Ahhh... the holy grail of subscription boxes: beauty. We're betting there's, at least, a few of you out there who have tried Birchbox, or maybe Ipsy. But, there is a veritable wealth of other options on the market when it comes to cosmetic boxes. In previous weeks we covered accessories and fitness subscriptions, but now is the time to move into the real foundation (pardon the pun) of the box market.
It can be difficult to find new products up your alley: With so many new brands continually entering the market, and old favorites pumping out fresh, innovative products, how do you know what additional things to incorporate into your routine? What extra concoction is worth your dollars, is going to make your skin that much softer, your hair that much shinier, your cat love you that much more? (Just kidding, cats operate outside of anything created in this universe.)
Of course, these boxes aren't just for discovering the best new products for you to permanently place in your existing beauty rotation. Sometimes, it's just fun to get new things to try out. Who doesn't love a good surprise? After all, wasn't it Marc Jacobs who said, "People don't know what they want. They just know when they see it"?
Our Favorite: Boxycharm
Cost: $21 per month.
The dirt: Boxycharm was a favorite not only because of its value but because one of the company's main features is that they only send out full-size beauty products (as opposed to most others which rely on sample sizes). Our box contained nearly $100 worth of eye-related products, and we loved every single piece.
The Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky palette ($20) featured 20 different colors, ranging from a deep navy to a pearlescent, barely-there shade. The Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eyeliner Pen ($19) was super pigmented, and the Royal and Langnickel Revolution Boxycharm Brush Set ($23.97) was a good basics kit that included a detail, crease, and smudger. The product that surprised us the most was the Blinc Mascara Amplified ($26), which doesn't coat your lashes like a normal formula, but instead forms "tubes" around them that can be removed with warm water later. It impressively stays on and won't budge until you decide it has to go. This little box is worth the bucks (and how few bucks you have to spend, at that!).
Code: Use "BOXYNYLON50" to get 50 percent off shop orders until May 10 (one-time use, while quantities last; excludes past month boxes and subscription plans).