to the New Beauty magazine for as long as your subscribed to the tube. The magazine issues arrive 4 times a year.

New Beauty comes in a bright pink box, and inside is your tube full of beauty goodies, as well as a "Beauty-to-Go" pouch that contain extra/bonus samples. These are usually hit or miss, and vary for each person.

My Beauty-to-Go pouch contained:
Cotz Face SPF 40 (foil packet sample)
Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths (foil packet sample)
Camille Beckman Tuscan Honey Glycerine Hand Therapy ($3)
Lumene Pure Radiance Night Cream ($6)

These are bonus samples, so while I don't really like to comment on them too much, I will say these were somewhat of a disappointment compared to my last tube. The Ban refresh cloth is a joke. There's one cloth in there. There was a coupon in the paper a couple weeks ago for a free full size package, so this is kind of a huge let down. The Cotz foil packet has been in every single beauty box for the past two years, and is rearing it's ugly head again (I'm getting it in one of my Birchboxes too) so that's being given away. The Lumene is a nice size sample, although I'm drowning in skincare creams so it will be given to my mom. I'm not usually a fan of Camille Beckman products, but I do like the glycerin hand therapy, and the Tuscan Honey scent is lovely, so I'll be keeping that one!

Let's get right on into the tube. Fair warning...it's not going to be pretty.

1. Revison Skincare Intellishade ($5)
A three-in-one anti-aging tinted moisturizer with sunscreen that conceals, corrects and protects.

I'm sorry, but when I pay $39 per tube, I don't expect to get these itty bitty sample tubes like I get in my $10 Birchboxes. This was a disappointment right off the bat. Unfortunately I can't give much feedback on this product because it was put in the give-away pile almost as soon as I pulled it out of the tube. It's basically a tinted moisturizer that evens skin tone and fights the signs of aging.  Two small tubes were included: one regular and one matte finish.

2. Jergen's BB Body Correcting Skin Cream ($1.60)
This BB cream for the body visibly improves the look of your skin after one day and provides you with 5 visible benefits after five days.

So I've received this BB Body lotion in this exact size in my Birchbox, which is a 4th of the price of New Beauty Test Tube. I also received this lotion in my Target Beauty Box. Not only was it in a bigger tube, but the box cost me a total of $5 and included 4 other full size products. Sense what I'm getting at here? The product isn't the issue, it's actually an awesome lotion and it works well to conceal marks and discoloration on my skin. The problem is that if New Beauty Test Tube is going to include this product in their tube, it should have been the larger sample size. Not impressive at all.

3. Briogeo: Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask ($5)
 This deep conditioning mask helps resuscitate dry, damaged or chemically-treated hair.

This product in the exact same size jar was featured in Ipsy bags a few months ago. Since Ipsy costs $10 per month, it was yet again, another disappointment for Test Tube. If the rest of the tube was more impressive overall, this would have been a welcome addition. Briogeo is a fantastic company who really cares about their customers. I recall they gave a large amount of samples away to Ipsy subscribers who weren't lucky enough to receive this in their bags. Even better? This stuff is awesome! It smells fresh and clean, and really does wonders on my damaged hair. The ends always feel softer and more healthy after using this, and a little goes a long way!
5. Tan Towel Classic ($12)
Foolproof application is a cinch with these unique towelettes that help deliver the perfect sun-kissed glow each and every time.

I understand why these were included in the tube this month. It's almost summer, and having a self-tanning product in a pre-summer tube is pretty customary. However, for someone like myself who subscribes beauty boxes so that they can try new and exciting products...these are a huge letdown. Tan Towels have been around for quite some time, and most people who love fake tans have used them multiple times. I rather enjoy being white a ghost, so I won't get any use out of these. Luckily my mom loves a natural-looking fake tan, so these are all hers!

6. YU-BE Moisturizing Skin Cream ($1.30)
This concentrated glycerin moisturizing cream delivers serious hydration to heal super dry skin from head to toe.

OK, so this is when I get seriously angry. How is this little tiny tube a featured item in a $40 beauty subscription? Shouldn't a product like this be in the "beauty-to-go" pouch? To make matters worse, I have quite a few of these little tubes laying all over the place, as they have been given as samples at Sephora and other beauty stores quite a few times. When I see something that I can easily get for free in a higher value subscription, it makes me pretty upset.
As for the lotion. It's nothing special. Moving on.

7. Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick in "Topaz" ($25)
 A creamy, glide-on shadow. Evercolor Shadow Stick won't crease or wear away, leaving you with gorgeous color all day- right where you put it. The innovative silicone system seals color in place while the creamy formula helps smooth away fine lines.

This product is where all the value is in this tube. I apologize in advance for not having a swatch on hand. I tested out the product and did a swatch and accidentally deleted it off my camera. I'm in the process of moving, so the shadow stick is all boxed up somewhere and I can't re-swatch at this time. Even so, I will say that I absolutely love this! If you're looking for an easy to apply cream shadow that truly will not budge or crease, this is it. I can promise you- this stuff isn't going anywhere. Once you apply, you have about 30 seconds or so to blend it out before it sets. I have pretty oily lids, and this stayed put on my eyes all day until I took it off. Definitely the saving grace of this tube for me!

8. Macadamia Natural Oil: Flawless Cleansing Conditioner ($12.50)
The ultimate multitasking cleansing conditioner features a no-suds formula that leaves hair revitalized and shiny, thus restoring texture back to it's optimal conditon.

This product and the Mally shadow were the only items that excited me when I pulled them out of the tube. I absolutely love the Macadamia brand of hair care, and I have never tried their cleansing conditioner before. While this is not a full size tube, it's a generous sample size, and I should be able to get a few uses out of it. This appears to be a comparable product to Wen. Both are basically conditioners that you use without shampoo. With this one in particular, you simply use 1 or 2 pumps, and apply it to your hair as you would a shampoo. It won't suds up, because it's a conditioner. You leave it on for 5 minutes, and rinse. Seems like a great product for dry/damaged hair, and I'm excited to test it out!

New Beauty Test Tube costs $38.95 per tube, and the total value of the May/June tube was about $65. Compared to the March/April tube, which had a value of $198, this tube was a complete joke. The fact that the March/April tube had triple the value of this one goes to show what a terrible tube this was. I am happy that there were a few redeeming products in here that I will definitely use, but I can't help but feel like this was a bit of a rip off. 
It makes me wonder if Test Tube releases fantastic tubes every now and then in order to entice new subscribers to sign up, and then to save money, releases some poorly valued tubes in order to pay for the enticing ones. I can't say that's what they're doing, but it sure does seem like it when you look at the numbers. Such a let down this month. I'm not sure if I will continue to get Test Tube, but based on this tube alone, I certainly can't recommend them. Even if the products in this tube seem like they'd all be up your alley, I still think there are better beauty subscriptions out there for your money.
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  1. I completely agree--this Test Tube sucked!

  2. Wow I would've been pist! I got 2 tubes- the one with the it cosmetics brush and the one after that. That was enough for me...

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