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The 35 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. -CH

I am obsessed with subscription boxes, the more specific the better, but with so many great options I know that I can't reason multiple subscriptions. Even the most decisive person might have a hard time finding the right fit, and we know that, so we're giving you the rundown on the 35 best Beauty subscription boxes out there. -AG
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 the Plant-Based Life

Each month there is a different theme that focuses on luxury plant-based skincare products. Each box contains 2-3 full-sized products every two months, which if you’re asking me is a great way to try luxury products without overconsumption. At $49.95 you’ll start receiving products that are made to help you build your own routine, the retail value is usually double the subscription.

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For the Seasonal Surprise

If you’re not totally invested in having a monthly beauty box sent to you every month then this seasonal option from Margot Elena is for you. With only four boxes a year, each item is carefully chosen to curate a theme for each season. The $59.99 price tag might seem pricy but with a value of over $200 you’ll get products that won’t go to waste. Products usually included are hand creams, cosmetics, perfume, candles, and other beautiful items that will make you feel very fancy.

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For the French Lovers

Now's the time to start your Parisian inspired life like Emily in Paris. While a trip abroad might be out of the question right now, this box brings France to your doorstep with skincare, accessories, snacks, and other fun items all 100% French. A bi-monthly subscription at $150 it’s a great gift for any Francophile in your life.

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For the Candle Obsessed

Is there ever a thing as having too many candles? If so we’ll pass because a candle subscription box is the greatest thing we didn’t know we needed. Each candle is handmade in small batches with warming essential oils that you'll want to light all the time. You can get 1/2/3 candles per month at $10/$20/$30 respectively.

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For the Constant Nail Painter

If you’re a nail polish fiend then you need this subscription. Orly releases new shades every season and with this Color Pass you will receive the new collection every season. At $36 per box you get not only nail polish, but often an added extra of a nail tool or skincare item.

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For the Lavish Spenders

Created by THE Rachel Zoe herself, this is a perfect choice if you want to try new products and trends from the season. This is a perfect gift option for the fashion focused individual in your life, not just beauty items but also accessories, jewelry, and the occasional clothing item are chosen by Zoe for the box. An introductory box starts at $49.99 and then renews seasonally for a 5-piece curation at $99.99.

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For the Brush Obsessed

When you have the right tools for your makeup, it truly elevates your look, but why are brushes so expensive. Thankfully Live glam offers a solution, a subscription at only $19.99/month and you’ll receive 3-8 brushes. The best part, if you don’t like the options for the current month you can swap for a previous one! Live Glam also has a lip and eyeshadow-specific subscription option if you want to spend more of your paycheck.

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For the Cruelty-Free specific

Love Goodly isn’t playing around with their stance on cruelty free products! They even have a list of ingredients that are banned in the products they send. With brands like Pacifica and Nail & Bine, each box is a conscious choice for iconic products. The best part, with different subscription options, you won’t have to worry about canceling an automatically renewed subscription.

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For The CBD Intrigued

There are clearly subscription boxes for everything, and this CBD-inspired box is as fun as it sounds. The $58.99 monthly subscription service offers CBD-infused products like teas, masks, balms, etc. to give an introduction to subscribers to the world of CBD. Even better, the company is Black Woman owned so you can offer your support through each purchase!

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For Personalized Skin

Skincare subscription boxes can be very difficult if you have sensitive skin or certain allergies. That’s what makes Kura Skin so special, they offer a personalized skincare experience through a quiz that allows them to customize a routine for you.

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For an Easy Gift Anyone will Love

Another vegan and cruelty-free option, this skincare and makeup subscription box features the newness in the beauty world. Bombay & Cedar focuses on new products, new launches, and new brands so you get the chance to try out different trending products every month. Starting at $31.95/month, each box includes 5-6 full-size products that are a mix of indie and well-known brands.

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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 try.

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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 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 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 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 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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