As much as I love them, I am glad I am not in charge of a subscription box company. It seems like a lot of pressure to try to keep your subscribers happy each month. Birchbox has historically been one of my favorite monthly beauty boxes, but most of this year I’ve just been pretty “eh” about them. The Women’s Health Birchbox was a huge highlight for them, but other than that one box I haven’t been really thrilled with the service.
Like I said, I imagine it must be tough running a company such as this. They always need to have new products and after nearly two years how many new beauty products are out there that haven’t already been covered by Birchbox or some other box? When I first started receiving Birchbox I felt inspired by the box each month, but lately all of their collaborations just leave me feeling meh and confused. This month’s box was a collaboration with Ann Taylor.
Here’s what I received:
An Ann Taylor coupon and style guide.
Benefit Cosmetics Hellow Flawless Oxygen Wow – This is a nice sample and I think it will actually match my skin tone! I haven’t tried any skin products like this from Benefit, so I’m excited to give it a whirl. Also, it’s a really generous sample size!
Arcona Cranberry Gommage – I’m also looking forward to trying this exfoliating scrub. I haven’t tried any Arcona products before.
Coastal Scents Eye Shadow – The packaging is a little weird, but this is actually multiple uses of a smoky eye eyeshadow palette. I’m not head over heels for this product, but I am thankful to Birchbox for introducing me to a new cosmetics company. Coastal Scents appears to be giving e.l.f. a run for its money, at least in terms of pricing. The card Birchbox sends with each box says this full size product would retail for $34-$39, but there’s just no way that’s possible when individual eye shadow colors sell for just $1.95 each.
Miss Jessie’s Rapid Recovery Treatment & Super Sweetback Treatment – I LOVE Miss Jessie’s. I discovered the brand through Birchbox, and for that I will be forever grateful. That said, this is now the fourth time I have received a Miss Jessie’s sample from Birchbox and I believe this is the third time I’m mentioning that Miss Jessie’s will ship you free samples just for asking. Thus, I’m not impressed when Birchbox sends me a free sample I could procure myself.
Ahmad Tea London – Is this the final sign that Birchbox is running out of samples? I enjoy tea, but I don’t subscribe to Birchbox for tea samples.
Sorry for the Debbie Downer review, it’s just that I expect more from Birchbox than they’re giving us… but then again, maybe I’m expecting too much? A year ago my Birchbox was awesome. My August 2012 Birchbox included a full-size Pixi product, a travel-sized Miss Jessie’s sample, and a razor, among other items. That one box kind of puts nearly every box from 2013 to shame.
Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription box. A subscription costs $10 per month and you will usually receive 4-5 deluxe beauty samples.
What do you think about Birchbox these days? Have you enjoyed your boxes more than I’ve been enjoying mine?