The box SUCKS!.......and, I am putting that mildly. I could easily walk into any Sephora and ask for higher quality free samples, while purchasing nothing in return. I canceled after receiving two boxes of junk. The latest November box had one tiny bottle of shampoo, another tiny bottle of conditioner, a tiny sample of perfume, some tea bags, and a pencil concealer. This was probably $2.00 worth of merchandise. Nice concept, but very poor execution.
I absolutely love this box. it is my first subscription box and, as an amateur still learning the ropes of beauty and makeup, I love this. I use the month by month subscription. This allows my to sample different beauty supplies that I normally wouldn't have a chance to try. I'm used to drug store makeup and want to expand my knowledge of makeup and beauty supplies outside of drugstores. I think this is a great subscription for anyone like me who never really gets a chance to stop by their local Ulta or beauty supply stores (or who is too intimidated to venture into a MAC or Sephora by themselves without any product knowledge at all).
I've been getting Birchbox for about 9 months. Just like with any sampling service, you get what you pay for. What do people expect for $10? The shipping alone costs about 1/4 of that probably. It's a grab bag based on your preferences, so you are likely to get things you like versus things you dislike but you never know what you're going to get which is the fun of it. Each month you get something that's worth more than $10 but it might not be something you would go and buy. I enjoy the surprise of opening my box and finding things I normally wouldn't buy or find in my area. Overall, if I compare this service month to month, it's a great deal and I've gotten some awesome products.
I subscribed to birchbox for about six months, became disillusioned and canceled, and recently decided to give it another shot. I lasted for two months and canceled again. The samples have become pathetic frankly, and not even worth the $10 paid. Mostly blister packs, the kind you get for FREE from other etailers.
The final straw was when the last box arrived and two of the samples were only half to a quarter full. I contacted customer service and they said they were sending out a replacement but that never arrived.
I've only received one box so far, after receiving a very kind gift subscription, but I wasn't impressed.
The packaging of the box was super cute and I was excited to receive a package of little beauty surprises in the mail. The first box contained a teeny, tiny lip balm tube called "nipple balm for lips", a rather small orange nail polish, a small (one or two uses, max) Juice beauty green apple facial peel jar, and an about 1 oz. bottle each of 'Perfect' shampoo and conditioner. Granted, my Birchbox profile hadn't been customized before this box arrived, but still, none of this stuff seemed worthwhile to me. It sort of seemed like a box of rejects, or filler products, and also the sizes of them were not what I would consider deluxe by any means. The sample types were sort of boring, really. Plus I'd never heard of any of the brands except Juice.
Also their shipping kind of sucks. I got notification my next box shipped on the 8...and it takes over a week for the boxes to show up to the west coast!
I've since completed a Birchbox profile, so we'll see if the next box is more aligned with my skin type and beauty likes/interests. I'll be updating this review after my subscription ends with a bottom line on how the next few boxes' products stacked up and how the experience was overall. For now, though, I'd say maybe check out other subscription services and make sure you pick one in-tune with your wants and style, as there are a lot out there now with varying price ranges. Birchbox seems to have more high end/pricey products and I'm a DS girl, so it's unlikely I'll actually buy anything full-sized from them.
After reading all the positive reviews about Birchbox on several beauty blogs, I decided to sign up. Like almost every person alive, I love free stuff (well, not exactly free because I was paying for it) and I thought receiving samples from brands I probably wouldn't come across on my own would be a great way to branch out and possibly expand my beauty horizon.
Let me make this clear: I tried this service for seven months before canceling it. That's $70 I could have spent on, well, anything else that doesn't just sit in my drawer waiting for me to toss it. Birchbox started out alright but has quickly declined in both quality of products and the size of the samples. I have no real issue with the inclusion of samples from lesser known companies because high end/or well known products aren't always the best, but I feel like Birchbox pushes certain companies that sell overpriced products. They seem to really push a company called Whish that makes overpriced shave cream (which is admittedly nice but more than comparable to Skintimit) and stinky body wash.
My biggest beef with Birchbox is the fact that they seemingly send you whatever they want and the majority of that stuff is junk. That would be fine if I signed up for a grab bag of random junk but I didn't. In fact, they request that customers fill out a beauty profile so they can "customize" your samples. I'm not naive enough to think that there is a happy Birchbox employee personally assigned to my account to make sure I get products that fulfill all my needs and desires, but why even bother with the whole beauty profile charade if they're going to ignore it?
Case in point, the good folks at Birchbox ask you what your overall style is. I'm fairly minimal (or "classic" if you wanna be fancy) when it comes makeup because I'm old, lazy and curmudgeonly but also because I know I look like an idiot wearing glitter eyeshadow, fuchsia lipstick and red blush. That kind of thing looks awesome on some people but I can't pull it off. I know this and I'm fine with it. Evidently Birchbox isn't because one of the first things I received was a (broken) sample of green and blue glitter eyeshadow. The next month they sent a full size lip gloss stick in glittery fuchsia (that was a real drag because the gloss stick was great aside from the horrid color) and three teeny bottles of nail polish - one was electric green and the other two were fuchsia (again with this color!).
Aside from the samples of obvious throwaway colors, Birchbox will also send you a slew of shampoo. If you're in desperate need of shampoo and really love to change brands every month, get the Birchbox because you'll be in shampoo heaven. Every once in a while they'll also throw in a sample of some kind of funky perfume that has been out for 10+ years. No offense, Birchbox, but I think my curiosity for a perfume that was released 12 years ago is probably already fulfilled. If you do receive a sample of foundation, BB cream or powder, expect it to be far too light or far too dark for you to actually wear. I know a sample service isn't about to sit and pick the exact color of foundation for every customer for obvious reasons but come on Birchbox! I told you my skin is olive/tan! Why are you sending me shades of Ivory and Ghost White? Can't you even send a Medium Beige so I can at least delude myself into thinking that I didn't fill out that beauty profile in vain? The rest of the items are generally just filler products that are comparable to what someone would hand you after they cleaned out their purse - just totally random things that don't fit into the beauty arena at all. One month there was a bag of fancy tea, followed by a granola bar and then a piece of candy. Not candies - one piece of candy (I actually laughed at the food items because they were just so utterly random). Rounding out this collection is always a sample of sunscreen or moisturizer. These are only useful for a one time beach visit or to soothe a dry elbow (yes, just one).
I won't fill this entire space with negativity because I did receive a few good products the first few months. One was an oddly generous sample of Marcelle BB Cream which I still use because it is, amazingly, a neutral tone that works for every skin tone. Another good sample is the full sized eyeliner pencil by Sumita Beauty that works very well, and a set of mini emery boards by Tweezerman. That's pretty much where the treasures ended for me. I finally decided to cancel my subscription when I got my box yesterday. The contents are so boring, useless and tiny that I can't even recall every item that was in it. I do know it included a wee tube of very light BB cream from a company I've never heard of and, naturally, a bottle of shampoo and conditioner.
Although Birchbox is a dud, I still think the whole samples-delivered-to-your-door is a novel concept because far too many department store SAs appear to be physically and emotionally pained when you ask for a sample of *insert insanely priced item here* so this does cut out the snobby middle (wo)man. It's also great for people who, like me, live 50+ miles from a Sephora or a department store that carries more brands than Clinique.
I can't say I'd recommend Birchbox to anyone who is looking for decent sized samples of products you would actually want to try. Despite the fairly low price, it just isn't worth it in the long run. I wasn't expecting to be showered with a ton of super awesome deluxe samples that would change my life or make me throw out all my regular beauty products, but I also wasn't expecting to receive a bunch of samples that I'd end up foisting on people or trashing. Unless you really like giving your friends and family wee sizes of random products that they'll only accept out of politeness or you just like to pay for things you throw away without using, avoid Birchbox. There are far too many sample services out there to shell out money for junk.
I have been receiving Birchboxes for more than a year. While I have purchased full sized products of the samples I received, I have decided to try a different sample box. I have been trying to cancel my subscription for 2 months now. Apparently they "auto-renewed" my subscription for a year, and now they will only let me cancel in the month just prior to my "anniversary" date! I am locked in until next year! So definitely don't go for the annual subscription--go month-to-month and beware that you may not be able to cancel! The wording is buried deep in their FAQs. Grrr. Very unhappy with this customer service experience.
This is the most overrated subscription box out there! It is awful! The samples are tiny and are mostly crap you will never use. I heard such great things about it, I was so excited to get it! When I received it I was so upset & disappointed I canceled it right away! I subscribe to several other beauty subscription boxes and they are all great! Birchbox is CRAP! Save your $$, I recommend ipsy if you like the $10 price point, you get over $50 worth of product each month. Other good ones that are a little more expensive (but not much) are sample society, green grab bag, and glossybox.
I have been getting birchbox for close to a year now, but I just canceled my subscription. It seems like the quality of the box has gone down...previously, the samples were nice and things I would actually use. For about the last 4-5 months, I have been throwing most of the box away. I logged into my account and tried to update my profile, but this seemed to do nothing. In fact, most of what I have been receiving doesn't match my profile at all, regardless of what is listed. In fact, there were two consecutive months when I actually got nearly identical boxes...down to the same perfume samples. There are other subscriptions out there that are much more reliable and better value. I won't be recommending birchbox to anyone.
For about a year, seemed as though any time I researched a high-end product that interested me, I learned that it had been first sampled through Birchbox. Clearly, Birchbox was the way to try out all those cool $200 skincare items that otherwise would feel like a potentially random waste of money. I signed up. Without reading the reviews here. What was I thinking?
So far, I have received two boxes. Maybe I need to wait a whole year to assess, but my impression is not positive. Why not?
-- You get better samples for free at Sephora and everywhere else
-- The products are no-name and unimpressive. Many seem to be drugstore quality. (I'm a snob that way, but I thought Birchbox got that vibe?)
-- Although I completed the profile, there does not appear to be any customization happening. In fact, I must have done something wrong because other people seem to be getting items/colors that would work much better for me!
-- Candy? Seriously?
I am a sucker for samples. I don't care that they're small. That's ok! But when I open the box, I want my reaction to be "oh, fun, new stuff to try!" not "is this it?"