Have you been noticing more and more videos and blogs about different services like Beauty Army, Glossybox, and QVC Test Tube? These are known as beauty subscription services. They offer people the chance to receive high quality samples of the best beauty, skincare, and hair care products for just one small fee.
There are so many subscription services out there, but I’ll talk about the ones that I’m familiar with and used.
Beauty Army – Beauty Army is probably my favorite service that I’m subscribed to. For $12 a month, Beauty Army allows you to choose your five or six products. The best part is, not only will you know if you’re getting full-size products, but also, can opt out any month. You won’t lose your subscription; you’re just opting out for the month. Beauty Army comes in either a pink or black box, though one month I received a white one, where your products are nicely tucked away.
Glossybox – Glossybox is my other favorite. While it does cost more, $21 a month, you’re getting high-end, luxury samples. Each box is definitely worth the value, but there may be items in there that don’t interest you. The only downside is the type of products. I love receiving luxury items, but some of these items I couldn’t afford if I really liked it.
Ipsy – Formerly, MyGlam, Ipsy came back with a vengeance. After many problems with MyGlam, the company scrapped their service and came back with Ipsy. For $10 a month, you’ll receive around four or five samples. Ranging from deluxe sample to full-size.
Birchbox – I’ve given up on Birchbox completely, but I still wanted to mention it since I was once a subscriber. For $10, you’re also getting around five or six samples. They claim you receive deluxe samples to full-size, but this isn’t always the case. I was subscribed for around eight months and only received one full-size item: an Essie nail polish. This retails for $8.50. Not worth it. I’ve only ever received foil samples. These are samples you receive at any department store or Sephora without having to make a purchase. The only thing Birchbox has going for them is their points system. You earn points for reviewing products that you can use towards a purchase. After about two or three boxes you can get one or two full-size items free; depending on what you’re looking to get.
Overall Thoughts on Beauty Subscription Services
Personally I think beauty subscription services are an amazing thing. It’s your chance to try out high-end, luxury brands you normally don’t shop for, or brands you’re not familiar with. AT $10-$21, the affordability is too hard to pass up.
What beauty subscription services are you a member of?