Are you interested in participating in the beauty box craze, but you’re not sure whether to go all the way or not? In this article, we explore the contents of several popular subscription boxes, including Birchbox, Lookfantastic, and FeelUnique, among others.

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A beauty subscription box can be a real treat for anyone who has a keen interest in hair and beauty, whether you’re in the market for some new makeup or you’ve run out of present ideas. This is true whether you’re in the market for some new makeup or you’ve run out of ideas. In order to provide you with the knowledge you require prior to making a purchase, we have analysed and compared seven different beauty subscription box services, namely Beauty Pie, Birchbox, Cohorted, FeelUnique, Glossybox, Latest in Beauty, and Lookfantastic. We are able to provide you with information on how to cancel your subscription, as well as details on any available introductory offers and the costs associated with shipping each box. There are subscription boxes that will send you hair and beauty products of your choosing each week, while others will send you items that are specifically curated to meet your interests or requirements. Continue reading to find out which box suits your needs the most.

Why should you subscribe to a beauty box?

You will have the opportunity to test out new products, some of which you may not have seen in stores yet. Some brands provide their customers with unique access to brand-new products as well as products that are not typically sold in the hair and beauty stores located in their immediate area. Have you ever come across a product that you’ve been curious about for a long time but were unsure whether or not to purchase it at full price? Some brands of beauty boxes include samples of more expensive products that are of a reasonable size in their beauty boxes. This means that if you try a product and find that you don’t like it, you won’t have wasted your money or cluttered up your bathroom by keeping it around. In the long run, you will probably end up saving a significant amount of money if you are addicted to purchasing beauty products. The suggested retail price (RRP) of each item included in the majority of boxes is also indicated on the packaging; some of the individual product discounts are quite significant. Some brands include supplementary items in their packages. There is a possibility that you will also receive exclusive discounts and that some of the beauty products you purchase will come with magazines that contain articles on how to improve your appearance. If you pay for the boxes on a monthly basis, it is simple to cancel your subscription, and there is no obligation to do so for an extended period of time.

What sets the most popular beauty boxes apart

If you are considering signing up for a subscription service in the UK, continue reading to find our comparison of seven of the most popular subscription services in terms of their monthly fees, introductory offers, how to cancel, and other important information. The following list of subscription services is presented in alphabetical order:

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Beauty Pie

Register your account at beautypie.com.

The Beauty Pie subscription, in contrast to the other services listed below, functions more like a membership club than a delivery service. You have the opportunity to spend ten times the monthly subscription fee that you pay (the calculation is based on what Beauty Pie identifies as the ‘typical prices’) when you use the website. The monthly subscription fee starts at £15 and goes up from there. Paying to spend money on other things might sound like an odd concept, but Beauty Pie claims that by eliminating the middle man, it is able to reduce the prices of high-end beauty products by a significant amount. The fact that Beauty Pie purchases high-quality products in bulk directly from labs that are also used by major brands enables it to offer lower prices for those products. An example of this is provided on the website, which states that a night renewal moisturiser that normally costs £75 can be purchased for just £15. This concept of “insider prices” is something that Beauty Pie takes great pride in. It is essential to take note that all of the products are of the company’s own brand; consequently, you shouldn’t anticipate finding any of your favourite products on the website.

What do the members of our staff think of Beauty Pie?

“During most months, in addition to purchasing some items for myself, I also stock up on birthday gifts for friends.” They carry a wide variety of products, and in most cases, you can find a Beauty Pie replacement for a product made by another brand. Their serums are reasonably priced, especially considering how expensive similar products can be elsewhere. They claim that their goods are on par with those of the most well-known brands, but who can say for sure? I believe that they compete with candles made by Diptyque, which can be purchased for approximately £50, but on Beauty Pie, their candles cost approximately £16. – Shefalee Loth, who is the primary food researcher and writer Because I opted for the membership plan that costs £10 per month, it took me a considerable amount of time to accumulate a sizeable spending limit. Even I wasn’t always wowed by how high the products were rated in terms of quality. I have the feeling that I probably would have been better off saving the ten pounds that I pay as a monthly subscription fee and buying products from brands that I am familiar with and trust. – Lauren Temple, senior market analyst

Membership is available for £15 per month, with a spending cap of £100.

Deals on memberships can be had for £59 per year, with a maximum annual spend of £3600.

Offer for new customers Although technically not an introductory offer, for just ten pounds you can buy a one-day pass that allows you to shop for up to three hundred pounds’ worth of goods.

Delivery costs £3.36 for the UK standard service, which takes three to five working days with Royal Mail, and £6.29 for delivery the next working day (DPD). Free for orders over £75

How do I cancel?

You can submit a request on the page for members that is dedicated to frequently asked questions or you can call +44 808 164 8264. (regular fees for making local calls will be assessed)

Cruelty-free?

Yes

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Birchbox

Register at this website: birchbox.co.uk.

Birchbox takes great pride in the fact that each customer’s box is uniquely curated for them. Following the completion of your purchase, you will be prompted to fill out a beauty profile, which will determine the contents of each subsequent shipment. Birchbox guarantees that subscribers will never receive the same item twice. There will typically be five different products included in your box, ranging from sample to travel size, with one or two full-sized products included on occasion. It will include products for the face, body, hair, and scalp in addition to cosmetics. If you find products in your box that you really like, you can purchase the full-size version of them in the Birchbox Shop, where subscribers get a discount of 10% and VIPs, who have been subscribers for at least six months, get a discount of 15% on everything.

What do the members of our staff think of Birchbox?

I wanted to switch up my beauty routine and give something new a shot, so I subscribed for the first time a couple of years ago. The second time around, I decided to treat myself by subscribing because they were offering a discount on a subscription that lasted for six months. I have to admit that Birchbox is responsible for introducing me to a number of brands that are both really cool and really interesting. The real challenge was locating them once more on the Birchbox website. I get the impression that a good number of the items and brands that Birchbox sells are extremely specialised and only made available in limited quantities for the boxes. As a result, if you try to purchase the item from the website later on, you will either find that it is no longer for sale or that it is perpetually out of stock. – Sarah Sidoli, lead digital analyst

The monthly cost of the box is £13.95.

Deals on memberships are as follows: £30 for three months plus delivery (which comes out to £12.95 per month), £60 for six months plus delivery (which comes out to £12.45 per month), and £110 for an entire year plus delivery (which comes out to £12.12 per month).

An introductory discount of fifty percent is being offered to students on their first purchase. Cost of delivery is $2.95 per month. The initial shipment will reach its destination within ten business days, and subsequent shipments will occur during the first two weeks of each month.

How do I cancel?

Sign in to your account in order to make changes or adjustments to your subscription.

Cruelty-free? Although Birchbox is unable to guarantee that the products in your subscription box will not be tested on animals, the company does sell cruelty-free products and brands.

Cohorted

Register at this website: cohorted.co.uk.

Due to the fact that Cohorted focuses on luxury goods, this beauty box subscription is intended for individuals who appreciate the more refined aspects of life. Each of your boxes will have a unique assortment of cosmetics, skincare products, fragrances, and haircare items that have been carefully selected by professionals on your behalf. On the website, you have the option to either sign up for a recurring monthly subscription or to purchase individual limited edition boxes. You also have the option to prepay for any number of months that you would like. You can anticipate seeing well-known brands like Laura Mercier, Huda Beauty, and Elemis coexisting with luxury brands that are more specific to their niche. Cohorted asserts that the value of the six products you will receive in your box will be greater than one hundred pounds, and the majority of the time, the products will be of full size. In addition to that, it boasts packaging that is 100 percent recyclable.

The monthly cost of the box is £39.99.

Benefits of membership include access to limited-time offers and discounts, as well as a subscription to the monthly magazine.

There is no introductory offer currently available. Free and tracked delivery within 48 hours, included in the price.

How do I cancel?

Before the last day of each month, you must either fill out a request form that is located in your subscription dashboard or get in touch with customer service.

Cruelty-free? It does offer limited-edition boxes that are vegan and cruelty-free on occasion, but the company cannot guarantee that you will receive any of these products in your box.

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FeelUnique

Sign up at: feelunique.com

A well-known retailer of beauty products, FeelUnique has recently branched out and introduced its very own monthly subscription box.

You will have the option of selecting your own five “deluxe samples,” but if you are unable to decide, they will put together your box for you. You have a selection of options to pick from in terms of fragrances, hair products, beauty products, and skincare. If you decide that the sample is to your liking, you will be able to purchase the full-sized product through the website. You have up to twenty-four hours before the time that your order is scheduled to be shipped before you are able to make any changes to it, and you will receive a recycled cotton pouch in which to keep your items.

The one-time cost of the box is £13.95.

Deals on memberships are available at the following prices: £13.50 per month for three months, £12.75 for six months, and £11.95 for a year.

There is no introductory offer currently available. Free delivery is provided to addresses within the UK and the Channel Islands.

How do I cancel?

Get in touch with the support staff for customers.

Cruelty-free?

Each month, you have access to a selection of products that are free of animal testing and do not contain any animal products.

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Glossybox

Register at this website: glossybox.co.uk.

When you sign up for Glossybox, the team at Glossybox will be responsible for selecting and sending your monthly products. You simply communicate your preferences to them. If, on the other hand, you would rather not take any chances, you have the option of purchasing one of several limited edition boxes. Glossybox is one of the first beauty subscription services and includes five different products in each box. These products range from deluxe samples to full-size versions of popular beauty products. Glossybox asserts that each of their monthly subscription boxes will contain items with a combined value of more than $50. Other advantages of being a subscriber include the opportunity to earn Glossy credit by participating in surveys and providing feedback, which can then be spent either on the Glossybox website or on the Lookfantastic website. You will also have access to early sales and special discounts not available to the general public.

The cost of the box is £13.25 per month on a rolling subscription, or £11.75 per month if purchased on an annual basis.

Deals on membership payments include: £38.25 for three months (£12.75 per month), £69 for six months (£11.50 per month), and £132 for a year (£11 per month). Payments must be made in advance.

Free gift to the value of £34 is being offered to new subscribers as a welcome bonus for signing up. Shipping costs £3.25, and it takes between three and five working days to deliver to the United Kingdom and Ireland; we ship internationally as well.

How do I cancel? Log in to your account to manage your subscription or get in touch with the customer service team for assistance. Be sure to cancel your subscription before the 14th of the month in order to avoid being charged for the following box.

Cruelty-free?

Although it sells vegan and cruelty-free products, it cannot ensure that you will receive any of these in your subscription box.

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Latest in Beauty

Register at this website: latestinbeauty.com.

The box for those who are passionate about cult beauty brands, Latest in Beauty contains items from well-known brands such as Clarins and Kiko as well as products from emerging brands such as Pixi. The company takes great pride in its ability to offer up-to-date products, and to that end, the website is updated on a monthly basis with new offerings. You have the option of selecting the six products that will go into your box, or you can let Latest in Beauty make the selections for you. Before you choose your products, the website will guide you through a series of questions designed to personalise your shopping experience. There is no minimum commitment required to purchase a subscription; rather, payments are made on a rolling monthly basis. You will be considered a “LiB Box Pro” after you have maintained your subscription for a period of three months in a row. This grants you access to a variety of perks, including free products, discounts, and other deals.

The monthly cost of the box is £12.95.

Deals exclusive to members: As a LiB Box Pro subscriber, you’ll have access to a variety of special savings opportunities.

There is no introductory offer currently available. The delivery fee is $3.95, but if you are a “LiB Box Pro,” it is free. It will take approximately five days for your first package to arrive.

How do I cancel? You’ll need to log in to your account in order to make changes to your subscription.

Cruelty-free? It is not clear.

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Lookfantasic

Register at this website: lookfantastic.com.

The Lookfantastic beauty subscription box is brought to you by one of the most successful online retailers of beauty products. It’s a monthly box with a specific theme that’s supposed to contain the most cutting-edge and innovative products from Lookfantastic’s enormous catalogue of goods. You will receive six beauty products with a combined value of over £50. If you go to the website every month, you will be able to see a rundown of the items that you will be receiving, but it is important to note that you will not always get products that are specific to you. As a subscriber, you will be inducted into the Beauty Box Club, which will grant you entry into various competitions and give you access to special offers and discounts. Additionally, you will receive a free copy of Elle magazine with each box.

What do our employees have to say about how they feel about Lookfantastic?

“I love beauty products, and I thought it would be good to branch out from my usual brands, and I thought that something that would allow me to do this would be a subscription box.” In spite of the fact that these products are typically provided in sample sizes, I discovered that the vast majority of them did not work well with my skin, and as a result, I did not end up using all of them. The most useful item that I acquired over the course of those three months was a hairbrush, which I am still employing today. In the end, despite the fact that they appear to be a good value, I discovered that my infrequent use of the products meant that the expense was greater than the benefit, and I decided to cancel the subscription. – Denise Lovett, economist

The box costs £15 per month to rent.

Deals on memberships include: a one-time payment of £43.50 for three months (equivalent to £14.50 per month), £82.50 for six months (equivalent to £13.75 per month), and £156 for a year (equivalent to £13 per month).

New customers can get 20% off their purchase with the promo code NEW20, in addition to the introductory offer of £10 off their first box when they subscribe for three, six, or 12 months.

Free shipping, orders can be placed anywhere in the world, and orders are processed and shipped on the first of each month. How do I cancel? You can manage your subscription by logging in to your account or getting in touch with the customer service team.

Cruelty-free? Although it sells vegan and cruelty-free products, it cannot ensure that you will receive any of these in your subscription box.

Before you purchase your beauty box, consider the following advice.

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Think about which shipping company the beauty box brand you’ve selected uses. An employee at Which? shared with us that when she had a subscription to Birchbox, she never received a box because her letterbox was too small and she worked full-time. Even though she was given a refund each time, she never received the products for which she had signed up because Hermes does not provide contact details or a collection point pick-up.

Do you prefer the element of surprise or would you rather have complete control? The approaches can be broken down further into their respective categories, which are listed above. Some of them let you choose the items that will be sent to you each month, while others choose the items for you based on your preferences. Other companies deliver the exact same package to each of their subscribers.

Take time to carefully plan out your cancellation. Always make sure that you check the latest date in the month at which you are able to cancel your subscription without being charged for the following month’s box. If this information is not readily available on the website, please contact customer service so that you are not surprised by any unexpected fees.