Birchbox US: August 2013
After I signed up for Glossybox I encouraged my sister to sign up for either that or Birchbox in the US since she is all about the cosmetics. I figured it would be something she would really like because she enjoys trying all kinds of new products and this is the perfect way to try out new brands, as well. She decided to give both Glossybox and Birchbox a shot, to see which would be more in tune with her. Sadly, her Glossybox subscription hasn’t gotten off to a great start because it got lost in the mail or something, so they had to send it out again at the very end of August. I’m hoping they have some really great products in there to make up for the lateness. Her first Birchbox though, showed up in a reasonable time, but that’s where the good stuff stopped.
For those of you that aren’t aware, Birchbox and Glossybox are both subscription beauty boxes. Once per month you get a box full of lovely little samples, or even full sized products, delivered right to your door. It’s a great way to try new brands, new products, and step out of your beauty rut. In the US, Birchbox is $10.00 per month and Glossybox is $21.00 per month.
My sister has this knack for getting great samples from all of the cosmetics counters in any department store. It’s her super power really. So, she was really hoping that the things in her Birchbox would be better than what she could get from the department store, for free. Not so much. She was vastly disappointed in the contents of the box, not just what was in it, but the sizes too. Seriously, it was so much worse than what I get from Glossybox, I thought she was kidding at first. But you can see from the photo of the box where she’s holding one of the items up, they’re all beyond small.
So, here’s what was in the box, all of the full sized prices are from the Birchbox shop:
- Jasmine Seven Fresh Feet Wipes, 2 individual wipes. Full size is 3 packs of 10 wipes for $9.95.
- uniqONE All In One Hair Treatment, less than 1 ounce I’d guess. Full size is $17.99.
- COOLA SPF 45 Sport – Mango, 0.169 fluid ounces. Full size is 5 ounces for $32.00.
- Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45+, 0.17 fluid ounces. Full size is 1.5 fluid ounces for $39.00.
- Color Club Nail Laquer from the Wanderlust Collection, 0.25 fluid ounces. Full size is 0.5 fluid ounces for $8.00.
Pretty much the only thing that my sister liked in the whole box was the nail polish. She said it was a nice color and had good coverage too. However, the rest of the samples were not impressive. And really, what in the heck is a foot wipe? Apparently, it is like a Wet-One for your feet. I guess this is for people that run around a lot without their shoes on, but that seems a limited group. And it seems like a lame sample to include in a beauty box. They might have been better off just including one for you to try and throwing in something better, and bigger. The COOLA people had a teeny little sample in my first Glossybox too, it seemed silly small in comparison to the other samples. I guess they always just give out these ridiculously small smaples. You’d think someone that has such expensive products could provide something a bit bigger than a single use sample.
I’ve done some digging around on the Birchbox site to see what the selection of items was for the August box, and was amazed to see that there were some really great things, including whole makeup palettes. But my sister didn’t get any of those. And actually, I found out that the nail lacquer that she received was one of a four pack that was in the July box! So that is very,very uncool and seems a little shady. So, not only were the sizes ridiculously small, but she didn’t even get a nice selection. And then to add insult to injury, got leftovers from the July boxes. I’m sort of shocked that they didn’t stick her with the cheap bobby pins too.
You would think that since this was her first box they would have tried quite hard to make it seem like something she wanted to continue. Luckily, she has only signed up for the month-to-month subscription so she can easily drop it if the boxes continue to be so lacklustre. Personally, I think I would cancel after discovering that they sent me leftovers and that the samples were so miniscule. Actually, I was using her Birchbox as a gauge to see if I would try it here in the UK, but after such an abysmal first showing, I think I’ll just stick to Glossybox. I’m just really hoping that the Glossybox proves to be much, much better for her and that they include a couple of full sized items like I usually get here (especially since it is quite a bit more in price). At this point though, I have to say I think it would be hard for her Glossybox to end up being worse than the sad little Birchbox.