Like many of you I first heard about FabFitFun from celebrity promoters showing off their goods on their social media accounts. FabFitFun is a subscription box full of fashion, health and beauty products. They also promise hundreds of dollars worth of goods for a low price. Naturally, I was intrigued and when my bff signed up and raved about it I had to try it.
So in the fall of 2017 I decided to order my first FFF Box. Since then I have received four season boxes, one Editor’s Box and lots of add ons and sale items.
The first thing to know about the FFF subscription is that there are two different types. In one case you pay for the box seasonally (each time they ship a box) for $49.99 per box and you are known as a seasonal member. The other plan is a year paid upfront (four boxes)for $179.99. This is known as an annual member.
The seasonal members (while paying more over the year than annual) have absolutely no perks. As a seasonal member your customization options are limited, you are granted access to sales a week after annual members and your box will ship weeks after the annual members.
Annual members on the other hand are offered many options to customize their box. As an annual member you are the first to gain access to sales and your box will be one of the first to ship.
Annual member also save $20 over the course of a year.
When I ordered my first box I was beyond excited. I had already seen all the fun things coming my way and I couldn’t wait for my box to arrive.
I signed up after the Fall Box had been released so I was not offered any kind of customization. When my box arrived, I was excited to see that a majority of the items I wanted had come in my box. I was only bummed to have not gotten the teeth whitening kit and the beanie.
Overall, I was very happy with my first order and was thrilled that the Winter Box was right around the corner.
Shortly after receiving my Fall Box the spoilers for the Winter Box were released.
The Winter Box featured some really amazing products, such as, a 1.7oz Kate Somerville ExfoliKate (the 2oz sells for $85), an adorable Ashia Curry mug, a B.B. Dakota poncho, and a Douce eyeshadow palette. I used every single item that came in that box.
The Winter Box was by far my favorite box and my best FFF experience. This box had amazing products, most of which were new to me, that I’m now totally hooked on. I was able to get some amazing add ons and my box arrived in a timely manner.
Two of my friends had a slightly different experience. We could all agree that this box was great, however, their shipping experience was very different from mine. Both experienced significant delays in shipping and delivery.
As spring rolled in I was anxiously waiting for the Spring Box spoilers. To my surprise FabFitFun was very tight lipped about this box. I saw no celebrity unboxing videos and couldn’t find anything on their website. I had to dig hard to find out what was coming in this box.
This box was a bit disappointing for me. The products in this box seemed to be of poor quality and did not interest me like the previous one had.
I also had a horrible experience with the shipping process. My box shipped later than I had expected. Once it did ship it, via FedEx, it was delayed three times before all updates stopped.
Knowing what my friends had dealt with with the previous box I contacted FedEx and FFF to make sure my box had not been lost in the mail. Neither FedEx nor FFF were of any help to me and I just had to wait.
This box took business 11 days to arrive.
My fourth FabFitFun box was the Summer Box.
This box was more like my Winter Box experience, in that I was able to find spoilers easily and I was excited about the products coming my way.
The Summer Box featured some great products by Tarte Cosmetics, a variety of skin care products, as well as a cute makeup train case.
One of my favorite things about the customization process is that you can add products to your box for just $10. I had such a hard time choosing that I added on a few products. I also got some incredible deals in the add on sale.
Once again, I was super excited to receive my box and couldn’t wait!
But wait I did… I waited for it to ship… and I waited for it arrive…
My BFF had received her box a week before my box had even shipped, even though we were charged for our add ons the same day and we have the same annual membership.
My overall opinion of FabFitFun is complicated for sure. There are many pros and cons to this subscription box.
As far as the memberships go, I would never recommend anyone to be a seasonal member. Seasonal Members who keep the membership all year will end up paying $20 more in total and you literally get zero perks. No early access, limited customization, and you’ll receive your box later.
The annual member option is a way better deal and the best way to get everything you can out of this subscription box.
As far and the products themselves, there is quite the mix of amazing and wtf is this… some of the items I have received have seemed cheap and not worth the price FFF claims them to be. However, I have received lots of products that are amazing. Lots of Tarte Cosmetics that I know are worth at least what I paid for the box, amazing skin care products that I’m now hooked on and lots of products from add ons that I was fortunate enough to have purchased at a deep discount.
FabFitFun has also introduced me to many brands and products that I wouldn’t have tried that I now love.
But then there’s the annoyance of the shipping. I don’t understand the inconsistency in shipping. Why does my box ship before my friends? Why does her box ship before mine?
The FedEx ground shipping is also an issue for me. You wait so long for your box to ship and once it does you’re forced to wait 10 business days for it to arrive. FedEx always makes me feel some sort of way with the tracking not updating and the constant delays.
As you can imagine, this part of the process is very frustrating. I would be willing to pay for better shipping to avoid this annoyance.
Is the annoyance of the shipping process enough for me cancel this subscription and never look back? Sometimes I think it is. I have almost canceled my subscription a few times already.
But…. I didn’t.
You’re probably still unclear at this point if I’d recommend this.
My honest answer would be, if you have $180 to spend and you’re a patient person, then yes! Do it! It’s Fab, it’s Fit and it’s Fun!
If not, this might be a frustrating experience for you…