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Birchbox Sample Box Review + Coupon – September 2018

Birchbox Sample Choice September 2018 shipping box

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.

Birchbox Sample Choice September 2018 sample box

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Birchbox Sample Choice September 2018 all items

About Birchbox

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.

Ships to: US, FranceSpain and the UK

Birchbox Sample Box September 2018 Review

Birchbox Sample Choice September 2018 theme info

Each box comes with a card detailing the items included and some tips on how to use them.

Birchbox Sample Choice September 2018 item info

Now on to the items!

Birchbox Sample Choice September 2018 cleanser

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective™ Brightening & Exfoliating Daily Cleanser, 1 fl oz – Estimated Value $5.80 (buy 5 oz for $29)

This is a great new find for me! This cleanser is gentle, refreshing, and brightening. It has a slight exfoliation but not too much, since this is meant to be used daily. I’ve used it for a couple nights in a row now, and my skin is glowy and feels great. I’m a fan!

Birchbox Sample Choice September 2018 hair mask

Rene Furterer KARITÉ NUTRI Intense Nourishing Mask, .5 fl oz – Estimated Value $5.29 (Buy 3.4 oz for $36

I’m picky about hair masks because I have fine, straight hair, and it doesn’t take much to weigh down. This mask is used after shampooing in place of your conditioner. I didn’t hate and didn’t love it. It worked fine but didn’t wow me.

Birchbox Sample Choice September 2018 oribe

Birchbox Sample Choice September 2018 oribe

Oribe Mystify Restyling Spray, .67 fl oz – Estimated Value $5 (Buy 5.9 oz for $44)

I love Oribe; they might be a little pricey but all of the products I have tried from them work so well. This is the sample I chose this month (basically, if Oribe is an option at Sample Selection Time, I choose it). To use, you mist this product all over your hair and then heat style or just brush through to restyle. It reactivates the products in your hair from your initial style and I have to say that I thought it worked really well. I massaged some dry shampoo on my scalp first, and then used this, and was happy with the results!

Birchbox Sample Choice September 2018 evene

Avène Cleanance EXPERT Lotion, .16 fl oz – Estimated Value $3.20 (Buy 1.3 oz for $26)

This lotion is designed to hydrate, mattify, and treat acne and blackheads. I like this lotion, but I can’t personally speak to its effectiveness because acne is not the main concern for my complexion at this point in my life. It’s definitely gentle and makes my skin soft and hydrated, though.

Birchbox Sample Choice September 2018 eyeshadow

Birchbox Sample Choice September 2018 eyeshadow swatch

Ittse Pearl Eyeshadow in Metamorphosis, .05 oz – Estimated Value $7.50 (buy a .06 oz pan for $9)

This eyeshadow comes in an individual tin meant to be kept in a magnetic, refillable pan. I’m really happy with the performance of this formula! It has good pigmentation, the finish is pretty, it blends well, and with a primer I had no issue with it lasting all day.

Verdict: This month’s Birchbox was pretty fun! I made a couple new discoveries, mostly from brands I already know and love. The estimated value total adds up to $26.79, which isn’t the highest value I’ve ever gotten from a single Birchbox but I’m still quite happy with it for a $10 discovery box.

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, as of today your first box will be the October 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.

Value Breakdown: At $10 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Kiehl’s Cleanser: $2.17
  • Hair mask: $1.97
  • Oribe Restyler: $1.87
  • Avene lotion: $1.19
  • Eyeshadow: $2.80

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Written by Haley Faye

Haley Faye

Haley Faye first discovered the wonderful world of subscription boxes in 2012 and began writing for MSA in 2014. Over the years, she has found many subscriptions to love. Now a mom of three, her favorite boxes are ones that dress her kids, help her get organized, feed her family, send her snacks, and offer educational fun for her children.

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Comments (4)

  1. I just got my first September box. They picked everything for me since I subscribed late in the month. I also got my Wanderout Lipstick Duo as my promo.

    Stila Stay All-Day Liquid Lip in Patina Shimmer: It’s very shimmery – almost looks like a melted metallic coating. Kind of cool, but I normally go for a more natural look so this is outside my normal style. Still, fun to have, and not a dupe of anything I own. It bleeds a lot, so next time I apply I will definitely put a lip liner on first. The color is a bit pink for me, but I think it might be fine depending on what other makeup I wear (I tried it on with no other makeup, so it stood out more.) It seems to have good lasting power, but it isn’t transfer proof, so I’m guessing it will wear a bit when eating. It’s actually slightly moisturizing and not drying at all, which I appreciate, but the patina on it does show every lip line and bump so I will be sure to exfoliate before applying next time.

    Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle – a Very useful product for me. Decent sample size, and I will probably throw this into a diaper bag for ‘on the go’ mommy and daughter hair detangling!

    Number 4™ Jour d’automne Smoothing Balm: I was surprised to get two hair care products in a box, but the sample size is good and I can use this. As a mom I don’t get much time to fuss with my hair, so something I can smooth through to calm it down on a bad hair day sounds good.

    M·A·C Cosmetics In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara: Small even for a sample mascara, but I don’t really mind since I prefer tiny mascaras. I rarely wear mascara and mascara expires quickly, so the small tubes are perfect for me and fit well in my purse. I always hate throwing away larger tubes of dry or expired mascara that I only used a quarter of! I haven’t tried it yet. Most mascaras do not work for me, I end up looking like a raccoon (maybe I have oily lids despite my otherwise dry skin?) so Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes is my general go-to. I’ve found a few through sub boxes that work OK, and some that were complete misses. Nothing from MAC yet, though, so this will be good to try.

    [ comfort zone ] Hydramemory Cream Gel: This sample was a small tube that came half empty. I tried it last night and it was nicely moisturizing, but it took a lot of product – so I think I will only get three applications out of the tube. A bit disappointing!

    For a first month I think it was an OK selection, and I have two more months in my 3 month sub to decide whether I want to keep the sub long term or not.

    Wanderout Lipstick Duo: This was my promo, and overall I really like it. The tube is great – these lipsticks should be very well protected in my purse and it looks very classy. Even though this is the full size Wanderout lipstick duo, it’s worth noting that the lipsticks themselves are travel size. I can see why – the tube would be huge if the lipsticks were full size! I love the shade barely there – I wouldn’t really call it a nude as it has a lot of color, but it’s a very wearable shade for me. Wanderberry is a lovely burgundy but just a bit darker than what I normally go for. I ended up toning it down with a little of the barely there. Staying power doesn’t seem to be great (at least for me it seemed to have worn off about 4 hours later) so I think it would need reapplied throughout the day.

  2. September is my first box so they picked the entire box for me. I noticed a similarity with this box, i got:

    – a cleanser (malin+goetz, october choice)
    -a spray type hair product (beauty protector detangler)
    -a balm/mask type hair product (number 4 smoothing balm)
    -a face product (good genes)
    -makeup (for the eyes too, mac 3d lash mascara)

    The same pattern as this box, only with different products. Lol don’t mind me, Ive just been curious with these algorithms.

    • It was my first box as well, and that is also what I got!

  3. Wow, nothing I wanted there.

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