Best Beauty Subscription Boxes Under $20 – September 2019

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See our comparisons of the Best Beauty Subscription Boxes under $20!

BOX BASICS: All subscriptions are under $20 per month, so it’s easy to draw comparisons.

CUSTOMIZATION: Most subscriptions also ask you to complete a basic beauty profile. Ipsy allows you to rate items for Ipsy match and has started allowing a limited number of subscribers to select an item, but that feature isn’t yet universal.

REFERRALS & POINTS: Ipsy offer referral points; redeem points on selected samples in the Ipsy bonus section. You earn points on the monthly Sephora subscription plus you can redeem a PLAY! card in-store for an extra 50 points on any purchase.

VARIATIONS: Play!, Ipsy, and Birchbox send out multiple subscriber variations – we’re showing what we’ve reviewed here, and we would love to hear your experiences in the comments. For Allure, LookFantastic, and Macy’s, everyone typically receives the exact same items, although sometimes Allure Beauty Box has variations.


Play! by Sephora

Items:   

Total Value: About $43

From hair care to skincare to makeup, Sephora Play knows exactly what kinds of products can make one feel good and look good! This month’s curation is fantastic, which included some makeup essentials and a rich superfood-infused face cream. There’s even a perfume sample and it’s feminine and sexy!

Review: Play! by Sephora September 2019 Review

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Ipsy

Items: 

Total Value: About $62.66

The September Ipsy Glam Bag is packed with amazing products! The makeup brush is one of the best products in the curation, but the other beauty products are usable as well. These are products that will last for several months, so it’s a bargain at $12.

Review: Ipsy September 2019 Review

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Birchbox

Birchbox Regular Box

Items:  

Total Value: About $46.27

This personalized box included a bunch of items addressing dry hair concerns! The volumizing shampoo and conditioner combo is amazing, as well as the styling foam formulated to bring one’s hair back to life. Those three are definitely the scene-stealers, but the rest of the items are also great, like the cleanser, primer, and liquid foundation!

Review: Birchbox Regular September 2019 Box Review

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Deals:

  • See special savings on your subscription! Deal applies automatically, just visit and subscribe.
  • Save 15% off on $30+ Birchbox shop orders! Use coupon code FIRST15.

Birchbox

Birchbox Curated Box # 2 – Join the Party

Items:  

Total Value: About $32.88

The curated Birchbox is awesome because you’ll know exactly what to expect when you choose the box. They even include a makeup bag and stickers! It was nice of them to include such bonuses during their anniversary month. The hair care and lipstick are the best items in the box. The other items rounded out the box nicely.

 Review: Birchbox September 2019 Curated Box Review

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Deals:

  • See special savings on your subscription! Deal applies automatically, just visit and subscribe.
  • Save 15% off on $30+ Birchbox shop orders! Use coupon code FIRST15.

Macy's Beauty Box

Items:  

Total Value: About $98

Macy’s curation this month helps one glow up effortlessly, with top-quality brands and products at that! The skincare items are all impressive. The cleanser, moisturizer, and serum already make up a routine, and the best thing is that they’re all perfect for those who have dry skin. They even added a couple of fragrance samples. Of course, the glow up won’t be complete without a touch of a blush and a swipe of lipstick! This box felt full, and they’re really stepping up their game!

Review: Macy’s Beauty Box September 2019 Review

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Allure Beauty Box

Items:   

Total Value: About $54.32

Some boxes had a NARS lipstick instead of a face powder. This box included the powder, and it’s high quality and usable! There’s also a nice facial scrub and although this product has changed since the last tube, it still worked well and was gentle on the skin. The other items were a good assortment to round out the box!

Review: Allure Beauty Box September 2019 Review

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Deal: Get a FREE new member bonus item with your first box! Deal applies automatically, just visit and subscribe.


Look Fantastic Beauty Box

Birthday Edit Box

Items: 

Total Value: About $70

The Birthday Edit was a lot of fun! lookfantastic continues to put together boxes of generous sized products and samples. It’s awesome to see Oskia, Pixi, and Bubble T in the September box. Also, this is one of the few beauty boxes that ships to Canada with great products, definitely worth it!

Review: Lookfantastic Beauty Box September 2019 Review

Of Note: While this box is $22 per month it has free worldwide shipping and if you subscribe to a year you’ll get it at $15 per month (plus you don’t have to pay upfront!). Always a mini Elle magazine plus a nice mix of UK beauty brands. Sizes are smaller but if you don’t live in the US & are willing to pay for a year upfront, this is a great choice!

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There are lots of boxes to compare for the under $20 category! All of them did just great content-wise! That leaves us in deciding what’s the best box depending on the total retail value, and the clear winner in that criteria is Macy’s! Aside from that, Macy’s box this month felt full, and they cater to our every need and they really stepped up their game. We’re also happy with the personalized Birchboxes, and the surprise bag and stickers from the curated one are really fun additions! Play and Ipsy, along with Allure and LF have products that best works for our beauty, skin, and make-up needs! We’re really pleased with all the boxes, and this makes the competition more interesting as there are now 7 boxes vying for the title of being the best under $20 box each month!

What did you think of this month’s Sephora PLAY!, and Ipsy? Did you have a favorite?

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