For those who were confused like me of which box to go for, I’ve put together a review of the January 2018 Birchbox Vs Glossybox subscription boxes.
I’ve never purchased a subscription box before. I’ve seen both Glossybox and Birchbox advertised for a while now but I was completely undecided of which one to choose.. so I chose both!
Here’s how I got on..
Birchbox Vs Glossybox – Birchbox Review
I’d like to start by saying Birchbox took 3 days longer to arrive than my Glossybox did, which were ordered within 30 minutes of each other.
On arrival I noticed the Birchbox is quite small compared to the Glossybox.
The packaging is quite cute, it has a printed pink flamingo pattern on it with soft pastel colours. I quite like it, I think I’ll use it to keep small things inside!
For January 2018’s box, Birchbox has collaborated with Ohh Deer, a British stationery company. They’ve included some really cute journal stickers inside, again keeping with the soft pastel theme.
In The Box:
- Lord & Berry | Concealer Stick in Beige – Full size
- Paul & Joe Beauty | Moisturising Foundation Primer S in 01 Dagree | 10ml sample
- NUXE | Prodigieux Shower Oil |
- Beaver | Professional Daily Conditioning Spray | 50ml sample
- Afterspa | Amazing Makeup Remover
- 1x sheet of Ohh Deer stickers
Birchbox Vs Glossybox – About The Products
Lord & Berry Concealer Stick
More than just a concealer, this creamy pencil works double duty to even skin tone and naturally illuminate your complexion in one quick step. Beautifully blendable, it works with your skin to disguise blemishes and dark circles, and highlight cheekbones. Apply straight from the stick and pat in with your fingertips. – Birchbox
I feel that this concealer is really compact and handy, no mess and no brushes needed, easy to transport in your handbag..
I just found that the coverage was a bit pants. As for covering my dark circles, I found it hurt putting down pressure on my sensitive eye area with the pencil.
Verdict: 3/5 stars – it’s handy for emergencies but it’s no good for looking flawless.
FUTURE GLOSSYBOX REVIEWS:
Paul & Joe Beauty Moisturising Foundation Primer S
Keep your make up in place while waving goodbye to dry patches with this luxurious primer. Enriched with botanical extracts for a moisture hit, it’s also infused with secret d’or – a subtle gold pearl shimmer that creates dewy, naturally glowing skin. Just smooth it onto your face before make up to help it stay put for longer. – Birchbox
This primer is so cute! At first I tested a little bit on my hand and there was by far a much brighter and shimmery tone to the area.
On my face I found I needed a bit more product than I would use with my usual primer.
This didn’t hold my make up in place for any longer than my usual primer does but it does help foundation glide on very smoothly.
Verdict 2.5/5 stars – it smells very pretty but as a primer I would say it’s pretty standard.
NUXE Prodigieux Shower Oil
It’s time to transport your daily shower to another level. Infused with NUXE’s iconic Huile Prodigieuse scent (a delicate blend of orange blossom, magnolia and vanilla), this is the perfect way to add a little luxury to your everyday routine. Massage a small amount onto damp skin and rinse away for satin-soft skin with a subtle glow, thanks to sweet almond oil and a hint of golden shimmer. – Birchbox
I really like this shower gel! The first thing I noticed when I squeezed a drop on my hand was how pretty it is!! The shower gel has a gorgeous golden shimmer to it and straight away I couldn’t wait to try it out!
While using the shower gel I noticed how the smell came alive, and it reminds me so much of insense sticks! I love it!
Verdict 4.5/5 stars – It looks and smells gorgeous, and lathers up nice and bubbly! What more do you need from a shower gel?!
Beaver Professional Daily Conditioning Spray
This Birchbox discovery brand is a favourite amongst our customers – and it’s not hard to understand why! Both a detangler and a hydrator, just mist onto clean, damp hair and comb through to condition without weighing hair down. The unique blend of herbal extracts work to nourish strands, protect against breakage and reduce frizz and flyaways. A true multi-tasker. – Birchbox
I was looking forward to this one, with having big and crazy curly hair.
I was quite disappointed with this, for one my hair takes so much product, and two I found I had to apply a ton of hairspray afterwards to hold my style in place.
Verdict 1.5/5 stars – it’s not great for thick, dry, curly hair. If you’ve tried this I would love to know your thoughts.
Afterspa Amazing Makeup Remover
Forget the various lotions and potions that usually assist in the removal of make-up, with this ultra-soft cloth there’s only one thing that you need… water! That’s right, just wet the cloth and massage it over your face to break down impurities and remove all types of make-up. Give it a spin in the washing machine before first use, then get started! Bonus: it lasts up to 1000 washes. – Birchbox
I keep seeing these cloths everywhere on the internet so I was excited and curious to have one in my box!
The instructions say to put it in the washing machine before first use, but I cut corners and let it soak in soap and hot water before using and made sure to give it a good rinse.
I found the cloth was good for removing make up, but not completely.
I personally wouldn’t use this as my only step to remove my make-up but it has definitely became part of my routine!
- Remove make up with Afterspa make up remover cloth
- Clean face with cleanser
- Apply toner
- Apply serums and moisturizers
Verdict 3.5/5 stars – it’s a handy way to remove makeup quick and easily but it doesn’t fulfil the job.
Birchbox Vs Glossybox – Glossybox Review
Straight away I was in love with my Glossybox. There is such a luxurious feeling to the box and it was a pleasure to open up and discover my gorgeous goodies.
I was really happy that everything in the box was of a good size and I felt I was getting extremely great value for my money.
In the box:
- Boots | Beauty Beneath Supplements | 1 month supply Full size
- Evelyn Iona Cosmetics | Green Tea Primer | 20ml Full size
- Dr Botanicals | Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil | 15ml Travel size
- Nail Medic | Nail and Cuticle Energizer | 15ml Full size
- Apicia | Cream Blush | 20ml Full size
Birchbox Vs Glossybox – About The Products
Boots Beauty Beneath Supplements
While serums and moisturizers are vital for great skin, they can only penetrate so far, which is why it’s a good idea to boost your efforts with a nutrient-rich supplement. The Beauty Beneath formula from scientists at Boots consists of two soft-gel capsules taken daily, each packed with a complex blend of 19 nutrients essential for healthy, glowing skin. These nutrients work to boost your own collagen production, fading fine lines and wrinkles while leaving your skin softer than ever. – Glossybox
I love the idea of these.. and I would love to have taken them.
Unfortunately and embarrassingly, I have a really hard time swallowing pills and capsules, and the size of these big ones is just unreal.
I feel like I’m trying to swallow a small toy when I try and take these!
So I can’t really offer a verdict here as I’m unable to try them, but they sound fantastic.
Can I choose another product instead, Glossybox?!
Evelyn Iona Cosmetics Green Tea Primer
A good primer is essential for flawless, long-lasting makeup, which is why we’re so smitten for this. Packed with moisturizing ingredients including avocado oil and green tea extract, it’ll nourish and protect your complexion, reduce the appearance of fine lines and large pores, and help your make up stay put for longer. It’s cruelty and paraben free too! – Glossybox
There’s not much to say about this primer, it’s pretty standard.
You just need a pearl sized amount like with most primers, and it leaves the skin on your face feeling smooth and ready for application of make-up.
I haven’t been using this long enough to comment on how it improves my complexion or wrinkles, so this primer is just getting an average review.
Verdict 2.5/5 stars – it works well as a primer, as for the added skin care benefits, it’s too soon for me to judge.
Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil
This gorgeous facial oil is packed full of skin enriching minerals and vitamins, which all work together to rejuvenate, renew and protect your complexion. Moroccan rose is a potent source of vitamins A and C, plus antioxidants essential for protecting against free radicals. Pop three drops onto your fingertips and gently press into your skin, keeping it feeling hydrated and supple all day long. – Glossybox
I actually love this! I love the result, the packaging, the look and smell!
This product works great on my tzone areas where it can get a little oily. A few dabs of this potion removes moisture and leaves skin smooth.. plus it smells awesome! I’m tempted to start dabbing it on my neck and wrists!
Verdict 5/5 stars – this product ticks all the boxes for me. It has quality looking packaging, has a great smell and it works!
Nail Medic Nail and Cuticle Energizer
If your nails are in need of some serious TLC, this reparative oil is just what you need. A delicious blend of vitamins, plant extracts, revitalising eucalyptus and soothing lavender, it gets to work on brittle nails, split cuticles and dry skin. Just massage a few drops into your nail bed and cuticles, for instant hydration and stronger nails! – Glossybox
I have quite long natural nails so I was very interested in this!
First of all.. it’s purple guys!! Hello beautiful!
Next.. it smells so pretty! It soaks right in to the nail and I have noticed my nail tips looking whiter and my nails in general are feeling stronger.
This product is going to last a while as you really don’t need to use much!
Verdict 4.5/5 stars – Another product to tick all the boxes for me. This is definitely helping me with my weak nails, and they are looking so much healthier!
Apicia Cream Blush
If you’re new to cream blush, this couldn’t be a better introduction. As with all Apicia products, it is rich in organic bee pollen to nourish skin. For a subtle flush of colour, dab it on slowly and blend in, building up the colour as you need. A deep honey pink, this hue suits all skin tones. – Glossybox
Guys seriously if you decide to buy this then use the smallest dot ever! This blush is so concentrated!
I love it, it’s so easy to use and it’s a gorgeous colour. Apparently you can also use this on your eyelids and lips too!
Verdict 3.5/5 stars – Its easy to just grab and go with this blush, it’s highly pigmented so be careful how much you use. Build slowly!
Birchbox Vs Glossybox – Verdict
Birchbox January items star total: 15/25 stars
Glossybox January items star total: 15.5/25 stars (including having to skip the Beauty Beneath capsules!)
I knew straight away that Glossybox would be the one for me. It’s a great price, fast and traceable delivery, a great size, it looks gorgeous and the products are fab!
Birchbox have taken their next payment and dispatched my next box before I could get around to cancelling it or choosing my next box design, their response “sorry it will just need to be a surprise for you this month” well surpriiise, I’ve just cancelled thanks!
I would also like to say that Glossybox use Royal Mail delivery, and Birchbox use Hermes.
Yesterday my delivery from Birchbox arrived while I was out and the online tracking updated to signed by neighbour. No slips had been posted through my door and no neighbours have been in touch with me as of yet. I have no idea where my Birchbox is.
This is another reason why I won’t be continuing with my Birchbox subscription.
I will now be getting a Glossybox delivered every month! Stay tuned as every month I’ll share with you what’s inside!
Thank you for reading, I had loads of fun making this post!