UPDATE: We've since updated this list for 2018! Please check out the updated post for the most up-to-date information on these subscriptions (and many new ones).
I've been reviewing beauty and makeup monthly subscription boxes for years, and I thought it was time to put together a list of the boxes I've been most impressed with and the ones I'm most excited for in 2016! Here is the list of the 15 monthly beauty and makeup subscription boxes you must try in 2016!
1. Ipsy - $10 a month
Why it is a must: Ipsy sends you 5 beauty and makeup samples each month PLUS a makeup bag! This is one of the best beauty subscription boxes in terms of retail value compared to cost - most bags have values of $40 or more. It's also a great subscription for getting full-size makeup. The brands are a mix of high-end, mid-range and drugstore brands, so expect to get some cheaper makeup. (And they also occasionally send beauty tools like brushes, tweezers, etc.)
Check out my Ipsy reviews to learn more about this subscription box!
2. Boxycharm - $21 a month
Why it is a must: This is the subscription box that always makes me say, "I don't know how they do it!" Almost every month subscribers get over $100 worth of beauty and makeup products for only $21. If you are looking for a lot of full-size makeup products, this is a great option. (If you can only do one or two beauty boxes a month - I would recommend this as one of them!)
Check out all of our Boxycharm reviews to learn more about this subscription box!
3. Yuzen - $33 a quarter
Why it is a must: This is basically a spa experience in a box! If you are looking for a natural/ingredient-conscious beauty box with a luxe feel I highly recommend this box. Most of the items are deluxe-sized or full-sized, and there's usually a non-beauty item like chocolate in there too! (And the packaging on this box is gorgeous - it feels like unwrapping the best gift!)
Check out my Yuzen reviews to learn more about this subscription box!
4. Target Beauty Box - Varies in cost (Usually $7).
Why it is a must: The only thing bad about the Target Beauty Box is that it isn't an official subscription yet! Target releases new beauty boxes about every other month, and they sell out within hours because they are that good! The value is always great, they come with Target coupons, and they have a good mix of samples and full-size items. Also, a pro-tip from fellow My Subscription Addiction readers - save the Target Beauty Coupon in your box to use on your next Target Beauty Box purchase!
(If you want to make sure you can an email alert the next time this box launches, make sure to sign up for the My Subscription Addiction daily newsletter).
Check out my Target Beauty Box reviews to learn more about this subscription box!
5. Allure Beauty Box - $15 a month
Use this link to save $5 off your first month.
Why it is a must: In early to mid-2015, Allure Beauty Box was a little bit of a roller coaster ride when it came to box values, but lately their values and sample sizes have been consistently great! They typically feature 5-6 samples with high-end brands like Benefit and Alterna.
Check out my Allure Beauty Box reviews to learn more about this subscription box!
6. Birchbox - $10 a month
Why it is a must: Birchbox is one of the original beauty boxes, and one of my favorites for discovering new beauty brands. (They also have recently launched their own in-house brands). Each month you'll get 5 beauty samples (haircare, skincare, makeup, nail polish, fragrance, etc.).
Another thing I love about Birchbox - they let you pick one of your samples each month! It's a great way to pick out one item you know you want to try and still be surprised by the rest of the box!
Check out our Birchbox reviews to learn more about this subscription box!
7. Julep Maven - $24.99 a month (Or $19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription)
Use this link to get a free box when you sign up for a 3-month subscription!
Why it is a must: Julep is the perfect beauty subscription if you want to expand your nail polish collection, and you want to have complete control over your beauty box. Each month on the 20th, subscribers get to pick out the items in their boxes from the new nail polish and beauty product collections. Everything is full size, and you can get 2 nail polishes plus a full-size beauty product of your choice each month for the cost. (You can also go for all nail polish, or all beauty products - they give you all the customization options).
Check out my Julep Maven reviews to learn more about this subscription!
8. Cocotique - $20 a month
Use coupon code BOX10 to save 10% on your first month.
Why it is a must: Cocotique is a subscription box that caters specifically to women of color. Each month they send 5-8 beauty and hair care items. (Usually a mix of samples, deluxe and full-size items). They also offer amazing value limited edition boxes throughout the year, and they sometimes have brand takeover months, where you'll get several full-size items from one brand.
Check out our Cocotique reviews to learn more about this subscription box!
9. New Beauty Test Tube - $29.95 a box plus $8.95 shipping (ships every other month)
Why it is a must: New Beauty Test Tube may just be the original beauty subscription box and it is still going strong! This box ships every other month, and they deliver a lot of full-size and deluxe-size products. The one caveat - sometimes they are guilty of repeating brands/products in their boxes. If you are a subscriber for years, this can get a little frustrating, but if you are a new subscriber it shouldn't be an issue!
Check out my New Beauty Test Tube reviews to learn more about this subscription box!
10. BeautyFix - $24.95 a month
Why it is a must: This is another high-value box compared the cost. (Usually around the $100 mark). They typically provide a good mix of makeup, skincare and haircare products. (More haircare than most other beauty boxes). If you are looking for a good variety of items with a high value, this one almost always delivers.
Check out my Beauty Fix reviews to learn more about this subscription box!
11. Walmart Beauty Box - $5 a quarter
Why it is a must: This one gets mixed reviews on our site, and for good reason - Walmart sends out extremely varied boxes each season. Some subscribers get awesome boxes with full-size items like makeup and deodorant when other subscribers only get samples and foil packets. However, I put it on the list because 1. $5 beauty box and 2. If you like a gamble, the risk is somewhat small, and it can really pay off.
Check out our reviews of Walmart Beauty Box to learn more about this subscription box!
12. Petit Vour - $15 a month ($23 a month to Canada)
Why it is a must: If you are looking for vegan and/or natural beauty products, this box is for you! (Also see Vegan Cuts Beauty Box, below). Petit Vour focuses on quality over quantity, so you can expect usually 4 samples, some of which may be full-size. I've discovered some great new brands from this subscription, too!
Check out my Petit Vour reviews to learn more about this subscription box!
13. Vegan Cuts Beauty Box - $19.95 a month (Extra $12 for Canada, Extra $18 for International)
Why it is a must: This is another vegan beauty subscription box, and great for vegan and natural products. Each box includes 4-7 products, and they are usually good about including, at least, one or two full-size products!
Check out our reviews of the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box to learn more about this subscription box!
14. Essence Beauty Box - $15 a month
Why it is a must: Thanks to Allure Beauty Box and New Beauty Test Tube, it is established that magazines can do great things with beauty subscription boxes, and so far Essence has been hitting it out of the park! They've been including a great mix of full-size and sample-size items, and in each box they "strive to feature a product from a Black-owned business!"
Check out our reviews of Essence Beauty Box to learn more about this subscription box!
15. The eSalon Custom Color Box - $19.99 a month plus $4.95 shipping
Use this link to save 50% off your first box.
Why it is a must: If you are looking to color your hair at home and want to get a very customized experience (AKA - much better than picking out a box of hair dye), this is a great and affordable subscription. Their stylists will work with you throughout the process to make sure you get the exact color and dye instructions you need.
Check out our review of the eSalon Custom Color Box to learn more about this subscription box!
And this subscription box would definitely be on the list if it was open to everyone to sign up:
Play by Sephora - $10 a month
Why it is a must: If you are lucky enough to get off the waitlist for this subscription, make sure to sign up and never let go! (This box launched in beta to test markets in 2015, and I think it has created a level of #boxenvy we've never seen before). Sephora is sending good sized samples from high-end brands and some of their own branded products. Once they launch nationwide, I expect them to be at the top with Birchbox and Ipsy!
Sign up for the waitlist for Play by Sephora.
And since I'm addicted to subscription boxes, and found narrowing this list down to only 15 to be super challenging, here are some other awesome beauty boxes that have launched recently:
Glowing Beets ($29.95 a month) is new natural beauty subscription box. Each box includes 3-4 deluxe-sized samples or full-size beauty products made with natural and/or organic ingredients.
Use coupon code 10OFF to save 10% off your first box.
Check out our Glowing Beets reviews to learn more about this subscription box.
Jouer Le Matchbox ($45 a quarter for subscribers, $65 as a one time purchase) is a quarterly subscription from Jouer Cosmetics. They include full-size Jouer products (usually with a total retail value over $100), and they also offer a warm or cool tone box depending on your skin tone preferences.
Check out our Jouer Le Matchbox reviews to learn more about this subscription box!
Terra Bella Box ($37.95 a month) is a new beauty subscription box that sends you 5-6 small-batch natural beauty items a month. (They also offer a Lite version of the box which sends 2-3 items a month).
Use coupon code is MSABONUS to get an extra item in EVERY box when you subscribe to any pre-paid subscription plan of Terra Bella Box (does not apply to Terra Bella Box Lite.) Or use coupon code MSAFAN to save an ongoing 10% off the month-to-month subscription price of Terra Bella Box (does not apply to Terra Bella Box Lite.
Check out our Terra Bella Box reviews to learn more about this subscription box!
LaRitzy ($24.99 a month) is a new non-toxic beauty subscription box. They send a mix of full-size and deluxe sized samples.
Use coupon code ADDICTION10 to save 10% off your first box!
Check out our LaRitzy reviews to learn more about this subscription box!
GoodBeing Box ($21 a month) is a natural and organic beauty box. They send a mix of full and deluxe size samples each month customized to your profile.
Check out my GoodBeing reviews to learn more about this subscription box!
Honest Beauty ($50 a month) is a new beauty subscription from Jessica Alba and The Honest Company. You can pick any 3 full-size items in their skincare and makeup lines for $50.
Check out our Honest Beauty reviews to learn more about this subscription box!
What do you think of these makeup and beauty subscription boxes? What are your favorites?