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The Beauty Subscription Boxes That Give You So Much Bang for Your Buck

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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 the run-to-Sephora-and-burn-my-entire-paycheck-every-week kind of person. But as these little kits continue to take over the beauty world—and probably most of the USPS' inventory—I've decided to hop on the train and see what all the hype is about. 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, pretty, and effective subscription boxes that are truly worth your money. From the best offerings for natural hair to the most coveted box for clean beauty lovers, we've got you covered on the top tier beauty subscription plans around. Check out our winners, below.

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For K-Beauty Lovers

If getting acquainted with the wide world of K-beauty sounds terrifying, start slow with Beauteque's monthly subscription box (see examples of previous ones here). For just $22, the company will ship you six full-sized skin, makeup, hair, and body products every month.

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

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For Product Junkies

For just $29.95 every other month, you can enjoy a luxurious sampling of the industry's most buzzy beauty products. Each Test Tube comes with eight or more full-sized and travel-sized products to tty.

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For the Lipstick Obsessed

To all of you lip color hoarders out there: Lip Monthly is the subscription box for you. For just $12.95 a month you can stock up on four to give full-sized lip balms, lipsticks, and lipglosses from brands like Unicorn Snot and ModelCo.

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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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For the Sample Queens

Sample the newest and most popular products from your favorite brands—Clinique, Kiehl's, Becca, and Estée Lauder among them—accompanied by a travel-sized makeup pouch for just $15 a month with Macy's Beauty Box.

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For the Ultimate Self-Care Routine

Get the ultimate round-up of the best haircare, wellness, and skincare products with this Black-owned beauty box subscription. For $25 a month, Cocotique will add five to eight curated gems per month to your self-care arsenal.

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For Customizable Skincare

Glory Skincare is a Black-owned brand founded on the idea that conscious skincare should be available to everybody. The beauty of this subscription box: It's tailored to your skin needs. Start by taking their skincare quiz, and then wait to receive your personalized box of clean beauty products.

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For Makeup Lovers

Let's face it, playing with makeup is fun and oftentimes therapeutic—but cleaning your makeup brushes post-application can be daunting. Starting at $20 for a month-to-month subscription, you can receive a replenishment of makeup brush heads and sponges from Beautiac.

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For Clean Beauty Beginners

Whether you're an avid clean beauty user or looking for a way to clean up your routine, Clean Beauty Box has you covered. For $39.95 every other month, you'll receive a luxurious box of vetted, toxic-free products.

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For a Great Cause

For $24.99 a month, you can test out five to seven full-sized makeup and skincare products. Plus, with every Fashionsta subscription box purchased you'll be contributing to 1736 Family Crisis Center to help Californians through crises like domestic violence and homelessness.

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For Perfume Hoarders

Unsure about your next signature scent? Love to switch things up frequently? Scentbird makes it so you never have to commit to a single fragrance ever again. For $14.95 a month you can try out different designer scents of your choice—complete with free refills.

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For Naturalistas

Pay your curls some extra attention with the Curl Box subscription box. Natural hair products can be costly, and there's never any guarantee that the products will workf or you. For $20 a month, Curl Box has changed the game by providing subscribers with an array of products, from cult favorites to up-and-coming hair care brands. Run, don't walk to get signed up to this waitlist–it fills up fast.

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For Female Empowerment

Support female and Black-owned businesses by subscribing to the Tribe Beauty Box. For $34.99 every other month, you'll receive a box filled with makeup and skincare treasures pulled from female-founded brands.

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For Skincare Enthusiasts

It's time to get your glow on with Urban Skin Rx's curated beauty box. Every season (that's once a quarter), for $39.99 a pop, the company will ship you a beauty box filled with full-sized, travel-sized, and brand new complexion goods. Here's a fix that every skincare junkie can appreciate.

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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.

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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.

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For Fitness Enthusiasts

Remember those get-your-shit together goals you made at the beginning of this year? It's 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.

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For Clean Beauty Lovers

Clean beauty lovers rejoice! Medusa Makeup is home to one of the leading cruelty-free and vegan makeup subscription boxes. For $16.95 a month you can choose between a skincare or makeup box and receive four full-sized products to test.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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For Recommendation Queens

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.

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For the Clean-Obsessed

Beauty Heroes works a bit differently from 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.

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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.

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