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
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
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
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)
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
BEYOND HER BLUSH
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!).