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The 23 Best Beauty Subscription Boxes – 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards

Every year we ask you, our readers, to tell us your favorite subscription boxes. The results of the 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards are in! This list features our fellow subscription fanatics’ top choices for skincare, makeup, and more.

What’s the best way to stay in the know about the latest trends in makeup, skincare, haircare, and beyond? You guessed it—beauty boxes.

And while beauty subscription boxes have been an easy way to get new products delivered to your doorstep for years, 2021 has presented a new crop of ultra-customizable and creative interpretations of what a beauty box can be. From skincare to makeup, there’s an option for everything.

If you’re not sure where to begin, these recommendations from our readers are a great place to start. Filled with premium brands, indie finds, new-to-the-scene products worth trying, and cruelty-free picks, this list is bound to contain the perfect box for your beauty hopes and dreams.

These boxes range from $5.00 per quarter to $58.95 per month. Whether your goal is to build your makeup collection or keep up with on-trend skincare products, you will absolutely find a box on this list of recommendations from subscribers in our community.

Can’t get enough beauty boxes? Check out our full list of beauty subscription boxes!

Most Popular Beauty Subscription Boxes Recommended by Our Readers

Best overall: Ipsy Glam Bag Plus

Best value: Ipsy Glam Bag

Best for trying new brands: Birchbox

Best for skincare: BeautyFIX

Best for clean beauty: Beauty Heroes

Best for vegan beauty: Petit Vour


Here are the beauty boxes that rank the highest among real subscribers:

1. Ipsy Glam Bag Plus

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The Cost: $25.00 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Has the most full-size items and most choice for picking in this price range. The algorithm really reads my preferences and feedback.” – Jenn

“The products are top notch and they offer exceptional customization! Each box is well worth the price.” – Ted

“After years of sub addiction, Ipsy Glam Bag Plus is one that I always come back to. The products are great! Even when the products miss the mark for me, the value is always there.” – Rebecca

About the Box: Topping our list of best overall beauty subscriptions this year is Ipsy Glam Bag Plus.

This subscription is an upgrade option from the standard Ipsy Glam Bag (which costs $12/month), and our readers are really amped over it for a few reasons.

First off, every box comes packed with a whopping 5 full-size products that are a mix of skincare and makeup. A recent delivery really wowed us with Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream, Pixi by Petra Nuance Quartette in Honey Nectar, Complex Culture Good Lighting Highlighter Duo and buttah. Cleanser. This subscription has got you covered from applying your makeup to removing it.

Even better than all those full-size beauty products for just $25 a month? Last year, Ipsy implemented an update that now allows subscribers to choose three of the products they’ll receive in each box (from a monthly rotating assortment of 10). That leaves plenty of room for customization, so you can stock your box with what you’ll know you’ll love. For the rest of the items, your profile preferences are consulted, so you’ll only be sent the creams, lip balms, cheek stains, palettes, and brushes the team at Ipsy knows you’ll enjoy.

Another reason our readers gave this beauty subscription box top honors? The Ipsy Glam Bag Plus always sends new beauty brands mixed in with well-known ones, so there’s a balance of fun familiarity and opportunities to find new faves.

Check out our Ipsy reviews and Ipsy spoilers to learn more! Ships to the U.S. and Canada.


2. BoxyCharm

BOXYCHARM December 2020 box with the sponge and glitter makeup lipstick mascara

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The Cost: $25.00 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Limited Time Only! Use code SWEETSURPRISE or TREAT4YOU to get a free Bee Beauty London Eyeshadow Palette ($50 value) or a free Farmacy BHA Toner ($28 value) + a $10 credit for the pop-up shop!

What Our Readers Say:

“Boxycharm is the best bang for your buck. You get tons of coveted high end products at a serious discount.” – Runner WHY

“Great overall variety. I’ve been a member for years and have a huge makeup and skincare collection now, all started with Boxy. Pop up sales and add ons make being a subscriber even better because you get products at a fraction of the cost.” – Alice R.

“BoxyCharm was untouchable this year. The products were amazing, the brands were amazing, and I was thrilled with every single box I received!” – Kitkat04

About the Box: BoxyCharm is a well-curated beauty box that manages to excite its subscribers month after month.

With your BoxyCharm subscription, you’ll receive 5 full-sized beauty productions from high-end brands with a total retail value of over $100. If you’re obsessed with makeup, BoxyCharm is the beauty subscription box for you. A recent box included the Wander Beauty Getaway Palette, a wonderfully-scented Saturday Skin Yuzu Vitamin C Sleep Mask, Trèstique Eye Duo: Mascara + Eye Pencil, Saint Luxe Beauty Secret Admirer & Love Letter Gel Lip Liner Duo and the super cute Glamierre Pink Luxe Glitter Eye Brush Collection.

You can expect to receive amazing cosmetics like eyeshadow palettes, beautiful blushes, and a variety of lip colors to try, as well as skincare products, beauty tools, and other great beauty finds in every box.

If you’re looking for even more products to fill your beauty bag, upgrade to BoxyCharm Premium ($35/month for 6-7 full-size beauty products) and BoxyCharm Luxe ($49.99/quarter for 8 full-size beauty items).

Check out all of our BoxyCharm reviews and BoxyCharm info to learn more. Ships to the U.S. and Canada.

3. Ipsy Glam Bag

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The Cost: $12.00 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“I love that we have a say. Every month we pick 1 item and we can add others to it. Great value and love the little pouches that come with it!” – Michelle

“Ipsy always seems to consistently provide the best value and the best delivery consistency.” – Rachelsbeautyspot

“I always use my Ipsy products since they are all tailored for me!” – Jacqueline Frazier

About the Box: Looking for the most bang for your buck? Ipsy Glam Bag is the beauty subscription box for you.

The Glam Bag Plus isn’t the only Ipsy favorite to top the beauty list for 2021, the original Ipsy Glam Bag subscription box also wins a top spot for its affordable price point and quality curation.

For just $12 a month, the Ipsy Glam Bag delivers incredible value with a mix of high-end and drugstore products. Inside a stylish beauty bag, you’ll find makeup, skincare and beauty tools.

A recent delivery of this beauty subscription box included Benefit Cosmetics’ They’re Real Magnet Mascara (a brand new product that just hit the market), Dionis Vanilla Bean Goat Milk Hand Cream, Ciaté London Fruit Burst Lip Oil in Mango & Lime, Clearly Balanced Days It’s The (Lip) Balm With CBD in Peppermint and Belle En Argent 8 Free Nail Polish in Like A Grape. Five items that add up to way more than $12.

Check out our Ipsy reviews and Ipsy spoilers to learn more! Ships to the U.S. and Canada.


4. Allure Beauty Box

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The Cost: $23.00 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Limited Time Only! Get a free Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit (Full Size) with your first box! No coupon needed - just use this link.

What Our Readers Say:

“Best value for the money. No repeated items. Wide variety of brands and types of products and no tiny sizes. Majority are extra deluxe samples and full sizes.” – Sherri

“Allure always sends new products and that keeps me excited about the box. I also like their choice of brands because they tend to include well-known brands with newer ones.” – Katrina

“Good balance of skincare and makeup. I’ve found some definite holy grails through this box.” – EK1006

About the Box: Subscribing to the Allure Beauty Box is like going behind the scenes at Allure magazine.

Inside this monthly beauty subscription box, you’ll find premium samples and full-size products from the top brands the editors at this popular magazine love (and you will too).

At $23 a month, this affordable price point makes the Allure Beauty Box an easy way to try the trending ingredients and current cosmetics you’ll see featured in the pages of Allure. A recent delivery had a jaw-dropping value around $265 and included products like 111 Skin Vitamin C Brightening Booster, Eyeko Double Act Shadow Stick in ‘Dusk/Dawn’ + Eyeko Sharpener, B.Glen Clay Wash Mild Facial Cleanser, Pixi LipGlow in Ruby, AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream and Mudmasky Eye Mask.

Perfect for the critical buyer, the Allure Beauty Box is especially apt for those who wish to sample the latest beauty releases before committing to the full-size purchase.

Check out all of our Allure Beauty Box reviews and Allure Beauty Box info to learn more. Ships to the U.S.


5. Birchbox

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The Cost: $15.00 per month.  Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“So many of my favorite staple beauty products have been, and continue to be, discovered in Birchbox. I also love being able to purchase those items in the Birchbox shop, especially when there’s a good sale! There are a few really great features about this box: easy to skip a month /swap for points or choose featured boxes, and earning points on purchases to spend on future purchases!” – Nervie

“They have an awesome rewards program and if you’ve got sample overload you can swap your box value for shop credit.” – Arlena

“Birchbox always introduces me to new items. Some samples are very small, but usually new to me, I like that.” – Jan

About the Box: There’s a good reason Birchbox is synonymous with beauty subscription boxes. With its amazing assortment of high-end samples, Birchbox has been a reader favorite for years.

Subscribe to Birchbox and every month, you’ll receive a new mix of 5 beauty samples, such as makeup, skincare, haircare, and fragrance items.

Subscribers have the option to select from several expertly curated boxes of samples or choose a sample choice box, which entails hand-picking one of your samples and letting the rest be selected by Birchbox with your beauty needs in mind. This box is a great way to try the brands and products you’ve been curious about, while also unboxing discovery with new ones, all from one budget-friendly assortment of monthly goodies. 

Check out all of our Birchbox reviews and our Birchbox info to learn more. Ships to the U.S., France, Spain, and the U.K.


6. The Box by Fashionsta

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The Cost: $24.99 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“The Box by Fashionsta is hands down the best curated box I’ve ever received and the value is amazing.” – Britt

“This box is a new and up and coming box. This box gets better every month. I can’t to see where the box will be in a year.” – Andihah

“The Box has the best quality and best customer service.” – Boxy Fox

About the Box: A beauty box brand that won the hearts of subscribers with its fresh appeal and indie brand assortments, The Box by Fashionsta offers beauty lovers 5-7 full-size products per month with great value. Subscribers rave about the variety, reasonable price point, and great balance of makeup and skincare products. Plus, for each box purchased, Fashionsta sees that makeup, beauty, and self-care items are donated to a non-profit crisis center based in L.A.— how’s that for beauty with a cause?

Check out our reviews of The Box by Fashionsta! Ships worldwide.


7. NewBeauty TestTube

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The Cost: $29.95 per box (bimonthly). Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“I love the high quality items they put in the tube. I can’t wait to try each one.” – Meaghan A.

“I love this box because it introduces me to new products and is more focused on skincare.” – Damianscloud9

“NewBeauty Testtube is consistently worth the cost and filled with unique things I can actually use. Whether it’s a less expensive item or a special product I never would have bought myself, there’s a lot of thought put into curation, especially since many of us have now sampled many products from beauty boxes and are hard to surprise..” – Kristy

About the Box: NewBeauty TestTube is one of our community’s favorite subscriptions for trying out new brands and ingredients. Subscribers can expect to receive a mix of well-known products and new high-quality brands that you’ll definitely want to try. To round out the experience, each membership comes with a free NewBeauty Magazine subscription, so you’re an expert in your beauty domain from the first box!

Check out all of our NewBeauty TestTube reviews and NewBeauty TestTube info to learn more. Ships to the continental U.S.


8. Margot Elena Discovery Box

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The Cost: $59.99 per quarter. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Always a delight to unbox, and I’ve found some new favorites. Anything I don’t need or want is easily repurposed as a gift that is always appreciated.” – Lele

“Exquisitely packaged, opening this quarterly box is like Christmas morning.” – Dawn

“ME is a beauty box completely different than the others. It’s more for the senses than the others.” – Mic Walker

About the Box: Margot Elena is the brand behind Lollia, TokyoMilk, and Library of Flowers. Each box contains full-size selections from those brands, plus beautifully designed stationery, wearables, luxurious fragrances, and lifestyle gifts. You have to act quickly on signing up for this quarterly subscription, however; each season’s box is curated in limited quantities, and tend to sell out fast!

Check out our Margot Elena Discovery Box reviews and Margot Elena Discovery Box info to learn more. Ships to the contiguous U.S.


9. BeautyFIX

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The Cost: $24.95 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“BeautyFIX offers an incredible array of high-end products every month. The value of the box is always many times higher than the subscription price. I have discovered so many new favorites!” – Amanda P.

“I love that this box delivers amazing beauty products, many in full size, AND beauty tools. Lots of boxes give make up brushes, this one gives hair brushes, accessory bags, mirrors, etc.” – Katie

“High-quality, useful products. New discoveries every month. Dependable delivery. Great customer service, and great $ value.” – Bernie

About the Box: BeautyFIX by is known for its incredible-quality and aesthetician-approved skincare items, but it’s good for the occasional makeup surprise as well. You can expect over $100 in retail value in every box, filled with premium goodies like hydrating serums, nourishing haircare products, anti-aging skincare solutions, and more.

Check out all of our BeautyFIX reviews and BeautyFIX info to learn more. Ships to the U.S.


10. Walmart Beauty Box

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The Cost: $5.00 per quarter. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“This is a hidden gem of a box. Inexpensive but receive at least one full-size product along with samples and deluxe samples.” – Rhonda Said

“Surprisingly fun and inexpensive. I have gotten great products from this box.” – Megs

“Nothing beats the value for this box and I have been introduced to some great beauty products through this.” – Emmi

About the Box: The Walmart Beauty Box sends subscribers a shipment of beauty samples for $5 per quarter, giving you plenty of time to explore your goodies before the next slew arrives! This subscription is a great way to trial familiar brands at a steal of a price, without the risk of waste were you to buy it full-size first. For those of us who just can’t get enough, Walmart Beauty also offers themed seasonal limited edition boxes for $12.98.

Check out our Walmart Beauty Box reviews and Walmart Beauty Box spoilers to learn more! Ships to the U.S.


11. GlossyBox

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The Cost: $21.00 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“I have subscribed to just about every box on the list and have found that GlossyBox provides the best selection of products and manufacturers, as well provides products in sizes that are large enough to give a very good sense of how the product works for me.” – DragonQueen

“Gorgeous packaging, and great products. This box feels like a gift each month.” – Marina

About the Box: Each month, GlossyBox delivers a nourishing haul of amazing cosmetics, skincare, and other must-have items in full and deluxe sizes. Filled with a fabulous combination of notable and under-the-radar brands, this box has proven itself to be the tried-and-true beauty box, beloved by subscribers worldwide for its quality, value, and variety.

Check out all of our GlossyBox reviews and GlossyBox info to learn more. Ships worldwide.


12. Kinder Beauty Box

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The Cost: $25.00 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MSA5 to get $5 off your subscription!

What Our Readers Say:

“While I have tried numerous subscription services for beauty products, Kinder Beauty Box has given me products that I have fallen in love with, and I’ve seen dramatic improvement in my skin’s appearance with their vegan and cruelty free products. I also really enjoy how many full-sized products come in this box each month, and I love their add-on and holiday shops!” – Jocie ran

“Great selection of natural beauty and skincare!” – Dani

About the Box: Curated with 100% vegan products and eco-friendly packaging, the Kinder Beauty Box is all about supplying subscribers with cruelty-free skincare, haircare, makeup, and other accessories. Each monthly box contains at least three full-sized beauty products in addition to an assortment of samples, and compassion is at the forefront, as a portion of its sales benefits animal rights and environmental causes.

Check out our Kinder Beauty reviews and Kinder Beauty spoilers to learn more. Ships to the U.S. & worldwide.


13. Macy’s Beauty Box

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The Cost: $15.00 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“The best value for department store beauty.” – misti

“Loved that they added in additional items, such as a makeup mirror compact.” – FaithAbdel

“Macy’s always has great name brand items.” – Shelby

About the Box: Macy’s Beauty Box makes its triumphant return to the beauty subscription box scene after several months on hiatus due to the pandemic, and readers could not be more thrilled. Even as the source for monthly beauty saw an extended hold, the love of its fans was neither lost nor forgotten. Now officially back to bring the beauty counter to your doorstep, Macy’s Beauty Box delivers 5 deluxe beauty samples from top-notch brands, along with a chic pouch, bonus item, and $5 coupon to use toward your next beauty purchase online or in stores.

Check out our Macy’s Beauty Box reviews and Macy’s Beauty Box info to learn more about this subscription box! Ships to the continental U.S.


14. Tribe Beauty Box

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The Cost: $34.99 per box (bimonthly). Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MSA to save 10% off your first box!

What Our Readers Say:

“Such an incredible box, with a great variety and high quality products – it makes my day!” – Sophiaj

“Best make up box out there! Best customer service! Works directly with brands. What you see for spoilers is actually what you get!” – askluna

About the Box: Tribe Beauty Box is a bi-monthly subscription box filled with 4-5 full or deluxe-sized products from trendy indie brands, including one face product, one tool, one eye product, one lip product, and/or one skin prep product. Supporting smaller brands and female-owned businesses, Tribe Beauty has a cult following that swears by its contents.

Check out our Tribe Beauty Box reviews and Tribe Beauty Box info to learn more. Ships to the U.S., Canada, Australia, UK, and EU.


15. FaceTory Lux Plus

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The Cost: $49.95 per quarter. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Facetory is by far the best value for luxury products I wouldn’t be able to find on my own. It is exactly why I got into subscription boxes – new products at a great price. Exactly what I didn’t know I needed.” – Ray w

“A consistently good box that’s always well curated! A great way to discover Korean skin care.” – Paula C.

About the Box: Beauty fans who love the sheet masks from K-beauty box FaceTory will adore the elevated experience of the quarterly FaceTory Lux Plus! Expect 10-12 items in each box, comprised of sheet masks, specialty items, and full-size beauty products. Sophisticated ingredients with high function are the norm with this amazing subscription, and in every season’s box rests a helpful companion guide filled with great beauty tips to aid in your optimal skincare routine.

Check out all our FaceTory reviews and FaceTory Lux Plus spoilers to learn more. Ships to the U.S. and Worldwide.


16. Beauty Heroes

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The Cost: $58.95 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“The value and quality of products for the subscription price is unbelievable. I have never been disappointed with this box and am always excited each month. It has never gotten boring.” – Erin Gallagher

About the Box: Beauty Heroes packs a small but mighty punch into its premium monthly box that leaves its subscribers in awe. Each box spotlights a full-size “hero” product in the face, body, hair, or sun care category, accompanied by a smaller yet still deluxe “sidekick” beauty product. The contents within are selected with a critical focus on clean beauty, nontoxic, and ingredient-conscious brands, and have gained popularity for their commitment to quality over extraneous quantity.

Check out all of our Beauty Heroes reviews and Beauty Heroes info to learn more. Ships worldwide.


17. The Clean Beauty Box

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The Cost: $44.95 per box (bimonthly). Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MSA10 to save 10% off your first order!

What Our Readers Say:

“Clean Beauty has the best customer service and spot on curation every time.” – Tina

About the Box: The Clean Beauty Box does just as the name implies – treats your skin, hair, and body to clean beauty products that are conscious and cruelty-free. Every other month, subscribers can expect 2-3 carefully vetted products from both established and rising brands to help you discover your newest cult favorites. Every product sourced is held to high standards and a strong commitment to using safe, high-quality, and ethically-sourced ingredients, while the value of its contents definitely brings subscribers ahead of the game in more ways than one.

Check out our Clean Beauty Box reviews and Clean Beauty Box spoilers to learn more. Ships worldwide.


18. FabFitFun

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The Cost: $49.99 per quarter. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Expiring Soon! Use code MSAPMD to get a PMD Microderm Pro (valued at $199) with an annual subscription!

What Our Readers Say:

“Wonderful products I get to try before I buy… so worth the few dollars a quarter. I enjoy trying new products and have loved the ones I’ve gotten from this company. Shipping and delivery always exceptional. And there is always open communication between myself and customer service if I find I need them.” – Kittykat45

“Although it is WAY more than a beauty box, my favorite beauty items have come from here.” – Amy W.

What You Get: FabFitFun is a lifestyle box full of wellness, style, and fitness goodies, hitting the Reader’s Choice Awards for 2021 across several categories, and the love for its makeup and skincare inclusions are no exception to this year’s all-stars of beauty. Subscribers love the full-size beauty products found inside this quarterly arrival, praising them for their quality and on-trend properties. Highlighting everything from eye masks, ingredient-conscious makeup, nail care, hair products, and more, FabFitFun delivers a plentiful, diverse, and thoughtful seasonal box that stands out among beauty box contenders.

Check out our FabFitFun reviews or read this FabFitFun info to subscribe. Ships to the U.S. and Canada.


19. Petit Vour

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The Cost: $18.00 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code FIRSTBOX to save 25% off your first box!

What Our Readers Say:

“Petit Vour is the best value for a cruelty-free beauty box out there. You get the chance to try everything from drugstore to luxury, and you earn point rewards for reviewing products in your box each month.” – Sherry

About the Box: This one’s for the vegan beauty fans! Petit Vour‘s monthly box contains a mix of sample products and full-size items from unique, high-quality, standard progressive brands. Subscribers love using this box to discover ingredient-conscious alternatives to the products they use most, in vast beauty categories from skincare solutions to cosmetics essentials.

Check out our Petit Vour reviews and Petit Vour info to learn more. Ships to the U.S. and Canada.


20. Scentbird

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The Cost: $14.95 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Buy one month, get your second month free! No coupon needed - just use this link.

About the Box: Scentbird is a perfume, skincare, makeup, and more subscription where you choose one scented item per month. When you sign up, you take a preferences quiz to help draw custom recommendations for you to try, and you can also browse and rate the rest of their selection to make the suggestions even more accurate. Subscribers love the flexibility found in either building a queue of fragrances they find intriguing or leaping for the monthly surprise.

Check out all of our Scentbird reviews and Scentbird info to learn more. Ships to the U.S.


21. Look Fantastic

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The Cost: $19.00 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Always a good deal and consistently a good mix of makeup, skincare and hair care products.” – Phoebe

“I feel that the items are a tad more luxurious and definitely more unique than other boxes around the same price.” – MSA reader

About the Box: Look Fantastic is a monthly beauty box hailing from the UK, sending subscribers at least 6 skincare, haircare, makeup, and body products, curated around a changing theme. It arrives nicely packaged in a high-quality box that’s ideal for storing and organizing the beauty and skincare items you receive, and comes with a copy of the UK version of Elle Magazine, offering a fresh perspective on global beauty brands and trends.

Check out our Look Fantastic reviews and Look Fantastic info to learn more. Ships to the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia.


22. Cocotique

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The Cost: $25.00 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“I love that their products are for me. All products aren’t made the same especially for women of color. We have different textures of hair and skin types.” – Stacy

About the Box: Cocotique is a monthly subscription box delivering beauty and lifestyle products specifically created for women of color and diverse ethnicities. Each month, subscribers receive a curated box of 5-8 full-size and travel deluxe sample products ranging from hair care, skin care, nails, fragrance, and makeup, to lifestyle products, and more. Find something you love? Cocotique has the full-size versions for sale in their shop, streamlining the discovery process as you unbox your latest fav!

Check out our Cocotique reviews and Cocotique info to learn more! Ships to the U.S.


23. Boxwalla Beauty

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The Cost: $49.95 per box (bimonthly). Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“You can tell that they spend time curating these boxes because what’s inside is so thoughtful and generous. Plus, I love the fact that it’s every other month so you don’t get bogged down in product.” – Jen Carnegie

“Out of all the boxes I’ve subbed to, Boxwalla is the only box that has consistently offered high quality products that I’m happy to receive month after month (every other, but still). The curation is beautiful, and the reusable boxes are the prettiest, most durable, and nicest to display.” – Elaine Kaiser

About the Box: This bimonthly beauty subscription box features full-sized and deluxe travel samples containing cruelty-free, nutrient-rich beauty products. Crafted by artisans around the world, each box is themed around a different aspect of what Boxwalla Beauty calls “the beauty ritual.” Boxwalla also curates boxes for three other categories, including books, film, and food, so you can shake things up and switch between genres from your second box for the most well-rounded experience.

Check out our Boxwalla Beauty reviews and Boxwalla Beauty Spoilers to learn more. Ships worldwide.


That wraps up our list of the best beauty subscriptions of 2021! Which boxes do you recommend?

Written by Samantha Sendor

Samantha Sendor

Samantha loves discovering new finds, whether through her travels to remote parts of the globe, or diving into the latest subscription box right from home! When she’s not creating content about all the things that make her happy, she can usually be found cooking, crafting, sketching, or goofing around with her daughter Penny.

Comments (517)

  1. Are the pictures provided an actual representation of what is in a single box?

  2. How is Allure #4 and Birchbox #5 when anytime spoilers or reviews are posted, the majority of the comments are about how Allure’s price hike isn’t worth it and that the quality has gone down since then?? And the volume of comments about how much everyone hates BB because of the tiny samples makes me doubt how they could even make it onto a top 23 list let alone #5?!?
    (Btw, I 100% agree with everyone on these points)

    Oh and yea. There’s the fact that these comments were all posted from 1+ years ago that makes this “2021” survey 100% unbelievable! Lololol 😂

  3. These comments date back 2 years how are these 2021 winners?

    • They update this post every year with the new winners rather than starting a new post.

  4. Boxwalla is the only box that has never made me unhappy at ALL. The products are always stellar and their customer service is the platinum standard. I love them madly.

    • What about Beauty Heroes?

  5. I see all these comments and one i dont see is my favourite it is the Box from Fashionsta This one i will say will be on top 5 easy in next 3 years if not sooner they are not very old but they put all there heart in soul in this box and they have a great mans to .I watched as the got off the ground and i have been with them for about 15 very happy months this team is Amazing and humble they also give back to womens Mission if you want to try something new and this is skincare and makeup give this box a try good for all ages and no glitter you wont be sorry .❤❤

    • I 1000% agree with you, I LOVE my box from Fashionsta, The Box! They are my favorite box hands down, I get Ipsy, Boxycharm, ETC however my Box from Fashionsta is my favorite, they are always putting new to me products, Indie brands, brands I’ve fallen in love with since getting the box and I too have been getting it for well over a year now! I think I started getting it the 3rd month they opened it up! I use 100% of the products vs my other boxes that I might only use up to maybe 3 of the products, and I don’t plan to cancel anytime soon either! I LOVE it so much that they give back to the women’s shelter there! Some of them woman come there with just the clothes on there backs! They get a great start back into life bcuz of this wonderful program they have! I too used to donate all my gently used clothes and my children’s clothes to a local women’s shelter in my area! I just can’t say enough good things about The Box! I highly recommend this box too, I’ve never received the mens box but I can definitely vouch for the women’s box! Highly recommend!! ❤️❤️ Never disappointed EVER!! ❤️❤️

    • I totally agree about The Box by Fashionsta! The are amazing and the value is always amazing for the price of the box!!! I love that you get a box filled with awesome indie brands that are so good for your skin!!!! My favorite gel moisture came from that box!!!! The Box is definitely my #2 favorite.

  6. I loved BoxyCharm. The monthly box was full size products that were fantastic. The eyeshadow kits were maybe a bit too young for me (almost 50) but I loved everything else, especially the skin care items.

    My major disappointment was the popup shop. On 4 separate occasions I ordered from the Popup shop. I never once received my orders. BoxyCharm was quick to refund my money but I would have preferred receiving the items. This is a known complaint of many subscribers. It is apparently hit or miss. Unfortunately for me it was a miss every time.

  7. I have IPSY, and it’s amazing, I pay 25$ per month but there are add ons, and I’ve received excellent products. I’ve paused my subscription and then come back, and there’s no penalty whatsoever. I recently upgraded to Glam Bag X and i’m truly happy with IPSY. there are skin care makeup hair care products, and it depends on your profile. But so far I would recommend it with my eyes close. A friend that tried many different boxes she told me ipsy was the best and I agree with her.

  8. Mintd Box will always be one of my favorites. Sad to see it’s not mentioned here. Their products are always amazing!!

  9. I hope I don’t regret subscribing to the See New Skincare box! It seems like it’s not mentioned a lot.

    • You won’t regret it, it’s great! It seem like when the company comes up in a tread, lots of people come out to praise it. I’m not sure why MSA doesn’t review it. It’s a fantastic sub.

    • I agree. See New Skincare is great. I just resubscribed after trying a few other boxes and missed this box. A good selection of quality products and customer service is excellent.

      • I was surprised to not see it on here as well! I’ve tried their most recent box and loved it so I’m sure you’ll enjoy it! tbh you get more products in their box for a way higher value which i think most people don’t realize

    • See New Skincare is amazing you’ll love it all their boxes have been pretty amazing.

  10. I agree 100%✓
    I was with ipsy for over a year & I enjoyed it even though it was samples but the cost was low.
    I kept seeing ads for Boxycharm but kept putting off switching…always got busy, out it off…now after several months with Boxycharm & only paying like $12 more, I can’t even image the amount of product I would have had had I just changed to Boxycharm much sooner! Not to mention, I use almost every single item I’ve received!! I’m finding huge treasures in the add on products with sales at up to 93% off on products I would buy at full price for quality and effective skincare! Idc about the charms really but whether I use them or not, I’m getting a huge bargain every single month and finding great products that otherwise I’d not have known about!! If I would change anything at all, it would be that I could upgrade to the next price box as I don’t need 2 boxes per month but other than that, it’s a complete success, not one complaint from me at all bc I love pampering myself, I love pampering my skin, I love surprises and I get all that for a small fee of $25 a month 😃❤️
    If we have to ever cut back on extras at my house, I would prefer some of my tv packages be downsized than to let my boxycharm go! Where were these when I was in my 20s, 30s & 40s as this year, I start my 50th year being alive and loving beauty and skincare ❤️🎇
    Like the og poster said, just go ahead and do it! You won’t be disappointed!
    PS I’m getting absolutely no kickback for my honest opinion either. I’ve actually just gotten my friend to join after an evening of discussing a good skincare regimen for her and I’m not even doing the refer a friend for the charms! When mine add up to a substantial amount, I will buy myself a little something extra but until then, if I never even use them, I’m saving tons of money and having fun doing it ❤️ thank you BC for such a great experience each month and off the chart products ❤️
    🎉Happy New Year to all my fellow sublettes 🎉
    Stay fabulous 💓


  12. I have tried Boxycharnd the products are too young for me, glittery and dark purples and green eyeshadows for the young. I am a young 55 year old. What would be the best box for me. I love receiving the monthly boxes but I just need more age appropriate products. SUGGESTIONS PLEASE.

    • Linda, I’m your age and agree about Boxycharm. Allure is really great. I use so much of what I get. The cost has recently increased, but the January box was great and February is looking good too. Try Allure! If you’re looking for a budget box, Macy’s is pretty good, too, for $15.

  13. Suggestions for boxes for ‘over 60’ age group

    • This is why I googled this as well. I had Birchbox for years and no matter what my profile, they continually send me pink or glitter for cheeks and eyes. I finally quit since I have a drawer of pink glossy lipstick/blusher.

    • Allure or Macy’s.

    • Journeebox

    • Hey Deb, we have lot of awesome subscribers that are over 60 years old and enjoy our box. We try to have a nice mix of skincare, haircare and glam. Some of our palettes get a little colorful, but we always aim to keep things neutral for all age groups to enjoy! Check us out on IG and let us know if you have any questions. 🙂


    I only like IPSY for the add ons & pop ups (the glam bag is just a bunch of samples) & BOXYCHARM for the add ons & pop ups as well. BOXYLUXE is hit or miss.

    I loved SEPHORA Play. I didn’t like BIRCHBOX. BOXY PREMIUM is hit or miss.

    I might cancel ALLURE since they’re now charging $23 instead of $15.

    I hope they bring back SEPHORA PLAY & MACYS. I’ve always wanted to try the MACYS one.

    Bottom line is… I have a drawer of new, unused & unwanted products so I literally would bundle them up & give them as birthday gifts lol. It’s the ADD ONS + POP UP items that I’ve bought that I end up using.

    • They brought Macy’s back and it looks great this time. All hair products! Just in case you haven’t seen You sound like you love Boxes as much as I so I imagine you have 🙂

  15. I loved Birch box when I subscribed, and probably will again. Currently subscribed to Ipsy Glam bag for my teen, who genuinely enjoys it as a monthly treat.
    I have been very disappointed in the Walmart box. Yes, it’s only $5 but you can’t depend on it and it often feels like wasted money. Sometimes it doesn’t arrive until the “season” is long over and the samples are often discarded since they don’t tailor to personal needs. Target box is great because you can just buy it when you like; no subscription needed, and always free shipping on the box.

    Best one: We love the “How to be a Redhead” sub box we buy through Amazon. Price is about $20/month and the products are tailored toward natural and post-natural redheads. The products are high quality and always include at least one full size item that would cost more than the box price if purchased separately (example: full size Overtone hair color). My daughter is a natural redhead, and was thrilled with it, saying it’s the best box she’s ever received. Happened to find it on Amazon but I didn’t see it on your site.

  16. I’ve had BoxyCharm for almost 2 years. I pay for all 3 boxes they offer. I absolutely love BoxyCharm! Have I gotten some products that don’t match my skin tone or colors I just don’t like, of course. But all in all,I have a makeup & skincare collection that is AMAZING! Its full of high quality, well known brands. I’ve been able to try so may expensive products thanks to BoxyCharm. Their boxes are great & the prices in add-ons & the Popup sales are unbeatable! I’ve never had any issues with customer service. They always responded to me within 24 hours. I’ve been refunded for the few items that arrived broken. I highly recommend BoxyCharm! They’re #1 for a reason!

  17. I think Lookfantastic box ships worldwide. I definitely received it in countries other than listed (Germany, Russia)

  18. I totally disagree. Boxycharm is not worth the hassle or the cost. First of all they DO NOT take your preference into account. For instance I rarely use eye make up but yet my boxes are full of eye shadows and liners. There customer service is horrible. If you have an issue with the delivery of your box they will tell you they are sending you a replacement box but never do. I am canceling my service asap. Please don’t be fooled by this article. Boxycharm is the absolute worse.

    • This is so true. I got a huge eye shadow palette every single box. Nothing I’d ever wear. They have you take all these quizzes but never send anything really personalized. However, the stuff they do send is high quality and good stuff. But it’s kind of the same every month. Ipsy is tiny little samples… I’m searching for the perfect box. Haven’t found one yet.

      • Ipsy glam bag plus let’s you pick 3 full size items now. I just did it yesterday. I have the glam bag and glam bag plus. I picked three they picked two. I’ll let you know if they follow through on their new practice of ultra personalization

      • Same! I don’t care for Boxy but I adore my Glam Bag!! You pick three of the samples and I always love the other two as well. I feel like Boxy never even glances at my profile and my glam bag seems always tailored to me. I would spend the extra 10 at IPSY and try one of their glam bags or glam bag plus’s.. I like pop up in Boxy but not much else. I still have it though since I love trying anything makeup or beauty but for something tailored I would try the Glam Bag.

    • Absloutley agree

    • I love Boxy Charm. I always get awesome products, I have been using them for about a year now and never disappointed. Their customer service has always been great , in my opinion anyway. My box was late one month and they sent me an upgrade to a Boxy Luxe for the inconvenience.

  19. I have the Boxycharm subscriptions. The Premium and the base box. It has been a wonderful experience getting these boxes. This is the first subscription I have ever gotten and I am kind of depressed I hadn’t learned about it sooner! I just ordered a few things on the add-on section of their website and I am so excited to receive it! Anyone debating on getting this box, DONT AND JUST DO IT! I PROMISE, you will NOT be disappointed!

    LOVE, AMBER♡♡♡♡

    • Totally agree. Have been using Boxycharm for about a year now and love it.

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