Birchbox The Serums Starter Kit Review + Coupon
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About This Birchbox Kit
The Box: The Serums Starter Kit
The Cost: $20 + $5 shipping ($25 value)
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The Products: Products with concentrated ingredients to help you get the most out of your overall skincare routine.
Birchbox The Serums Starter Kit Review
Here is the info sheet detailing the products included.
Acure Brilliantly Brightening™ Glowing Serum, Full-Size! – Retail Value $19.99
When I went to apply this I was surprised that it was more of an oil than typical serum, and I was a bit nervous as I was applying it in the morning when usually I apply my oils at night. This absorbed into my skin really quickly and didn’t leave me feeling greasy. What it did do is leave my skin feeling soft and plump thanks to the argan, pumpkin, and cranberry seed oils. This had a light herbal scent that I found to be pleasant, and the scent did fade quickly. Considering this is a full-size product that is the same cost as the entire box, I am happy that I like it!
This serum is cruelty-free, paraben-free, and vegan. It is formulated with hyaluronic acid for hydration and cloudberry seed oil to protect your skin against the elements. I would say this serum is best for morning use underneath your regular moisturizer, and while it does help with the hydration it isn’t too heavy for my oily skin.
Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, 0.17 oz – Estimated Value $14.45 (buy a 1 oz pump here for $85)
I got the full-size version of this product in the January Allure Beauty Box, and it never became a part of my everyday routine. I felt like it left my face feeling sticky, and I was never able to get around that. This is designed to brighten and plump your complexion, and I think it would be best for dry skin rather than oily skin—that beeswax does pack some extra hydration along with the vitamin C and E.
Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate, 0.17 oz – Estimated Value $5.90 (buy a 1.7 oz jar here for $59)
I love Kiehl’s, and I am happy any time that I see the brand in subscription boxes! This serum is specifically for very dry skin, so I used this as sparingly as possible. This does have silicone, which can be an irritant for acne-prone skin. This serum will work best for dry or aging skin, as it fights to plump up fine lines and rough texture.
I had never tried this before, but this product has over 18,000 reviews and a four-star rating on Birchbox—that is a strong recommendation! This had a pleasant scent that was a bit citrusy and a bit herbal, so be aware if you are sensitive to fragrance. This serum is packed with moringa oil and aloe vera and is designed be used as a spot treatment for pimples or as a way to balance your skins natural oil production. I have a few pimples that are fading into acne marks rather than being an active pimple, and I felt like this helped move along the process.
This product, hands down, is one of the (if not the) best products I have ever used for the redness in my skin. I wish I had discovered this product years ago—it instantly calms both natural redness and inflamed skin and makes it look like your natural skin tone. I own this in the full-size and use it every morning underneath my moisturizer, and I will probably buy this for the rest of forever. Now that I have been using it for over a month, I do also think this serum has helped with lessening my inherent redness along with masking the appearance of it every day. If you have angry red pimples that like to show up from time to time or have rosacea, this serum should definitely be on your must-try list.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, 0.05 oz – Estimated Value $2.88 (buy the full-size jar here for $98)
Sleeping masks are all the rage now, but I feel like this was the OG. This serum is designed to increase the cell turnover production that happens when you sleep so your skin looks smooth, clear, and soft when you wake up the next morning. I definitely feel like this makes a difference in the overall clarity of my skin, but it is a bummer that this kit only includes enough for one use.
The Verdict: Another great discovery kit from Birchbox! This was a great way to sample different high-quality serums, and I love that a wide array of brands and concerns were included in this box. I think the Acure serum would work for most people, and considering that is full-size and worth the same price as the entire cost of the box, the value is definitely there. Birchbox promises a $62 value in this box, and I actually calculated a value of $65.44. I am impressed, Birchbox!
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: This box costs $20 + $5 shipping and I calculated a value of $65.44. That means you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Acure: $7.64
- Air Repair: $1.37
- Sunday Riley: $5.52
- Kiehl’s: $2.25
- Balance Me: $4.13
- Dr. Jart: $2.98
- Estee Lauder: $1.10
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