Birchbox Sample Box Review + Coupon – November 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.
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
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 November 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!
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30, .17 fl oz – Estimated Value $5.20 (Buy a 1.7 oz full size for $52)
This is a newer product from Dr. Jart+! I tried a sample from a different subscription and loved it. It’s designed to even out skin tone and get rid of redness and it does a great job. It also feels really nice as a day cream, even with my dry skin. This has been an awesome new discovery for me!
It’s a 10® Miracle Leave-In Product, 2 fl oz – Estimated Value $9.26 (Buy a 4 oz full size for $18.52)
This leave-in treatment is a fantastic product! It’s designed to help with 10 different hair benefits (repairing strands, eliminating frizz, restoring shine, providing heat protection, preventing split ends, hair looks and feels healthier, and is stronger against future damage, too, etc). It smells lovely and works very well. I always use a leave-in product of some kind and this is a good one.
Lise Watier Dramatique Intense 3D Volume Mascara, .16 fl oz – Estimated Value $6.25 (Buy a .64 oz full size for $25)
This brand is new to me. The brush is designed to help add maximum value easily, and the shape instantly reminded me of Make Up For Ever’s Smoky Extravagant Mascara. I thought it did a good job adding some volume but it did take a little work to get to the intensity I like. The formula is an intense black but it just wasn’t easy to apply the amount of formula I wanted, and the brush didn’t really get in between my lashes to help with that. I also had a small amount of smudging by the end of a (pretty active) day, as well. I’ll probably finish up this sample but I won’t personally be buying a full-size.
Love of Color Liquid Shimmer Shadow, in shade “Aurora”, .03 fl oz – Full Size! Retail Value $10
This was my sample choice for the month. Love of Color is Birchbox’s house line. Every time they send a LoC product in a box it’s full size, which is awesome – especially because it costs the price of the box! Liquid Shadows are one of my favorite new trends of this year. This Aurora shade is new, and it’s a very pretty lilac purple. I don’t have a lot of pinks/purples so I’m glad to add this to my collection. The formula goes on smoothly, builds easily, blends pretty well (I recommend blending with a brush), and lasted all day with no creases.
Here, I’m wearing the mascara and the liquid shadow (I did add a crease color when I wore it for the day).
Bonus: Vital Proteins Beauty Collagen Stick Packs, 1 pack – Estimated Value $2.43 (Buy 14 packs for $34)
This item is marked on the card as a bonus item, but this sample makes 5 in my box… If it’s truly a “bonus” then was I only meant to get 4 items this month?
That being said, I’m actually really happy to get this sample! I feel like everyone in my circle has been on the new trend of drinking collagen. I need to do a little more research, but it’s supposed to help with healthy hair, skin, and nails, and I’ve also heard it may help with joint health? I haven’t tried Vital Proteins yet, but my friend has been drinking some daily for a couple months and her normally super brittle nails have definitely strengthened. Do any of you drink collagen?
Verdict: November was a good month for me from Birchbox! I love the cream, liquid shadow, leave-in treatment, and getting to try Vital Proteins. The estimated value total adds up to $33.14 including the bonus – an awesome value from a $10 sample box!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? As of today your first box could still be an 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.
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 (excluding the “bonus” item)
- Cicapair: $1.69
- It’s a 10: $3.02
- Mascara: $2.04
- Liquid Shadow: $3.26
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
What do you think of my November Birchbox? Did you pick a curated box or a sample?