My October 2019 Birchbox review is ready. Birchbox subscriptions 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 October 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.
October 2019 Birchbox Theme
Birchbox makes a custom box design for each month. This month has an orange and black theme for Halloween, but the prints on the box have no cohesive theme.
The first thing you normally see when you open a Birchbox is a product card.
The back of the card goes over the theme, Trick or Treat. It goes over the different treatments in a skincare routine.
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 usually helps keep the item in place, but my shampoo opened and spilled a little. Since most of it was still in the bottle, I did not contact customer service and will calculate the value as if it was a full bottle.
October 2019 Birchbox Sample Choices
Option 1: There were five curated boxes to choose from.
After Dark: Love Beauty and Planet Volume and Bounty Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo, Love Beauty and Planet Volume and Bounty Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Conditioner, Love of Color Liquid Shimmer Shadow, amika Supernova Moisture and Shine Cream, and Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser.
After-Party: Wilma Schumann Skin Care Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads, Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment, Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips, thisworks® deep sleep™ pillow spray, HUM Nutrition Daily Cleanse® Supplements, and JUARA Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm.
Glow Time: Specific Beauty Radiance Repair Night Treatment, Vasanti® BrightenUp!® Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator, Lancôme Juicy Tubes Ultra Shiny Lip Gloss, Kiehl’s Youth Dose Eye Treatment, R+Co HIGH DIVE Moisture + Shine Crème, and NuFACE Prep-N-Glow™ Cloths.
All Made Up: Lancôme La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer, Lipstick Queen Method In The Madness Lipstick, Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner, MAC Cosmetics In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara, eyeko Brow Liner, and The Original MakeUp Eraser Sample.
Ingredient Conscious: Lake & Skye 11 11 Eau de Parfum, air repair Complexion-Boosting Moisturizer, Saint Jane Luxury CBD Beauty Serum, Dr. Lipp Moisturising Colour Tint Sweet Potato, Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream, and NatureLab Tokyo Perfect Shine Oil Mist.
Subscribers can always purchase these featured boxes separately for $15 if they want that and a sample choice. Everyone else can purchase a featured box for $20.
Option 2: Swap your box for the Keep Your Curls Kit
Rene Furterer Style Vegetal Sculpting Gel, Bumble and bumble. Curl Defining Creme, amika Nice Cream Cleansing Conditioner, Moroccanoil® Treatment Original, Briogeo Curl Charisma™ Rice Amino + Quinoa Frizz Control Gel, R+Co BEL AIR Smoothing Shampoo, R+Co BEL AIR Smoothing Conditioner, Oribe Priming Lotion Leave-In Conditioning Detangler, Curl Keeper by Curly Hair Solutions™ Leave-In Conditioner, and Birchbox Wide Tooth Comb Sea Glass Blue.
Option 3: Choose from 3 Samples
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Texture Spray, Dr. Lipp Moisturising Colour Tint Sweet Potato, and Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment.
Option 4: Swap for points
Members were given the option to swap the box for Birchbox Loyalty points. I get 1.3 points per dollar as an Ace, so I would never pay $10 for 100 points. That is equivalent of 1 point per dollar.
Option 5: Surprise Me
Members who don’t choose anything will get a box based on their beauty profile.
My choice was the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Texture Spray.
My October 2019 Birchbox review is from box version 66704931. It has 1 skincare product, two makeup products, three hair products, and one supplement.
The 0.6oz Bumble and bumble. Thickening Dryspun Texture Spray is worth $5.17. I am not usually a fan of texturizing sprays, but I’ve heard this one is different. If it performs more like a dry shampoo, I want to try it.
The 3oz Love Beauty and Planet Volume and Bounty Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo is worth $2. I already have a sample of this, but I cannot gift this since it spilled. Hopefully, I love it once I try it, because I now own multiples.
The 3oz Love Beauty and Planet Volume and Bounty Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Conditioner is worth $2. I am keeping this duplicate as well.
The 2 pack of HUM Nutrition Glow Sweet Glow Gummies are worth $0.83. These taste okay for a vitamin and they may work for those who take them everyday.
The 0.1oz Dr. Lipp Moisturising Colour Tint Sweet Potato Pigment is worth $2.96. I love a moisturizing lip tint, but I dislike sweet potatoes. My concern is I will not tolerate the taste of this, but I will try it anyway.
The 0.33oz Specific Beauty Intensive Skin Brightening Serum is worth $19.80. I love a good brightening serum, and this is a huge sample.
The 0.07oz ModelCo Matte Lip Crème Gloss Creme de Nude is worth $10. Birchbox mistakenly lists this as a full-size, but the full-size is 0.14oz. I love the color. This has an interesting formula that is between a gloss and a matte liquid lipstick. Those are my favorite types of liquid lipsticks, so I hope it lives up to my expectations.
Was My October 2019 Birchbox Worth It?
The October 2019 Birchbox has a $42.76 value. That brings the value for the average box in 2019 to $43.08. My personal value is also $42.76. While I would not pick any of these items, I will try all of them. I’ve found great things in products I never would have picked for myself before. They are all new to me, even the shampoo and conditioner, which I have duplicate samples of. On first appearances, this is not my favorite box. However, I do think it is worth it, especially if the serum works out.
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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.