Results of My $5 Walmart Beauty Box Gamble

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I recently signed up for the Walmart Beauty Box and wasn’t sure what to expect. It was only $5 and comes quarterly. It could be really good and practical, or based on some reviews, very disappointing. The box exterior wasn’t bad, though a little dented.

walmart beauty box spring 2016

walmart beauty box spring 2016 unboxed

At first glance, it was pretty promising. That looked like a lot of travel size products and very few if any foil samples.

walmart beauty box spring 2016 contents

Turns out my $5 Walmart Beauty Box investment yielded a great array of 8 travel size samples.

A .4fl oz of Vera Wang Embrace, Periwinkle and Iris. Not a fragrance person, but a good size sample and with one ounce going for ~$28, it’s worth about $11.

walmart beauty box spring 2016 vera wang

A 1.45 oz tube of Colgate Optic White Express White toothpaste (~$2), which is always handy for longer trips. And really exciting — a small jar of CeraVe Healing Ointment ($14-22) which soothes dry, chafed skin. It’s non-greasy and non-sticky so a huge improvment over vaseline or other fancier creams.

walmart beauty box spring 2016 optic white cera Ve

One ounce tubes of Curel Itch Defense Body Wash ($6.62) and Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser ($6.77)

walmart beauty box spring 2016 biore cural

Two ounce samples of John Frieda Brilliant Brunette shampoo ($5) and Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer ($8-12)

walmart beauty box spring 2016 jergens john frieda

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth color stick ($6.62) is a non-obnoxious rosy shade.

walmart beauty box spring 2016 neutrogena

And a $1 off coupon and color selection cheat sheet for L’Oreal’s True Match makeup

walmart beauty box spring 2016 coupon

Walmart Beauty Box Verdict

I estimate there was about $25 worth of samples in the box, more if you account for the fact many of these are hard to get in a travel size. The Walmart Beauty Box site allows for no customization, so I lucked out that it was a brunette shampoo rather than blonde. That’s definitely a limitation. Basically it comes down to what you value the most — least expensive travel samples, higher-end products, or knowing what you’re going to get with no subscription.

I personally prefer Birchbox‘s slightly tonier offerings, but for $5, this box is definitely one of the best deals out there. I’m going to stay subscribed at least til I see the Summer Walmart Beauty Box. Would love to know if anyone else got different samples!


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1 Comment

  1. Wendy

    March 29, 2016 at 10:06 am

    My box had some different items in it.

    ROC multi corrextion cream chest neck and face cream.
    Curel rough skin rescue.
    Banana Boat sun comfort sunscreen lotion 30spf.
    Dove dry oil moisture body wash.
    Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser.
    Jergens wet skin moisturizer.

    The only items alike are the toothpaste, make up sample and the neutrogena lipstick. Although mine is a different shade.

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