Birchbox June 2016 Review

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Like most beauty companies, there is a summer theme to the chosen products this month. It does appear that Birchbox are using a different courier, and deliveries are taking longer than usual in that I have my products on my account page ready to review, and my box according to tracking has been ordered and isn’t even en route. I’m not sure Hermes is any better than Yodel as I received no tracking information and got my box a week later than I had previously. However, this month’s offerings include:

Jelly Pong Pong ~ Paradise Pigments

Percy & Reed ~ Session Hold Hairspray

James Read ~ Overnight Tan Sleep Mask

Cynthia Rowley ~ Beauty Brightening Illuminator

Eyeko ~ Fat Liquid Eyeliner

Paula’s Choice ~ Clear Ultra-Light SPF 30+

Bioderma ~ Photoderm AKN Mat SPF30

Yes To ~ Cucumber Facial Wipes

Huygens ~ Le Gommage Visage

Vita Liberata ~ Fabulous Self Tanning Lotion

Monuspa ~ Relaxing Bali Body Oil

Pure & Light ~ Organic Essential Face Cream

Rituals Foaming Shower Gel ~Yogi Flow

Benefit ~They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer

Benefit ~They’re Real! Mascara

Laura Mercier ~Ambre Vanillé Soufflé Body Crème

Benefit ~ the POREfessional

Philip Kingsley ~ Body Building Conditioner

Benefit ~ Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer

Aïny ~ Pure Lumière Gommage Pureté Eclat Visage – Purifying Radiance Face Scrub

Benefit ~ High Beam

 Here is what I have received:

Jelly Pong Pong ~ Paradise Pigments in Fig Jam; A lip/check cream in a tangerine/red from a fun and young cult brand. Full size (4g) @ £17.95

Percy & Reed ~ Session Hold Hairspray. A useful handbag size and for traveling Sample (50 ml) @ £2.40

Vita Liberata ~ Fabulous Self Tanning Lotion. Sample (50ml) @ £3.75

Absolution ~ Le Nettoyant Pureté Cleanser. Sample (15ml) @ £2.60

POP Beauty Eyeshadow Trio in Peach Parfait. Sample (4.35g) approximately @£5

Total perceived value: £31.70

This month does seem to have some interesting offerings, from some leading French skincare companies, and a couple of repeats. I would have liked the chance to try the Huygens Le Gommage Visage, and Cynthia Rowley’s Beauty Brightening Illuminator, but I have at least two products that I would choose to use, and that’s the hairspray and cleanser. I knew a self-tanning product would crop up, even though my profile states I do not tan, or like a tanned look, but it’s a product that is seasonal. As I know, these are marketing boxes that are hit or miss, but you pay for that privilege. One good thing is the box is styled as a drawer which is much more useful, and would be a deal breaker if when it comes to subscribing if they continued this trend.

Birchbox seem to be making more of an effort to create a club or community feel, not only with the points system, but also by sending subscribers offers to upgrade their boxes. One month there was an offer to buy a Rifle Paper Notebook at a discount, and this month was an offer to buy Quay Australia sunglasses at 40% off. While I think these are nice touches, there isn’t any guarantee with these items if they arrive broken or not as expected.

Rating: 3.75/5

Out of all the boxes this has been the best, even if I won’t use all of the products. They lost 0.25 of a point as I asked for the palm tree box and got the pineapple one. It doesn’t really matter, but does indicate that they don’t really take any notice of requests or profiles. I just don’t see the point of them if they are ignored. Delivery was not as good as it has been with the change in courier, but things seem to be improving at Birchbox. The brands are better, and the luxe sizes are bigger this month. Hopefully this will continue.

©2016. Beauty Super Spy.

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