Birchbox June 2016 Reveal and Review


No less than five different June beauty boxes arrived for me today, and so I am working through my reveals and thoughts one by one! Read on to find out more about the contents of the June 2016 Birchbox.
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Birchbox costs £10 per month for the month to month option, with discounts available for longer term subscriptions. Click the link above to sign up or find out more. This month the packaging has changed slightly too, and now the box is a drawer… I love this, and it’ll be much more practical for storage.

Here’s what was in the June 2016 UK edition Birchbox.

Absolution Le Nettoyant Purete (Gel Cleanser)


This is a very small (15ml) sample of Le Nettoyant gel cleanser by Absolution, designed to cleanse the skin thoroughly without drying it. The full size version of this is 150ml and costs £26, giving this sample a value of £2.60.

Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion


Another sample-sized product at 50ml, this tube is a body lotion for daily use, with a subtle self tanning effect that has absolutely no funny smell and claims to be transfer-free. The full sized version is 200ml and costs £15, giving this sample a value of £3.75.

POP Beauty Peach Parfait Eyeshadow Trio


As you can see, this small eyeshadow trio didn’t survive the post, but it was at least shrink wrapped in its own cellophane and so did not ruin the rest of the box!

These trio’s are not available to buy in this format, instead coming as part of a ten-piece palette that costs £15.50, making these three shades worth about £4.65. I cannot say anything else about this item really, as it arrived like this!

Percy and Reed Reassuringly Firm Session Hairspray


Sticking with the sample-sized items, the fourth product in the June Birchbox was this 50ml aerosol hairspray, which is humidity-resistant and designed to last all day. A full sized can is 250ml at £12, making this sample worth £2.40.

Jelly Pong Pong Paradise Pigment in Fig Jam


The only full-sized product in this month’s Birchbox was this little pot of lip and cheek pigment, with an RRP. of £17.95. I received the shade “Fig Jam,” and the alternate option that some subscribers received was “Cake Pop.”

As you can see from the above image, this product is mainly packaging-look how thick the plastic of the tub is-the actual amount of product is just 4g.

My Verdict

The total value of the June Birchbox (UK) is £31.35, which is not one of their best value boxes and honestly, I find it hard to ascribe much value at all to very small sample-sized items.

The only full-sized item in the box was the Jelly Pong Pong pigment which was tiny too, and I find it hard to see the merit of the retail price of this product.

Jelly Pong Pong and its sister brand So Susan turn up in at least a couple of beauty boxes every month, to the point that I have started to think of them as a beauty box brand and wonder if they ever actually sell anything! The cost of providing so much stock for beauty boxes without a direct return must surely figure into their pricing model, and I generally find their items to be smaller than expected, and more expensive than the value I perceive them to be.

I suspect that the POP eyeshadows might have been my favourite item this month if they had arrived usable-but they were well wrapped in bubble wrap within the box, so I don’t think this was a Birchbox issue, but just one of those things!

Once again this month the Birchbox has not really wowed me and I have found the June Glossybox (also received today) much better, although I am loving the new drawer-style box and hope they keep doing this for the coming months!

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