Birchbox is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included). Each month, subscribers receive at least five beauty, grooming, and/or lifestyle samples. Birchbox is also available in France, Spain, the UK and Canada.
I’m a bit late this month, but it did give me time to try each of these products so I can give you an informed opinion. Silver linings, folks.
First up is the Thermal Styling Spray from Number 4. It can be used on wet or dry hair to condition and protect during heat styling. It performed fairly well on my thin, fine hair provided I sprayed lightly. Unfortunately, that was a bit difficult due to the nozzle on the sample. It didn’t have an even spray, so I was stuck using the product on the ends of my hair. I’m not sure the full size would have the same problem, but I figured it was worth mentioning. The scent is slightly floral and herbal, but not ‘feminine’.
The full size (150 ml) is $30, making the sample (30 ml) worth $6.
The idea behind Whish’s Flawless Swipes is a decent one. They’re meant to “banish bumps and eliminate ingrown hairs”, restore smoothness, calm inflammation, and “weaken hair follicles and inhibit growth”. Big promises from one little swipe, yeah? Sadly, they didn’t live up to my expectations. I didn’t see any change to the smoothness of my skin and definitely no slowing of hair growth. I didn’t have any ingrown hairs, bumps, or inflammation to contend with when trying these out, so I can’t speak to that aspect. On the plus side, the wipes had a fresh scent.
A box of 30 wipes retails for $22, making the box of four worth $2.93.
CoTZ Flawless Complexion SPF 50 is a product that I didn’t expect to like. It’s basically a tinted SPF that is meant to even out your skin while protecting it. It’s oil-free, paraben-free, and non-greasy… all checks in the plus column. It didn’t cover anything more than slight redness, so don’t expect it to take the place of your regular foundation or BB/CC cream. Also, it did take a few minutes to absorb, so that’s something to keep in mind if you plan on wearing it under makeup. It’s worth noting that there isn’t a strong scent, which is nice if you don’t like the traditional SPF smell or are sensitive to scents in general.
The full size (2.5 oz) is $20, making the sample (0.18 oz — tiiiiny amount, really) worth $1.44.
The Mally Beauty Evercolor Automatic Eyeliner is probably the biggest disappointment in my box this month. I SO wanted to like it. The color (plum) was right up my alley, I love automatic liners, I generally like the brand… it seemed like a sure thing. Unfortunately, there isn’t much in the way of color payoff. I had to swipe multiple times to get a noticeable line. The liner didn’t stay in place, either. Perhaps if it were set with a shadow it would last longer, but that’s not a step in my general makeup routine and it’s not one I feel like adding when there are other similar liners that actually stay put on their own. I’ll find a way to use it, since I did receive the full size liner.
This eyeliner retails for $18.
Finally, I received a Salt Scrub Bonbon from Sumbody. It’s the lavender scent, which I knew immediately upon opening the shipping box… the scent was everywhere and it was strong (you can even see how the oils soaked through the wrapper)! If you don’t like lavender scents, this is your worst nightmare. Fortunately, I’m okay with it. The scrub itself was decent and didn’t leave my skin feeling dry. I only wish it lasted longer. It dissolved completely after one use, and considering the price… it’s just not worth it. Maybe if you cut it in half or thirds to get more uses?
A trio of bonbons is $13.50, so one is worth $4.50.
Box Value: The total value of my samples this month is nearly $33.
If you subscribe to Birchbox, how did you fare this month?