Birchbox?

I’ve been contemplating signing up for Birchbox for a long time now. It’s general idea is that, for about $10/mo, you’ll receive a box of high end, sample size skincare and beauty items at your doorstep each month.

What a cool idea, right? So, for what I deem a very low price, you can try some items, see if they work for you, and then possibly make the decision to buy the full-size product and add it to your health/beauty routine. I know I’ve wanted to try some products before I buy, to see if I like them (or they break my face out) before actually buying them. And yes, a lot of these boutiques/retailers offer returns, but it’s not a guarantee!

So I’ve been reading various beauty blogs and watching YouTube videos to see what the breakdown is, in terms of beauty to skincare products. I’m not really interested in skincare products. My face is uber sensitive, oily, and acne prone. After many years of struggling with my complextion, I’ve come to the conclusion that my skin can’t handle the experimentation necessary to truly take advantage of Birchbox’s skincare offerings. Too sensitive. I gotta stick with my routine or else face the wrath of Mr. Breakout!

Irene (AKA PinkieCharm on YouTube) wrote a blog post about why she canceled her Birchbox subscription. She said that her shipments included a lot of skincare products, and that they weren’t a fit for the type of skin she has, so she didn’t feel it was worth it anymore. That’s exactly the kind of info I wanted to know. If it was 25% skincare and 75% beauty/makeup, I would probably take the plunge, but reading that so much of the samples are skincare is giving me pause.

I’m going to keep looking around to get others’ opinions, but right now it’s looking like I’ll have to say no to Birchbox. If only there were a makeup-only option…

I also hear the quality of samples has degraded over the past few months. I would probably attribute that to Birchbox’s exploding popularity, but it’s not something I want to see as a potential customer.

Of note, I hear there are a couple of other Birchbox “copycats” that have popped up recently. (GoGoGirlfriend and NewBeauty TestTube) I’m going to take a look at them as well.

Does anyone else subscribe to Birchbox? Do you like it? What are your thoughts on the breakdown between skincare/beauty products?