beauty subscription boxes


Beauty subscription boxes are the best way to try out new products, but which to choose? Here, some of our faves.

Story by Anna M. Park


beauty subscription boxes

What: Since 2011, the Berlin-based Glossybox has delighted its more than 300,000 subscribers with over 1,100 luxury and niche beauty brands.

For who: The beauty sophisticate

Specialty: Difficult-to-get European and Asian brands; special limited edition illustrated boxes

Typical box: 5-6 full- and deluxe sample-size skin care and cosmetic products, all wrapped in a pretty keepsake box

Recent brands: Missha, Borghese, Model Launcher, Korres, Eyeko

Coming up: The gorgeous limited edition holiday box features NutraLuxe MD Retro Brow, Skin & Co. cleansing oil, and Babor’s ampoules.

Cost: $21/month, with periodic special promo codes



beauty subscription boxes

What: A new monthly beauty box subscription service focusing solely on K-beauty brands

For who: The K-beauty-phile

Specialty: 100% authentic products from Korean beauty brands both well-known and lesser known, all curated and tested in-house

Typical box: 8 full- and deluxe sample-size skin care, cosmetic, and body products

Recent brands: Etude House, COSRX, Innisfree, Nature Republic, TheFaceShop, Missha

Cost: $37/month with a money-back guarantee



beauty subscription boxes

What: The beauty box from Beautycon, the must-go convention for beauty lovers worldwide.

For who: The beauty trend-ista

Specialty: Different talent, like celeb makeup artists MakeupShayla and Angel Merino, curate each box every season.

Typical box: 10 full- and deluxe sample-size beauty products

Recent brands: Jouer, Simple, Milani, Mystic Tan

Coming up: Keep an eye out for their December box, out on the 9th!

Cost: Seasonal $29, annual $99 (Get $5 off with our promo code COMPOSUREWINTER before March 1, 2017)



beauty subscription boxes

What: The seasonal box offered by the popular beauty and wellness site.

For who: The lifestyle guru

Specialty: Fitness and wellness products — think coffee mugs, coloring books, yoga towels, even good-for-you snacks.

Typical box: About 10 full-size premium beauty, fashion, fitness, wellness, and home products valued at over $200.

Recent brands: Oscar Blandi, Dermalogica, Orly, Bliss, Burt’s Bees, Skin Laundry

Cost: Seasonal $49.99, annual $179.99



beauty subscription boxes

What: This beauty box focuses on celebrity how-tos, courtesy of makeup artists and influencers, complete with a step-by-step YouTube tutorial.

For who: The makeup addict

Specialty: Each box focuses on a different beauty trend, from eyes to hair to nails.

Typical box: 5 to 6 full- and deluxe sample-size beauty products

Recent brands: RMS, Hynt Beauty, Essie, Chella

Coming up: For their holiday box, celebrity artist Dani Makeup focuses on the shimmery eye trend. Goodies include a 3-in-1 shimmer eye and face color, bold eyeliners and false lashes, and organic mascara (made out of coffee!).

Cost: $18/month


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