Why I Switched From Birchbox To Glossybox

I recently made the choice to cancel my Birchbox subscription after around 2 years of being a member. I chose to switch to Glossybox, arguably their biggest competitor, having seen lots of positive reviews and doing some of my own research. But which did I ultimately prefer, Birchbox or Glossybox? And why?

I see a lot of people, bloggers especially, writing about both of these subscription boxes, so I thought it might be useful if I weighed up the pros and cons and wrote honestly about what I think of both brands.

flatlay image of birchbox and its contents, and glossybox and it's contents

Birchbox vs Glossybox: Box Size and Items

Unsurprisingly, one of the main reasons I considered switching from Birchbox to Glossybox was the items you receive each month. Whilst generally I am happy with what I receive in my monthly Birchboxes, in recent months I was finding I wasn’t that excited by the products anymore. Perhaps it is because I had been a subscriber for so long, but I found the brands and products were getting a bit repetitive. I had also started to receive products that I would never use, or brands that I had told Birchbox via their beauty profile tool that I didn’t get on with.

I also found when doing my research on Glossybox that you get one more item per month, plus a much bigger box! I also checked out their product list and it excited me that I had not heard of a lot of the brands featured. The main reason I subscribe to any beauty subscription box is to explore new brands and products, so this was a big win for Glossybox.

Overall, Glossybox is larger and contains more items so this is a win for me on box size and items.

More For The Same Price?

I know, I couldn’t believe it either. Both Birchbox and Glossybox are priced at similar points. If I remember correctly, Birchbox is around £13 a month and Glossybox is £10, and yet Glossybox seems to have a lot more to offer their customers. Having spoken to a few Glossybox subscribers and reading some reviews of recent boxes, it was clear that the sample sizes you receive in Glossybox are much bigger than Birchbox. This is something I see as a frequent complaint from Birchbox customers, so I’m not surprised to see a competitor trying to capitalise on this!

Birchbox with pink floral design, in collaboration with Cath Kidson

I also noticed that you seem to receive more full-size items in Glossybox than Birchbox. This could be to do with the brands that these companies choose to work with, but it’s another win for Glossybox as full-size means more product for me to test and use and more for my money!

Birchbox vs Glossybox: My Personal Experiences

If you are a regular reader of the blog, you will know that I frequently review my Birchboxes. This has actually really helped me to document my ups and downs with the brand, as well as share any thoughts on individual products with you, in the hope of making your lives a little easier!

I will never forget being so disappointed by my September box that I actually wrote a complaint to Birchbox as well as very publicly sharing my review across a variety of their social media platforms. I very nearly cancelled my subscription there and then, but I thought I would give them a second chance to redeem themselves, which arguably they did. However, this continued to play on my mind and I did lose a bit of my faith in the brand at this point.

My First Impressions of Glossybox

Having received my first Glossybox, I definitely think I have made the right decision. The box itself is beautiful and a lot bigger than Birchbox and the design this month is giving me all sorts of mermaid vibes! The products themselves are a much better size than Birchbox, and include some names that I am familiar with as well as totally unknown brands. I received products ranging from hand cream to sun lotion to toothpaste! The key thing for me was that I had that excitement back as I was opening my Glossybox, and to me, the experience is equally as important as the products I receive.

blue mermaid design glossybox with makeup products displayed in flatlay style

November 2019 Update

To add a little update to this post, I have actually also now cancelled my Glossybox subscription. The main reason was the expense, but I also found that again, I was receiving the same types of products over and over again and not making full use of the samples.

Having subscribed to both Birchbox and Glossybox for over a year each, I would overall say that I prefer Glossybox. The items, on the whole, were a lot better suited to me, my requirements and my skill level with makeup (which is minimal) and it was a little bit cheaper than Birchbox too. Glossybox also seemed to include a few more non-beauty items than I remember Birchbox offering, such as speciality teas and the occassional chocolate bar which was also a nice addition as well.

Have you ever tried Glossybox or Birchbox? Which beauty subscription did you prefer? Let me know your thoughts on both brands in the comments!

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  1. ruthinrevolt says

    I don’t get either, but I’m glad you’ve switched and are happy with your decision! 🙂 I think the fun thing about getting subscription boxes is the anticipation of what might arrive, so if they were getting repetitive and you were bored, it doesn’t seem like a good use of your money. Love the honesty of your review 🙂

  2. BethRebecca says

    I really need to try glossybox! I’ve only ever tried birchbox and I only had it about 3 times before I lost interest

    Beth x

  3. Mykki says

    I still like Birchbox – I actually made the switch from Ipsy recently (and their Trans Day snafu!) and ended up really liking Birchbox. I get a lot more skincare items than makeup, which is exactly what I wanted and as I’m familiar with a lot of the brands I already know what will or won’t work for my skin type.

    Birchbox provides a lot of Korean brand samples too, which I adore.

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