I am here for the latest 2019 FabFitFun Starter Box Review. This is the second variation I’ve reviewed this year. The photos and products belong to one of the people I sent a Starter Box to. Two of these are products I love, and I think the other two look amazing. I do not have any starter boxes, but I will update this if that changes. Keep reading to see what you might get or to get some questions answered if you’ve received an invitation elsewhere. Whenever I get these invites, the person I send the box to gets it for free if s/he pays the $5 shipping charge. Anyone who does not cancel will automatically move to a seasonal subscription on the 21st day after the $5 gets charged. Either a Seasonal box (if there are any left) or an Editor’s box would start the official subscription.
Available Offers for Joining FabFitFun
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How Can You Get a FabFitFun Starter Box?
FabFitFun occasionally sells these for $19.99 each, but the option to purchase the FabFitFun Starter Box is not available (at this publication date). To receive a starter box, you must get an invite via email from a FabFitFun subscriber. The problem is FabFitFun members only get a limited number of invites, and we never know when they will pop up. I’ve been subscribed for over a year, and I’ve only seen the option to send boxes twice on my account so far. Offers appear at different times on accounts, and blanket offers on most accounts are only readily available before the holidays.
What is the Guaranteed Value of a FabFitFun Starter Box?
Each box will have at least 3-4 full-size items with a minimum retail value of $75. Most of these are items FabFitFun has placed in past subscription boxes, Editor’s Boxes, Add-ons, and Edit Sales, but it is possible items we’ve never seen before could appear in these boxes.
Do I Get Any Benefit for Sending a Starter Box?
Current Subscribers will not get a referral credit for anyone who signs up after receiving one of their starter boxes. FabFitFun gets the chance to pick up the new subscriber, but it also takes a huge risk giving away so much value for the cost of shipping. To offset what it loses from customers who keep the gifts without signing up, it refrains from offering an incentive for those who refer the customers. Those who refer the customers get the benefit of knowing they helped someone score an amazing deal. After all, the Walmart Beauty Box sends me free products when I pay the $5 shipping charge and it never has products this nice.
What is the Catch?
There is no catch, per se. This is basically a trial box to entice trial members who enjoy it to stay subscribed for future boxes. You will automatically get moved to a seasonal subscription and charged $49.99 for that subscription 21-days after you pay the $5 for your starter box. In busier times, it is not unheard of for the 21 days to pass before your starter box arrives. Most people want to see what is in the starter box before they decide whether to keep or cancel the subscription. You can cancel the subscription even before your starter box arrives though, and FabFitFun will still send it to you. Those who cancel before the 21st day get to keep the starter box without getting moved to a subscription. That means they get 4 full-size items for $1.25 each just for trying out FabFitFun.
How Often Do the Items in the Starter Box Change?
All four items in this box are different from the first 2019 FabFitFun starter box. I have not seen any other combination this year, so it is safe to say they are changing at least once every three months. If you order the box anytime soon, you will probably get the one I’m sharing here, but for $5, it is worth the gamble of getting entirely different products.
The April 2019 Starter Box
It comes with a magazine, as the main boxes do. This magazine says it is for a Starter Box.
A card with the box contents comes with the box. Since FabFitFun took the time to print product cards, it is clear a great number of boxes will have the same items. A mystery bundle, which retails for $29, never has a product card. Those are random items thrown together (curated) to get rid of excess inventory.
There is a note from FabFitFun on the back of the card.
This is the best starter box I’ve ever seen, so I hope you are able to get it unless the next one is even better. Considering the $49.99 seasonal boxes only promise $200 in value, it impresses me that FabFitFun packed $200 into a $5 box. The person I sent this to was impressed and already told me she plans on staying subscribed.
This bag is even more beautiful in person than it photographs. The rope strap is adorable, and it has two small pockets inside for a small wallet and keys. It has held up really well, but my black one is a little dirty from all the times I’ve used it. I am afraid to wash it. My friend claims it is too girly and would rather trade me for something else than gift this to anyone. His photographs make this look blue, which is the better looking one.
The Rachel Pally Summer Scarf Cream Grid, which retails for $68, will actually make its way to me. My friend and I both live in Vegas. She only wears extra layers in the winter and says this scarf is too thin to help add warmth in the winter. Her exact words were it feels like a sheet, so I am guessing it is really thin. Even though I am not exactly fond of layering outside of winter, I think the scarf looks beautiful. Besides, I have something I’ve wanted to give her for a while, and she knows how I feel about trading. Since I was going to give it to her anyway, I get a free scarf and she gets rid of something she’ll never use. No worries, because I will ultimately get rid of it if I never use it. Out city is either hot or cold. There is not much in between. Anyone who lives near a beach (where the draft gives a nice breeze) or a city that has appropriate weather might really love this type of scarf.
The SKIN & CO ROMA TRUFFLE THERAPY ILLUMINATING SKIN REFRESH MIST RADIANT DEW retails for $35. I am trying to talk her into keeping this. Even though I have not tried this specific one, I love face mists. They help my skin look less powdery after makeup application, refresh it when I need a pick me up, or help me add moisture before skincare. Her skin is oily, so she dislikes the illuminating claims on this. She did promise me she’ll try it at least once before she passes it on.
The dr. Brandt microdermabrasion retails for $79. I am in love with this product and have named it a FabuFind. She is so lucky to get a full-size of this in a $5 box! This is one of those products I always try to get samples of, because I do not want to live without it. If only it was not so expensive, I would purchase it more often. So far, I have only purchased it once, and that was when it was on sale. If it goes on sale again (after I use up some of the full-sizes from other brands FabFitFun keeps sending me, I will purchase it again. It is worth the $79, but I cannot bring myself to pay that. When it comes to exfoliation, I have a hard time settling on a single chemical or physical one. I see the benefits of both and truly believe the best exfoliation routine combines them. ALA and rounded aluminum oxide crystals work together in this product. It is so gentle that my skin never gets irritated. My skin feels soft and smooth after each use, and my dry patches go away with regular use. Everything I apply after this always sits nicer and absorbs better when my skin is smooth.
The GlamGlow Bubblesheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask retails for $9, and there are two in her box. That makes the value $18. She was over the moon when she saw these, because she purchased some after reading my Fabufinds article over the summer and noticing how much I love them. Her exact words to me when we met for lunch the first time after she tried it were, “I would buy these all the time if they were more affordable.” I could not agree more. Nine dollars is steep for a sheet mask, but this is a great one. These are really fun. They leave my skin soft and super clean! Very few products clean this deeply without stripping my skin. It is a rare gem, and I enjoy the bubbling sensation.
Is the FabFitFun Starter Box Worth It?
This starter box has a $200 value, which my friend paid $5 for. My friend’s personal value is at least $97, because she will keep the masks and the exfoliant. If she likes the mist after trying it, she will keep it. That would make her personal value $132. There is no way she will keep the scarf as we are already meeting up later this week to complete a trade. Even at $19.99, she says he would have been happy with this. Though she’s never tried the exfoliant, she has yet to find the one she loves and is open to exploring. Had I received this, my personal value would have been $200, because I would have kept everything. Granted, I am not sure I can get the scarf to work where I live, but I am going to try.
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