Birchbox vs Ipsy: The October items, part 2

Thursday, October 24, 2013

So a couple of weeks ago I did a Birchbox vs Ipsy comparison based on my account profiles showing me what I was expected to receive. Well my Ipsy bag finally arrived yesterday (10/23) while my Birchbox arrived last week (10/16). So now that I have the items from both companies let's see how it actually stacks up against each other for me.


Let's start with my Birchbox since that arrived first. The label for the box was created October 10 and it looks like it was actually shipped from Edgewood, NY on October 11. My Birchbox arrived on October 16 and had been in transit for approximately five days. That was quick, I love quick mail service.

Now let's look at Ipsy. According to my tracking info the box was "Picked up by Shipping Partner" in Harrisburg, NC on October 15, 2013. My Ipsy bag (along with my daughters) arrived on October 23 and had been in transit for approximately eight days.

According to Google Maps using their add destination feature I can tell you that the route my Birchbox took (according to the tracking) was approximately 3,416 miles while my the route my Ipsy bag took was approximate 4,046 miles. I think that's kind of cool thinking about how far my subscriptions travel to get into my eager hands but hate the fact it takes so long. I'm impatient and want my bag NOW! LOL Well now is here and here's what I ended up receiving.

The Products
Alison Raffaele Reality Base Foundation in 3, 0.1 oz
Value: $3.80
POP Beauty Aqua Lacquer in Flowering Fuchsia, 0.34 oz
Retail: $14
ChapStick® Hydration Lock, 0.15 oz
Retail: $2.99
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser, 1 oz
Value: $6.52
Liz Earle Pure Muslin Cloth
Value: $3
Total Birchbox value: $30.31
Zoya Nail Polish in Neve, 0.5 oz
Retail: $8
Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics Mineral Shimmer in Navy, 2 grams (full size is 2.5 grams)
Value: $11.99
Coastal Scents Medium Shadow Brush
Retail: $2.49
Nourish Organic Deeply Nourishing Coconut & Argan Body Lotion, 1 oz
Value: $1.25
Sexy Hair Spray Clay Texturizing Spray Clay, 1.4 oz
Retail: $8
Total Ipsy value: $31.73

So hands down Ipsy is the winner in box value by a whopping $1.42! LOL Both bags cost $10 per month and both earn 10 points per reviewed item. In terms of useability and which I like this month, Birchbox is the winner.

At this point in time the only thing I've really tried so far is the Nourish Organic Deeply Nourishing Coconut and Argan Body Lotion. To me it has a sickeningly sweet smell almost like burnt sugar and doesn't smell anything like coconut to me. I would definitely not purchase this full size and I'll probably won't be using it again.

I ended up giving my CS brush to one of my daughters because I'm picky about my brushes and found that the CS brush is too long and too light. That means I'll be using only three of the five items from my Ipsy bag or 60%. So long as I don't have a reaction to the Bella Terra shadow I'll use that and if I do have a reaction well I can always use it as a nail polish topper.

From my Birchbox I'll be using everything or at the very least try to use everything. I have a feeling that the POP Beauty gloss will soon disappear from my gloss drawer though since it's my youngest daughter's favorite shade of pink, well at least one of her favorite shades as I don't think she's ever encountered a pink gloss she didn't like. lol

So overall, did I get what I paid for? Absolutely! Did I like everything I received? Of course not but that's the nature of these beauty boxes because these are essentially "mystery bags" and you get what you get.


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  2. Thanks for this comparison! I have Birchbox and I love it, but now I'm in danger of wanting more items and trying other services. It's great to have this review to get an idea of how the boxes compare.


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