THE STAR SYSTEM
Each of the boxes below has between 1 and 3 stars for the OVERALL rating I feel they deserve. I have only ranked boxes that I have received on at least two different occasions.
☆Not really worth a regular subscription.
☆☆Has got some good benefits but at least one big drawback.
☆☆☆The kind of sub that you stalk the mailman for every month.
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SUBSCRIPTION BEAUTY BOX LIST
☆Beauty Army : $12 per month. 6 samples, which you get to select. Following your beauty quiz you are given a gallery of item to choose from. Generally quite small sample sizes and they do often include foil packs. Samples are often repetitive.
☆☆☆Beauty Box 5: $12 per month, 4 to 5 deluxe size (sometimes full size) samples of beauty products. Larger samples than BirchBox and a nice mix of makeup, bodycare, and tools like Kabuki makeup brushes on occasion. Read reviews:June BB5, May BB5, April BB5, March BB5 , February BB5 . Join here: Sign up for Beauty Box 5!
☆☆☆Birchbox: $10 per month, 4 or 5 sample sized beauty products that are primarily makeup, often include very small samples and foil packets. Read my BirchBox reviews:BB June , BB May, BB April, BB March, BB February and BB January. Join the Birchbox waiting list (typical wait 1 month) here: Birchbox
Discover With Marta: $144 per year, paid in a single installment. This gets subscribers six collections per year of anti-aging skin care products such as moisturizers and serums. Discover With Marta
☆☆GlossyBox: $21 per month, 5 deluxe or occasionally full size high end beauty products including makeup, body care and hair products.. Very high end products, among the best of beauty subscription boxes. Read some of my recent GlossyBox reviews here:GB December 2012, GB January, GB March, and GB February. Join GlossyBox by clicking here:GLOSSYBOX
☆☆☆Ipsy: $10 per month for 5 deluxe sized beauty samples, includes nice quality (but not ultra high end) makeup, body care and hair products. Read my Ipsy subscription box reviews here: January Ipsy, February Ipsy, March Ipsy, April Ipsy. Link to get Ipsy: IPSY
Lip Factory: $22 per month makeup sub ($26 for Canada). Includes items for the whole face, but every few months there is a lip products only box. Full size products in general with some deluxe samples as well. Lip Factory
Le Metier de Beaute Beauty Vault VIP: Debuts August 01 2013. One time upfront payment of $348, which gets you monthly boxes for a year. No other payment options available. The company sends a "carefully curated full-sized product or assortment of products" each month. Beauty Vault VIP
Loose Button Luxe Box: Quarterly beauty box with 7 to 8 sample sized items. Tends to include high end products but does send foil samples. Luxe Box
☆☆☆Mirenesse GlammBox: Monthly beauty box from Australian brand Mirenesse, which ships to both US and Australia. Three box types: Makeup, Skincare, or Mixed. $15/monthly with $10 shipping. Very high end products, around $60 retail each month. Reviews: Mirenesse Makeup GlammBox review, Buy it: Mirenesse
☆☆New Beauty Test Tube: $29.95 quarterly. You'll receive at least $150 or more worth of product, often very heavy on the skin care and anti-aging products. You'll also get a free sub to the New Beauty magazine, which covers both surgical and non-surgical beauty care solutions. There are two versions of this. Read reviews: QVC Test Tube Review. Buy the regular version here: New Beauty Test Tube and the QVC version here. QVC New Beauty.
☆☆Sample Society: $15 monthly. Five samples from the Beautybar website, along with a sub to Allure magazine. This box is heavier on skin care than makeup. Sample Society
☆Starlooks: $15 per month. All makeup. Product is produced by Modern Basics manufacturer (a private label cosmetic company.) The Starlooks logo is placed on the product and distributed to subscribers. 3 to 4 items monthly, may include tools like brushes. Rarely customizes for the individual. Join Starlooks here: Starlooks.
☆☆☆Wantable: $36 per month. You can also buy one at a time or cancel anytime. All makeup, 4 to 5 full sized premium quality makeup items from many different high end makeup makers, plus extras like luxury perfume samples. Wantable customizes to a high degree, allowing you to choose exactly which type of items you like, and chooses just for your coloring, complexion, and needs. Read recent reviews: May Review, March Review, February Review and Wantable March Pop Box Review. Get one of the Wantable beauty boxes here: Wantable
ECO AND NATURAL BEAUTY BOXES
GoodeBox: $16 per month. 6 or 7 sample sized beauty, hair, and body care products. Focus is on healthy and sustainable products, eco-friendly products whenever possible. GoodeBox
☆☆Green Grab Bag: $15 per month. Six all natural makeup, haircare, and other beauty samples per month. Review HERE. Subscribe here: Green Grab Bag
☆Kara's Way: $15 per month. Between 5 and 8 sample size toxin free products that aren't animal tested per month. Subscribe here: Kara's Way.
☆☆MiaTempo: $39.99 per month, cancel anytime. A box of organic and all natural spa and beauty products, each month has a unique theme. MiaTempo
Natural Beauty Box: $29 per month. Stated to be 95% natural and 50% organic minimum. 10 to 15 samples each month. Subscribe here: Natural Beauty Box
Beauty Box: $30 to $40 monthly, depending upon choice you make. Full
size makeup and skincare. A fully vegan option is available. The box
promises to deliver up to twice your monthly investment in product
value. Subscribe here: True Beauty Box
WHAT IS THE BEST BEAUTY BOX FOR YOU?
What is the best monthly beauty box? Well, if you are looking.....In the $10 range: Ipsy or Beauty Box 5 -- both fantastic. Ipsy sometimes has a wait list.
In the $20 range:GLOSSYBOX
In the $30 and up range: Wantable
For all full size items? Wantable
For an all makeup box? Wantable (You may get high quality cosmetics brushes and polish, too. However, they don't do bath products or lotions for example.)
For the highest retail value in a beauty box? Wantable gets the nod here. It delivers $80 in retail value every month at a minimum with its full size items (often closer to $90 or $100.)
For an all natural makeup beauty box? Natural Beauty Box
For a mix of makeup, hair care, face care, & body care items? GLOSSYBOX
For a box with occasional little extras like tea or protein bars? Birchbox
For a box with a great bonus earning system? Birchbox (you can earn $5 in credit per month to use in the BirchBox store by doing surveys on the products in your box.)
Finally, if you want a beauty box in your mailbox ASAP? Some of the less expensive beauty boxes have long waiting lists, so if you want to dive into a box of beauty goodies ASAP, try Beauty Box 5 (they deliver in the last two weeks of the month) or Wantable (they deliver within a week no matter when you order. Very fast delivery.)