Beauty subscription boxes have always been an ingenious idea, but in our new normal where we stay at home and shops are closed indefinitely, they’re an absolutely brilliant solution to our new (albeit temporary) lifestyles.
Not only does it save the hassle of figuring out how to keep your beauty arsenal replenished, what could be more cheering than receiving a curated selection of the best and latest beauty products straight to your door every month? It’s like having a birthday every month of the year! Plus, it means you can stay on top of the latest beauty trends without even having to leave your house.
Whether it’s the latest and greatest in the world of beauty, those cult products everyone’s talking about or new and undiscovered brands that you’re after, there’s a subscription to suit everyone. Vegan? No problem, there’s a box for you, too. There are low budget and high end options available, suitable for everyone from beauty buffs to make-up novices.
9 of the best beauty subscription boxes
Join the nationwide crew of ‘glossies’ and receive a monthly beauty package full of five (often full-sized, sometimes travel-sized) beauty products worth at least £50 in total, from old favourites to brand new releases. Glossyboxes are also available to purchase on a one-off basis at £10 a box (great for gifting), but you have to hurry as they often sell out fast. Boxes are themed (previous themes include ‘All Eyes On Me’ and ‘Sleep and Refresh’) and brands can includes the likes of Starskin, Eyeko, Huda Beauty, Bare Minerals and more.
Birchbox is an ideal, inexpensive monthly subscription box where you receive five mini or travel sized products per box, with the occasional surprise full-size product. On signing up you’ll fill out a beauty profile so each box can be tailored to your specific requirements, making sure you receive a box full of products you’ll love and use until they run out. You get a good mix of make up, skincare and haircare and brands can include Elemis, Caudalie, Bobbi Brown, Benefit, Percy & Reed, Nuxe and Pixi Beauty, to name a few.
Boxes are often created in collaboration with brands – for example, April’s box has been curated by Anthropologie, and comes complete with a beautifully designed box, perfect for storing all your beauty faves in.
Lookfantastic is the online shop for all your beauty needs, but did you know they also have monthly beauty subscription boxes? Containing six sought-after products worth over £50 and membership starting at a budget £13 a month for a 12 month subscription (you can chose from 1, 3, 6 or 12 month plans), you’re guaranteed to receive a range of cult favourites and trending items. You can expect to receive haircare, skincare, make up and even candles, from brands such as Eve Lom, Kerastase, The Ordinary, Morphe, Nars and more.
If luxury beauty is more your bag, award-winning Cohorted is the box for you. The UK’s number one luxury beauty box provider, a subscription to Cohorted will ensure you find a sleek all-black box on your doorstep every month, containing a curated selection of at least five hand-picked premium products selected by Cohorted’s beauty experts. At £39.99 a month, it’s a touch pricier than other subscription boxes, but what’s inside is always worth well over that – we’re talking Chanel, Glossier, SUQQU, Elemis etc – and you also receive a copy of the Cohorted mini magazine, complete with original beauty features and information on what’s in your box.
The Fragrance Shop
Consider yourself a perfume lover? Then you’ll love The Fragrance Shop’s scentaddict subscription box. For as little as £10 a month (when you take out a 12 month subscription), you’ll receive an 8ml refillable atomiser full of your chosen scent. Whether you’re on the hunt for your forever scent or like to play with fragrance and mix things up, this box is perfect for trying out new perfumes without the commitment of buying a full-sized bottle.
There are over 300 perfumes from 50 of the biggest brands to choose from, including Mugler’s Alien, Gucci’s Gucci Bloom, Yves Saint Laurent’s Black Opium and Marc Jacobs’ Daisy Love. If you do fall in love with one of your monthly fragrances you can redeem £12 off the largest sized bottle of that scent from The Fragrance Shop.
If you like to be ahead of the curve when it comes to all things beauty, the Little-Known Box will supply you with products from the latest emerging brands that no one else has heard about yet. For just £14.95, ‘our box is curated for those that want to discover new brands and help to support independent & ethical businesses,’ reads the website. Every month you’ll receive an elegant black and gold box, within which you’ll find five or six cruelty-free full size or travel size products, and there’s often additional bonus items for you to try, too.
The Vegan Kind
The Vegan Kind also create a Lifestyle Box full of vegan foodie treats, but it’s their Beauty Box that we’re really interested in. Full of cruelty-free, vegan-friendly products, you’ll find your bi-monthly box crammed full of luscious skin and beauty products, including perfume, moisturiser, eyeliner, lip balm, cleansing oil and more. Even the boxes are as eco-friendly as possible. Practicing what they preach, The Vegan Kind donate a portion of the sales made from every Beauty Box to Animal Free Research UK, a charity that funds research into non-animal product testing. Buy a box and your beauty routine can have a positive impact on the world.
The Natural Beauty Box
Discover natural, organic and plastic-free beauty brands and products that often fly under the radar through a monthly subscription to The Natural Beauty Box. Committed to sourcing only the most natural, vegan and cruelty-free skincare and beauty products from ethical and eco-luxe British makers, the contents of every box is guaranteed to be free from harsh chemicals, known skin irritants and cheap fillers ingredients. Encased in beautiful eco-friendly packaging, each box is curated with the changing seasons (and therefore your skin’s needs) in mind. Each box contains 5-7 products worth over £50 in total, so you’re always getting a great deal on some fantastic products.
If you’re a bit obsessed with beauty, you may already be acquainted with Beauty Pie, the online-only direct-to-customer beauty brand that sells premium products at a fraction of the price you’d pay for similar luxury items in the shops. It’s different to other beauty subscriptions in that you can choose what products you receive each month. You also receive a monthly spending limit depending on which membership you chose.
Having earned itself a cult-like following, Beauty Pie is like an exclusive club within which you gain access to a range of luxury-standard yet budget-priced products, from skincare to make up, that consistently receive rave reviews. While it’s not a beauty ‘box’ as such, if you’re looking for affordable alternatives to spenny go-tos, it could be an even more worthwhile investment.