Across the pond there’s Glossybox. In Singapore it’s Glamabox. But when it comes to beauty product subscriptions, stateside we’re just booming with choices. Always on the hunt for beauty deals you should know about, I got my hot little hands on several beauty product subscription services, so that I could report to you on what’s hot — or not — when it comes to boxes full o’ beauty.
What’s a beauty subscription?
In a nutshell, you purchase a subscription to these services and the company delivers to your door a package full of products and samples, supposedly at a fraction of the retail price. I found and reviewed subscription services ranging in price from $10 a month up to $50 per quarter.
Every month Birchbox.com members receive a selection of four to five beauty products, typically deluxe sample sized, for ten bucks (shipping is free). The company claims that it caters samples to consumers’ profiles and offers up high-end brands including Lipstick Queen, Korres, Nars, Stila, Origins and the like. Included in each box is generous information about said samples as well as an invitation to rate and shop from full-sized selections online. Plus, consumers earn points by purchasing and reviewing products at BirchBox.com and those points can be credited toward future purchases.
I say: Ideal for anyone who loves to try new beauty products or travels frequently (deluxe sample sizes make great carry-on mates) and pretty affordable at $10 per month.
New on the beauty scene is TheLookBag. Also priced at $10 per month, TheLookBag promises an assortment of five beauty samples. Consumers can choose between monthly, quarterly or yearly subscription plans, and fill out a beauty profile to get products that, like BirchBox, claim to be customized. Shipping is also free.
I say: My “bag” arrived with generous samples of Kim Vo Brilliant Luster Glaze, a Suki Cleansing Bar, a moisturizer called “Sweet Vanilla Frosting,” Cailyn Water Drops Cream and Rose & Cucumber Eye Cream from Kelly Teegarden Organics. Well worth $10 for a beauty addict like me!
DermStore’s BeautyFix is the priciest of the beauty subscriptions at $49.99 per quarter, including shipping. It’s also the easiest to customize as consumers get to choose eight products from an online store of types. And, unlike the other services tried, BeautyFix products tended to be larger, often full size, rather than deluxe samples. Not presented as well as the cheaper options, in terms of overall packaging, BeautyFix’s quarterly package contains a high end collection of quality products selected by you.
I say: Well worth the $50 if you have it in your budget although online reviews indicate some customer service issues. Nonetheless, bigger products and the thrill of picking your own goodies make BeautyFix a personal fave.
Have you tried a beauty subscription?