Best Beauty Subscription Boxes Under $20 – November 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.


Allure Beauty Box

Items:   

Total Value: About $52.28

Allure sent a whole lot of products for the face, and sadly they were kind of similar. There are three cleansers, two of which are exfoliating. There are two hyaluronic acid products as well. The lip color is too dark, but it’s easy to make it work when you mix it with another color. There’s a lot to improve, variety-wise!

Review: Allure Beauty Box November 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

Items: 

Total Value: About $49

lookfantastic this month curated a bunch of lovely skincare items to promote healthy skin despite the drop in temperatures, as well as other goodies to keep one comfortable. From the hand mask to the body butter, everything is useful especially for people who have dry skin. They even included a calming pillow spray to use at night! We all know that there’s no better skincare routine than a night of restful sleep, right? 

Review: Lookfantastic Beauty Box November 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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Play! by Sephora

Items:   

Total Value: About $61

For this month, Play! by Sephora promotes self-care! It’s really important it is to take a step back from the daily grind and pay attention to one’s self. The curation is definitely a feel-good one, as it included light and easy to use skincare items. They also added hair care items, as well as a lovely almost-lipstick. The anti-aging serum is definitely a standout in the curation, not just because of the value but because of its quality as well!

Review: Play! by Sephora November 2019 Review

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Ipsy

Items: 

Total Value: About $40

The Pixi shadow definitely took the spotlight this month, while the other items rounded out the bag nicely, even if the lipstick could not be everyone’s cup of tea. Still, the quality of the product was amazing. Even the bag itself was adorable!

Review: Ipsy November 2019 Review

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Birchbox

Birchbox Regular Box

Items:  

Total Value: About $59.91

The curated Birchbox is great! It offers a great value for the cost of the box, but it would have been better if there’s one less hair item and they included either a body product or perfume instead. Birchbox is a great way to discover new hair and skincare brands and that seems to be what they send the most of in case you were wondering. 

Review: Birchbox Regular November 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

Items:  

Total Value: About $56

The curated Birchbox is certainly didn’t disappoint with its collection of season-appropriate products. The harsh weather conditions take a toll on the skin more than we can imagine and it’s awesome that they curated skincare products to keep it looking and feeling soft!

 Review: Birchbox November 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 $57

Macy’s curation this month had a couple of fragrance samples and a bunch of skin-loving goodies. They also help me with two common skincare concerns: puffy eyes and skin dryness. The box even included a liquid lipstick, which is gorgeous because of its versatile shade!

Review: Macy’s Beauty Box November 2019 Review

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For this month, we unanimously chose Play! by Sephora as our winner, both content and value-wise. It contains products for self-care which is a perfect reminder for us to slow down this season. The Birchboxes, regular and curated, are both amazing and the contents are usable. Macy’s have balanced content this month, so as LookFantastic and Ipsy. Allure has similar products, and we wish that it contains more variety. Overall, we are overwhelmed by the amazing contents of the boxes, and we’re not complaining! We’re actually happy to try them all!

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

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