Month 1: I was slightly underwhelmed when I first opened the box, but I realize this is due more to my grand vision of what I wanted to see, rather than anything promised to me by Birchbox when I signed up. When they say samples, they really mean samples. That said, once I used the items, I was much happier. I received this purple, shimmery Stila eyeliner which was so perfect. I rarely ever buy anything not found at a drugstore, but I will have to make an exception for this. I also received some gray/purple Zoya nail polish which I obviously love and have used a few times since. I think these two items on their own, plus the excitement of getting a pretty pink box in the mail, was worth the $10 for the month (although there were a few more items that I got some use out of).
Month 2: It was a slightly different experience the next time around. There were no products that I was super crazy about. In fact, the main intriguing item was a set of stickers that you could use as eyeliner. They were way too big for my liking and they felt weird. I was not a fan, but there's also some value in ruling out items for potential future purchase, so I ain't mad about it. There were also some more practical items, like an emery board and some facial cleansers and exfoliants. These are not super exciting, but they worked well and I did get some use out of them. Again, I felt like it was probably worth the $10.
Bottom Line: Birchbox is a really fun service if what you want is some fun, surprise mail in a colorful box once a month. It is not for someone who is very specific about their makeup and beauty care products, or someone who is expecting a whole new stockpile for their makeup bag each month. It is exactly what it says: samples. But it did introduce me to a few brands that I really like, and I seriously enjoy opening that box every month. I'm keeping my subscription, at least for a couple more months.
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