Beauty Boxes - Are They Worth The Money?

I'm sure many of you may be aware of the growing trend of monthly beauty boxes. Whether it's Birchbox in the US, or GlossyBox, Jolie Box or Carmine in the UK, the concept is the same and there are many around at the moment. The idea is that you pay a monthly fee, usually around £10 + postage & packaging and you receive five "high-end" samples of beauty items that may be new to the market. There is normally an online beauty profile that you fill in when you register (preferences, skin stype etc), but I have found that this is often ignored due to the sort of products I receive.

I think the concept is good if the beauty profiles are followed. In reality however, the beauty profiles are not followed and it's a bit of a hit and miss with client satisfaction. I subscribed to GlossyBox in January to see what the hype was about. I was not impressed with the contents of the first 2 boxes and thought I could have picked up better samples myself. I received three moisturiser samples in one box which did not make sense to me. Like I said, it's a hit and miss. It's definitely one of the risks you have to consider prior to signing up for one of these boxes. You may not like all the products, and there may be some months where nothing in the box takes your fancy. Also be aware that you do not always get high end brands. There could be products from brands you have never heard of.

I just recieved the March GlossyBox which is a collaboration with the luxury department store Harrods of London. I think it is by far a better box than the previous two, but the question still begs whether you are better off spending your money on items you do like and picking up free samples along the way which can sometimes be larger than the samples in the box. 

The contents of the March box are below. Remember that these are miniature/sample sizes and Glossybox do not send out a standard box to all subscribers. There are variations in the contents of the boxes and I think that is what causes a lot of disappointment between customers.

Ojon Damage Repair Hair Serum
Fendi Fan di Fendi (Eau de Toilette)
Burberry Miniature Lip Cover in Rosewood No4
Clarins Extra Firming Body Cream
Erno Laszlo 5 Piece Cream Set







So all in all, I think it is one of the better boxes. But, is the reason for this because they teamed up with Harrods for a one off luxury box? Only time will tell! I do still think I could have picked up bigger samples on my own.

What have your experiences been like with beauty boxes? Which ones are you (or were you) subscribed to? It would be interesting to hear your feedback!

6 comments:

  1. I haven't heard of this beauty sample box thing before, but it sounds like it will be hit & miss a lot of the time as you're getting colours/samples you may not like/have no use for. I'd rather put that monthly fee towards spending all my money on everything Boots stocks! lol

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  2. @ Amal - yes it is definitely a hit & miss! Besides, alot of the beauty counters give free samples with purchases.

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  3. Hi, you tweeted me asking for my thoughts so here they are: You definitely got the best box. If I had gotten that box I would be over the moon. Instead I got: Hypnose Drama mascara sample (which I could pick up for free) a TINY Valentina perfume sample (again could pick up for free) A Molton Brown shower gel sample (again, for free!) which smells awful in my opinion. SKII moisturiser (actually happy with this, really nice, and the full size is expensive too) Clarins body firming and a cleansing oil sample.

    Some people who also got this box say all in all it is not a bad box in itself, but awful when compared to the others. I think it's bad in itself as I know for a fact I could pick up 3 (possibly 4) of those samples up for free in a make up department. Although my main issue with the box is that I am paying the same amount as someone who recieved the products that you did, but the products that I got are mediocre and sub par compared to the rest. I made a video about my disappointment if you care to take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR1m2fv6JNw&feature=context&context=G29574b6AUAAAAAAAAAA

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  4. @ Emily - yes I saw your video yesterday. You have every right to be disappointed. I too would feel the same. That is exactly how I felt with the previous two boxes. They were a complete let down and I felt short changed. They do need to standardise the boxes so that everyone gets the same thing. They are losing a lot of subscribers.

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  5. I got the same box as you and apart from the sachets I was pretty happy. I'm on the fence with beauty boxes tbh, some months they are great other months meh. x

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  6. @ Emma - thanks for your comment! What did you get instead of the sachets? I agree that the quality of the boxes vary! :)

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