13 best value beauty boxes for mature skin, to buy in 2024

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by Akhila Thomas |
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Shoppers went crazy for the recently launched £2 Lidl Beauty Box causing it to sell out in just a matter of days! While we patiently wait for it be back in stock we've rounded up the best beauty boxes on the market, that won't break the bank and are filled good quality beauty buys you will love.

For the uninitiated, the phenomenon of beauty boxes emerged in 2010 with Birchbox, a brand that launched what would become a leading trend in the beauty industry. Beauty boxes are a box full of products, including makeup, skincare and haircare in different sizes, packaged beautifully and delivered straight to your doorstep.

The number one reason to purchase a beauty box is that they come with products worth almost double the amount you pay, making them excellent value for money. The reason companies are able to offer this is that they buy the products in bulk so are able to sell them in the boxes for a reduced rate. The other perk of a beauty box is that you get to discover new brands and products you might not be aware of.

You also get to choose between one-off beauty boxes where you buy just one box or sign up for some of the best beauty subscription boxes out there. These are available on a monthly basis and even seasonally in time for occasions like Easter, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day or Christmas.

Best beauty boxes at a glance:

Some brands also offer the option of customising your beauty box every month or picking out a bundle of products that is focused on a specific need like hair care or makeup for mature skin. With beauty boxes that don't let you choose the products, it is a great way to try out new skincare or products with testers and travel size products without spending money on something you are not sure of. If you discover that some products are not for you, you can always put them together to make a beauty box of your own to gift it to someone else.

As a beauty phenomenon that works to expose more brands to you, deliver good value for money and promote the idea of self-care gifts, it is no wonder that beauty boxes have garnered the popularity they now enjoy. So, if you are looking to sign up for a dose of pampering, we have tried and tested some of the best beauty boxes out there to help you cherry pick the perfect one for you.

Best beauty box overall

The Lookfantastic box takes the title of the best beauty box overall because of a number of appealing factors. Priced at just £15, this box comes with 6 products which includes a good mix of travel and full-size products. This offers good value for money as the box also features products from high-end brands like Sol de Janeiro and Wella as is the case with this month’s box, the May Edit.

As a Beauty, Fashion and Wellness writer at Yours, Akhila Thomas tested this box which includes a tub of the viral Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream that is known to reduce cellulite and tighten the skin. It also features a Rodial Vit C Papaya Enzyme Scrub, a travel size Wella Fusion Hair Mask, a Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm in Coconutter which is great for moisturising and an ESPA Bergamot and Jasmine Body Wash which has the perfect summery scent to go for this season as you step out of the shower. The Hydrea Fina Silk Natural Honeycomb Sea Sponge is the cherry on top as it completes the hair and skin care set arriving at your doorstep. 

What stands out with Lookfantastic is how they plan their box according to the seasons and what’s popular with the beauty experts at the moment to put together the perfect combination of products catering to a variety of needs. The May Edit is perfect for the rising heat, the seasonal desire for florals and citrus scents coupled with frizz management products factoring in more time spent outdoors. With the option to pay upfront or monthly to subscribe for 3, 6 or 12 months along with the option to purchase a one-off box, this beauty box comes with flexibility, quality and variety of products for a price that makes the deal sweeter.


  • Comes with 6 products for £15 unlike 5 as is the case with several other boxes with the same price
  • Includes a good mix of travel and full-size products along with products from high-end brands
  • Boxes are planned to meet seasonal requirements which makes most of the products useful for all


  • You don't get to choose the products

Best beauty subscription box

As the original brand that launched beauty boxes and got the ball rolling, Birchbox still bags our title of best beauty subscription box as the kind of personalisation, affordability and trust this beauty box offers is unmatched. With each box priced at £15 as part of a 12-month prepaid subscription, the beauty boxes come with 5 products every month which includes a mix of travel and full-sized products. There are a variety of haircare, skincare and makeup products to choose from every month.

What makes this brand stand out is that is it allows new members to customise their boxes and each month, customers will receive an email when it's time to make your selection. Apart from this freedom to take your pick of the products, Birchbox also has a quiz in place before you subscribe where they understand the nature of your skin, hair and the kind of products that are best suited to you. This makes each box seem personally put together for you so you can make maximum use of the products you get sent. The box comes with high-quality products from premium brands which makes it the perfect choice to those who are looking to discover new personalised products that are suited to their needs.


  • The brand allows customers to choose the products for their boxes
  • Each box is personalised as there is a quiz to understand the nature of your skin, hair and the kind of products you are looking for


  • Most products that come in the box are travel or sample-sized

Best one-off beauty box

If a long-term subscription is not what you are looking for, then going for a one-off beauty box can be the perfect way to see if the concept appeals to you. There is a plethora of brands offering limited edition beauty boxes in collaboration with seasonal events or best-selling standalone boxes that are available all year round. The Boots X Love Island Stars Beauty Box is a one-off beauty box that is every bit as glamorous as the name suggests. Priced at £45, this beauty box contains products worth £132.64. It brings 16 products praised as the ‘villa faves’ to your doorstep and it includes a range of premium haircare, skincare and beauty products. This makes it the perfect beauty box to try once as you get a taste of everything. 

As a Beauty, Fashion and Wellness writer at Yours, Akhila Thomas tested this box and said: "The products that stood out the most to me were the Soap & Glory Magnificoco Body Scrub which smells heavenly, the Garnier Ultimate Blends Glowing Lengths Pineapple Hair Drink Liquid Conditioner 200ml which does the trick of bringing back shine to the hair and the Sol De Janeiro Bum Bum Cream which is quite popular and expert recommended to reduce cellulite and tighten skin."

It also came with a Benefit Funsize Mascara, an Iconic London Sheer Bronze Liquid Highlighter and a KVD Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. "I liked that they have made sure to send out inclusive makeup that will sit well on a range of skin tones. As a brown skinned woman, all of the products suited my complexion, and it would look gorgeous on lighter or darker skin." As impressive as it was to see a collection of high-quality brands, the claw clips, beauty blender and hair ties added a touch of personalisation to the box, making it a complete package.


  • The makeup products are inclusive and suit a range of skin tones
  • Comes with 16 products
  • Can be purchased all-year round


  • You do not get to choose the products

Best beauty box for mature skin

products from the Toyl Beauty Box
Price: £39.99


If you are on the hunt for a beauty box that is specially catered to the needs of mature skin, look no further. The Toyl Beauty Box is a subscription beauty box priced at £39.99 which comes with products worth over £100 every month. There is also the option to buy a one-off box for £49.99 to try it out before committing to a subscription. The May edition of the box offers a good glimpse at the kind of products you would be signing up for. 

With the Hello Sunday SPF45 that is specifically designed to protect skin from sun damage and premature signs of aging, the Templespa Repose Relaxing Night Cream, the Code Beautiful Forget Fake Lashes mascara that adds volume and length to sparse lashes and the Ruby Hammer Precision Eyeliner that makes application easy and precise to make hooded eyes pop. With products that are designed for mature women, you will be able to make use of each product every month. There are several women who have shared reviews about how satisfactory and specific the products are in meeting their needs. So if you are looking for a push to sign up for a box of pampering that's tailored to your needs, here it is!


  • Comes with products that specially cater to the needs of mature skin
  • Subscription plan if you wish to receive regular boxes


  • You do not get to choose your products
  • The number of products vary each time between 4 to 8

Best value beauty box

You will definitely get your money’s worth with this Monthly Beauty Box Subscription from OK! Beauty Box. With boxes priced at £15, each one comes packed with products that are always worth a minimum of £80. What makes the deal sweeter is that most of these products would also be from premium brands like Figs & Rouge and Murad as seen in this month’s beauty box.

Our Beauty, Fashion and Wellness writer, Akhila Thomas tested this box which includes a full size Figs & Rouge primer worth £42 which protects the skin against UV and blue light damage while also preventing moisture loss throughout the day. The Noughty Booster Body Serum which reduces cellulite and the Wild Science Lab Night Watch Resilience moisturiser, said to boost collagen, works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, are ideal for mature skin. It also comes with a Murad Vita-C Triple Exfoliating facial and a lip liner from 3ina which looks gorgeous on a wide range of skin tones. The variety in products which includes skincare, haircare, makeup and products for mature skin is a good example of the mix of items you would receive every month.


  • The box with premium products from expensive brands
  • The box comes with a good variety of products


  • You do not get to choose the products for your box

Best beauty box for over 40

There are beauty boxes that are specifically focused on mature skin and delivering products that are aimed at solving the beauty issues that affect mature women. The Glow Authorities Repair + Lift + Hydrate from Estee Lauder is a 4-piece set of essentials that will help to refresh and rejuvenate mature skin. The packaging is beautiful and the products that come with the box are the Advanced Night Repair Serum that helps to reduce fine lines, the Revitalizing Supreme+ Creme Moisturizer that gives skin a more firmer look, the Futurist Watery Glow Primer that will help your makeup look dewy and glowing and the Revitalizing Supreme+ Eye Balm that is great at lightening dark circles.

Women who have tried the box once swear by these products and some of them have shared that they continued to use these products 10 years down the line. Since they are all trial sized products, you won't be stuck with a lot of product left in case you did not like it. With products worth £75, this set is the perfect buy if you are looking for new products to refresh your skincare routine with quality products while also staying within budget.


  • Comes with products that are focused on improving mature skin


  • You cannot choose the products
  • The number of products is slightly less than other boxes (only 4)

Best beauty box for summer

This Summer Beauty Bag 2024 by M&S will be the perfect way to start your summer with 12 products that are designed to keep your skin safe and shimmering as the sunny days are settling in. The bag is priced at £30 if you spend £35 on full-price clothing, homeware or beauty while shopping at M&S. However if you want to pick if up separately, it would cost £170. So it would be a steal to pop this into your cart along with some other stuff to get it for the discounted price.

Our Beauty, Fashion and Wellness writer, Akhila Thomas tested this box and said: "This beauty box is packed to impress with brands like REN, Pixi, Clinique and Formula. Products like the L'OCCITANE Verbena Shower Gel which comes with a fresh citrus fragrance, the SPF lip balm from Dr.PAWPAW and ULTRASUN’S Face Moisturiser Cream with SPF 50+ are must-haves when it comes to sun protection and staying fresh. It is also worth noting that the Pixi lifting lip gloss stings a bit while wearing it and has a strong scent which could be uncomfortable for some."

In addition to this, the bag comes with two fragrances that are floral and fruity scents to go with the season. It also comes with an overnight cream from Fresh Elements which is highly praised for its effectiveness on dry and sagging skin. The creamy texture coupled with the soothing fragrance will definitely help you wake up with refreshed and glowing skin. So if you are looking for a beauty box that will have your sorted for this summer this is the product to go for.


  • Comes with sun-protection products for the body and face
  • You would be able to get products worth £170 for £30


  • You have to spend £35 on other shopping at M&S to get the bag for £30
  • The Pixi lifting lip gloss stings a bit while wearing it and has a strong scent

Best beauty box for haircare

If you are looking to refresh your haircare routine, but feel wary of investing money on a range of new products, this Boots Premium Salon Haircare Heroes Box is what you need. Available all year-round and priced at £45, this box contains 8 products worth over £132. As a one-off beauty box, you get your hands on products from haircare expert brands like Wella Professionals, Ouai, Philip Kingsley and Coco & Eve. 

Shampoos from Philip Kingsley have been tested by our writers before to reveal that they work effectively on sun-damaged dry hair and this bag comes with a Philip Kingsley Elasticizer that works to volumise thinning, dry and fine hair according to reviews. Our Beauty, Fashion and Wellness writer, Akhila Thomas tested this box and said: "The Coconut & Fig Hair Masque from Coco & Eve is sure to leave you hair smelling heavenly and feeling nourished as well. The bag also comes with a Briogeo Farewell Frizz Leave-In Conditioning Spray that will help tame the volume and frizz if you've got curly hair like mine, while also pumping your hair with a touch citrus and fruit infused fragrance."

"The cherry on top is that the box comes with a microfibre towel from Coco & Eve that is essential if you have fine, thinning or curly hair and as someone who has been using a microfibre towel for years now, this is an addition I would recommend to anyone looking to improve their hair health." As a beauty box that is specifically focused on pampering your hair, this can be a game changer if you on the lookout for haircare solutions that range from dryness to thinning.


  • Comes with a microfibre towel to complete the haircare routine
  • Includes expensive brands like Ouai


  • There are full-size products in the box which makes the variety less if you were looking to try a number of shampoos or haircare products

Best beauty box for skin care

The Skincare Edit Gift Set is a beauty bag from Boots that is the perfect option for those looking to expand their skincare routine and find new products that work for them. Priced at £24.99, the bag comes with 10 products that are worth £116.61. The packaging is really pretty as it all comes in a pastel pink bag which can become a trusty makeup bag for storage later on. Featuring products from brands like Weleda, Vichy and No7, your skin will be sure to thank you for this purchase. 

This box was tested by our Beauty, Fashion and Wellness writer, Akhila Thomas who said: "With a special focus on mature skin, there are products such as the Laboratories Firming Booster Serum from No7 that also comes with a massaging applicator. The Weleda skin food cream is targeted on nourishing dry and rough skin and the Nivea Q10 Power Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Face Cream can be another addition to your skincare to help rejuvenate it. Apart from this, the bag also features a tanning lotion for those looking to get that bronze glow for the beaches this summer. The number of products and the variety you get with this bag is impressive and the high-end products just make the deal sweeter."


  • Offers products from expensive brands like Vichy and No7 as part of the bag
  • Comes in a pastel pink bag that can be reused as a personal makeup bag
  • Several products have a special focus on enhancing mature skin


  • Does not come with any makeup products

Best mystery beauty box

As far as mystery beauty boxes go, Glossybox takes the crown due to the consistent quality of the products they offer, the impressive packaging and prompt delivery. Priced at £15, each box comes with 5 products that are often quite different.

Our Beauty, Fashion and Wellness writer, Akhila Thomas tested this box and said: "I received a sleeping tan mask for the whole body from James Read, a box of Salicylic acid infused cleaning pads that works wonders to reduce acne and clear the skin, a tube of Niacinamide serum from Jorgobe and a lip liner and lip stick duo from Give Them Lala Beauty. The box also came with a shower steamer. The mix of skincare, beauty and makeup products is something that is noteworthy and as a subscription box, Glossybox offers a decent selection every time."

According to the reviews users have shared that they have received a range of items such as perfumes, brushes and eyelashes. These boxes also make great gifts as they arrive in a beautifully packaged box with a striking quote on the lid that is sure to put a smile on your face when you open it.


  • They offer a diverse selection of products for a reasonable price
  • They are great gifts as the boxes are beautifully packaged


  • You don't get to choose or see the products beforehand

Best luxury beauty box

If you are looking for a beauty box to splurge a little and treat yourself, Latest in Beauty has released their What’s Hot, Summer Edition box in partnership with Stylist. The box is priced at £64 and packs products worth a whopping £300. It delivers in terms of quantity, variety, packaging and quality with a wide range of skincare, haircare, supplements and makeup. It certainly doesn't compromise on quantity with 16 products including 11 full-sized items, it also brings high-end brands like Skin Cycles, Kjaer Weis, Kate Somerville And Billie Eilish. 

Our Beauty, Fashion and Wellness writer, Akhila Thomas tested this box and said: "The box definitely impressed us with products like the hydrating cream cleanser by Skin Cycles which helps to strengthen the skin's barrier and help with anti-ageing. The MORNING MIST soothing toning essence by Tropic skincare feels like silk and comes highly recommended by several experts. The box also contains oils for skin and hair with brands like Luna Daily’s Everything Oil which felt really soothing on application and an argan oil conditioner spray for enhancing hair growth. The box goes the extra mile by packing a bag of Skin, Hair and Nail supplement gummies by Manifesto and including the Eilish No. 2 Deluxe Mini perfume which comes with a sweet and sensuous scent that will have people asking for the name of your fragrance. So if you are looking for a special box to treat yourself or a loved one, this is the one to go for."


  • You get luxury products worth £300 as part of the deal
  • There are 11 full-sized items
  • There are products for mature skin


  • The price is a bit on the higher end
  • You cannot choose the products

Best beauty box for gifting

The reason why the Rocca beauty box makes for very memorable gifts is that the feeling of opening one would stay with the person for a long time. Personally, it felt like wrapping a treat with the pink box filled with goodies tucked into more pink kraft paper. Priced at £15, this box packs products worth £65 and it is also available for monthly subscription. Since this brand does not allow you to choose your products, it is the perfect way to surprise yourself if you are looking to try new products and expand your beauty routine. They also make great gifting options even if you are not sure of their personal preferences in beauty.

Our Beauty, Fashion and Wellness writer, Akhila Thomas tested this box and said: "I received several full-size products which was impressive. The Paul Yacomine - Parfum De Coiffeur Hair Oil smells heavenly as did the, Body Wash from Noughty - The Hero. The box also came with premium brands like Zelens and their Shisho Balm Cleanser. I also received a Lip Balm from Noughty - The Saviour and a bag of hair ties from Invisibobble. With a pleasant mix of haircare, skincare and beauty products, this box is a good deal to consider."


  • These boxes often come with a lot of full-size products
  • The packaging and variety makes it a good gifting option


  • It does not let you choose the products

Best clean makeup beauty box

If you like to make sure that your makeup products are clean – as in they are cruelty-free, sustainable in manufacturing and packaging, use safer ingredients and are from clean brands – the The Clean Makeup Beauty Box from Naturisimo is the best option to go for. Priced at £40, the box features 8 products that are worth £154, out of which 5 are full-sized products. It is also convenient to customise the box to your needs as you can choose between a couple of colours with products like the 100% Pure Creamy Liner worth £24 and the Ere Perez Coco Lip Crayon which is priced at £26. 

With a Kjaer Weis Cream Blush, Le Rouge Francais Lip Oil, Kosas 10 second Eyeshadow Shimmer and RMS Beauty Lip Cheek in Beloved, you get a complete clean makeup kit with this box. Topped off with the Hello Sunday The Illuminating One and the Pai Skincare The Impossible Glow, this box is a steal for conscious beauty shoppers if you are on the lookout for clean makeup at affordable prices.


  • You get expensive clean make up for an affordable price as part of the box
  • Comes with the option to choose the colour with lip products


  • You cannot choose the products that go in the box


What to look for while buying a beauty box?

This would depend on what you looking to get out of a beauty box. If you are interested in getting a little box of treats every month and are not particular about the products you’ll be getting, subscription boxes like Birchbox, Rocca box or Glossybox would do the trick. But if you are looking for a specific category of products like skincare or haircare, we have listed out beauty boxes with products exclusively for that.

One thing to keep in mind while exploring beauty boxes is to be careful about any allergies you might have and make sure to check any new products to ensure they are safe for you to use. Since most subscription beauty boxes come with the option to cancel or pause it anytime, this also gives the freedom to take a break and stop products from accumulating leading to wastage.

What is similar to Glossybox?

Glossybox is a popular brand that sells subscription beauty boxes and there are several similar brands that follow the same format to put together specialised beauty boxes. The best ones we recommend are Birchbox, Rocca box, OK! Beauty box and Latest in Beauty. For mature women, the Toyl Beauty Box takes the cake for offering the best products aimed at improving mature skin.

Are beauty boxes worth it?

Since beauty boxes are now designed to cater to different needs such as haircare, mature skincare and makeup, it is a good way to try new products without shelling out big bucks for products you are not yet sure of. Expanding your beauty routines will become cheaper and more sustainable with less wastage as most of these beauty boxes come with samples or travel-sized products.

Beauty boxes also expose you to premium brands you’ve never heard or tried which could later on become a staple in your routine. In case there are products that are not suitable for you, there is always the option of regifting them or putting several such products together to make another beauty box of your own for a loved one. At the end of the day, the charm lies in the feeling of opening a freshly delivered beauty box and pampering yourself with a nice shower gel or a new shade of lipstick you otherwise would not have picked up.

Akhila Thomas is a digital writer at Yours.co.uk and her areas of interest are beauty, fashion, food, wellness and lifestyle. She has previously written for magazines like Leftlion, Women’s Health and t’Art and worked extensively with art, culture, fashion and social media trends. She also likes to travel and explore new cultures and cuisines.

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