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Three Days after I published this, Julep announced the end to its subscription program, so my theory below was correct. It’s time for my February 2019 Birchbox review! Birchbox gives at least 5 deluxe beauty samples each month for $10, and I received 5 in my 2019 February Birchbox. 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.
See a synopsis of a year of Sephora Play Box reviews vs a year of Birchbox reviews. Every year, I review my $10 boxes against each other, so I can declare the annual winner. This is also helpful for those who would like to see a year of reviews for either box in one place.
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, I suggest making a choice and purchasing the featured box separately. 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. With the little hearts all over the box, this one definitely has a Valentine’s Day theme.
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, which is, We’re Spreading the Love. This was a customized message to select members.
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. My conditioner opened up and spilled a decent amount of product. There is enough left in the container that I’ve decided not to contact Birchbox to report it.
The three items to choose from were: Marcelle Xtension Plus Skyline Mascara, Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream, and OUAI Leave In Conditioner. I would not have minded the eye cream, but the featured box looked better to me. Those who selected the featured box got all five of these samples: MAC Cosmetics Lipglass Oyster Girl, Avène Hydrance RICH Hydrating Cream, Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Pearl Primer, Nexxus Therappe Ultimate Moisture Shampoo, and Nexxus Humectress Ultimate Moisture Conditioner. Subscribers can always purchase this curated box separately for $10 if they want that and a sample choice. Everyone else can purchase a featured box for $15. Since I already have a lot of eye cream, I decided not to worry about getting two boxes this month.
The Box I ended up with is 62420947. It has two hair products, one skincare product, and two makeup products.
The 0.5oz Avène Hydrance RICH Hydrating Cream is worth $12.31. This is a moisturizer I already own but have not tried yet. Until I try the one I own, I cannot say if I will keep this duplicate. It is unlikely though, because duplicates of products I have not tried yet are usually the first to exit my collection. A moisturizer for very dry skin is exactly what I want, so there is a great chance I will love this once I finally try it.
The 0.08oz MAC Cosmetics Lipglass Oyster Girl is worth $14. This is 80% of the full-size. When it comes to lip gloss, MAC does not have my favorite formula. It is a little more sticky than I generally prefer. I did not own this color yet, and I can tolerate the level of stickiness in this formula for how long the lip gloss lasts. My lips always feel moisturized after this lip gloss wears off, too.
It is a freshwater pink that gives a very nude appearance with a very subtle sheen. This is easily my favorite of all the lip glass shades already in my collection.
The 0.1oz Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Pearl Primer is worth $4.27. I really love the original formula around my pores but find it too drying on the outskirts of my face where my skin is really dry. My theory is this combines the best of a smoothing primer with an illuminating primer. Of course, I might be wrong, but this sample lets me test that theory. Benefit primers are expensive, so I love getting samples whenever possible. This is one I’ve almost bought multiple times, but I knew a sample would make its way to me eventually.
The 3oz Nexxus Therappe Ultimate Moisture Shampoo is worth $2.67. This almost always comes with the conditioner below. I have tried it but only with the conditioner below. That conditioner works amazingly well with any shampoo though. Until I try it with a conditioner that is not as good, I will withhold a full review on this shampoo.
The 3oz Nexxus Humectress Ultimate Moisture Conditioner is worth $3.78. This is one of the best conditioners I’ve ever tried. It leaves my hair very soft and manageable without weighing it down. Frizz almost completely disappears. The product claims to deliver moisture to smooth the hair, and it does both extremely well. When I saw the featured box included one of my FabuFinds, I had to grab it.
This box has a $37.03 value. That brings the value of the average box for 2019 to $43.35. My personal value is at least $24.72, because I might not keep the duplicate item. One of the items is something I’ve really wanted to try, and one of the items is something I already know and love. Another item is a new color to my collection that is already my favorite, and the final item is something I would like to experiment more with. Overall, I am extremely pleased with this box. If I try the moisturizer before someone with dry skin claims it from me and love it, I might even keep my duplicate. In that case, this would be extremely successful. It is definitely worth the $10 I paid.
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What are your thoughts on the February 2019 Birchbox? Let me know below. If your purchase is over $25 (longer subscriptions or purchasing something from the shop with the subscription), you can pick a free item from the bonus shop if you do not use a subscription start-up offer or discount code, which I cover on my Birchbox Deals Page. Some discount codes on that page will not work on subscriptions, but I will post any that work on my Birchbox Subscription Deals Page. You can always add a free two piece sample pack when spending $35, because it combines with any promo code. Tips For Getting the Best Deal lays out all the ways I know to save money at Birchbox. Product reviews do not always make it into the haul article, but you can always type the product into the search bar to see if I’ve mentioned it or reviewed it elsewhere. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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