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4 Reasons Not to Subscribe to a Beauty Box

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Birchbox. Ipsy. Sephora Play. Those are just there of the many beauty subscription boxes you can sign up for. They seem like a great idea on the surface. Spend around $10 each month and a box of deluxe beauty samples is delivered to your door. You get to try a variety of things and it’s only $10. Seems awesome, right?

But while the boxes can be fun and may seem like a good deal, they may not be your best investment. Here are four reasons you might want to avoid beauty box subscriptions.

Sample sizes aren’t large enough to get an idea for how a product works

Everyone loves beauty samples and when it comes to mascara or lipstick, they’re awesome. But when it comes to skincare a small sample size really isn’t enough to get an idea for how effective the product will be. This is specifically true for most anti-aging or skin brightening products that often require use for a minimum of four weeks before someone will see any results. If the purpose of a sample is to find out if something works for you, you’re never really going to find out when it comes to skincare. Your best bet is to skip the box, do some research online and then purchase the item for a store with a good return policy just in case you end up having a reaction or the product is obviously not working.

The price adds up

Sure, ten dollars a month doesn’t seem like much. It’s only two lattes or so, right? But when you multiply that ten dollars over a whole year and then over multiple boxes, the total for those little sample sets adds up to hundreds of dollars. For some people that’s more than their entire beauty budget! If you enjoy samples, but don’t want to go broke doing it, consider shopping at a store that will let you sample a few products or order from sites that include samples with your purchase regular purchases. Or even just save that money for something else entirely, like a special splurge or just to pad your savings.

You have little control of what samples you get

You might fill out a survey or a questionnaire when you subscribe, but at the end of the day you have very little control over what you actually get. And when it comes to makeup, that can be a pretty weird situation as things such as foundation samples often don’t match the skin tones of recipients. And even if you are able to be clear about what you do and don’t want, you can’t be sure the quality of what you get. There have been subscriber stories about how they don’t get good quality or name-brand samples.

You probably aren’t going to buy anything different than your normal products

Let’s face it, we’re creatures of habit. Most people find a product they like and stick to it. So, when it comes to those subscription boxes you’re probably not going to end up buying a full-size of anything that gets sent to you. In fact, it’s possible that you might not even use the samples themselves and while they may come in handy for things like travel or if you run out of your regular product and can’t get to the store, if you aren’t using the samples and aren’t going on to buy full-size products, the boxes aren’t really helping you explore the world of beauty and where’s the fun in that?

Are you subscribed to a beauty box? Let us know what you think about your experiences and if you really use the products in the comments below!

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2 Comments on “4 Reasons Not to Subscribe to a Beauty Box”

  1. Felicia Gentile August 28, 2017 at 4:01 pm #

    This was a good post and this is exactly why I got rid of all my subscriptions + I had too much makeup to begin with LOL the only subscription box that was worth my while was Boxy Charm because you are actually getting full size products every time for only $21 a month!

  2. Vidhu Skulpt October 5, 2017 at 3:01 am #

    Good one! I do agree with you. I’ve tried out beauty boxes and they’re not for me, I just enjoy the excitement of trying new products which I have never tried before. Which beauty box would u suggest me in buying ?

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