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Birchbox Vs Ipsy Vs Play by Sephora – December 2017

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$10 Beauty Subscription Box Breakdown!

The Birchbox vs Ipsy vs Sephora post series compares my Birchbox and Ipsy subscription every month to give you a good idea what you can expect from the three most popular beauty subscription boxes. (And since all 3 boxes are $10 a month, it seems fair to stack them up against each other).

If you are interested in finding other great beauty boxes, check out our Top 31 Beauty Subscription Boxes for 2017!

FYI – I pay for 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 December 2017 (Check out the full Birchbox review)

Number of items: 6

Full-size items: 2

Deluxe size items: 1

Brands featured: LOC, NuFace, Aveda, Birchbox, Whish, Marcelle

Categories featured: Skincare (1) Makeup (3) Haircare (1) Tools (1)

Total Value: $58.49

Favorite item in the box: Whish Botanical Primer

This is the primer my dry skin needs right now! It’s moisturizing, gentle on my super-sensitive winter weather skin, and provided a great base for makeup. I’m probably going to buy the full-size version soon.

Ipsy December 2017 (Check out the full Ipsy review)

Number of items: 5

Full-size items: 2

Deluxe size items: 0

Brands featured: Lottie, Seraphine Cosmetics, MAC, Smashbox, Barefoot Venus

Categories featured: Makeup (2) Skincare (2) Nail Polish (1)

Total Value: $47.77

Favorite item in the box: Seraphine Botanicals Orange + Cream Lip Polish

Ingredient-conscious, full-size, and tastes like a creamsicle. That should cover it!

Play! by Sephora December 2017 (Check out the full Play! by Sephora review)

Number of items: 6

Full-size items: 0

Deluxe size items: 0

Brands featured: Too Faced, Make Up For Ever, IT Cosmetics, Smashbox, Bumble and Bumble, Dior

Categories featured: Makeup (3) Skincare (1) Haircare (1) Fragrance (1)

Total Value: $38.13

Favorite item in the box: There a lot of products I like in this box, but the IT COSMETICS Confidence in a Cream is new to me, and I’m a fan now that I’ve sampled it!

It really is a luxe cream! It almost feels like a gel/cream hybrid, and it moisturized my skin and left me with just a subtle glow. It’s designed to smooth texture, intensely hydrate, and enhance the firmness of skin over time.

Verdict: Even though it has the lowest value this month, Play by Sephora is the winner for me. I loved everything in the box, and it was a great mix of products/brands I already know and love, and some great new discoveries.


Of course, my favorite box varies every month, so here are my general suggestions for which box to pick:

Birchbox: Birchbox allows you to pick one of your samples or the curated box for each month, so if you want to have a little more control over your box, this is a good choice. They also have a ton of great high-end brands. If you are concerned about the value of your boxes, I recommend going for the curated box each month – the values with those boxes seem to be consistently good.

Ipsy: This will likely be the highest value out of all 3 boxes every month. It’s also the best of the 3 if you are looking for full-size items. The one thing to keep in mind is that Ipsy samples both high-end, mid-tier, and drugstore brands, so you’re going to get a mix of price point brands.

Sephora: I recommend this box for the brands – if Sephora carries the brand, it may appear in the box, which means they have a ton of inventory to pick from, and you’re going to get great brands across the board. Sample sizes may be small for some products, but you get 5 beauty samples PLUS a fragrance sample.

What was your favorite box for December? And what was your favorite product?

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.

5 Comments

  1. Is there one of these that only send animal friendly products? I only buy cruelty free products so it make it hard to subscribe 🙁 The specific animal friendly boxes tend to be really expensive

    • A lot of products from ipsy are cruelty free that I have received. I would try with them.

    • SoSusan.

  2. I got the same Play! Both my Play and ipsy were pretty great last month.

  3. I agree about the Sephora bc it was a great variety! But ipsy was my win only bc I got a brush for the first time. Lol so imma go with ipsy. Birchbox was ok but it wasn’t aaahhmazing.

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