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Birchbox gives at least five beauty samples each month for $10, which is half the cost of the Men’s Box. For every review I give, I get 10 points, which is equal to $1 in the shop. A five sample box like this one gets me $5 back to redeem toward future purchases.
We received an email today titled Upcoming Changes to Birchbox Points (which are mostly for the worst), but it will not take place until after the next box. This is the current program in place for this box, so I will leave the points situation for now. You can read my detailed overview of the program for more information. I’ve compared Birchbox to the Ipsy and am certain I have the better box. My first Sephora Play box arrived last month, and I am loving it so far. Each month, you get a sample choice or you can select the guest editor box. For this box, I selected the Benefit Gimme Brow in Shade 1, light.
Birchbox makes a custom box design for each month, and I really like this one. It is simple, but chic.
The first thing you usually see when you open a Birchbox is a product card. It lists the items in the box and the price to purchase the full-size. Unless you choose to opt out, you will always get a sample choice. You can either select one item from a choice of 3-5 items or the guest editor box where you know all five in advance.
The back of the card usually goes over the box theme, everyday kind of magic.
This month, the sample choice was between three colors from the new Benefit Gimme Brow Line in shades: 1 Light, 3 Medium, or 5 Deep. There was also a featured box, Multifaceted and Mighty, includes: LOC One and Done Shadow Stick, Davines Authentic Cleansing Nectar Hair/Body and Authentic Moisturizing Butter, Nuxe Rêve de Miel® Facial Cleansing and Make-Up Removing Gel, Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer, and The Beauty Crop PBJ Smoothie Stick in Raisin the Roof.
The 0.03oz Benefit gimme brow volumizing fiber gel is worth $7.20. This is a sample I received of the older version of in a past Birchbox. After falling in love with the product, I purchased the full-size. Even though I have not even opened the full size, because the sample (while small) is lasting a long time, I wanted to see if the new product was different with the color or formula. Here is a picture of me wearing the older version.
The new version is below and there is almost no difference in the way it looks. This is shade 1, so it is a little lighter. It seems like shade 2 is very close to the original color. I love that they kept the same little brush. Keeping it little gives me so much control, and I can change the angle to make thin or thick strokes. If I had to guess, I’d say the formula is either the same or very close. This applied as easily, looked as great, and held all day just as the original.
I am picking up as many pieces as I can from the new brow collection. The drastic brow difference in the picture below would never come from Gimme Brow. This product gives a much more natural look.
All of the items in the new brow line have over the top pieces. This looks like a drill bit. The brow products I swatched at the Sephora VIB Rouge event look like the tops of skyscrapers. I am expecting a brow pencil mini from an Ulta order to arrive any day. That pencil looks like a diamond tipped Q-Tip.
The color in the swatch shows it is little lighter than the one I’ve used. This is the lightest shade in the new line though. For the previous line, light and medium shared a color. Targeting more colors should improve this.
The 0.34oz Coola® Environmental Repair Plus® Radical Recovery™ After-Sun Lotion is worth $1.81. I received this a couple of times before (first time inside this specific subscription, but I got it in my second subscription). Any time I burn, I apply an after sun cream. Thankfully, I am burning less these days, so I still half 1.5 of these samples to get through before I open this. It is soothing and helps reduce peeling.
The 1.76oz Avène Thermal Spring Water is worth $4.65. I received this in an Ipsy bag and still have some left. It is fine, and I like it when I use it. Facial mists are nothing I’ve ever purchased though. I’d rather spritz pure water. It is a lot cheaper and just as refreshing. Thus, I will use this sample (once I finish the first one), but I will not buy it.
The 1oz Living proof.® Perfect hair Day™ (PhD) Night Cap Overnight Perfector is worth $7. It is a sample I’ve received before but have yet to try. I placed my duplicate in a traveling box, so I have a duplicate again. Instead of gifting it before I’ve tried the other one, I will try it and only gift it if I do not like the other one.
The 1oz Parlor® by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing & Repairing Shampoo is worth $2.25. It is the only sample that is new to me from this box, not that I mind any of the other repeats. My husband received this in a past Birchbox, so it is one of the rare products that cross genders in the Birchbox shop. I can always use shampoo, but I could give this to him if he liked his. He refuses to try most of my samples. If Birchbox considers them okay for men, he gives them a shot.
The box has a $23.41 value. My personal value is also $23.41, because I will probably keep everything. It is a pretty successful box considering I am fine with using everything without reservation and have one (the brow product) I really want to compare to the older version. I am not happy with the email about the point change, so I can only suggest waiting until we have better information if you’re thinking about subscribing. That points program is the best part of the subscription, so I cannot imagine this subscription without the points.
If you still 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. See other Birchbox Subscription articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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