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Birchbox Clean Beauty Curated Box Review + Coupon – April 2020

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 ‘Clean Beauty’ 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 ‘Clean Beauty’ Curated Box Review – April 2020


Per usual, this month’s Birchbox came with a single info card that lists the products on the front, with a Birchbox Tip listed on the back.


Rael Hydration Sheet Mask – Estimated Value $3.20 (Buy a 5 pack for $16.00)

This mask is fantastic. The sheet is super soft, fits well, and really clings to my face. With pineapple, orange, and rose extract, this is one of the nicest smelling masks I’ve tried. After 10 minutes, I removed it to reveal a little serum that was not overwhelming and easily absorbed into my skin. No stickiness, just a soft, hydrated face.


Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain in Forever Pink, sample size – Buy the full size for $28.00

I tried to do a swatch for this one but it barely shows up. This mini lipstick goes on practically clear and changes color on my lips to give a subtle pop to my natural color. It feels very hydrating, like a lip balm, and has a faint fruity scent. As a cheek color, it’s a little too pink for me, but it does give a rosy fresh glow. The tube is so itty bitty that I feel like it’d get lost in the bowels of my purse so I’ll be keeping it on my vanity to use.


Beautycounter Counter+ No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil, sample size – Buy a full-size 0.67 oz. for $69.00

In past review comments, Beautycounter has been called out as an MLM brand due to the fact that you can “become a consultant” to sell the products on your own. I agree that with all the beauty brands out there, this is an interesting choice for Birchbox to include. Just last month I received a different oil from Beautycounter in Birchbox as well, so be aware that when subbing, this could pop up in a box (at least the curated ones). That being said, this ylang ylang forward facial oil has a pleasant scent and is really lightweight. It does make my skin look brighter and feel more hydrated with just one or two drops.


OneKind Pore-Fectionist Refining Facial Mask, 0.33 fl oz. – Estimated Value $3.17 (Buy a full-size 2.5 oz. for $24.00)

I got a full size of this mask a few months back from another box and really enjoyed it. This mini presents me with a travel version so that if I feel the need to mask while out of town, I can do so. Clay masks are my favorite type of mask and this one is made with pink kaolin and bentonite clays along with salicylic and lactic acids and barley seed extract. Together they reduce redness, detoxify, and get rid of any dull dead skin sitting at the surface to reveal fresh bright skin. I like the semi-thick consistency of this mask that changes to a different pink color as it dries. Once removed with a warm washcloth, my skin feels freshly born and a bit more tight without feeling dry.


tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel, 0.25 oz. – Estimated Value $1.76 (Buy a travel-size 1.7 oz. for $12.00)

Birchbox has been going hard on the tarte samples lately and I have to say that I enjoy it. This clean beauty brand is super popular for a reason and the new-to-me gel cleanser is no exception. I think it smells fantastic and gives me a nice lather as I massage it onto my face with some water. It rinses away clean and my skin feels fresh and new.

Verdict: This curated Birchbox has five clean beauty items that include some brands I’m already familiar with. I found all of them to be nice, but the value didn’t really hit as much as I wanted. I wasn’t able to calculate values for two of the samples since they were unmarked, but for the four I could, this only came to $8.13. Assuming the mini lipstick and serum sample make up the difference, that makes them each cost about $3.43 to break even. While I liked all of the items here, I always wish the samples were a little bigger or worth a bit more.

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, you are paying $3.00 per item.

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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 | 6 comments

Comments (6)

  1. My take:
    1. I haven’t tried the mask yet, but I am really looking forward to it.
    2. I have many of those Jane Iredale lippies, and they do nothing for me. Of course I personally prefer a very saturated color lip product, so this just doesn’t do it for me, and I already have balms and things for when I just want to moisturize my lips.
    3. The Beautycounter Counter+ No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil was actually my favorite product this month, save for possibly the month. I have been using mine as a cuticle oil, though, and it smells good as I drift off to sleep with my hands tucked under my pillow. I have really oily skin and hate to add more oils to my face, but I might try that and see how it works.
    4. The pore refining mask did nothing for me.
    5. The Tarte gel cleanser was ok, but nothing outstanding to me. It could just be that I have so many cleansers to choose from that this just didn’t stand out to me.

    I didn’t realize the value was so low, and that is disappointing; however, I did choose this box as my sample choice for April, so that is on me. I was more interested in the products than the value.

  2. This is five items, not six. REALLY disappointing box.

    • Ugh- what is up with me lately? Thanks for the catch! Updating now.

      • It is still there in the Verdict section; 4 items and 2 items. No biggie, but I did keep looking for that sixth item. LOL

  3. I received the same box and I was very disappointed with the sample sizes and value. I think I likely to cancel my subscription. At least the May box by as a better value. I am locked in at $10/month but I often don’t think it’s worth it.

    • Yea- this one was one of the lowest RVs I’ve seen in a while. Even if I was able to find values for the two items- maybe it broke even? I suppose this is more a discovery box than anything else. So if someone is just looking to try new things to buy later then it might be worth it for that.

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