The 15 Best Beauty Subscription Boxes – 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards


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The Best Beauty Subscription Boxes

Get ready! Voting for our 2020 readers’ choice awards starts this winter. Stay tuned for info on how YOU can weigh in on the year’s best subscription boxes!


We asked our readers to name their favorite subscription boxes of 2019, and they delivered! See all of their top picks here, or read on to learn which boxes our readers turn to for the latest and greatest in makeup, skincare, and more!

Beauty boxes make it convenient, fun, and affordable to nab the hottest trends in makeup, skincare, haircare, and beyond. If you’ve been considering trying a beauty box for yourself, start with one of these recommendations from our readers! From premium brands to cruelty-free picks, you’ll find a box to match your tastes here!

These boxes range from $5 a quarter to $49.95 a month. Whether you’re trying to build up a makeup collection and stay on-trend, or simply try skincare products to find what’s right for you, there’s a box on this list– recommended by our readers and subscribers.

The 15 Beauty Subscription Boxes Our Readers Recommend Most

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

1. Ipsy

ipsy best beauty subscription box readers choice 2019

The Cost: $12 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“The variety of brands and products ipsy provides can’t be beat. They really try to send products their customers like.” – Jamie G

“It’s an inexpensive way to try new things at a fraction of the price and see if you like them. I don’t wear a lot of makeup so don’t like to buy full price items. It’s the perfect solution” – Natalie

“Fun way to try things I would not usually buy. I have made some great discoveries.” – Miss Pippa

About the Box: Ipsy is one the most popular boxes we cover on My Subscription Addiction! Readers love the variety (high-end and drugstore products, makeup and skincare, beauty tools and beauty products) and personalization they get from this super affordable subscription.

Check out our Ipsy reviews and Ipsy spoilers to learn more! Ships to US and Canada.

 

2. BoxyCharm

BoxyCharm best beauty subscription box readers choice 2019

The Cost: $21.00 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“I love my BoxyCharm box! Every month is wonderful and way worth it’s price!” – Kristin D

“Hands down. $21 a month and you build not just a collection of makeup but an envious arsenal anyone would want to dig thru and play with” – Rebecca

About the Box: Boxycharm routinely wows its subscribers with lots of high-end brands and plenty of full-size products. (At least 4 of the 6 items you get each month will be full-size!) In addition to amazing cosmetics like eyeshadow palettes and trend-savvy lip color, BoxyCharm also provides skincare products, beauty tools, and other fun finds.

Check out all of our Boxycharm reviews and Boxycharm info to learn more. Ships to US and Canada.

 

3. Allure Beauty Box

allure beauty box best beauty subscription box readers choice 2019

The Cost: $15.00 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Save $5 off your first box when you use this link!

What Our Readers Say:

“Love that this one has exclusive items, prior to release, items are top quality, and at least half are full size! great value!” – Alicia

“The curation has been consistently good for the past year.” – Xindi

“Really good brands with some full sized items – can’t beat that for price of box.” – Prairiemum

About the Box: This subscription brings the fun of Allure Magazine to life with its monthly selection of premium samples. You can expect top brands, trending ingredients, and must-try formulations, all for an amazing price! It’s a great way to try popular products before you buy.

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

 

4. Play! by Sephora

Play by Sephora best beauty subscription box readers choice 2019

The Cost: $10.00 per box. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Pick your free gift COUPON from this page.

What Our Readers Say:

“Great brands, variety, value & on trend.” – Rochelle

“Always a win for me! I love this one.” – Deb

“I bought this sub for my daughter and she loves it. I get Ipsy monthly and although I love it, Sephora will often send higher end products.” – Michelle B

About the Box: Sephora’s wonderfully affordable subscription box lets you try some of the top names and products in beauty, including effective skincare, statement-making makeup, and luxurious haircare. In addition to a monthly assortment of deluxe beauty samples, subscribers also get a fragrance sample, a PLAY! Book of tips and tricks, a cute bag to store your new finds, and a PLAY! Pass for in-store learning and 50 extra rewards points!

Check out all of our Play! by Sephora reviews and Play! by Sephora info to learn more. Ships to US.

 

5. Birchbox

All 5 samples surrounding the lemons and oranges printed box

The Cost: $15 a month + free US shipping. (Note: Cost was $10 per month + free US shipping at the time of voting.) Sign up here!

COUPON: Check out the latest Birchbox coupons to get an offer with your first box!

What Our Readers Say:

“Exposed me to great high end products” – Caward45

“I keep trying other boxes but Birchbox will always have a soft place in my heart. They have introduced me to so many new brands and new trends. The sizes may be smaller, but with a closet teeming with subscription box beauty products, I like that. I can try it for a week, decide if I like it and then throw away an empty bottle.” – Kristin

About the Box: Birchbox has been a fave of our readers for years thanks to its awesome assortment of top-notch samples. Pick from several expertly curated boxes of samples, or try a sample choice box—hand-pick one of your samples and have the rest picked by Birchbox especially for your beauty needs. Experience all the brands and miracle ingredients you’ve been curious about, and discover amazing new names, too!

Check out all of our Birchbox reviews and our Birchbox info to learn more. Ships to US, France, Spain, and the UK.

 

6. Ipsy Glam Bag Plus

ipsy glam bag plus best beauty subscription box readers choice 2019

The Cost: $25 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Ipsy glam bag plus is my new pick for beauty. They haven’t disappointed me yet. I have been subscribed since they first launched in October and they are blowing me away with the quality and function of the products.” – Katie H

“Best box ever! I love the personalization and the value, always love everything I get!” – April W

“Wow! Ipsy went from okay to right to the top with the Glam Bag Plus. Great tailoring of items to customer preferences. Excellent value. Quality products.” – Emmy Lou

About the Box: Existing Ipsy subscribers can upgrade to this next-level beauty box, which promises full-size products from well-known and up-and-coming brands. Expect pretty palettes, brushes, effective skincare, liquid lip color, and more, all personalized to match your unique preferences!

Check out our Ipsy reviews and Ipsy spoilers to learn more! Ships to US and Canada.

 

7. BeautyFIX

Beauty Fix best beauty subscription box readers choice 2019

The Cost: $24.95 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Click here and use coupon code MSABFIXBOX to save $10 off the March box when you subscribe!

What Our Readers Say:

“Great products, wide variety, good price, reliable with great customer service.” – jaq

“Consistently the best box for skincare.” – TK

What you’ll get: BeautyFix by Dermstore.com is a must for skincare fans. While you will get the occasional makeup item, skin-nourishing creams, serums, and anti-aging solutions are definitely their forte. Best of all, you can expect over $100 in retail value in every box!

Check out all of our Beauty Fix reviews to learn more. Ships to US.

 

8. GLOSSYBOX

GlossyBox best beauty subscription box readers choice 2019

The Cost: $21 a month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Check our GLOSSYBOX coupon list to get the most up-to-date offers for GlossyBox!

What Our Readers Say:

“I am, seriously, never disappointed in GB. And the price is right. There’s always at least two products I can use — and the rest go in my big box for Christmas stocking stuffers!” – Pam

“Great value for the price as well as product variety and product sizes far exceed IPSY, Birchbox and Play! by Sephora” – Woodall1880

About the Box: If you want new full- and deluxe-size beauty products, GlossyBox is for you! You’ll get cosmetics, skincare, and more from notable and under-the-radar brands worth knowing.

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

 

6. NewBeauty TestTube

New Beauty Test Tube best beauty subscription box readers choice 2019

The Cost: $29.95 per box. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Best overall beauty box as it includes a wide variety of skin care and makeup. Always fun, always great value.” – Becky

“Elite products. Multiple full-sized products. Great value. Wonderful curation.” – Jen B

About the Box: NewBeauty TestTube is a fantastic way to discover and try new brands and ingredients. Expect popular brands plus luxurious new names worth experiencing. Your membership also comes with a free subscription to NewBeauty Magazine!

Check out all of our NewBeauty TestTube reviews and NewBeauty TestTube info to learn more. Ships to US.

 

7. Target Beauty Box

Target Beauty Box best beauty subscription box readers choice 2019

The Cost: $7 per box. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Always great finds in these!” – PK

“Great new and current product samples at a great price per box. All samples are available to purchase on one site, Target.com. I’ve sampled some products that have truly shown me what I’ve been missing out on.” – CLA

About the Box: Each Target Beauty Box features samples of hair, bath, and body products that you can find in Target stores. That means you can try before you buy and learn about amazing products at affordable prices.

Check out all of our Target Beauty Box reviews and Target Beauty Box info to learn more. Ships to US.

 

8. Scentbird

scentbird best beauty subscription box readers choice 2019

The Cost: $14.95 per box. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“I love the colorful sprayers and the quality of the scents are great” – Meteorgirl85

About the Box: Looking for a new fragrance? Scentbird lets you try 8ml of a different designer fragrance each month, meaning you can truly experience a perfume or cologne before committing to a bigger bottle of your own. Choose the scents you’d like to try or let Scentbird pick based on your preferences!

Check out all of our Scentbird reviews and Scentbird info to learn more. Ships to US.

 

9. Beauty Heroes

Beauty Heroes best beauty subscription box readers choice 2019

The Cost: $42.95 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Great products – great price point.” – jclacey

About the Box: Get to know the stars of the clean beauty world with Beauty Heroes! Each box introduces you to a new brand of skincare or makeup through one larger “hero” product and one smaller or sample-size “sidekick” product from the spotlight brand.

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

 

10. Petit Vour

Petit Vour best beauty subscription box readers choice 2019

The Cost: $18 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Awesome box for a great variety of Natural/Green/Organic beauty products for an amazing price!” – Raquel S

About the Box: Petit Vour is a fantastic subscription box for fans of vegan beauty. Each monthly mix of products includes sample and full-size items from unique, high-quality brands. It’s a great way to discover ingredient-conscious alternatives to the products you use most.

Check out our Petit Vour reviews and Petit Vour info to learn more. Ships to US and Canada.

 

11. Look Fantastic

Look Fantastic best beauty subscription box readers choice 2019

The Cost: $19 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“I like this for the selection of skincare and makeup.I like the colored brochure they include too and the Elle magazine. I think it is fun to get something from the UK as well. I love reusing the boxes too.” – Jody

“Great selection and by far the best packaging.” – Miss Pippa

About the Box: This UK beauty box sends subscribers at least 6 skincare, haircare, makeup, and body products each month, all of which center around a specific theme. You’ll also get a copy of Elle Magazine (the UK version). Everything comes neatly packaged in a beautiful, colorful box that’s perfect for storing and organizing your stash.

Check out our Look Fantastic reviews and Look Fantastic info to learn more. Ships to US, UK, Canada, and Australia.

 

12. Margot Elena Discovery Box

margot elena best beauty subscription box readers choice 2019

The Cost: $49.99 per quarter. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“I know this isn’t a makeup box but they do offer a lot of skincare products in their boxes. It’s one of my fav boxes.” – Karen

“Second to none in the luxury spa experience.” – Lily

About the Box: Margot Elena is the brand behind Lollia, TokyoMilk, and Library of Flowers, and with each Discovery box, subscribers will experience full-size selections from those brands as well as accessories, stationery, and other gorgeous gifts. Fragrance lovers will delight in this luxurious subscription.

Check out our Margot Elena Discovery Box reviews or read this Margot Elena Discovery Box info to subscribe. Ships to US.

 

Looking for more? Check out these honorable mentions:

13. FabFitFun

fabfitfun box best beauty subscription box readers choice 2019

The Cost: $49.99 per quarter. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Save $10 off your first box with code MSA10

What Our Readers Say:

“I love this box so much! I even purchased a year for a friend as their 40th bday gift.” – Angela W.

“Love this box for the beauty products. So much fun to try new skincare and makeup. Always find new favorites.” – LoriB

What You Get: FabFitFun features wellness, style, and other chic surprises, but it’s the skincare and makeup items that some of our readers love best! The full-size, high-quality beauty products often reflect the biggest trends of the season—past boxes have included jade rollers, hyaluronic acid masks, and ingredient-conscious products. Plus, they promise over $200 of value in every box!

Check out our FabFitFun reviews or read this FabFitFun info to subscribe. Ships to US and Canada.

 

14. Macy’s Beauty Box

Macys Beauty Box best beauty subscription box readers choice 2019

The Cost: $15 a month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Higher end brands, fun bags, variety of products.” – Lorif631

About the Box: Love browsing the beauty counters at Macy’s? This monthly subscription delivers that experience straight to your door with 5 deluxe beauty samples from top-notch brands, a makeup bag, a bonus item, and a $5 coupon to use 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 continental US.

 

15. Boxwalla Beauty Box

Boxwalla Beauty best beauty subscription box readers choice 2019

The Cost: $49.95 every other month. Subscribe here!

“There are some serious gems that come in these bi-monthly boxes. Since they only ship bi-monthly, it isn’t too much product, so I get to enjoy the product more, without another lineup arriving and winding up with too much product to try out and see if it works. Their curation is perfect.” – H

About the Box: Green beauty fans will love this thoughtfully curated beauty box. Each bi-monthly shipment features unique, beautifully effective clean beauty products from brands you’re sure to fall in love with.

Check out all of our Boxwalla Beauty Box reviews to learn more. Ships worldwide.

 

The Best Beauty Subscription Boxes

That wraps up our list of the best beauty subscriptions of 2019! Which boxes do you recommend?

 

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416 Comments

  1. Ipsy is still my #1 but I would love to try Glam Bag Plus!

    • Glam Bag Plus is so exciting. On the 2nd of the month they email you what you get, but you get to add on $3 deluxe sizes or $12 full size items if you want to as well!!! I really want to do the Test Tube Box!

      • I agree with you. I used to say Allure hands down. The last couple of months, not so much.

        • I just signed up, but the recent comments are making me nervous

    • IGBP

      • Agreed. Why is it SIXTH?!

      • I order Allure it will get to me in 3 days i cant want to see what i go.

      • Same here, BoxyCharm seems like such a good deal!

        • Omg boxycharm is everything the rest are now lol and i have the ipsy glambag plus, birchbox and glossybox and looking for 1 more i tried the FFF FABFITFUN but wasnt thrilled boxycharm is everything lol

        • Its amazing try it iam never disapointed.

      • I get Boxycharm and BoxyLux. I love them so much. They never disappoint

    • Ditto!

    • I would love to try the allure box.

      • Yes!

    • Same here.

    • Allure!

    • Ipsy

    • Glam bag plus is a must. After my Annual subscription to fabfitfun is up I am canceling because in my opinion Glam bag plus is way better.

  2. Currently, the fav that I get is Allure. Two that I would like to try are NBTT, and FFF.

  3. For me, this is Play! by Sephora, the perfect balance of care for face, hair and makeup

  4. After trying numerous subscription Beauty boxes oh, I would have to say the boxycharm is my favorite

  5. My favs are Look Fantastic, FFF, Ipsy Plus & Margot Elena. I have tried every one listed

  6. I like Dermstore best, but I’d love to try Margot Elena.

    • Margot Elena is my absolute favorite! I love all the crazy scents and beautiful artwork. I also love the glass bottles! My hubby loves her soaps and body wash too so I have to share!

  7. I’d love to try New Beauty Test Tube – I’ve loved their yearly boxes.

  8. Ipsy is my favorite, and I’m dying to try GBP! Boxwalla sounds amazing too.

  9. Fabfitfun!!!!

  10. I would love to try the test tube

  11. Beauty Fix is my favorite one so far, but I would love to try Margot Elena and New Beauty Test Tube!

  12. Love BeautyFix! Ipsy Glambag Plus has been hit or miss for me unfortunately – doesn’t seem like my preferences affect what they send to me. Would love to try New Beauty Test Tube!

  13. I’ve tried PSMH, FFF, Birchbox, Play! by Sephora, and Causebox. Planning to try Look Fantastic and Robb Vince, but FFF is my current favourite.

  14. My favorite boxes are Allure and Sephora!

  15. I love Boxwalla beauty box.

  16. I absolutely love TestTube! I would like to try GlossyBox and Lookfantastic one of these days.

  17. Petit Vour is my fave. Would love to get the Margot Elena Discovery box!

  18. New Beauty Test Tube!

  19. I would love to try FabFitFun!!

  20. I’m torn between Test Tube and Ipsy Plus. I haven’t had the chance to try either and they are both exciting to me.

  21. Fab Fit Fun…though I would gladly take any if them.

  22. FabFitFun fav try Test tube

  23. I’ve tried Margot Elena, and really like it. Would love to try Beauty Heroes, Beauty Fix, New Beauty Test Tube (I’ve bought singles of this one).

  24. I love Margot Elena. I want to try TestTube.

    • I love test tube and would love to try Margot Elena!

  25. I really like the allure box, if we are talking beauty, but Beauty Test Tube has also been great since I’m more into care than makeup.

  26. I really like Allure and FabFitFun. I would like to try TestTube.

  27. My favorite is Fabfitfun, but a close second is Ipsy GBP. I would love to try Margot Elena!

  28. I have to say, as a value for the money, Target’s Monthly Box is amazing… $7 and free shipping!

  29. Would love to try FFF!!!

  30. Ipsy and Ipsy Plus!

  31. My favorite subscription box of late is BeautyFix, as I love getting and trying different skin care products. Skinceuticals and Skinmedica are faves, but too expensive for everyday purchase for me. A few years back, they offered a Skinmedica travel bag which hooked me. I would love it if they offered something like that again. I would like to try boxes that have natural products that work and I can see results to my skin without spending an arm and a leg for the box. I am working through my Whole Foods beauty bag now and love it – great products and nice price point.

  32. There are too many to choose from.

  33. Boxy charm. I like the subs that do not include a cosmetic bag–everyone has too many and it ends up being wasteful.

  34. Boxycharm!

  35. Test tube is my favorite!

  36. I love FFF and would love to try Boxycharm.

  37. My favorite is definitely testtube, also love Ipsy GBP. I want to try Margot Elena!

  38. Allure is my favorite. Always bringing awesome curated boxes with stuff I wouldn’t normally try. I find so many new loves from this box. You get some awesome luxury items and some drugstore stuff too. Love it.

  39. My favorite right now is Boxycharm

  40. I already have a few of these subscriptions but, I would use the money to give my mom one so she can get to try some new things

    • I love your answer 🙂

    • That is so sweet and selfless!

  41. My favorite is Ipsy Plus. It is the box I most look forward to every month.

  42. I have tried them all except 3 of the favorites. I would go with New Beauty Test Tube. They seem to have cutting edge new products and I love trying ultra high end products.

  43. Boxycharm

  44. My first Allure box just shipped I can’t wait to check it out! I love the Target boxes because you can see what you’re getting and buy tjem whenever you want with no subscription. They always have a coupon too which is great! I send my daughter one in college every month she loves it!

  45. I’m wondering if you ladies can help me! I want a box that has a lot of full size items, and has mainly skin care. I joined Glossybox and was disappointed. I got Boxycharm, but this is mainly makeup, can someone help please?
    Thank you

    • New Beauty’s Test Tube sounds like it could meet your needs (lots of full-size items that are mostly skincare). They do include a little bit of everything (hair, body, makeup, etc.), but they usually have more skincare than anything else. Not everything will be full-size though.

      If you’d like to build your skincare collection with full-size products, I’d recommend trying a monthly green beauty box like Beauty Heroes, Detox Box, or Pearlesque. These boxes typically only include two items, but being monthly boxes, you can grow your collection pretty fast. Sometimes they’ll include only full sized products, and sometimes only one full size and one very generously sized sample that you’ll easily be able to get many uses out of.

      A couple of other options are Boxwalla & The Clean Beauty Box. These are both green beauty boxes as well, but they are bi-monthly.

      All of the boxes mentioned above focus primarily on skincare, and typically only feature a single brand per month. However, there will be months where they will feature a brand that focuses on haircare, makeup, or body care, so there is a chance you could get a non-skincare box.

      MSA has reviewed all of these boxes, so you might want to look at past reviews to see if any of them meet your needs. 🙂

    • BeautyFix would be my suggestion. I got my mom a subscription for Mother’s Day and the value was awesome. There were several Full sized products and some samples. The samples were very large. The cost of the full-size item alone made per box well worth it.

    • BeautyFix is my favorite skincare box, but a lot of people like TestTubeBeauty too.

  46. I used to have Ipsy and LOVED it until bags started not showing up but I still got billed. There is NO phone number for customer service which was the last straw. I cancelled it but I’m not sure which one to choose. I was thinking Birch Box but there are so many!! I’m undecided.

    • I had IPSY as well, got rid of it for the same reason. Now I get Birchbox, much better and customer service is fantastic

    • Try the Allure box! It is the best deal and has really high quality products. I dropped Etsy and Birchbox when I found Allure.

  47. I love Ipsy. I just cancelled Sephora Play. I should have unsubscribed a year ago, since they start recycling products over and over again after about 6 months, and then they end up in the Rewards Bazaar as well.

  48. Hi Liz, just wanted to let you know that Sephora play does give customers points for their account, if a customer receives the wrong beauty box that advertised in their email or if they received duplicate items from.a previous box…. all you have to do is call sephora’s customer service number and provide them with your acvijt information and the products that received duplicate or and the items in the email that your were promised…

  49. There should probably be a note that the regular Ipsy glam bag ships to Canada but the Glam bag plus does not.

  50. 😂😂😂 at 2nd and 3rd rated. I see more complaints on here about Boxy and Allure than any other box! I mean, I write a lot of them myself.😂 I guess it’s true that when standards are set high, we just demand more.😉

    • I just subscribed to allure. My box was shipped out yesterday. I really don’t know what to expect. What box would you suggest out of the 15? I’m just getting into makeup and I’m not that knowledgeable.

      • Yeah, the TestTube is the best IMO. I’ve tried Allure and was dissapointed and I like that TT is mostly full-size products plus I’m in luv with the magazine which they send me a free copy of. Haven’t tried Boxy but have friends who weren’t impressed. I think TT is best bang for buck.

      • Fabfitfun is so AMAZING and worth the money. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE it. I have never been disappointed with the items that I receive. I hope you give them a try, you won’t be disappointed for sure.

        • ABSOLUTELY true! I love, and use every single item that was sent to me…my sister put me on to this box*

      • Boxycharm for sure!

      • Allure is my favorite! You get the best products and they are all name brand!

      • For makeup you should get Ipsy & Ipsy plus. For skincare you should get look fantastic. Allure is great also. I don’t have any complaints

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