With all the subscription boxes available on the market today, how can you choose the best one for yourself or as a gift for a friend? We have taken the guess work out of the subscription beauty and makeup boxes and compiled this list so you can choose from the best beauty and makeup subscription boxes of 2017.
$50/month. One of the original beauty boxes, Jessica Alba’s enterprise, The Honest Company offers a monthly box filled with beauty and makeup products. Each bundle allows the user to pick 3 makeup or skincare products from their line. You can add 5 must haves with a 25% discount.
$21.00/month, is a UK based company that includes 5 luxury and high end samples each month. They have a beauty questionnaire upon signup so that the boxes are customized and reviewers love the packaging. Inside with the samples, they include a full color info sheet on all the products in the box and a sneak peek at the next month’s products. Shipping is free and they have a rewards program that gives points for a review of the products, after 1000 points are earned you get a free box!
$24.99/month. This box is perfect for nail polish enthusiasts as it includes two full-sized nail polishes and one full sized beauty product. This line also allows subscribers to pick out which nail polish or beauty products combinations they would like each month prior to shipping. They can choose all beauty or all nail care from this Indie Beauty Award winning brand.
Beauty Box 5
$12.00/month. Offers a wide range of samples from luxury, drug store and vegan brands with 4-5 sample sizes and always at least one full size product. Subscribers can customize their box with a beauty and preferences quiz upon signing up. Each box has a colorful theme and packaging that contains a mixture of makeup, skin care, hair care, nail polish, fragrances and beauty tools.
Only $10 a month or $110 per year. They send out full size samples and a new makeup bag with each box. They start with a profile questionnaire – the brands listed were high quality, known brands and they allowed you to select multiple brands, skin concerns, interests etc. instead of just one or two. They send out multiple variations of each subscription so there are differences between shipments. For only $10 (free shipping) the retail value of the makeup in the box is around $40.00 and they offer a rewards program for reviewing products and referring friends.
$21 per month or $231 per year ($19.25 a month). They do not offer a pre-order beauty quiz, you may be getting more products for just twice the cost of other boxes (they advertise over $100 worth of products and reviewers agree). 5-6 items per box with 4 of those items being full sized. The box includes an info sheet on the products inside. There is more than one item per sample so for eyeshadows you will get more than one unlike other boxes, in addition to a nail polish, and/or liner for example.
$10/month. Found on Etsy and includes essential oils for beauty, skin, hair and nail care. The reviewers loved how each box seemed to treat an ailment or have a natural product that can be used to support the body and mind. The oils and products are also kid-friendly and made-to-order.
$22.95/month this box is vegan-friendly and cruelty free, it also contains no parabens for those with sensitive skin. The boxes have 4-7 full/deluxe sized products (no single-sized samples) which include cosmetics and skin care. The average retail value is $40-60 per box and they offer discounts for pre-orders.
$33/quarter. This subscription is unique in that it only ships out boxes every three months. The products inside are more focused on beauty care and spa products than nail polish or makeup. All spa products are eco-friendly and chemical conscious, they also include one product that isn’t beauty related like a luxury candy, tea or chocolate.
Allure Beauty Box
$15.00/month. All products are selected and tried out by the beauty editors at Allure magazine so you know they include only the best samples. The boxes include 5-6 deluxe or full sized samples of luxury makeup, beauty, fragrance and skin care products with brands that users recognize. Reviewers love the quality and value of the products up to 4x the price of the box, Allure offers $5 coupon off your first box.
$20.00/month. This subscription box caters to women of color and includes products specifically designed for ethnic beauty needs. They include both luxury brands and those specific brands that drug stores or department stores do not carry. Compared to other boxes the retail value average is around $25-30 which isn’t a high as some of the other subscriptions.
New Beauty Test Tube
$29.95/ bi monthly plus $8.95 shipping. Even though this is one of the more expensive subscriptions each “tube” contains over $100.00 worth of full and deluxe sized sample products. The ship out boxes every other month and provides excellent value for the price but make sure to read the ingredients of some of the products, if you have skin allergies or chemical concerns.
$29.95/bi-monthly plus $8.95 shipping
$24.95/month. Packed with over $150 worth of full and travel sized items, reviewers were really impressed with this box’s brands, items and value. The products were for both skin care which where spa exclusives and professional grade beauty products. Some boxes also include hair care and all products are picked out by skin and beauty experts.
$15.00/month. This box features 100% cruelty-free/vegan luxury beauty and bath products. They include both full and sample size products (4 total) which are usually valued at double the price of the box. Free shipping and each box contains an info card on the products. Petit Vour was awarded the “Best Subscription Box” by Organic Beauty Talk Awards 2015.
Pretty Girl Box (for Teens)
$12.50/month. Specifically designed for teen or pre-teen beauty care this box comes complete with hair, makeup, skin, bath products and fashion accessories. Reviewers say that their daughters look forward to each box and that while they don’t contain as many luxury products, they are satisfied with the value. Free shipping on all orders in the U.S. but international shipping rates do apply.
$16-18/month or bimonthly. Goodebox is known for supplying health conscious brands that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. Subscribers can get up to 7 different trial-sized product samples which are customized based on the beauty profile created when you sign up.
Essence Beauty Box
$15.00/month with discounts for 12-month subscriptions. This is another subscription box that is tailored to ethnic diversities and for women of color. Each box contains 5 or more beauty products that are handpicked by beauty experts and at least one is a “black owned business”. They include an info card for the products with tips and tricks of how to use them.
Play by Sephora
$10/month. All products in this box are from brands that are found in Sephora stores with at least one fragrance and all packed into a collectible bag. They offer info sheets with how-to’s and tricks to get the most out of the products and have subscriber in-store meetups with one-on-one tutorials.
$29.95/bi-monthly. This company provides eco-friendly, cruelty-free products and donates 5% of its profits to charities and animal sanctuaries. The provide a variety of vegan products without any toxic chemicals, it can also include a healthy vegan snack item or eco-friendly accessory like jewelry. Each box retails for over $60 and shipping is free to the U.S.
$29.95/ bi monthly
Terra Bella Box
$37.95/month from Cratejoy. The items in this box are all natural and handmade in small batches and each box will include at least three full sized products. They have options to have a mix of products (beauty, hair, skin and makeup) or just a make-up only box, subscribers can switch between boxes at any time. Users can also pause their subscription or skip that month.
The Boodle Box (for Kids)
$24.99 per month + $5 shipping – $19.99 per month and free shipping with 6+ month subscription. This subscription box is for girls of all ages but tailored to the mini-fashionista. There are two boxes to choose from one meant for ages 5-11 and one for 11 and older that contain 6-8 items. There are beauty samples but also age-appropriate extras like pens, stationary, fashion accessories, glitter and candy.
$25.00/month + $5 shipping
$29.95/month. An all natural beauty box, that provides 3-4 deluxe sized samples and full sized beauty products made with organic ingredients. They include an info sheet about the brands and products which all value around $100.
$22/month, from Cratejoy, this box features worldwide products, mostly from France, Taiwan, Japan and Korea. They also offer a customizable beauty box so the user can pick which samples they would like in their box each month.
From the Lab
$29.95/month is different in that it sends pre-released luxury brand products before they are released. They are able to offer these brands at lower costs because they are in the box before packaging and marketing campaigns. They are all tested to European standards and are cruelty free and animal friendly. Each box contains a 30-day supply of hair, skin or cosmetic care items and the subscription price includes shipping.
Gourmet Body Treats
$19.95/month. All products are organic, vegan, cruelty-free, GMO free and made in Texas. Every box has 4-5 sample size products and 2 full sized items from their beauty line which includes cosmetics, skin care and hair care. They offer free 3-day shipping to the U.S. and use renewable, sustainable packaging.
$15.00/month, includes beauty and makeup products as well as one jewelry item. There is one full sized product and 2-3 sample sizes. Reviewers said that they liked the value of the box as it was 3x the amount of the subscription.
Benevolent Beauty Box
$29.95/month – VIP box, $15.95 Mini Box. They offer two different sizes to choose from, the VIP box contains 4-7 full sized beauty products and the Mini Box has 2-3 full sized products. Their cruelty-free beauty products are primarily cosmetics with some body, skin and hair care items mixed in. Each box contains an info sheet and on occasion a bonus item, reviewers said they have great customer service.
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