Hello, hello! I’m back with another Birchbox unboxing. This month definitely had some hits and misses, but I’ve come to a decision as to whether or not I’ll continue to subscribe.
If you aren’t familiar with Birchbox, it’s a subscription box for $10 a month and comes with 4-6 deluxe samples (mostly beauty) but ranges from makeup, hair care, and sometimes even snacks.
Every box has a brief description about what each product does and how much the full sizes cost. You can also buy any of the products you receive (plus many other products), straight from Birchbox
and if you review the samples, you get points towards a discount (read on to see why this is no longer the case).
I love the look of this box! Such pretty colors and perfect for the Summer. Anyways, here are this month’s products.
- Côte d’Azur Eau du Parfum by Oribe. The full size retails for a whopping $95 for 50 mL (also at Oribe) and the sample is worth about $2.70. I hate perfume samples. Sometimes I can get behind it if the sample has a little sprayer, but this one doesn’t. It does smell lovely in the bottle but smells a little soapy on my body.To say I’m not happy about this sample is an understatement.
- Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel (in the shade “3 – Medium”) by Benefit Cosmetics. The full size retails for $24 (available at Benefit and will soon be at Sephora) and the sample size is worth $8. That seems like a lot for such a small sample, but I can tell that it will last a while and it has a lot of product, which is great because a little goes a long way with this stuff. I absolutely love Benefit Cosmetics and the packaging for this product is so adorable. I would probably be better off using the darker shade, but I will definitely use this entire product up.
- ER Plus Radical Recovery After Sun Lotion by Coola. The full size retails for $32 (at Sephora and Coola Suncare) and the sample is worth $1.80. So that’s not skimpy or anything… I am actually really happy about getting this sample, but how is it that it consists of 10 mL? It smells really nice and has a great consistency, but I’m a little bummed that I probably won’t be able to use it more than once.
- Intensive Blemish Serum by Evologie. The full size is $35 (also available at Evologie) and the sample is worth about $23. Okay see this is the same size bottle as the Coola product, but because it is a more expensive product, it makes sense to me that they would give a smaller sample size. I am super excited about this product (somehow Birchbox sensed that I’ve been breaking out a little this month), and have already tried it a few times. It seems to be working pretty well! I don’t know if it’s necessarily worth $35 for the full sized product (which is only 15 mL), but it does the job of stopping blemishes from getting worse, without drying out my skin!
- Moisturizing & Repairing Shampoo by PARLOR by Jeff Chaistain. The full size retails for $22 and this sample size is worth $2.75. Really Birchbox? A shampoo without a conditioner? Am I the only one that likes to have these match? I would actually be okay with receiving a shampoo & conditioner (I know a lot of people prefer not to get these in sample boxes), but I’m extremely disappointed that I only received a shampoo. On the plus side, it does smell pretty nice.
This box is worth about $38.25. Honestly, this is a great value for a $10 subscription box, but only 2 of the products are really useful for for me. I have been struggling with justifying subscribing to Birchbox for the past few months (check out my past reviews here), and I think it’s time for me to pull the plug.
I haven’t gotten good products lately, AND on top of that, Birchbox is ending their points system where you get 10 points (for $1) for every sample you review. That was the most worthwhile part of Birchbox for me (otherwise I would rather rack up points at Ulta & Sephora). Next month will be my last Birchbox after 4 years of being a loyal subscriber. 🙁
Maybe it’s time to go back to Ipsy?
This product was purchased on my own, all opinions are my own.