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12 Beauty Subscription Boxes for the Skincare-Obsessed

A variety of makeup and beauty subscription services with samples of their makeup and skincare products.
Fashionist/The Detox Box/Birchbox

Skincare and makeup enthusiasts are always on the lookout for new and fun products to add to their daily routine. But, with so many brands out there, it’s becoming really hard to keep track. That’s why a subscription box is the perfect way to experiment.

We’ve rounded up 12 awesome options for you to gift to loved ones (or yourself—we won’t tell).

Ipsy

A collection of cosmetics in the Ipsy monthly box.
Ipsy

One of the most sought-after beauty subscription boxes, Ipsy actually starts with a quiz. That’s how you personalize your experience because it gives the company info about your skin, hair, and makeup preferences.

However, this also allows you to choose which products you want to receive more often than others. Ipsy has free shipping and offers the following three subscription levels:

  • Glam Bag ($12): Five beauty products valued at around $50.
  • Glam Bag Plus ($25): Five full-sized products valued at around $120.
  • Combined ($37): 10 products valued at around $170.

You can start with the cheapest option and move to the next level after you know what to expect, so you can get the best bang for your buck.

BoxyCharm

The variety of items you get in a BoxyCharm box.
BoxyCharm

This gorgeous, little black box from BoxyCharm is highly anticipated each month by its devoted subscribers. For only $25, you get five full-size items valued at around $175, every single month. From makeup and skincare to beauty tools, you can expect a range of amazing new products on your doorstep every month.

The company also encourages subscribers to join its community on social media to take advantage of monthly promotions and giveaways. You can also earn free boxes and products!

The Detox Market

A collection of healthy skincare items in a 'Detox Market' gift box.
The Detox Market

Clean beauty lovers will adore the monthly Detox Box. It comes fully stocked with some of the best sustainable, green brands out there. Every item is always full-size, so you can fully experience it, and then buy more on their website if you like it.

You can choose a monthly ($55 per month), three-month ($44.95 per month), or six-month ($39.95 per month) subscription. It’s time to get a monthly dose of exceptional green beauty!

The Allure Beauty Box

Allure Beauty box beauty products bundle.
Allure

With six or more products guaranteed in each box, and at least three full-size items for only $23, the Allure Beauty Box has really stepped up its game. It’s now on par with some of the biggest beauty subscription boxes on the market.

Every month, the box features only expert-approved beauty products selected by Allure editors. It also offers a bunch of members-only discounts and event invitations, at which you can meet, mingle, and sample products from top beauty brands.

If a monthly subscription isn’t for you, there’s also a yearly plan ($250), so you never have to worry about missing a month. You’ll also receive a free beauty gift for signing up for a monthly subscription, or a mega bundle if you sign up for the annual sub.

Birchbox

An example of the kind of content in a Birchbox makeup subscription box.
Birchbox

If you’re not interested in getting full-size products (in case you won’t like them), Birchbox is for you! This monthly beauty box includes five expert-chosen deluxe samples. When you find something you really love, you can easily get the full-size version in their online shop. You’ll also earn discounts and loyalty points along the way.

You can choose a monthly ($15), six-month ($14), or one-year ($13) plan. You’ll also be joining a community of folks who love trying out new brands!

FabFitFun

An example of the kind of fun stuff, like teacups, makeup, and bath robes, you'll find in a FabFitFun box.
FabFitFun

One of the most famous quarterly boxes around, FabFitFun is a giant, always beautifully designed collection of 8-10 full-size premium products. Each box is valued at over $200, but only costs you $49.99. You can also customize each box according to your preferences.

It features everything from beauty and makeup, to fashion and accessories. So, you can get a full lifestyle update each season! When you join, you also get access to exclusive discounts and deals, members-only events, FabFitFun TV workouts, and so much more!

Fashionsta

A variety of items included in monthly Fashionsta boxes.
Fashionsta

Relatively new to the beauty-subscription-box game, Fashionsta has offerings for both men and women. It delivers five to seven new and exclusive products each month, valued from $100-$150.

Subscribers have been impressed by the brands, the quality of the products, and the perfect balance between skincare and makeup items. Ladies can subscribe for $24.99 per month, and gents for $29.99.

Also, each box you purchase helps an L.A.-based nonprofit—it’s beauty with a cause!

Glossybox

Glossybox beauty subscription box with skincare and makeup.
Glossybox

Glossybox offers expertly curated, beautifully designed subscription boxes filled with both notable and under-the-radar brands, so you always get a surprise! For just $21 per month ($18 if you purchase the annual plan), you get five deluxe, full-size products to try.

Subscribers also become part of the Glossybox community, which gives you access to more perks, including exclusive deals, expert tips, and much more.

Dermstore

An example of a Dermstore skincare box.
Dermstore

If you’re looking for the crème de la crème of skincare brands, Dermstore’s BeautyFIX box is the perfect choice for you. For only $24.95 per month, you get six (or more) full-size or deluxe travel-size items from premium skincare brands. You can also buy more of anything you can’t live without in their online shop.

All products are chosen by professional estheticians, who are also there to answer any questions you might have via the company’s amazing online chat service.

If you’re not ready to commit to a monthly purchase, start with the one-off option for $34.95. You can also buy boxes that launched in previous months.

Kinder Beauty

Different examples of the makeup and products in a Kinder Beauty box.
Kinder Beauty

Vegan, cruelty-free, clean products are what Kinder Beauty subscription boxes are all about. It features up to $165 worth of premium, cruelty-free skincare, haircare, makeup, and accessories. Subscribers also get access to limited-edition items and exclusive special promotions.

You can sign up for a monthly ($25 per month), three-month ($24 per month), or six-month ($23 per month) plan. You’ll love sampling the best vegan, cruelty-free beauty brands available.

Plus, a portion of every sale goes to a charity that protects animal rights or environmental issues. It’s yet another “beauty with a cause” box we can’t get enough of.

Clean Beauty Box

Examples of the makeup and products in the Clean Beauty Box.
Clean Beauty Box

The Clean Beauty Box is one of the most famous and beloved clean subscription boxes out there. It comes every other month with a special curation of the newest, cleanest beauty products. It also includes step-by-step instructions on how and when to use each item, for a complete skincare routine.

Members also receive 15% off all items in the online shop. The subscription tiers are a bit different than other boxes because you only get one every two months. You can choose a one-off ($68), two boxes ($44.95 per box, which is billed every four months), or six boxes ($41.95 per box, which is billed yearly).

Also, note that shipping within the U.S. is free, but global shipping will cost you an additional $15.

Mintd Box

Mintd beauty subscription box filled with luxury items.
Mintd box

When it comes to high-end luxury brands, no one does it better than Mintd box. You’ll get a monthly dose of four to five full-size, brand-new products you’d normally pay a fortune for.

After completing the questionnaire, you create your own personalized beauty profile. Your box is then tailored according to your skincare needs, so you get the best options for you and your lifestyle.

With a monthly ($90), bimonthly ($90), prepaid three- ($265), six-month ($532), or annual ($1,064) plan, you can choose the one that works best for you!


Get a monthly dose of the best new beauty products from all over the world, and you (and your skin) will always be ahead of the curve!

Karla Tafra Karla Tafra
Karla is a certified yoga teacher, nutritionist, content creator and an overall wellness coach with over 10 years of international experience in teaching, writing, coaching, and helping others transform their lives. From Croatia to Spain and now, the US, she calls Seattle her new home where she lives and works with her husband. Read Full Bio »

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