Vegan Cuts Beauty Box Subscription Review – January 2019
The Vegan Cuts Beauty Box is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription box. All of their products are vegan (and they tend to be natural, too). They also typically include a nice mix of full-size and sample beauty items. Vegan Cuts also offers a monthly Snack Box and quarterly Makeup Box.
This review is of the Vegan Cuts Beauty, $22.95 a month, box.
Vegan Cuts sends a single package to subscribers who get both the beauty and snack boxes. The beauty items are separated into a little bag. (If you do not get the snack box, I don’t think you get the little bag.)
Vegan Cuts sent us this box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box
The Subscription Box: Vegan Cuts Beauty Box
The Cost: $22.95 on a month-to-month basis
The Products: Each box contains a mix of 4-7 full and sample size cruelty-free beauty must-haves, ranging from cosmetics to skincare to haircare. All items are void of toxic ingredients and animal byproducts.
Ships to: US for free, Canada for $9, and worldwide for $15.
Vegan Cuts Beauty Box January 2019 Review
The Vegan Cuts Beauty Box usually contains a variety of hair care, skincare, and bath and body products. There’s often one makeup product, as well:
Each Vegan Cuts Beauty Box comes with an information card detailing the items for that month.
Herban Collection Shae in Spearmint Rosemary (0.5 oz) – Estimated Value $5.33 (buy 1.5 oz for $16)
This is an intense moisturizing balm. It’s the kind of thing I use on elbows and heels, especially in winter. It really smells a bit medicinal, to be honest, like a muscle pain rub, although it doesn’t have a pain-relieving effect when used (mostly just soothing). The product information page lists this as being good for sun protection but it does not have SPF ingredients of any kind so I would not rely on it for that.
Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch (6 count) – Retail Value $2.50
These are made from hydrocolloid (which is kind of a generic term covering a class of substances that may have different properties – as a biochemist, I want a little more information). I seem to get similar items in K-Beauty boxes with some regularity. I really have far more of them than I will ever be able to use because, in my 40s, my skin just doesn’t break out as it did 20 years ago. I haven’t been able to try this yet because I haven’t had a suitable breakout for testing. But this is supposed to stick quite well and to absorb oils and such, keeping the applied area dry and promoting healing.
Mr. Bean Body Care Mandarin Coffee Scrub (7.76 oz) – Retail Value $16.99
Although I do not like the smell of coffee, I do regularly use coffee scrubs. They are very good at exfoliating body skin and keeping it clear. This one has coffee seed powder as the first ingredient and it is using the coffee powder as the main exfoliant so it is high on the shower messiness scale (doesn’t really dissolve). But it does seem like an effective product (not too much liquid as some scrubs can get) and it is reasonably priced and I would consider purchasing from this company, although I am not sure that fruit scents go the best with coffee. (They do have coconut and vanilla options as well, though.)
Body B Silk Natural Lash Serum – Retail Value $30
This is supposed to help lashes grow and includes ingredients like castor oil that I have seen in other lash growth preparations. (I do wish ingredients were printed on the package, though, as this product was a little difficult to find online.) The package doesn’t have any special applicator, it’s a flip-up tube kind of like your average shampoo bottle, which is a little strange. But this can be applied with a Q-tip (best bet for sanitary purposes) or makeup brush or something similar. Lash growth is something that takes a while so I haven’t yet seen any results, but it does not irritate my eyes (I’ve been using it at night so it doesn’t interfere with my contacts or eye makeup).
IBY Beauty Radiant Glow Highlighter in Prosecco (0.1 oz) – Estimated Value $7.06 (buy 0.17 oz for $12)
This is a new brand for me and one of my favorite items from the box (I actually still like getting highlighters and regularly use them). It is a very similar color to my skin tone (see below) so the highlighting effect is pretty subtle. This is slightly over half the full size and is plenty large enough for most of my regular highlighter brushes.
Here is a swatch of the highlighter. I promise it’s there!
Verdict: I calculated a value of $61.88 for this month’s Vegan Cuts Beauty Box. That is almost three times the cost of the subscription ($22.95 plus free US shipping). This month, some smaller/indie brands were featured, and the markup on those products is usually lower than big-name brands, so the value makes sense. I like the highlighter quite a lot as well as the scrub, and I would be happy if the serum ends up working (there is a lot to try, at least) so overall, I am happy.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? January boxes may still be available. They don’t have a standard cut-off date, but boxes don’t ship until their next month’s spoilers launch (typically between the 26th and 29th of each month).
Value Breakdown: At $22.95 for the box, you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Shea balm $1.98
- Patches $0.93
- Scrub $6.30
- Lash serum $11.13
- Highlighter $2.62
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What do you think of the January 2019 Vegan Cuts Beauty Box?