It looks like there’s a subscription box for just about everything right now. Clothes, 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 that’s no surprise.
If you’re like me and love spending an hour strolling down the aisles of Ulta or Sephora, but can’t decide which to choose. I never know what products to try, what would work best with my skin tone, and the whole experience can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why makeup subscription sets are perfect for me. I can try new beauty products (without the full retail price) and score new products that I probably would never have purchased for myself. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best makeup and beauty subscription boxes available.
Understand: This monthly online beauty subscription box includes 4-5 selected personalized products, an original editorial and access to the Birchbox online store. Three limited edition kits: Hair Repair, Dry Shampoo Try-It, Skincare Repair. And when you find a sample you like, 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 starting 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, 1 month commitment. $15/month, 3 month commitment. $14 per month, 6 month commitment. $13/month, 12-month commitment. You can get $5 off your first box and 15% off your first purchase by signing up Birchbox’s email list.
Understand: Each IPSY monthly bag comes with enough products for you to complete a full make-up with its contents. You will receive at least one product for your skin, eyes and lips. Plus, your makeup will come in a fashionable makeup bag. What you receive in your Glam Bag depends on the results of your beauty quiz when you register.
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 you questions about your favorite makeup brands and which products you prefer. IPSY will use your quiz answers to create your personalized personal bag. IPSY offers three types of Glam Bags: The glamorous bag is $12/month for monthly members and $132 per year for annual members. The Glam bag contains a value of $50 and more. The Glam Bag Plus is $25/month for monthly members. The Gam Bag Plus contains a value of $120 and more. Glam Bag Ultimate is $50/month for monthly members. The Gam Bag Ultimate holds a value of $250+.
Understand: If you are looking for eco-responsible, 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 more respectful of animals and the earth. Each monthly box is filled with cosmetics, skin care, hair care products, accessories and more. You can expect up to 5 products from top ethical and clean beauty brands with a mix of regular and travel size items including skincare, makeup, haircare and bodycare .
How it works/cost: To sign up, you will need to choose 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 worth between $75 and $165. The brand also guarantees at least two full-size products in each box.
Understand: Each box includes at least six publisher-selected products, including at least 3 full-size products, with a total value of at least $100. You can expect a mix of luxury and independent brands in every box. Sometimes a bonus product (or even two) is also included. And as a subscriber, you’ll also get exclusive, limited-time member discounts on editor-favorite luxuries and limited-edition boxes.
How it works/cost: Each beauty box costs just $23 per 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 worth over $15.
Understand: Perfect for women who love themes! Each themed box includes five select products valued at approximately $60 and comes packaged in GlossyBox’s signature hot pink box. Their beauty experts curate 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 contests.
How it works/cost: You can find the perfect plan for you, starting at just $17.50 per month. There are several different plans to choose from: 1 month for $21 regularly. 3 months for $58.50. 6 months for $111. 12 months for $210. Use code PERFECT16 for $16 off May Subscription Box.
Ashley Dill covers the online shopping industry, writing about commerce. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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