Birchbox Sample Box Review + Coupon – August 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 is a review of the Sample Choice box, which is $10 a month., box.
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The Subscription Box: Birchbox
The Cost: $10 a month (get one month free and $10 to spend in the shop with an annual subscription!)
Check our Birchbox Coupon List to get the most up-to-date coupon!
The Products: Beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team.
Birchbox Sample Box August 2018 Review
Each box comes with a card detailing the items included and some tips on how to use them.
Now on to the items!
Huxley Secret of Sahara Oil and Extract Mask – Estimated Value $12 (Buy a 3-pack for $36)
This mask is interesting! I’m not generally a big fan of sheet masks, but this one felt luxurious. The packaging was unique, too: The mask and the oil (prickly pear cactus seed oil) are packaged separately but connected. You’re supposed to roll the oil compartment up 3 times and squeeze until you pop the separator to cover the sheet mask with the oil. The formula for this mask was super hydrating, and I felt the difference all day. This was a fun new discovery!
Amika Phantom Hydrating Dry Shampoo Foam, .75 oz – Estimated Value $3.54 (Buy 5.3 oz for $25)
Why is dry shampoo foam becoming a trend? I got another one from a different brand a couple months ago. I just don’t like the extra mess of spraying it into my hands and massaging it into my hair. It also takes a little more time, since you have to rub it until it dries. HOWEVER – it works. Really well. And it has the classic Amika fragrance so it makes my hair smell great. I also really like this product for adding volume to my hair; this is a great product for pre-emptive dry shampooing. I used this before bed, and in the morning I could tell it made a difference for my second-day hair. I love the performance, but I hate the method of application. It’s complicated. We’ll get through this. I’ll definitely use the whole sample but I’ll have to think about purchasing the full size. Maybe I’ll get over it.
(MALIN+GOETZ) Grapefruit Face Cleanser, .5 fl oz – Estimated Value $2.25 (Buy 8 oz for $36)
(This was my sample choice this month.) This is a good cleanser – light, clears acne, balances the skin’s pH, and is naturally antibacterial. When I washed it off it left my skin fresh and clean without feeling tight or uncomfortable.
Clarins Water Lip Stain in Red Water, .09 fl oz – Estimated Value $12.60 (Buy .2 oz for $28)
This is a true lip stain. The product is pretty runny, and leaves tinted color behind once dry/removed. I will say that I found the application to be a little tricky – the brush is so soft and flimsy that it was hard to get a consistent lip line where I intended. Maybe a doefoot applicator or stiffer bristles would help. Also, the color was a little orange-red, but once I let it sit and then dabbed off the extra moisture I liked the color it left on my lips. You can see this on my lips below.
Love of Color One & Done Shadow Stick in Champagne Problems, .05 oz (Full Size!) – Retail Value $10
Eyeshadow sticks are my go-to for a quick or simple look. Love of Color (LOC) is Birchbox’s own brand, and I like their formula a lot. The pigmentation is great, the metallics are so pretty, they blend well, and they stay all day even if I don’t use a primer. I usually also blend some powder shadow into my crease and corner to add depth and it works seamlessly that way, too. Plus, this item’s value alone is the cost of the box!
Here, I’m wearing the LOC eyeshadow stick and the lip stain. On the left is the stain freshly applied, which looks like a bold, red lip. After a few minutes, I dabbed off excess moisture and applied a lip balm (this is not in the directions for the product – you can leave the stain as-is all day), and that left me with the color on the right, which I found a little more wearable day-to-day and found I had good wear time with that, too.
Verdict: My August Birchbox was fun! I got to try some new products and really liked all my items. Everything worked well and the sheet mask and dry shampoo were in new, unique formulas. My total value for this box adds up to $40.39, which I’m definitely happy with for a $10 discovery box, especially with a full-size product.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, as of today your first box will be the September box, and items are chosen for you based on your profile and preferences. (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:
- Sheet Mask: $2.97
- Dry Shampoo foam: $.88
- Cleanser: $.55
- Lip Stain: $3.12
- Eyeshadow stick: $2.48
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What do you think of my August Birchbox? Did you pick a curated box or a sample?