After being a subscriber for a year, I can now present to you the worst Birchbox of all time. I’m going to say it, Birchbox has let me and a lot of other subscribers down this month. And from what I have read online, there are a lot of unhappy customers that they are going to have to deal with. The above picture shows what I actually got in my Birchbox. Below, is what I was supposed to get (minus the “extra” razor, which isn’t pictured). See the difference?
The little silver tube in the picture from Birchbox’s website is supposed to be my sample of Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer. Instead of that little tube, I got this paper sample.
I don’t want to turn this into a full-on rant, but I am not a happy camper. The Stila sample card is NOT a deluxe or luxury sample. I’m sorry, it’s just not. This type of sample comes free in magazines. I was actually really excited to try the Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer when I saw the image on the website saying I was getting it in my box. However, I was so disappointed and, frankly, angry when I saw this pathetic little sample card. I’ve seen many of the other August boxes, and there were several paper/foil sample packets sent out this month. THESE ARE NOT DELUXE SAMPLES! I’ve got my fingers crossed that I can get one full face use out of my sample, but I’m not sure. A deluxe sample should be enough for 2-3 uses at least. I’ve never gotten a sample this small. Even the very tiny Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint sample back in February was .07oz of product. This card with .006oz is ridiculous and insulting to paying customers.
Also, there is such a huge disparity in the value of the boxes offered. Some people are getting full sized (or at the least very large) Pixie products this month, and others are getting paper/foil packets that have no real value. It’s not fair, and it is infuriating. I understand and accept that I am not going to love every sample I get, or even like every box I get, but I should be able to count on getting deluxe samples as advertised. (Sorry, that was pretty darn ranty.)
Okay, let’s get into this thing. Here is what Birchbox has to say about their August box: “We all remember the excitement of back to school shopping and the thrill of stocking up on fresh notebooks and pens. This month, we’re helping you refill your beauty supply kit with must-try essentials and new products that will take you through the fall. Plus, we’ve put together plenty of fresh content to ensure that you ace every class.” In keeping with the back to school theme, they sent a Beauty 101 fold-out pamphlet.
Inside they highlight what various tools are for, how to read a label, tips to get a better shave, etc. If I was a young girl or a beauty newb, this may come in handy, but I didn’t find it particularly useful.
- Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy La Fleur- regular price $70 for 2.5 fl oz; sample size 0.05 fl oz, worth $1.40. This modern scent is a feminine blend of wild berries, mandarin, and waterlily.
- Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm, Foundation & Concealer- regular price for the Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer (combo item) is $44 for 1 fl oz foundation and .07 g of concealer. Regular price for the Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm is $38 for 45 ml; sample size 0.006 oz of both the Beauty balm and the Foundation, 0.003 oz of the concealer. The sample is virtually worthless, around 30 or 40 cents, so I’m counting it as zero. These multitasking favorites are your cheat sheet to flawless skin.
- Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream in Pomegranate- regular price $20 for 150 ml; sample size 1 oz, worth approx $3.95. The organic shea butter in this foam-free shaving cream softens skin as you shave.
- Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream- regular price $16 for 1.25 oz; sample size .1 oz, worth $1.28. This best-selling Japanese cream hydrates chapped lips, rough heels, and cracked hands.
- EXTRA Schick Hydro Silk razor- regular price (Birchbox lists the price as $9.99 on their site, but they do not sell the razors directly. They say to find them at your local drugstore. Walmart has them listed as $7.94, so it depends on where you go and if you have a coupon.); sample size 1 razor. The water-activated serum moisturizes skin while you shave, and the innovative oval-shaped design hugs tricky areas like knees and ankles.
The grand total value of my August 2012 Birchbox (not including the “extra”) is $6.63. If you throw in the razor at the price Birchbox listed the total goes up to $16.62. Frankly, in my opinion, this box was not worth my $10 subscription fee. The only sample that I am interested in at all is the perfume sample because I love Juicy fragrances. I already know that I love the original Viva la Juicy, so I’m sure that I’ll like this one. I’ll use my other samples, but they don’t really interest me. As you can probably tell, I’m pretty angry about the crappy Stila sample. This month was an epic fail on Birchbox’s part. The only redeeming quality is that I can get the points for giving my feedback on the samples. I’m hoping to break 300 points this month, which is worth $30 in the Birchbox shop. There is no way that I can recommend Birchbox to you based on the horrible samples offered this month, so all I can do is hope that they redeem themselves in some way.