Birchbox Curated Box Review + Coupon – April 2017
Every month, Birchbox lets subscribers pick between a curated box (all samples revealed) or a single sample choice and be surprised by the rest of the items. This review is of the curated box. (Birchbox subscribers can currently buy this box for $10 in the Birchbox shop!)
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!)
The Products: Beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team.
Each box comes with a card detailing the items included and some tips on how to use them.
Now onto the items!
Benefit Double the Lip in Lusty Rose – .75 g Value $6.67
This is a great sized sample! (1/3 the size of the full-size version.) And unlike the Benefit liner sample that was tricky to use (you had to squeeze it), this one actually clicks to push up the lipstick just like the full-size product.
This product is designed to give you a lipstick + liner in one. It’s an interesting concept, and I was excited to try it. (I was also worried the different shades would contrast too much.)
But, I lucked out, the two shades look excellent together, and aren’t that different either. Here is the lipstick/lipliner swatched:
The formula is super creamy, and it has a satin-matte finish. I love this shade, too!
Tocca Emelia – 1.5 ml Value $2.85
This perfume is a spray applicator vial. It has notes of clementine, loquat fruit, geranium coeur, magnolia tree leaf, and kadota fig.
I’m not a big fan of the scent, but I’m not much of a perfume wearer at all.
Vasanti BrightenUp! Amplifying Moisturizer – .2 oz Value $3.35
I love Vasanti’s Brighten Up exfoliator, so I was excited to try this! It’s hydrating, absorbs quickly, and left a smooth, matte finish. I really like this as my pre-makeup moisturizer! (I just wish it wasn’t fragranced!)
Bumble and bumble Don’t Blow It – .5 oz Value $3.10
This hair styling cream is made for fine to medium hair. My hair falls into the medium category and I liked this product. It added softness and helped tame frizz without adding any weight. And it made my hair smell fab, too!
Derma e Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask – .5 oz Value $5.75
(Good to know for swaps – this product has an inner foil seal.)
I love a double duty mask! This creamy charcoal clay mask takes only 5 minutes to help detoxify your skin and clean pores, and it has a built-in exfoliant of apricot seed powder, too. (No discernable scent, either!)
Verdict: This box has a value of about $22 – that’s good for a $10 beauty box. In most cases, the curated box has a good value, so I recommend always picking it if that’s a priority for you. (This month the value seems lower because there was a perfume sample in the curated box.) I really wanted to try the new Benefit lip product, and the Vasanti moisturizer, though, so I’m ok with the lower value. And the Derma E mask was a great surprise discovery!
What do you think of the April Birchbox? Did you pick a curated box or a sample?