Beauty boxes are a great way to discover new products. Brands will often hook up with beauty-box companies to provide their newest launches so subscribers can try them first. With so many new products launching into stores and online every week, it's easy to forget products you once loved, so you can also find yourself being reacquainted with cult classics or old favorites. While the products housed within some boxes are revealed before you part with your cash, others keep the contents a well-kept secret, so you get a nice surprise when the box lands on your doormat. And while they make for a great gift to yourself, they're also a great option for Christmas and birthdays.
But which do you go for? There are plenty available: Some are subscription only, which means you sign up for a monthly delivery, while others you can buy as a one-off purchase if the products within take your fancy. There are also boxes to suit your personal beauty preferences, whether you love nails, natural and organic products, or luxe beauty. Here are our faves.
Glossybox delivers five beauty products in its monthly boxes to your door. Sometimes they are themed, so the October box is an edit by beauty vlogger Estée Lalonde. While Glossybox doesn't like to give away the whole contents of the box, it does give some hints as to what you'll receive each month.
There are various plans you can buy into, so sign-up for 12 months at $11 per month, or pay $13 per month and you can unsubscribe at any time. Brands on board include Caudalie, Bliss, and Eyeko. Glossybox also curates special limited edition luxury boxes with industry experts or brands such as Nars.
TreasureTress curates boxes especially for women with natural or relaxed hair. Boxes cost $26 (they also curate boxes for kids and teenagers). During the second week of each month, you'll receive a box containing a mix of full- and sample-size products and tools. You can unsubscribe or miss a month at any time, so you're not tied down.
Each month TreasureTress reveals information about what to expect from your box on the website, and inside the box, you'll receive information about each product, why TreasureTress loves them and how to use them.
Each month Birchbox sends out a box filled with five beauty products. When you sign-up for the first time you have the option of filling out your beauty profile to ensure the products are best suited to you.
Like many of the subscription boxes, Birchbox doesn't like to give everything away; an element of surprise is a good thing, but they do let you in on which products could be winging their way to you. That might include Benefit Box O' Powder in either Galifornia or Gold Rush, Klorane conditioner, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Riche, Skyn Iceland Australian Pink Clay - Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment. If you love the products in your box, simply head back onto birchbox.com and you can buy the full-size products.
Sign up to the LookFantastic box and each month you'll get a different themed box, worth over $65, delivered to you. You can opt for the $19 monthly recurring subscription (that you can cancel at any time), the longer you subscribe the cheaper it gets (12 months works out at just over $17 per month).
Unlike many of the other subscription boxes, LookFantastic reveals exactly what you'll get in your box before it arrives. A pamper-themed box could include, among other things, an Eve Lom Cleanser (20ml) along with 5 more surprise products. If you love the sample sizes you receive, you can then head onto LookFantastic and invest in the full sizes.
The Cohorted offering is serious luxury. The hand-tied black beauty box is sent to your door each month and it is by far the most luxe beauty box on the market. Each box is $52 but worth a minimum of $90 and contains a range of products from brands like Tom Ford, Bobbi Brown, and Nars. Once you're signed up, you can pause or cancel your subscription at any time.
Feeling really flush? Cohorted also curates limited-edition one-off themed boxes such as My Little Treat and Luxury Hair Repair, which make great gifts.
For anyone with a passion or interest in natural beauty, this box is for you. Each box contains a range of full size, travel or sample sizes of different natural and organic beauty product, making it a great introduction for anyone who wants to dip a toe into the world of natural beauty. Previous brands to have popped up in the box include Madara, John Masters and Balm Balm. You can look back at all the previous boxes to get a feel for what the offering from LoveLula is like each month.
You can pay $32 for a one-off box, or there are quarterly subscriptions up to 12 months. Love the products you receive? You can snap them all up on LoveLula.
QVC's beauty box is a one-off purchase, rather than a subscription. It's also a fantastic buy at a cost of $26 with a $128 value. New Tili boxes are released quarterly on QVC, like the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer (with a new fragrance), plus a cult Ren skincare hero, a bespoke brush, and Benefit Mascara.
Love the contents? You can then snap up all the full sizes on QVC's website. For $26 you can't go wrong. Any products you don't fancy will make great stocking stuffers come Christmas.