Birchbox vs. Ipsy: February 2015

The never ending debate: Birchbox vs Ipsy.

I’ve been subscribed to both Birchbox and Ipsy for a little over a year now. Before signing up, I did a ton of research about the different products you get with each, which one was better, and if they were worth the money. In fact, I watched tons of unboxing videos and read bloggers’ monthly “Ipsy vs. Birchbox” blogs to decide which one I wanted to get. Ultimately, I decided to get both because…well…because I couldn’t decide between the two.

Overall, I’ve been incredibly happy with my decision to get both. I feel like Birchbox and Ipsy are very alike, but also different at the same time. Ipsy seems to focus mostly on makeup and tools, such as eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick, and makeup brushes, although you do get other products as well. With Birchbox, on the other hand, you get a wider range of products including hair care, skincare, fragrance, makeup, lifestyle items, and more. Even a year later, I continue to get both each month because I can’t decide which one I like more. Some months, my Birchbox is better than my Ipsy bag. And other months, my Ipsy bag steals the show. And on the very rare occasion, there’s a month where both are completely on point.

Everyone has their own opinion on these boxes. Some people swear by Ipsy while other people are loyal Birchbox subscribers. Ultimately, it comes down to the types of products you prefer.

Here’s a breakdown of what I got in each of my boxes this month, my initial impression of the products, and which one was my favorite this month.



Products (from left to right)

  • Fekkai blowout hair refresher dry shampoo
  • theBalm read my lips in the shade “BAM!”
  • Sumita color contrast eyeliner in the shade “Raina (navy blue)”
  • derma e anti-wrinkle Vitamin A glycolic scrub
  • Not Soap, Radio body wash – The Stuff that Cupid dips his arrows in

Initial reaction: A few months ago, Birchbox started offering sample choice – an option for people to choose one sample for their monthly box. They also give you the option of choosing a pre-made box from a guest editor. This month, the guest editor was Rent the Runway, and the moment I saw the products in the box, I knew had to have it. Needless to say, my first impression of this box is positive. I’ve used Sumita eyeliner in the past (the deep purple shade came in one of my first boxes), and I absolutely love dry shampoo. The body wash is a little expensive for my liking, but the smell is amazing, and I will definitely use up this sample FAST. I’m not sure if I’m totally in love with the color of the lip gloss, but I still think it’s wearable for me. And although I don’t need an anti-aging face scrub (I’m only 25!), I’m sure I can find a use for it. Thumbs up for my February Birchbox!



Products (from left to right top then bottom)

  • City Color Cosmetics creamy lip stain in the shade “Flirtini”
  • Emite Make Up professional eye lash curler
  • ModelCo BLUSH cheek powder in the shade “Cosmopolitan”
  • Eva NYC up all night volumizing spray
  • Mitchell and Peach fine radiance face oil

Initial reaction: When I got this month’s Ipsy bag, the only product I was really excited for was the eyelash curler since I need of a new one. However, after getting my bag, I saw a lot of people post on social media that their eyelash curler was defective or that it damaged their lashes. I did check with Ipsy, and mine is not one of the defective ones. I can’t say for certain how it works since I haven’t tried it out yet, but I’m a little nervous. As far as the other products go, I’ve always been on the fence about face oils, but a small part of me has always wanted to try them out. I guess now is the opportunity! I’ve received a bunch of pink lip glosses and stains from Ipsy, and none of them have looked good on me. Maybe this one will be different, but I’m not hopeful. Same goes for the pink blush. As for the volumizing spray – I think I’ll give it to a friend. It’s not a terrible bag, but I have to give Ipsy a thumbs down for this month.

This month, Birchbox is the clear winner in my book.

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Christina Bockisch is a passionate advocate for mental health and believes that sharing her story is the best way to help break the stigma surrounding mental illness. When she's not writing for her blog, Christina enjoys participating in mud runs, spending time with her dog, baking cookies and watching Harry Potter or Star Wars marathons on TV.

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