3: Review | Target Beauty Box


I used to subscribe to Birchbox and enjoyed the $10 monthly treat for a while, but I stopped the subscription sometime last year because my bathroom was overflowing with sample-sized beauty products that I wasn’t able to use up fast enough.

Target has come out with a similar sample-box for beauty items a while ago, but other than Birchbox, it wasn’t a subscription-based service. They’d curate a box, make it available at the beginning of spring or fall and when it was sold out, it was sold out.

I had my eye on a Target Beauty Box for a long while now, but the last few times it was made available, it was sold out so fast that I never was able to get my hands on one of them. There was no way to sign up for it or get on a wait list. The only option was to keep checking for a new box to come out and try to be fast enough to order one before they were all snagged up again.

A few weeks ago, I got lucky! I learned (via Twitter) of the new box on the morning it was going on sale and was able to place an order. I ordered with my RedCard (which has a built-in 5% savings plus free shipping) which brought the price of the box down to $4.95 and then applied $5 gift card, which meant I practically spent $0 on this box. Isn’t that nice! For a box that is valued at $19, I think that’s a pretty good deal (even though earlier boxes have had even higher price:value ratios).


So here’s what was in the box (*calculated value of the samples in parenthesis):

Curls Creme Brule Whipped Curl Creme (Sample Size 2 oz $2.75) regular 8 oz $10.99

Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner (Sample Size 2 oz $2.25) regular 8 oz. $8.99

Shea Moisture Strengthen, Grow & Restore Styling Lotion (Sample Size 3.2 oz $4.40) regular 8 oz $10.99

Aquaphor Healing Ointment (Sample Size 0.25 oz $.50) regular 3.5 oz $6.99

Colgate Optic White Express White Toothpaste (Sample Size 0.75 oz $1.00) regular 3 oz $3.99

Dove Quench Absolute Creme Serum (FULL SIZE! 3.3 oz Value $5.99)

Total (actual calculated) value: $16.89. Paid: $0.00 ( $4.95 with Target RedCard discount paid with a $5 promo gift card).

Overall, I am pretty happy with this box. I do like all the products that were in there, although they were a little hair product heavy and there are two products for curly hair and I really don’t have thick, curly hair, but my hair is a little bit on the wavy side when I don’t blow-dry and straighten it, so maybe I can still get some use out of these products (hoping they won’t wear down my fine hair too much).

There also was a Target “$3 off any beauty purchase $15 or more” coupon in the box that I will most definitely use!

For $5, I’m planning to definitely order this box again.

  1. I’ve always wondered about the Target box! I had to quit Birchbox too due to sample over load. I eventually sorted through all the excess and purged what I didn’t want and gave away to the seniors. They loved it!

    1. I definitely had sample overload… and I think I might switch to planner subscription boxes for a while ;)

  2. I’ve never signed up for one of those types of beauty boxes only because I really wouldn’t be able to use it all up that fast. Plus I don’t use many beauty products to begin with. I will say though I love aquaphor for my lips, especially in the winter. It helps keep them from getting chapped.

    I wish there was a photography type of monthly or quarterly box. Now that would be amazing!

    1. Oh, a photography-type subscription box would be awesome!! Somebody needs to get on that ASAP!

  3. Haha I never know these are out until they are gone. Maybe in Spring….

    1. I’ll let you know when I see a new box coming out… ;)

  4. I’ve long wanted to try this one but never know how to get it. Seems to always be sold out!

    1. I know! I felt the same way… I just got lucky last time. I’ll try and let you know when I see a new box announced!

  5. I didn’t even know Target had this! Sounds like such a good deal. I want to try it, but it sounds high in demand! :(

    1. Yeah, they’re hard to get your hands on… but I’ll try to let you know when I see that a new box is going to come out.

  6. Oh I’m glad you liked this one, those products look good and I’m always in the market for new hair products, ha. Hopefully I can snag a future box.

    1. I hope you can snag up a future box, too! :)

  7. I’m not a huge fan of beauty boxes for me personally because I don’t feel like I would use the products enough, but the Target box seems like something I’d love to try! I just wish it was more accessible.

    1. I was definitely intrigued by the Target Box because it has more “drugstore products” and is therefore less expensive than other beauty boxes!

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