Birchbox Curated Box Review + Coupon – January 2018
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.
FYI – you can still buy this box for $10. (Or $15 if you aren’t a Birchbox subscriber.)
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!)
DEAL: Check our Birchbox Coupon List to get the most up-to-date coupon!
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 on to the items!
Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Radiance Primer – .25 oz Value $9.75
This primer is designed to give your skin a dewy finish and a soft and subtle glow. I need a full-coverage foundation, so the perks of this primer are mostly lost on me, but it did deliver on creating a good base for me to apply makeup on. It’s not something I would buy in full-size since any type of primer will do for me, but I’ll use the full sample.
Here it is swatched (not blended out) just to give you an idea of the color:
Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Conditioner – 15 ml Value $5.29
Oribe is a luxe hair treat for me – I don’t often buy it because it is SO pricey, but I love whenever it shows up in a subscription box! And I appreciate that Birchbox sent us both the conditioner and the shampoo:
Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo – 15 ml Value $5
I’m obsessed with the scents of this set, and I rarely notice any difference between shampoos and conditioners but I think I could tell that this shampoo and conditioner made my hair a little softer and shinier.
Clark’s Botanicals Age Defying Radiance Cream – 15 ml? Estimated Value $35
(The sizing isn’t listed on this product, but I’m estimating it’s about half an ounce.)
This skin cream is designed to brighten skin, even out tone, and stimulate the production of collagen to hide fine lines. I love everything about this formula! It smells fab, it’s free of parabens and sulfates, and it absorbs quickly and made my skin feel instantly smoother.
Laura Geller New York Fortifying Lashes Eyelash Primer – FULL SIZE! Retail value $22
Confession – I didn’t read the card or the tube before applying this – I totally thought it was mascara! (In my defense, it goes on black – most lash primers are white.)
This las primer provides excellent lash separation and decent volume and length, too. I followed this with my go-to tarte mascara, and the results were the best length + volume I’ve ever achieved with mascara. I’m officially hooked on this primer!
(Also major props to Birchbox for sending out the full-size version!)
Verdict: This box has a value of about $77.04 – that’s amazing for a $10 beauty box! In general, the curated boxes from Birchbox tend to have a great value, so if that’s important to you, I recommend picking those each month! I think this is one of my favorite Birchbox boxes of all time, too. I was planning on buying more of the Lash Primer immediately, and then I realized I should just buy more of this curated box so I can get everything for $10 instead of paying $22 for the primer alone! I definitely recommend grabbing one of these boxes!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, this box is available for a one-time purchase! And if you subscribe to Birchbox now, your first box will be the February box. (Tip: Check the image on the sign-up page. The box design pictured is the first month you’ll receive.) You can’t pick the curated box as your first box, but you’ll be able to pick it every month moving forward.
COUPON: Use code FIRST15 to save 15% off your first Birchbox purchase and get free shipping on $50+ orders! (Not valid for subscriptions).
Value Breakdown: At $10 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Smashbox Primer: $1.27
- Oribe Conditioner: $.68
- Oribe Shampoo: $.64
- Clark’s Botanicals: $4.54
- Lash Primer: $2.85
What do you think of the January Birchbox? Did you pick a curated box or a sample?