The 10 best Beauty Boxes in the UK

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Beauty boxes have taken the world by storm in recent years, but this shouldn’t come as a surprise, because, after all, what’s better than receiving post with the newest beauty products? The concept is a really simple one — you subscribe to one or more beauty boxes and have monthly beauty treats delivered straight to your door.

Some beauty boxes focus on new skincare brands, while others are more suitable for those who want to play around with the latest makeup products. No matter which type of beauty box you’re signing up for, the excitement of getting the newest beauty haul delivered directly to you every month is second to none.

Since 2013, we have reviewed hundreds of beauty boxes on our website. Whether you’re beauty-obsessed or are yet to try a beauty box, have a look at our well-researched top of 10 beauty boxes in the UK to decide which ones are worth signing up to.

The best Beauty Boxes:

#1: Glossybox
#2: Lookfantastic
#3: Birchbox
#4: The PIP Box
#5: Latest in Beauty
#6: Secret Scent Box
#7: The Vegan Kind Beauty Box
#8: Cohorted
#9: Mintd
#10: Nomakenolife

1. Glossybox

Glossybox : one of the best beauty Box in the UK

One of the few beauty boxes out there to offer full-sized products, Glossybox sports an instantly recognisable pink packaging and is chock-full with products from beloved brands. You get five products every month, and previous brands included featured Elemis, Nails Inc, and Clarins. When you subscribe, you receive a combination of skincare, haircare, and makeup products that are all tailored for you.

The total value of the products is over £50, and subscription prices start from £8.50/ month if you sign up for a 12-month plan. You can also choose to pay upfront for 3, 6, or 12 months. We totally like the cute description cards that come inside the box so you always know exactly what a product is and what it does.

 

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2. Lookfantastic

Subscribers to the Lookfantastic beauty box receive six products worth up to £50 every month, and we love the beautiful packaging of this box. The brands included every month range from cult favourites to niche picks that are likely to surprise you. Some of the brands that were previously shipped in the Lookfantastic box included Ren, Eve Lom, and Aromatherapy Associates.

Besides six surprise products, you also get the Edit magazine with the Lookfantastic subscription box, which is filled with beauty tips, as well as the latest issue of Elle magazine. Subscriptions start from £13 a month, and we think this beauty box doesn’t disappoint.

 

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3. Birchbox

A beauty box that has been featured in all respectable magazines, including Grazia, Cosmopolitan, and Women’s Health, Birchbox is one of the most established choices on the market. It was founded by Katia and Hayley back in 2010, who wanted to make it possible to try out new beauty products every month without breaking the bank.

You get five beauty treats every month when you subscribe to Birchbox, and all of them are specifically tailored to your hair, skin, and style. Students get 50% off the first box, and prices start at £10 a month. On the Birchbox website, you can have a peek at the last months’ boxes to get an idea of what you can expect when you decide to sign up. You should also keep your eyes peeled for discounts offered to new subscribers that often pop on the website.

 

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4. The PIP Box

Starting from £13.5 a month, The PIP Box is one of the best choices out there if you want your beauty products to be cruelty-free. None of the products delivered in this beauty box are tested on animals, and what’s even better, they are all vegan. The PIP Box brings you a mix of travel-sized and full-sized treats from well-known and niche brands.

You can expect stuff like moisturisers, oils, cleansers and lip balms in your PIP boxes, with the total value of the products you receive monthly being over £55. We love that The PIP Box does its part when it comes to propelling the vegan beauty industry forwards, as 50p from every box goes to Animal Free Research UK.

 

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5. Latest in Beauty

Latest in Beauty is one of the beauty boxes that offers you the option to select how many products you want to receive every month. You can start from three products for a £9 monthly subscription or go wild and receive nine favourite products for £18 per month.

The three-tier subscription service, which includes the Beauty Novice, beauty Enthusiast, and Beauty Guru plans, offers completely tailored and personalised boxes. Before becoming a member, you can create a profile and let the team know your beauty preferences. All plans come with free delivery, and you can also purchase the boxes separately if you want to try them before committing to a subscription plan.

 

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6. Secret Scent Box

This is one for fragrance lovers, and we think it’s an excellent way to discover new scents. Available for both men and women, Secret Scent Box provides you with a 30-day supply of three travel-size fragrances delivered through the letterbox every month.

In the box, you get 3 x 3ml fragrance sprays, which contain enough fragrance to last your 30 days. Because the fragrances are delivered in letterbox friendly packaging, you don’t have to be in to receive them. You get at least one new brand name or designer with each delivery, which we think is ideal for perfume aficionados who want to be able to try the newest fragrance trends.

 

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7. The Vegan Kind Beauty Box

Part of the Vegan Kind selection of vegan boxes, The Vegan Kind Beauty Box offers you access to cruelty-free, eco-friendly beauty products that are tailored to suit your personal needs. From perfume and moisturiser to lip balms and cleansing oils, you’re going to be pampered every two months when you subscribe. The Vegan Kind Beauty Box guarantees you won’t receive the same product twice, and you can choose to pay per box or subscribe and make a single yearly payment.

The Vegan Kind Beauty Box is ideal for those who are looking to switch to cruelty-free beauty products and for those who are already using them exclusively. The company donates to Animal Free Research UK every month on your behalf.

 

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8. Cohorted

The beauty box by Cohorted was launched in 2016 and it offers curated premium beauty experiences that are also sustainable. The company has had their Luxury Beauty Box featured in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Grazia, The Independent, and Glamour, and is one of the few beauty boxes we reviewed that ships internationally.

Cohorted offers a beauty box that is a bit more expensive than some of the others we reviewed, but the good news is, that it is packed full with must-have beauty items from cult brands, all packaged in an elegant all-black exterior. The entire Cohorted experience, from packaging to the products and comprehensive advice it includes, is indeed a premium one. Subscribers also receive a free gift when they sign up.

 

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9. Mintd

Mintd is another premium beauty box that allows you to choose between a monthly or bi-monthly subscription. As with most other beauty boxes, you can create a personalised beauty profile in order to be able to receive the right products. The box includes everything from skincare and haircare to body care and nails. As this is a luxury beauty box, it has a higher price point than others, starting at £65 per month on a monthly subscription.

In the box, you’ll find four or five full-sized deluxe products whose value often goes over £135. You get free deliver no matter what type of subscription you decide to go for, and you can prepay for 3, 6 or 12 months or opt for monthly/bi-monthly plans.

 

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10. Nomakenolife

The ideal choice for those who are all about Japanese and Korean makeup, Nomakenolife offers beauty boxes. That ship directly from Tokyo, offering you a selection of eight to nine genuine Japanese and Korean beauty products every month.

Some of the items that you can expect to find in your beauty box every month include makeup items such as lipsticks and blushes, skincare from the likes of Innisfree The Face Shop, and Hada Labo, hair care products as well as some of the most popular Korean masks and tools and accessories to enhance your beauty routine.

You can choose from multiple subscription plans, with the 12-month subscription starting at $31.5/month. Another perk of subscribing to Nomakenolife is that you automatically become part of the Nomakenolife community, which is a great place to socialise with other Asian makeup lovers.

 

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Summary

Beauty boxes provide makeup and skincare lovers with the opportunity to test the latest products from cult and niche brands without even leaving the house. We love the element of surprise these boxes bring every month, as you never know what you’re going to get.

Which beauty box is best for you depends on the exact type of items you’re looking for. The good news is that whether you are looking for a sustainable, cruelty-free box or a niche one that only delivered Japanese and Korean products, there’s an option out there to suit your preferences.

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