Battle of the Beauty Boxes: Birchbox vs. Glossybox

There are a lot of beauty subscription boxes out there, but the two most popular are Birchbox and Glossybox.

I have been a subscriber to both Birchbox and Glossybox for a long time. Because of this, my friends often ask me which I like better or which they should sign up for: “Birchbox or Glossybox.” It’s a tough decision because I like them both for different reasons. For me, I can’t bring myself to quit one or the other because receiving both of them every month is like Christmas for beauty nerds. With beauty products wrapped in delightful tissue paper and ribbons, I can’t get enough.





Here’s the rundown

  • A U.S.-based company, Birchbox was started in 2010 by a couple of real smart gals who knew how much ladies love samples. Their mission was change the beauty product purchasing experience, and in a lot of ways, they have. For $10/month, Birchbox sends you 4-5 small/travel-sized samples to your door. Birchbox also hosts an e-commerce site where you can purchase full-size versions of products right on their site, and they reward you with points for each purchase. After receiving 100 points (which really isn’t hard to get), you get $10 off in the Birchbox shop. Trust me, this perk comes in real handy.
  • Glossybox is newer to the states than Birchbox, but has a presence in 16 countries at the moment. I had read rave reviews about Glossybox before they launched in the U.S. and waited (somewhat) patiently until they launched here. The service is certainly more expensive at $21/month, but the increase in price is worth every penny. Glossybox consistently sends 5-6 products, and often a couple are full size products. Because of their international presence, Glossybox will occasionally send you international products that I’ve never seen before. It keeps the experience new and exciting.

Both services ask you to fill out a beauty profile to help ensure the samples you are receiving are appropriate for your skin type and tone, your hair profile and more. They ask questions about your style — are you classy, trendy, adventurous, etc. I rarely am in love with every single product that comes in my box, however, it’s always fun to try new things.

When it comes down to it, if you asked me to choose only one box, I would choose Glossybox. I’m repeatedly impressed by the value that I receive each month for just the $20 or so dollars I spend for that special delivery. For example, the August box that I received from Glossybox had five full-size samples and was valued at $84.99. Yes, every sample was full size (that’s not common, but I’ll take it). Oh, and I got a cute denim makeup bag as a bonus! On the other hand, my Birchbox had five samples as well, and was worth approximately $25. As you can see, you typically do get your money back for each box and then some, but Glossybox consistently delivers more value, in my opinion.

Ginger’s August Birchbox

Aug Birchbox1. Dr. Jart+ – Premium BB Cream SPF 45+

2. It’s a 10 – Miracle Leave-in Product

3. Jasmine Seven – Fresh Feet Wipes

4. ModelCo – Party Proof Lipstick

5. TanTowel – Classic Formula Self-Tan Towelettes


Ginger’s August Glossybox

Aug Glossybox1. Anatomicals – Spray Misty For Me Facial Spritz

2. Novex – Brazilian Keratin Hair Care Treatment Cream

3. Jelly Pong Pong – Lip Blush

4. ModelCo – Eyeshadow Duo in Bronzed Goddess

5. Sue Devitt – Triple C-Weed Pressed Powder


Do you subscribe to any beauty boxes? If so, what’s your favorite?


Comments (3)

  1. Bianca Violante

    I have been a longtime subscriber and lover of Birchbox. I recently did a 6-month trial of Glossybox and felt the same way about it but declined to renew based on my budget (it was amazing but this beauty nerd couldn’t justify both). When I got the itch again I signed up for three months of Julep, which is a nail/skincare box and pretty amazing. I’ve gotten a variety of items in this box; of course there’s always nail polish (which is great for me because I <3 painting my own nails) but I've also received DD cream (it's like BB/CC cream), some exfoliating hand scrub with lotion plus dry oil body mist. Recommend trying it!

  2. Ginger Pelz

    Julep, eh? Another gal from Twitter recommended Ipsy – I’ve looked at it before, but decided to stick with Birchbox. So many options!

  3. Kasey

    I loved Glossybox, however I wish they would show a sample history OR instead of sending you to the website of the product they had a list of the products on the site, like Birchbox. Birchbox sends me products that I actually use, and Glossybox didn’t not do that. I am switching back to my Birchbox subscription.

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