Honest Reviews

Birchbox vs. Macy's Beauty Box


Save on Birchbox vs. Macy’s Beauty Box

I recently ordered and enjoyed quite a few beauty subscription boxes. I wanted to change-up my beauty routine and without spending too much time and money get some new trendy products that would be picked by experts.


I am not very good at shopping for makeup and skincare, so I definitely like to get a ton of stuff right to my doorstep.

Birchbox products

I have recently tried FabFitFun, GlossyBox, Macy’s Beauty Box, and Birchbox. Now if that doesn’t make me a bit of an expert on subscription boxes, I don’t know what would! Testing and trying new services like that is really beneficial because you can often find coupons for free first box or at least get them heavily discounted. I definitely enjoy saving whenever I can, so I gladly took an opportunity or two to do so.

Garden Perfume

Today I would like to talk about Birchbox and Macy’s Beauty Box. I love comparing those two because they are almost the same in terms of size, price, and offerings inside.

Rose Haire and Body Oil

Both Macy’s Box and Birchbox cost $15 on a month-to-month rate. Birchbox offers savings if signing up for a long-term service – 6 or 12 months. In that case each monthly box is only $12. Macy’s Beauty Box includes $10 coupon for any beauty purchase, which can be considered as $10 savings if you really spend it. I don’t like taking time and money for beauty needs, so the coupon wouldn’t be very useful for me.

Cream Beauty Capsules

Birchbox offered one free mystery box coupon for first time customers, which I gladly accepted, so I essentially I saved $15 by getting one extra free box. I totally agree with this type of savings, when I don’t have to spend money just to save a small percentage.

Now let’s examine each box closer, stating with Macy’s Beauty Box:

Maxys Beauty Box

  • The first thing I saw in the box was that $10 coupon with a personalized code.
  • Sparkling and shining silver cosmetics bag – a total bonus that other beauty subscriptions don’t do. I am using it as a holder for all the products I got in this box and for traveling.

Silver Cosmetics Bag

  • Makeup drop – full size silicone applicator with glitter inside. I know this product is very trendy now and every woman should have one, so now I do.
  • Pur Mineral Glow Skin Perfecting powder – this powder is medium shade to work for many complexions. It has a slight glow and is perfect for everyday wear or a party.

Beauty Supply

  • Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Serum – the little capsules contain liquid that can bring you your youth back. The container has enough for a few days if used in the morning and at night.
  • Girlactick Full Size 3-in-1 sparkle – this lipstick looks good and sparkly, but is so soft that the tip breaks off and requires a special sharpener to sharpen, so not very practical.


  • Grand Cosmetics Plumping Liquid Lipstick – I am not sure how much plumping does it do, but I do like the color.

GrandeLips Hydrating Lip Plumper

  • Carolina Herrera Good Girl Perfume – very refreshing smell that I could wear any time, but strong enough for a statement making.

EAU de Parfum

  • Paco Rabanne Invictus Legend – strong scent of geranium, laurel wood, and red amber.

See more Macy’s Promotions:

  • Up to 80% OFF Select Items
  • Free Shipping with $75 Purchase
  • Free Store Pickup

Pur Pur

I love the fact that Macy’s Beauty Box includes more items than Birchbox for the same price, and 3 of them were full size – the bag, the lipstick, and the makeup drop. Birchbox products were all small size. This means that Macy’s provides more value than Birchbox, making it a better buy money wise. But money is not always the bottom line for me. I also enjoy the luxurious products that Birchbox includes in its boxes, even if none of them are full size.

First Box with for Beauty at Birchbox

Let’s take a look at Birchbox:

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

  • Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray – it smells amazing and makes the hair textured, but not stiff. I also love knowing that full size costs over $60 – a valuable little sample.

Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara

  • Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara – this mascara works so well that I think it’s better than my Dior Show mascara for $30.

ModelCo More Brows Fibre Gel

  • ModelCo More Brows Fibre Gel – even though my eyebrows are permanently done with micro-shading, I still enjoyed trying this product and making my eyebrows a bit darker and more defined.

Travel size shampoo

  • Number 4 Lumiere d’hiver Clarifying Shampoo – I wash my hair every day and can definitely use any good quality shampoo I get my hands on.
  • Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream – the cream not only smells divine, but also calms the skin and evens out the tone.
  • Number 4 Lumiere d’hiver Reconstructing Masque – my hair can definitely use some rejuvenation after constant coloring.

Beauty Supplies

See more Birchbox Discounts:

  • Free Gift
  • 15% OFF Your Order
  • Free Extra Grooming Box

Makeup at Birchbox

While I like all Birchbox products, I wish they would come in regular sizes, at least some of them. But at the same time I don’t want to pay more, so this is how it is. If I had to pick one box over another I think I would have to go with Macy’s Beauty Box because they sent more items, some full size ones, and a $10 coupon. When it comes to the fanciness of products, Birchbox would probably win.