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Birchbox Vs Ipsy – May 2015

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Birchbox vs Ipsy

The Birchbox vs Ipsy post series compares my Birchbox and Ipsy subscription every month to give you a good idea what you can expect from the two most popular beauty subscription boxes. (And since both boxes are $10 a month, it seems fair to stack them up against each other).

FYI – I pay for both of these subscriptions, and as a regular customer I get one of many variations available each month. So while one month alone might not be enough info to make a decision, looking at the results over several months should give you a good picture of what to expect with each box.

Birchbox Review + Coupon - May 2015 Items

Birchbox May 2015 (Check out the full Birchbox review)

Number of items: 5

Full-size items: 1

Deluxe size items: 0

Brands featured: Macadamia, Mally, Harvey Prince, Marcelle, Dr. Jart

Categories featured: Haircare (2), Skincare (2) Makeup (1)

Total Value: $36

Ipsy Review – May 2015 Items

Ipsy May 2015 (Check out the full Ipsy review)

Number of items: 5

Full-size items: 3

Deluxe size items: 1

Brands featured: Oscar Blandi, Luxie, Nuxe, Jessie’s Girl, Urban Decay

Categories featured: Makeup (2) Skincare (1) Tools (1), Haircare (1)

Total Value: $59

Verdict: I’m picking Ipsy as my favorite this month. It’s pretty hard to compete with 3 full-size items (I’m counting the brush as a full-size item), plus I just loved the makeup bag itself this month! My favorite item from Birchbox this month is probably the Macadamia hair oil, and I really ended up liking the Urban Decay clear lip liner from Ipsy!

Which beauty box did you prefer this month?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Liz – do you think you’ll ever do Boxycharm vs Glossybox posts?

  2. how do you determine what counts as a deluxe size? I can figure sample vs. full, but I’m not sure how deluxe fits in?

  3. i really like them both it makes me try things that i wouldn’t normally try ..i have not had either sub that long though

  4. This month Ipsy won for me. Here is my break down:

    BB gave me two products I really liked, which were the Macadamia Nourishing Moisture Oil Treatment, and the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water.

    Ipsy gave me four products I liked, plus the bag which I also liked this month. The Ipsy products I liked, starting with my favorite, were: Cotz Natural Face SPF 40, Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Pencil, Luxie Beauty Eye Blending Brush, and Peter Lamas Detoxifying Facial Cleanser. I didn’t like the UD pencil at first, but now I really like it.

  5. With Birchbox, I never get Be a Bombshell anything, which is a big plus…

  6. May was the first month I let BB pick my samples for me. I loved them, minus the sea salt spray which I never use but they’ve sent me at least 4 times. Ipsy is continuously a disappointment, everyone seems to prefer it but I always get crap I don’t want or use. Usually a bronzer and eyeliner. I think I’ve had two good bags I was excited about in a year’s subscription. I’ve had BB for 4 years and still enjoy getting it, I rarely get a full size item, but they seem to listen a little better to my reviews and likes. Ipsy seems to give me the things I hate every month, they pay 0 attention to the quiz.

    • I also felt this way when I had an ipsy subscription. Most things they sent me were wasted. The colors were totally off for my dark skin complexion. I also felt like in general their products weren’t as high end as the ones that bb sent me.

  7. I’ve always thought Birchbox was the best of the two. Last month ipsy won, but that’s the first time since last summer that ipsy was better. I actually cancelled ipsy two months ago and have never looked back. Birchbox customer service is amazing. I also get Sample Society, Glossybox, & Beautyfix so I’m constantly comparing beauty boxes and ipsy isn’t consistant IMO

  8. It’s really a c***shoot what you get with either box. I was happy with my three Birchbox boxes this month (my regular one, the one I subscribed to get the sponge and the one I subscribed for $1) and my daughter was happy with her Ipsy box. But I only got two of the products Liz got in her Birchbox and my daughter got none of the ones Liz got in her Ipsy. She was happy with the dry shampoo in my Birchbox, though.

    I haven’t see what I’m getting from Birchbox in June yet. I’m not sure how my daughter will feel about her Ipsy. She got two makeup products, which she wanted, but the colors may not work for her.

  9. While I definitely preferred Ipsy over Birchbox this month, I’ll never give Birchbox up. I’ve been disappointed in ipsy for at least 6 months and was planning to cancel after May – and of course it was an amazing month!
    Birchbox on the other hand has that wonderful points system. I save my points for 6 months and always get a new bottle of Beauty Protector Detangler for free. This month I added the Summer limited edition box too. Ladies who would give up Birchbox – make sure you’re using it to it’s full capacity.

  10. I started a 2nd subscription with Birchbox to get the beauty blender and I received an email saying the beauty blender would be shipping separately, but I’ve never received it yet. Has anyone else?

    • I got my Beauty Blender and teeny tiny cleanser yesterday.

    • got mine late last week

  11. All of the ipsy possibilities are up for June through early glam bag access! Woo!

  12. I got the ipsy box in May and just signed up for Birchbox (using the Tati code to get it for $1). I already know what will be in the bag and I’m not impressed at all. I’m going to give Birchbox another month or two then will cancel. I am going to try Ipsy and Glossybox and see how that works out! Those two seem to get the most ‘value’. 🙂 Many people on Youtube actually compare their Ipsy boxes to Glossy or Boxycharm – which is crazy because Ipsy is only $10. That should tell you something. 🙂

  13. I canceled Ipsy a while back as I never seemed to get good items. So bummed that I missed the dry shampoo and lip liner. Maybe I will have to resubscribe!

  14. Ipsy seems to be the better choice lately. Not a fan of Birchbox any longer

    • I agree. Birchbox seems to be more skincare oriented now and not much makeup 🙁

      • Which is exactly why I cancelled Ipsy and am staying with Birchbox :):)

        • I will never give up Birchbox, either!

    • I agree. I am really loving what Ipsy is sending lately. I have been disappointed in my last two Birchboxes.

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