There are 2 different Test Tubes, one is the QVC New Beauty Test Tube, and the other is just the New Beauty Test Tube. There are a few differences, but for the most part it's the same type of service. They're both quarterly, but with QVC you can skip a shipment if you're on auto renewal. The QVC version you have to wait until it's released to get in on it, while the regular one you can sign up at any time. For instance, if you were to sign up today, you would receive the current Tube, then the next one at the end of the current quarter.
Most of the items in the QVC Tube will be different from the regular Tube, but there may be a few of the same. The price is about the same too, right around $39 a quarter with shipping. Both also come with a copy of New Beauty magazine.
Unlike Birchbox, which sends out different variations of the boxes, the Test Tubes all have the same product, unless they run out of something and they substitute. The thing that drew me to the Test Tube is that it seems to be targeting an "older" crowd. Now, I'm 33, but since I've joined Birchbox I've received a Teen Vogue and Gossip Girl box, so by older I mean not teens/early twenties. In my first Tube I received 3 full size products, a YBF pencil, Mally shadow stick, and the best, a MoroccanOil Frizz Control spray, which alone is $32. All this in addition to various, serums, scrubs, lotions, and perfumes. All large enough for multiple uses. They also send 3 spalook "gift certificates" which are really just discounts on a purchase of a certain amount.
I do a lot of research before signing up for these subscriptions, and I was more excited about getting this one than my Birchbox. I haven't tried all the products yet, but so far the ones that I have, I've enjoyed. I don't know how long I'll keep this sub, it all depends on the next Tube, but I may switch to the QVC Tube in the future.
Interested in getting in on the New Beauty Test Tube? Get it here.