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September Target Beauty Box : Is it a Hit or Miss?

September Target Beauty Box : Is it a Hit or Miss? [Update Below]

The Target Beauty Box is one of the most popular beauty subscription boxes and for good reason- the box usually costs $7 a month and is filled with products that you can buy inside of Target. Beauty Boxes from Target are also typically filled with a large variety of products that are larger sample sizes.

The only thing about the Target Beauty box is that a lot of people complain that it isn’t an actual subscription box, like the Walmart Beauty Box is for example.

The way the Target Beauty Box works is that once a month (usually the first week of every month), Target will upload their beauty box to their website and you have to purchase a box every month. With other subscription boxes such as Ipsy, Birchbox, and even the Walmart Beauty Box, you just give the company your card information once and they send you out a box until you eventually cancel your subscription.

There are two different perspectives that come with Target not doing a monthly subscription and having customers manually purchase a box every month.

Target Beauty Box: You Choose When to Buy

When you go to purchase a box every month from Target, Target has a flat layer of the contents inside that month’s box. If you’re on a strict budget and aren’t interested in signing up for a monthly subscription that you’re

A.) going to waste your money on if you don’t like all of the products in the box and/or

B.) don’t know what your budget is going to look like on a month-to-month basis, being able to choose which months you get Target boxes is a great thing.

You will be able to see what is inside of the box you’re getting and choose to either not purchase that month’s box or to go with your purchase, rather than e-mailing a company and asking them to cancel or skip your subscription. Dealing with customer service can sometimes be overwhelming, but since Target isn’t a subscription service, you won’t have to worry about dealing with their customer service if you want to skip a box or cancel their subscription.

Target Beauty Box: Purchase the one you want

On the other hand, having to go and individually purchase each box can be a bit annoying if you’re someone with a really busy schedule. You either have to closely monitor Target’s Twitter account or religiously check up on the beauty box section on the Target website to see when they upload it. Either way, you’re going to have to take time out of your schedule to keep on checking in on the Target Beauty box if you want to get it. It’s really inconvenient and kind of a hassle if you’re looking to get a Target Beauty Box.

Target not really having a monthly subscription service really depends on what your personal preferences are, but just be prepared that you have to go and physically buy each box.

What Target Advertised vs What I Actually Got

I really feel like Target ripped me off this month, with all of the masks that they sent inside of my box. When I went to go purchase my September Target Beauty Box, here is what I was supposed to get…

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What I actually got in my September Target Beauty Box is a completely different story…

What it is: September Target Beauty Box

Box cost: $7

The total value of the September Target Beauty Box: $15.37

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What I got in my September Target Beauty box:

  • Lumene LAHDE Hydration Recovery Aerating Gel Mask- $0.41
  • TRESemme Keratin Smooth Deep Smoothing Mask Sachet – $1.99
  • Acure Brilliantly Brightening Biocellulose Gel Mask- $5.99
  • Miss Spa Energize Facial Sheet Mask- $3.99
  • Masque Bar Rose Gold Peel Off Mask- $2.99

In my September Target Beauty Box, I literally got a box filled with masks. I got four different types of face masks and one hair mask. I really am not a mask user, I just really don’t like using masks as a part of my skin care routine. I do use hair masks, but that’s only become more of a recent thing for me as the weather has gotten drier.

Personally, I feel like masks don’t really do a whole lot for my skin. I feel like it’s more of a waste of product and a waste of money to use them on my skin, so I was really disappointed to see that my September Target Beauty Box was filled with nothing but masks.

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Side note, before we get started talking about what I have inside of my September Beauty Box.

Every single Target Beauty Box comes with a card inside of the box that contains the names of all of the products inside of the box, as well as tips on how to properly use the products. In addition, each card contains a $3 off coupon to use on beauty purchases over $15 inside of Target.

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First sample: Acure Brilliantly Brightening Biocellulose Gel Mask

Sample value: $5.99

acure face mask

The first sample that I pulled out of my September Target Beauty Box is the Acure Brilliantly Brightening Biocellulose Gel Mask. This gel mask is recommended to be used on normal skin for its brightening, acne fighting properties.

This mask contains Vitamin B3, Noni Fruit, and kale, and doesn’t contain any parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates, petrolatum, silicone, and is cruelty-free (yay)! I also thought it was really interesting that the bio-cellulose gel mask fiber is comprised of fermented coconut!

Opening the package for this mask, I was greeted with a floral scent. I didn’t really notice any huge difference in the appearance of my skin after using this face mask, but I did find that my skin felt a lot more hydrated and supple!

Second sample: Lumene LAHDE Hydration Recovery Aerating Gel Mask

Sample value: $0.41


The full-sized product of the Lumene LAHDE Hydration Recovery Aerating Gel Mask is 5.1 ounces, but you can see that the sample that I received in my September Target Beauty Box is much smaller. This foil packet is about half-way filled with this gel mask, which wasn’t enough to be able to cover my entire face with.

The texture of this gel mask was very watery, which makes sense because the formula for this gel mask is a water-gel formula. People with mature skin, dry skin, and combination skin are recommended to use this instantly hydrating gel mask. I enjoyed the clean, fresh laundry scent that I got from this gel mask, but I wasn’t able to use this mask on my entire face. Personally, I feel that this face mask would be best used for targeted areas, rather than just a general use face mask.

In other words, I feel like this face mask would best be used with someone who has combination skin or someone who has specific areas on their face that are extremely dry. As a face mask to be used all over your face, I feel that there are more cost-effective options out there!

Third sample: TRESemme Keratin Smooth Deep Smoothing Mask Sachet

Sample value: $1.99


Now, I love a good hair mask- one that is going to remove the extreme damage that my hair shows. I use keratin shampoo and conditioner twice a week, but the TRESemme Keratin Smooth Deep Smoothing Mask is the absolute best drugstore keratin hair masks that I’ve ever used.

You literally get so much in a package and as someone with short hair, I usually get two uses out of one hair mask sachet from TRESemme. This hair mask is formulated with both marula oil and keratin, which help to seal your hair strands to be able to fight against frizzy hair. The directions on the back of the mask recommend using this hair mask in replacement of your normal conditioner. I tried doing that a few times, but I personally feel like this hair mask works better for me if I sleep in it.

Before I go to bed, I wet my hair in the shower (to make sure all of my strands are wet). I apply the TRESemme Keratin Smooth Deep Smoothing Mask in my hair and put a sleeping cap on my head. I will sleep in this hair mask and by the time morning comes around, my hair and the hair mask have dried. I will rinse the hair mask out with cold water in the morning and my hair literally transforms!

I’m so glad that I got this in my September Target Beauty box because I already knew that this was a hair masked that I loved and I’m so glad that other people will get the chance to try out the best drugstore hair mask that I’ve ever used!

Fourth sample: Miss Spa Energize Facial Sheet Mask

Sample value: $3.99

miss spa

As I mentioned earlier, I’m not a huge fan of face masks. There are some face masks in the beauty market that have found their way to winning me over, but for the majority of other masks, I’m not really a big fan. In my personal opinion, sheet masks are the worst of the worst when it comes to masks.

I really don’t like sheet masks because they’re so hard to use; if your face is shaped a bit differently, comfortably wearing face masks becomes an extreme pain.

The biggest step to cutting back on acne breakouts is to not touch your face, but I constantly have to touch my face when using sheet masks because of the way the masks fit my face. The mouth hole and eye holes never properly line up with the shape of my face, so either the mouth opening is sitting right underneath of my nose or the eye holes are sitting down too low.

Miss Spa is a brand that I’ve heard wonderful things about and after I tried out this sheet mask, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised! I still had problems with getting the sheet mask to sit on my face properly, but even after struggling with this mask for twenty minutes, I do feel like I see a bit of a difference in my skin!

While I wouldn’t say that this sheet mask absolutely transformed my acne-prone skin into a flawless canvas, I do feel like this mask not only helped to moisturize my skin, but I noticed a big difference in how much less dull looking my skin was after using this sheet mask!

Fifth sample: Masque Bar Rose Gold Peel Off Mask

Sample value: $2.99

masque bar

I have never before in my life ever tried out a rose gold foil peel off mask, but the September Target Beauty Box gave me a chance to fix that!

I was a bit surprised to see that this wasn’t the most expensive mask in this box, as the packaging makes this peel off mask look really expensive. I really enjoyed how easy it was to apply this mask because the formula was literally perfect- it wasn’t too gloopy and it wasn’t too runny! There was also the perfect amount in the package to cover my entire face, meaning that I didn’t have to worry about throwing away product and potentially making a giant mess in my bathroom trash can.

Now, I want to remind you that I have extremely oily skin that is prone to hormonal cystic acne, large pores, and has a whole bunch of texture on it. I usually tend to lean heavily on higher end masks and skin care to take care of my skin, but I’m still working on finding the best mix for my skin.

If you have ever used the Glam Glow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment, this rose gold peel off mask is extremely similar in the dry-time and the end results. The only problem that I had with the Masque Bar Rose Gold Peel Off Mask is that it didn’t peel off in one simple layer but rather chunked off.

I ended up having to peel small chunks of this face mask off of my face, which is a problem that I’ve never had with the Glam Glow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment. But, this is honestly the only difference that I noticed between Masque Bar Rose Gold Peel Off Mask and the Glam Glow Gravity Mud.

It took about twenty minutes for the Masque Bar Rose Gold Peel Off Mask to dry down on my face, with a tightening effect on my face as the mask began to dry down. After I finished pulling all of the chunks off of my face, I was really surprised at how good my skin looked!

My skin felt really soft, but what really surprised me was how much smaller my pores looked! I read into the ingredients of this mask and saw that witch hazel water, soybean extract, and mushroom extract are used in this mask; all of these ingredients work together to shrink pores, pull excess oil out of your face, and rejuvenate your skin.

I really loved the way this made my skin look and feel, so the Masque Bar Rose Gold Peel Off Mask is now a must-have in my skincare collection!

So, let’s talk about how terribly Target failed this month.

I mean, yeah, sure you could go to Target and buy all of these masks and spend around $15. I’m certain that totaled all together, all of these masks cost around $15 at any Target that you go to.

But that doesn’t mean that these masks are worth $15. I would say that this box holds around a $5-$7 value, but that’s really only for people that like masks. Don’t get me wrong, I did like a few of the masks in this box. I just don’t feel like this is a full $7 (or more) value packed inside of this box.

I would have been absolutely okay if Target had decided that these were going to the be the masks that they were looking to include in the next five boxes that they curated. However, I think it’s really cheap of Target to send out a box that is filled with nothing but face masks. If I wanted to get nothing but face masks, I would have signed up for a face mask box.

That said, I also think that it’s incredibly misleading that Target advertised something different on their website for the September Box and I got something completely different.

I know that the Target beauty box has thousands of ‘subscribers’ and their boxes always sell out really quickly. I’m wondering if there was a miscount in the number of boxes that Target thought that they had for the month of September and ended up just throwing all of these masks in the extra boxes that they sold.

But at the same point, I literally bought the box two hours after Target had it go live on their website. So, while my theory is really just a theory, I’m really concerned about the number of people who also got the same type of box that I got and didn’t get what they thought they were ordering.

What do you think about the September Target Beauty box?

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