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GLOSSYBOX: Is This Subscription The Best Beauty Box Out There?

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GLOSSYBOX is a monthly beauty box service that sends you five hand-picked beauty products. But how does it compare to the other monthly beauty subscriptions out there? Let’s deep-dive into what GLOSSYBOX offers and how the subscription service works.


GLOSSYBOX, which started in 2011, is now available across North America in more than ten different countries. The subscription service offers various beauty and skincare products. Customers receive five full-size products with each shipment.

Bundling the items together results in a lower cost per item. Rather than purchasing them separately, you actually save money. Because who doesn’t need more beauty products? Each month features a new theme, which the products reflect. It’s a great way for people to try new, exciting brands for hair, skincare and makeup. One of their top seasonal boxes is the GLOSSYBOX Advent Calendar

Beauty subscription boxes are all the rage, and this one has been touted as one of the best by influencers and celebrities alike.

Is GLOSSYBOX easy to cancel?

Yes, and no. Like many subscription boxes, canceling can be tricky if you aren’t careful.

To cancel an order, you have 14 days from the date you acquire physical possession of the goods.

Cancellation requests must be communicated in writing. It is not necessary to provide a reason for canceling, just a statement that you are, in fact, canceling.

If you cancel, you will receive a refund, including delivery costs (only if you chose the least expensive/standard delivery method). These are issued 14 days after your cancellation request or 14 days after any products are received that were returned.

Since your subscription auto-renews after the 14th of each month, you want to make sure you cancel before then. There are stricter guidelines on the GLOSSYBOX website regarding subscription box types and cancellation requests.

A common complaint from past customers is that the subscription service didn’t handle cancellation requests in a timely manner, and people were still charged.

It’s important to keep this in mind when it’s time to renew your subscription or if you want to stop receiving boxes.

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How often does GLOSSYBOX ship?

GLOSSYBOX ships once a month. Unlike their competitors, there are no larger boxes to subscribe to or multiple boxes. Just one basic box, that’s all. Those who would like to build their beauty product collection will absolutely appreciate this.

Five products a month gives you enough time to test new brands out and see what works! You won’t become overwhelmed.

What comes in GLOSSYBOX?

More than 100 brands are working with this beauty subscription service! 

Besides skincare, haircare, and makeup, perfume companies are also partnering. A few highly notable brands are Elemis, Calvin Klein, Lancôme, Too Faced Cosmetics, and Bioderma. But their entire brand list is too vast to include, and more brands are added regularly.

Monthly themed boxes contain a wide range of products. If you name a product, a box may already contain it (or did at some point in the past). Makeup palettes, lotions, face scrubs, hair serums; they all may be packaged.

Part of the fun of getting a beauty subscription is the mystery. Who knows what each month’s box will contain? But you’ll be able to get a full-size product, not just a sample.

Also, all boxes are curated by hand by Beauty Experts. New customers fill out an online profile. An assessment of your skin and hair condition is part of your profile. It allows the Beauty Experts to select brands and items tailored to your beauty needs, which helps them customize your products.

How is GLOSSYBOX different from other boxes?

The subscription setup is pretty standard. And most beauty subscription services have a team of experts to build boxes based on customers’ preferences. If there was one thing to set the service apart, it’s some of the brands they’ve partnered with.

You’ll find many of the same brands within GLOSSYBOX, working with their competitors. But it’s really because these are high-end, popular brands.

Not all other subscription services will have the same exact brands partnered with them, however. So if you peruse the GLOSSYBOX brand list and see one that speaks to you, it’s an added benefit. You may be able to receive their products as part of your subscription.

One competitive edge for GLOSSYBOX is the offering of full-sized products. Many other services only provide samples. Or, a mix of full-size and samples (but who knows what you’ll get of each). This is ok if you have an established beauty product collection but still want to try new things. A person only needs so many eyeliners, after all. Realistically though, samples only go so far.

But for the price-point of the service, compared to other sub-box services, you basically get more bang for your buck with GLOSSYBOX and their full-size products.

One featured product that is only sold on GLOSSYBOX is the widely-renowned Ready, Set, Glow skincare kit!

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Ready, Set, Glow Skincare Set Review

GLOSSYBOX Skincare Ready, Set, Glow Set is exclusive to GLOSSYBOX. You can buy this set for $24.75 (worth $64) for GLOSSYBOX subscribers ($33 for non-subscribers), and it includes three skincare products.

All three products work together to provide your skin with intense hydration and a glowing appearance!

The Ready, Set, Glow kit includes:

  • Exfoliating Clay Scrub
  • Hydrating Mist
  • 3-in-1 Rich Moisturiser

The Exfoliating Clay Scrub restores radiance to your skin while deep cleansing and exfoliating with glycolic acid, cornish clay, and rice exfoliators. Leave it on as a mask for 10 minutes for a smoother, glowing complexion. This is probably the best product in the kit. 

Once you have cleansed, you need to follow up with GLOSSYBOX Skincare Hydrating Mist. Hyaluronic acid, Inca inchi oil, and babassu oil work together to prime, protect, and refresh. Personally, I think the hydrating mist step can be skipped. 

Complete your daily routine with the 3-in-1 moisturizer. In this formula, hyaluronic acid, camelina oil, and Inca inchi oil plump, hydrate, and protect your skin! This one smells great and honestly, you can never have enough moisturizer. 

Many people have positive results with the Ready, Set, Glow kit after trying for two-week periods. Given the ingredients, this is definitely a skincare regime worth investing in, even if you don’t sign up for a subscription service!

June GLOSSYBOX – Poolside Paradise Edition

The June monthly box had summer written all over this pretty pink box. This was my first GLOSSYBOX, so the unboxing was quite fun; I had no idea what to expect before writing this GLOSSYBOX review. As always, I am eager to try any new products when it comes to my skincare routine. 

What was included: 

  • Joséphine Cosmetics DEW/YOU – The Flawless Liquid Highlighter 
    • Who doesn’t love a good highlighter? This highlighter looks like lipgloss; I actually thought that’s what it was when I first opened it. It is easy to apply and does give a glittery/shimmery look. It was easy to blend with your fingers, but I might use a brush next time, so my fingers aren’t super glittery. This was definitely my favorite product from the June box! 
  • Naobay Cosmetics Freedom Low pH Hemp & Green Tea Cleanser 
    • This cleanser smells so good you could drink it, but please don’t. I have occasional hormone breakouts on my jawline, and this cleanser was gentle on my skin. I didn’t notice any additional breakouts after using it. I wouldn’t have noticed any hemp smell if it didn’t indicate it on the label. It definitely doesn’t have an earthy smell like other hemp/CBD products I’ve tried in the past. One thing I will say is that this cleanser is a pretty small full-sized product. 
  • Pili Ani Ageless Concentrate
    • This little oil is in the teensiest little bottle and would be perfect for traveling. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the smell, but for the small size, it packed a mean punch when it came to hydration. This facial oil did not leave any greasy aftermath. I will definitely try and reuse the bottle for traveling in the future. 
  • PiperWai Natural Deodorant Cream
    • Natural deodorant is great in theory, but I personally am a fan of the stick deodorant. This could be a great option for traveling or camping, but you will need to wash your hands afterward. It definitely goes on smoothly and works, but I don’t know if I will even use up the sample size. It is nice you only have to use a pea-size amount to keep your pits clean! It also comes in a cute little container that looks like a mini lip balm.
  • Seed Phytonutrients Moisture Conditioner
    • This conditioner smelled so good and fresh with hints of mango. It is great for a summer box with the damage from the sun and chlorine during the summer months. The eco-friendly packaging from recycled material is unique, and the company’s mission to support local farmers and use their sunflower seeds in the product is admirable. Personally, I think it left my hair very soft, and I would definitely try it again. 

Other items that were in other June boxes, but not mine: 

  • SkinMedica Facial Cleanser 
  • Seed Phytonutrients Lightweight Conditioner 

So is GLOSSYBOX Worth it?

Even just the list of popular beauty brands is reason enough to try this subscription service. You will get high-quality products in full-size bottles, and you will save money by not buying them yourself. You’ll be able to recoup the cost of the first box even if you don’t have a large beauty collection. Plus, you can try new things. From eyeshadow, mascara and eye cream to nail polish, sheet masks and hair products, the deluxe samples and luxury full-sized products will definitely satisfy your desired beauty profile. 

If you don’t have another subscription service like Boxycharm, Birchbox or Ipsy, this one is ideal for you. You can save money building your beauty, hair, and skincare collection. If you do have another service, it’s worth trying GLOSSYBOX to see if you like it better.

Since everything is tailored to your specifications, you know you’ll get the right products to try, just for you. The only real drawback with this subscription service is the cancellation process. It’s a tad more complicated than just pressing a button, but that’s honestly it. Not a huge deal-breaker. But that’s only if you don’t love GLOSSYBOX, which, let’s face it, you probably will, just like tens of thousands of other customers based on their countless customer reviews.

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Christine Devereaux Evangelista

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