The 14 Best Beauty Subscription Boxes That Deliver a Fun Surprise Right to Your Doorstep
Updating your beauty stash has never been easier.
The verdict is in: Subscription boxes are one of the easiest ways to shop for new products. But with the ever-growing list of options, finding the best box that matches your interests and budget can be tough if you're new to the world of beauty boxes.
Beauty mavens looking to amp up their skincare or makeup routine will appreciate a monthly delivery of everything from full-size products to samples of pricey creams and serums to test before buying. Alternatively, for those who haven't shopped outside the drugstore, beauty subscription boxes are a great way to find new favorites when you run low on the essentials.
How do Beauty Subscription Boxes Work?
While you might think that beauty subscription boxes only offer skincare or makeup products, these days, you can find a box for just about anything. New companies like Billie, the shaving subscription box, deliver monthly supplies straight to your door, whereas fan-favorite beauty retailers like Dermstore, Walmart, and The Detox Market compile their best-selling and trending products in curated boxes so you can be in the know on what's buzzing in makeup, skincare, hair care, and more. And for those who love personalization, there are plenty of options available that match you with products based on your preferences to create a more tailored experience. Scentbird and Birchbox are two brands that have you fill out a quiz when you sign up so they can get better acquainted with your beauty needs and goals.
Plus, it's so easy to sign up for a digital subscription—just hit "subscribe" and you'll have a new assortment of products on your vanity within the month; no aisle-browsing or long lines needed. Most brands have a variety of subscription plans and allow you to choose how frequently your box will arrive, which typically ranges anywhere from monthly, every three months, or annually. Beauty boxes like FabFitFun, however, deliver each box seasonally, meaning that you'll get four boxes for the year. Regardless of the brand or subscription you've chosen, there is always the option to opt out at any time if you want a break in between box deliveries.
Below, we've rounded up the 14 best subscription boxes for every type of beauty enthusiast.
- Best for the Mask Maven: FaceTory Sheet Mask Box
- Best for the Bargain Hunter: Birchbox Beauty Box
- Best for the Fragrance Fan: Scentbird Subscription Box
- Best Budget-Friendly Box: Walmart Beauty Box
- Best for More Than Just Beauty: FabFitFun Seasonal Box&
- Best Variety of Beauty Brands: Glossybox Beauty Box
- Best for Luxe Samples: BeautyFix by Dermstore
- Best for Shaving: Billie Monthly Subscription
- Best Value: Macy's Beauty Box
- Best for Clean Beauty: The Detox Box by The Detox Market
- Best for Nail Polish: Orly Color Pass Box
- Best Shade Range: Cocotique Beauty and Self-Care Box
- Best for Hair Dye: eSalon Color Plan
- Best for the Beauty Connoisseur: Allure Beauty Box
1 Best for the Mask Maven: FaceTory Sheet Mask Box
K-beauty lovers, come one come all. The FaceTory Sheet Mask Box is jam packed with seven Korean beauty face masks to test out each month. Featuring an assortment of masks that cater to a variety of different skin types and concerns, the box showcases the latest ingredients and innovations in skincare so you can treat your skin to a spa day. Plus it's great for beauty lovers who are always on the lookout for new brands to incorporate into their routine. Available in three options, the box can be customized—you can choose whether you want four or seven masks sent each month, or you can opt for the K-Glow Box, which includes full-sized skincare products and sheet masks.
"I love this set," one reviewer wrote. "It's a bargain. The products are amazing and make my skin feel so smooth. They also smell really nice. I'm really happy with this purchase. My first set came with a wash off mask, paper masks, toner, and a serum."
2 Best for the Bargain Hunter: Birchbox Beauty Box
One of the O.G. subscription beauty boxes, Birchbox has earned its spot on the list as a perfect intro to new brands. Starting at $15 a month, customers receive five mini samples of prestige beauty products across the makeup, skincare, and hair care categories. But what makes Birchbox so great is its customization element. After you fill out your beauty profile, you'll be matched with products that best suit your preferences, allowing you to sample and discover new products without having to pay full price. Subscribers are also invited to select which samples they want and can add products they've tried and love into their future boxes. You can even buy a full-sized version of your favorite products to ship alongside your box as well. Bonus: There's also a monthly box specifically for men, which consists of grooming essentials.
3 Best for the Fragrance Fan: Scentbird Subscription Box
Finding a new fragrance is always hard, but with Scentbird, discovering your signature scent is easier than ever. This monthly beauty box lets you choose from over 700 perfume brands like Versace, Prada, and Bvlgari, and sends you a sample every month. And thanks to the personalized fragrance quiz, Scentbird will match you with new perfumes and colognes based on your preferred scent profile and price point, creating a world of endless fragrance possibilities. Subscribers also have the option to add fragrances to their monthly box, delivering both a curated and customized experience.
"I used the same three perfumes for decades until I discovered this service," one reviewer wrote. "Now I have several favorites and enjoy the great prices to buy larger sizes when I fall in love with the scent of the month."
4 Best Budget-Friendly Box: Walmart Beauty Box
Ready to get all of your drugstore favorites in one place? The Walmart Beauty Box does all of the work for you. This beauty subscription box compiles a bunch of your tried-and-true drugstore products and sends out samples four times a year so you never have to restock. Not only are you given the best in affordable makeup, skincare, hair care, and wellness, but the box also comes with helpful tips to ensure that each product seamlessly fits into your current routine.
"I've ordered several beauty boxes from Walmart," one reviewer wrote. "I really do enjoy these beauty boxes because it gives you a chance to try sample size items and saves you money in the long run. They are cheaper than other beauty boxes, but still have really good items in the box."
5 Best for More Than Just Beauty: FabFitFun Seasonal Box
Beloved by reality TV stars everywhere, the FabFitFun box includes the latest and greatest from the beauty world, but also throws in a few additional fun treats like duffel bags, mugs, and jewelry. Themed to match the season it's being sent in, each FabFitFun box is curated to match what's trending across the beauty, wellness, and home categories and also showcases prominent brands and founders. With a seasonal subscription, you can choose three of the eight products featured in your box. Between its variety of products and large quantities of goodies, each box makes it feels like it's the holidays all-year 'round.
Being a FabFitFun subscriber has more perks than meets the eye. In addition to receiving a seasonal box, members are also privy to exclusive deals and discounts through the brand so they can shop their favorites from the box and add them to their beauty collection permanently.
6 Best Variety of Beauty Brands: GlossyBox Beauty Box
With GlossyBox, you can choose between a three, six, or 12-month subscription to best suit your beauty needs. Each box is curated by GlossyBox's team of experts and includes five premium skincare and makeup products equaling $60 in value. With hundreds of brands in GlossyBox's arsenal, you could receive AmorePacific skincare in one box or ColourPop Cosmetics eyeshadow in the next. For added variety, GlossyBox loves to base each month's box around a certain beauty theme like eye products, lips, and nighttime skincare. In addition to your monthly box, GlossyBox subscribers are also treated to perks like limited-edition bundles and offers.
"It is beautifully curated," one reviewer wrote. "I am on day four and am so pleased with each day's surprise. This is so fun and rewarding. I am looking forward to each day … The products are perfect."
7 Best for Luxe Samples: BeautyFix by Dermstore
Handpicked by beauty experts each month, expect to receive a curated selection of makeup, skin, and hair products in Dermstore's beauty box. Out of the six products each month that have a total retail value of $100, you can expect to get both samples and full-size products of top brands, including Tarte, Murad, Dermalogica, Klorane, and more. For $25 per month, it's a steal in our book, especially if you're someone who loves trying new beauty products. But in case you don't want to subscribe monthly, you can also decide on a one-time purchase for $35. Another perk of subscribing is access to savings and deals across the retailer's product line-up, including full-sized versions from fan-favorite and best-selling brands.
"I've been a constant subscriber for almost two years now, and I almost always use every product that I receive—and the ones that I don't use are happily taken by friends or family," one long-time subscriber wrote. "The assortment and value of products in this box still continues to impress me. I'm still loving it! This is probably my fave."
8 Best for Shaving: Billie Monthly Subscription
You'll never have to run to the drugstore again for a last-minute razor thanks to Billie's handy starter kit. Inside, you'll find the Billie handle which comes in five fun colors, two five-blade razor cartridges, and a magnetic holder. After you and your Billie razor have become acquainted, the brand will send your four replacement cartridges to ensure you're never stuck with a dull razor. You can choose how frequently they're delivered—subscribers are offered monthly, every two months, and every three months plans—and have the option to change, pause, or cancel your subscription at any time.
What sets Billie apart from its shaving counterparts is its ergonomic design, which allows you to achieve a close and precise shave without any slipping. The fan-favorite razor also features rust-proof blades and minimizes your chances of nicks and cuts with its charcoal-infused shave soap border. So not only are you getting a quality shave, but your skin is being treated to a cleansing and moisturizing moment of TLC as well.
9 Best Value: Macy's Beauty Box
With Macy's beauty box, you can expect five deluxe samples each month of either fragrance, skincare, hair care, or makeup from top brands like Kiehl's, Peter Thomas Roth, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and more. Each box follows a different theme for the month, covering beauty trends like self-care, winter dryness, and hair care heroes. Depending on the month, there could be beauty tools and accessories featured in your box as well; be on the lookout for items like travel hair straighteners, sleep eye masks, velvet scrunchies, and more. The box also comes with a chic cosmetics pouch to hold all of your new products in style, and let's be real, you can never have too many travel bags for your beauty stash.
Beyond the box, signing up for the Macy's Beauty Box gives you access to coupons on your future beauty orders. Subscribers get $10 off on beauty purchases of $40 and more, so you can buy your new favorite products once you run out of the samples.
10 Best for Clean Beauty: The Detox Box by The Detox Market
Clean beauty enthusiasts are very familiar with The Detox Market. Since 2010, the brand has been curating the best in clean beauty to take the guesswork out of finding sustainably-made and non-toxic beauty and wellness products. For those looking to "clean up" their makeup, skincare, and hair care routines, signing up for The Detox Box will help connect you with top-rated green beauty products that can be used on a variety of skin types and hair textures.
Each box is valued at $90 or more, and comes stocked with one or more products from the month's spotlighted brand. Past boxes have included brands among the likes of RMS Beauty, Innersense, Herbivore, Sahajan, and the Miranda Kerr-founded Kora Organics.
11 Best for Nail Polish: Orly Color Pass Box
Freshen up your nail polish collection with Orly's seasonal subscription box, which delivers the latest additions to its polish family before they hit the shelves, giving Orly fans the chance to test out the brand's seasonal collections before anyone else—at 50 percent off retail, we might add. In addition to a new set of nail polishes, subscribers also get nail care essentials, seasonal accessories, and deluxe samples from other brands included in their boxes, further adding to the value of the box. Signing up for the Color Pass Box even comes with perks like access to member-only bonus deals, products, and discounts.
"Honestly, I probably sound like a broken record, but each seasonal collection from Orly really blows my mind," one reviewer wrote. "Considering the quarterly cost of the box is $29.75, finding the whole collection for cheaper than the Color Pass price will be difficult. If you love nail polish, I really suggest giving this box a shot."
12 Best Shade Range: Cocotique Beauty and Self-Care Box
Pamper yourself with the best in bath and body courtesy of the Cocotique Beauty and Self-Care Box. Made up of curated picks that will elevate your self-care routine, the box includes five to eight full-sized and deluxe samples ranging across the makeup, skincare, hair care, and body categories, in addition to beauty tools and accessories. Plus, the Black-founded subscription box caters specifically to women of color, ensuring that every product will complement a variety of hair textures and skin tones and types.
"I am a current subscriber and I love their boxes," one reviewer wrote. "I love being able to get full size products and also samples. When you get the samples, it's a good way to try new products you probably would never buy. I look forward to getting the box every month!! Because of Cocotique, I am experimenting and wearing my natural hair more."
13 Best for Hair Dye: eSalon Color Plan
Achieving salon-quality color no longer requires a trip to the salon. With the eSalon Color Plan, you're matched with your perfect hair color thanks to the service's detailed member profile. After you enter your information, a professional stylist reviews it and creates your custom hair color. Since at-home hair coloring can be tricky, your stylist also includes instruction on how to properly use the dye. Each box comes equipped with your unique hair dye, a developer, and a dye kit, which features a stain remover, a stain guard, and gloves to keep things tidy. If you're nervous about the process, you have access to your stylist to ask them questions before and during your coloring session. First time users are also gifted a salon-grade tint brush for flawless application, and sample packets of the brand's Classic Shampoo and Conditioner.
"This kit is [the] next best alternative to going to get your hair colored at a salon," one reviewer wrote. "A specialist mixed the color I wanted, and it's darn close to what I was hoping for. The directions, gloves, and amount of product provided is perfect. I'm a fan of eSalon!"
14 Best for the Beauty Guru: Allure Beauty Box
As one of the best beauty boxes for your buck, the Allure Beauty Box is filled with over $100-worth of full-size and sample-size products that are editor-tested and loved. In addition to skincare, makeup, and hair care products, each box also features tips and tricks on how to optimize your new beauty additions and implement them into your current routine. Choose among a monthly, three-month, or yearly plan to get started. New members will also receive a special gift upon sign up—previous gifts include hard-to-pass-up items like Hot Tools' one-step styling brush.
"I feel like I'm getting a great deal every month with it," one reviewer wrote. "So many full size products that would cost WAY more than I'm paying for the monthly price for the box. I really look forward to seeing what's in the box every month! I haven't been disappointed at all. It's always a great surprise and I'm so happy with it. This is the best by far."