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I’m so on board with the idea of beauty subscription boxes, I’m on a very tight budget these days so being able to try out different products every month for around a tenner really appeals to me. I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect one for a while, but I was really hesitant to commit without a TON of research. My main criteria has been: full size products, under £15 a month (including postage), and with mainly make up items included.
After about six months of dithering and researching, I am currently signed up for two monthly boxes. I have also picked out a third option in this post, which is over my £15 budget, but it is the best value overall. So, as we race towards christmas, if you fancy buying yourself a little gift or are thinking of a subscription box for someone else, check out my my top 3 picks!
Glossybox is one of the oldest subscription boxes on the market, and for £10 a month (plus P&P) it’s incredible value. At least 4 out of the 5 products in the box every month are full size and it is skewed very much in favour of make up and skin care products. The packaging is very sleek (plus the empty box comes in so handy for makeup storage) and for the few months I’ve been receiving my subscription I haven’t been let down by anything yet.
What’s great about Glossybox is that you fill in a beauty survey before you get your first one so the products you receive are tailored to you. As someone with acne-prone skin it’s great to know that I am receiving items with that in mind! Above is an example of one of their boxes, the November edit, which is themed around ‘prepping & priming’ for the party season.
I was so excited about the razors; in a spot of incredible timing I had just run out of the ones I use. The gold brightening face treatment is absolutely something I would never buy (it’s £20 for one mask fgs) but for a one off bit of pampering I love that it’s included in here. Uncharacteristically for Glossybox there was only one make up item, a gorgeous bronze jumbo eye pencil by De Bruyere Beauté (swatched above). The colour and consistency puts me in mind of the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon eye pencil in Golden Quartz, although this particular colour is meant to be a ‘khaki grey’.
If the Glossybox sounds up your street, you can sign up for a monthly recurring subscription or commit to a 3/6/9 or 12 month plan. The longer the plan, the lower the box costs overall (it works out as £8.50 a month for a 12 month plan).
2.) Love Me Beauty (now defunct)
Love Me Beauty is a little bit different than your average beauty subscription box (or bag in this case) as you are able to choose exactly what you receive. Every month, you get 60 credits to ‘spend’ and pick from a selection of items in an individually tailored ‘beauty edit’. To create this edit, you fill in a beauty profile, just as with Glossybox. The products are mainly make up focused: with brands including Eco Tools, Benefit, OPI, Kat Von D and MUFE. Both trial sizes and full sizes are included but they do skew more towards trial sizes in this case.
I went for all the Kat Von D products my credits would get me in the November edit! The Studded Kiss Lipstick in Magick is a beautiful pinky neutral with just a hint of shimmery glitter and it smells DIVINE! I also picked up the Ink Liner which I am so, so disappointed by. The fabled pigmentation just isn’t there, the line came out smooth but faint and almost watery, but I’m so glad I got to try it out first before shelling out full price for a full size one. Lastly, I chose the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw which is a lovely vibrant red with ridiculously good staying power. All three are swatched above!
***Edited to add: This service is sadly now defunct***
*sigh* Cohorted really is the one for me. The black edition beauty box is so gorgeous and thoughtful and luxe including mid to high end brands such as Too Faced, Cargo Cosmetics, MAC, NARS, Lancome and many more in a similar vein. The products are mainly full sized and largely make up focused. So why aren’t I signed up? Well, it costs £35 a month which is really over budget for me just now, but the total cost to individually buy the products in the box routinely adds up to over £120. If you are in the market for a great quality beauty subscription box and this one comes within your budget then I would absolutely recommend it to you.