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)
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!
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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