Beauty at your door: A comparison of 5 beauty subscription boxes

One of life’s simplest pleasures is getting something in the mail. Perhaps that explains the recent rise in beauty subscription boxes. For a subscription fee, you can have a box of samples, with the occasional full-sized product, waiting in the mail every month. These companies have become so popular that it can be hard to decide which subscription would suit you best. To help you out, here is a comparison of five of the most popular boxes.

Birchbox March 2013

 

1. Birchbox
Price: $10/month

As one of the forerunners of the industry, Birchbox is often considered synonymous with the term beauty box. The company sends out samples of everything from skincare to shaving cream. Birchbox also has a points system for reviews that you can use to buy products from their store.

 

 

Ipsy March 2013

 

2. Ipsy
Price: $10/month

Created by YouTube beauty guru Michelle Phan, Ipsy is rising in popularity. Each month, Ipsy sends a collection of samples packaged in a reusable “Glam Bag.” March 2013’s travel-inspired bag, “The Great Escape,” featured a nautical design.

 

 

 

Beauty Army March 2013

 

3. Beauty Army 
Price: $12/month

If surprises aren’t for you, you might consider subscribing to Beauty Army. After taking a quiz about your preferences, Beauty Army allows you to select six samples from an offering of nine. If those nine aren’t to your liking, you can retake the quiz and receive a different nine samples from which to choose.

 

 

Glossybox March 2013

 

4. Glossybox
Price: $21/month

If you’re willing to spend a little more on a subscription, Glossybox might be a good choice. With larger sample sizes, elegant packaging and high-end brands, this box is a lavish choice.

 

 

 

Square Hue March 2013

 

5. Square Hue 
Price: $21/month

Lacquer lovers may be interested in Square Hue. This subscription sends a themed collection of three full-sized Square Hue brand nail polishes. For example, March 2013’s “O’Hue Collection” was inspired by Saint Patrick’s Day.

 

 

Photos by Julie Matthews