Still catching up on October reviews, whew! I only have one more after this one, and then I can officially focus on November! One of my favorite new subscriptions is up for review today: Beauty DNA. I’m totally enamored with this subscription and have been thrilled with all my boxes so far. Two months ago I actually got a face cream that has since become a serious holy grail item for me, so that should tell you enough.
Beauty DNA is a monthly subscription service that sends you one full sized beauty item based on your profile. When you first sign up, you fill out a pretty detailed profile on your preferences, and the experts at Beauty DNA will match you with a product that they think works best for you. For $25/month, you’ll receive an item from one of three categories: skincare, hair products, and body. Usually they alternate what category you receive between months, so you won’t end up getting a bunch of similar products consecutively.
Every month you get a personalized pamphlet printed out, which makes it feel really special and truly tailored to your needs. You can also log into your account on the website and rate the product each month and provide extra feedback. Over time as you add more information to your profile, the matches become even more pinpointed and perfect for you.
The personalized card is always very helpful and really lets you know why you received the product that you did. And if you didn’t like what you got, it helps you see what section in your questionnaire to change. For this month I was really happy to see something lightweight that also features protection against sun damage, two of my main criteria for daytime skincare.
Luminique Age-Defying Complex with SPF 15 | $79.95
While the price tag for this moisturizer is lower than the ones I’ve received in my previous boxes, it’s still a great deal for the $25 subscription cost! This brand is completely new to me and seems to have mixed reviews on Amazon. Most of the negative reviews are saying it doesn’t actually do anything for wrinkles, but that’s not a deal breaker for me since I don’t have any wrinkles yet–I’m just looking to prevent them for a few more years!
One of my favorite aspects about Beauty DNA is that you receive a full sized product each month. For something like skincare, I think it’s really important to get a large amount to experiment with to see how your skin responds. If I’m going to drop over $100 on a product, I want to know if it’s going to do anything for me! Those little single-use foil packets (or even deluxe samples that only last 2-3 days) are completely useless in my opinion, because you need at least a week of usage to get a reliable read on whether or not it works for you. If you have sensitive skin like I do, you’ve probably had to return a full sized purchase before because of allergies, and it really sucks. It feels so wasteful and I hate doing it.
Even though the cream looks thick, it absorbed quickly and felt pretty lightweight on my face. There was barely any scent, which I appreciate. I didn’t have any problems with my face feeling greasy afterwards, which is one of my pet peeves about SPF moisturizers, so I consider that a win.
Overall verdict is great! I got a full sized $79.95 cream for $25.00, so I really can’t complain. I like that they sent me a moisturizer with SPF in it, which is something I am always on the look out for. Who knows, this could be another holy grail item? I think the valuable part about BeautyDNA (besides already getting a great value for the cost of the subscription!) is getting to discover new brands and products that you otherwise would never think to try. I’ve gotten brands that are completely new to me and I don’t think I would have ever known about them if not for this subscription. Can’t wait to see what they send me next! I think I’m overdue for a hair or body product, even though I requested very few of those in my beauty profile.