See recent Birchbox articles.
Birchbox gives at least five beauty samples each month for $10. For every review I give, I get 10 points, which is equal to $1 in the shop. A five sample box like this one got me $5 back. I also shared my box on Facebook for an extra 10 points. That gave me a total of $6 back to redeem toward future purchases. You can read my detailed overview of the program for more information. Each month, you get a sample choice or you can select the guest editor box. For this box, I selected the sea salt spray.
This is the first of my three Birchbox Subscriptions. Box Two and Three were different.
All boxes (other than the featured Beauty Solutions box) came in a Cupcakes and Cashmere box. While it is not my favorite design, it is the classiest looking box to date. Seems the guest editor has a hand in design, so she probably helped create this box.
The first thing you notice when you open a box is the product card. It gives you a brief description of the products as well as the cost to purchase the full size. Unless you choose to opt out for some reason, you will always get a sample choice. You can either select one item from a choice of 3-4 items or the guest editor box where you know all five in advance.
This month, the sample choice was between four items: a Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Oil Treatment, a Harvey Prince Sea Salt Hair Mist, a Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer, or a Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel. They all looked lovely, and I would not mind any of them. I actually love the Real Chemistry peel but opted against it, because I had a lot of them. I regret that now and will always select this when possible. Their guest editor, Emily at Cupcakes and Cashmere, was kept a secret until the last-minute.
This is probably why she did not curate a box of her own (outside of the actual box). She mentioned four items in her video that she loved and Birchbox would sample that month. I did not get any of the four items across three subscriptions. Her items were Tocca Isabel fragrance, Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, Living Proof Restore Instant Repair, and Benefit Porefessional. There was also a featured Beauty Solutions Box with a W3LL People The Expressionist Mascara in Black, a Number 4 Blow Dry Lotion, a Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel, a Cotz Flawless Complexion SPF 50, and a Juara Candlenut Body Butter.
The 20g Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator is worth $5.67. I originally received this in one of my April Birchboxes and got another one after this in my Limited Edition Gym Heroes Bag. It gets incredibly wonderful reviews, and I look forward to trying it. In case the product is as great as people say, I am keeping my duplicates until I try it.
The Beauty Protector Beauty Wash Body Cleanser does not list a size, but I am guessing it is 0.75oz. It looks the same height but not as wide as the oil, which is 1oz. If my assumption on the size is correct, this product is worth $1.50. I have not tried it yet, but I am always willing to try new cleansers.
The 0.27oz Harvey Prince Sea Salt Texturizing Mist is worth $0.99. I knew when I chose this that it was very small and probably had a low value, so I am not surprised it. When you’re paying $10 for a box, seeing a sample lower than $2 feels like a loss (at least on that sample). It is even harder to swallow when it is less than $1. Harvey Prince should have given a bigger sample. That said, I want to sample more sea salt sprays to see if I can find one that gives me beachy waves, without course, frizzy, sticky hair. Once I try this, I will try to remember to edit this article.
The 0.10oz Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream is worth $1.28. Even though this is a low value sample, I wanted it. This is the sample that got away on a Sephora order. It bummed me out when it was subbed. I’ve heard great things about this, so I look forward to trying this.
The 0.08oz Coastal Scents Reveal3d Desert Bloom mini is worth $1.60. That value uses the actual retail of $19.95 rather than the suggested retail of $39.95 listed on the Coastal Scents site. Although this looks very small, 0.02oz per shadow is not much smaller than some full size palettes that offer 0.03oz or 0.035oz per shadow. If you were to buy the full-sized version of this palette, you would get 1oz of shadows making the 20 shades 0.05oz each.
It took six swipes to get the light, lavender purple shade to show up on my arm. I do not remember it lacking pigment that way when I applied it. The beautiful burgundy color was one swipe. That is two swipes on the gold color, and one swipe for the brown. These are wonderful colors for recreating a sunset, so I was happy with them.
I sampled Coastal Scents Revealed Two in a previous box and was not impressed. The colors were not easy to blend and creased using my NARS base. To this day, I have not given that sampler a second chance. My NARS base was missing when I went to apply shadow (my son took off with it but I found it later). Instead of opening a backup NARS (having two of the same products open at once in a general no in my book), I decided to finally try LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer. It gets excellent reviews, but trying it for the first time with another product I was trying for the first time is not something I’d usually do. That makes it harder to see if one is failing where the other is exceeding.
There is always a chance they’ll both exceed expectations, and that is what happened here. The Coastal Scents Reveal3d sample was a lot easier to blend than its predecessor. The LOARC primer was similar, although more clear, than my usual NARS base. When I washed my makeup off eight hours later, everything was fresh looking and crease free. Both new products impressed me, and I want to give the earlier palette a second shot with my newly opened LORAC primer. At some point, I will try the new palette with the NARS primer to see if the first attempt last year was a fluke.
The box has a $11.04 value. My personal value is $11.04, because I will probably keep everything. If I were to give away the duplicate scrub, my value would dip below $10. That makes me more inclined to keep it. I am disappointed in the value of this box, and it makes me re-think my decision to select the sea salt spray. My thinking was it looked very small, so the other samples would make up for the low value of that one. All the samples in this box, except one, had a low value. I will not select any low value samples in the future to prevent another case of selection remorse.
If this was my first box, I’d be more disappointed. I know this is an unusually low value box (my lowest ever), but I also know most are better. The items, despite being low-value, have impressed me so far.
If you want to subscribe, remember to look at start-up offers and all available offers. When you’re ready to spend your rewards points, remember to add your free two piece sample pack when spending $35 from the Bonus Shop. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
Disclosure: Affiliate links
I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.