Best Monthly Subscription Boxes for the Beauty Junkie
We’re always on the hunt for the next best thing. But that hunt can be an expensive one. Buying full-size products just to try them out is only hurting our wallets, and driving all the way to the store is such a hassle. Thankfully, monthly subscription boxes can deliver new and helpful products right to your door with a few clicks, and there are so many to choose from. We’ve gathered our favorites and broken down the pros and cons. Read on to find the box for you.
Cost: $24.99/month, or $19.99/month with 3-month, prepaid subscription
Who Should Subscribe: The girl who paints her nails every three days
Choose from five premade style profiles to create your monthly Maven box from Julep. Upgrade to the Maven Luxe subscription for more beauty products per box and the option to completely customize your own. During the Monthly Maven Reveal, view what will be coming your way and switch products out to create the ultimate Maven experience.
Cost: $49.99 quarterly
Who Should Subscribe: The active, up-for-anything girl
Every season, FabFitFun VIPs receive a box chock-full of full-size products, accessories, and the best of the best in fashion, beauty, fitness, and health. Each box contains over $175 worth of products. Boxes are not customizable yet, but the survey you fill out at the beginning of your subscription will help the FFF team curate the best boxes for subscribers across the board.
Beauty Box Five
Who Should Subscribe: The girl who likes a little surprise and lots of variety
Each month, BB5 subscribers can expect a box with five deluxe samples and full-size beauty products. The Beauty Box 5 team keeps things interesting by partnering with a variety of brands ranging from luxury to vegan to drugstore to eco-conscious. They provide a healthy mix of hair, skin, nail, body, makeup, and fragrance products, and sometimes throw in a tool or accessory to boot!
Who Should Subscribe: The girl who knows what she wants and appreciates a good theme
Fill out your Glossybox beauty profile to receive a curated collection of five high-end, niche, and trendy full-size or deluxe sample-size beauty products. The Glossybox designs new packaging for every month's box, and each box has a very specific theme, from Mother's Day to American-made products to specific retailers like Bergdorf Goodman.
Allure Sample Society
Who Should Subscribe: Girls who wish their favorite editors could shop with them
Each Beauty Bar box is filled with five deluxe-size beauty samples hand-picked by Allure editors. At this time, boxes are not individually customizable. The products include skincare, makeup, fragrance, and hair, and a $10 BeautyBar.com gift card is always included. Allure's expert editors write up helpful product reviews in a mini-mag so you know what you're looking at before you test the products for the first time.
Who Should Subscribe: The fearless, trendy warrior who stops at nothing to get the next best thing
The BeautyArmy team is on the front lines, constantly navigating the sea of beauty products to find the best of the best for each individual customer. The monthly beauty boxes are hand-picked and completely personalized with brands like Stila, LORAC, and Bliss. Subscribers get to choose six samples from nine curated options based on their beauty profile.
POPSUGAR Must Have
Who Should Subscribe: The trusting fashionista who has that hot new product before any of her friends
A surprise box filled with full-size home, fashion, and beauty goodies is delivered to your door each month. The POPSUGAR Must Have box includes beauty products you've never heard of and lifestyle products you never knew you needed, like the hot new book, cocktail glasses, or a workout ball. The box is not individually customizable, but that's kind of the point, isn't it?
Who Should Subscribe: Anyone from the beauty novice to seasoned makeup, hair, and skincare lover
Each month's Birchbox includes 4 to 5 deluxe beauty samples. You can customize your online profile for skin and hair type, fragrance preference, and favorite product types. Products range from cc cream to illuminating serum to deco bobby pins to mints, from niche brands, up-and-coming lines, and everything in between. Birchbox's adorable packaging and discounts in the Birchbox store for subscribers make it our favorite of all the monthly subscription boxes.