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Boxycharm vs Ipsy: Which Beauty Subscription is Best for You?

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanMar 6, 2020 | 76 comments

Boxycharm vs Ipsy

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1986 Ratings | 232 Reviews

Updated March 6, 2020

We do regular comparison posts for beauty boxes at the same price point (see our IPSY vs Birchbox vs Play! by Sephora series, and our BoxyCharm vs GlossyBox vs Look Fantastic series), but we’ve also had reader requests to compare subscriptions regardless of price. So, to kick it off, we’re comparing two of the most popular beauty subscription boxes: BoxyCharm ($25.00 a month) and IPSY Glam Bag ($12.00 a month).

We’ll take you through everything from the price differences, types of products included, customization options, and even loyalty programs– so you’ll know exactly what to expect.

Here are the differences between BoxyCharm and IPSY:

Full Size Items

Full Size Items

BoxyCharm always sends 5 full-size items in every box. With IPSY Glam Bag, you might get 1 or 2 full-size items in your monthly glam bag, but it isn’t a guarantee. And with IPSY it will vary month to month. I’ve had glam bags that had almost all full-size items, and I’ve ones that were all sample sizes. (If you find you aren’t getting as many full-size items as you’d like, IPSY Glam Bag subscribers can upgrade to IPSYGlam Bag Plus—5 full-size items for $25 per month—or IPSY Glam Bag Ultimate—8 full-size items and 4 samples for $50 per month.)

If you want to sample lots of items and then buy the ones you love, go with IPSY. If you want full-size items only, BoxyCharm is the right choice.

Price Per Box


BoxyCharm costs $25.00 a month for 5 full-size beauty products. IPSY Glam Bag costs $12.00 a month for 5 beauty products (sizes will vary) + a makeup bag.

ipsy is definitely the cheaper monthly box and a great way to test out if beauty subscription boxes are right for you.

But, it’s also important to compare the cost to the value. (More on this next.)



BoxyCharm promises a value of at least $100 per box. IPSY doesn’t promise a specific value per bag, but I would expect your bag’s value to never be less than $30.00, and sometimes be upwards of $50.00.

I compared the past six months of each subscription, and my BoxyCharm subscription averaged a value of $140.13 a box. My IPSY subscription averaged a value of $53.92 a box. Box items/values will vary somewhat, but using these numbers to compare the cost to the value:

  • With BoxyCharm, the value is 6.67 times the amount paid.
  • With IPSY, the value is 5.39 times the amount paid.

So, value-wise, BoxyCharm gives you more for your money. (If you place a monetary value on the makeup bags IPSY sends, though, this might be different for you.)



If you aren’t familiar with this term in the subscription box world, it basically boils down to this question: Will all subscribers get the same things? Or will there be variations in what your box includes vs your friends?

The bottom line: For both BoxyCharm and IPSY, there is variation, but there is WAY more variation with IPSY.

BoxyCharm typically includes a few items that all subscribers will receive and some variants. (We always indicate which items will be in all boxes and which ones may be variants in our BoxyCharm spoiler posts.) You get to choose one of your BoxyCharm products each month.

IPSY samples 40+ beauty products every month! That means that your IPSY Glam Bag might be completely different than the samples we review each month. (We get IPSY spoilers, too, but you won’t know which ones you’re guaranteed to get until you already are charged for the box.) Note that you’ll get to pick one of your IPSY Glam Bag items each month.

If you want some guarantees on what will be in your box before you subscribe, BoxyCharm is the right choice. If you are OK with a few surprises, go with IPSY.

Types of Products

Types of Products

What types of products can you expect from each subscription? Makeup? Skincare? Beauty tools? Perfume? Nail polish? The answer can vary month to month, and things may shift in the future, but here’s a general rule of thumb I’ve gathered from subscribing to each of these boxes for 5 years+

With BoxyCharm, makeup is heavily featured. There is almost always a palette in every monthly box. Highlighters are common. They also typically include a skincare item and makeup brushes.

With IPSY, everything is on the table. You’ll typically get a mix of skincare and makeup, and the occasional perfume, nail polish, or makeup brush.

(Check out our BoxyCharm reviews and our IPSY reviews to get a better look at the products you can expect from each.)

If you want palettes, go with BoxyCharm. If you want nail polish, the best bet is IPSY.

Discounts for Longer Subscriptions

Discounts for Longer Subscriptions

Both offer discounts for subscribing to more months up front:

  • With BoxyCharm, a 12-month subscription brings the cost down to $22.92 a box.
  • With IPSY, a 12-month subscription brings the cost down to $11 a box.

Neither subscription typically offers promotional discounts.

Ease of Cancellation

Ease of Cancellation

One of the pet peeves of many subscribers is having to call customer care to cancel a subscription. Good news: Neither BoxyCharm nor IPSY will make you call them to cancel!

You can cancel BoxyCharm in your online account without having to contact customer care.

IPSY also lets you cancel online, but makes things a bit more difficult:

  1. Log into your ipsy account and go to Account → Edit account settings → Membership (or click here after logging in).
  2. Click “Cancel Subscription” and follow the steps to cancel. We will email you a link that you must click to confirm your cancellation.
  3. Make sure you’re logged into your ipsy account, then click on the link in the email we sent you to finalize your cancellation.
  4. If you do not click on the link in the email, or are not logged in to when you click it, your cancellation request will not be processed.

IPSY has also recently allowed subscribers to pause their subscription, if you don’t want to cancel but just want to skip a month.

Shipping & Tracking

Shipping & Tracking

Both subscriptions will send you an email when your box ships complete with a clickable tracking number. BoxyCharm ships through FedEx Smart Post, and IPSY ships through DHL SM Parcel Ground. (Both of those services are delivered by your local post office.)

BoxyCharm ships to the contiguous U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and all the US Territories, plus all of the Territories/Provinces in Canada.

IPSY ships to the U.S. and its territories, APO, DPO, and FPO boxes, and Canada.



Both BoxyCharm + IPSY usually have waitlists for new subscribers. Here’s what you need to know:

After you sign up with IPSY, they will offer you to skip the waitlist by sharing IPSY on social media. You can do this, or, you can just contact customer care at [email protected] and ask to be removed from the waitlist.

BoxyCharm doesn’t have a way to bypass their waitlist currently, so we recommend signing up ASAP if you want this box. However, sometimes they remove the waitlist entirely. When they do, you’ll see “The Waitlist is Gone” messaging on their homepage!

Loyalty & Reward Programs

Loyalty & Reward Programs

Both BoxyCharm and IPSY offer reward programs, but they are different:

IPSY offers you reward points for referring friends, and for rating your products and glam bag each month. You can redeem these points for free products that will ship with your next glam bag. (Free products typically start at 350 points. Check out past examples in our IPSY rewards posts.)

Here’s a breakdown of the IPSY point structure:

  • Referrals: Earn 600 Points for each friend who signs up within 24 hours through your unique referral link.
  • Product Reviews: Earn 15 Points for each product you review in your online Glam Bag.
  • Full Glam Bag Review: Earn 10 Points for reviewing your entire Glam Bag experience each month.

As you can see, they heavily reward referrals, but even without referring anyone, you can still earn 85 points a month by rating your products + glam bag. That equals 1020 points a year, which should get you two products for free.

BoxyCharm’s point system is “Charms” and you can cash in every 100 Charms you earn for a $1 coupon to spend in their Charm shop. (Check out past examples of what’s in the Charm Shop.)

Here’s a breakdown of the BoxyCharm point structure:

  • Referrals: Earn 500 Charms for every friend you refer
  • Product Reviews: Earn 50 Charms for each product review. You can also earn 50 Charms for an overall box review.

This set up is more balanced than IPSY of referrals vs reviewing products. And technically you can review all the products they sample that month, not just the ones you received, so on a typical month through reviewing only you could earn up to 900 charms through reviews! That equals 10,800 Charms a year, or $108 to spend in the Charm shop!

BoxyCharm definitely has the better reward/referral program!


If you couldn’t tell already, I love both of these subscriptions! I recommend both of them to friends and family, and I hope this breakdown of the boxes has helped you decide which box is best for you.

BoxyCharm: This is probably the best bang-for-your-buck beauty subscription, period. If you love palettes, skincare, makeup brushes, etc., go for it! And their reward system can get you a lot of bonus free product, too. Sign up for BoxyCharm here!

IPSY: The $12 price point makes this one so easy to try. Plus the makeup bags are a cute addition, too. If you’re not sure about beauty/makeup subscriptions, this is a great way to start. Sign up for IPSY here!

And if you’re a subscription addict like me (or one in the making), subscribe to both! 🙂

Boxycharm vs Ipsy: Subscription Box Showdown

What did you think of this breakdown? Was it helpful? Would you like to see it for other boxes? Any additional points I should add?

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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!

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!
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Ipsy also offers the Glam bag plus, it’s also $25 and comes with 5 full size product. Not sure why they wouldn’t compare those since they are more similar


I was thinking the same thing.


I think you’re comparing the wrong way, you should compare Ipsy 25$ with the glam box (same prices, same offer) I have the Ipsy 25$ subscription and I have received just full size products, make up, products, brushes and more and I love it. I’m thinking in trying glam box but this comparative doesn’t help me.


I agree


Exactly! Love my Glam bag plus


why are you not comparing the comparable tiers of both companies???
BoxyCharm does not do a box with deluxe travel sized products. The smallest box they do is 5 full sized products for $25 a box.
To be a truly fair comparison you need to compare it with the Ipsy Glam Bag Plus which is Ipsy’s $25 box with 5 full sized products.
If you aren’t doing that then your whole “test” is just a waste and a bunch of deceiving misinformation.


I was going to ask same thing. Doesn’t seem like a fair comparison. Comparing the the Glam Plus would be more honest and truthful.


For this review to be equitable, the reg. Boxycharm box should have been reviewed against the Ipsy PLUS bag.

The BoxyLuxe box should be reviewed against the Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate.

What happened here, exactly? Huge oversight, it seems. 🙂

Jessica Rae Johnson

I agree Bonnie, And one more thing i might Add is the Customer service!! IPSY beats BOxycharm OUT OR THE WATER BY A LONG SHOT when it comes to caring about your subscribers! I have missed my SECOND BOX IN TWO MONTHS with boxy and everything on my end is updated and correct. they just dont care. 🙁


When this was written there was no plus or ultimate….could they update it now? Yeah, but I wouldn’t call it a glaring oversight…


Date on article is March 2020.
Both boxes had the 3 levels of subscription choice in March, of course. I have all 6 of them. 🙂


IPSY every. Stinking. Time. Over BoxyCharm. First off, the Ipsy app is unlike any other sub box. Easy choices, Add ons, notifications & can cancel right through it without ever having to get ahold of anyone.
BoxyCharm plays games often & has poor customer service, site crashes & limited customization. If you’re late to sign up, too bad, no choice item.
With everything that has come to the surface about Boxy lately, I wouldn’t trust them anymore. (If interested look into their Faccia skin scam or non authentic products actually being made in their China lab)


What is the ipsy app I keep reading about??? I’ve looked through the ” play store” on android and can’t find anything…


You may have to go to the ipsy website on your phone and be linked from there. It was almost automatic when I signed up for ipsy, not sure why it wouldn’t be showing up in playstore. I’d try it through the website though! Do you have a subscription to ipsy? Because if not that might be it too, it was awhile ago but I believe I was prompted to download the app after I signed up for the subscription. I have an iPhone though and I could be totally wrong. I’m sure their customer service team would be happy to assist/send you a link!

Love Ipsy

I would also like to add that this review does IPSY no justice they have 2 other plans which in both u get full size products. U get to choose 1 each month plus they have add on’s for as low as $3 and other offers where u Can get over $100 worth of different products, skin cate, makeup and hair care all in 1 purchase for like $16. I just got a full size ceramic hair straighter for $16. It was over $100 if I were to buy straight from the manufacturer site. Thats normal for IPSY. The highest plan is $50 a month for 8 yep 8 full size products and 4 deluxe travel size plus a large makeup bag every time. The $25 plan is 5 full size products. Plus there are values the Glam Bag Plus has a value of at least $200 thats the $25 plan. I have had IPSY for years and LOVE it! I have NEVER been disappointed. Every bag is tailored to my colors, my needs and my profile. LOVE IPSY!!


I also read a comment recently talking about how wasteful their packaging was, which I mean, the plastic it is shipped in isn’t ideal, cardboard would be better. But they also attacked the actual like little bags that are included with the subscription say “which literally no woman on earth needs” and I was like… I actually really love the bags. I’m an artist and I work in an office and I have so many uses for organization with the bags. I mean I’ve only been subscribed for a couple months, so I don’t have that many (though I do get sucked into those deal days and add ons sometimes lol), so right now they are just holding my products, but I ALWAYS need something to store my art tools/work supplies in. The bags are too cute and any of them I don’t like I will use to gift things to my mom and sister in at the holidays. Love ipsy to far. I read so many reviews between the two before I made the decision and I definitely think as a beginner to make up (I love skincare too, which I am not so much a newbie at but I love to try new products.. example, I bought a bonus bag the other day solely based on an eye cream, I did the math based on the full sized product on the website and it was like $14-15 for the travel size, which was not offered on the company website outside of a $100+ kit, and the whole bag was 16, so it was so worth it!) I also heard a lot of people saying “why would you pay for samples?” and as someone who heavy applies for free samples, I don’t know where these people live that these companies are just giving those products away, but it certainly isn’t happening around me. In the future if I have more that I allow myself to spend, I may try Boxy too, they both seem pretty nice. I definitely haven’t regretted my Ipsy subscription so far.

Connie Stephany

I agree completely! Ipsy all the way. They are making choice even better on the Glam Bag Plus by allowing for three choices starting in August! I just tried Boxy for a couple months and so far have not been very impressed. It’s nothing like Ipsy or on same level as Ipsy. Recommend Ipsy 110%.

Rhonda Gauthier

Do not go Boxycharm if you are a customer service fanatic they’re customer service sucks being all reasoning.i did a 3 month but and had issues the first 2 boxes then they screwed up my billing info and wouldn’t correct it no one responded no one answered any emails and they’re is no way to call so I canceled and nice to fill size ipsy

Lisa Burns

Weird, that’s the same experience I had with Ipsy.
I left them and went to BoxyCharm.
I’ve been receiving expensive full size products like Elemis and It and haven’t had a problem with them so far.
Ipsy would cancel my orders over & over and take weeks to get back to me.
They would never apologize.


The price point on the subscriptions is not accurate. First of all, I’ve been subscribed to Ipsy for a long time and it is $10.00 per month, not $12.00. If there is a planned price increase, I have not been notified. I even went into their site to see if there was a,mention of $2.00 price increase to no avail. As for BoxyCharm, they are increasing their prices from $21.00/month to $25.00 a month starting November. That will change the better bang for your buck percentage I would presume.


So one, yes, ipsy has gone up to $12 a month, starting in October of this year (2019). They claim they’ll get better products, more full size stuff, and this was the compromise for letting us choose an item each bag. Having said that, I’ve been chronically disappointed with my bags for awhile. This month doesn’t look to change that at all based on spoilers. BoxyCharm is also promising at least $150 in value now and sending out sampling kits for complexion products so it’ll increase the bang for your buck factor, I think.


Boxy should be compared with Ipsy Glambag plus. The prices are more comparable!


yeah I have seen that i think its too bias comparing the cheapest bag in ipsy to boxycharm. IPSY september glam bag the total value was 157 which i only paid 25 and the boxycharm I paid 21 and the total value was 107 box number 23.


I was an Ipsy subscriber since they started. I even upgraded to Glambag plus.
I was enjoying their boxes with no issues.
One month I changed my credit card with them, thought all was well.
Started to notice every time I placed an order to add a special product to my Glambag (which they offer all customers) I received an email 5 minutes later saying my order has been canceled?!?
Finally after the forth time, I contacted CS thru email (no other way to contact them)
I received a rude strange email back saying these orders were canceled because they suspected fraud. I thought wow, how cool they caught something like that..
come to find out, they were accusing me.
I explained I was the owner of card, I tried everything I could to figure it out but only got emails saying “sorry, have a nice day”. Yet they continued to charge me and send out Glambag??
made no sense at all.
I finally had to cancel my account and I still have no real understanding of what or why this happened. I couldn’t reach a manager or anyone to help me.
It was the same person every time. Its sad when you have to cancel something you love because of cust. service. Clearly there was some kind of issue with a CS rep or a glitch in computer, but Ill never know cause I couldn’t reach anyone.
It made me become much more aware of the people who handle my credit card tho. 🙁

Lianna Golden

I had like the same thing happen to me but I tried buying an Ipsy offer with a different card than the one on my account it was cancelled for fraud and once I told them uh no fraud they said it was too late to buy the item (it happened to be a very expensive item at a very good discount) it took a ton of emails back and forth I still never really got real explanations or was able to purchase the item it was super stupid


Boxycharm has now included skincare section apart of your profile customization! They are now offering more skincare products in their boxes. Your voices are heard with boxycharm! Boxycharm all the way 🙂


Ipsy Glam Bag & Ipsy Glam Bag Plus is a much better bag for me than BOXYCHARM is because BOXYCHARM is geared more towards younger women and Ipsy can be personalized a lot more than BOXYCHARM. Also with Ipsy you can put a hold on your bags without cancelling and if you need to put a hold on BOXYCHARM Bags you have to completely cancel.

Patricia S Garrett

I am SO very happy with my GBPlus combined with regular GB. This month, my GBPlus is worth almost THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS.


I agree, Boxycharm is geared more for younger women. At 51, the makeup is way too bold lol

Carley Flowers

I completely understand and agree with you about the bold colors, as well as certain boxy products bring geared towards younger women. I’m 35 myself and have no need for green or blue sparkly eyeshadow… But the great part about that is the Swap and Shop or Buy, Sell, Trade boxycharm and Ipsy Facebook groups. Every month I’ve always either traded out products I won’t use for something I love or sold what I didn’t want/need. I’ll sell one product from the box and that alone pays for the entire box, plus some! You should try it out.. if you like I can friend request you to FB and invite you to the best groups… Lmk I’m happy to help!
NaMaStE 🕉️




Just a note – I’ve just signed up for Boxycharm, and I feel that they’re a little more accommodating towards their Canadian subscribers. Their giveaways are open to Canadians, and Boxyluxe is as well (Ipsy doesn’t offer their super glam bag to Canadians, and we can’t use their shop.)

I might find that Boxycharm is less accommodating than I think, but it’s nice to not be teased with stuff you can’t actually access.


Completely agree with you. I just signed up for boxycharm myself and noticed we can sign up for any of the boxes which is awesome!
I’m hoping for the Ace palette in my first box but like the selection they have irregardless. I have had Ipsy for awhile now but lately has been just plain bad with their customization last 3-4 months. Latest bag is such a huge disappointment especially since I really didn’t like what was in my last 2 bags. If it wasn’t for choice and add-one it would have been a complete waste of money as the majority were items I can’t or won’t use. Boxy seems more geared towards makeup over skin care which I prefer while Ipsy has been leaning more the opposite lately. At least with what they send me. I hate masks and can’t wear perfume yet I seem to constantly get those. Ugh.


When I am reviewing products in boxycharm it is telling me that you receive 50 charms per product reviewed not 100. Am I missing something?

Yomarly Carvajal

It is true, they give you 50 charms instead of a 100. It must be a mistake of the person who wrote the article.


I am not good enough with math I’m 37 live on a fixed buget which do y’all recommmed??


Some things not mentioned in here:

– Ipsy’s rewards program is extremely easy to use and, as far as I can tell, glitch-free.
– Boxycharm’s rewards program is hard to use on the website & often doesn’t work. People get charged for things they were supposed to get for free (look at the comments section of any Boxycharm reviews to see the complaints about this), and it’s a big song & dance to get it sorted out.

– Ipsy has great customer service. They respond to every email and, in my experience, make an actual effort to meet customers’ needs.
– Boxycharm ignores emails. I’ve never once received a response to any of my emails to them.

– Ipsy customizes – if you fill out their questionnaires and review products regularly, you can often see a change in your bags for the better. (And if you don’t, you can email them and at least get a response, unlike with Boxycharm.) Ipsy recently even improved on this and started posting information in accounts about what in your profile is the reason why you received certain products. This is helpful and reduces frustration.
– Boxycharm doesn’t customize at all. What is the use of full sized products if they’re things you can’t use?

– Because of Ipsy’s customization, they are multi-age friendly. I’ve gotten many bags that were both fun and useful, and I’ve rarely felt that they were only interested in younger customers.
– Boxycharm is definitely skewed towards younger people (false eyelashes, lots of highlighters, lots of eye liners, lots of glittery makeup) or possibly people in showbiz. I wish they would just say so – I wasted a lot of money on them.

When you look at Boxycharm’s spoilers and reviews, keep in mind that there’s a good chance that you will receive the variations you DON’T want, so is it still a good deal for you? You should be happy with all variations or it’s a waste of money because they WON’T be customizing for you.

I cancelled Boxycharm after the last hugely disappointing bag a few months ago and haven’t once regretted it. I’m happy to stay with Ipsy.


I totally agree with you Lydia. I’ve tried both and boxy charm just doesn’t seem to give me things I use or would use. I can’t imagine my 37 year old self wearing glittery eyeshadow to work or even out. Plus Boxycharm was also compared to a cheaper Ipsy subscription. If they compared it to their $25 subscription (a comparable price to Boxycharm) you also get 5 full sized items that you get to choose. Plus, as you mentioned, you can always take the beauty quiz to refine what is recommended for you.

Patty Bledsoe

I used To Get Boxycharm,Canceled Went Back to Ipsy,Boxycharm Show,s Some nice Spoilers then After They Get Their Payment Alway,s Find out That Most Items will be A Variation Item,Which You Get Excited for Something And Then it ,s not Gonna be Your,s Like Bait And Run


I agree with all of this !!!!! Even tho the Ipsy Glam Bag Plus is not being compared here, for only $4 more a month, Plus has it all and is SO Much better than boxy in value, brands, variety and very wearable colors for everyone. Lipsticks aren’t all brown, gray & orange. And everything truly IS Full Size….not mixed with deluxe sample sizes that boxy now includes in place of what used to be all full size. I’m 110% happier with Ipsy Plus and cancelled boxy after too much game playing, bait n switch of products, expired products, and colors of lipsticks and eyeshadows that would best be used for stage performances. BOTH Ipsy bags get my vote all the way !!!!!!


Just an FYI, the Charms redemption process changed. You don’t need to redeem in $10 increments and use a coupon anymore (Their FAQ needs to be updated) You just directly apply the Charms to your order.


I haven’t had any problems redeeming charms…but I’ve only been subbing to Boxy for a year or so, and I probably only know their new system. I subscribe to both, and the only issue I’ve had so far is with the destruction of the boxes by USPS. I hate to admit this, but I think Boxy really is more for younger people, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing for an old bag like me to have fun with.

Laura C

Great reviews for both boxes! I have been subscribed to both boxes since 2016. I LOVE Boxycharm and I like Ipsy. I feel Boxycharm is the better value. However, my Ipsy bag had all full-size items this month which doesn’t happen that often. Your Ipsy points will expire if you don’t use them and Ipsy offers are amazing!


Ipsy was my first subscription; my gateway drug. I get 2 Ipsy bags now, Boxycharm, and a host of other subs because it’s a fun treat for me. And it’s probably better than living under a bridge shooting heroin or something. And I assume I look and smell better too. 🙃


My thoughts exactly! Ipsy and boxycharm




I rarely get a full size anything in Ipsy. Maybe eyeliner? Am I missing something?


This month in my IPSY i got a full size lip balm and a full size eyeliner. I also got a brush which is by nature one size and thus is full size. I got a really good size sample of a leave in conditioner and a good size of a MAC Lip Glass. I often get full size liners, nail polishes, and brushes in IPSY and get a full size eyeshadow pan at least every other month. I do feel like IPSY sends a ton of full size! I’ve gotten Allure, Macy’s, and started Sephora Play! From its very first month (kept it for a year) and full sizes were infrequent in those. They are very, very frequent in IPSY!


I got a full size eyeliner this month, a full size lip balm, and a full size brush (since the brush is a brush, it only comes in one size). My sample sizes were a leave in conditioner (but a pretty good size one!) and a MAC Lip Glass (also a good size!!!). I get brushes and full size nail polishes a lot, plus single pan eyeshadows that are also full size pretty much every month.

Tanya M.

Is there a new sub called Boxy Luxe? How much is it? Deets Liz, PLEASE… I may have to drop Ipsy and Allure …PS … I know you haven’t said anything yet because my coworker just ran over and said “keep checking MSA for deets and text me” because she has an afternoon meeting. Lol


I heard it is supposed to be coming in the fall. It is from boxycharm and will be more expensive, however, it is to be packed full of items, all full size with a bigger price point. Look on social media, their having a contest to name it!! I for one can’t wait! 😍😍😍


Great reviewew! I think there are reasons why these two subscription are so popular but after a 2 years I decided to cancel my ipsy bag. Too many times I would rather of had a different bag and I would review all my items also. Anywho super excited about Boxycharm upgrade boxes coming this fall! Can’t wait to find out more!!


With Ipsy you can go in under the membership tab and select items you want to receive out of the next three months options And you can update your beauty preferences to pretty much guarantee you get what you want when you see the spoilers you just have to figure out how the algorithm works. I honestly keep Boxee charm usually for one item I don’t think I’ve ever kept a single pallet that I’ve gotten because they’re not for 40-year-old women


Thank you. This made my decision to pass on Boxy. Im in my 50s and done with the bright and sparkly shadows.


I just wanted to thank you for this awesome article! I subscribe to both (basically for the reasons you provided) but it’s helpful for friends I want to refer the subscriptions to.

To be honest, I’m more of a lurker on this site but I’ve been reading basically since the beginning and want to thank you for a fun site that is enjoyable to read even if you aren’t subscribed to any of the boxes! Extra props for making a community where us subscription box addicts can congregate with no judgment!

Happy Friday!

Liz Cadman

Wow! Thank you so much!!! 🙂




Wonderful and thorough review, Liz! Thank you for taking the time. Just wanted to add that Boxy does add sales tax where I live but Ipsy doesn’t. Neither one of them add shipping. Another thing to consider…


This was so helpful, useful, and detailed! Thanks so much, Liz!

Liz Cadman

Woo! That’s so great to hear! Thank you! 🙂


You should do a Boxycharm vs BeautyFix comparison. I read comments from people complaining about all the make up in Boxycharm and I always thing You’re subscribed to the wrong box! Two different experiences, yet it could help people make a more fitting choice.


I discovered beauty fix through this website and it’s the one box I absolutely can’t do without

Liz Cadman

Great suggestion, thank you!


I totally agree with this review, Liz! I love them both too for the reasons you stated. I like the quality, price and variation of ipsy but I also love the value, makeup focus and predictability of BC. These are two of the best boxes out there!


Yes, this would be helpful.

I wish there was a box that focused on body care. It takes me forever to use makeup and facial products but I cycle through body wash, scrubs, and lotions/oils so quickly.

Any suggestions out there?


MARGOT ELENA, which is also reviewed here. Now taking orders for their Summer 2020 box.

Has nothing BUT skin lotions, creams, hand creams, body soaps, liquid soaps, and a candle or two. I have 10 boxes stacked up that are just too beautiful to rip up and use, but I’ll get over it…
One heck of a GREAT subscription.

Just make sure their CS cancels your box if you want it cancelled, and get it in email.
There’s been a few glitches as they’ve grown so fast with the love people have for the box.

Gabrielle Gilbert

But it’s $35…

Gabrielle Gilbert

EXCELLENT SUGGESTION!! I’ve seen boxes from like housemade bath Products. They look fabulous actually!!! I think one is Susan’s Bath House…? 🐞

Liz Cadman

Thanks, Michele! Really, you can’t go wrong with either box 🙂

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