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Birchbox August 2016 Subscription Box Review: My Final Box With Review Points

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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. The new points program at Birchbox started 07/11/16. Under the new program, subscribers can only review 5 samples for 10 points each, and they can no longer get any review points after that. I reviewed my July box before the deadline, so this was the first box I received after the change. There were only five items in this box, so I was able to review all 5 items for 50 points. Now that review points are over, I’ve tried to decide whether I want to stay subscribed or cancel. For anyone without a ton of unused beauty products, I really believe this subscription is still worth the $10 monthly price tag without review points (which was the most generous subscription program out there). People who never bothered or do not want to bother with reviews will not notice a difference in the subscription. Everything else is exactly the same as it was. Others who have a lot of stuff may not see the benefit when we no longer get points to purchase full-size items in the shop. My stash is insane, so I really do not need any more samples for a while. I really do love Birchbox, so I am not taking the decision lightly.

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Birchbox makes a custom box design for each month, and I really like this one. The patchwork design is striking.

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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.

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The back of the card usually goes over the box theme, which is to eke out every last bit of summer. This is the first time the card was not printed on actual card material. It is thick card stock now, which probably saves a lot of money.

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This month, the sample choice was between three hair products: Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray, R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste, and Beauty Protector Protect & Oil. There was also a featured box, Endless Summer, includes: Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow, stila Stay All Day™ Liquid Lipstick in Patina, Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle, Living proof.® No Frizz Nourishing Oil, Acure Organics Coconut & Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes, and HUM Nutrition Raw Beauty Green Superfood Powder.

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The 0.5oz Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask™ is worth $7.50. As someone who has received the sample size Muslin Cloth with another Liz Earle product and purchased some of the full-sized ones after falling in love, I can confirm the Muslin cloth that came with this sample is full-size. That adds another $3.75 to the value of this sample. This is a brand where I have yet to find a dud, so I have high expectations for this mask.

The 0.8oz Oribe Imperméable 
Spray is worth $4.59. I have a love/hate relationship with Oribe products. They always smell incredible, and I adore the sample I received of their signature scent in a perfume. My problem with the line is it is more than I want to spend on hair products. Even though many of the products are worth the cost and my hair can certainly use the help, I prefer to invest in my skin than my hair. If I could afford to invest in both, I would happily purchase from this line. In the mean time, I will happily use the samples and hope I do not fall in love with anything.

The 0.25oz R+Co BADLANDS Dry Shampoo Paste is worth $3.18. My hair gets oily fast, because my scalp is really dry. I want to try every type of dry shampoo possible. Unless I wear my hair up or use a dry shampoo, I cannot skip a day of washing. This is unlike any I’ve sampled before, so I cannot wait to try this.

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The 0.05oz stila Matte About You Liquid Lipstick in Patina is worth $6.67. Birchbox sells this shade with two others in a three pack. My lips are dry, so I never purchase liquid lipsticks. I like receiving them in sets or subscription boxes, so I can have some. There are periods where my lips are less dry than usual.

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This is a beautiful, delicate pink. It almost looks mauve from certain angles. I love the color.

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The formula accentuates lip lines (as liquid lipsticks tend to do) and highlight dry patches. I did exfoliate before wearing it, so my dry patches were not too bad. This was nowhere near as drying as some of the other liquid lipstick colors I’ve tried from this line, although, it was not super comfortable either. It still looked pretty as it faded and not cakey or patchy as some liquid lipsticks look. Overall, this is a liquid lipstick I enjoyed wearing, but I would not purchase it.

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And, a bonus picture of me in a hat required for a tea party. The hat was a lot of fun.

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There is no size listed on the Manna Kadar Cosmetics Day-Dream Fantasy 3-in-1 Blush Highlighter Eyeshadow, but it is large (for an eyeshadow and deluxe for a blush or highlighter). The packaging looks different from the full-size version of this that retails for $19 on her site. My guess is the pan on this sample is not as deep, but the size looks the same in my hand versus the model’s hand. Pricing this is difficult, because Birchbox does not sell the product individually. It appears this product is inside the palette Birchbox linked to my profile, but the palette description does not specify names of any products. I am completely guessing that this is half the full-size and thus worth $9.50. That is my fingerprint, because I swatched it before the photograph.

Manna Kadar Fantasy

This is a very silky powder. Although the color is somewhat close to my skin tone, it is also very pigmented. The shimmer is quite beautiful, so this would make a great: eyelid color, highlighter, or blush (when you want a little shimmer over your natural cheek color). It is a shame so many of these arrived broken (and I am grateful mine did not), because a lot of the low ratings on the Birchbox site were from the damage in shipping instead of an actual review of the product.

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This picture does not capture how beautiful this is when I wear it as a highlighter. It adds the perfect amount of shimmer, and I am able to sheer the color our enough to make this look perfect on me. I am really glad I received this sample, because this silky, stunning powder is one of the best products I received in any subscription box all year.

This box has a $35.19 value. My personal value is also $35.19, because I really want to try every single item in this box. None of these items are duplicates in my stash either, so this was an excellent box. If I do bring myself to hit that cancel button, I am happy the subscription went out on a really high note.

The main draw of Birchbox to me was the points program, because I already have a ton of samples. I decided to stay subscribed after receiving such an impressive box. September is also customer appreciation month, and I want to see if I get anything. If you’re considering a subscription and are not completely stocked on samples, it could still be worthwhile. Through Birchbox, I’ve discovered some incredible items I never would have. While it would have been better for you had you arrived sooner, I understand it was the most generous program around and Birchbox can no longer sustain it. The box of samples is still a great draw if you love trying new things.

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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. See other Birchbox Subscription articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Birchbox August 2016 Subscription Box Review: My Final Box With Review Points Leave a comment

  1. I canceled my sub because I just wasn’t getting samples I could use or that were enough of a decent size to warrant the cost without samples. This box looks great though and I think if I’d gotten this in my last month, I probably would have stayed on longer!

  2. I decided to stick it out, at least for now. This box is the main reason and hoping I get points for customer appreciation next month is the secondary reason. There is still a chance I may cancel soon, especially if I get skipped again for customer appreciation. I was not selected in 2014 or 2015. A 2016 snub may feel like a little too much.

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