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Birchbox Select Beta Box Review + Coupon – April 2017


Birchbox recently launched a Birchbox Select Beta option. For $15 a month, subscribers can pick between a curated box (all samples revealed) a single sample choice, pick categories they don’t want to receive or pick a Spotlight box. (Check out the full details on the Birchbox Select Beta program.)

This review is of the Dry Skin Spotlight box.

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 ($15 for the Select Beta subscription reviewed here)

FLASH DEAL – While supplies last, use coupon code ITSMAGIC to get a FREE Eyeko Black Magic Mascara with your first month of a Birchbox subscription!

The Products: Beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team.

Ships to: US, FranceSpain and the UK

Check out all of my Birchbox reviews and the Beauty Subscription Box Directory!


Each box comes with a card detailing the items included and some tips on how to use them.


Now onto the items!


Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Set


Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – 1 oz Value $7

(Good to know for swaps – this product has an inner foil seal.)

I’ve sampled this cleanser before and I really liked it. The formula is creamy and gentle on my skin and it has a natural, eucalyptus scent. And it is best paired with this cloth:


Muslin Cloth – Value $3.25


This 100% cotton cloth is double lined, and the texture makes it great for gentle exfoliation.


Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm – 3 ml Value $3.30

This lip balm is made from 100% natural Lanolin, and it provides a lot of moisture and a decent amount of shine, too. (Birchbox even recommends using it as a brow gel or a balm for sunburns.)


Vasanti BrightenUp! Amplifying Moisturizer – .2 oz Value $3.35

I love Vasanti’s Brighten Up exfoliator, so I was excited to try this! (I got it in the curated box this month, too.) 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!)


Avene Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water – 50 ml Value $9

I use water mists every day, so I’m always happy to get more in a subscription box! They are great for a quick refresh any time, and you can spray them over makeup, too. (Also great for hydrating skin after airplane travel.)


Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate – 5 ml Value $5.80

This serum is a lightweight gel formula that is hydrating and absorbed almost instantly into my skin. This was the one new-to-me product in the box, and I really liked it!


Verdict: This box has a value of about $32 – that’s decent for a $15 beauty box. I signed up for Birchbox Select Beta as soon as it was announced, and I’m not super impressed so far. I love the curated boxes Birchbox offers, but I’m not sure if it is worth an extra $5 for this one. The value isn’t that much higher than a curated box, but if you have specific beauty concerns (like dry skin), this could be a good value.

I would love to see them include one full-size item in these boxes moving forward – that would definitely improve the value for me. (I’m also a long time Birchbox subscriber who has sampled so many of the brands that Birchbox carries. This subscription might be better for a newer Birchbox customer who still has a lot of products to discover.

What do you think of the April Birchbox Select Beta spotlight box? Are you a Birchbox Select Beta member?


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Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Birchbox Reviews, Cheap Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: birchbox | 19 comments

Comments (19)

  1. Does anyone know if you get better items with the pick one option vs the let us surprise you option with Birchbox?

    • I didn’t get any of these products in my box. :/

  2. I feel like this is what we should be getting from the regular $10 box 🤔

  3. Does anyone knows if my review points will be gone if I unsubscribe from monthly box?

    • If you unsubscribe, your account remains active, you can still shop, and your points do not expire for a year, I think.

      • Thank you, that’s a good news 🙂 Will see if re-subscribe again one day when the options are more cheerful.

  4. I’d rather get full size products from glossybox for less money. No thanks. Also, I think ipsy or even play are better than birchbox after testing them all out. I had play the longest so far. But right now I’m just with ipsy, glossybox, beautyfix and love goodly. I’m liking them, but on overload with products. I do swap so that helps. I’ll eventually probably just keep beautyfix.

  5. I jumped at the chance to change to a beta box, but I’m not at all impressed with what I’m seeing so far. I think I’ll change back to the standard box tonight because this is clearly not worth it to spend the extra 5 bucks and still get 5 small samples. It’s not different enough to spend the extra money.

    • I was just plain angry at Birchbox for this program, so I cancelled my subscription

      • I didn’t get any of these products in my box. :/ I cancelled also

    • I’ve been trying to sign up through my invitation and wasn’t able to do so. I’ve gone back and forth so many times with customer service and they were finally able to determine that the reason I couldn’t sign up was b/c I paid for a year sub with a gift card. That makes zero sense to me, but after reading so many comments about it not being worth it, I guess I should consider myself lucky. Just a head’s up to anyone considering it, don’t subscribe through a pre-pay.

  6. I am also a Beta member. My pick was for oily skin. I was super surprised at how mini — tiny– my samples were. I was extremely disappointed to say the least. This months choices are for hair, and I will not be getting any of those. I have 4 more days to figure out what my choice will be, and I must tell you I am not excited at all. Grrrr, and BB is my fav box. My ideas are changing!

  7. I’m currently a beta member but am not sure how much longer I want to continue. I used the pick one skip one option for April. I ended up with a pretty good box that was worth around $40. That’s great for spending $15, but I wonder how often the value will be that good.

    I noticed that with the pick one skip one option for April, the only option under makeup was lipcolor/lip liner. I received a lip liner and I think everyone received either the same lip liner or one of two lip colors. If someone selected that as their pick one option it was a waste because I think everyone was going to get a lip product anyway.

    None of the spotlight boxes interested me in April, but I do like a couple of the spotlight boxes for May. I might select one of those, but is it really worth $15? I agree with Liz that including a full size item in the spotlight boxes would be a good idea. It would definitely increase the value and make them more enticing.

  8. I have been a subscriber for years with the regular subscription boxes and have received multiples of these items in my regular boxes. I am happy with my boxes. I can only think of 2 that were duds. I am not sure where the value is for an extra $5.00.

  9. Which option did you pick, Liz? Thanks

    • I picked the Spotlight Dry Skin box. Hope that helps! 🙂

  10. After a year and a half, I just canceled my subscription. My first month as a beta tester I did the pick one, skip one. I chose to pick a deodorant hoping to get to try their Arrow line, got a full size Schmidt’s. A brand I have tried and do not care for but that is on me. I chose to skip hair treatments and got a…a hair serum. I consider this a treatment and I have a drawer full of these types of things I do not and cannot use.

    I suggested rather than their current beta test, the work on the algorithm used to chose products from subscribers profile and to update the profile questions allowing the subscriber to better personalize their answers. An example I gave was allowing the susciibet to opt completely out of certain things based on preference – under hair care if the only thing chosen as a used product was shampoo, then shampoo would be the only sample in hair care sent vs conditioners, masks, styling products etc. Under make up, if mascara, lip balm, eye shadow were the only items checked as used, then they don’t sent blush, bb cream, brow products. If someone didn’t want perfume samples, they could completely opt out vs only being able to choose no more than 6 per year. I loved learning about new products, but usually out of every box, I could only use 2-3 products regardless of whether it was the curated box or the special box and usually got both so I could piece together the samples I did want so ended up giving a lot of things away. I don’t know if I will resubscribe again or not, for now I will stick with Play! By Sephora as the 10:00 fee adds to my insider points and so far, I am 4 for 5 products with their boxes and their perfume samples are much better.

    • Play is awesome for the points and also on my birthday they sent me a coupon for a free set and I got a tarte lippie and blush. I also used my points with the purchase and got a sunday riley good genes cream. I bought a first aide skin kit *love their products* Anyhow, I got a decent amount of stuff for less than $20. I was very pleased. I’ll always be a fan of Sephora.

      • I am a new convert to the wonder that is Sephora. I always end up with a great haul from there with the three free samples, whatever weekly special is going on that I am interested in and using points to get deluxe samples. So far I have had great customer service, the flash shipping 10.00 for a year has more than paid for it self multiple times over. I shop online and have managed to stay out of the store as I am afraid it would be like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory to me but my understanding is they will give you samples of anything and no limit which makes me feel very confident if there is something I want to try and even if I buy and don’t like it, I can bring it back without a hassle.

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