I have three April 2019 Birchbox reviews, and I am placing all three in this article. After I learned about the new Birchbox pricing structure, I decided to purchase two more subscriptions before the price went up. Since I wanted to see if the new boxes are really better than the old boxes, I wanted to have a few each month for comparison. It is easy to get one lucky box. If you get three out of three, it is far more likely actual improvement is taking place. In typical studies, you usually need a sample size of at least 30. As much as I love experiments and blogging, I was not ordering 30 boxes!
I decided to purchase three-month subscriptions, because it was the cheapest plan that let me get some boxes under the new box format for $10. My first boxes on the new subscriptions came from the March stock, to they were still under the old format. That means these April boxes were the first to fall under the new format where Birchbox now gives at least 6 deluxe beauty samples (it was 5 through March 2019) each month for $10-$15 (depending on your plan). It also means I can compare the four March boxes I received to the three April boxes I received here and the three May boxes I will receive.
Once I’ve received my final May Birchboxes and Allure Beauty Box (which I purchased to compare for those who will pay $15), I will recap everything and let you know what I think of the changes. After that, I will also return to only purchasing one a month. Until then, I will present the boxes in my typical review format (only factoring the average box value for the year on box one, because it is the only subscription I will have all year).
Boxes get customized to your beauty profile. 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.
This is my April 2019 Birchbox review, but you can see a synopsis of a year of Sephora Play Box reviews vs a year of Birchbox reviews. Every year, I review my $10 boxes (for me at least) 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. Birchbox did raise its prices for select members, but it is still $10 for me. For those who are not ACES on the $10 plan, I will consider that when I do the annual comparison for 2019.
About the Birchbox Subscription
The $10-$15 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.
April 2019 Birchbox Theme
Birchbox makes a custom box design for each month. This box has a white lid with holographic lines that resembles a fingerprint. The bottom color is a purple-pink that is really bittersweet given how close it is to the color of the now defunct Julep Maven Box.
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. This is my product card from box one.
This is my product card from box two.
This is my product card from box three.
The back of the card goes over the theme, which is, This is the beginning of the new Birchbox experience. There is a number to text our experience, 646-798-1563. Dare I say this is not enough. Emailing and texting customer service does not help for important issues. If Birchbox really wants to improve, it needs to get a phone number back. For years, there is no contact number.
There is a coupon in this box. Subscribers can use code SAVE15 for $15 off a $60 purchase through 04/30/19.
Contents are loose inside the box with a single piece of black foam at the bottom and a single sheet of tissue paper encircling the items. The tissue was in boxes for a long time and just returned with the April 2019 box. My boxes did arrive faster than usual, so the tissue and sixth sample are not the only improvements. As you can imagine, fragile samples move around too much inside the box and are subject to breaking. These are the contents of box one.
These are the contents of box two.
These are the contents of box three. Yes, the lip oil leaked, but I chose not to contact customer service since I still have plenty to sample.
April 2019 Birchbox Sample Choices
The three items to choose from were: Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, Living proof.® STYLE|LAB® Prime Style Extender, or Wander Beauty Lip Retreat Oil Spa Day. There were two options for the curated boxes. Curated Box One includes: Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin™ Cream, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Alterna Haircare CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Replenishing Moisture CC Cream, Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Super-Curling & Lifting Mascara, tarte tarteist™ glossy lip paint token, and R+Co ANALOG Cleansing Foam Conditioner. Curated Box Two includes: Jouer Cosmetics Crème Highlighter Tiare, TPSY Lip Crush Lip Oil, Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, Smashbox Cosmetics Super Fan Mascara, PETER THOMAS ROTH Potent-C™ Bright & Plump Moisturizer, and Georgette Klinger Vitamin C Cleansing Gel. Subscribers can always purchase this featured box separately for $15 if they want that and a sample choice. Everyone else can purchase a featured box for $20. I wanted the second curated box, but I did not want to pay $15 for it when I could get it for $10.
I selected the lip treatment on my main box, the oil on my second box, and the second curated box on my third box. For some reason, I never got a confirmation email for Box two, but the sample was correct. All is well that ends well.
My first April 2019 Birchbox review is from box version 63784175. It has three hair products (one is a bonus foil), one skincare product, one lip treatment, and two makeup product.
The 0.25oz Number 4™ Lumiere d’hiver Reconstructing Masque has no value. I do not place value on foils, because I feel they should always be free (unless they come that way). Birchbox obviously agrees with me, because these are bonuses. Getting these bonus products is great for my foil challenge, so I am grateful. I’ve used this in the past and really loved it. This is a product I think I enjoyed, but I cannot remember. Good thing I got a new foil to refresh my memory.
The 1oz Number 4™ Lumiere d’hiver Clarifying Shampoo is worth $3.76. This is another product I’ve sample before, and I am pretty sure I enjoyed it. I remember it leaving my hair with the squeaky clean feeling I expect from a clarifying shampoo without stripping it too much. It is always nice to get repeats of items I enjoy, so I am keeping this.
The 0.03oz Jouer Crème Highlighter Tiare is worth $9.43. I love trying cream highlighters, so I cannot wait to see what this one is capable of.
The swatch looks pretty basic, but I will see if I can build it up or if it looks okay this way.
The 1oz Living proof.® STYLE|LAB® Prime Style Extender is worth $4. Of every item in my boxes, this is the one I happiest to receive. I really wanted all three sample choices and both curated boxes. Since I did not have five subscriptions to secure them all and did not want to pay $15 for each curated box, I did the two sample choices I did not already own, and the curated box that gave me the most new items to try. This is a beloved product that helps me go days in between washes, because it really keeps oil at bay. It seems crazy to me, but I no longer over-produce oil on my scalp and 100% believe it is thanks to this product. Hopefully, I always have some on hand. Whenever I get a sample, that gives me more time before I have to repurchase.
The 0.5oz Georgette Klinger Vitamin C Cleansing Gel is worth $1.94. I am drowning in cleaning products and use so little. There is no way I can use what I have now. That said, this is new to my collection. It is a vitamin C cleanser, so I want to at least try it.
The 0.1oz Wander Beauty Lip Retreat Oil Spa Day is worth $6.47. I have a massive lip balm article I am working on, so I have a hard time passing on new lip balms or oils to try for it. Every new product gives more comparisons, but it also pushes the project back.
This is pink according to the online description, but it looks berry on me. It is pretty dark, so I will review this as a lip oil, but I will wear it as a color.
The 0.24oz philosophy® anti-wrinkle miracle worker+ primer is worth $10.13. As I get older smoothing primers rank higher on my radar. This is one I have not tried yet, so I am happy to receive it.
My second April 2019 Birchbox review is from box version 63954488. It has two hair products, two skincare products, and two makeup products.
The 1oz Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is worth $5.41. I only know one person who adores this more than I do. Unless she manages to finagle it away from me, I am keeping it. This is the only texturizing spray that gives life to my hair without making it feel gross. Hopefully, I can eventually find a cheaper one that does as well. Until then, I love getting deals and samples on this.
The full-size 0.03oz Love of Color Liquid Shimmer Shadow Eclipse retails for $10. I’ve really enjoyed other shades of this product and was happy to see it was one I did not already own. They stay put all day once they’re set and are very striking. This is one of my favorite in-house Birchbox products.
This is a rose gold shade that does look copper in certain light. Sorry about the flash. I swatched it during the daylight, but forgot to take a photo.
The 0.23oz Marcelle City Multi-Protection Tinted Cream SPF 25 is worth $5.06. I am grateful Birchbox sent me the fair shade, because it is a little too dark and yellow. Who knows if I could have even worn this without adding something else (altering the formula) if I received the light shade. This is a multi-tasking product, which might be great on days where I want a little coverage without spending too much time applying makeup. This is a duplicate to my collection (got it in my main box last month), so I will not keep it.
The 0.84oz OUAI Volume Spray is worth $6.72. My hair is fine, and there are times it is lifeless. Hopefully, this helps.
The 0.25oz PETER THOMAS ROTH Potent-C™ Bright & Plump Moisturizer is worth $10. I love plumping moisturizers, especially when they’re rich on my dry skin. This one looks amazing, and I’ve wanted to try it.
The 01.7oz Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil is worth $15.13. Everyone talks about how wonderful this oil is, but it is so expensive. Seeing it as a sample choice made me really happy. I finally get to try it.
My third April 2019 Birchbox review is from box version 63954905, which is the second curated box. It has one hair product, two skincare products, and three makeup products. I ordered this, because I really wanted to try the cream highlighter, the lip oil, and the moisturizer. That Oribe is amazing, so I am always happy to receive more. It is funny that I loved both curated boxes, but felt this was the one I needed more. Then, I got 4 of the 6 items from this box in the other two boxes. Considering I did not get any of the items in the other curated box, it looks like I chose wrong.
The 1oz Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is worth $5.41. Scroll up to see what I think of this.
The 0.03oz Jouer Crème Highlighter Tiare is worth $9.43. Scroll up to see the swatch and what I think of this.
The 0.2oz Smashbox Cosmetics Super Fan Mascara is worth $11.52. I’ve never tried this before, so I might keep this. Given how quickly mascara goes bad and how seldom I wear it, I just do not open very many. This one does not really piqué my interest, so it might not make the cut.
The 0.5oz Georgette Klinger Vitamin C Cleansing Gel is worth $1.94. Scroll up to see what I think of this.
The 0.25oz PETER THOMAS ROTH Potent-C™ Bright & Plump Moisturizer is worth $10. Scroll up to see what I think of this.
The 0.03oz TPSY Lip Crush Lip Oil is worth $4.20. I have a massive lip balm article I am working on, so I have a hard time passing on new lip balms or oils to try for it. Every new product gives more comparisons, but it also pushes the project back.
This has a slight hint of a pink-purple color, but I think it will look sheer on the lips.
Were these April 2019 Birchboxes worth it?
These April 2019 Birchboxes have a $35.73, $52.32, and a $42.50 value. That brings the value for the average box (only including Box one in the average, because it is the only one I’ve had all year and the only one I will keep for the rest of this year) in 2019 to $39.86. Despite having six samples, my April 2019 Birchbox on my main account has a lower value than all the boxes I’ve received this year. While box value is not everything and I am actually keeping everything in my main box, which is a good sign, I’d say it is not the best start toward improving things. I am keeping my main box at least through this year, probably longer, so I will have more time to see how things go.
My personal value is at least $35.73, $47.26, and $31.13. I will keep everything from the first box, everything but the tinted cream from the second box, and everything but the face wash and highlighter from the third box. In fairness to the second and third box, I would have kept everything if ordering multiple boxes did not result in duplicates. If I did not have more than one box, I would not have gotten the Marcelle item again. The duplicate items I got in the third box that I am not keeping all came in other boxes this round. That means they would be unique to someone with only one subscription. It is something I have to keep in mind to make these reviews fair.
Even when removing the duplicates I only received thanks to ordering multiple boxes, I still walked away with at least triple the value I spent on every box. That makes this a very successful month, even though the main box could not match the starting value of the five sample boxes I received in January, February, and March. Remember value is not everything as I am very happy with my main box. There is nothing I do not want and am actually pleased with all of them (so far, because that could change as I try the new ones).
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I like both of these options, but I would usually opt for a box of deluxe samples over a single deluxe unless it is a sample you already wanted.
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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.