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The 19 Best Skincare Subscription Boxes – 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards

Marisa Haber
ByMarisa HaberFeb 10, 2022 | 84 comments

Skincare subscription boxes provide the nourishing ingredients your skin needs to look its best — and in our opinion, these services offer the best way to find effective new products while keeping your budget in check. From masks and serums to creams and moisturizers, skincare subscriptions let you refine your regimen with the help of expert-curated products.

Every year, we ask our readers to share their top recommended subscriptions of all types. Then we ask our experts to share what they know about each subscription to make it easy for you to know which subscription is right for you. Below, you’ll find our insights for shopping skincare subscription boxes, and see readers’ top choices for their favorite beauty and skincare subscriptions that offer a mix of cosmetics, skincare, and other beauty essentials.

What To Look For When Shopping for Skincare Subscriptions

When looking for the right skincare subscription it's important to consider your skin type, what types of ingredients are important to you: clean, cruelty-free, vegan, all-natural, etc., and your overall budget. Once you have an idea of the kind of skincare products you're looking for, think about whether or not you want sample sizes to get a taste of the products or if you want full-size products to commit to for a longer period of time.

The Most Popular Skincare Subscription Boxes

Read on for our reader’s recommendations for the best skincare subscription boxes currently available. If we missed anything, drop us a comment. If you’ve tried one of these services, be sure to leave a quick review (even if you had a poor experience — your review can help other readers avoid subscription remorse).

1. IPSY Glam Bag Plus

Best Overall Value

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What This Skincare Subscription Delivers

Our overall best skincare subscription this year is the IPSY Glam Bag Plus. This skincare subscription is an upgrade from the standard IPSY Glam Bag (another great beauty sub), and it packs in even more high-quality, personalized products in a stylish drawstring bag.

Subscribers will receive 5 full-sized items from well-known and up-and-coming brands. Each shipment has a mix of skincare and beauty products valued at $120+, and members can choose to select some of their items but still get some surprise picks based on their profile. The customization feature sets IPSY apart from other skincare subscription boxes, and our readers love the consistent quality of the selections. Each tier of Ipsy allows subscribers to choose at least one product each month—Glam Blag Plus allows you to choose 3 out of the 5 total products that come in the monthly box.

Pros

  • Full-sized products.
  • At $28 per month, this box is affordable and high-quality.
  • You get to choose 3 of your 5 products.

Cons

  • Every box comes with a bag, which not every subscriber may find a use for.

What Our Readers Say:

"With three choices and all full size items, and they use profile information, it's hard to beat Ipsy Plus for overall value. I have never been disappointed in Plus." - Lin

"I chose Ipsy Glam Bag Plus because you get a mix of skincare and makeup. Also you get to pick 3 out of 5 products!" - Leslie

"Ipsy plus offers the best value for the price and they are skincare-heavy, which I love! They would be perfect if they allowed us to choose from all the products in a category!" -Srg

Shipping: Free for the US.

Starting at $28.00
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Not ready to buy? Add it to your Or, if you want to learn more, check out all our Ipsy Glam Bag Plus reviews.

2. BOXYCHARM

Best Subscription for Full-Size Products

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What This Skincare Subscription Delivers

BOXYCHARM is another fantastic skincare subscription box that focuses on providing full-size products. Each monthly delivery contains 5 full-sized skincare, makeup, and beauty products from high-end brands with a total value of up to $175 per box. As a subscriber, you can choose 1 of the items to be included in your upcoming box; the rest are customized based on your preferences.

Subscribers will also gain access to exclusive BOXYCHARM deals and giveaways. You’ll also build up reward points, which you can use to reduce the cost of orders on the BOXYCHARM store.

We also love BOXYCHARM’s “Charmer" community, an active social media group with plenty of tutorials and product advice. While the customization options are limited, BOXYCHARM lives up to its name with stellar curation and plenty of member-only perks.

Pros

  • BOXYCHARM always includes big brands. Some of our faves include Natasha Denona, Farmacy, Violet Voss, Murad, Glam Glow, Beauty Bakerie, KVD Beauty, and more.
  • The box is a great value! It's $27.99 per month and delivers a value of up to $175 of full-size products.
  • BOXYCHARM has special sales multiple times a year with HUGE discounts on beauty products and tools across so many brands.

Cons

  • IPSY acquired BOXYCHARM, and sometimes that leads to product crossover
  • You can only select one item per box.

What Our Readers Say:

"I have found some great brands and products through BoxyCharm that are still in my skincare rotation!" - nanakat12

"I love this BoxyCharm. I get full-size products and is a great mix of makeup, skincare and tools! I also haven't received a duplicate product once which is rare in a beauty box." - Debra

"I just feel that Boxycharm gives you the most bang for your buck and really helps grow your makeup and skincare collection!" - Ale CS

Shipping: Ships to the U.S. and Canada.

Starting at $27.99
Active Deal
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Not ready to buy? Add it to your Or, if you want to learn more, check out all our BoxyCharm reviews.

3. See New: The Skincare Box

Best Subscription for Getting to Know a Brand's Full Range

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What This Skincare Subscription Delivers

See New: The Skincare is a leader in the green beauty world that strives to share naturally-derived, cruelty-free products with its subscribers. See New offers three bi-monthly beauty subscription boxes: The Skincare Box (4-5 items for whole body care), The Essentials (2-3 items for more minimalist care), and the My See New Custom Box. Both of the Skincare and Essential subscription boxes focus on a single brand for each month, such as Tbg, Dirty Lamb, and Aster Raine, and include beauty products like lip scrub, cleansing oil, toner, and serum. The custom box allows you to choose the three products that you will receive in your bi-monthly box, giving you control over the new products you try.

This is the box for anyone who wants to completely immerse themselves in a specific brand with a full routine. It is the sort of box that only sends full-size items and vets each brand and formula before selecting brands to feature. And with three subscription tiers, it is sure to please both the skincare minimalist and the maximalist while still being a bi-monthly subscription!

Pros

  • You get a full routine from a specific skincare brand.
  • Items are full-size.
  • Clean and ethical beauty products.

Cons

  • You cannot subscribe to individual products.

What Our Readers Say:

"Loved my Dirty Lamb box. Can't wait to see what's in the next box already!" -Meredith

"I love this box! The quality of the products, the lovingly packed presentation, the incredible value of the products compared to the cost of the box are all a few of the many reasons that this is fantastic. Add to that the wonderful values that the Boulder, CO based couple founders share of vegan and cruelty free skincare and you have a beautiful way to care for yourself that leaves the world better than you find it. I highly recommend this box for anyone who cares about their skin as much as they care for the world around them." -Mega Monarch

"Beautiful packaging, fast shipping, all full size from same brand, fantastic value, great ingredients...does anyone need more?" -Judy

Shipping: Ships worldwide.

Starting at $47.00
See New: Skincare
Not ready to buy? Add it to your Or, if you want to learn more, check out all our See New: The Skincare Box reviews.

4. BeautyFIX

Best Subscription for Premium Brands

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What This Skincare Subscription Delivers

BeautyFIX is an esthetician-approved skincare subscription from the Dermstore brand. This premium box only offers the best, dermatologist-backed skincare products, so you’ll have total confidence in every item.

Each month you’ll get a mixture of 6 full and deluxe-sized products valued at $195+. Subscribers can also save on full-size product orders with exclusive BeautyFix deals and offers. This skincare subscription box is all about scientifically supported formulations, and we can appreciate that approach.

Pros

  • Brands are all high quality. Some of our favorites include Sunday Riley, Yon-Ka Paris Skincare, Christophe Robin, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, and more.
  • You receive 1-2 full-size products per month.
  • At $24.95 a month, this box brings almost 8x the value with quality products each month.

Cons

  • Shipping was inconsistent in 2021.
  • A lot of reader feedback this year pointed to inconsistencies with the number of full-size products.

What Our Readers Say:

"BeautyFix is by far the most affordable box that offers HIGH QUALITY skincare products, including at least one or two full size products each month!" - Michelle from El Paso

"BeautyFix always includes expensive brands that I'd never be able to try otherwise and usually has bigger size items than other boxes for a great price. The value is definitely there!" - Milena R

"BeautyFix always includes premium brands and a terrific assortment of products every month. Their top notch customer service is the best in the business!" - Cindy B

Shipping: Ships to the U.S.

Starting at $24.95
BeautyFIX
Not ready to buy? Add it to your Or, if you want to learn more, check out all our Dermstore Beauty Fix reviews.

5. NewBeauty TestTube

Best Subscription for Expertly Curated Products

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What This Skincare Subscription Delivers

Launched in 2006, the NewBeauty TestTube is one of the most established skincare subscription boxes on the market. The TestTube box is filled with expertly curated products hand-picked by the New Beauty editorial team.

Each shipment comes with a mix of full-size and sample-size products valued at $200+. You’ll also receive a digital booklet filled with exclusive promotions and a print subscription to NewBeauty Magazine.

If you’re looking for innovative skincare products, TestTube is exactly what you need. While the total cost is higher than some of the other skincare subscription boxes on this list, TestTube is a perennial favorite for a reason: These products are extremely effective, and the NewBeauty editors put a lot of time into the curation.

Pros

  • Receive both sample and full-size products.
  • Every subscription comes with a digital subscription to NewBeauty Magazine.

Cons

  • It is a little pricier than other skincare boxes.
  • Sometimes products don't fit nicely into the TestTube packaging.

What Our Readers Say:

"NewBeauty TestTube always knocks it out of the park when it comes to skincare!" - Pru

"Best selection of high ticket skin care and toiletries to try." - Aviedo

"High quality products. Incredible value." - Mee-Leesah

Shipping: Ships to the continental U.S. only.

Starting at $59.00
NewBeauty TestTube
Not ready to buy? Add it to your Or, if you want to learn more, check out all our NewBeauty TestTube reviews.

6. Birchbox

Best Skincare Subscription to Give as a Gift

Image of a curated "Katia's Picks" box from our review.

What This Skincare Subscription Delivers

Birchbox is a tried-and-true beauty favorite, and their beauty & skincare subscription box provides an excellent entry point. You’ll receive high-end samples, curated to your preferences.

If you’re looking for an exploratory beauty box experience for learning about new brands and products, Birchbox delivers. It’s inexpensive, and while the focus here is on sample-sized items, members get discounts and special deals in the Birchbox store. You can stock up easily — and if you’re interested in specific types of products, the company’s individual discovery kits make a great entry point.

Most items in your Birchbox will be chosen based on your user profile, but you have some options: You can select 1 product to receive in your box, opt for a fully curated box, swap your entire box for a high-end featured beauty product, or swap your box for loyalty points. In other words, the box isn’t fully customizable, but you’ve got plenty of options.

Pros

  • This box is on the more affordable side and sends the occasional full-size product.
  • Great for gifting during the holidays.
  • You get points for reviewing the items which you can use to buy yourself more boxes.

Cons

  • Not for those looking for full-size items.
  • Six-month and yearly subscriptions don't allow for early cancellations.

What Our Readers Say:

"I love that this box focuses on skincare and haircare instead of makeup. I like the excitement of opening a monthly box and I like the customization." - Tiffany

"Still the best of the best!" - WordHermit3t

Shipping: Ships to the U.S., France, Spain, and the U.K.

Starting at $15.00
BirchBox
Not ready to buy? Add it to your Or, if you want to learn more, check out all our Birchbox reviews.

7. GlossyBox

Best Subscription Box for Trying International Skincare Brands

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What This Skincare Subscription Delivers

The GlossyBox subscription box makes skincare affordable, effective, and fun. There’s a focus on skincare here, though the products also include makeup, haircare, and fragrances.

Each shipment contains five deluxe-sized items, beautifully wrapped in an iconic pink box. Not sure what to do with an item you got? You can find product tips and tricks on the GlossyBox site. Members also receive access to limited-edition boxes, GlossyCredit (which can be applied to full-product orders), and product giveaways. The perks can add up, and our readers appreciate GlossyBox’s careful curation.

Pros

  • At least one full-size product per box.
  • Each box is centered around a fun theme.
  • You get to try international brands.

Cons

  • No customization or personalization is available.
  • Shipping fees vary depending on where you're located.

What Our Readers Say:

"GlossyBox always has a great selection and something new to try!" - Shannon C.

"GlossyBox is top notch in the skincare department! I've been able to try out so many great products at an affordable price." - Carey

"I used everything from my GlossyBox and loved it!! Great skincare products and full size!!" - BreeLee

Shipping: Ships to the U.S. and Canada.

Starting at $21.00
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Not ready to buy? Add it to your Or, if you want to learn more, check out all our GlossyBox reviews.

8. Beauty Heroes

Best Subscription for Sustainable Products

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What This Skincare Subscription Delivers

Tired of sample-sized items? Beauty Heroes is all about healthy, high-quality skincare — and each shipment contains full-sized Hero products. Think of this as a beauty discovery service, not a sample box.

Each Beauty Heroes shipment has one full-size product, plus a “sidekick” sample (or full-size) item. The total retail value is always $100+. Every Beauty Heroes product goes through rigorous ingredient testing, and the brand has a commitment to sustainability. In addition to monthly product deliveries, members also receive discounts in the Beauty Store, early access to new products, and insider-only deals.

Pros

  • Beautiful packaging with a lot of information provided on brands and ingredients.
  • High-quality products that are healthy and sustainable.

Cons

  • Only focuses on one brand per month.
  • On the pricier side.

What Our Readers Say:

"Beauty Heroes never disappoints! It's not a box filled with small samples; you get full size products from the same brand to really experience each brand's offering, and all the products are non-toxic and good for your health and skin!" - Lauren

Shipping: Ships worldwide.

Starting at $58.95
Active Deal
Get 10% off any subscription!
Use Coupon Code MSABH10
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Not ready to buy? Add it to your Or, if you want to learn more, check out all our Beauty Heroes reviews.

9. Kinder Beauty Box

Best Subscription for Cruelty-Free Products

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What This Skincare Subscription Delivers

The Kinder Beauty Box is a cruelty-free skincare subscription box committed to transforming beauty routines into practices that are kinder to our world (hence the name). Each month you’ll receive five beauty products, including at least two full-size products plus additional travel-sized items from the top clean beauty brands, with a value of up to $165.

You won’t find any sulfates, parabens, talc, or other harmful ingredients in Kinder products. Plus, all products are cruelty-free (never tested on animals), and a portion of each subscription is donated to various environmental and animal rights charities. Members also receive discounts on products in the Kinder Marketplace. Oh, and the packaging is eco-friendly, too. Kinder, indeed.

When you first sign up, you start with the "Kinder Faves" box then there are two different variations each month. If you have a 6-month subscription, you can choose which of the two boxes you receive.

Pros

  • All products sent are cruelty-free.
  • A portion of each subscription is donated to various environmental and animal rights charities.
  • Eco-friendly packaging.

Cons

  • Skincare selection isn't personalized.

What Our Readers Say:

"The Kinder Beauty Box delivers full-sized products in their boxes each month, and I have enjoyed all of them! They have introduced me to brands that I now love, and my skin has dramatically improved because of their products. I also love that the products are vegan and cruelty free; so, I know they have not been tested on animals." - Mandy

Shipping: Ships worldwide.

Starting at $26.00
Kinder Beauty Box
Not ready to buy? Add it to your Or, if you want to learn more, check out all our Kinder Beauty Box reviews.

10. Curology

Best Subscription Box for Prescription Skincare Products

What This Skincare Subscription Delivers

Curology is a health and wellness subscription that offers personalized skincare formulas prescribed by medical providers. No matter your skin type, Curology will work with you to understand your skin’s history and condition and provide a powerful formulation tailored to your specific needs. Curology also has a full staff of dermatology providers including board-certified physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, and subscribers are partnered with someone who is licensed in their home state. You’ll work with the same provider throughout your Curology journey, and they can answer your questions, help tweak your formula if needed, and more.

Curology is the very definition of customizable! You will receive products based on your photo and online assessment - created by skin professionals.

Pros

  • Easy way to access prescription-only products.
  • Ability to consult medical professionals with questions and concerns.
  • Cost is lower than going to a dermatologist in person.

Cons

  • Health insurance doesn't cover Curology.
  • Skin exam is done only via photos and online assessment.

Shipping: Ships worldwide.

Starting at $19.95
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Not ready to buy? Add it to your Or, if you want to learn more, check out all our Curology reviews.

11. FaceTory Lux Plus

Best Subscription for Sheet Masks

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What This Skincare Subscription Delivers

Are you a sheet mask lover or a fan of Curology? If so, you’ll love the FaceTory Lux Plus skincare subscription box. This quarterly box is packed with a luxurious assortment of K-beauty products and sheet masks. Each delivery has a retail value of $160 or more.

The box contains 10-12 items including a balanced mix of sheet masks and full-size beauty products. This subscription doesn’t cut any corners — they tailor their selection to focus on products with cutting-edge ingredients, and K-beauty fans will feel right at home.

Pros

  • Each box comes with 10-12 full-size items.
  • Comes with a booklet full of info about each item included in the box.
  • Great way to get your hands on a range of K-beauty products.

Cons

  • Some reviewers have noticed a decrease in the number of full-size products.

What Our Readers Say:

"I've discovered some very effective and affordable products in this box!" - Bethany

"A well curated and consistent box. A great way to discover new Korean skin care brands." - Katie

"Facetory Lux Plus wins for me because, of every box I've ever subscribed to, this one consistently curates Korean skincare that I end up loving, plus gives a good selection of sheetmasks to play with (good ones, not cheap junk). Even with Covid, they never let me down. As a quarterly box, it gives you time to use everything before you get another box. Their customer service is great and they have frequent sales as well as a rewards system. I have found so many skincare brands/items from this subscription and I am never disappointed with it!" - WiWah

Shipping: Ships worldwide.

Starting at $49.95
Active Deal
Save 20% off your first box!
Use Coupon Code MSA20
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Not ready to buy? Add it to your Or, if you want to learn more, check out all our FaceTory Lux Plus reviews.

12. IPSY Glam Bag

Best Subscription for Sample-Size Products

ipsy november 2020 cosmetic bag with products

Image from our review.

What This Skincare Subscription Delivers

The IPSY Glam Bag is one of the most-loved beauty and skincare boxes (though our readers still prefer the Glam Bag Plus, which earned the top position in this list). This subscription allows subscribers to try a huge variety of products, and the price is right. Each IPSY delivery comes with a mix of 5 sample-size products and beauty tools.

The best part of the IPSY Glam Bag is the curation. Members fill out a detailed survey and then receive products that match their preferences. That generally means that you’ll get stuff you’ll actually use. You'll also have the option to choose 1 of the items in your bag.

Pros

  • Highly affordable at $13 per month.
  • IPSY's personalization quiz gives you the opportunity to tell the brand what beauty products you like and want to receive.

Cons

  • Products are sample size.
  • Sometimes product personalization misses the mark.

What Our Readers Say:

"I know so much more now about my own skin type and not just because of the products they give me to try, but they always have information on various subjects, from beauty to skincare to wellness every month to read up on in their website." - Kathy S.P.

"Some of my favorite skincare finds, like Tatcha water creme and Context Vit C Eye Cream, have come from IPSY. It's great to try out different items and brands to see what works for my skin, and CS is helpful whenever samples come near empty." - Jennifer

"I love the brands we get in Ipsy. Top quality items that usually end up in me buying more of of the beauty care items I love!" - Brumster

Shipping: Ships to the U.S. and Canada.

Starting at $13.00
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Not ready to buy? Add it to your Or, if you want to learn more, check out all our Ipsy reviews.

13. LOOKFANTASTIC

Best Subscription Box for European Brands

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What This Skincare Subscription Delivers

Look Fantastic is a U.K. beauty box that offers the latest and greatest in cutting-edge trends. This is a perfect skincare subscription box for discovering new European brands and products. Each Look Fantastic box arrives with at least 6 skincare, haircare, makeup, body products, and beauty tools, selected around a monthly theme.

Members also receive a Beauty Box magazine in each delivery, which contains product tips and tricks to help you look your best.

Pros

  • Affordable monthly price.
  • Receive at least six hand-picked items every month.

Cons

  • Only samples sizes.
  • No personalization available.

What Our Readers Say:

"There are items less seen / more unique than the other boxes." - Becky

Shipping: Ships to the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia.

14. Boxwalla Beauty

Best Indie Skincare Subscription Box

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What This Skincare Subscription Delivers

Boxwalla offers a variety of beauty, book, and film subscriptions. While they’re a fairly small operation, they put a ton of care into their curation. That’s why we love the Boxwalla Beauty cosmetic & skincare subscription box.

Each bi-monthly delivery introduces subscribers to 1-3 ingredient-conscious beauty products on a bi-monthly basis, and the high quality of the selections makes each box an absolute joy. All products are cruelty-free, non-toxic, and sourced from artisans from around the world.

We’re also big fans of the gorgeous packaging, which can be re-used for gifting or storage. The every-other-month schedule makes this an excellent option if you’re just dipping your toes into the subscription lifestyle.

Pros

  • All products are ingredient-conscious.
  • You. definitely get a bang for your buck, with high-end and high-quality products.
  • Subscribers receive 15% off items in the Boxwalla Store.

Cons

  • Boxes comes bi-monthly.
  • Subscription is on the pricier side.

What Our Readers Say:

"Boxwalla Beauty Box includes high-end indie products packed with natural ingredients that feel very luxurious to use. It's every 2 months and they are good about rotating what the items are so you're not overloaded. It feels like a real treat." - shoplessjess

"Boxwalla focuses on quality over quantity and gives me the opportunity to try brands and their products that would otherwise be hard to sample. If l could keep one box, this would be it." - Amy Nicole

"Perfectly curated, good for all skin types, amazing deals." - Carrie H.

Shipping: Ships worldwide.

Starting at $1.00
Boxwalla Beauty
Not ready to buy? Add it to your Or, if you want to learn more, check out all our Nail Capital USA reviews.

15. Grove Collaborative

Best Subscription for Curating Your Own Skincare Lineup

Image via Grove Collaborative.

 

What This Skincare Subscription Delivers

You may know Grove Collaborative for its all-natural home and personal care products. They also offer high-quality skincare products, and their membership-based subscription model allows members to build their own personalized skincare subscription box at a great price.

You can select the frequency of your deliveries, and while you’ll need to curate your own subscription, you’ll have much more control over what you’re getting. The pricing is fair, the selection is excellent, and you can throw in additional products (like those all-natural home products) to meet the $25 minimum threshold. Given the auto-replenishment model of this subscription, you choose exactly what you want to receive in each shipment.

Pros

  • Grove Beauty's website provides in-depth descriptions for each product including how to use it, what skin types it's good for, and what its star ingredients are.
  • Products are high-quality, clean, and cruelty-free.

Cons

  • There are no recommendations via a skincare quiz, so you have to do the research to pick the products.

Shipping: Ships to the U.S. only.

Starting at $19.99
Active Deal
48-hour sale
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Not ready to buy? Add it to your Or, if you want to learn more, check out all our Grove Collaborative reviews.

16. Petit Vour

Best Subscription Box for All-Natural Products

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What This Skincare Subscription Delivers

Petit Vour is an “activist-driven beauty box and shop,” and they’ve taken a progressive approach to the subscription lifestyle. Each of their skincare subscription boxes includes nourishing cruelty-free products made with vegan-friendly ingredients.

To get started, you’ll fill out your profile, which collects basic information about your skin tone, hair color, and cosmetic preferences. You’ll receive a selection of ingredient-conscious beauty products (both full- and travel-sized items are included). Each box has an estimated value of $50 or more.

Petit Vour also encourages members to rate each item; you’ll receive up to 400 PV points (worth about $4) each month. When you find something you love, you can spend those points to reduce the cost.

Pros

  • Reviewing items gets you points that count toward $$ off.
  • Boxes are curated with top clean beauty brands like OSEA, Rahua, Ere Perez, French Girl, Josh Rosebrook, Alima Pure, Suntegrity, and more.
  • Each box includes 1-2 full-size products.

Cons

  • If vegan-only brands aren't your thing, this box might not have enough variation.

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

Shipping: Ships worldwide.

Starting at $18.00
Active Deal
25% Off First Box
Use Coupon Code FIRSTBOX
Petit Vour
Not ready to buy? Add it to your Or, if you want to learn more, check out all our Petit Vour reviews.

17. The Detox Box

Best Subscription Box for Eco-Friendly Products

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What This Skincare Subscription Delivers

The Detox Box is a green beauty subscription from The Detox Market that sends 1-3 (occasionally more) high-quality products per month.

The curators try to find the “holy grail" products that you’ll use every single day. This skincare subscription box includes at least $90 of eco-friendly beauty from brands like Goop, Vintner’s Daughter, and Tata Harper.

One important note: The Detox Box doesn’t accept refunds, so we’d start with a monthly subscription. Our readers are big fans of the products, however, and the company’s focus on strict ingredient standards helps to guarantee plenty of oh-so-good products in every shipment.

Pros

  • Great for those looking to find new eco-friendly brands.
  • Products are full-size.

Cons

  • No refunds accepted.
  • Only receive 2-3 products per box.

What Our Readers Say:

"Detox Box is always the best deal and clean products as well!!" - Phoebe

"Best natural products." - MSA Reader

"Always a surprise and such good products!" - Lori

Shipping: Ships to the U.S .only.

Starting at $58.95
The Detox Box
Not ready to buy? Add it to your Or, if you want to learn more, check out all our The Detox Box reviews.

18. Tribe Beauty Box

Best Subscription for Supporting Small Businesses

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What This Skincare Subscription Delivers

The Tribe Beauty Box is a beauty subscription that sends a bi-monthly box full of indie brands. Expect 4-5 products (a mix of deluxe and full sizes) including one face product, an eye product, a lip product, one beauty tool, and/or one skin prep product.

This skincare subscription box is focused on cosmetics, and we love how it provides everything you need to refine your look. Tribe Beauty is a Black-owned, female-owned business, and its selection focuses on small business owners. That approach is working, and they’re an easy inclusion on our list of the best skincare subscriptions.

Pros

  • Every box comes with a range of different products that benefit different skin needs.
  • Great if you're looking to invest in smaller brands.

Cons

  • This box sends both skincare and makeup, so you will receive fewer skincare products compared to a skincare-focused box.

What Our Readers Say:

"I'm in love with Tribe!" - MSA Reader

"TRIBE! DUHHH!!!" - Trouble

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19. Allure Beauty Box

Best Subscription for Trending Beauty Brands

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What This Skincare Subscription Delivers

Allure Beauty Box is a $23 monthly beauty subscription from Allure Magazine. Each month they send out a mix of deluxe and full-size samples from mostly high-end brands! This beauty box shines a light on trending ingredients and the latest, greatest brands, and has a reputation for its amazing curation with no repeats.

Pros

  • Receive products from popular and trending beauty brands. like Rare Beauty, Sunday Riley, Bliss, L'Occitane, and more.
  • Subscribers receive additional full-size products.
  • Subscribers receive six products, at least three of them full-size.

Cons

  • Some reviewers have experienced repeat products from month to month.

What Our Readers Say:

"I really found some great skincare this past year from Allure. I love the full size and sample sizes." - JodyE

"Best skincare for face and body. Variety and best plug for new upcoming and trendy brands." - Debra

"The skincare options in this box have become some of [my] must haves." - Cris

Shipping: Ships to the contiguous U.S.

Starting at $23.00
Allure Beauty Box
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How to Get The Most Out of Your Skincare Subscription Once You’ve Picked

Once you've landed on the skincare subscription box of your choice, make sure you look at the subscription price options - many of these brands offer a discounted price for a six-month or annual subscription. Take a look at the items included in the past few months to see if they cater to your skin type if they're brands you're familiar with and if they're the kind of products you'd like to receive. Remember that skincare doesn't take effect overnight, so give your products a couple weeks before making a final decision on whether or not you like it. Make sure you're updating your profile regularly to get the best skincare recommendations if you decide on a box that offers customization and set a reminder for choice time so you get your product requests in before your box is sent out!

Factors We Considered When Reviewing These Skincare Subscription Boxes

This list features our fellow subscription fanatics’ top choices, and we can confidently recommend the subscriptions above since we’ve researched and reviewed them all. Factors we considered when reviewing these subscriptions include:

  • Pricing and Value - The skincare subscriptions on this list provide a great overall value, particularly when compared with retail prices. With that said, take those “total retail value" numbers with a grain of salt; sample-sized items can be difficult to price, so try to choose a box that features products you’ll actually use. We also considered shipping charges as part of the total cost. Most subscriptions offer free or low-cost shipping but pay close attention to the overall monthly charge to find a service that fits your budget.
  • Member Perks - Perks can quickly add value to a subscription. We looked for skincare subscriptions that offer member discounts and other benefits. If you regularly order beauty & skincare products, look for deals that will help you grow your collection over time.
  • Customer Service - We considered the reputation of each subscription service and avoided companies with vague pricing, complicated shipping schedules, or limited membership management options. We believe that the subscription lifestyle should be fun and engaging, and bad customer service can certainly impact the experience.
  • Sustainability - Our readers care about the environment, and they’ve chosen skincare subscription boxes that share that priority. Many of the boxes on this list focus on vegan, cruelty-free products, and most use sustainable shipping methods and/or recyclable packaging.

That’s it for our list of the best skincare subscriptions of 2022! Did you spot your new favorite skincare box? Let us know in the comments. We also encourage readers like you to leave reviews of boxes they’ve tried — those ratings help us provide accurate info and recommendations.

Marisa Haber
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Marisa Haber is a freelance writer with a passion for all things fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and food! When she's not scrolling through Instagram to get the scoop on all the latest trends, she can be found walking around the city asking people if she can pet their dogs.

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Kalyn

See New Skincare and Boxwalla are by far the best. Period.

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Cc

Best quality (over quantity) skincare boxes (IMO):
1. Beauty Heroes
2. Boxwalla Beauty
3. Mintd
4. Laurel & Reed
5. See New Skin

This is based on boxes I’ve tried. And, I get that See New is great, but the first four on the list have provided more products I would repeat-purchase or even hoard-to-the-last-drop. All five are worth the purchase!

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Wendy H.

This year I am turning 50 and I realized that I have not changed my skin or makeup routine since high school! That was 30+ years ago! Obviously, my skin changed as well as my coloring. I chose IPSY because of the questionnaire because I had no clue what to buy anymore. The makeup section was overwhelming. Hell, even hair products overwhelm too.
So, I started on the smallest IPSY bad just to try it out. Boy was I impressed. Colors I would have never even thought of using look great on me now. I since graduated to the Plus size bag and I am so glad I did. I have fallen in love with makeup again! IPSY has helped me so much to get my self-esteem back and look forward to turning 50 instead of dreading it! So, Happy Birthday to me!

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Snow

Wow this was so great to read, Wendy! Happy 50th to you! ☺️

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Leyla Ann

The fact that MINTD is not at the TOP of this list, nevermind AT ALL, tells me all I need to know about what “criteria gets” these boxes ranked. MINTD is by far the Best Skincare, if not even OVERALL GOAT Box on this laughable list. 😏

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Abdelhak

nice

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thecospackaging

Useful post! I really need this type of article.. this is very useful for me.

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Judy

See New Skincare is hands down the best skincare subscription out there. Value, customer service, fast shipping, full size, clean ingredients from same brand sent every other month with ability to skip easily. To me this is the perfect mesh and the one I plan to continue.

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Custom Hair Spray Boxes

Useful post! I really need this type of article.. this is very useful for me.

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Andrea

See New is by far the best skincare subscription! How are they not on this list?!

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Toni

Ipsy and boxycharm both say they give full sizes in their upgraded boxes, but those are lies. They also don’t go by your profile. Horrible customer service as well! I’ll pass on bad customer service and poor wrong sized products!

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Michael Bauman

Totally disagree…it’s a mini box & the price is unreasonable

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Nikkim

For strictly skincare? I highly recommend beautyfix. They offer a lot of samples but always at least one full size and the samples are usually brands you cant get in another box. I quit them just because I had so much skincare but that was a year ago and now I’m thinking of coming back since I used a lot of my stash

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Gabrielle

Margot Elena, Petit Vour, & Sunday Riley!!!!! I got BoxyCharm last year for Christmas. I am cancelling after this Christmas. It’s been really lovely though.

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syd

Sunday Riley doesn’t appear to exist anymore 🙁

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Teri

I’m not sure where to ask this, so I’ll try here: is the Sunday Riley sub box no longer available? Every link to it that I could find including those here on MSA comes up “404 not found”. Help! I want this box!

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Lynda

The Sunday Riley box is not happening right now. They have said it will return but have not said when.

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Madeleine

It says that Ipsy plus and Ipsy Ultimate is shipped in Canada and they don’t.

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Shevana Kersey

I’m shocked facetory isn’t higher on the list. I get boxycharm, both premium and regular, ipsy glam bag plus, fab fit fun, fashionista, allure and facetory. Facetory is by far my favorite.

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T.Marie

I get three: 7! Lux, the previous skin by concern subs (which they’ll do which just their products now) and the quarterly beauty box. They are by my face and I get a free other Korean skin care boxes and masks.

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Kylari

I get Facetory as well, for over a year now! Love them, so cheap really I have the 4 a month, and lately they have been adding freebies so I get 5 sometimes 6!! I have sooo many now stored up🤣

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Nikki

I was underwhelmed by FabFitFun, my winter box was all products I wouldn’t buy or use and was the reason I quit. Some of the products in my FFF boxes seemed like an afterthought and were cheap.
I enjoyed BoxyCharm, good quality products for sure but Ipsy is my fave, for a ‘mostly makeup’ box, I have gotten some of my fave skin care products from Ipsy, such as the Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion scrub and the Goldfadden MD scrub, also Purlise products which work so well. Plus a cute makeup bag, I’m an organizational addict and I use my Ipsy bags for all sorts of things. The Glam Bag Ultimate is a dream. 8 full size 4 samples for $50 is a killer deal and none of their products have aggravated my sensitive skin. The bag is huge too!

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Aimee

I just ordered an Ipsy $25 and $37 box(Ive subscribed to them in past for year)..as well as my first Birchbox(which i havent received yet. Im trying to find more skincare choices. I have a lot of actual makeup but July 1st i will be turning 46. I dont have many wrinkles BUT i know theyre coming and I’d like to correct my fine lines and wrinkles that i do have. I noticed my neck is showing age and damage wrinkles from tanning age etc. Anyone know the best box for me to try more cleansers , moisturizers, fix it serums and creams. I mean i like makeup as well but i want to gear more towards the repair products…please help! Thank you!

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Chauna

I have not tried this box, but I am looking for the same thing – 49 here! Eek! I just found this one called Aster skincare. It is strictly anti-aging so I’m going to give it a try. But just wanted to give you a heads up if you want to check out one that is just for the things you want to focus on (as I do too).

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Kim

have any of you found a box for just skincare? I just looked at dermstore and i’m not seeing it on their site. Any other suggestion?

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Gabrielle

Petite Vour or DermStore

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gigi

I’m 44 and giving a try to Dermstore. So far, Allure brings me good options. But I feel I need more Skincare stuff 😁

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Kristen

Did you find any that were strictly skincare? I’m 40 and currently do ipsy I just do smallest one in case I dont care for it however I check daily for deals and have gotten some great things with add ons . Birchbox I do as well but again lots of make up I enjoy fff as their is variety. I started facetory last month I do 7 masks w bonus item for 19.95. Sheet masks and u get a bonus item… I’m thinking about adding the quaterly as u get 5-6 sheet masks AND 5-6 products of variety… for 49.95…no make up. I really love the sheet masks as I am new to them… But I am with you on finding skincare only!!! Let me know if you have found one aside from the one I mentioned! 😊

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Nadia

I agree completely. My first box was nice. The second was okay. My third was just literally garbage. For 50 dollars I’ve got eye cream which every other cheap beauty box sends some bath salts hand cream, eye masks and body lotion which costs 13 dollars or less. I canceled right away too. I think they got to comfortable giving people junk.

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Chris

I’d add Mintd and Kleverparkbox, probably the best you can receive from Europe. Both amazing.

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alexis johnson

I liked the list gave me some ideas on what to try for the new year I know a lot of people are saying that boxy and ipsy shouldn’t be on the list but the fact is that the ultimate box from ipsy is mostly skincare I might get one or two products that are makeup and the rest is skincare and they have great brands like murad it cosmetics glamglow and same with the plus yes there is makeup but you set up a profile with them and tell them what you like if you mostly like skincare than your more than likely to get a mostly skincare box mine is set to half makeup half skincare and I mostly get skincare which I love same with boxy yes you do get makeup but you also get some great skin care such as Dr. Brant glow recipe wanderlust and a lot of great brands also ipsy has 111 skin which is a fantastic brand and I always get super pumped when I see we are getting that in a box in my February boxycharm box next month I’m getting a kate Somerville skin product so I do agree with the list that boxy and ipsy should be on the best skin care boxes

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Laraindigio

I am truly a skin care addict. The subscriptions I enjoy the most are the New Beauty Test Tube(the award boxes also), Beautyfix, Allure, Glossybox limited editions, Mintd, and Beauty Heros. Some are quarterly, I end up paying $130 a month. I have the best skincare in the world and I still look very young to be in my fifties. It is cheaper than plastic surgery or fillers. I am able to use a ton of product on my face(neck,chest, back of hands) and love doing a seven step process each time I wash my face. I only use subscription beauty and give extras to friends and families. They love my products also!
Thank you Liz and your amazing team for guiding and reviewing products for the last few years. MSA has been a blessing.

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Judy C.

Hello!! I am also nearing 50 this year and I wanted your opinion. If I could get one (or two) subscription boxes just for the skin care, which one would you recommend?? Thanks!!

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Melinda

If you want top-quality products, subscribe to Laurel & Reed, Bombay & Cedar, and Kinder box. All Vegan and good for the environment. I’m over 50 and love everything so far and sub to over 20 boxes. Have sensitive skin and have no problems with LAurel and Reed ever. Their June box is my new fav.

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Melinda

If you want top-quality products subscribe to Laurel & Reed, Bombay & Cedar and Kinder box. All Vegan and good for the environment. I’m over 50 and love everything so far and sub to over 20 boxes. Have sensitive skin and have no problems with LAurel and Reed ever. Their June box is my new fav.

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G

Probably BOXYCHARM or Birchbox!

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Inanna ishtar

I just turned 50 and I have been using Birchbox for the last 2 years and it has been a life saver. I have been able to try so many brands that I normally would not be able to afford. I have gone on to purchase many of the items I have tried. I also have given away Birchbox subscriptions as gifts. I have never tried any other subscription boxes so I cannot compare it but I really think it is definitely worth 15 bucks a month.

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Michele

Went to get “The Box”. I’m looking for a new one around $20 a month. They bumped theirs up to 24.99. Havent seen any reviews to know what the usual lineup for them is. So I will pass. Boxy has too many variables and I always end up with the crappy box. Ipsy has too many off brands.

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Elisabeth Berlowitz

The box just raised their prices but grandfathered the people that were previous subscribers to their box at the original price. They had to raise it because it was costing them a fortune in shipping costs. They were not mocking a profit from this box at all. I hope with the cost increase we get higher end products. I really enjoy the variety of things I receive in my box and I usually end up using close to everything (unlike most of my subscription boxes-so that says a lot). They feature Indy brands and and small Businesses and sometimes you will see a brand you are familiar with like sigma. If you want higher end items get their Mystery Box for $40 a month. I know November they had a Two faced pallete in there. That box is more geared for brand named items.

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Marne Orenich

My first review of The Box By Fashionsta (December) will be posting very soon, so keep an eye out!

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Anya

Wow, surprised TestTube didn’t rank higher. It really is a fantastic box for skincare junkies and has introduced me to a lot of brands and products I wouldn’t have otherwise tried. HATE that they charge shipping and a bit pricier than it’s competitors, but worth it considering the difference in product size, exposure to various brands and curation.

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Lauren

I don’t think BoxyCharm and Ipsy count as skin care boxes.

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Tonya

I get mostly skin care, and have for years. I now subscribe to the plus and X bag, and it’s well worth it.

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Pat

If I want skin care box (I don’t do make up), I should not subscribe to both BoxyCharm & Ipsy, correct??? Anyone can help answer.

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Lisa

In 2019 I did three Beauty boxes. I did detox box for 6 mos. It was beautifully packaged and it had wonderful products but the only one I bought again was the lapis oil herbivore. Great if your skin is inflamed or you have rosacea.

I also got the beauteque box. Which was super fun. Korean products are always great and effective.

I also got the Sisley Paris six month subscription. That I feel is a win-win. It’s $10 a month no shipping. You easily get over $10 worth of samples. I had no concept when I ordered but their stuff is very very pricey. I did fall in love with a very expensive cleanser that I was able to get at a huge discount at Harrods online. And they had a Black Friday Black Rose special so I treated myself to two products. One I had used in the box and I absolutely loved it. I may do them again for a year. I never had a problem with customer service at all.

I’m thinking of doing kleverpark next. It’s quite an investment of $100 every 2 months. you get enough product to last you two months. Everything is from Italy. It just looks like a really classy box.

I am only interested in the beauty boxes that are 95% skincare. I’m also going to do the bakery Box by Shea Shea.. I’m just a sucker for Bakery scents. But that has body wash body butter Etc. I’m just not much into makeup.

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Tiffany

I just ordered my second Kleverpark box. I love it and used everything in the box. It seems that they try to vary product types so that product overload is less of an issue. I highly recommend Kleverpark!

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rachel

Sisley’s monthly box service is no more! I got a letter that a new type of service will be available in late spring. 2020.

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Flora

FYI–Boxycharm is increasing to $25 in November, 2019.

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Your Friends @MSA

Thank you, Flora! It does say on their website that the box is $21 per month for October’s box and increases to $25 per month starting with November’s box.

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