If you’re always on the lookout for the next best cosmetics, you might want to subscribe to a beauty box service. These subscriptions send you a new box full of beauty products every month. They’ll help you explore the hottest items on the market with a curated collection of makeup, skincare, and grooming essentials. And beauty boxes aren’t just great personal indulgence—they also make excellent gifts for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, or Mother’s Day. Here’s a look at some of the best beauty subscription boxes in 2021.
One of the flagships of the industry, Birch Box is beautiful inside and out. That’s because it arrives in a sturdy, attractive box that can be re-used for storing jewelry, cosmetics, or anything else in the future. Inside you’ll find a new assortment of beauty products each month. The company specially curates each box based on your preferences, and their products even come from high-end brands like Benefit, Kiehl’s, and Oribe, so you’ll never have to be concerned about cheap quality.
Additionally, this service lets you customize your box, allowing you to trade products you don’t want for more favored options. Byrdie writes, “Each delivery is a reminder to have a self-care moment, offering you the chance to explore, learn, and play with around four to six deluxe samples.”
Monthly plans are priced at $15/box while a six-month commitment costs about $14, and a yearlong subscription costs $13/box.
While Birch Box mostly sends you sample-sized items, BoxyCharm delivers full-size products worth about $175 in total, though you’ll only have to pay $25 for each box. Every BoxyCharm package includes a huge selection of makeup palettes, lip glosses, and hair care products, from brands like Elemis, Tatcha, Becca, Amika, Iconic, Farmacy, and more.
When you begin your membership, you’ll complete a “Complexion Customization” survey to ensure all the products match your coloring. And while most boxes are curated for you, you’ll have the option to choose one custom item per box.
IPSY is pretty straightforward about its model: “Get 5 beauty products starting at just $12 a month, delivered to your door,” its website says. “Cancel anytime.” It’s no wonder that Byrdie describes it as the “Best Value” among leading beauty box subscriptions. In fact, they claim that the five beauty products in the basic package are worth about $50, and they come from an assortment of beloved brands including TONYMOLY, Christophe Robin, Verb, Glossier, and Murad.
If you’re looking to get even more out of your beauty box (or, in the case of IPSY, your reusable “Glam Bag”), you can opt for the pricier Glam Bag Plus, a $25 monthly subscription that includes around $120 worth of products.
If you don’t need a new box every month, you may be interested in the seasonal FabFitFun, which delivers only four boxes a year. Each package includes 10 full-size beauty and lifestyle products, worth an estimated $200, but priced at around $50/box. And FabFitFun is an eclectic selection, offering a healthy mix of products for skin and haircare, as well as makeup, and comfort staples like eye masks and slippers.
But FabFitFun as a brand is not limited to its subscription boxes. Members also have access to FabFitFunTV, a collection of workout videos that update each season. Additionally, you can join the online FabFitFun community to share tips and product recommendations with other members.
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