Best Beauty Boxes UK - Subscription Radar

Best Beauty Boxes UK

By Ellie T / 10th February 2015
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Ladies, we all love trying out the best beauty box products and we all love receiving surprise gifts in the post. It is no wonder there's so many beauty boxes in the UK, all offering to handpick and deliver us each month the hottest makeup and hair products in beautifully gift wrapped boxes of joy!

But with so many to choose from, its difficult to see through the marketing noise and adverts, to find the hidden gems that suit your tastes and style.

To help you choose, we've tested these boxes, spoke to beauty bloggers, read forums and listened to opinions to bring you the best beauty boxes currently available in the UK.

Best Beauty Boxes in the UK

Remember once you sign-up to try a box, you can easily cancel. So take advantage of any first box discounts, have fun and try a few out. You'll soon find your own favourites and then save money by paying upfront for a longer subscription eg 3 months. You can then sit back and look forward to seeing whats inside your surprise beauty treat each month.

Birchbox

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​One of the first and biggest beauty boxes around. Birchbox is huge in the US and is now taking the UK and Europe by storm with it's stylish box containing 5 beauty products handpicked from guest stylists. 

How Much?

Birchbox is currently £10 + £2.95 P&P per month , which is a mid-range price for a top end box compared to other boxes on the market. The normal RRP price of the items is normally around £45 giving you great value.

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Overall Summary

Birchbox is the market leader for good reason, a great range of hair, nail and make-up products at an affordable price make Birchbox a really enjoyable experience.

Due to their success, Birchbox can now strike exclusive deals with some of the biggest high street brands, if you prefer small independent products then other boxes below may suit you, but for big name products and exclusive items you won't find on the high street,
go for Birchbox.


Glossy Box

​There is a lot of love and attention to detail in the Glossy Box, with over 300 beauty enthusiasts working across the world to bring you the most exciting new beauty products. You do get a real sense that the team behind it put their hearts and soul into the selections each month to ensure you get the best experience for your money.

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How Much?

Glossy Box includes 5 beauty essential products and is priced at £13.25 per month, which includes delivery.

Overall Summary

Glossy Box do a great job of including big name brands but also including exciting new niche products that you probably have never heard of. This makes this a great box to really discover new products. The limited edition boxes are extra special treat, with past box partners including Karren Millen, Harvey Nichols and recently NARS Cosmetics.

​Glossy Box are currently offering Subscription Radar readers 10% off your first box, simply use the code Radar10 at ​Glossy Box to claim your discount before it ends on the 30th September.


Look Fantastic Box

Look Fantastic have been a huge online beauty boutique since 1996 and have now launched a subscription box to deliver items from their range of over 14,000 products from 350 beauty brands.

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How Much?​

​The Look Fantastic Box is £15, which includes delivery. A good feature is that you can simply order a one-off box, without going back into your account to cancel, so good option to try a box.


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are also big on offers, so expect bonus coupons in your box plus Look Fantastic discount codes to use across their online store. 

Overall Summary

Expect upto 7 items across a good variety of hair, skin, nail and make-up products. As the subscription box is an off-shoot from their main e-commerce site, some of the personal touches are missing but it's certainly worth keeping an eye on their offers.


Love Lula - Natural Beauty Box

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​If you are looking for natural and organic beauty products then LoveLula is your best beauty box option. The team at LoveLula work tirelessly to ensure the products they select are pure, natural, organic and free from animal testing whist still being effective high performing beauty solutions.

How Much?

£12.50 which includes delivery, ​for 5-6 natural beauty products delivered in a well crafted presentation box.

Overall Summary

​Current fans of the award winning LoveLula online store have been delighted with the launch of this well priced subscription box, as it provides a great way to discover LoveLula's new products. The best option for ethically sourced, natural beauty products.


Love Me Beauty Box

So far all the boxes featured send out the same items to every member each month.

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Love Me Beauty is different in that you tell them your skin tone, hair type, hair colour and the types of products you prefer ie Nails, an in-house beautician will then be assigned to make tailored product recommendations for you based on your unique profile.

You then have the added flexibility to choose from these recommended products, or continue through to The Boutique to swap for your own choices.

Use Code : BEAUTY50 - To get 50% Off your first order.​

How Much?

Prices start from just £13.95 delivered,  which gets you 60 credits to spend on curating your own box. Receive a bonus 30 credits on your 3rd box, plus there's plenty of opportunities to earn extra credits for paying up-front or committing to a longer subscription.

Overall Summary

​Great for those who want a bit more control on what items you receive. The recommendations based on your profile make the experience a lot more personal, almost like having your own beautician. There is a little more time needed to login and play around with what items you want each month, but those who want this control then
Love Me Beauty is the box for you.


​Latest in Beauty - No Subscription

Even though you can cancel any of the above boxes at anytime​, it's worth mentioning Latest in Beauty , who offer a no subscription beauty box alternative. Simply build your own box from their huge range of discounted beauty samples and then receive vouchers to buy the full sized products if you like them.

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There are also pre-picked themed boxes available to buy as one-off boxes, which offer great value​ for £15 as they often contain well over £70 worth based on the RRP.


Beauty Boxes from the US​

The following beauty boxes are from the US but still ship to the UK. These offer some great products that aren't available in the UK, providing you don't mind the extra shipping time and estimated £10 delivery costs. Good for an extra special treat!

​Wantable

​Take the quick style quiz to tell Wantable what you love and what you don't, and their stylists will handpick 4-5 premium, full-sized makeup products that perfectly match your preferences.

Prices start from $40 (£27), which is a premium price but the products are all full sized and hand-picked to your styles. * UK shipping is only £5 extra.


​Meme Box

A funky box full of Korean beauty products with quirky themes like #beginwithskin and #togobox.

The Meme Box site is huge and full of interesting beauty products for those looking for something completely different.​

​Additional UK Beauty Boxes awaiting reviews : 

My Little Box : French based box, now shipping to UK for £15 per month delivered.
Cohorted : Luxury Beauty Boxes for £35
You Beauty Discovery : Beauty Discovery Box from just £6.95 per month

About the author

Ellie T

Singer in the Dreamettes Motown and Soul Band, Musical Performance Teacher for Schools & Youth Groups. Mother of 2, Wife of 1. Love Beauty Boxes and Fun stuff for the kids.