Birchbox The Acids And Vitamins Kit Review + Coupon
Birchbox’s The Acids And Vitamins Kit is a discovery kit featuring some of Birchbox’s picks to introduce you into the world of acids and vitamins. Just like The 2018 Lip Service Kit, this is packaged in a clear ziplock bag rather than a box.
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This review is for The Acids and Vitamins Kit, which is $25 plus $5 shipping. This box is still available for purchase!
The Box: The Acids and VItamins Kit
The Cost: $25 + $5 shipping (or free shipping on Birchbox orders over $50)
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The Products: Targeted treatments to introduce you into the world of skincare acids and vitamins.
Birchbox The Acids and VItamins Kit Review
Here is a breakdown of the items included, and there is a handy key symbol to figure out which acid/vitamin is in each product
(MALIN+GOETZ) Vitamin E Face Moisturizer, 2 foil packet samples – Estimated Value $0.25 (buy the full-size version for $50)
I don’t think anyone ever loves getting foil packets in their subscription boxes, but at least each of these packets had enough for two uses. I’ve been using it in the mornings. It leaves my skin soft and not greasy, and my skin feels well hydrated even a few hours after using. I haven’t used it nearly long enough to know if the vitamin E in this moisturizer is repairing my acne scars, but at least my skin is being protected from free radicals!
Marcelle Hydra-C Eye Contour Gel-Cream, 3 mL – Estimated Value $5.40 (buy the full-sized version for $27)
This eye cream is designed to be used in the mornings to brighten any dark circles left over from the night before, while also protecting from free radicals. To be honest, I am not really sure what free radicals are or why I need protection from them, but I am happy to have the protection regardless. I haven’t really noticed any brightening effects, but It is nongreasy, hydrating, and a little goes a long way.
COOLA® Classic SPF 30 Dawn Patrol™ Makeup Primer, 5 mL – Estimated Value $7 (buy the full-sized version for $42)
I definitely know the importance of SPF and protecting my skin, but I am still awful about using SPF daily. Luckily this is a primer that has SPF in it, so I can get a smooth base for my makeup with added protection from the sun. This also slightly smoothed out my pores and has a matte finish, so I would feel comfortable wearing this alone on a no-makeup day. Plus, no greasy feeling!
Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment, 5 mL – Estimated Value $17.50 (buy the full-sized version for $105)
I love the Sunday Riley brand, and I have heard awesome things about their good genes line. Even though I don’t have wrinkles to worry about (yet), I do have a lot of breakouts. This kit came right when I had some small pimples forming on my skin, and this treatment used in combination with the Cane + Austin miracle pads soothed my sore pimples and brought them to a head far quicker than their usual lifespan. I’ve used these this treatment twice at night, and my pimples are already almost gone. I will use this sample down to the last drop!
Cane + Austin 20% Miracle Pads®, 3 pads – Estimated Value $3.90 (buy the full-sized version for $78)
The 20% glycolic acid in these pads are the real powerhouse, but even though these pads are strong they did not leave my skin irritated, tingly, or red after using. The exfoliation and cell turnover that is promoted from using these pads has really helped my acne heal, and if the price wasn’t so steep I would consider purchasing the full-size version!
Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask, .5 oz – Estimated Value $10.43 (buy the full-sized version for $48)
I have tried this before and I am happy to have another sample of it! This is a really effective mask for acne because it is soothing for current breakouts while gently exfoliating and unclogging pores. This does have a strong herbal scent that can take a while to get used to— online reviews show some people love it and some people hate the smell. I tolerate it because I love the effectiveness of this mask, but it certainly isn’t a smell I would willingly want in my skincare.
Paula’s Choice RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol, 10 mL – Estimated Value $6.60 (buy the full-sized version for $33)
This is a wrinkle-fighting moisturizer designed to deliver much-needed hydration to skin. It has Retinol in it, so it is definitely effective at hydrating my skin. It was a bit too rich to use all over my face, however, I have been having some weird skin problems where my t-zone is incredibly oily (as usual) but I am battling some dry skin patches just on my right cheek. This is going to be used to target that dry skin patch and hopefully resolve the oddness that is my right cheek.
PETER THOMAS ROTH Water Drench® Hyaluronic Cloud Cream, 7.5 mL – Estimated Value $8.13 (buy the full-sized version for $52)
The mix of hyaluronic acid and ceramide in this moisturizer makes it very light while still providing a strong dose of hydration. This made my skin very soft without making me more oily, which means this product is a winner in my book.
The Verdict: I really enjoyed this discovery kit! I appreciate that Birchbox included an info sheet that really breaks down what each acid and vitamin does, and why it is good for your skin. Getting a product from Sunday Riley is always nice, and Cane + Austin and Marcelle were skincare brands that were new to me. I already know and love Herbivore and Peter Thomas Roth, so overall this box was an awesome mix of new and established skincare brands, and my skin looks better after using the products in this kit. I calculated a value of $59.21, which is below the promised value of $68, but I still feel like I got my money’s worth.
The Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if I sign up today? Yes, as of publication, this box is still available!
Value Breakdown: At $30 ($25 + $5 shipping) for the kit, here is what you are paying approximately per item:
- (MALIN+GOETZ) vitamin e face moisturizer: $0.13
- Marcelle Hydra-C Eye Contour Gel-Cream: $2.74
- COOLA® Classic SPF 30 Dawn Patrol™ Makeup Primer: $3.55
- Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment: $8.87
- Cane + Austin 20% Miracle Pads®: $1.98
- Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask: $5.28
- Paula’s Choice RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol: $3.34
- PETER THOMAS ROTH Water Drench® Hyaluronic Cloud Cream: $4.12
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