Birchbox gives at least 5 deluxe beauty samples each month for $10. Some boxes have more than 5, but anything over 5 is usually a foil. Boxes get customized to your beauty profile, and you can opt out of one type of sample per box during sample choice. All boxes are a mixture of haircare, makeup, and skincare. There are times when body care items pop up, and you can select an option to receive no more than 6 fragrance vials a year in your profile. You could get a box with 2 haircare items, 2 makeup items, and 1 skincare item or any similar variety, but you will rarely see more than 2 items from any category unless the third is a foil. If you are looking for a box that is mostly makeup or mostly skincare, this is not it. Those looking for a well-rounded sample box may enjoy this subscription.
The $10 charge processes immediately for new subscribers and on the 1st in succeeding months. Boxes usually ship from the 8th through the 12th. At the end of every month (actual date varies), Birchbox will email an option to select a sample (from a choice of 3-5 items), or the featured box where you know all samples up front. Those who respond to that email can also opt out of one type of sample. If you want a sample choice and the featured box, read this article. Subscribers can review 5 samples for 10 points each once during the lifetime of the account. Those who pay subscriptions up front get points to use toward shop purchases. Anyone with a month-to-month plan does not get points for the subscription, but the amount spent will go toward the $300 annual minimum to achieve Aces status.
Birchbox makes a custom box design for each month.
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.
The back of the card usually goes over the box theme, which is Feed Your… Mind, Body, and Soul.
Contents are loose inside the box with a single piece of black foam at the bottom. As you can imagine, fragile samples move around too much inside the box and are subject to breaking.
In February, we were able to skip product type. It was the first time it ever happened, and I do not recall seeing that option in March or April. It is possible I am just missing it so I will make sure to check for May. Had I skipped an item this month, it probably would have been perfume. This is the first one I’ve received this year so Birchbox does keep its promise (from my selection) not to send more than 6 a year. The three items to choose from were: Benefit Cosmetics BADgal BANG! Bigger, Badder, Volumizing Mascara, COOLA® Classic SPF 30 Dawn Patrol™ Makeup Primer, or Oribe Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse. The featured box includes: Davines LOVE Smoothing Shampoo, Davines LOVE Smoothing Conditioner, Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream SPF 20, Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain in Forever Pink, Acure Organics Brilliantly Brightening™ Facial Scrub, and Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. Subscribers can always purchase a featured box separately for $10 if they want that and a sample choice. Everyone else can purchase a featured box for $15.
The Box I ended up with is 53935456, which includes my sample choice. It has one perfume, one skincare, and three makeup items. Some consider primer skincare, but I usually only apply it when I wear makeup. Getting 3 makeup items in a single box is unusual so makeup lovers should note this is the exception, not the rule.
The 0.169oz Wander Beauty Catch The Light Highlighter and Glowtion is worth $5.27. This went on a little dark for my skin tone, but it blended out to almost nothing. I can see specks of micro fine glitter where I blended it. Glitter on my face is not my thing so I do not have high hopes for this. Nevertheless, I will try it. Once I do, I will edit in a picture and review.
The 0.5oz DERMA E Hydrating Night Cream with Hyaluronic Acid is worth $7.38. This is a night cream I’ve already tried and am still working on. Even with the hyaluronic acid, it is not as moisturizing as I’d like during the winter. It is a cream I like so I will finish the one I have opened. Instead of trying this new sample, I will pass it on to someone else with slightly less dry skin who may love it.
The 0.05oz TOCCA Florence Eau de Parfum is worth $3.43. Though I love the scent (especially on the lotion), I will probably not hold onto this duplicate. Fragrance just really isn’t my thing. Unless I am over the moon with a scent, I will typically pass duplicates on.
The 0.02oz (guess because the size is not listed) Smashbox Cosmetics Always On Gel Eye Liner in Fishnet is worth $9. This is a product I could have sworn I already owned. It is not on my spreadsheet nor is it here. While it is possible it is at my ex’s house (with a lot of my other makeup), I decided to keep it. I liked the way it glided on, but there was some slight bleeding in the swatch. After letting it dry, I tried to rub it off. There was barely any movement. If I can smudge the bleeding (which I usually do anyway) and this stays budge free, it could be a nice eyeliner.
The 0.17oz COOLA® Classic SPF 30 Dawn Patrol™ Makeup Primer is worth $7.14. This is different from than the Coola primer I already own but still have not tried. That made it the only of the three sample choices I did not already own. Considering I also owned many of the items in the featured box, this was my only option to try something new. With summer coming, I can always use more SPF. If this works out better than the setting spray from this brand, I will be happy.
This box has a $32.22 value. That brings the value of the average box for 2018 to $32.06. My personal value is $21.41, because I will not keep my two duplicates. I actually like and love the two I’ve tried. Of the three new items, I am not really excited for any of them. It does not mean I am going to cancel or the items are necessarily bad. That could change as I try the 3 new items. This is a risk of subscriptions, and it is one I happily take. Even when I am initially disappointed, I know that can always change as I try the new products and may get a future box that makes up for the lackluster one I am looking at now. When I see a fragrance, a(nother) black eyeliner, a face product with glitter, and a moisturizer that falls just a little short, I think the primer has a LOT of work to do to get me happy about the box.
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