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Birchbox x Out Magazine Review + Coupon – June 2019

Birchbox X Out Magazine Review

Every month, Birchbox lets subscribers pick between a curated box (all samples revealed) or a single sample choice with the rest of the items arriving as a surprise. This review is of one of this month’s curated boxes.

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About This Curated Beauty Box

The Subscription Box: Birchbox

The Cost: $15.00 a month + free shipping

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, France, Spain, and the UK

June 2019 Birchbox x Out Magazine Curated Box Review


This month came with a little folded card explaining the Birchbox philosophy of ‘you time’.


Then, there’s a card explaining their loyalty program.


You’ll also get a card introducing Phillip Picardi from Out Magazine (who curated the box) plus the items included and some tips on how to use them.

Ready to see what we got? Let’s go!


MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance, 0.2 oz. – Estimated Retail Value $8.40 (Buy a full-size 1 oz. for $42.00)

Since I try to keep my makeup routine to a minimum, I don’t normally wear primer, but I have to say that this feels quite nice. The cream is very light and finishes to a soft matte effect with a slight sparkle. It’s made with vitamins E and C as well as caffeine that calms your skin so it creates a nice little base for your foundation to stick to.


Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara, 0.1 oz. – Estimated Retail Value $6.25 (Buy a full-size 0.3 oz. for $25.00)

I’m a big fan of mascaras that have these types of short bristled wands. I tend to believe them to be a bit less messy and deliver the product in a non-clumpy way to my lashes. My lashes also don’t stick together as this wand does a great job of separating. This mascara gives my lashes a longer, fuller look and of course the black pigment helps pop against my eyes.


Acure Incredibly Clear Sheet Mask x 2 – Total Retail Value $9.98 ($4.99 each)

In January while I was visiting my bestie who lives right outside San Francisco, I somehow forgot my moisturizer and she introduced me to the clean beauty store, Credo. After about an hour of perusing product, I settled on a small tube of Acure’s Incredibly Clear Mattifying Moisturizer, so I am somewhat familiar with and trust this brand. I was tickled to receive not one but two of their sheet masks from the same “incredibly clear” line as the moisturizer I own. The mask itself is black and fits my face quite well. It contains BHA (beta hydroxy acid), cucumber, white willow, marshmallow, and licorice root to help “soothe and clarify” the skin. Per usual, there is some elixir leftover that I then massaged into my skin which felt incredibly hydrated and fresh.


Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum, 0.17 oz. – Estimated Retail Value $12.50 (Buy a 0.33 oz. for $25.00)

Murad has always been a brand I know to deliver a great product, but I’ve never tried their Retinol Youth Serum. This small trial size is just enough to get a feel for how it works. It has a thicker consistency than I’d expect a “serum” to be and has a creamy pale yellowish tone to it. Though I cannot put my finger on it, I enjoy the gentle scent and it feels really soothing and soft on my skin. The directions say to apply a thin layer at night after cleansing but before a moisturizer but it honestly does feel very moisturizing on its own. I still followed the directions and so far so good! Something like this will take a bit to see results but I am digging the ritual.


Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser, 0.25 oz. – Estimated Retail Value $2.28 (Buy a full-size 4 oz. for $36.55)

Yeah, I’m pretty obsessed with this cleanser. 1. It smells amazing, like lemonhead candy. 2. It has a fun gritty texture that melts away once you apply this to wet skin. 3. It creates a fun foam that really feels like it’s getting into my pores and then rinses away to leave my skin feeling squeaky clean. I’ve never used anything like it and I’m super tempted to buy the full-size version of this even though I don’t need a new cleanser. HALP.


Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray, 0.67 oz. – Estimated Retail Value $ (Buy a full-size 6.8 oz. for $39.00)

I feel like most thickening sprays only leave my hair feeling tangled and dry, but holy mackerel, this stuff is legit. I have fine limp hair and using this spray in it after washing while it’s still damp really helps the volume without making my hair feel gross. Bonus: it smells kinda fruity and nice. Blerg/Yay- another full-size item I’m tempted to get!

Verdict: As someone who receives a lot of full-size beauty through other subs, I have to say that I was very impressed with the minis that were delivered in this curated Birchbox. I get a little snobby about sample sizes but there is plenty of product here to get acquainted with new brands and I ended up really loving a couple enough (like the Oribe spray and Suki cleanser) to consider buying the full size. I also have a little less guilt about the prospect of finishing something that is full-size since these are easier sizes to get through. I estimated this box to have a retail value of  $43.26 which is great for the $15.00 cost. Well done, Phillip and Birchbox!

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? If you subscribe to Birchbox now, 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.

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

Value Breakdown: At $15 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • MAC Primer: $2.91
  • Benefit Mascara:$2.17
  • Acure Masks: $3.46 ($1.73/ea)
  • Murad Serum: $4.33
  • Suki Cleanser: $0.79
  • Oribe Thickening Spray: $1.33

Alternatively, each item has an average cost of $2.14.

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Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a lipstick connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. She loves discovering new clean beauty brands and has quite the collection of beautifully packaged serums and moisturizers.

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Birchbox Reviews, Cheap Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: birchbox | 8 comments

Comments (8)

  1. Hi Marne!
    For the Oribe, you may want to keep an eye on TJ Maxx’s site, because right now they have a decent selection of Oribe products (but not the thickening spray right now 🙁 ). Also, I purchased the Suki cleanser at Costco for something like $19.99 (or maybe even cheaper) not too long ago. Costco had this cleanser on their site (and in their warehouses) for a while, but I don’t see it there right now. (again 🙁 ) But I still thought I’d mention these because both the inventory on TJ Maxx’s & Costco’s sites are always changing, plus I’ve seen plenty of times where they’ll restock something. 🙂

    • Btw, I’m so jealous you got to shop at Credo! How was the shopping experience?

    • Oh wow- thanks for the tip, Luna! The funny thing is that it never occurred to me to check TJ Maxx’s website. I’m so used to just scouring their stores IRL. 🙂 I’ll be keeping an eye out…
      Thanks for the Suki tip too! I have a tiny bit left and find myself clinging to it even though the joy of finishing something would be very satisfying.
      Credo was pretty awesome. It was exciting to see so many natural brands’ full lines represented in person that I usually only see online or in a limited scope through subscription boxes. Definitely wish we had something like that here in Pittsburgh!

      • Awesome! Follain opened in my city last year, and talk about feeling like a kid in a candy store!!! It was so awesome seeing all of those green beauty brands in one place. The only thing was that since I have been subbed to boxes (off & on) since 2016, it felt like I had already received a good portion of what they carried in a box at one time or another. Nice! But, of course, I still found some new discoveries to take home with me on that first visit. 🙂

      • I went to that Follain when I was in your city! Truly lovely. 🙂 Enjoy it for me!
        Already having all the cool products = that sub box life. Amirite?

      • Totally! 😀 I’m glad you went to that mall too! That is my most favorite place to shop, and they just opened a k-beauty store that was originally a pop-up, but I guess they did really well (I’m sure partly thanks to me. jk but nr lol!!! ), so now it’s a permanent shop! They have a lot of expansion plans in the works, and my dream would be if they brought in a Lush, Riley Rose, and a high-end beauty store like Space NK or CosBar in addition to the ones they already have (Blue Mercury, Sephora, Kiehl’s, Aveda, L’Occitane, and Follain). I know that’s a ton of beauty stores in one place, but all malls always have a ton of clothing/shoe stores, and in my mind all of those beauty stores have their own specific niche, so it should work, right??? 😉 The only thing I thought weird about Follain was how for the most part they only had the testers out, and you have to ask them to get whatever you want to buy for you. To be honest, the few times I’ve been in there, after browsing, I tend to forget what I wanted! lol! So, it’d be a lot easier if I could just grab & hold the product so I don’t forget. Plus, it’s just a little weird to be like, “I’d like this, and this, and this…” to the sales rep as they’re scrambling around the store getting everything for me.

  2. This was my box selection this month and, like you, I’m SUPER happy!! Everything is great, not a single disappointing product. If this is the direction Birchbox is going in, I’m definitely here for it.

    • YES! Great to hear that you had as much of a positive experience as I did with this one, Emily!

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