Sample Product Boxes
Although sample boxes all come with smaller products, they’re a great way to try out new beauty products without breaking the bank. Because of this, they tend to be the cheapest options. A few examples of the more popular sample beauty boxes are Ipsy and Birchbox, not to mention Sephora’s beauty box, and so on.
If you don’t want to receive smaller products, many of these same services also provide the occasional deluxe sample or larger size! I’ve also received numerous makeup brushes from Ipsy. In addition, there are boxes like Glossybox that provide a combination of samples and full-sized products. As you might expect, these subscriptions tend to be a little on the spendier side.
Full-Size Beauty Subscription Boxes
Although sample beauty boxes are a great choice for some people, our favorite type of boxes definitely come with full-size products! These are great—even if you’re just looking to try out new products. Full sizes last much longer, which means you’re able to really get a feel for how each product performs. Additionally, they’re a much greater value than the sample boxes.
A few of our favorite full-size boxes include Allure Beauty Box, Boxycharm, Julep, Deck of Scarlet, PinkSeoul, Lip Monthly, LiveGlam, and so on. There is actually a surprising number of full-size product boxes that are really quite reasonably priced! We love them because they give us the opportunity to add staples to our beauty collection while we’re still getting a great deal.
Korean Beauty Boxes
These boxes are exactly what you expect them to be. Korean beauty subscription boxes only contain skincare and beauty products made in Korea! Korea is known for creating amazing skincare products, which is why these are one of our favorite types of beauty box.
There are Korean beauty boxes for both samples and full-size products. Bomibox, for example, offers two box options: a sample box and a full-size box. In addition, PinkSeoul provides full-size products. Like our other best beauty subscription boxes, these ones provide a variety of products, but there are also more specific ones—such as the face mask subscription box from Facetory.
The majority of Korean beauty box options are pretty budget-friendly, and they are definitely worth the value. If you aren’t already familiar with Korean beauty products and how they treat your skin, we’d recommend starting with a sampler box before going all in!
Natural, Organic, and/or Cruelty-Free Beauty Boxes
Another popular type of the best beauty boxes of 2019 provides organic, natural, cruelty-free products. Some boxes only offer one or two of these traits, but many combine all three of them. These are great for people who have sensitive skin! You might be apprehensive about the more popular boxes on the market because you don’t know exactly what you’ll be getting. With natural boxes, you can still indulge in a subscription box and discover new products that are perfect for your skin.
Thankfully, you can even find some cheap beauty subscription boxes in this category. A couple of our favorite boxes in this category are Petit Vour, Love Goodly, and Nourish Beauty Box. These are fairly inexpensive, only contain natural products, and have a great value of products in each box. The Detox Box is another great option—even though it’s a little pricier, it is definitely worth the investment.
Product-Specific Beauty Boxes
As you may have noticed from taking a peek at our list above, a few of the best beauty subscription boxes are tailored towards one particular type of product. Typically, boxes like this provide full-size products and are a great deal. A couple good examples would be Lip Monthly, which specifically provides lip products, and Facetory, which we already know is dedicated to face masks.
These kinds of boxes are great for people who know what they want but still want to get a good value and discover new brands! However, you probably won’t subscribe to these for more than a couple months—after all, unlike the beauty subscription boxes that provide a greater variety, you can only have so many of one kind of product. They also make a fantastic gift for someone who wants a particular type of beauty product.
Beauty Gift Boxes
Although these aren’t necessarily subscription boxes, I figured it’d be a good idea to mention them for those who are wary about committing to a subscription or looking for holiday gifts. There are many regular beauty gift boxes you can find that are just as good of a deal as subscription boxes!
For example, an Ulta beauty box gift set typically contains a great value of products compared to what you pay. There are also similar options at Sephora. They don’t even have to be gifts—you can buy them for yourself like we do! They may contain sample-sized, deluxe-sized, or even full-sized products. These boxes are great for those who want to try a new brand or type of product for a good deal. The only downside to these is that it won’t be a surprise (unless you’re gifting it), and you won’t have that monthly box to look forward to.
Additionally, some subscription boxes offer one-time boxes. These are also great for gifts or are perfect for trying out a box before committing to their subscription.