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The 17 Best Subscription Boxes for Discovering New Products – 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards

Anna Reilly
ByAnna ReillyOct 1, 2020 | 8 comments

Voting for our 4th annual readers’ choice awards is now closed. Stay tuned: our updated list of winners will be announced in January 2020!

Updated 10/1 to reflect updated pricing for Allure Beauty Box. Lean more here!

We asked our readers to name the best subscription boxes of 2019, and these are the results! Check out all of the awesome results here, or read on to see which subscriptions our community named their favorite boxes for discovering new products to love.

Subscription boxes are a great way to learn about hip new products or try the latest trends. When they're looking to add something new to their routines, our readers turn to these 17 boxes for must-have beauty, self-care, style, home, stationery, and kitchen products.

Find out which box best fits your interests, or check out our full list of great monthly subscription boxes here!

1. FabFitFun

Thanks to this box, our readers discovered Ahava, Grown AlchemistForeo Luna, & more!

The Cost: $49.99 per quarter. Subscribe here!

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

What Our Readers Say:

"Ahava! Spongelles! Had never heard of these prior to FFF N now imma lifelong fan"

"The jade roller is amazing! My first time using a jade roller and have used it nearly every night since. Especially love putting it in the fridge and letting it get real cold before I use it!"

"My entire skin care regimen is made of new things I found from FFF"

What You Get: FabFitFun is one of the most popular boxes out there, thanks to its thoughtfully curated seasonal assortments of full-size, high-value products. The beauty items, accessories, wellness goodies, and self-care surprises in FabFitFun boxes not only tap into buzzy trends—think jade rollers, hyaluronic acid masks, ingredient-conscious beauty products, and stainless-steel water bottles—but are reliably great quality. With over $200 of noteworthy products from well-known and up-and-coming brands in each quarterly box, it's no wonder FabFitFun is a hit with our savvy readers!

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


2. POPSUGAR Must-Have Box

Thanks to this box, our readers discovered Farmacy, Sunday Riley, Supergoop, & more!

The Cost: $75 per quarter. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Get $20 off your first box with code MSA20

What Our Readers Say:

"Way too many to list. I use many of the coupons sent in the pop sugar boxes and continue to use the products today!"

"Lalicious. It smells so good, I never want my shower to end. "

"Found my favorite lipstick through Popsugar."

What You Get: Everything you get in a POPSUGAR Must-Have Box has been curated and tested by the editors at POPSUGAR, one of the biggest sites for beauty, celeb, and pop culture news. The products these experts find range from brilliant new makeup or skincare products to handy household items that bring ease and beauty to your day-to-day. We're always impressed by the hip brands we get via this subscription box (like Sunday Riley, Lipstick Queen, Winky Lux, and Hum Nutrition). It really is a perfect way to stay on top of the trends season after season!

Check out our POPSUGAR Must-Have Box reviews or read this POPSUGAR Must-Have Box info to subscribe. Ships to US and Canada.


3. Allure Beauty Box

Thanks to this box, our readers discovered Sunday Riley, Drunk Elephant, & more!

The Cost: $23 per month. Subscribe here!

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

What Our Readers Say:

"All the Sunday Riley products this year! Also the bkr Paris water balm is amazing"

"Never would have tried a lot of the brands without them"

What You Get: If you've ever read Allure Magazine and thought "Ugh, I wish I could try that," then this monthly beauty subscription box is for you! Each monthly collection of must-have makeup, skincare, and other beauty goodies brings the fun of the magazine to life. These are THE biggest products of the moment from brands the beauty gurus can't stop talking about—OUAI, Sunday Riley, Glow Recipe, Caudalie, and Hourglass. The full-size and deluxe-sized samples in this affordable box make it a must for beauty lovers.

Check out our Allure Beauty Box reviews or read this Allure Beauty Box info to subscribe. Ships to US.


4. Ipsy

Thanks to this box, our readers discovered Tarte, Sol de Janeiro, & more!

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The Cost: $12 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

"They are always introducing me to the best products. I seem to fall in love with all of their products. Tarte Amazonian clay foundation is my favorite right now"

"So many I lost count!!"

"Urban Decay's 24/7 eyeliner, it's my favorite now!"

What You Get: Ipsy is a super-affordable beauty subscription that doesn't skimp on quality. The samples in the Ipsy Glam Bag represent premier-tier beauty brands as well as drugstore up-and-comers, meaning subscribers get to try some of the best products available across a range of price points. Everything is tailored to your preferences, and you get a makeup bag in every box, too!

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



Thanks to this box, our readers discovered Klei facial steam, Swell, & more!

The Cost: $54.95 per quarter. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Get $10 off your first box with code 10WELCOME

What Our Readers Say:

"I always learn about new brands that are committed to being eco-friendly, are fair-trade, or benefit an amazing cause. I try to only buy items from brands like this, so it is great to learn about new ones from CAUSEBOX."

"Siizu poncho- not something I would have purchased myself, but I absolutely love it!"

"Favorite box out of dozens I have tried!"

What You Get: The unique items in CAUSEBOX help you look, feel, and do good! That's because everything you get in one of these seasonal boxes comes from a brand that gives back. You'll discover fair-trade jewelers, ingredient-conscious skincare companies, and eco-friendly accessories for your home and wardrobe. These may not be brands you recognize at first, but once the inevitable compliments and where'd-you-get-thats start rolling in, you'll be glad you were introduced!

Check out our CAUSEBOX reviews or read this CAUSEBOX info to subscribe. Ships to US.


6. Beachly (Formerly Coastal Co.)

Thanks to this box, our readers discovered Pirette, Nixon, & more!

The Cost: $99.00 per quarter. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Get 15% off your first box with code MSA15

What Our Readers Say:

"I had never heard of Pirette or Dry Body Oil but now it is seriously my go-to product. It's incredible! Thanks Coastal Co!"

"I had never heard of a single one of the brands from this box, but now I can not get enough!"

What You Get: Beachy vibes + beauty and lifestyle must-haves = one beautifully breezy subscription box! Each season, Beachly subscribers get a new selection of clothing, accessories, beauty, and home items that bring effortless, seaside bliss to even the most landlocked destinations. The full-sized, fully personalized products from brands like Alternative Apparel, S'Well, Roxy, and Sunnylife will have you and your home feeling glowy and carefree in no time!

Check out our Beachly (Coastal Co.) reviews or read this Beachly (Coastal Co.) info to subscribe. Ships to US.


7. BoxyCharm

Thanks to this box, our readers discovered Tatcha, Alamar Cosmetics, & more!

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The Cost: $21.00 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Get 15% off your first box with code MSA15

What Our Readers Say:

"Cover FX blurring primer! I never would have tried it had I not received it in my box. But I loved it and continue to purchase and use it. :)"

"Juice beauty skincare, I love this brand and have bought all their products."

What You Get: BoxyCharm is a favorite among our beauty-obsessed subscription box community thanks to its full-size offerings (you get at least 4 full-sized items in each monthly box) and awesome selection of brands. Farmacy, Too Faced, Tarte, and Kat Von D all have been featured in recent boxes, so you can expect high-end products in crowd-pleasing, of-the-moment shades.

Check out our Boxycharm reviews or read this Boxycharm info to subscribe. Ships to US.


8. Birchbox

Thanks to this box, our readers discovered Sunday Riley, Bumble & Bumble, & more!

The Cost: $15.00 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Check out our Birchbox Coupon List for the most up-to-date deal!

What Our Readers Say:

"I've discovered Ouai and R+Co products through Birchbox - they produce amazing results on my hair!"

"There is something in every price range, so you don't have to break the bank purchases potential new favorites."

"I lost my make up at the spa recently -- like, ALL of my makeup. It was a disaster, until I realized I only needed a few things due to my very present Birchboxes. 🙂 "

What You Get: Birchbox is one of the original beauty subscription boxes, so they've got their fingers on the pulse of must-try brands and trend-savvy new ingredients. Subscribers can choose to select some of the items in their monthly boxes or leave it all up to the Birchbox experts to choose. Either way, you'll receive effective, high-quality samples from major brands like MAC, Amika, Oribe, Benefit, Kiehl's, and beyond.

Check out our Birchbox reviews or read this Birchbox info to subscribe. Ships to US, France, Spain, and the UK.


9. Play! by Sephora

Thanks to this box, our readers discovered Sunday Riley, Christophe Robin, Kat Von D, & more!

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UPDATE: As of April 2020, PLAY! by Sephora has ended. Find out more in our post here

The Cost: $10.00 per box. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say: 

"Sunday Reilly...now I can't get enough of this brand! And it has saved my skin, something I never thought was possible!"

"Laura Mercier eyeshadow primer! I would never have paid $28, but the sample was big enough for me to get a feel for it and I loved it!"

What You Get: There are SO many magical products to try at Sephora, but sometimes it's hard to tell whether something's right for you with just a few dabs of the tester. With Play! by Sephora, you'll get a monthly box of five personalized beauty products from some of the biggest brands in the game. Whether it's the hottest new lip color or a game-changing serum with a new ingredient you can't believe you ever lived without, you're bound to discover a new must-have with these monthly samples. You'll also get a makeup bag, tips, and access to special in-store tutorials!

Check out our Play! by Sephora reviews or read this Play! by Sephora info to subscribe. Ships to US.


10. BeautyFIX

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The Cost: $24.95 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say: 

"Great curation. And full size or large sample sizes mean that you get a REAL picture of if the product will really work for you or not."

What You Get: BeautyFIX is Dermstore.com's subscription box, meaning it's an amazing source for next-level skin-nourishing products. But you can also expect great fragrances, hair care, and cosmetic formulas, too! You'll get a mix of sample- and full-sized items from up-and-coming brands, as well as the occasional beauty tool. If you're of the belief that beauty starts with healthy, glowing skin, then this is the perfect box to add to your routine!

Check out our BeautyFIX reviews or read this BeautyFIX info to subscribe. Ships to US.


11. Sunday Riley

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The Cost: $85.50 per quarter. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Subscribe to the Sunday Riley email newsletter (scroll to the bottom of the homepage) to get a 10% off coupon!

What You Get: Sunday Riley's very own subscription box does include some standout items from the brand itself, but there are also lots of other cool names and products to discover! From beauty goodies to stationery and home accessories, this box delivers on high-quality items to promote wellness in your body and your home.

Check out our Sunday Riley reviews or read this Sunday Riley info to subscribe. Ships to US.


12. CURATEUR (Formerly Rachel Zoe Box of Style)

The Cost: $99.99 per quarter. Subscribe here!

ACTIVE DEAL: Use code SPRING25 to save $25 off your first box

What You Get: Imagine a quarterly box of chic accessories and beauty items curated by the one and only Rachel Zoe! Each season of CURATEUR brings a new curated collection of sophisticated, stylish products reflective of Rachel's cool, LA aesthetic. It's a great way to try full-sized versions of in-demand beauty products from the latest brands and discover new accent pieces for your outfits.

Check out our CURATEUR and Rachel Zoe Box of Style reviews or read this CURATEUR info to subscribe. Ships to US, Canada, the UK, and Australia.


13. Ipsy Glam Bag Plus

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The Cost: $25 per month. Subscribe here!

What You Get: Ipsy's standard subscription is $10 per month for a selection of personalized samples. But if you're already an existing subscriber, you're eligible to upgrade to the Glam Bag Plus plan. With Glam Bag Plus, you'll get full-size products from a great array of high-end and affordable brands worth discovering. There's no bonus makeup bag in this subscription like there is in the standard Ipsy sub, but the larger amounts of product mean you can really get a feel for how each formula works in your routine.

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


14. NewBeauty Test Tube

New Beauty Test Tube best subscription boxes for discovering new products readers' choice 2019

The Cost: $29.95 every other month. Subscribe here!

What You Get: This beauty subscription includes a slew of full-sized and sample products for your skincare routine, your makeup drawer, and more. There are some seriously effective brands and ingredients in this box—items you might not have thought to pick up for yourself, but that you'll wonder how you ever lived without! Each bi-monthly shipment also comes with a booklet of information about each product to help you get acquainted AND a digital subscription to NewBeauty magazine.

Check out our NewBeauty Test Tube reviews or read this NewBeauty Test Tube info to subscribe. Ships to US.


15. GlobeIn Artisan Box

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The Cost: $40 per month. Subscribe here!

What You Get: If you're looking for home goods and accessories that truly stand out, GlobeIn is an amazing choice! Everything featured in this subscription is fair-trade and handmade by talented artisans from around the world. You can expect colorful patterns and high-quality materials in statement pieces that you'll be proud to display, use, and flaunt!

Check out our GlobeIn reviews or read this GlobeIn info to subscribe. Ships to US.


16. Oui Please

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The Cost: $150 every other month. Subscribe here!

What You Get: OuiPlease is a bi-monthly box that includes a slew of upscale products. There are skin and body care items, gifts for the bar, home accessories, small gadgets, and more.

Check out our OuiPlease spoilers or read this OuiPlease info to subscribe. Ships to US and Canada.


17. Margot Elena Discovery Box

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The Cost: $49.99 per quarter. Subscribe here!

What You Get: Since this box launched last year, our readers have been smitten! Margot Elena is the brand behind fragrance names like Lollia, TokyoMilk, and Library of Flowers, and each seasonal Discovery box offers full-size selections from those brands PLUS accessories, stationery, and other gifts to love. Fans of perfume and other fragrances will love the unique, sophisticated blends featured in this gorgeous subscription!

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

Anna Reilly
Anna Reilly
Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she's swooning for all things kawaii!

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Cheri Moeller

When does the choice for our product selection come out for November Ipsy plus subscription?
I stopped last months because I wasn’t given the choice the month before and couldn’t use anything in it.
Only for their smaller bag was I able to choose for.

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Has anyone ever seen a review for Bagamour box on MSA? I searched and could not find any.

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Tara @ Candy Colored Beauty

I didn’t know Sunday Sunday Riley had a box. I need to check it out because everyone is giving them rave reviews.

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Eric Musick

Great content! Thanks for the value add.

Definitely need to check out a few of these. Hadn’t heard of Oui Please before. Super cool.
Eric Musick

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Sunday Riley is definitely my favorite box I’ve added this year! No spoilers for Fall yet?

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The theme for fall is Sleep.

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That is what I am waiting for! Absolutely ready to sign up, but not really for the summer box.

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The Summer box was a real miss for me. I won’t read the book, I won’t use the tanning drops, I don’t wear gold, I don’t want the makeup brushes (Ipsy has me supplied with all the brushes I’ll ever need), even the lip balm is a bad color. Thank god the full-size Tidal moisturizer was in there…otherwise I would be absolutely fuming.

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