As most of you probably know by now, Birchbox is implementing some significant changes to their beloved points program that will become effective in July. One of my favorite things about Birchbox was their amazing point system, in which you could earn at least 50 points from each box by reviewing each sample. 100 points is equivalent to a $10 credit in the shop, so you pretty much get your box for half price if you review all your samples and take advantage of the shop. Starting on July 11th, subscribers will only be allowed to review 5 samples per subscription (50 points). For the entire length of the subscription! Obviously, this is a major change and sort of changes the value of the box.
In a stroke of perfect timing, this is actually the last box of my annual subscription. I was planning to purchase another year right before the news of the change came out, and now I don’t think I will. Even though I love Birchbox and have been with them for years, I just don’t think the samples that I receive from them are worth the $10 every month. Some months are amazing, but other months are lackluster. Without the points, I will take my $10 and try some other beauty boxes that I have heard great things about.
This last box of mine is really going out of with a bang. Even though I knew all the contents, I was impressed with the products and the fact that two items were full sized! If every box that Birchbox sent could be like this one, I would still be subscribed.
Davines Authentic Cleansing Nectar Hair/Body | $9.13
I got the curated box mostly for this Davines product. I love Davines and their products work really well with my hair. They also always smell totally amazing! This is an oil based shampoo so it doesn’t strip your hair of moisture. It feels very similar to baby shampoo, in my opinion! And a little goes a long way. I accidentally poured out way too much on my first application and felt like I had to rinse forever to get rid of the suds. The second time I used a tiny bit and loved how easy it was to rinse out and how my hair felt like it didn’t even need conditioner. I would consider repurchasing the full size as a treat to myself! Bonus points for adorable packaging.
Davines Authentic Moisturizing Balm | $2.13
Always happy to get the matching conditioner to the shampoo! But I think I say this every time, I wish the sizes were reversed! I can’t be the only girl who uses way more conditioner than shampoo, right? This is sort of an odd product, since it’s a makeup remover, a body lotion, and a hair conditioner all in one. I half-heartedly tried it as a makeup remover and really didn’t like the results, but it did work as a conditioner and a shaving cream for my legs. Not really sure how I feel about this, since I would rather have an excellent conditioner and an excellent shaving cream and an excellent makeup remover as 3 different products, instead of 1 product that kind of does all 3 not that well. Hope that made sense.
Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer | $2.52
This is the only new brand in the box for me. Great timing though, since I’m about to take a long flight next week and could use a great moisturizer! It’s a small tube so I’m saving the bulk of it for my trip, but I did use a tiny pea-sized amount just to see what it felt like, and I really like it. It goes on silky smooth and absorbs easily. Barely any fragrance at all, and isn’t heavy or greasy. Hope to have great results with the full sample!
NUXE Reve de Miel Facial Cleansing and Make-Up Removing Gel | $1.43
I wanted to like this, but the scent was just so overpowering! I couldn’t even really try it, since I needed it off my face right away. It’s a shame, since I know NUXE makes great products. Their masks are phenomenal! But this was just a total perfume bomb.
The Beauty Crop PBJ Smoothie Stick in Raisin the Roof | $14.95
I definitely wasn’t expecting this to be full sized, but it is! Wish the color were a little richer and less pale, since it makes my skin look kind of washed out. I might try to use this in the winter, when I’m less tan. Or I might gift it. Pale skinned ladies might want to check this color out. My friend (who is practically Casper the Ghost) got the curated box as well and already asked me if she can have this.
LOC One and Done Shadow Stick in Haute Cocoa | $10.00
I’ve tried these before and the formula is surprisingly good–especially considering the price range. The shadow stays put all day and is really easy to apply. The creamy colors blend beautifully and I love that it comes in a great range of neutrals. This is another full sized product, by the way! I’m happy to have received the Haute Cocoa color, which is a rich brown with lots of shimmer. When I’m not in the mood for struggling with eyeliner, this is a great alternative.
Overall, great box. The value is definitely there, at $40.16! I found a great new moisturizer that I have high hopes for and got two full sized products, all for only $10. With that being said, I think as someone who has been subscribed to Birchbox for a while, the repetition gets a little old. For instance: I’ve received LOC (a Birchbox brand) products before, I’ve also received PBJ Smoothie Sticks before, and Davines is a brand that is sent out over and over again. Luckily I really like Davines, but if you aren’t a fan I imagine it gets annoying really quickly. One of the big reasons why I think Birchbox isn’t always worth the $10 a month is because of the brand selection. I think anyone who subscribes to Birchbox has a stockpile of Harvey Prince, Parlor, and Whish products that are still waiting to be used.
It’s not like I think I should constantly be getting boxes with a $40 value. But what I am saying is that the original concept of discovering new brands and products has lost its appeal to me because I keep seeing the same things over and over again. Back when the points system was in place, I could at least use the $5 from each box to purchase products from the shop that I did like, and that made the subscription much more worthwhile. With the points gone, I would rather spend my $10 on full sized purchases or a different subscription box that features more brands that I want.
And finally, I just want to say that I still think Birchbox is a great subscription box. It’s sort of the perfect way to “get started” with beauty boxes, since their customer service is top notch, they consistently send out staple beauty items, and have some of the cutest packaging ever. I would love to continue gifting this one to my friends who are new to the beauty world.