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I like my Birchbox subscription, but I love most Limited Edition Birchboxes. This article will cover all Limited Edition Birchboxes for 2017 (other than the perfume and cologne sets). There are almost always more full-sized items than samples in a Limited Edition Birchbox. The size of the item is not listed in the product description (something I hope Birchbox eventually changes). Birchbox does mention if the item is full, deluxe, or travel sized. This makes it impossible to calculate the exact box value (unless I order the box myself) the way I do for other retailers. Most boxes have a value that is a lot higher than the retail price. It is still important to consider personal value (the value you will receive from the box, not including items you gift or toss). Calculating personal value before purchasing any limited edition box is harder when the sizes are unknown.
Instead of placing the actual value, try to guesstimate. This is what I do before purchasing a box with unknown sizes, and it usually works out. It is not worth it if you are spending more than the value for the items you want to try, unless you are buying it with gifting in mind. Even if you hate them, you get the value when you try them. You would not know you hated it if you did not try it, and there are not a lot of people you can give used items to. If I purchase any of these boxes, I will link my review near the product description, edit in actual value, and sample sizes. For the sets that are new versions of a previous kit, I will also link the most recent review (if I purchased it). Otherwise, I will usually not suggest getting them or not. I’d love to read reviews from people whether I purchase one or not, so feel free to comment that information below.
If I have the size information available, I always use the exact or smallest available size to calculate value, because it is the cheapest buy-in and likely the closest to the item in a kit. There are times when the price-per-ounce is cheaper on the smaller size, and I will always let you know when that happens. If you like those products, it is better to purchase it in the smaller size. Those who calculate value using the larger size underestimate value (in my opinion), so their numbers may not match mine. Although I love foils (to test new things), I never calculate any value for a foil (unless it is a true single-use product, like a sheet mask). Single-use samples that cannot be re-sealed and are usually considered bonuses by most companies.
Birchbox also releases a lot of Discovery Kits and while they are usually a good value, I do not see most of them as anything super special. Many only have all deluxe-sized items, so they remind me of a super-sized Birchbox. Given that Birchboxes retail for $10, I need a full-size item in a kit that only has 5-8 items to differentiate between those and a regular Birchbox. If I see any worth mentioning, I will add them here. Otherwise, I will not mention them at all.
The Limited Edition: Refresh and Reset Birchbox retails for $45. It has 8 items and only 3 are full-size. Birchbox advertises this with a $118 value, and I think this estimate is way too high. Of the 5 items that I can calculate, I get a $70 value. As the other 3 are samples, I doubt they can account for the missing $48 in value. Even with the estimate that is too high, I do see the value in this box. While I would not order it at full-price, I would consider it with a discount code. I already own the mascara (have not tried it yet), the thermal water (like it), the dry shampoo (have not tried it yet), and the socks (love them).
-travel-size Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara
-3 foils of HUM Nutrition Raw Beauty Green Superfood Powder Mint Chocolate Chip Infusion
-10 (full-size) ARROW REFRESH On-the-Go Cleansing Cloths ($12)
-1.76oz (travel-size) Avène Thermal Spring Water ($9)
-1.8oz (travel-size) Living proof.® Perfect hair Day™ (PhD) Dry Shampoo ($12)
-travel-size R+Co ANALOG Cleansing Foam Conditioner
-9oz (full-size) S’well Bottle in Amethyst Quartz or Glitter Sangria ($25)
-1 pair (full-size) Pointe Studio Jett Grip Light Socks ($12 – not sold at Birchbox)
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