For those who haven’t heard of it, Birchbox is a monthly subscription box service for women and men. The cost is $10/month for the women’s box and $20/month for the men’s box. You fill out a survey and the company sends you products that pair well with your results. Product sizes may vary – many are smaller samples, but a full-size product or bonus item slips in now and then. Each order nets ten points, and you earn more points with reviews for the box products. You also earn points when you make a purchase from the store or refer someone to the service. Every 100 points is $10 to spend on goodies.
My April box featured the following:
- Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner
- KIND Healthy Grain Bars
- Color Club Art Duo Pens
- Madison Reed Nourishing Color-Enhancing Shampoo
- Madison Reed Nourishing Color-Enhancing Conditioner
Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner
The standout product of the box. The silver shade is amazing. I swatched it twice below so you can see how it looks with immediate smudging and after about 10 minutes. If you wanted to play around with the smudged eyeliner look, you’ll need to start blending ASAP (you can barely see the smudged squiggle on the left). After 10 minutes, this eyeliner barely budges.
I can see this being my new favorite edgy color, and I can’t wait to pair it with a smoky eye and some of my favorite plum/rose gold looks.
KIND Healthy Grain Bars
At first I thought, “who puts a granola bar in a beauty box?” But…it’s Birchbox, known in the blogging community for the random lifestyle extras. This was one of the rare wins; I really liked the bar (it hit the spot as a mid-morning work snack this week), and I will try other flavors.
Color Club Art Duo Pens
This product disappointed me. I got two samples, both black (not sure if that was a mistake…), but the packaging was so cheap. I always do a polish test on a piece of paper, and the pen applicator was so scratchy and inconsistent that I didn’t even try it on my nails. It either had no polish or was really goopy. The stippling brush pulled so much polish that you couldn’t tell it was a mini version. So…pass. Which was a bummer, because I was really excited about trying this.
Madison Reed Nourishing Color-Enhancing Shampoo & Madison Reed Nourishing Color-Enhancing Conditioner
I liked this. Not enough to buy the full-sized products, but enough to squirrel it away for rainy days. Given the box’s “rainy day” theme, I find this use appropriate.
You’ll also note there is a rainy day tip in the top right corner. All I’ll say is: read the BBITB review and comments section.
Overall, Birchbox was slightly better than usual. There were more hits than misses, and several products I will get multiple uses from. I still stand by my statement that I’m really keeping the subscription for the bonus points and the extensive online shop.
Disclosure: I am not sponsored by or compensated by Birchbox, but I do get a referral credit if you sign up using the links above.
Any other Birchbox subscribers out there? What experience did you have with the April box?