Which Beauty Box Subscription Is Best For You?

Ever since Birchbox launched in 2010, beauty box subscriptions have kind of taken the world by storm. And if you've ever tried one, you might know why. If you're unfamiliar though, here's the deal: Beauty box subscriptions are essentially packages of a handful of beauty products that are mailed directly to your doorstep on a regular basis. The products found in each box might be sample-sized or full-sized. But either way, the goal is to give you a chance to try out new products for less than it would cost to buy the full-sizes.

And because of the wide variety of boxes available now, there really is a subscription for everyone. Whether you like knowing what will be in your box, or prefer more of a surprise; whether you like a mixed-bag of samples, or prefer a specific type of product; and whether you like those cute, deluxe-sized samples, or just want the full-sized from the get-go — there's a box to suit you.

Personally, I've a had a few different ones in the past, and even though I eventually had to cancel (because I was in college and food became more important), I have to say that receiving little surprises at my door every month was pretty exciting. If you're interested in starting a subscription, but don't know which box to choose, here's a breakdown of 16 to help you find your perfect fit.

Traditional Box


Birchbox Subscription, $10 per month, Birchbox

Samples: Five deluxe-sized makeup, skincare, haircare, and fragrance samples

Cost: $10/month or $110/year

Ipsy Glam Bag

Ipsy Glam Bag, $10 per month, Ipsy

Samples: Four to five mixed deluxe and full-sized makeup, skincare, haircare, and fragrance samples that come in a collectible makeup bag

Cost: $10/month

Beauty Army

Beauty Army Kit, $12 per month, Beauty Army

Samples: Six deluxe-sized makeup, skincare, haircare, and fragrance samples

Cost: $12/month

Beauty Box Five

Beauty Box Five, $12 per month, Beauty Box Five

Samples: Five mixed deluxe and full-sized makeup, skincare, haircare, and fragrance samples

Cost: $12/month, $30/3 months, $99/year

Petit Vour

Petit Vour Box, $15 per month, Petit Vour

Samples: Four deluxe and sometimes full-sized makeup, skincare, fragrance, and nail polish samples

Cost: $15/month, $45/3 months, $90/6 months

Bigger Box

Allure Sample Society

Allure Sample Box, $18 per month, Beauty Bar

Samples: Seven deluxe-sized makeup, skincare, haircare, and fragrance samples

Cost: $18/month


Glossybox, $19.50 per month, Glossybox

Samples: Five to six deluxe-sized beauty and wellness samples

Cost: $19.50/month


Boxycharm, $21 per month, Boxycharm

Samples: Four to five full-sized makeup, skincare, haircare, and nail polish samples

Cost: $21/month


BeautyFIX Box, $35 per month, Dermstore

Samples: Mixed deluxe and full-sized makeup, skincare, and haircare samples

Cost: $24.95/month

Popsugar Must Have

Popsugar Must Have, $40 per month, Popsugar

Samples: Full-sized beauty, lifestyle, and wellness samples

Cost: $39.95/month, $109.85/3 months, $214.70/6 months

Specialty Box

Vegan Cuts

Vegan Cuts, $20 per month, Vegan Cuts

Samples: Four to seven deluxe-sized, cruelty-free, makeup and skincare samples

Cost: $19.95/month, $59/3 months, $115/6 months, $215/year


Scentbird, $15 per month, Scentbird

Samples: 30-day supply of designer fragrance sample

Cost: $14.95/month


curlBOX, $20 per month, curlBOX

Samples: Five to seven deluxe-sized haircare samples for those with curly hair

Cost: $20/month


Cocotique, $20 per month, Cocotique

Samples: Five to eight deluxe-sized beauty and lifestyle samples for women of color

Cost: $20/month, $58/3 months, $112/6 months, $220/year

Square Hue

Square Hue, $16 per month, Square Hue

Samples: Two to three full-sized, seven-free, vegan-friendly nail polish samples

Cost: $16/month

Julep Maven

Julep Maven Box, $20 per month, Julep

Samples: Two full-sized nail polishes and one full-sized beauty sample that can be customized

Cost: $20/month

But can you really choose just one?

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