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 full-price for their subscriptions up front get points to use toward shop purchases. People who use a discount code on up front subscriptions will not get points. No one on a month-to-month plan gets points for the subscription either. The amount spent for the subscription goes toward the $300 annual minimum to achieve Aces status.
Birchbox makes a custom box design for each month.
The first thing you normally 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 goes over the theme, Snapshots from Summer.
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 have not seen the option since. I made a point of triple checking the email and selection screen. It makes me wonder if February really was the only month it ever happened. Birchbox should bring that option back. If it does, I will skip perfume most months. The three items to choose from were: Winky Lux Disco Gloss in Far Out, MALIN+GOETZ Grapefruit Face Cleanser, and OUAI Wave Spray. Even though I do not own this color, I already own a lip gloss from the brand. I have the other two products as well, so I was not keen on any of the samples. Those who selected the featured box got all five of these samples: Oribe Featherbalm Weightless Styler, amika Phantom Hydrating Dry Shampoo Foam, Borghese Advanced Fango Active Mud Mask, DOUCCE Cheek Blush, and Birchbox Kabuki Brush. 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 0.5oz Oribe Featherbalm Weightless Styler is worth $6.18. This is a lightweight styler. I do not use any styling cream for everyday use, because I do not style my hair. For the rare times when I do, I prefer light ones to ones that have too much hold. It seems like it will be a great fit for that. I thought I already had a sample of this that I have not tried, but I cannot find it on my spreadsheet or in my bins. It is possible I was mistaken or gifted it to someone else. If I ever find the one I thought I had, I will only keep this one if I enjoy the other one. Otherwise, I am happy to eventually try this one.
The 0.75oz amika Phantom Hydrating Dry Shampoo Foam is worth $3.54. This is the main reason I selected this featured box. My hair gets oily fast, so I need dry shampoo to skip a day of washing (unless I put my hair up, which I do more often than not). Although I’ve found some dry shampoos I like, I have yet to find one I love. I’ve never tried this one, so it gives me another chance to find my perfect dry shampoo.
The 0.5oz Borghese Advanced Fango Active Mud Mask is worth $8.89. This is a sample I already own but have not yet tried. If I like the original one, I will keep this. My skin is dry, so I typically only use mud masks around my pores. Even then, I do not use them as often as I should. I will use this as a reminder to clean out my pores more.
The DOUCCE Cheek Blush in RSVP is hard to value. There is no information on the disposable packaging it came inside. I only know the shade name, because it is on the product card, but I am guessing on the size. If my 0.07oz size guess is correct, this is worth $7. That actually assigns a generous value, because the full-size includes a permanent container. As I have empty Z Palettes, I do not mind that this does not have a container. It is just hard to say it is worth $7 when it does not have one. Nevertheless, I will stick with that value.
There is a slight sheen, which I do not mind at all. Sometimes I am in the mood for mattes and other times I want a slight shimmer. I adore this mauve color and hope it looks as nice on my face as it does in the swatch. My skin is very warm, so it does not really show how cool toned this really looks. Once I wear this, I will edit in a picture and review.
The Birchbox Kabuki Brush retails for $5. I am not a fan of kabuki brushes in general, because I almost always prefer full-size brushes. They are just easier for me to grip. This one does have extremely soft bristles. Thanks to the compact size and density (without being too dense or too loose), I think this would make a great on-the-go powder brush. As someone with dry skin, I rarely need to powder on the go. However, I cannot see myself reaching for this at home unless all my full-size brushes are dirty. It could happen, so I will hold onto it. No matter how good it is, I assure you I will rarely use it.
This box has a $30.61 value. That brings the value of the average box for 2018 to $30.74. My personal value is also $30.61, because I will probably keep everything in it. There is a chance I can get rid of the Oribe cream if I find the original and dislike it. I could also get rid of the Borghese cream if I dislike the original on that. Unless a mud mask is really bad or gives me an allergic reaction, I cannot see disliking it enough to give it away. The other items are new to me. Other than the brush, I am happy to try them. One can never have too many brushes though, especially when s/he is feeling lazy. While this is not my favorite box ever (from appearances alone), I like that I have yet to try any of these items. Until I do, I will not know my feelings one way or the other.
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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.