Walmart now offers a seasonal subscription box of drugstore health and beauty product samples for only the price of shipping ($5!). The products are drugstore/mass market brands and subscribers receive four boxes a year (fall, winter, spring, summer) for a grand total of only $20, which is a great deal if future product brands and sizes are consistent with this first box.
Subscribers receive one of two box versions depending on their birthdate, and the age threshold for the older box is 35 years. I received the “younger” box, which included nail polish and lip gloss, and I ordered a subscription for my mom, too, who received CoverGirl lipstick and Olay antiaging facial creams in her first box. (You could also fudge your birthdate during the sign up process to get the type of products you prefer!)
I was so excited about this box when I first ordered it, but the whole experience has been a bit of a mess. When I first heard about the box, the payment web page wasn’t secure (no “https” in the link), so I waited a couple of days until that was corrected before ordering. Then, my box never arrived. I waited for four weeks and then had to contact the vendor twice (Walmart outsourced this project to another company) before I got a response and a replacement box. (Note: I ordered my mom’s box a week or so after mine and she got hers quickly, so I think the trouble was limited to orders placed on certain early days of September). This box is a great value, so I hope these issues are one-time events related to startup. I don’t want to chase down my box each season.
Anyway, I finally got my box yesterday AND I got the color variations I wanted, so I’m happy! 🙂 Here’s what I got:
Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid Antiperspirant in Completely Clean scent (full size!) – I recently bought this deodorant for $8, so this item alone more than offsets the price of the box for me!
L’oreal Glossy Balm in Innocent Coral (full size!) – This is a warm, bright pink, and not really orange at all (which is good, I think). I saw online that some other subscribers received plum and pink variations, too. The color is sheer-to-buildable and glossy. The balm has a “makeup” smell and taste that isn’t bad, but it would be cooler if there was a mint or fruit scent/flavor instead.
CoverGirl Glowing Nights Glosstini in Laser Light (full size—Glosstinis are mini bottles!) – I’m so glad I got this color—it’s a very dark gray with some dark blue mixed in, too. This is a great color for fall and winter, unlike the bright aqua and bright yellow polishes some other subscribers received.
Nicki Minaj Pink Friday perfume (sample vial) – This vial is long and thin and I was afraid I’d crush the glass getting the stopper out! I wish all perfume samples came with sprayers. I have no issue with this scent (sweet sugar, light floral) and I will enjoy the sample, but it doesn’t wow me and I don’t plan to purchase it.
Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner (generous samples) – I’ve gotten these a few times via my freebie alert sites. I’m loyal to other hair products right now, but I’ll put these in my sample stash to use for travel, shelter donations, stocking stuffers, etc.
Dove Pure Care Dry Oil (generous sample) – I’ve also gotten this before for free, and my lovebug used it on his beard until he got some proper beard oil. He liked it well enough. I’m starting to feel, though, that if a product uses, say, macadamia nut oil as a main or featured ingredient…why not just get pure macadamia nut oil and avoid all the extra mineral oil, preservatives, etc. the products mixes with it?
L’oreal Youth Code Pore Vanisher (packet sample) – Meh.
Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup (foil color samples) – Meh. I will have fun swatching these on my face, though, in a rainbow pattern.
Overall, the Walmart Beauty Box is a fantastic value and a great little surprise in the mailbox. I can’t wait to see what comes in the winter box!