Last month, I purchased a Birchbox for the first time and thought it would be a good opportunity to give the products and service itself a review. I had heard good things so thought it was time I tried it out for myself.
1 box is £10 + £2.95 PP so a total of £12.95 a month.
For a 6 month subscription it is £60 + £2.95 PP each month, apart from the first month where the delivery is free. To me this is not a good enough incentive to sign up for 6 boxes, as you are only saving £2.95 overall. You may as well order your box month by month as you can see what products are coming up on the website, and skip a month if you don’t like the look of what’s on offer.
I am aware that obviously February has just passed, but these products are still on the market (they encourage you to buy them via their website) so I wanted to let you know what I thought of my first Birchbox experience!
I got a total of 6 items in my Birchbox:
This is a very thick moisturising balm, for use on dry skin. Apparently, you can use this on lips, elbows, feet, hands, cuticles, you name it. I liked the fact it was a multipurpose, all natural balm and I thought it really did work on dry skin, the moisture instantly sunk in and didn’t just sit on the surface of the skin, which I always look for in this sort of product. I feel this would be great for when my eczema flares up. I wasn’t however so keen on the smell, I think this was designed more for its function, but it did the job so I like it.
I had been eyeing up Spectrum brushes for a while. The colours are cute and I had heard great things about the quality. This is by far my favourite product in the box. It is the perfect brush for setting powder under the eyes, on the forehead and on the nose. This is what I have been using it for and I love the results. The bristles are also super soft which is often the make or break for me with make up brushes.
I believe this is from the new Birchbox ‘own brand’ range called ‘LOC’. First impressions, I really like the colour and texture is good. I have not tested the longevity yet, but I am hoping it stays put throughout the day. The size of this product is a little small, but this was to be expected from Birchbox. I got the pretty gold colour in ‘Perfect Cents’ and the it came out very pigmented. Overall I am happy with this product and looking forward to incorporating it into some make up looks.
Body wash / shower gel is not something I tend to get overly excited about, and when it is just a sample size, even less so. I think it does what it says on the tin, but has an overwhelming smell of aloe vera, which I just find it a little too ‘planty’. I think I prefer something with a softer, more inviting fragrance when in the shower.
This product was again a sample size, and I found the packaging a little dull. However the product did seem to smooth out frizz and nourish any split ends, and the spray itself distributed the product well. However, the big turn off for me was the smell. It had a very strong scent, which again was not overly fresh or inviting – it smelt quite clinical and harsh. Seen as I am so obsessed with natural, clean products, this was just an instant no for me – so for that reason, I am out.
This was added in the box as a ‘bonus’. It was a VERY small sample of perfume. To be honest I tend to spray these tiny samples once and forget about them unless the scent totally blows me away! This scent was a little old fashioned for me – I prefer a summery, lighter scent. But that is personal preference, I think perfume is totally different on everyone, so testing them before you splash out on an expensive bottle is definitely the way to do it.
Overall, I liked the packaging, the little box was sweet and it had a leaflet explaining everything that came in the box. My favourite products had to be the Spectrum brush and LOC eye shadow stick – these are the ones I see myself using and maybe even re-purchasing. However, I was dissapointed with the size of the products, majority of them being sample or tester size, I was really hoping for more full size products. But the contents of the box was definitely worth more than what I paid for it, however I probably would not have chosen some of those products if I had the choice. I suppose that is a risk you take with a subscription box! I will keep checking back at the website to see if any upcoming boxes / products on offer take my fancy because I like the concept, but in the meantime I don’t think I will be signing up for the yearly subscription.
I am keen to explore other similar beauty / make up subscription packages to compare, so if anyone has any recommendations please do let me know!
I hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully it can give you an idea of what to expect if you are thinking of signing up to Birchbox!