Beauty boxes are a great way to try out new products without the hassle of handpicking them yourself. You might get the opportunity to try something that you never would have, or cut down on shopping time. But before you subscribe, you should ask yourself these five questions to make sure that a beauty box is right for you.
1. Do You Feel Comfortable Spending at Least $120 a Year on Beauty Products?
Beauty boxes are usually priced at $10/month to $20/month. You’ll get the best rate per box if you subscribe for at least six months to a year, but that means that you could be spending up to $240 a year on beauty products. You should also keep in mind that beauty boxes might not send you every product you want or need to buy.
2. Are You a Picky Shopper?
Some subscription boxes can be personalized, but you’ll never have complete control over what you get in your box. If you like handpicking every single thing that you buy, a beauty box might not be the right choice for you. On the other hand, if you’d love to have a monthly surprise of goodies, then getting a beauty box could be the perfect way to treat yourself!
3. How Often Do You Use Beauty Products?
If you’re a beauty junky, and use beauty products daily, then you’ll probably get full value out of a beauty subscription box. But if you like to throw on some mascara every once in a while, and haven’t used foundation since your cousin’s wedding, being sent five to ten beauty products a month might not be the best investment.
4. Will Your Subscription Box Replace Your Beauty Purchases, Or Supplement Them?
If you think of a beauty box as a supplement for your beauty purchases instead of a replacement, a beauty box might not be for you. A lot of beauty box subscriptions will send you products that you might already be using if you’re planning on sticking to your usual purchases, which means that you might not get the most out of a beauty box. On the other hand, if you want to stop purchasing any beauty products other than what you get from your subscription, you might be disappointed to find out that a box might not include everything you’ll want.
5. What Are You Looking for in a Beauty Box Subscription?
If you’re sold on giving yourself the monthly gift of a beauty box, you should consider what your expectations are. You should definitely think about if you want your box to …
- Be filled with luxurious treats or everyday staples
- Be exclusively vegan, cruelty-free, natural, organic, etc.
- Include only makeup products or beauty products in general
- Have sample-size or full-size products
- Be personalized or streamlined
Of course, if you’re still not sure if a beauty box is for you, you can always try it out for a month or watch unboxing videos online to get a better feel for what exactly is included in a beauty box!