March Subscription Box Review: Birchbox and Sample Society

Monthly delivery for $10/month

Includes 4-5 beauty and lifestyle samples

This month my box included amika Bombshell Blowout Spray, Cargo Water Resistant Blush, Super Goop CC Cream, Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo, Whish Hair Inhibiting Gel, and a bonus Number 4 Reconstructing Masque. So Birchbox has a program where each month you have the option to pick between 3 highlighted samples, or you can pick a box that has been chosen by a guest curator, or you can let BB surprise you. This month I wasn’t really into any of the highlighted samples, so I opted to get a surprise box…and I got the Blowout Spray, which was one of the highlighted samples. This isn’t too big of a deal, since I chose to be surprised, but a interesting that the surprise was up for grabs. Anyway, this box is kind of ‘meh’ for me. I’ve gotten a fair amount of blush lately so that’s probably a sample I’ll donate, along with the Whish- I’m a little leery of ‘hair inhibiting’. The CC cream is nice, but also tiny! I don’t know if I’ll get more than an application or two out of it. The Shampoo and Masque are curious- I would normally be frustrated to get just shampoo without conditioner, but they sent it as a bonus sample, but it’s a tiny amount of conditioner compared to the shampoo, but it’s a bonus so I can’t really complain. So it’s pretty clear that this box wasn’t a run away winner, but I don’t hate it. For $10, though, it’s not a great value for me and I’m a little frustrated.
Sample Society
Monthly delivery for $15/month
Includes 4-5 full and deluxe sized beauty and makeup samples
This month I received Juice Beauty Age Defy Moisturizer, Benefit Roller Lash Mascara, Oscar Blandi Texture and Volume Spray, Cargo Cosmetics Lip Gloss, and Malin + Goetz Mojito Lipbalm. Let me just get this out of the way- I was so, irrationally irritated when I opened this box and saw glittery lipgloss. I ended my sub with Ipsy because they kept sending me childish makeup, so seeing that in this box (and having it be the full size item, no less) was so disappointing! I thought maybe I should give it the benefit of the doubt, so I tried it on, but no dice- this gloss is full on glitter. Everything else in this box was pretty underwhelming for me, as well- I already have at least two tubes of the Juicy Beauty moisturizer, so I don’t need that, and Sephora is also giving away the mascara samples, so that doesn’t seem like a great value. The Malin + Goetz balm is nice (good flavor and pretty moisturizing) and the texture spray turned out to be great for my newly short hair. Overall, my frustration with the glitter gloss wasn’t cancelled out by the other samples, so I’m pretty disappointed in Sample Society this month. On the other hand, I’ve been pretty satisfied with them in general over the past few months, so maybe this is a case of ‘you can’t win them all’? We’ll keep our hopes up for a better showing next month.
  • Birchbox has been so frustrating for me lately, too. I’ve had ALL of those samples in previous boxes (except for the Cargo blush, but they’ve sent a lot of other blush samples), and it makes me wonder why they don’t start incorporating totally new products.

    But with that said, I loved that No. 4 clarifying shampoo sample so much, I used Birchbox points to buy the full-sized bottle – it’s great if you wear a lot of goopy hair products and don’t wash your hair everyday! Strips all the junk out and smells OMG SO GOOD.