Best Beauty Subscription Boxes Under $20 – February 2020

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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.


Ipsy

Items: 

Total Value: About $54.13

Ipsy has a bunch of awesome products this month, including the eye shadow with wonderful colors and the nail polish that has great coverage. The eye cream is also pretty promising. There’s even a useful highlighter brush. That’s a lot of favorites from a sampling subscription! Even the makeup bag is a big win, it’s so pretty! 

Review: Ipsy February 2020 Review

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Allure Beauty Box

Items:   

Total Value: About $69.35

The February Allure was heavy on the skincare, but makeup came in second. Four of the products were for the face, while the highlighter, lipstick, and brush help brighten one’s visage. The makeup brush and highlighter also make good additions to any makeup stash. The belif aqua bomb was also pretty cool, the texture is amazing.

Review: Allure Beauty Box February 2020 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 $68

This month’s lookfantastic box has an assortment of skin-friendly goodies, and all of them are perfect for those who have dry skin! One of the best items in the box is the body oil, it’s relaxing and keeps the skin smooth and moisturized as well. The toner is also nice, as it doesn’t sting and doesn’t dry out the skin. The anti-aging mask and the lip mask are also amazing. The lipstick is the only makeup item and it didn’t disappoint because of its excellent quality. Its MLBB shade is just lovely! 

Review: Lookfantastic Beauty Box February 2020 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 $48.02

The regular Birchbox includes makeup products that ensure the skin is glowing all day long, like the strobing cream and the liquid highlighter. There’s also a sheet mask that gives the skin its much-needed boost of hydration. They even included a hair styling item, which works great with fine hair. All in all, this felt like a well-thought-out curation! 

Review: Birchbox Regular February 2020 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.

Play! by Sephora

Items:   

Total Value: About $59

This month’s Play! by Sephora curation includes skin-friendly items, as well as a lip product and a setting powder. The lip product is a standout because it makes the lips pretty and moisturized. It’s also great to use for days when you don’t feel like wearing your usual lipstick and you want a more natural look. The multitasking scrub and cleanser are also nice. Both are gentle on the skin and they do a great job of keeping the skin clean and refreshed. 

Review: Play! by Sephora February 2020 Review

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Birchbox

Birchbox Curated Box

Items:  

Total Value: About $33

The curated Birchbox makes taking care of skin easier, as it introduces some great brands and skin-friendly products. The Winter Hydration Routine box has pretty much everything you would need to keep your skin well-hydrated this season. The gentle cleanser, face oil, and hydrating cream all work as promised. There’s even a hair styling cream that brings shine and moisture without weighing hair down.

 Review: Birchbox February 2020 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 $85

Macy’s curation this month consists of skincare items and fragrance samples. Most of them are useful, like the hydrating lip balm and the primer that easily makes the skin picture-perfect. It’s actually a good deal for the box’s price!

Review: Macy’s Beauty Box February 2020 Review

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For this month, Allure and Macy’s are both deserving to take the crown! The skincare and make-up are heavy on these boxes, exactly what we need during the drying season and the season of glam! Lookfantastic is another one that we should not underestimate as they also include great skin-friendly products. Play! by Sephora also didn’t disappoint this month, as well as Ipsy which has lots of favorites curated in one box. Of course, there’s also Birchbox with both curated and regular boxes that introduced us to new and promising brands. Overall, it has been an amazing month for these beauty boxes! We’re excited about the next ones, let’s see how the competition gets more intense!

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

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