Best beauty boxes: our pick of the best beauty subscription boxes

Whether it is untwisting a new lipstick or the feel of a brand new brush, the satisfaction of opening an un-touched piece of make-up is hard to match.

So what if we told you that you could enjoy that feeling every single month? Plus, if your inner child jumps out every time anyone reveals they have a surprise for you, re-create the buzz for yourself!

If you haven’t already invested in a monthly beauty box, there is no better time to start than now. Subscription boxes are a great way to treat yourself to a surprise you know you’ll love every month – because you can never have too many beauty products – right?

And if you’ve got a family member, friend or loved-one who is obsessed with all things beauty, beauty subscription boxes make great gifts! Many of the boxes below have flexible subscriptions ranging from one to 12 months.

Depending on how much you can afford or how generous you are feeling, you could get a gift that keeps on giving. It is also a great way to spread the cost of present buying.

Best Beauty Boxes: Which one will you choose?

The Pretty Iconic beauty box by Reading in Heels

This one-off treasure trove of gorgeous beauty goodies has been created by Reading in Heels, to celebrate the paperback publication of Sali Hughes’ ever-stylish book; Pretty Iconic. 

Full of the beauty favourites Sali references in the book, the box is a little pricer, at £85. But it includes over £250 worth of full-sized and travel-sized luxury buys, as well as copy of the book – so we reckon it’s totally worth treating yourself. With vintage treats such an Elizabeth Arden’s Eight-Hour Cream, and newer favourites like Ms. Markle’s blush of choice, Nars’ Orgasm, it’s the beauty hamper that covers all bases.

“The point of Pretty Iconic is not to talk about the best, it’s to talk of the most important, resonant, nostalgic and game changing. Time can’t rob them of what they meant to me, the public, and the beauty world at large” said Sali.

Marks & Spencer beauty box

This one slightly bends the rules a little, as it’s not a subscription box as such. But it’s so good, we couldn’t not include it!

Marks & Spencer have launched a brand new beauty box, offering a huge 16 products – including everything from beauty bits to skincare heroes.

The box is worth a huge £135, but amazingly, M&S are offering the summery box for just £15, when you spend £40 or more on any home, fashion or other beauty buy. Practically a bargain!

So what do you get for your money? Marks & Spencer is renowned for stocking a range of quality make-up brands, and this box certainly delivers. Customers can look forward to some handy Nuxe after-sun, a Leighton Denny nail polish, Ren body wash, Origins gel moisturiser, mascara, some Eos lip balms, a Percy & Reed fragrance mist, and some hair spray.

Also on offer is a Prai throat & décolletage crème, an Ultrasun lip balm, Philip Kingsley conditioning treatment, Autograph Eua du Parfum, This Works pillow spray, an Autograph lipstick and make-up bag, and M&S’s much-loved Forumula Ultimate Sleep Cream.

Find out more at Marks & Spencer

W&H’s exclusive Powder beauty box

If you’re looking for a subscription box to perk up your month, every month – look no further than our exclusive Woman & Home Powder Beauty drawer, with 14 fabulous products hand-selected by our beauty editor, Fiona McKim, and the beauty experts over at Powder.

The exciting subscription box includes something for everyone – from innovative and indulgent skin-care products, to luxurious hair-care treats.

But best of all, the box also makes for a savvy saving for all customers. It’s available for just £45, but the entire contents of the products comes to a huge £165 – what a bargain!

So whether you’re looking to try a new product, or want to sample the best of the best chosen by industry insiders, don’t delay in signing up for a box of your very own.

Beauty Pie

A box of high-end – and often innovative – skincare and make-up goodies each month is a tough treat to miss, but it’s a little tricky to get your head around the Beauty Pie concept.

By removing the middleman and selling products direct from the factory, Beauty Pie can charge just £4.75 for an “unbranded” foundation while a luxury label may charge £30 for the same product. Each of the products is panel-tested by make-up artists, product developers and a sourcing team to bring the best in cosmetics and skincare.

Essentially, you pay £10 each month and then select your products before ordering, but you don’t need to spend the full amount each month; instead you can roll it over.

For their £10 subscription box, our tester tried Beauty Pie’s Fantasticolour Eye Crayon, £3.37 (the rich colour went on beautifully and stayed on all day), and a Super Eye Energy Peptide Infusion Cream, £6.38, which was light and non-greasy.

Find out more at Beauty Pie

Powder Beauty Box

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These beauty boxes gets you five full-size products every month. The products vary from nail and hair products to body and face creams or cosmetics. Powder offers an impressive collection of brands, such as Nails Inc, The Organic Pharmacy and Ciaté.

Subscription boxes start from £15 but if you commit to six months or more the price drops. Look out for Powder’s special collaboration with Nars too, which includes seven luxury, limited edition NARS products.

Find out more at Powder

Lookfantastic Beauty Box

Lookfantastic was founded in 1996 and is the original online British beauty boutique. With these beauty boxes you get the chance to try products from any one of Lookfantastic’s 350 brands across hair, make up, skin care, nails and much more.

You can subscribe for one, three, six or 12 months and prices start from £13 a month. There are 6 items included in the subscription boxes and the product worth is guaranteed to be £50. Featured brands include Molton Brown, Balance Me and REN.

Find out more at Lookfantastic 

Glossybox Beauty Box

The Glossybox is one of the cheapest monthly subscription boxes available, with prices starting from just £10. However, you do have to pay for postage which is free with other providers.

Each month you’ll get five products with at least two full-size. Brands include Clarins, MUA and other up-and-coming cosmetics newbies.

Find out more at Glossybox

Friction Free Shaving Beauty Box

Although this box is a little more niche we still think it is a great subscription to buy into. Friction Free is the first razor delivery service and it means that you’ll never have to worry about a blunt, over-used razor ever again!

Prices start from just £5 with free postage and will get you a razor plus four refill blades a month.

Find out more at Friction Free Shaving

Mintd Beauty Box

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This is one of the more premium beauty boxes available but it very tempting. You can subscribe monthly or bi-monthly and receive four to five luxury beauty products.

From Neom candles to Aromatherapy Associates bath oils, this box is full of all your favourite premium names.

The Mintd subscription boxes cost £65 so it would be a more extravagant gift for yourself every month. We are sure you are worth it…

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Love Me Beauty Box

The Love Me Beauty Box is a little different to others out there because you get to hand pick what items you would like. This is great if you already know what products and brands work for you and want a way to buy them with a discount. With these beauty boxes you hand select the products you would like.

Prices start from £10 a month or less if you subscribe for more months upfront.

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The Pip Box

These subscription boxes stand out as they are full of 100 per cent cruelty free and vegan friendly products. Prices start from £13.50 and will get you five beauty treats a month.

The story behind the name of this box is also super sweet. It is named after the founder’s dog Pippa, who was the inspiration for the beauty boxes being totally cruelty free.

50p from every box is also donated to an animal friendly charity, so this box really will make you feel like you are playing your part in the cruelty free movement.

Find out more at The Pip Box

The Powman Box

There’s no reason why he shouldn’t get in on the beauty box action! Whether you’re signing up your husband or son, any man who likes to stay well groomed will appreciate this thoughful gift.

For £40 a month, there are 11 products on offer with a total value of £160.

Find out more at Powder

So which one are you tempted by? We kind of want them all…

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