Battle of the Beauty Boxes: Glossybox | Birchbox | Look Fantastic

 

Glossybox Birchbox Look Fantastic

 

Month after month my most read post is “Birchbox Vs. Glossybox Vs. Latest In Beauty – Which is Best?” and it’s also one of my oldest, so I thought it was high time I updated it.

The first big difference between my original post and this one, is I’ve swapped out Latest in Beauty for Look Fantastic.  Please correct me if I’m wrong but I feel Latest in Beauty has fallen from its once pedestal since the arrival of stronger and better competition.  Look Fantastic has firmly cemented itself as a box dominating the market and is certainly vying for that coveted “best beauty box” title.

Instead of going through the contents of each box product by product, I’m going to write a brief overview of each, touching on packaging, contents and value for money, before coming to a final decision who gets crowned “best beauty box”!  The reason for this is these are all last month’s (August) boxes, so discussing if the products are fabulous or not, will most likely have no relevance if you’re thinking of signing up for September’s box.  Secondly, there are an array of great blogs and websites out there which already do that, such as All Subscription Boxes, where I use to be a contributor and I know how comprehensive their reviews are so would happily recommend them as a great resource.

 

Glossybox

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Glossybox Birchbox Look Fantastic

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Packaging 

Glossybox tends to keep their packaging boxes the same month after month.  Thankfully they are very pretty and make for adorable storage boxes.  If you’re a true girly girl this powder pink box is impossible to resist!

Contents

Glossybox has managed to stand the test of time and August’s box marked their impressive 5 year anniversary.  I tend to find they specialise in more interesting products, so don’t expect purely beauty in a Glossybox!  Most months include some sort of beauty tool such as a makeup brush, beauty sponge or detangling hairbrush.  This makes Glossybox far more unique in its contents than some its counterparts.

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Glossybox Birchbox Look Fantastic

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On the flip, I side I feel their brands are less high end or well known.  Brands they work with include Hawaiian Tropics, Revlon, Aussie Hair and MUA.

I thought the addition of the adorable canvas makeup bag in August’s box was lovely.  However, it is worth noting the inclusion of it was at the cost of another product, whereas Birchbox always provides a small cosmetic pouch as an added extra and not as an alternative.

Value for Money

Glossybox has a fairly comprehensive offering of subscriptions, ranging from 1 month to 12 months and the longer you sign up for the less you pay per box.  Glossybox and Birchbox cost the exact same on a month per month basis but do vary slightly by a couple of pounds if you opt for a longer time period.

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Birchbox

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Glossybox Birchbox Look Fantastic

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Packaging

The August Birchbox box is a classic example of what they do best.  Each month Birchbox has a different theme and always comes up with something unique and surprising.  In August Birchbox had a serious makeover and became a Birchbag!  The Birchbag, was made out of scuba material and followed its theme, “Dive In”, to a T.  It’s fun quirks like these that keep Birchbox fan hooked.

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Glossybox Birchbox Look Fantastic

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Contents

Birchbox is a big player in the beauty box market so they certainly have access to some of the best and higher end brands.  You can expect the likes on Caudalie, Laura Mercier, Rituals and Beauty Blender to name but a few.  Contents vary across the box from makeup, skincare, haircare and bodycare, so there’s a wide variety.

The thing I like the most about Birchbox is the, “a little extra”.  This usually is more lifestyle related than beauty and can range from an exert from a book to yummy snacks or generous discount codes.

Value for Money

Birchbox has 3 offerings, a monthly, half annually or yearly option.  Personally, I don’t think the financial benefit of signing up to the 6 months subscription is at all worth it.  All you get is free shipping on your first box, saving yourself £2.95.  If you opt for the annual option, it comes to £100 (plus p&p) which means you receive the equivalent of two free boxes.

The one great plus about Birchbox is you can really tailor your boxes when you initially sign up, as there’s a detailed questionnaire which gives you the option to prioritise or opt out of certain product types.  At least if you do splurge on a whole year you’re safer in the knowledge that you’re more likely to receive products suited to you.

 

Look Fantastic

 

Glossybox Birchbox Look Fantastic

 

Packaging

There isn’t a huge amount to say about the Look Fantastic boxes, other then they are very big!  Much bigger then Glossybox or Birchbox.  Depending on your outlook, it’s either a good thing because you can store far more in them or a total waste of packaging as the products are often swimming in all that space.

Contents

Look Fantastic is unlike other beauty subscription services as it began as an online beauty boutique before launching a beauty box.  It’s definitely evident being a leader in the online beauty market provides them access to the pick of the crop in terms of contents for their boxes.  The brands included are always strong, samples sizes are generous and you get a bigger selection of products.

My experience with Look Fantastic is it’s a skincare based box.  Personally, I’m a big fan of that, I prefer to receive that over makeup, as I nearly always get the wrong shade or a colour I would NEVER wear!  Also, it’s great to get the opportunity to road test skincare for a week or so before splurging on the full size.

 

Glossybox Birchbox Look Fantastic

 

Not every month but on some months they also throw in an Elle magazine which I think is a huge bonus and if I’m honest one of my favourite features about Look Fantastic.

Value for Money

With Look Fantastic’s boxes you do pay extra for the quality and quantity.  Boxes are £15 on a monthly subscription basis and like the other two boxes, the individual cost decreases the more months you commit to.  Although, unlike the other two boxes, the savings are much more considerable and worthwhile.

 

Conclusion

When I did this post two years ago I struggled to pick an overall winner and there was a neck and neck tie (click HERE to find out who it was between).  This time around I have no doubt who’s top in the battle of the beauty boxes.  They win by a mile based on the quality of their brands, the quantity products and the generous sample sizes.  The crown, without a shadow of a doubt, goes to Look Fantastic.

Let me know which is your favourite beauty box is and why.  I would definitely be interested to hear about some more unusual ones, after all the world of beauty box subscriptions is a vast one and I’m sure there are loads out there I’ve never heard of!

 

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    • thatnewd September 23, 2016 / 11:55 pm

      Haha, right!? Although Look Fantastic was a hands down winner for me! xx

    • thatnewd September 23, 2016 / 11:57 pm

      Thank you xx

  1. Ivi September 20, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    I love beauty boxes! I get the glossybox every month since years and I am very happy. I have an old monthly subscription so I am paying almost nothing for the box. Other than in UK Glossybox in Austria has almost every month a new packaging, they are all sooo pretty! xoxo

    http://www.naomella.com

    • thatnewd September 23, 2016 / 11:58 pm

      Oh my goodness you lucky thing! That’s interesting that they change the packaging up more with Glossybox Austria xx

  2. Ashley September 20, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    Oooh, I haven’t tried ANY of these boxes (because I live under a rock, apparently), but I want to give Look Fantastic a shot!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 12:06 am

      Haha!! If you can get Look Fantastic in the US I definitely recommend it! xx

  3. Amy September 20, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    This is so helpful! I got to try GlossyBox for free briefly and loved it. I’m not much of a beauty person, so I don’t know enough about the rest to ever make a subscription decision.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 12:06 am

      It’s always fun to try them out for a bit. I love getting the chance to try some new products xx

  4. Carmen September 20, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    Oh I love the style of this box! And of course the products of it sound great. I would love to try out this body scrub 🙂
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 12:07 am

      Thanks hun, although honestly I didn’t rate the body scrub that much. There are so many better ones out there (Jo Malone or Rituals are my fave!) xx

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 12:07 am

      Aww thanks hunny xx

  5. Vanessa September 20, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    Wonderful products. ^^
    Lovely greets Nessa

    • thatnewd September 27, 2016 / 8:39 pm

      Thank you sweetie xx

  6. Allie Mackin September 20, 2016 / 11:12 pm

    Hey this was a great review and comparison of these boxes. I have yet to do one except Rocks Box put your post made it more tempting

    Allie of
    http://www.allienyc.com

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 12:30 am

      Haha good, I hope it’s helped you figure out which beauty box suits you best hun xx

  7. Emily September 20, 2016 / 11:37 pm

    I like the Birchbox the best I think in this review! I actually like that it just comes with the same packaging. I always wonder what people will do with all those makeup bags the products come in every month. You’d have a million makeup bags! lol. Ipsy does that with a different bag every month too. I really like Boxycharm. I think they are my fav! Great review of these. 🙂

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 12:30 am

      We don’t have Ipsy of Boxycharm in the UK, I wish we did though! So happy you liked the review hunny xx

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 12:31 am

      Yes do, I think it’s in the US. I just love the pretty pink Glossyboxes! xx

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 12:31 am

      Thanks hun xx

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 12:32 am

      Haha you should give one a go. It’s s nice little treat! xx

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 12:32 am

      Thank you sweetie xx

  8. Gelleesh September 21, 2016 / 8:49 am

    I’ve always wanted to subscribe to the local beauty boxes here in the Philippines, but the thought of receiving products which I may not be interested or would like in the first place kind of scares me. I hate wasting money. Maybe I’ll try it for like 6 months then assess if I’d want to continue after that. 🙂

    xoxo,
    Gelleesh.com

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 12:33 am

      I totally understand that but then it’s so worth it when you discover one amazing product you would never have discovered normally. Even just try ordering one and see if you like it before you commit to a full subscription xx

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 12:33 am

      Thanks dollxx

  9. Rosanna September 21, 2016 / 11:18 am

    Love the look of these!
    Have a lovely day 🙂
    Rosanna x

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 12:33 am

      Thank you so much sweetie xx

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 12:34 am

      Yea, they’re pretty great and full of lovely things to try! xx

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 12:34 am

      Thanks girl!! xx

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 12:35 am

      I’m kinda in love with the neoprene bag too! It’s the perfect makeup bag! xx

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 12:35 am

      Thanks xx

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 12:35 am

      So glad you liked the review hun! Thank you for the lovely comment xx

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 12:00 pm

      It’s definitely a fun concept and a nice little monthly treat xx

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 12:00 pm

      That’s so interesting that we agree on Look Fantastic! xx

  10. Alina Bostan September 21, 2016 / 5:35 pm

    I’ve tried a couple of boxes from Look Fantastic before as a one off purchase and whilst I agree that they have some fab products and brands to try out… I soon realised beauty boxes are not for me as I end up with too many samples that never get used up x

    Beauty with charm

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 11:59 am

      Haha I understand that, I tend to use mine once but occasionally I find a holy grail product and it’s totally worth it! xx

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 11:58 am

      There were definitely some great products included!! xx

  11. Jalisa September 21, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    This is such a great, informative post, girl! With so many beauty boxes to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming to narrow it down to the one that’s most suitable for what you’re looking for. This post provided some great insight in narrowing it down and selecting one that’s ideal for each person, Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having a great day so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 11:57 am

      I totally agree, the market is so saturated with different boxes now. So glad you found the post useful! xx

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 11:53 am

      Thank you sweetie xx

  12. Naomi in Wonderland September 22, 2016 / 8:39 am

    I loved this article! To be honest, I’ve never really tried any type of “beauty box” before, I’ve been meaning to but then I realized I’m far too picky when it comes to products I rather spend money on things I know I’ll love but I still like the general idea behind it.

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 11:55 am

      I understand that. Personally I love having to try loads of new products. I’m a bit of a beauty product fiend so always keen to try something new! xx

  13. Christina September 22, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    Your flatlays are so pretty! I’ve actually never heard of the Look Fantastic box but it sounds great. I might have to check it out!

    Best,
    Christina

    Looks by Lau

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 11:56 am

      It’s definitely a good one and would highly recommend! xx

    • thatnewd September 24, 2016 / 11:56 am

      Thanks hun xx

  14. Dadie Bradshaw September 24, 2016 / 8:44 am

    Love these box!

    Kisses, DadieB. ~
    dadiebradshaw.com

    • thatnewd September 27, 2016 / 9:01 pm

      Aww thanks xx

    • thatnewd September 27, 2016 / 9:28 pm

      Definitely worth trying Look Fantastic’s box doll!

  15. Matlab October 3, 2016 / 5:51 am

    Nice collections.

    • thatnewd October 3, 2016 / 8:21 pm

      Thank you! xx

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