Beauty subscription boxes have changed the way many of us shop for new makeup and skincare products and have definitely altered how we discover brands.
Instead of batting our eyelids for a sample in person, we can treat ourselves to supersized samples of a multitude of products each month for as little as a tenner.
What’s more, with fewer of us being able to – or wanting to – journey onto the high-street in the current climate, beauty subscription boxes are little treats posted through our letterboxes.
Due to their popularity, however, it means that there are a fair few to choose from so we’ve taken a look at the best beauty subscription boxes and which ones are worth your time and money.
We’ll be adding to this list as we test more boxes, and if you have any recommendations let us know in the comments box at the bottom of the page!
We’ve listed the prices for the 12-month subscriptions in the main copy below, but many also offer monthly pricing if you want to dip your toe in without the commitment.
Six products are included in LookFantastic’s beauty box – offering an additional ‘bonus’ product, compared to its competitors – with more than £55 worth of items. Gifts and goodies include hair, skin and makeup products from brands such as Benefit, Omorovicza and Aveda.
You can receive your curated collection across a one-, three-, six- or 12-month subscription plan and each one comes with Beauty Box Edit magazine.
Lookfantastic additionally sells limited-edition boxes throughout the year, with previous collaborations including Eve Lom, Molton Brown and Rituals, and it sells a beauty advent calendar each year, which usually comes at a discount for its beauty box subscribers.
If it doesn’t offer a discount, you will alternatively get early access to the sale.
The great thing about Glossybox is that often the samples are actually full-sized products, meaning you really get your money’s worth.
Featuring five products each month – worth more than £50 in total if you were to buy them separately – Glossybox’s samples come from popular hero brands such as Elemis, Avant and Mudmasky.
What’s more, Glossybox also champions smaller businesses and startup beauty brands.
This mixture means you get treated to the pricier products as well as being introduced to brands you may never have had the chance to look at and trial otherwise. Make sure to keep updating your profile preferences so your Glossybox remains as tailored to you and your skin type/needs as possible.
Founded on the premise that trips to the beauty counter result in unwanted, expensive purchases, Roccabox came into existence to allow women to try before they buy.
Allowing customers to try a range of different beauty and wellness products before they invest in a larger payment, signing up to Roccabox will give you access to samples from brands such as Huda Beauty, St. Tropez and Nip + Fab as well as soon-to-be cult newcomers.
In addition to the monthly subscription boxes, there are recurring limited edition boxes in the form of a ‘mystery box’ which features previously-included products for a one-off price.
Another mystery box is also available, should customers be intent on trying the Perricone MD No Makeup Instant Blur, worth £45 alone.
Significantly pricier, per month, than the other beauty boxes listed so far, MINTD is about luxury beauty.
For this extra money, MINTD’s beauty subscription boxes offer more exclusive brands such as Sunday Riley and Oskia with up to five products curated each month worth a minimum of £160. This month’s beauty box is worth a staggering £311.
If beauty is where you spend your money, it might be worth signing up to MINTD and creating your personalised profile to get products from the top brands posted to you each month.
The OG of beauty subscription boxes, Birchbox packs a parcel of beauty bits and pieces you’ll love.
Subscribe to this service and look forward to receiving brands such as Laura Mercier, Nuxe and Living Proof.
Depending on your skin type, hair type and beauty style preferences listed in your profile, Birchbox also offers a sneak peek of some items that are included in the various curated boxes each month.
The website offers a lot of options to explore different brands across makeup, skincare and beauty to add to your basket and you can search by vegan, cruelty-free and sustainable tags as well as the A-Z of beauty brands.
Firstly, don’t be alarmed that the pricing on the website is all in dollars, FabFitFun is available in the UK and your card will be charged in GBP.
Instead of being a standalone beauty subscription box, the LA-based FabFitFun offers beauty and wellness items as part of its service; all in full retail-selling size and coming in at no less than £200, if you were to buy each of the items separately.
Beauty brands include Kate Somerville, Amika and Murad Skincare but Fab Fit Fun’s USP is that non-beauty brands such as Draper James and Michael Kors can be in your box too; customers are encouraged to indulge in the best beauty, fashion, fitness, wellness, and lifestyle items and add-ons can be included upon checkout.
There’s also the Seasonal option, where you can receive four boxes a year, rather than a monthly haul.
Amira Arasteh is a freelance journalist and content creator. Find her making sense of beauty trends, tips and topics – when she’s not stuffing her face with the best food in London or travelling the globe