Monday, October 21, 2013

Battle of the Subscription Boxes IV: Birchbox vs. Ipsy

If you follow my monthly "Battle of the Subscription Boxes" posts, you may have noticed that things have heated up! In the beginning, Ipsy beat Birchbox hands down, no doubt about it. However, these last couple months the winner hasn't been so clear. I'll show you what I mean...

First and foremost, how cute is this bag?!

Full-size product - holla!!! Regardless of the fact that this brush costs just a mere $2.49, I am super impressed with the quality. It's very dense and soft, and I can always use more eye shadow brushes.

This is darn near close to full size (full-size are 2.5g, this is 2.0g) which is awesome, especially considering the price tag on these mineral eye shimmers. This color is absolutely stunning, but I don't often like to wear blue eye shadow so I don't know if this will get touched much.

ANOTHER full-size product! This is a lip liner from the brand Star Looks in the color "Tipsy" which is a really pretty pinkish coral. It is surprisingly creamy, too. (Recognize this brand? You might have seen it here.)

I have SO many hairspray samples, but oddly enough I'm okay with adding another to my collection since these are so nice for travelling. Birchbox used to use hair samples of this size as their "big" product each month, but I'm happy to say that this big sample is the smallest thing in my Ipsy bag this month. Awesome.

Annnnnd another awesome full-size product! Holy jackpot, Ipsy!! Zoya is perhaps my all-time favorite nail polish brand, so I'm overjoyed to add this metallic green shimmer to my collection!

I know there are a bunch of you perfume sample haters out there, but I love them. This scent is described as "carefree yet sophisticated" with hints of California beaches and Parisian charm. I think the packaging is beautiful, and it smells pretty good, too!

Full-size alert! I feel like all of a sudden POP Beauty is everywhere, and I'm totally okay with it. Especially if it means I'm receiving a super gorgeous lip gloss for a fraction of the price in my Birchbox!

I've received products from this brand in my previous Birchboxes, but truth be told, I don't know if I've ever tried them! I'm just glad this looks to have enough product to truly give me an idea of whether or not I like it, therefore making me more likely to give this sample a shot. 

Birchbox counted the cloth this wash came with as a separate sample (retails at $6 for 2 cloths) which I think is stupid. But otherwise, I have heard about this product and have wanted to try it so I'm glad to give I can try it out before deciding to purchase it. Plus, how great is the packaging? (Can you tell I'm a sucker for great packaging? Ha!)

I am a chapstick HOUND. I go through it like no one's business, so this is an awesome sample to receive (in full-size, too!) I've already tried this out and it smells amazing and feels great on the lips.


As I said, it's getting hard to determine a clear winner between these Birchbox vs. Ipsy battles! I think this month I'm going to have to say Ipsy, just due to the simple fact that all but one product was full-sized. However, I still REALLY enjoyed this month's Birchbox.

If you want to sign up for Birchbox or Ipsy, click the the links in this sentence. Each subscription box costs just $10 a month and you get to try some awesome stuff, which is a great way to test out higher-end beauty products before shelling out some serious cash. See my other Battle of the Subscription Boxes posts to get a good idea of what you'll receive.

So, who do YOU think was this month's winner?

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