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Why GlossyBox Is My Go-To Beauty Subscription

Taryn Lowman
ByTaryn LowmanAug 25, 2021 | 9 comments

My heart is fully in the beauty world. With my mom being a hairstylist, I have been working or hanging out in salons and spas since I was in 5th grade. I am always fascinated by how beauty products have evolved over the years and how beauty subscription boxes have played a huge role in how this industry has changed and grown. I have been lucky enough to review some of the best of the best beauty boxes over the years, which is why so many of my family, friends, and neighbors ask me one question over and over: “What beauty boxes really are the best?” Simple- GlossyBox!

While there are so many boxes that I adore, GlossyBox is one that I seem to recommend the most. From the beautifully giftable box to the quality of the products, the limited edition offers, and so much more – this really is my go-to beauty box. Let’s dig into this box a bit more!

The Cost: $21.00 per month with free U.S. shipping. Save with longer subscriptions. Subscribe here!

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About the Box: GlossyBox is a beauty subscription that sends five deluxe and full-size products to your door every month for $21.00. You should expect to discover new brands of hair care, makeup, and skincare in each box, wrapped up nicely with a different theme each time. Plus, each month has a guaranteed total value of at least $60.

FYI: GlossyBox sometimes sends out multiple variations of the box during some months. So there may be some variation between what we review and what you receive.

What our readers say:

“I’ve subscribed to tons of boxes over the years – BirthBox, TestTube Beauty, PopSugar, etc – Glossy Box is one I can always count on for a terrific curation of great products. But, to each her own :)”

Why I Love GlossyBox

Quality

I have reviewed so many beauty boxes over the years, but GlossyBox is one that I can always trust to arrive on time without any issues, expertly curated with quality products. As a subscriber, you will receive a mix of deluxe mini or full-size products from brands that might be well-known to you or that you have always wanted to try but just haven’t had the budget for. Since the products are always high quality, I find myself excited to gift any products that I am not in love with to family or friends. My experience from beginning to end with this box always feels so special, and it’s probably why so many people have remained loyal to GlossyBox for so many years. 

Expertly Curated Products

Some of my tried and true products that have made their way into my everyday routine have come from GlossyBox. From brands like Elemis, that I knew but never had an opportunity to try, all the way to unique brands like Earth Harbor, that were totally new for me, I can always expect to learn and discover so much each month. Rarely do I have a month where I don’t love at least one item, and the others are always great to pass along to friends. I genuinely appreciate the mix of full-size and deluxe mini products because the minis allow me to test a product without feeling like I have to fully commit to it. Beauty is all about discovery, and that is exactly what this box brings month after month.

Limited Edition Boxes

GlossyBox also features Limited Edition boxes throughout the year. They typically have a Summer box, Mother’s Day, Easter, and more. The boxes are so always so unique and beautiful, filled with items in partnership with some of the most prestigious beauty brands. I have received some of my favorite boxes and products from these lovely limited edition sets! You can sign up here to be notified when these boxes are set to be released to order.

Giftable Boxes

GlossyBox is known for its signature pink boxes, but did you know that there are themed boxes as well? There will be different designs for a new season, or something fun like a mixtape. The products themselves are a treat, but the boxes are the first piece that you see, and they never disappoint. The boxes can be used well after you are done testing the products inside. Many of mine are being used to hold papers, pencils, makeup brushes, and are even often used in my kid’s playroom to fill with treasures. If you are gifting this box, the recipient will feel like it is their special day every time they receive these beautiful boxes.

Check out all of our GlossyBox details and reviews and our list of the best beauty and makeup subscription boxes!

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Is GlossyBox your go-to beauty box for gifting? Did you find a forever product through your GlossyBox Let us know in the comments. 

GlossyBox is a beauty subscription service box that allows customers to sample products monthly. Sampling lets the subscriber fall in love with new products and become life-long brand advocates. Each box is filled with five makeup, hair and skin care products from top brands.
Taryn Lowman
Taryn Lowman
Taryn's passion for subscription boxes started when she was gifted a monthly Birchbox. She is excited to discover more Mom and baby boxes to share with her family!

Taryn Lowman
Taryn Lowman
Taryn's passion for subscription boxes started when she was gifted a monthly Birchbox. She is excited to discover more Mom and baby boxes to share with her family!
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9 comments

Pat

I, too, am a long-time Glossy fan (I think that might be one of my quotes up there :). But COVID saw a tremendous dip in my income. GlossyBox was the last one I unsubbed from. I’ve just resubbed though, and am looking forward to the Advent Calendar. Never had any issues with customer service.

Murakami

I will say Glossy has some of the best presentation in the industry — especially at their price point — and their LE boxes tend to be pretty great, but….Taryn! I don’t believe you 😉 Someone who delights in discovery and new items is not going to be that happy with the stuff Glossy has regularly been dumping on us as of late. Also yes, re: customer service, The Hut Group is THE WORST.

Melissa

I’m kind of surprised to see this post, actually, but to each their own. I subscribed to Glossybox for a long time, and, unlike other people have reported, I found their customer service to be great. I also really enjoyed the packaging. For a long time I felt like their products were good (obviously if I kept subscribing), but after about 6 months of what I considered to be subpar products, I finally gave up and have not been tempted to go back. They began to repeat brands too frequently and even products, and sheet masks are a dime a dozen these days. Hair ties, Cetaphil, etc – meh.

Beth In Oklahoma

Their packaging was superb, but when I subscribed over a year ago, a lot of their products were sub-par. I got some Steve Laurent type stuff.

And in the lead photo, it shows Cetaphil, which is a drugstore brand. A good brand, no doubt, but one I would expect in my Walmart or target box, not a subscription.

Subscription Snob

I don’t care for Glossybox at all. I tried it early on and have never wanted another. I just won’t pay for a sample size anything, at this point anyway.

Carol

I never subscribed to this but their AmorePacific box was my favorite beauty box ever.

Jody E

After wondering where my August box is I reached out and they let me know today it is out of stock! Not sure what to do? Refund or wait?

Shauna

Gah! I haven’t got mine yet either or a shipping notice! I really hope I get it cuz I was looking forward to this one. This is my last month of a three month sub (first time subbing) and I already got a duplicate last month. Was not impressed and will never resub if I dont get my august box that I already paid for

Amy

Subscribing to Glossy box was the worst experience I have ever had ordering anything period. They double charged me twice in three months. They sent me broken and dried up old products and customer service is awful. Hopefully they have changed their ways but I won’t be taking a chance to find out.

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