It seems like there’s a subscription box for pretty much anything out there right now. Clothing, of course, books, meal plans, even a shaving subscription box. And one of the most popular subscription box categories right now is makeup and beauty boxes. And it’s no surprise.
If you’re anything like me and adore spending an hour strolling the aisles at Ulta or Sephora, but have a difficult time deciding what to choose. I never know which products to try, what would work best with my skin tone, and the whole experience can be a bit overwhelming. Which is why makeup subscription boxes are perfect for me. I get to try new beauty products (without the full retail price) and score new products I probably would have never bought for myself. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best reviewed makeup and beauty subscription boxes available.
Includes: This online monthly beauty subscription box includes 4-5 selected personalized products, an original editorial, and access to Birchbox’s online store. Offering three limited edition kits: Hair Repair, Dry Shampoo Try-It, Skincare Repair. And when you find a sample you love, you can purchase the full-size product from the Birchbox store. Birchbox customizes what you’ll receive each month based on your user profile, and beginning with your second box, you can choose one of your samples each month.
How it works/cost: Customers can choose from four different monthly plans. $15/month, committing to 1 month. $15/month, committing to 3 months. $14 a month, committing to 6 months. $13/month, committing to 12 months. You can get $5 off your first box and 15% off your first purchase by joining Birchbox’s email list.
Includes: Each IPSY monthly bag comes with enough products so that you can complete a full makeup look with its contents. You’ll receive at least one product for your skin, eyes and lips. In addition, your makeup will come in a trendy makeup bag. What you receive in your Glam Bag depends on the results of your beauty quiz when you sign up.
How it works/cost: You’ll take a quick beauty quiz that includes questions about eye color, your beauty preference, skin tone and hair color. The quiz will also ask about your favorite brands of makeup and which products you prefer. IPSY will use your answers from the quiz to build your personal customized bag. IPSY offers three types of Glam Bags: The Glam Bag is $12/month for monthly members, and $132 a year for annual members. The Glam Bag contains $50+ value. The Glam Bag Plus is $25/month for monthly members. The Gam Bag Plus contains $120+ value. Glam Bag Ultimate is $50/month for monthly members. The Gam Bag Ultimate contains $250+ value.
Includes: If you’re looking for eco-friendly, vegan and clean beauty products, this is definitely the subscription box for you. It’s all in the name, Kinder Beauty is a subscription box focused on products that are kinder to animals and the earth. Each monthly box is packed with hand-picked cosmetics, skincare, hair care products, accessories and more. You can expect up to 5 products from top ethical and clean beauty brands with a mix of both full-sized and travel-sized items including skincare, makeup, haircare and body care.
How it works/cost: To sign up, you’ll need to decide on a subscription plan. You can sign up on a monthly basis ($25), for 3 months ($24), or for 6 months ($23)with a free bonus box. Each box is valued between $75 and $165. The brand also guarantees at least two full-sized product in each box.
Includes: Each box includes six or more editor-curated products, including at least 3-full size products, with a total value of at least $100. You can expect a mix of luxury and indie brands in each box. Sometimes a bonus product (or even two) is included as well. And as a subscriber, you’ll also get an exclusive limited-time member of discounts on editors’ favorite luxury products and limited-edition boxes.
How it works/cost: Each beauty box cost just $23 a month and is valued at over $100. Included in every Allure Beauty Box is a mini magazine with a guide on how to use each product as well as an occasional bonus product. New subscribers will receive a special mystery bonus gift valued over $15.
Includes: Perfect for women who love themes! Each themed box includes five curated products valued around $60 and comes in GlossyBox’s iconic bright pink box. Their beauty experts handpick the best makeup, fragrance, skincare and hair samples. Members also collect GlossyCredit (usable for full-product orders) and gain access to limited-edition boxes, tutorials, product guides and competitions.
How it works/cost: You can find the perfect plan for you, starting from just $17.50 per month. There are several different plans to choose from: 1 month for regularly $21. 3 month for $58.50. 6 month for $111. 12 month for $210. Use code PERFECT16 for $16 off for the month of May subscription box.
Ashley Dill covers the online shopping industry, writing about commerce. She can be reached at [email protected].
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