Battle of the Subscription Boxes: Ipsy vs. Birchbox September 2013

I love trying new make-up and I love trying new make-up without having to shell out a small fortune to do so.  That’s why subscription boxes are so great!

This month I tested two different boxes out: Ipsy (formerly known as glam bag) and Birchbox (which I have subscribed too for the past three months). Month subscription services are $10 per month including shipping and handling.

Let’s start with Ipsy:


Starlooks Eyeliner in Obsidian

Pop Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon in Rose Romance

It’s So Big Mascara in Black by Elizabeth Mott

Chella Highlighting Pencil in Ivory Lace

NYX eye shadow in Fantasy

Plus the black and blue make-up bag.

Overall, I am very pleased with my first month subscription to Ipsy. I love the colors of everything and feel like I could through this bag in my purse and take my day look to a night look with minimal effort. Minus face products, there is enough make-up in this bag to provide you with a complete look. The colors are exactly the type of colors I go for. I’ve never tried any of these brands but so far I am loving them especially the Chella highlighting pencil…I’ve been wanting to buy a highlighting pencil but haven’t gotten around to it. For $10, this is an excellent value of products I will most definitely use and likely purchase them later on down the road. Everything appears to be full-sized except for the mascara.

If Ipsy interests you, click here to get on the waiting list (I was only on the list for about 3 week, not bad at all)

Next up, Birchbox. Similarly to Ipsy, Birchbox is a monthly subscription service that provides you with sample, deluxe sized samples and full sized products from high-end cosmetic brands.

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Amika Blow Out Spray

Dr Jart BB Cream

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips

Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Ruffian Nail Laquer in Hedge Fund

Overall, this was my best Birchbox to date. The products are all very useful. However, I feel like they could be a little bit bigger sample sized. It’s kinda hard to tell if you like a product if you only have enough product to last a few uses. However, I am very excited not to get any samples in foil packets! That is something I really don’t like.

If you’d like to check Birchbox out for yourself, click here (wait time is about 4 weeks).


Overall, I have to give it to Ipsy. These are products, I will 100 percent use. I can’t wait for next month!


What subscription services have you tried?

Are you an Ipsy or Birchbox fan?


4 thoughts on “Battle of the Subscription Boxes: Ipsy vs. Birchbox September 2013

  1. Pingback: Review: Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara | Your Fairy Godmother

  2. Pingback: The Battle of the Subscription boxes!! Ispy vs. Birchbox! | thebeautydeputy

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