Canada’s Beauty Box Subscription Services - Comparison for May 2012

by - June 03, 2012

Now that I have received all four of my subscription boxes for May, I decided to do another comparison chart.
This comparison is done on what I received. I know there were variations with some of the boxes, most notably Luxe Box. This is just to give people an idea of what samples were offered in May.

The May Subscriptions;
Glossy Box
Luxe Box
$12 + tax
Delivery second week of month
$15 (inclusive)
Delivery end of month
$12 + tax
Delivery end month
$10 + tax
Delivery second week of month
Glymm nylon makeup bag

boxx Cosmetics Cream Corrector in Amber 
full size 
(FS 4 g/ $24.00)
Plus 25% off card
Cargo blu_ray Lip Gloss –Laredo
 full size
(FS $25.00)
Orlane Anagenese 25+ First Time-Fighting Care Eye Contour.
deluxe sample
(FS 15ml/$75)
CK Shock perfume samples- For Her and For Him
deluxe sample (2)
(FS 50ml/$45)
Sebastian Professional Volupt Shampoo
full size 
(FS 250 ml/$15.78)
Olay Regenerist deluxe sample(2)
(FS 15ml/$60)

Expressions Bronzing Powder Brush.
full size
($25 available at
Coola Mineral Matte Cucumber Face Sunscreen
(FS 50ml/$38)
Curel Foot Cream  deluxe sample
(FS 100ml/$3.99)
Paco Rabanne Black XS L’EXCES for Her and Black XS for Him
deluxe sample (2)
 (FS 50ml/$56-$74)
Cover FX Clear Prep FX.
deluxe sample
(FS 30ml/$39)

NUME HyrdoPunch Hydrating Conditioner. deluxe sample
(FS 250ml/$24.99)

Simple Eye Makeup Remover
deluxe sample
(FS 125ml/$9.99)

Fekkai - Advanced Salon Technician Color Care shampoo & conditioner
 (FS 236ml/$30)
Deborah Lippmann nail polish - What Lola Wants.
full size

Mereadesso Lip Treats – Sheer Burgundy.
full size
(FS pack of 2/$28)

Simple Facial Wash Gel Remover
deluxe sample
(FS 150ml/$9.99)

Fekkai  - Advanced Salon Technician Color Care Rapid Results Moisture Mask
 (FS 198g/$45)

Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream
deluxe sample
(FS 60ml/$35)

GILLETTE – Venus Olay Razor
full size
(FS $15.00)
Deborah Lippmann card – free nail file at Holt Renfrew

Caudalie Anti-Ageing Serum Eyes and Lips. deluxe sample
(FS 16ml/$33)

Panty by Post
20% off card
Topbox had an exclusive offer to purchase an Expressions brush set for $49 (a $130 value)
Total Samples: 7
Total Samples: 5
Total Samples: 12
Total Samples: 4

Promo Code GLOSSY27
Sold out (new subs must sign up on waiting list)
Sold out (until at least September)
Deluxe sample = 3 or more uses    Sample = one/two uses

Sample Size Breakdown:

Glymm had 1 full size and 5 deluxe sized and 1 sample

Glossybox has 2 full sized and 3 deluxe samples

Luxe Box had 2 full sized, 4 deluxe samples and 6 samples +1 special offer

Topbox has 2 full sized and 2 deluxe samples + 2 special offers

In sheer sample quantity Luxe Box wins this month’s count.

May 2012 Topbox

Glymm and Topbox came mid month. I received Topbox first and was blown away that I got a brush and a Deborah Lippmann polish.  The brush was broken but Topbox responded to me right away and is sending out a new brush in June’s box. I should mention that Topbox is sold out until I September. Yeah you heard that - September!

May 2012 Glymm 'bag'

Glymm surprised me by going 'green' this month. I should also note that Glymm raised its subscription rate for new subscribers to $12+taxes. The nylon bag that Glymm sent out was quite cute. I like it. I also am liking the mereadesso lip treat.

For the past couple months, Glossybox and Luxe Box have been arriving on the very last day of the month or for others the first few days of the next month. I don’t really care as long as I get them HA but I get anxious cuz I wants a my stuff man!

May 2012 Glossybox Canada

I always feel these two boxes are dueling for my love when I get them and sometimes I feel a little sample overload especially with May’s boxes. I am still torn between the two. Luxe Box had the Cargo lip gloss which is pretty awesome and Glossybox had the boxx Cosmetics corrector! Arggghhh.

I check the Facebook pages of each when it gets to the end of the month to see when shipping is going to happen. Unfortunately, Glossybox had a glitch at Canada Post and CP never sent out the tracking notices. These I just use as a vague indicator as CP never seems to update them very well.

Luxe Box is sold out and any new subscribers have to sign up on a wait list.
Edited to add: Luxe Box has changed it membership to a quarterly service 7-8 sqamples for $26/month :(
see my post here

May 2012 Luxe Box

So since you can’t really sign up for the Topbox or Luxe Box, I would recommend the Glossybox. They have lots of full sized samples of products that we can actually afford. I am not really sure where Glymm is going right now but I am really interested to see their new direction.

What are your thoughts on the four major beauty subscriptions? Which one do you think is ‘worth’ it?

If you want to sign up you can use my invite linkies...

**Glossybox invite linky – use promo code GLOSSY27 at checkout
**Glymm invite linky


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  1. I love organized charts :-) I think I'd rank Topbox first because they have been the only ones with consistent shipping as well as products. They manage to ship within the week of the 10th every month so I give them a thumbs up! Next, would have to be Glossybox because of their massive sample sizes. Glymm and Luxe Box are ok for me...I find that I am always most excited about the first two sample services.

  2. Ah the scientist in you loves the chart LOL
    I do like Glossybox most so far. Then Topbox, and I only say this now as I have only received one Topbox so far and my brush was broken. But I do have to say their Customer Service is topnotch. They contacted me first thru Twitter after reading my tweet about my broken brush. I had only just sent an email and I don't think they read it yet. So Topbox may be moving up to first place for me when I see what June brings :)

  3. Wow, such a methodical comparison, I love that :) One of the best I've seen so far.

  4. Great chart! I'm in the midst of deciding which box to keep as a subscription, so this organized comparison is super helpful!

    1. Thanks! Glad to help :) Let me know what you decide. I like hearing peoples opinions and reviews of thier boxes.

  5. I just ordered my first glossybox! I didn't even know there were other companies that did this. I can't wait to get it!!! :D I love your blog. Im a new blogger, check me out if you have a chance. :)

    1. I hope you enjoy the Glossybox like I do. I have been happy with them since the beginning :)

      Luxe Box is now off my radar. Not happy with them anymore :( Maybe I will feel different when I get my 'new; box in August. SMH.

  6. Glossybox is up to $21/month for new subscribers!

  7. Also
    It's the same concept but it is jewelery, bonus beauty product and/or fashion accessoiries. For canada only. Just command mine =)

  8. Love your blog.

  9. I love the chart! Great idea.

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