Beauty subscription boxes are to us what magazine subscriptions were to our mums back in the day – except our little self-gifts don’t last very long because, dee-vour. In a very convenient arrangement, you can now expect a box filled with a batch of yummy beauty samples in the mail every month. The goal: to test-drive the latest beauty offerings, lest you get too accustomed to your regular regime, and where’s the fun in that? Sure, you don’t need to fork over a portion of your paycheck for these, but the way we see it, it’s a fun way to discover an assortment of new brands and products (some of them curated to your needs) that you never would’ve gotten to trying otherwise. Plus: first bragging rights. Sometimes, it’s nice to think inside the box!
And that’s why we thought we’d do the groundwork, and find you the absolute best beauty boxes in India that you can subscribe to. Pick what sounds good to you, and enjoy that surprise birthday gift feeling every month! You’re welcome.
In The Box: What’s cool about the MSM (My Style Mile) Box is that you get to choose from three options – there are pre-curated boxes, all with a mix of samples and full-sized products (there’s even a men’s box); you could build your own box by picking products from a wide variety; or shop a box according to your skin regime. Plus, their list of brands is quite impressive – Vichy, La Roche-Posay, L’Oréal, Neutrogena – there’s quite a bit to choose from. Best part: their MSM Diva box that’s makeup-only – oh, you’re going to want that.
Cost Per Month: Rs. 495 – Rs. 1495
MY ENVY BOX
In The Box: Benefit, Avène, Clinique, Innisfree, Givenchy, Balmaim Hair, Lancôme, L’Occitane, Sephora – if any of your favourite brands feature on this list, we bet you’ll love My Envy Box. With a variety of trial-sized beauty products from international luxury brands, you have an option to pick between subscriptions ranging from a month to a year – and with a fairly low nominal subscription rate, it’s pretty worth the buy, especially if you like trying new fragrances. They have a box for jewellery junkies also in here, by the way.
Cost Per Month: Rs. 850
In The Box: With a curated selection of 3-4 premium makeup and skincare products, from brands like Crabtree & Evelyn, Elizabeth Arden, Forest Essentials, Laneíge, and Victoria’s Secret, FabBag is total value for money. The bag is themed every month – the 'bag' is a different super cute pouch every time, by the way – and you also get discount coupons that you can use at the end of the month to buy full-sized products on the site of the stuff you liked. You’ll also have to fill out a beauty profile based on which your products will be customized. Bonus: They also have a men’s box which is a great gifting idea to keep in mind!
Cost Per Month: Rs. 599
THE NATURE’S CO. BEAUTY WISH BOX
In The Box: If you’re a fan of organic beauty, this is your guy. The Nature’s Co. makes some great natural and vegan beauty products, and you get to try their latest offerings every month in 5 deluxe sized and 1 full sized product in their Beauty Wish Box that has a different theme every month. Your subscription also includes cool vouchers from other brands.
Cost Per Month: Rs. 595