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Birchbox Curated Box #1 Review + Coupon – October 2019

Birchbox Review - October 2019

Every month, Birchbox sends samples (and sometimes full-sizes) of new and exciting beauty products from top brands for $15/month. They allow subscribers to pick between a curated box (all samples revealed) or a single sample choice with the rest of the items arriving as a surprise. Birchbox is one of the original beauty subscription boxes and is a great way to discover new makeup, hair care, and skincare products without breaking the bank.

This review is of the “After Dark” curated box.

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About this Curated Beauty Box

The Subscription Box: Birchbox

The Cost: $15.00 a month + free shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.

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: The US, France, Spain, and the UK

Birchbox October 2019 “After Dark” Curated Box #1 Review


There are two info cards in this month’s Birchbox. One of the cards details the included five items and has “Trick or Treat” tips on how and when to use certain skincare products. The other card talks about how to get $5 off and a free box for yourself when you buy a gift subscription for the beauty-lover in your life.


Love of Color Liquid Shimmer Shadow in Moonlight, FULL SIZE 0.03 oz. – Retail Value $10.00

I am no stranger to Love Of Color’s liquid shadow since I received a different color of this product in a previous box back in July. This small tube packs a ton of pigment in a gentle rose-bronze tone. It’s really consistent and buildable so you can use it to add a touch of glam or layer it on for a bold look. I appreciate how easily this goes on and use my fingertip to smooth it across my lids which makes me need one less brush. Once it dries, it stays put too so there’s no fallout like you’d get with a powder.


amika Supernova Moisture and Shine Cream, 0.67 oz. – Estimated Value $5.08 (Buy a full-size 3.3 0z for $25.00)

I love how amika products smell and this supernova cream is no exception. The product itself is a lotion-consistency and should be combed through damp hair after washing to help tame frizz and add moisture. I don’t need an incredible amount of moisture, but I do need help with my frizzy flyaways. Because I have fine hair, I never want to put anything heavy in my hair and this cream is very lightweight. I used a very small amount and concentrated on the ends of my hair. It definitely looks shinier and I did notice fewer flyaways. This is a win in my book!


Love Beauty and Planet Volume and Bounty Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo, 3 oz. – Estimated Value $2.00 (Buy a full-size 13.5 oz for $9.00)

Volume is exactly what my hair needs and as soon as I washed out this shampoo in the shower, the texture of my hair changed. It felt a bit more dense, in some respect. I like that it’s plant-based, cruelty-free, and made without dye, parabens, or silicones. It also happens to smell really lovely with a sweet floral coconut scent. Even though this is a trial-size, its chubby little body will yield quite a few washes while traveling.


Love Beauty and Planet Volume and Bounty Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Conditioner, 3 oz.  – Estimated Value $2.00 (Buy a full-size 13.5 oz for $9.00)

Ditto on this conditioner. Smells nice, has a moisturizing formula, and a little bit goes a long way. It makes my hair shiny and feel soft yet look a bit fuller.


Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, 1 oz. – Estimated Retail Value $4.60 (Buy a full-size 5 oz for $23.00)

When I first squeezed some of this out of the tube, I did a double-take thinking it may be a mud mask. That’s because it’s made with Brazilian clay that exfoliates and draws out toxins. I found this to be ultra-gentle and quite spa-like while using. Once washed clean, it didn’t leave my face overly squeaky clean but added some moisture as well so I wasn’t immediately running for hydration in another product.

Verdict: This curated Birchbox included five items and has an estimated retail value of $23.68 which isn’t bad for a $15 box, but I think most people want a higher value. For me, this one wasn’t really anything to write home about. I enjoy the shampoo/conditioner combo and 3 ounces will last me quite a few trips, but seeing as though the eye shimmer was the big-ticket item of the box and I have one already, I wasn’t really wowed. I did like the Kiehl’s cleanser but perhaps not enough to go out a full-size once I’ve used this one.

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? If you subscribe to Birchbox now, be sure to check the image on the sign-up page. The box design pictured at the bottom is the first month you’ll receive. You can’t pick a curated box like this one 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 $15.00 for this box, here’s what you are approximately paying for each product:

  • Eyeshadow: $6.33
  • Shine Cream: $3.22
  • Shampoo: $1.27
  • Conditioner: $1.27
  • Cleanser: $2.91

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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, Cheap Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: birchbox | 7 comments

Comments (7)

  1. Has anyone else not received their box yet? I am supposed to receive 2 boxes this month. I have not received any information about them at all. No tracking or anything.

    • I literally just received my box today. They didn’t send me this box, (even tho it’s the one I picked,) what they told me is in my comment below yours

  2. This is the box I was SUPPOSED to get. Having already received 2 of my boxes and still not heard a thing from BB, I was fixing to ask them what the deal was when I received an email saying their shipping is tripping, I’ll receive my box Oct 25-28, they didn’t have enough of this curated box even though I picked it almost immediately, (and didn’t have a problem doing so), etc. Said they’re hand choosing my box like a regular box had I not chose any option. I’ve been scouting the interwebs trying to see if anyone else has had this problem or heard anything like this, but I haven’t seen a damn thing! I’m uber frustrated 😒😩

  3. I love that kiehl’s cleanser. I got it in ipsy once and every time I washed my face, my brain just kept saying “wow!! Wow!!!”

  4. I had a BB sub a few years ago and loved it as a discovery box but then I kept getting repeats. I think it’s a great beauty box for people starting out with beauty boxes. I discovered some amazing products that I continue to use. I still shop the BB site when they have deals.

  5. Birchbox was my first subscription. I loved their presentation and I was introduced to so m any great products. However, when they began using multiple repeats this past year in the curated and the ‘surprise me’ boxes I cancelled. The price increase was not being justified.

  6. 3 of these items are repeats. Only the shampoo & conditioner are new. I just don’t understand this box. They must buy too much product every order.

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