Are you guys ready for the final round of my Ipsy vs. Birchbox showdown? I’ve made my decision on which one to keep and which one to, unfortunately, unsubscribe from. It wasn’t an easy decision and I have to admit – I always feel bad doing it, but it had to be done. I hope you enjoyed the journey and maybe even found my comparisons useful (here are the links to the previous posts: Round 1, Round 2). Here’s the last showdown…
Each service sends their monthly samples in a customized box/bag. It’s really up to you which method you find more appealing or useful. The Ipsy bags are cuter, in my opinion, but imagine keeping your subscription for 12 or more months – what would you do with that many small makeup bags? They are decent quality considering the price of the service, but not as environmentally friendly.
The boxes offered by Birchbox can be recycled, which is a big bonus for me. I also like to use those as dividers in my makeup drawers, so I do find them more practical. Saying that, if it was up to me, I’d be happy to receive my samples in a simple cardboard mailing box with no flashy images or designs because I value the selection of products a lot more.
The sample selection
Now let’s talk about the variety of samples. Based on three consecutive boxes (four for Birchbox, since they also sent me one in the same month as my subscription, even though it was within the last couple of days of that month). I feel like both boxes offer a nice selection, although I wasn’t too excited about receiving a dry shampoo three times in a row with Birchbox. In the case of Ipsy, they sent me sheet masks, nail polish, blush and an eyeshadow samples twice within three months, but the colors or types varied. I also received two items from the same brand in my Ipsy bags.
I feel like the selection of products in the Ipsy bag is more personallized and well thought of, but it could be just due to my personal preferences
Finally, here’s the selection of products in each box this month, starting from Birchbox.
- Avene 3 in 1 Makeup Remover (full size: 6.7 fl.oz, $20; sample size: 0.5 fl.oz, $1.49)
- Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray (full size: 5 fl.oz, $20; sample size: 0.75 fl.oz, $3)
- Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner (full size: 0.07 oz, $22; sample size: 0.04 oz, $12.57)
- Lord & Berry Glow Strobing Pencil (sample size: 0.02 oz, $10)
- Pixi by Petra LipLift Max (full size: 0.09 0z, $14; sample size: 0.04 oz, $6.20)
Total vale of September’s Birchbox was $33.26. Very similar value than the box last month and again a very consistent result. I loved this month’s box, it was certainly my best one so far. The only product I was not that excited was the Avene Makeup Remover because it’s not something I can see myself using. I like the brand, but this particular item was kind of meh… Other than that I’ve been wanting to try the Eyeko liner for a long time and Pixi products are always a welcome addition to my stash.
Now let’s move on to Ipsy – no disappointments this month!
- Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Medium Shading Eye Brush 207 (full size: $12)
- Pretty Woman Nail Polish in Girl Boss (full size: $7.99)
- Neogen Dermalogy White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop (full size: 1.69 oz, $35, sample size: 0.52 oz, $10.77)
- Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey (full size: $18 – regularly comes with a kabuki brush)
- Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer (full size: 1 oz, $38, sample size: 0.25 oz, $9.50)
Total value of the September’s Ipsy Bag was $58.26 (maybe a bit less since the price of the Pixi blush usually includes a brush). Great product selection and three full sized items, including a makeup brush. I’m very excited about pretty much everything, although the blush shade is not exactly my cup of tea. I’ll five it a go anyway and I am very curious to try the truffle oil serum. The nail polish shade is perfect as well!
The final verdict
It’s decision time! Based on the samples received and the value provided each month by each service, I’ve decided to keep my Ipsy subscription for now and unsubscribe from Birchbox. It was not an easy decision since the last box was awesome, but on the other hand, Ipsy was consistently delivering better value for money and included more full size products.
Which subscription service would you pick?