Our favorite makeup subscription boxes of 2018

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The Best Makeup Subscription Boxes

Our readers nominated their favorite subscription boxes, then voted on which of those boxes they loved most. Here’s what they chose as the Best Subscription Boxes for Makeup!

Our readers suggested a new category this year to find the best subscription boxes for makeup products. We get it: Beauty boxes can all look similar from the outside, so how do you know which ones will send you the products you’re actually likely to use?

That said, there are actually very few beauty boxes that send 100% makeup– so we’re breaking down this list of reader favorites by telling you exactly how many cosmetics vs skincare and other products you can typically expect to receive each month.

The 15 Best Beauty Boxes for Make-up

Ready to see the results? Here are the top makeup boxes as ranked by real subscribers:

1. Ipsy

The Cost: $10 per month. Sign up here!

How much makeup does this box feature? While Ipsy is NOT makeup-exclusive, you can set your preferences to gear your Glam Bag contents more toward makeup than other beauty products. Most bags include more makeup than other cosmetics.

What you will get: Ipsy is affordable, fun, and a great value– what’s not to love? Each month you get full-size or deluxe-sized products, plus a cute makeup bag. They also recently added the option to skip a month through your account online, making it easier to manage your growing makeup stash. (Note that Ipsy does send variations personalized just for you, so not all subscribers receive the same items each month.) Check out our Ipsy reviews and Ipsy spoilers to learn more!

Ships to: US and Canada

2. Boxycharm


The Cost: $21.00 a month. Sign up here!

How much makeup does this box feature? This box is a favorite of makeup addicts, and the majority of boxes are makeup-only. Boxycharm is especially notable because almost every box in the past few months has included a new palette to try!

What you will get: Our readers LOOOOVE Boxycharm! The value you get for the cost is reliably awesome. Each month, you get 5-6 beauty items, at least 4 of which will be FULL-SIZE. Subscribers can expect fun cosmetics plus products for nails, hair, skin, and more! Check out all of our Boxycharm reviews to learn more.

Ships to: US and Canada


3. Birchbox


The Cost: $10 a month + free US shipping. Sign up here!

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

How much makeup does this box feature? While Birchbox isn’t makeup-exclusive, you can set your preferences with a heavy priority on makeup vs skincare or other types of products.

What you will get: This colorful box is filled with beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team, including skincare products, makeup, haircare, and more. You can personalize your preferences to receive a custom box picked just for you every month, or opt to pick a “curated” box where you’ll see exactly what you’ll receive before it ships. Check out all of our Birchbox reviews to learn more.

Ships to: US, FranceSpain and the UK


4. Play! by Sephora

Sephora Play

The Cost: $10.00 per box. Sign up here!

How much makeup does this box feature? Of the 5 samples included each month, you’ll usually get about two makeup products, along with other cosmetics and beauty products.

What you will get: Have the fun of a Sephora shopping spree delivered to your door! Each Sephora Play! box includes 5 deluxe beauty samples, plus a fragrance sample, a PLAY! Book of tips and tricks, and a PLAY! Pass for in-store learning. The PLAY! Pass scores you 50 extra rewards points, too! Check out all of our Play! by Sephora reviews to learn more.

Ships to: US only


5. Allure Beauty Box

The Cost: $15.00 a month. Sign up here!

Coupon: Sign up here to save $5 off your first box!

How much makeup does this box feature? Generally,  you’ll receive about 2 makeup products among the 5-7 items in the box.

What you will get: Allure Beauty Box brings the fun of the magazine to life! Each month, you’ll get deluxe- and full-size beauty and makeup samples, mostly from high-end brands. Expect skincare, haircare, cosmetics, and more, plus a little booklet explaining why the Allure editors picked those products for the box! Check out all of our Allure Beauty Box reviews to learn more.

Ships to: US only


6. Glossybox

Glossybox January 2019 all contents

The Cost: $21 a month. Sign up here!

COUPON: Check our Glossybox Coupon List to get the most up-to-date offers for Glossybox!

How much makeup does this box feature? Once again, Glossybox seems to include about 2 makeup items out of the 5-6 items included each month.

What you will get: While this box is twice as much as popular boxes like Ipsy and Birchbox, they send only deluxe and full-size beauty products, and boxes typically have a great value. (We’re especially fans of their one-time purchases like their 2018 Mother’s Day box!) Recently acquired by UK brand Look Fantastic, we’re hoping to see continued improvements from this box in 2018. Check out all of our GlossyBox reviews to learn more.

Ships to: US as well as Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, and the UK


7. Vegan Cuts Makeup Box

The Cost: $39.95 per quarter. Sign up here!

How much makeup does this box feature? This box is nearly always 100% makeup, although some past editions have included 1-2 skincare products as well.

What you will get: The Vegan Cuts Makeup Box is a quarterly box from Vegan Cuts, and unlike their monthly Beauty Box, this one is ALL makeup– and all full-size. They’ll send you everything from lipstick to mascara to nail polish and more, customized to your own beauty profile. Check out all of our Vegan Cuts Makeup Box reviews to learn more.

Ships to: US, Canada, and International (additional shipping charges apply to non-US orders)

8. Macy’s Beauty Box

Macy's Beauty Box

The Cost: $15 a month. Sign up here!

How much makeup does this box feature? Is “2 of 5” the magic ratio when it comes to makeup in beauty boxes? Macy’s follows the same trend as others, with roughly 2 makeup products per box.

What you will get: Want to make sure you only get department store-quality beauty items in your subscription box? Macy’s fits the bill! Every month you’ll receive 5 beauty samples (a mix of makeup and skincare), 1 perfume sample, and a makeup bag. Plus you’ll receive a $5 coupon to use on any Macy’s beauty purchase. Check out my Macy’s Beauty Box reviews to learn more about this subscription box!

Ships to: Continental US only


9. Julep Beauty Box


The Cost: $24.99 a month (Or $19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription)

COUPON: Get a free 12-piece nail polish box when you join, just sign up here!

How much makeup does this box feature? Julep is 100% customizable and you can pick your items each month, so you can choose makeup-only boxes when you want them (and skip or choose other products when you don’t).

What you will get: Julep is the perfect beauty subscription if you want total control. While they originally focused on nail polish, this brand has expanded and is always offering new skincare and makeup products from their own line. Each month on the 20th, subscribers get to pick out the items in their boxes from the new nail polish and beauty product collections. Everything is full size, and you can get 2 nail polishes plus a full-size beauty product of your choice each month for the cost. (You can also go for all nail polish, or all beauty products – they give you all the customization options). Check out my Julep Maven reviews and Julep Maven spoilers to learn more about this subscription box!

Ships to: US and Canada


10. Medusa’s Make-Up Beauty Box

The Cost: $15.95 a month. Sign up here!

How much makeup does this box feature? This box is all makeup, all the time!

What you will get: This monthly box from Medusa’s Make-up features 3-5 items from their house brand every month, including vegan eyeshadows, lipsticks, and more. Medusa’s catalog is notoriously full of bold colors: think deep dark reds, neon eye dusts, and products with a lot of sparkle. If you’re curious to try their products and experiment with bolder looks, this is a great way to try out some new ideas without breaking the bank. Check out all of our Medusa’s Make-up Beauty Box Reviews to learn more.

Ships to: Worldwide. Free shipping for US, $4 USD for International.

11. Deck of Scarlet

Deck of Scarlet

The Cost: $29.95 a box (ships every other month).

Coupon: Get 30% off your first box, no code needed, just sign up here!

How much makeup does this box feature? Deck of Scarlet is all about makeup– you’ll get a full new palette every two months.

What you will get: Deck of Scarlet is a subscription for those who love to play with new, trendy makeup looks. Every other month, they’ll ship you a new palette with lip and eyeliner, and you’ll get ideas for using the palette for day and night looks. Plus the formulas are 100% cruelty-free, paraben free, and made in the USA! Check out Deck of Scarlet reviews to learn more.

Ships to: US for free, Canada and UK for $7


12. KissMe by LiveGlam

The Cost: $19.99 a month. Sign up here and get a free bonus lippie when you join!

How much makeup does this box feature? This one is all-makeup: you’ll get a new set of 3 lippies in fun new colors each month.

What you will get: KissMe is a monthly liquid lipstick club by LiveGlam! Each month, you will receive “lippies” from their exclusive collection of liquid lipsticks. Every package contains three unique colors, and you’ll never get the same color twice. 

Ships to: US (free shipping) and worldwide ($3.99 shipping)


13. Color Curate

The Cost: $20.95 a month. Sign up here!

How much makeup does this box feature? This one is typically all makeup: you’ll get 4 new products to try each month, plus a bag.

What you will get: So Susan Color Curate is a monthly subscription service that sends 4 full-size beauty items in a makeup bag. All products are 100% Cruelty-Free, Vegan and Paraben-Free! Check out all of our So Susan Color Curate Reviews here.

Ships to: US


14. Lipstick Junkie

The Cost: $24 per month. Sign up here!

COUPON: Use code LIP30 to save 30% off your first box!

How much makeup does this box feature? You can expect to receive makeup only in most boxes from this subscription.

What you will get: Lipstick Junkie has a big focus on lip products, as you might expect: Lipsticks, glosses, lip palettes, and more are a regular feature. But they also include other makeup products, including primers and eyeshadows. You’ll get 4-5 items in each box. Check out all of our Lipstick Junkie Reviews to learn more.

Ships to: US for free; international shipping varies.


15. Lip Monthly

The Cost: $12.95 per month.

COUPON: Save 25% off your first box!, no coupon required, just sign up here!

How much makeup does this box feature? This box is mostly makeup, specifically lip products. You may receive other lip products such as exfoliating scrubs etc from time to time.

What you will get: Lip Monthly is a subscription box that sends everything lips! Products included are glosses, sticks, balms and stains. Each month you receive a makeup bag filled with 4-5 items (all but one will be lip products.)

Ships to: US, Canada, and International


The Best Subscription Boxes for Makeup


That wraps up our list of the best make-up subscriptions of 2018! Which boxes do you recommend?