Both beauty subscriptions had the same theme of "Red Carpet Ready" but which box was better?
Now I like that Ipsy's bag was much more "cohesive" in the sense that all the products could be used to create a sultry, smokey eye which is definitely red carpet appropriate. Whereas Birchbox really didn't have that "cohesive" quality other than the fact that their products can be used to help create a "HD-ready" look. I also like that Ipsy has a cute cosmetic/makeup bag each month - even though I won't need them all, it adds to the value of your monthly subscription.
The value of each box is a guesstimate but the approximate value of Feb 2013 Birchbox is ~$18.34 while the Feb 2013 Ipsy bag is ~$63.36.
The winner is:
-For value: Ipsy
-For content: Ipsy
Overall winner: IPSY
|Feb '13 Birchbox on top|
Ipsy on bottom
|Comparing nail polish "sample" sizes from Birchbox (left) and Ipsy (right)|
Birchbox is half the size of the Ipsy sample (from Jan '13 bag)
|Another example of size comparison|
Face Primer samples: Ipsy sample (L), Birchbox sample (R)
|But check out the amount you get? |
Ipsy sample (L) is double the size of the Birchbox sample (R)
I have to be honest with you, this will be the first and only time that I will be comparing the two subscriptions as I will be canceling my Birchbox subscription. I have been less and less impressed with my samples in the past 6 months or so even though I like the companies that BB has partnered with. But the samples/sizes have been less than impressive considering that you can get many of these samples from cosmetic counters or from retailers like Sephora/Ulta/Macy's, etc. It's quite annoying to me to receive foil packets and tiny perfume samples that I can easily get for free at a department store or Sephora. These are supposed to be deluxe beauty subscriptions and therefore I expect deluxe size samples or at least 2-3 perfume viles (of each sample) in each box instead of just one. Maybe I just have too high of expectations for these subscriptions but for the time being, I've decided to cancel my Birchbox subscription and we'll give Ipsy a try for a while. What are you thoughts on these beauty subscriptions?