What's the best beauty box subscription?
Beauty boxes – packages of make-up joy delivered straight to your door – are by far the most efficient way to get your monthly style fix. Pick the one that's right for you with these tips from Mumsnetters.
Most popular: Birchbox, from £10
Birchbox are definitely one of the most popular beauty boxes, thanks in no small part to their gorgeous collaborations and clever personalisation options, letting you select your skin type, hair colour and more. Plus every now and then be treated to a full-size make-up product.
“I love Birchbox. I look forward to it every month. I've had some lovely little treats in mine, as well as some full-size make-up too.”
“Mine had two full-sized make-up products this month! Plus there was a lovely hair conditioner, a face scrub, and a body moisturising lotion that I've chucked straight in my bag.”
“Birchbox introduced me to new brands I'd never tried before like Caudalie and Paula's Choice. I liked the samples so much I ended up buying a full-size product.”
Example box: Beauty Protector Protect & Volume, SKIN79 Clean-on 2 Step Nose Pack, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance, Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara, Caudalie Vine[Activ] Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle SerumBuy it now
Most affordable: Glossybox, from £8.50
Glossybox posts out five products every month in little pink boxes, and has loads of big name brands like Anatomicals, Vitamesque and Nip + Fab. You can personalise your box, and it's also the best value for money in the bunch at £8.50 per box (if you sign up for 12 months).
“Glossybox is the best value for money.”
“I tried Glossybox this month, and it's encouraged me to try new things that I'd never normally buy.”
“I get a Glossybox and I love it!”
Example box: Vitamasques Manuka Honey face mask, Mememe Beat the Blues Skin Illuminator, Ciate Fade to Greige nail polish, Utan and Tone Nourishing night crème, Jeanne Arthes L'Eau de Rose fragranceBuy it now
Most products: Look Fantastic Beauty Box, from £13
Look Fantastic beauty boxes are a touch more pricey than some of the rest, but give you much more bang for your buck with six products a month and a glossy mag to boot. They've also been praised as having the most useful products, and in more generous sizes too.
“I get the Look Fantastic Beauty Box and I really like it! There are very few things in each box that I wouldn't use.”
“I really like the Look Fantastic one. The products seem better quality and sizes. The only minor moan is that it's going to take me years to get through the face creams – my drawers are full!”
“You get six items. Two are full-sized, while the others are travel-sized – still bigger than sample-size. You also get a handbag-sized copy of Marie Claire.”
Example box: MyVitamins Catwalk Queen, Fango Brillante Brightening Mud Mask, Polaar IcyMagic Instant Eye Contour Energiser, The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors, ThisWorks Stress Check Breathe In, Model Co Eyelets Metallic EyeshadowBuy it now
Most stylish: My Little Box, £14.95
My Little Box sets itself apart as it includes lifestyle gifts like little notebooks or a chic scarf, as well as lots of French make-up and beauty products – so you can feel like a real Parisienne without having to leave the house.
“I get My Little Box – gorgeous make-up in it, and also a gift. So ideal if you don't just want make-up. It's my monthly present to myself.”
“They're delightful, and really good value. They have lots in them and are well themed – last month I got a stamp (like they used to have in libraries) with loads of funny phrases. I love it! Really quirky.”
“I like My Little Box best. I like the themed boxes (even if they are very loose with it) and the mix of beauty and lifestyle. The last box even came with a full-size Nars blusher so definitely happy with the value for money too.”
Example box: water bottle with built-in fruit infuser, printed bandana scarf, Vitamin Shot facial scrub from My Little Beauty, weekly shopping notepad, seasonal food calendar, Mixa Restoring body lotion, Ape Crunchy Coconut boxBuy it now
Most customisable: You Beauty Box, from £6.95
The You Beauty Box gets top reviews from Mumsnetters who love the option to select products themselves. This does take a touch of the thrill out of unwrapping your box each month, but offers much greater satisfaction overall. You can also choose between two, three or four products in your package.
“The You Beauty box is really good. It's only £6.95, and you get to choose two products from a selection of about eight. And they throw in a couple of extra goodies as well.”
“You get to choose a few of the items that are in your box. I really enjoy it.”
“You Beauty boxes are really good. I end up with a lot of bits and pieces sometimes, but it's excellent value and reliable.”
Example box: Skinyoga Coffee Body Scrub, Dr Hauschka Quince Day Cream & Cleansing Cream Duo, Resultime Hydrating Cream, Madara Smart Antioxidants Fine Line Minimising Day CreamBuy it now
Most ethical: Little Bit Lavish, £35
Little Bit Lavish' might not have the visual wow factor of other boxes, but they make up for it in the quality of the products. They are overwhelmingly organic, so great for those with sensitive skin, and every box includes a useful beauty tool and a small snack too.
“Little Bit Lavish has lovely toiletries, one item to eat and one item to use – I've had tweezers, a jade roller, and a headband. The toiletries are nearly always brands I've heard of, they're cruelty-free and always amazing. I've had the loveliest body oils and face masks.”
“My skin is sensitive to almost everything but I've not had issues with any of the stuff from Little Bit Lavish. "
Example box: Balm Balm Rose Geranium Organic Face Balm, Skin & Tonic Gentle Scrub, ceramic dish, Miss Patisserie Awake Shower Steamer, Evolve Organic Beauty Citrus Blend Aromatic Body Wash, Stoats Raspberry and Honey Porridge BarBuy it now