The 10 Best Beauty and Fashion Subscription Services You Haven't Tried Yet
Whether you're a beauty junkie, a fashion fanatic, or just in the mood to treat yourself, there's a niche subscription service that will ship you a little something special each month. Here are 10 worth trying. (After all, how nice would it be to get something in the mail besides bills?)
You are going to need a bigger mailbox. Subscription and rental services have made snail mail popular again; according to Entrepreneur.com, there were almost 7,000 subscription box companies in the world in 2018, around 70% based in the U.S., and the number of companies offering fashion and beauty boxes has only grown this past year. Subscription services can be a lifesaver to those who hate to go to the mall, don't know what to buy, or simply lack the time. With a few clicks, you can have a stylist offering wardrobe suggestions or even all-new makeup to freshen up your routine. While having so many options is wonderful for the sake of variety, we also understand that choosing the right one can feel almost as overwhelming as shopping itself—that's why we scoured through hundreds of companies and whittled the list down to 10 subscription boxes to suit your fashion and beauty needs. Signing up is easy. Patiently waiting for your first box to arrive is the hard part.
- Best for Affordable Designer Fashion: Rent The Runway Unlimited
- Best for Full-Size Beauty, Fashion, Home, and Wellness Products: Fab Fit Fun
- Best for a Personal Shopper Experience with the Ability to Return: Stitch Fix
- Best for Updating a Seasonal Wardrobe: Trunk Club
- Best for People Who Want to be Styled like a Celeb: Box of Style
- Best for a Customized Beauty Experience: Ipsy
- Best for Understated Wardrobe Staples: Frank And Oak
- Best for Perfume-Obsessed Individuals: Scentbird
- Best for People Who End Every Weekend with a Sheet Mask: Facetory
- Best for Trying New Beauty Products: Birchbox
Best for Affordable Designer Fashion
With a monthly plan, you will have access to a constantly rotating wardrobe consisting of brands like Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Tibi, and DVF. Swap the pieces out as many times as you want throughout the month.
Buy It: $69 per month, Rent the Runway
Best for Full-Size Beauty, Fashion, Home, and Wellness Products
If you prefer to receive a few full-size, expertly curated products spanning multiple categories (and don't mind being surprised!), this quarterly subscription service is a winner. Each season, an assortment of 8-10 full-size items a cozy scarf, trendy earrings, luxe beauty products, and yummy treats will arrive at your house to help you reset in style.
Buy It: $49.99 per quarter, FabFitFun
Best for a Personal Shopper Experience with the Ability to Return
Stitch Fix is not technically a subscription box but has a similar model. Once you fill out a 10-15 minute online quiz and pick a delivery date, one of the brand's stylists selects pieces that suit your style preferences and ships them straight to your home address. You can keep what you like or send back any rejects—a nice arrangement if you're on a budget or only want to hang onto an item or two. Designer Rebecca Minkoff recently released a collection with them, which is the brand’s first-ever size-inclusive capsule offering XXS-3X and 00-24W.
Best for Updating a Seasonal Wardrobe
Owned by Nordstrom, this styling service sends you a larger selection of clothes, shoes, and accessories than comparable ones (10-15 pieces versus 5) from brands that the department store carries: Vince, Theory, and Frame Denim, to name a few. You'll work with the same stylist month after month so you can ask questions, give feedback (before and after a box arrives on your doorstep), and build a relationship.
Best for People Who Want to be Styled like a Celeb
This box service, curated by celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, features a collection of luxurious fashion and beauty items to help you look and feel like a star. Included in each shipment is a list of styling tips courtsey of Ms. Zoe herself. Brands included in past boxes include Mara Hoffman, Alexis Bittar, and Marc Jacobs beauty.
Best for a Customized Beauty Experience
If you're looking for a very customized beauty box that takes into account not only your skin tone, hair, and eye color but also which types of products and color shades you regularly use, this is the subscription box for you. If green eyeshadow or a new facial cleanser isn't going to seamlessly integrate into your routine, you won't receive them. But if red lipsticks and volumizing hair products are on your wish list, expect to see them in your box. This month they have a partnership with Betty Boop, so limited edition products will be included in subscription boxes and also available to purchase online.
Buy It: $12 per month, Ipsy
Best for Understated Wardrobe Staples
Frank And Oak is a brand for women and men who prefer clothes that have minimal silhouettes, patterns, and colors. After filling out a profile, you will receive an email with a preview of picks for approval, eliminating any immediate edits. With the variety of well made, ethical, and affordable pieces (items range from $29-$149), you will slowly build a chic, sustainable wardrobe.
Best for Perfume-Obsessed Individuals
Can’t commit to just one fragrance yet don’t want a clutter of bottles (or the price tag that accompanies them)? Scentbird lets you choose from over 450 fragrances to get an 8 ml bottle each month. The site also sells full-size bottles just in case you end up loving a particular perfume.
Buy It: $14.95 per month, ScentBird
Best for People Who End Every Weekend with a Sheet Mask
If your Sundays are all about self-care, then you're probably already a big fan of sheet masks. Facetory has three kits to choose from depending on how much you'd like to spend a month. The plans are The Four-ever which sends you four Korean sheet masks, the Lux that sends you seven, and the Lux Plus gives you five or six products along with five or six sheets mask.
Buy It: From $8.90 per month, Facetory
Best for Trying New Beauty Products
Each month, Birchbox will send you five sample-size makeup, skincare, and hair products tailored to your preferences. Test out a mascara or face cream before committing to a full-sized bottle, stock up on travel-size goodies, or build up your beauty arsenal with a mix of familiar and new-to-you brands. Starting with the second shipment, you will have the ability to choose one of the five products included in your box, in case you read about a certain brand or trend you're dying to try. They also have a grooming box, from $10 per month, which is a great gift for all the men in your life.
Buy It: From $13 per month, Birchbox