Birchbox Upgraded Box Review – June 2015
I’ve already reviewed the June 2015 Birchbox, 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.
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 (plus $20 for this upgraded box)
COUPON: Get $5 (50 points) to spend in the Birchbox shop when you subscribe with coupon code SUBSCRIBENOW50
The Products: Beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team.
Each box comes with a card detailing the items included. The two full-size items are listed at the bottom.
Coola SPF 50 Sport in Fresh Mango – .5 oz Value $3.20
Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner in Blue Lagoon – .8 g Value $7.30
Both of these items are repeats for me from my other Birchbox box this month. Fortunately I like both of them! The Coola sunscreen has the best mango scent, and the eyeliner goes on so smoothly, and the color is a lighter metallic blue.
Temple Spa Good Hair Day Frequent Use Shampoo – .84 oz Value $1.70
This shampoo is free of sulfates and parabens, and I like the scent! (I’m pretty picky when it comes to haircare fragrance too).
Pura Vida Lace Headband – Value $2.40
This headband is listed on the card as a lifestyle extra. I need headbands to be a little grippy to stay in my hair, so I’ll just double this one up and use it as a hair tie.
TOCCA Eau de Parfum in Bianca – .05 oz Value $2
Normally I hate when one of my samples is a perfume vial, but since this box has a lifestyle extra headband, I’m OK with it!
Mally Beauty Liquid Face Defender Blush in Mimosa – FULL SIZE! Value $30
This Mally Blush is one of the two full-size products. I like the formula a lot – it’s one of those cream-to-powder finish products. The colors is a little on the orange side for me, but I like it. (And I only have to use a super small amount – it is crazy pigmented! Swatched below).
Temple Spa In Good Condition Conditioner – .84 oz Value $1.70
I was expecting the conditioner to have the same scent as the shampoo sample, but it’s actually a minty scent – and I like it even more than the shampoo!
Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge in Sydney – FULL SIZE! Value $29
This is my other full-sized item. (Swatched below). It is a super pigmented bright fuschia, so I’m not sure how often I’ll use it, but I like the formula a lot. I’ve found that a lot of mattifying lip products can also be drying, but this one still feels moisturizing, and I like the flavor as well.
Verdict: This box has a value of about $77.30. I paid $30 for it, so I’m not sure if that’s the best beauty box value, but it still is more than double what I paid. I haven’t decided yet if the upgraded subscription is right for me, but I’m going to give it at least another month of two before I make a decision.
Have you tried the Birchbox Upgraded subscription? What do you think of it?