Best Beauty Subscription Boxes Under $20 – December 2019

Hello Subscription may earn compensation via links in this post. Read the full disclosure
Notification

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.


Ipsy

Items: 

Total Value: About $47.57

Ipsy December glam bag had a nice collection of products. They do take consideration of the subscriber’s profile when choosing makeup items and treatments! This month’s curation also included a nail product and a perfume, keeping things more interesting.  

Review: Ipsy December 2019 Review

See Ipsy spoilers + past Ipsy reviews or sign up for directory notifications when we post about this subscription!


Allure Beauty Box

Items:   

Total Value: About $80

Allure sent lots of make-up items in this box and all of them were useful for the holiday festivities. The palette was beautiful and the other two Anastasia products are also promising. The moisturizer and the scalp scrub are also nice inclusions.

Review: Allure Beauty Box December 2019 Review

See Allure Beauty Box spoilers + past Allure Beauty Box reviews or sign up for directory notifications when we post about this subscription!

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 $85.08

This month’s lookfantastic box is filled with an array of feel-good products! They addressed several beauty concerns in this box, from skin dryness to blemishes and cellulite. There are even products for treating colored hair! It was a well-rounded curation overall!

Review: Lookfantastic Beauty Box December 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!

See Lookfantastic spoilers + past Lookfantastic Beauty Box reviews or sign up for directory notifications when we post about this subscription!


Birchbox

Birchbox Regular Box

Items:  

Total Value: About $32.92

The regular Birchbox is great for those who are looking for products that fit their profile. There are 3 hair products in this curation. There’s also a mask that is fun to try on if you have a few extra minutes in your day. The “highlighter” was the only real miss this month, mainly because it was too dark and it didn’t blend very well.

Review: Birchbox Regular December 2019 Box Review

See Birchbox spoilers + past Birchbox reviews or sign up for directory notifications when we post about this subscription!

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.

Play! by Sephora

Items:   

Total Value: About $46

Play! by Sephora lived up to the theme Award-Worthy Beauty! This particular curation is beyond magical, and the variety of items is outstanding. It included everything from makeup to skincare and even hair care. The face cream and the mascara are the standout items which are also great for everyday use!

Review: Play! by Sephora December 2019 Review

See Play! by Sephora spoilers + past Play! by Sephora reviews or sign up for directory notifications when we post about this subscription!


Birchbox

Birchbox Curated Box

Items:  

Total Value: About $58

The curated Birchbox  did not disappoint! It has a great selection of items from make-up to skincare and it even has a bottle of nail polish. The MAC Lipstick alone costs more than the price of the box and that shade is a limited edition!

 Review: Birchbox December 2019 Curated Box Review

See Birchbox spoilers + past Birchbox reviews or sign up for directory notifications when we post about this subscription!

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 $80.58

Macy’s curation this month is amazing! There are 2 new fragrances and an assortment of beauty/skincare products. The vitamin C serum capsules are certainly a standout. Its packaging is awesome and definitely convenient. The rest of the items are pretty useful!

Review: Macy’s Beauty Box December 2019 Review

See Macy’s Beauty Box spoilers + past Macy’s Beauty Box reviews or sign up for directory notifications when we post about this subscription!


For this month, we hailed Lookfantastic as the winner! It actually is one of their best curations from the recent months, and the box contains feel-good products that addressed many beauty concerns! Macy’s comes in a close second because of the convenience each product brings! Birchbox curated is another remarkable box this month, as it contains a good selection of beauty goodies, same with Ipsy! Most of the product fit subscriber profiles as well. Play! lives up to the award-winning theme and Allure had the makeup perfect for the festivities. Birchbox regular is okay but the highlighter is a miss so it got the lowest rank this month. Still, we’re really pleased with all the boxes, and we’re excited about what the new year would bring!

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

Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *