Best Beauty Subscription Boxes

If you’re a fan of new beauty products and love receiving surprises in the post, then a beauty subscription box could be the thing for you. Sign up to one of these subscriptions, and each month you’ll receive a box full of miniature (or occasionally full-size if you’re lucky) cosmetics to try. They can save you hours of testing products out at the beauty counters in shops, and it’s fun to receive a big box of unknown beauty pots and tubes every few weeks.

Try out the products in your beauty subscription box and then buy the full size if they suit you - often you can order the full-size version to arrive with your next subscription box. It’s like having a magazine subscription arrive in your letterbox each month, but more fun and more beautiful.

We’ve chosen some of the best beauty subscription boxes on the market at the moment, whatever your budget and whether you like high-end or supermarket cosmetics.


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Glossybox
From £8.50 per month

Each month, five beauty products arrive in a beautiful pink keepsake box, and you’ll probably be familiar with a lot of the brands featured. The products come with description cards - helpful if you have no idea what the product is or how to use it. You can also set up a profile from which your beauty box will be tailored, so it gets to know what type of products you use. You can unsubscribe at any time. More than 1million people subscribe to these boxes already, which come with a different theme each month - November’s ‘Beauty SOS’ theme was a real favourite.


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Lookfantastic
From £13 per month

With a range of products each month worth more than £50, you’ll find new and exciting brands alongside old favourites too. You can choose from one, three, six or 12-month subscriptions, starting from £13 a month, and delivery is free. There are frequent monthly themes, and special partnerships with sell-out brands so a subscription will guarantee you get your hands on your favourite items.


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Roccabox
£10 per month

The packaging for the Roccabox subscription box is beautiful, but so are the products you’ll find inside every month too. This is a simple box, with a standard cost of £10 per month, and you can cancel any time. You can also buy previous boxes as a one-off (while stocks last) which is great if you fancy treating a friend to last month’s box that you loved.


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Birchbox
From £10 per month

Birchbox was the first beauty subscription box on the market, and remains one of the most popular. You can personalise it to your specific hair, skin and makeup preferences too. There are loyalty treats for subscribers too, including discounts off full-size products and exclusive competitions, and once you’ve been subscribing for more than six months you become a Birchbox VIP for added treats including specially designed boxes.


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Little Known Box
From £13.95

This beauty subscription box does what it says on the tin - it is full of little-known brands, ideal for beauty fans who always want to try the newest products on the market, first. Your box will arrive with between five and seven products each month, from emerging independent, ethical brands. There are also one-off 100% vegan boxes to buy when available.  


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Mintd Box
£70 per month

While most beauty subscription boxes offer small versions of brands, the Mintd box will send you four or five full-size or deluxe-size products each month. This does mean a higher monthly price than the other boxes however. You can also create a profile to tailor the selections to your beauty preferences.


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The Natural Beauty Box
From £23 per month

The Natural Beauty Box is the one for you if you want vegan-friendly products and have trouble tracking them down in the shops. Every month you’ll be sent a selection of completely natural, cruelty-free, vegan skincare and beauty products. There’s also the option of a quarterly plastic-free box, so you can choose to receive a box every three months that will be completely free of plastic packaging.


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Meebox
£30 per month

The Meebox is the only beauty subscription box in the UK that is purely for nails - ideal if you love finding a nail polish in your beauty box each month but aren’t really bothered about all the other products. Every month your box will arrive on your doorstep with three nail polishes and tools or treatments to look after your nails. Plus, delivery is included in the price unlike many boxes.


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Secret Scent Box
From £13 per month

If you love trying new perfume, this subscription box is for you. Every month you’ll receive three new perfumes, enough to last the whole month until your next box arrives. Delivery is free, too.


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Cohorted Beauty Box
£35 per month

The Cohorted beauty box is hand-finished and hand-tied with a bow, and is perfect for lovers of high-end beauty. It feels more exclusive than its (less-expensive) rivals, and comes packed with luxury products.


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The Perfume Society Beauty Box
£19 per month

With this indulgent beauty box you’ll receive a variety of perfumes to try, plus other beauty treats such as nail varnish, body lotion, and even occasionally chocolate. What more could you want from a mystery box delivered every month? There’s a VIP club you can join to get the boxes at a lower price, too.


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Pip Box
From £20 per month

All of the beauty products you’ll receive in your Pip box are cruelty free and vegan - it’s even named after the founder’s dog. Boxes contain at least five items and the average value is £55. Sachet samples are banned from the Pip box.


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Pink Parcel
From £12.99 per month

Just as your period arrives once a month, so does this box that aims to make the best out of your menstruation. Treat yourself with this box full of beauty products, alongside chocolate, tea, or coffee, plus sanitary products. You can choose the delivery date to coincide with your period.


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Grazia Beauty Box
£75

While it’s not a subscription box (yet), our sister title Grazia has a fabulous beauty box available for just £75 featuring products worth more than £300. It’s only available to buy while stocks last, so get your hands on it while you can. It features makeup, hair and body beauty products, from old favourites to new and exciting brands.

Sarah Pyett