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Birchbox Limited Edition: Ready, Set, Summer Box Review

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanJul 5, 2018 | 13 comments

Birchbox
3.7 overall rating
659 Ratings | 190 Reviews

The Birchbox Limited Edition: Ready, Set, Summer Box is one of the latest Limited Edition boxes from Birchbox! (This is available to everyone – not just Birchbox subscribers.)

FYI – this box is currently out of stock, but we’ll post if it gets restocked!

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

The Box: Birchbox Limited Edition: Ready, Set, Summer Box (Not currently available)

The Cost: $54

COUPON: Use code FIRST15 to save 15% off your first Birchbox purchase and get free shipping on $50+ orders! (Not valid for subscriptions).

And don’t forget to add your free mystery sample pack!

The Products:

  • Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray – Travel-size
    Get the beachy waves of your dreams with this two-in-one spray.
  • Acure Organics Captivating Coconut™ Light Body Oil – Full-size
    Slather on this coconut-infused body oil anywhere skin needs a hydrating boost.
  • M·A·C Cosmetics Liptensity Lipstick in Gumball – Full-size
    Brighten up any day with this punchy pink lipstick in a satin finish.
  • Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Brightening Blush – Travel-size
    Get a glowy, heat-induced flush with this silky petal pink powder.
  • The Beauty Crop Glow Milk Liquid Highlighter – Full-size
    Apply this highlighter to the high points of your face to enhance your sun-kissed glow.
  • Eyeko Beach Waterproof Mascara – Full-size
    This waterproof mascara delivers volume, lift, and curl to each lash, plus UV protection.
  • Babor After Sun Ampoule Concentrates – 7 ampoules
    Relieve sun-scorched skin with these single dose pods filled with soothing serum.
  • COOLA® Body Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 – Tropical Coconut – Full-size
    This clear SPF spray won’t leave behind a chalky residue.
  • PETER THOMAS ROTH Water Drench® Cloud Cream Cleanser – Travel-size
    Take your skin to cloud nine with this soothing hyaluronic acid cleanser.
  • invisibobble® ORIGINAL Traceless Hair Ring in Mint To Be – 3 ties
    You’ll never snag your strands thanks to the spiral design of these slinky-like hair rings.
  • Birchbox Exclusive Sunglasses Case – 1 case
    Ensure your sunnies are protected with this cute, beach bag-friendly case.
  • Floatie Kings Birchbox Exclusive Wave Print Floatie – 1 floatie
    Ride the waves in this donut-shaped floatie designed by Birchbox.

Each box comes with a sheet of paper detailing all the items included:

Now, on to the items!

Birchbox Exclusive Sunglasses Case – Value $10?

This is a cute beach bag item – and it provides a little more structure/protection than the fabric pouches that come with most sunglasses.

And there’s one more item perfect for sun:

Floatie Kings Birchbox Exclusive Wave Print Floatie – Retail Value $29.99

This is an exclusive design for Birchbox from Floatie Kings.

And here I am in case you need a picture for scale!

Invisibbble Hair Ring Set – Retail Value $8

I’m always happy to see Invisibobbles in a subscription box!

Unlike elastic hair ties, these don’t budge or pull my hair at all.

COOLA Body Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 – Tropical Coconut – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $36

I love COOLA sunscreen! And this formula is excellent. The coconut scent is amazing (not too strong), it goes on clear, and the mist is fine enough that you don’t even have to rub it in.

M·A·C Cosmetics Liptensity Lipstick in Gumball – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $21

This is a bold lipstick with excellent pigment (practically opaque coverage in one swipe.) The formula has a satin finish, and it wears down well.

(Swatched in lower photo.)

The Beauty Crop Glow Milk Liquid Highlighter – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $19.50

First, bonus points for the super cute packaging!

This is a rose gold highlighter that is simple to apply thanks to the built-in brush! It goes on super shimmery, but blends to a very subtle finish. (Perfect for me.)

(Swatched in lower photo.)

Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Brightening Blush – 3.5 g Value $14.50

(This is half the size of the full-size version.)

This is the perfect, subtle pink blush for me. (And it even smells good!) Plus I love the mini Benefit blush/bronzer packaging with the built-in brush and mirror.

Here it is swatched beneath the lipstick and the highlighter:

Babor After Sun Ampoule Concentrates – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $39.95

These single-use ampules are designed to help calm skin and reduce inflammation post-sun.

The ampoules are completely sealed glass vials. You have to break them open with this plastic tool that comes in the kit. (Fortunately, this was a very simple snap to make and gave a clean cut on the glass – no glass shards everywhere like I feared!)

The formulas were both hydrating and gentle on my skin.

PETER THOMAS ROTH Water Drench Cloud Cream Cleanser – 2 oz Value $14

(This is half the size of the full-size version.)

This cleanser is just lovely. It’s a creamy, gentle, removes makeup, and leaves my skin feeling hydrated. A+!

Eyeko Beach Waterproof Mascara – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $26

This waterproof mascara is infused with SPF (do lashes need sunscreen?) and designed to give your lashes length, volume, and curl. Personally, I wasn’t impressed with the formula. I couldn’t build much volume or curl even with multiple layers. On a positive note, it really does seem to stay in place. So it’s good for a day at the beach when you want a more natural lash look!

Acure Organics Captivating Coconut Light Body Oil – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $12.99

This is probably my favorite discovery in the box – I didn’t know Acure made body oils! (They are one of my favorite ingredient-conscious, inexpensive brands.) This oil is light, non-greasy, and has a sweet faint coconut scent. It’s the perfect summer body oil in my opinion!

Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray – 75 ml (Purse Size) Retail Value $22

I’ve sampled this before and I’m a fan! Like all Oribe products, it smells amazing. I can’t say it gives my hair much shine, but it’s perfect for adding texture.

Verdict: This box has a value of about $254! I think that’s amazing for a $54 box. There were so many items in the box! It was a good mix of new discoveries for me, and I love the mix of beauty + summer fun items!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box today? No, it’s currently sold out. Check out the available Limited Edition boxes here.

What do you think of the Birchbox Limited Edition: Ready, Set, Summer Box?

Birchbox ($15 per month) was one of the very first beauty subscription boxes—we’ve been reviewing it since 2012! Each month, subscribers get a new mix of 5 beauty samples, such as makeup, skincare, haircare, and fragrance items. Birchbox lets you choose whether you’d like a box of items picked just... read more.
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!

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!
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13 comments

Teresa

I sure wish I could afford this limited edition box. I have a hard enough time making sure my monthly subscriptions get paid. Must be nice being able to buy what you want when ever you want.

Paula

Too rich for my blood! I have a hard enough time forking out $40 for FFF!

Margie

I received this Box- thanks to a friend and I absolutely Love it! My sons and I have fair skin and can never have enough sunscreen. Coola is the best and this spray makes it so easy. Waterproof mascara, yes. The blush, perfect for me. So many great items! My son has really enjoyed the pool float, too! Thanks Miss Liz for MSA and everything else you do.
Margie

Michelle Bross

I have never understood why my hair needs texture. What does that mean exactly?

Redhed36

I think it means volume. I use Oribe Dry Texturing Spray and my hair has a lot of lift to it and stays in place as a result my hair is more gritty feeling but that’s the price you pay for volume.

Lawden

Has this box been released? Or is it one that we need to be on the lookout for?

Luna

This box was released in early June. From what it sounds like, it’s sold out. 🙁

Lawden

Thank you! Sorry I missed out☹️

Tara

I’m so sad I missed this one!

Dominique

You’re too cute, Liz! Thank you for all of your hard work 🙂

Liz Cadman

Thank you! 🙂

Luna

Hi Liz, it looks like the review of the Oribe product was missed. 🙂
Overall, this looked like a great box. Now I feel a bit sad I passed this one over.

Liz Cadman

ooo – thank you! too many items in this box to keep track! Adding it now!

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