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Birchbox The Best-Sellers Set Box Review – January 2019

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakJan 17, 2019 | 3 comments

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Birchbox
3.7 overall rating
659 Ratings | 190 Reviews

Birchbox recently added a new discovery kit to their lineup — The Best-Sellers Set.

FYI – this kit is still available for purchase!

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

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About This Birchbox Kit

The Box: The Best-Sellers Set

The Cost: $42 + $5 shipping ($85 value)

Check our Birchbox Coupon List to get the most up-to-date coupon!

The Products: Staples to give you your best (and most stress—free) look ever

Ships: to the US and Canada

Birchbox The Best-Sellers Set Review January 2019

Normally these kits come with an info sheet, but this one came without. Let’s jump in!

 

Birchbox The Best-Sellers Set January 2019 - Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner Close Front Birchbox The Best-Sellers Set January 2019 - Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner Open Front Birchbox The Best-Sellers Set January 2019 - Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner Open Top

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner, Full-Size! – Retail Value $22

Ahh, the classic black eyeliner that everyone loves to hate. You know, I feel a bit bad for Eyeko- this is a solid black eyeliner that is easy to control and doesn’t smudge. But when it has been included in almost every subscription box out there, it isn’t as exciting. It also has a four and a half star rating with over 56,000 reviews on the Birchbox page, which is impressive.

Birchbox The Best-Sellers Set January 2019 - Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume & Curl Mascara Close Front Birchbox The Best-Sellers Set January 2019 - Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume & Curl Mascara Open Top

Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume & Curl Mascara, Full-Size! – Retail Value $24

This is a solid mascara and lengthens and curls my lashes without clumping, but I don’t really get much of the promised volume. This didn’t smudge under my eyes and it is easy to get the base of my lashes with the wand.

Birchbox The Best-Sellers Set January 2019 - Love Of Color One & Done Shadow Stick In Heavy Petal Open TopBirchbox The Best-Sellers Set January 2019 - Love Of Color One & Done Shadow Stick In Heavy Petal Close Front

Love of Color One & Done Shadow Stick in Heavy Petal, Full-Size! – Retail Value $10

I really like the shadow sticks from Birchbox’s house line- they’re creamy, pigmented, and affordable. Heavy Petal is a gorgeous light rose gold that looks great lined on your bottom lash line or in the inner corners to brighten your eyes up.

Birchbox The Best-Sellers Set January 2019 - M·A·C Cosmetics Cremesheen Lipstick In Crosswires Close Top Birchbox The Best-Sellers Set January 2019 - M·A·C Cosmetics Cremesheen Lipstick In Crosswires Open Front

M·A·C Cosmetics Cremesheen Lipstick in Crosswires, Full-Size! – Listed Value $18.50

The cremesheen lipstick line from MAC is a more comfortable and balmy version of their matte lipsticks. Crosswires is a nude orange-pink with a semi-glossy finish, and it starts off sheer and can be built up. One swipe of this is a great natural, low maintenance look on me that doesn’t dry my lips out the way matte lipsticks can.

Birchbox The Best-Sellers Set January 2019 - Benefit Cosmetics High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter Close Top Birchbox The Best-Sellers Set January 2019 - Benefit Cosmetics High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter Open Front

Benefit Cosmetics High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter, 0.13 oz – Retail Value $12

This is the only non-full size product in the box, but Sephora sells this mini size so I guess by technicality this is a full-size product too. I love Benefit Cosmetics- I use their Gimme Brow religiously and I really like their Bad Gal Bang mascara and lip tints. High Beam is actually new to me, and in a world of so many highlighters, I was surprised by how much I liked this. It starts off sheer and then can be built up, and it blends out beautifully. The glow this gives is subtle, too- there are no large chunks of glitter anywhere.

Birchbox The Best-Sellers Set January 2019 - Birchbox The Best-Sellers Swatch Top

Here are two swipes of the highlighter above the eyeliner, lipstick, and eyeshadow.

Birchbox The Best-Sellers Set January 2019 - Too Cool For School All-iIn-One Egg Mellow Cream 5-In-1 Firming Moisturizer Close Front Birchbox The Best-Sellers Set January 2019 - Too Cool For School All-iIn-One Egg Mellow Cream 5-In-1 Firming Moisturizer Open Front

too cool for school All-in-One Egg Mellow Cream 5-in-1 Firming Moisturizer, Full-Size! – Retail Value $36

I don’t know if this moisturizer firms my face like it claims (luckily I am still young enough that my skin is pretty tight), but I like how multi-use this is. It can be used as a serum, moisturizer, eye cream, or sleeping mask! This is made with egg yolk extract, niacinamide, and collagen, and it absorbed easily into my skin. If using it as a sleeping mask I would recommend applying it on thicker, but overall this is a handy moisturizer to have in your arsenal.

Verdict: I think this is one of the best kits of all time from Birchbox! This is on the pricier end of discovery kits, but it comes with five of the six items being full-size (and the Benefit mini is debatably full-size). This kit covers all of your makeup basics with good-quality items, and this would be a great gift to someone who is looking to enter the makeup world. Value-wise, I calculated a total value of $122.50, which I think is outstanding (and blows the promised value of $85 out of the water).

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, as of publication, this box is still available!

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: This box cost $47 ($42 + $5 shipping) and I calculated a value of $122.50, which means you are paying approximately the following per item:

  • Eyeko Eyeliner: $8.44
  • Wander Beauty Mascara: $9.21
  • LOC Shadow Stick: $3.84
  • MAC Lipstick: $7.10 
  • Benefit Highlighter: $4.60
  • Too Cool For School Moisturizer: $13.81

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Jessica Hapak
Jessica Hapak
I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

Jessica Hapak
Jessica Hapak
I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.
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3 comments

missann

zzzzzzzzzzz Lots of repeats of other boxes and if I see one more Eyeko liner I’m gonna scream! $47??? Just no.

Allison

I bought this when you could get half off their kits and free shipping so I really got one heck of a deal!

Jessica Hapak

No kidding- that’s a steal! How are you liking it?

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