Subscription beauty boxes can reverse a bad day in a second.
You come home after a long day at work and there waiting for you is a luxurious bath kit to wash away your sorrow. Who could ask for anything more? If you get monthly subscription boxes full of beauty surprises, thank Birchbox. This beauty brand launched the first beauty box in 2010.
The original monthly shipment contained five sample-sized helpings of the most in-demand products. When women began bragging about these ‘gifts’ online, beauty boxes became a beauty blog phenomenon. Now, dozens of brands compete to ship the best makeup box to their fan base.
There are sample cases, deluxe travel versions, and sometimes even full-sized kits. Subscriptions vary in price from $20 to $50, but the contents of most monthly subscription boxes are actually worth hundreds. If you love beauty, you need to join the fun. Here are the best subscription beauty box clubs you can sign up for today.
Each of BoxyCharm’s monthly subscription boxes comes with a mix of five full-size items. The brand is careful to fill their boxes with diverse beauty products. You could end up with a new brush, fresh blush, or moisturizing lotion. BoxyCharm also collaborates with an eclectic assortment of makeup brands. This is a great beauty box subscription if you like to experiment with new, high quality products. $21 every month may sound expensive, but each box is stocked with over $100 worth of goodies. The longer you subscribe, the more you save. If you go month-to-month you’ll pay $21 every four weeks. Sign up for a year and each month is only $19.25.
Terra Bella is passionate about small businesses and cruelty-free products. This beauty box distributor gets all its essential beauty products from environmentally-conscious companies. There are two options you can choose from. The Terra Bella Box places a greater emphasis on skincare than makeup. If you need lotions and exfoliating creams instead of makeup, this is the box for you. The company’s other box, The Makeup Edit, comes with three all-natural cosmetic items. At $32.95 and $29.95, Terra Bella is one of the pricier beauty boxes because of its commitment to quality, eco-friendly products. The good thing is, if you want to alternate boxes to see which you prefer, you can do so at no additional cost.
BeautyFix is curated by cosmetics giant Dermstore. The popular retailer gathers advice from industry professionals to put each box together. With Dermstore on your side, you can be sure all the makeup samples you receive will be salon-grade products. It gets even better. BeautyFix’s monthly subscription boxes include six or more items and are always deluxe travel sizes. Not only is this subscription designed by professionals, but there will be enough products to last you for several week, which is amazing for long vacations. You can join this subscription box club for on $24.95. It’s worth a month or two to investigate and get some awesome compact beauty products.
If you want a beauty box full of IBE-inspired products, newcomer S&G is your company. This cruelty-free brand from Canada is the ideal indie company. It stocks its monthly subscription boxes with full-size products from up-and-coming brands. It donates a portion of its proceeds to a rotating charity each month. Their website is even decked out with a beauty blog and reviews of past boxes. Sign up for $25.95 a month and see how S&G suits you. I doubt you’ll be disappointed.
You probably know that Jessica Alba has a makeup brand. But did you know she also produces one of the best makeup boxes on the market? Alba’s Honest Beauty range offers one of the industry’s few customizable beauty boxes. Hop online and choose three full-sized products to try out every month. For Alba, innovation comes at a price. Your custom Honest Beauty box will cost you $50 a month. I’d recommend you subscribe for a few months to test the waters before making a year-long commitment.
Get excited about Wantables. This company is my personal favorite of all monthly subscription boxes. Wantable boxes are all about customization. Before you receive your first box, you take a short quiz to determine your beauty preferences. Then, you receive four full-sized products every month tailored specifically to your tastes. The true genius of Wantable lies in the variety of their subscription boxes. There are five choices. You can receive clothes, makeup, accessories, fitness wear, or intimates. You can’t swap categories every month, but at $36 a month, you might be able to get by with two separate subscriptions.
If you love lipstick, you’ll adore Lip Monthly. The brand sends out four or five full-size lip products customized to your skin tone. The company works with high-end brands like Cargo Cosmetics, Ofra, and Milani. There isn’t much variety to a bag full of lipstick, but at $12.95 this a cheap chance to try out some super expensive lip products. Take it while you can.
K-Beauty is trickling into homes across the world in these monthly subscription boxes. This is your chance to explore Asian products you won’t see at your local drugstore. Each box contains four to six full-sized products from the best beauty companies in South Korea and Taiwan. Boxes are worth triple what you pay, so your $24 will be well spent. Branch out and subscribe to something a little exotic. It might be just the beauty product discovery you were waiting for.
Beauty boxes are the easiest way to try out high-end makeup products. Subscribe today and make 2017 a year full of fresh beauty discoveries. Besides, you deserve a nice surprise every month.
— Julie Grossman