If you’re a beauty addict like us, the day our subscription beauty boxes arrive is the highlight of our month. It feels like you’re a top beauty editor, with exclusive access to sample five or six products sometimes before they even hit the shelves. You can try the luxurious cream that you never would have considered buying before, or test out the latest shade of lipstick.
Today, with so many different beauty subscription boxes to choose from, we’ve picked the best boxes to suit all preferences and budgets. Check out our picks below:
Price: $10/month or $110/year for Birchbox Women’s; $20/month or $195/year for Birchbox Men’s
Number of Samples: 4-5
Favorite Box Item: Egyptian Magic Skin Creme, an all-natural creme that not only acts as an eye gel, skin creme and hair masque, but also treats burns, eczema and psoriasis.
Birchbox was the first, and is one of the most popular beauty subscription boxes on the market. You select the samples you want to include in your monthly Birchbox, with products from niche brands such as Nyakio and established beauty favorites such as Benefit and Essie. Each box has a delightful monthly theme, and Birchbox has now expanded to provide deluxe grooming samples for men as well. Plus, their Birchbox Points program provides you with even more incentive to try, review and buy full-size products.
You should choose this box subscription if... you are beauty curious, and eager to try out new skin, hair, and nail products at a great price.
Price: $21/month, $60/3 months, $115/6 months or $220/year
Number of Samples: 5
Favorite Box Item: Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask, a luxurious anti-aging face mask
At a steeper price than Birchbox, Glossybox is best for the discerning consumer. Always wanted to try that Fresh eye cream or Malin + Goetz sunscreen? Glossybox sends you samples of those deluxe products that you may be hesitant to indulge in. In May, Glossybox even collaborated with Bergdorf Goodman to release a limited edition luxury box. With more upcoming collaborations in store, Glossybox is the best option for high-end beauty products.
You should choose this box subscription if… you spend your time checking out designer beauty products at the department store.
Price: $10/month or $110/year
Number of Samples: 4-5
Favorite Box Item: Zoya Nail Polish, a long-wearing and vegan friendly polish
Ipsy understands that one beauty product does not work for all. You start by taking an in-depth introductory quiz about your personal style, physical appearance and favorite makeup brands, which then allows Ipsy to customize your beauty samples. The products are playful and include false eyelashes or nail stickers, attracting a trend-setting, potentially younger clientele. An added bonus is that your five samples come in a different, collectible Glam Bag each month. Ipsy also promotes an active online community where you can create different beauty looks and share video tutorials with other “Ipsters.”
You should choose this box subscription if... you are a makeup fanatic - Ipsy focuses on makeup products at the expense of hair or skin products.
Price: $12/month, $30/3 months or $99/year
Number of Samples: 4-5
Favorite Box Item: Glam Natural Mascara, a paraben-free and vegan mascara, perfect for those with sensitive eyes
At only $99/year, Beauty Box Five provides great value for your money. Samples range from classic drugstore brands such as Clean & Clear or Revlon to luxury brands such as Ellie Faas or Skyn Iceland. While the monthly box is not customized on an individual basis, Beauty Box Five still aims to create boxes for all skin and hair types.
You should choose this box subscription if... you like high quality products at drugstore prices.
Number of Samples: 5-6
Favorite Box Item: Eco-Armour Shave Foam made with purely sustainable and eco-friendly ingredients
Goodebox focuses on natural, organic and healthy beauty and lifestyle, supporting small, eco-conscious companies that use non-toxic ingredients. This box is perfect box for the person looking to switch to a more natural beauty regimen. While Goodebox does not tailor each box to individual preferences, they are careful to ensure that each box contains a mix of hair, makeup, skin and body care products from companies large and small. Some examples of past brands include Juice Beauty, Tom’s and Joanna Vargas Skincare.
You should choose this box subscription if... you love the WholeFoods beauty aisle and are in search of natural, eco-friendly products
Number of Samples: 5-7
Favorite Box Item: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel, which nourishes, hydrates and protects curly hair
We understand how difficult it can be to style curly hair. With hundreds of products on the market geared towards curly hair, sometimes an expert’s opinion is needed. Enter CurlBOX, the subscription box service strictly designed for women with curly hair. CurlBOX sends hand-selected curly hair products ranging from luxury products, such as Ouidad, to emerging brands.
You should choose this box subscription if... you want to embrace your natural, curly hair with the help from professionally chosen products.