Birchbox puts out a lot of high-quality Discovery Kits. These are smaller versions of the Limited Edition Boxes and typically come in a clear TSA approved travel bag. A discovery kit is a themed bag with multiple brands curated by Birchbox. Some discovery kits, particularly the ones with all samples, are not worth purchasing. Of course, I usually buy them for hard to get items I really want to try or already love. As long as the value of the items I am keeping exceeds the amount I am paying, I will usually purchase the kit. Others are more than worth it.
It is even possible to find low-price discovery kits with multiple full-size products where those products more than cover the cost of the bag. I like to check the section out periodically, because Birchbox does not always send emails when new kits get released the way it does for Limited Edition Boxes.
Like all Birchboxes, there is a product card that goes over the contents. The card always lists the price to purchase the full-size so you know what you’re getting yourself into before you try the sample.
It is a 9-piece set that retails for $28. Every item inside is for the lips. From scrub, to gloss, to bullet lipstick, to liquid lipstick, it is all here.
Including the pencil sharpener, there are 4 full-size items in this 9 piece set.
This is a matte true red. I think it leans a little orange, but I will see if that changes once I try it on. Once I try this, I will edit in pictures of me wearing it and my review.
The 0.05oz Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day® Liquid Lipstick in Perla is worth $11. I’m pretty sure I received this color sometime in 2017 but I have not unpacked nor used any of that makeup. As such, I am adding this to my personal value. If I find a dupe I received and never opened last year, I will gift that one.
This is a soft rosy-nude. It swatches a lot darker than it looks in the tube, but I wonder how nude it will look on my lips. Once I try this, I will edit in pictures of me wearing it and my review.
The full-size 0.09oz Love of Color Ultra-Gloss Lip Pencil in Birthday Suit retails for $10. I had received this in the past, but it came messy and melted. It is nice to have one in good shape so I can finally try it.
This is a nude, peachy-pink shade with a glossy finish. It is not overly glossy though. Once I try this, I will edit in pictures of me wearing it and my review.
The Love of Color Sharpener retails for $5. It’s possible I received this before, but I am not sure. I really need to unpack everything. Having another cannot hurt, so I will keep this. Now that I have multiple LOC pencils, I will find this handy.
The 0.16oz Smashbox Cosmetics Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer is worth $11.29. This is something I’ve considered purchasing but never have. While I am not the biggest fan of matte lips, I like that this can take some shine away from lip products when I want a more natural look. From everything I’ve seen, it really works. I have high expectations for this.
My skin is already matte, but this makes it look even more matte. Once I try this, I will edit in pictures of me wearing it (over several lip products) and my review.
The 0.06oz M·A·C Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in D for Danger retails in this size for $10. I am a fan of MAC lipsticks, and I like this color.
This is a brick-red that pulls very berry. Once I try this, I will edit in pictures of me wearing it and my review.
The 0.024oz Kevyn Aucoin The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Cerise is worth $15. I’ve never tried a lipliner from this brand before.
This is a standard stiff lipliner, but unlike a standard stiff lipliner, it does not skip when I apply it. My lipstick almost always travels outside my lip lines, because of the awkward shape. There is no bleeding on the pencil, which is clear even from the swatch above. It is paired nicely below with Tom Ford 016 Scarlet Rouge Lip Color. Long after the lipstick faded, the lipliner was still holding on.
This red shade has pink tones. Once I try this, I will edit in pictures of me wearing it and my review.
The full-size 0.16oz Smith & Cult The Shining Lip Lacquer in One Word Chorus retails for $22. I really wish Birchbox would stop including these glosses in so many sets. While I am glad that this is a new color and will try it, I am not fond of how sticky this gloss is.
This is a rose with multi color shimmer. I can really see different colors in the shimmer. While I would stop short of calling this holographic, it definitely sparkles in different colors. Once I try this, I will edit in pictures of me wearing it and my review.
The full-size 0.5oz Sara Happ The Lip Scrub in Brown Sugar retails for $22. I have invested in lip scrubs lately, because I do not use them as often as I’d like. This is one I considered purchasing, but the price held me back. Once I try this, I will edit in my review. It is really gritty so I think it will work well.
A swatch of everything together shows this kit is for those who want darker shades of reds and berries. Birthday Suit (aptly named) and Perla are the only shades that are not bold.
Whenever you spend over $35, you can add a free 2-piece sample pack to your cart. This combines with any promo code, because you add it directly to your cart. Discount promo codes are on my Birchbox page, but you can always view the Bonus Shop for GWP promo offers. Promo codes cannot be combined. Choose the one you like best.
For this order, I used BEAUTYSLEEP for a full-size, 30-pill bottle of HUM Nutrition Beauty zzZz™ Supplements with a $50 purchase. They retail for $10.
I purchased the curated box I wrote about separately with this (giving an extra $15 toward the subtotal).
I used 10FOR2018 to get $10 off a $50 purchase off a different purchase. It cannot be redeemed twice, but it is still available for subscribers who have not redeemed it yet. The $10 for the sample pack gets deducted after the subtotal so the price of the sample pack gets factored into the purchase requirement for a promo code. That is why the curated box and this discovery kit got me over the $50 purchase minimum for the code.
The items I received in my sample pack were a 0.17oz foil of Vera Bradley Vanilla Sea Salt and a 0.08oz CoastalScents Revealed Smoky Palette Sampler ($1.60). I never place value on foils, because I feel they should always be free. While I have received sample palettes from CoastalScents before, this one is new to me. That adds $1.60 in value to my order. It has been a long time since I received over $10 in value on these samples so I never recommend paying for them. You can order a mystery sample pack with a less than $35 purchase if you pay $10.
Once I try this, I will come back and edit in swatches, pictures of me wearing it, and a review.
This box has a $118.29 value. It is just over the $114 value Birchbox quotes I paid $28 for this kit so it is a good return on my investment. My personal value is also $118.29, because I will try everything in this box. Some are repeats, but I have legitimate reason to start fresh with these items. While I do not have high hope for the Smith & Cult gloss, I have high expectations for the others. It is nice when all the items in a box are new to me (have not tried any whether I received them in the past or not), because I love trying new things. That is why I am so hooked on kits like these. I think this set is an incredible deal and highly recommend it if the shades are something you’re into.
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. Tips For Getting the Best Deal lays out all the ways I know to save money at Birchbox. See other articles on other Discovery Kits, Birchbox Subscriptions, and Shop purchases. 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.