So Choix Subscription Box Review + Coupon – November 2016
“So Choix is a new way to try and buy makeup where we bring the makeup counter to you!” So Choix is a makeup sampling subscription service that sends you hand-made samples of brand name, beauty counter products. Each month, subscribers have the options to choose all or a few of their beauty samples or to be totally surprised. FYI – Choix now offers a “No Subscription”/a la carte option for those that want to try a few things without the commitment.
All the samples they send are hand-made from authentic full-size products and brand new sample containers. They use high hygiene standards and never even touch the product itself. This is a process which allows them to send completely uncontaminated products to you, which I really appreciate considering that the lipsticks and products sitting on some stores’ shelves have been touched and poked by hundreds of other people.
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The Subscription Box: So Choix
The Cost: $15 a month + free shipping, with discounts available for longer-length prepaid subscription commitments. You also get 250 points ($5 Choix store credit) each month (click here to read more about their points system)
The Products: 5 luxury beauty samples of your choice from the Choix store. I chose all of my own samples this month.
Ships to: U.S. only
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Each box has a sticker on the inside listing the details of each of your samples. They also always send you fresh disposable application tools to use with your samples!
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream – full size price: $52
Eye cream is something I can’t live without. This cream is light and hydrating! It feels like a fresh drink of water, and I love using it before bed as well as to prep my under eyes for makeup (or during the day, even – I’m obsessed with eye creams).
Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Undereye Concealer in Porcelain 1 – Full size price: $31
This undereye concealer didn’t impress me. Unfortunately, I ran into a constant issue I have with complexion products: it wasn’t as light as I needed from the lightest shade offered. I was surprised that it was a usable color but I like to use an even lighter shade under my eyes to cheat some brightness and make me look more awake. Aside from that, though, the formula was very thick and crease-y. It worked best if I warmed it with my fingers before dabbing on, and then blended with a Micro Mini Beauty Blender. It had very full coverage so I think this would work better for someone who needs heavy-duty dark-circle coverage.
Tarte Water Foundation, WF Fair Neutral – full size price: $39
I have dry skin so I try every hydrating foundation formula I can try. Tarte’s Tinted Moisturizer is light enough for me in the lightest shade, so I was a little sad that the lightest shade of this new Water foundation wasn’t the same color. It’s darker, but just still works for me. I have to say I really like this foundation a lot. It’s hydrating and light (feels like nothing!) but still has really nice coverage. It made my skin look extra even and smooth. It’s definitely one I recommend!
Hourglass Panoramic Long Wear Lip Liner, Canvas – full-size price: $28
The color shown on So Choix’s website for this shade is much lighter than I expected from the indicator online. That being said, I still love the color. It’s a pretty pink nude. The formula is very dry, though, and I found myself reaching for a chapstick to wear over it. Even though it was really dry it didn’t emphasize any dry patches on my lips, which is great.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, Ethereal Glow – full size price: $38
I’ve been wanting to try Hourglass’s blushes forever, and I was really happy to see that So Choix managed to keep the swirls in the powder that is such a selling point in the full-sizes. I underestimated how much the swirls of highlighter lightened up the overall color-payoff shade, though! The pink in this is a gorgeous shade, but it’s not the color you end up with. Ultimately, it ends up as a very, very pale pink that would honestly probably work well as just a highlighter.
Here’s a swatch of the eyeliner, blush, foundation, then concealer.
Here’s my look using this month’s samples! I love the lip liner and as long as I top it with a balm it’s one I could wear every day. The blush comes off a little too pale even for me. It works, but is probably one that works best to balance out a dramatic lip or eye.
Verdict: I am seriously having so much fun with So Choix thus far. I’ve been able to try so many brands that are new to me and/or aren’t sold anywhere convenient near me. I love that they have new releases, too. It’s hard to do an exact cost-breakdown for this box because of the hand-made samples, but being able to try so many different brand name cosmetics and skincare products plus getting 250 points ($5 store credit) every month feels fun and worth it to me, especially considering my own lifestyle (toddler mom, living far from any kind of access to any of these). I’ve loved browsing their products and creating my queue online so I can’t wait for future months!
What do you think about So Choix? Have you tried their service before?