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The Best Beauty Subscription Boxes of 2020

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I’ll be honest—I had a hard time getting into the whole beauty subscription box thing. As much as I love the thought of having a pretty box filled with beauty products land on my doorstep every month, I’m more of a run-to-Sephora-and-burn-my-entire-paycheck-every-week kind of person.

But as these little kits continue to take over the beauty sphere—and probably most of the USPS's inventory—I’ve decided to hop on the train, too. So after scouring the internet for the coolest products and best deals, I very scientifically (just kidding...but actually kind of) selected the very best, most indulgent, prettiest subscription boxes that are truly worth your money. Check out the winners, below.

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1 For K-Beauty Lovers

If becoming familiar with the giant, wonderful world of Korean beauty sounds completely terrifying, start with Beauteque's monthly subscription box (see examples of previous ones here). Each month, for just $22, the company will ship you six full-sized skin, makeup, hair, and body products.

If you try a brand and love it, you can shop Beauteque's online store and stock up on your favorite products. K-beauty lovers will appreciate all of the under-the-radar brands available, like Etude House.


2 For Environmentalists

Are you into high-impact color cosmetics that are free of yucky chemicals that do horrible things to your face? Same. And it's what you'll get in So Susan Color Curate Box. this monthly subscription box filled with saturated shades that are 100-percent cruelty-free, vegan and paraben-free. And these aren't just any ole' products. Expect: luxe packaging with a gorgeous pay-off.

The ingredient-conscious among us will appreciate that all of the products curated in these boxes are full of plant extracts, bioferments and natural botanical oil, which are perfect for sensitive skin. You get four, full-sized products for $20.95 a month + free shipping, and they have frequent sales.


3 For Commitment-Phobes

Nothing is worse than spending money on a new product and then completely hating it. (Been there.) Instead of hoarding unused eyeshadows and concealers, take advantage of Play! By Sephora's subscription box. It sends five sample-size versions of new and best-selling makeup, skin, and hair products directly to your house.

The major steal ($10 per month!) includes access to how-to tutorials and a new makeup bag. Plus, Sephora will customize your products each month based on the profile you fill out. Truly fail-proof, if you ask us.


4 For Fitness Enthusiasts

Remember those get-your-shit together goals you made at the top of 2019? Since we're officially in Q2 of the year, it's certainly time to whip yourself back into shape, which is every reason you need a FabFitFun Box. This quarterly subscription box that sends a curated collection of fashion, fitness, and wellness goodies.

These boxes are a bit spendy, I know, but you deserve to spend $50 four times a year to get full-sized products that are actually good for you and your health. The box comes with everything from a herb kit to new gym essentials.


5 For Naturalists

Each month, Petit Vour sends out four cruelty-free, non-toxic, and plant-based beauty products in a minimalist, Instagram-worthy box (which is not unimportant).

At $18 per month, Petit Vour is pricier than other boxes, but with top-notch green brands like French Girl Organics and Juice Beauty included, each sampling has an estimated value of $45–$60, which means you’re actually getting a really, really good deal. The monthly subscription can be canceled at any time, but if you sign up for a one-year plan ($180), you’ll save $3 per box. Winner, winner.


6 For Diehard Beauty Fans

The O.G. subscription box, Birchbox delivers five incredibly good hair, skin, and makeup samples in each box, ranging from cult-favorite brands (like Benefit and Stila), to under-the-radar indie picks (like R+Co and Inika) for $10 per month.

The best part is how easy Birchbox makes it for you to buy full-size versions of your favorite samples: Not only are all the products shoppable online, but you’ll also earn $1 for every $10 you spend through their Loyalty Points program. Plus, you’ll get to select one sample to try each month, starting with your second box.


7 For the Community-Oriented

With a Boxycharm subscription, you’ll not only get four or five full-size beauty products—an estimated $100 value for just $21 per month—but you’ll also join a massive community of “Charmers” who share step-by-step tutorials and product recommendations like the makeup-obsessed family you never had.

And, as you refer friends, review products, and remain an active subscriber, you’ll also receive Loyalty Charms, which add up to major savings and discounts on future boxes and products.


8 For Control Freaks

The best part about Ipsy—other than the fact that your products arrive in a different free makeup bag every month—is that each box is curated specifically for you, giving you a level of control most other subscription services don't offer.

New subscribers are walked through an in-depth questionnaire to determine which makeup, hair, and skin-care samples will suit them best (past boxes have included Smashbox, Derma E, Too Faced, and Ouai), meaning hair-haters can choose all makeup, while skincare fans can stick with face products. The subscription includes five custom products for $10/month, but signing up for the year cost $100—that's two months free.


9 For Recommendation Kweens

Each Glossybox features five beauty samples from crazy-good brands, like Glamglow, Tarte, and Kat Von D, all wrapped in a millennial pink (and glossy) box, because of course. The real draw, though, is that Glossybox has a major reward system for product reviews—you’ll earn Glossycredit (which can be used to purchase full-size products) for each review you write on the website, which, for anyone who has strong opinions, can be a game changer.

And if you're also a commitment phobe, don't freak—the subscription lets you either pay for a month-to-month subscription for $21, a three-month subscription for $58.50, a six-month for $111, or 12-month for $210.


11 For the Clean-Obsessed

Beauty Heroes works a bit differently than conventional subscription boxes. Instead of sending a bunch of different products from different lines, they introduce you to the créme de la créme products of a single ultra-clean beauty brand. You’ll get one full-sized product and accompanying “sidekick” smaller samples, all freshly made and delivered straight to your door.

And yes, we know $60 a month is a bit steep, but you’ll get over $90 worth of products and 15% off their Beauty Store. Other perks include early access to new launches and referral rewards.


12 For Women Supporting Women

Four times a year, Grind Pretty delivers a subscription box that’s packed to the brim with seasonal delights. The kicker? Every single beauty brand included is woman-owned. With a mix of skincare, hair, makeup (in full and travel sizes), and even some bonus gifts, they equip you with everything your changing skin needs to glow during that quarter.

Plus, each box is only $25 which is a total beauty steal.


13 For Face Mask Fanatics

Who doesn't love sheet masking? It's basically a moisturizing sleeping bag of skincare. If you're a fellow serial mask user, FaceTory is your go-to service if you want a plethora of the best Korean face masks shipped to your door. Each box contains seven masks for just $20/month.

For those wanting to further upgrade their K-beauty routine, you can also get the seasonal Lux PLUS box, which comes with a mix of 10-12 cult-favorite skincare products (a $160 value for $50!). Each set is specially curated for that month's weather to suit your skin’s needs.


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