Give the Gift That Lasts All Year With These Beauty Subscription Boxes

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There's no such thing as too much makeup (right?), but the truth is, products can be pricey. With so many cosmetic, skincare, and hair product brands to choose from, it's hard to decipher which ones will suit you best. Luckily, subscription services present a solve that's both economical and super fun. Discover emerging brands and tried-and-true products with the best monthly beauty boxes, so you can find your new favorite must-haves on a dime. Ready to subscribe? Click through to determine the best box for your personalized beauty needs.

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Sephora Play box
Sephora
Play! by Sephora

$10 per month

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Best Overall

It's no surprise that the queen of all beauty retailers offers a perfectly curated assortment of five deluxe-sized samples at an affordable price. Truly thinking outside the box, Sephora also pairs these hand-picked products with serious perks.

Subscribers have access to expert advice (including a Play! Book that details tips and tricks to using each featured product) and exclusive sit-downs with Sephora employees called Play! Dates. These subscriber-only events provide the opportunity to talk product and how to use it.

As a bonus, each Play! member receives a pass to redeem 50 bonus insider points with a full-sized purchase. Sign us up, please!

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Walmart Subscription Box
Walmart
Walmart Beauty Boxes

$5 per season

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Best Budget Buy

There's nothing we love more than beauty products on a budget, but we never imagined so much beauty for so much less until now. Walmart's quarterly service barely puts a dent in your wallet as you're technically only paying for shipping, but it vastly improves your beauty collection.

This seasonal beauty box is fully stocked with sample-sized cosmetics and skin care to play with before you make a commitment to the full-sized payment. This is definitely the box to opt for if you're a budget-seeking beauty.

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Glossybox
Glossybox

from $21 per month

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Best Splurge

A beauty subscription worth your buck, Glossybox prides itself on its monthly roundup of products. Five expert-approved makeup and skin care essentials sourced from all over the world are delivered to your doorstep, wrapped in a darling keepsake box that's sure to get as much use as each individual product. Each box is valued at over five times the cost, and you can expect to see at least three full-sized products every month.

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BIRCHBOX
Birchbox Beauty Box

from $10 per month

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Arguably the most recognized — and definitely among the most valuable subscription boxes out there — Birchbox was made for women (and men!) to test their preferred products before the bigger buy. Each box features five trial-sized products tailored to your interests, including samples from cult classics and emerging brands. Birchbox consistently serves up a diverse range of personalized products in categories including makeup, hair, skincare, and fragrance.

What's better about this buy is that Birchbox gives back. Review all five samples for Birchbox Points, and once you hit the big 5-0, you'll receive an additional $5 to spend in the Birchbox store! You can shop Birchbox directly for your full-sized favorites after falling in love with the samples each month.

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Boxycharm
Boxycharm
BoxyCharm

from $21 per month

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Another great option for beauty junkies, the BoxyCharm subscription box features around five full-sized products per month. After signing up, you can enjoy exclusive, members-only offers from BoxyCharm's epic brand partners. They also have giveaways and reward points redeemable in their exclusive retail shop!

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Moonbox
Moonbox
Moonbox

from $34 per month

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Looking for something a little nontraditional? The Moonbox subscription box provides a unique assortment of organic, vegan, and cruelty-free wellness and beauty items.

Each monthly box is specially curated to reflect the moon cycle, because the brand believes that every phase offers an opportunity to incorporate mindfulness into daily practices.

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Scentbird
ScentBird

$14.95 per month

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Available for both men and women, ScentBird is a subscription service that's all about fragrance. Perfect for the perfume hoarder, Scentbird gives you the opportunity to test-drive designer scents before splurging on a full bottle. Each monthly supply of perfume is paired with a chic, reusable case that you can toss in your tote.

Create an account on the brand's website and take a quiz to match your best/favorite scent, and be sure to rate each sample directly on the site to determine which batch you'll try next. It's ideal for beauty newcomers trying to identify their signature scent, or for seasoned fragrance fans who want to avoid spending a fortune.

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FabFitFun Box
FabFitFun
FabFitFun

$49.99 for seasonal subscription

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This isn't your average-sized square package with a few cosmetic samples to try out. Consider FabFitFun a large, seasonal present that features a mix of beauty, fitness, fashion, wellness, and home products to help you feel good from the inside out. FabFitFun regularly features sales for members, from box add-ons to exclusive offers from brand partners, so you can maximize your subscription status!

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FaceTory subscription box
FaceTory
FaceTory

from $5.95 per month

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For the K-beauty connoisseur whose weekly skin care ritual features sheet masks by the bunch, this brand-new subscription service was made for you. Opt to receive either a monthly four-item set (perfect for beginners) or seven (dubbed the premium plan for its diverse selections). Each box is curated and shipped from sunny California and put together by a team of sheet mask enthusiasts who break down the best masks on the market for an incredibly low price.

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BeautyFix by Dermstore
BeautyFix by Dermstore
Dermstore BeautyFix

from $24.95 per month

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Subscription boxes can become costly depending on the quantity, brands, and size of samples, but with Dermstore's delivery service, you're getting your beauty fix for a price suited for every budget. Focusing heavily on skincare and hair products, each box is valued at over $100, and it's overflowing with full- and travel-sized products from brands like NuFACE, Ouidad, Phytomer, and more.

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Ipsy
Ipsy Glam Bag

$10 per month

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Users love YouTube beauty vlogger Michelle Phan's Ipsy Glam Bag for its plethora of products and super fun aesthetic. One of the more affordable boxes in the subscription sphere, Ipsy offers a discounted price if you sign up for a full year. Ipsy subscribers can also earn points and redeem for monthly bonus items in each Glam Bag.

Subscribers receive a mix of five deluxe- and full-sized samples wrapped up in a functional, fashionable makeup bag. Plus, you get access to tutorials from Phan's team of stylists detailing how to master each look.

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Love Goodly Box
Love Goodly
Love Goodly

$29.95 per bi-monthly box

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Love Goodly focuses on providing women with organic beauty and wellness products that are nontoxic, eco-friendly, and give back to a good cause. Founders Justine Lassoff and Katie Bogue Miller launched the brand in August 2015 with a mission to bring toxic-free alternatives (like chemical-free nail polish and vegan-friendly cosmetics) to the table in favor of beauty that's healthy!

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NewBeauty Test Tube
NewBeauty
NewBeauty TestTube

$29.95 bi-monthly

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Beauty gurus want their makeup, and they want it now. Even though TestTube is a bi-monthly service, reviewers agree it's well worth the wait. Put together by the NewBeauty editorial team, this TestTube is unlike anything you'd find in your high school chemistry class.

Stuffed with deluxe and full-sized products from your favorite brands like stila, GLAMGLOW, L'Occitane, and AmorePacific, every package has a value of over $100.

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