Birchbox Upgraded Beta Box Review – March 2015
I’ve already reviewed a Birchbox for March 2015, but I signed up for another Birchbox account so I could take advantage of Birchbox’s Upgraded Beta subscription plan. If you aren’t familiar with the new Beta Upgraded subscription, for an additional $20 a month, you’ll get two full-size makeup or nail polish products in addition to your 5 samples. (If you are interested in getting the upgraded subscription, check out the Birchbox Beta Subscription post for full details).
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Birchbox
The Cost: $10 a month (get one month free and $10 to spend in the shop with an annual subscription!)
COUPON: Get $10 (100 points) to spend in the Birchbox shop when you subscribe with coupon code GAP10
The Products: Beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team.
Each box comes with a card detailing the items included. I love that they had to list the items vertically to fit everything on the card!
derma e Evenly Radiant Brightening Day Creme SPF 15 – .5 oz Value $7
I received this in my other March Birchbox, and I’m happy to have a spare – I really like derma e and this cream specifically. It’s a somewhat thick creme, so I might actually end up using it as a night cream. I really like the ingredients of derma e products too. (This cream is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, and GMO-free).
Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo Spray – 1.2 oz Value $9
This dry shampoo is another repeat for me. I like Oscar Blandi’s dry shampoo, so no complaints, just not a product I get excited about.
Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! – 2.5 g Value $7.30
This is one of my favorite discoveries in the box. It’s one of the few Benefit products I haven’t sampled yet, so that alone is a win for me. The size of the sample is great too – almost a third of the full size. The product goes on as a cream and blends to a powder finish. It’s a really subtle highlighter, so it is great for everyday wear.
Roloxin Lift Revitalizing Facial Treatment (2) – Value $22 total
These are supposed to be an alternative to botox. Each treatment lasts up to 24 hours and is designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The instructions on how to use them are a little unique too:
Start by washing your face and leaving it slightly damp. Activate the packet by massaging it for 10 seconds, then dispense the formula and apply an even layer to your face, avoiding the eye area. Wait seven to 10 minutes for the mask to dry to a white powder (you’ll feel a slight tightening sensation that means it’s working). Rinse it off with warm water and pat dry. Follow with moisturizer and your regular makeup routine.
These get mixed reviews on Birchbox. From what I can tell they work great for some, and not for others. Considering Roloxin retails for $110, I’m glad I get to try this as a sample first.
Macadamia Nourishing Moisture Masque – 2 oz Value $12
I am thrilled with the size of this sample! And I can’t wait to try this hair mask. I’ve liked everything I’ve sampled from the Macadamia Professional line, and this mask has great reviews on Birchbox.
Now on to my two full-sized makeup items:
Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Blush – FULL SIZE! Value $22
Jouer lip glosses are a little on the small side, but just like nail polish, I don’t think I’ve ever finished a full-size lip gloss, so that’s OK. I love that the formula isn’t sticky at all and it has a perfect amount of shine and shimmer for me. (The color is pretty sheer too).
Cynthia Rowley Beauty Liquid Eyeliner in Navy – FULL SIZE! Value $18
This eyeliner has a long thin tip, so it is great for getting a line right on the lash line. I like the navy color too – it’s a subtle dark blue, and I think wearable for everyday looks. The only complaint I see on Birchbox reviews is that it dries out quickly. Right now, that’s not a problem for me, but I’ll keep it in mind.
Verdict: I paid $30 for this box and I received almost $100 worth of items. (About $97). I think this is a GREAT Birchbox, and I’m wondering if Birchbox is taking total value into account for Beta Upgrade subscriptions. (Without the two full size makeup products, this would be an amazing Birchbox value for $10).
I’ll use everything in this box, so paying $30 and getting more than triple the value is a good deal for me. Now I’m curious to see if this type of value lasts, or if this box was a fluke.
Looking at just the two full-size makeup product add-ons, I paid an extra $20, and received $40 worth of full-sized makeup. That’s a pretty good value too, and in line with what I was expecting.
What do you think of the Birchbox Upgraded subscription box for March? Did you sign up for the Beta Upgraded program?
You can check out my unboxing video of this box below: