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The 16 Best Makeup Subscription Boxes – 2020 Readers’ Choice

Best Makeup Subscription Boxes of 2020

We asked you, our readers, to name your favorite subscription boxes of 2020, and you spoke! Here we’ve rounded up your top picks and go-tos for makeup, skincare, and more!

Are you a beauty box addict like us? We’ve rounded up the top makeup subscriptions voted by our readers, and we mean it when we say it’s full of fantastic choices! Including picks for every price point, options for vegan beauty fans, and an impressive variety of brands across boxes, these selections are awesome options for those ready to upgrade their makeup collection—and of course for makeup mavens wanting to keep their already-impressive assortment growing, too!

You May Also Like: The Best Subscription Boxes for Full-Size Beauty Products

 

Updated 7/29: LiveGlam KissMe Club is now Lippie Club.

The 16 Makeup Subscription Boxes Our Readers Recommend Most

Here are the beauty boxes that rank the highest among real subscribers:

1. BoxyCharm

group shot of Boxycharm with all included items

Image from our review.

The Cost: $25.00 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code POPUP6NEW08 to get a $6 credit to use in the BoxyPopUp shop!

What Our Readers Say:

“This box is great for expanding your makeup collection.” – Kate Dougherty

“Hands down best makeup.” – Ashley Harrison

“Always a substantial amount of makeup products in full sizes.” – DonnaS

About the Box: BoxyCharm is our readers’ top pick for makeup subscription boxes of 2020, and for good reason! It’s filled with high-end brands and at least 4 full-size products (out of the 6 that are sent). It includes amazing cosmetics like palettes, lovely lip colors, and eyeliners to try, as well as skincare products, beauty tools, and other great beauty finds.

Is It Customizable? Through a program launched in late 2019, BoxyCharm subscribers get to choose one item in their upcoming box; the rest are customized based on your preferences (not all subscribers receive the same box).

Check out all of our BoxyCharm reviews and BoxyCharm info to learn more. Ships to the US and Canada.

 

2. Ipsy Glam Bag

bag and all Ipsy items group shot

Image from our review.

The Cost: $12 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Ipsy Glam Bag for the win!” – Laurie

“Affordable way to try new makeup brands.” – April Himel

“Much of the day to day makeup I reach for came in an Ipsy Glam Bag bag, and their new add-ons system makes it easy to pick up makeup in shades I like from brands I want to try even if it doesn’t make it into the bag, like the Context Sweet Emotion lipstick!” – Jennifer

About the Box: The Ipsy Glam Bag subscription boasts a satisfying haul at a gloriously low price point! This monthly sub delivers a blend of high-end and drugstore products, a combo of makeup and skincare, and bonus beauty tools. This popular box thrills by including personalized beauty items in a stylish bag.

Is It Customizable? Each tier of Ipsy allows subscribers to choose one item each month.

Check out our Ipsy reviews and Ipsy spoilers to learn more! Ships to the US and Canada.

 

3. Allure Beauty Box

Allure Beauty box with makeup and skincare items

Image from our review.

The Cost: $15.00 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Allure Beauty Box tends to mix the known with the less known and I’ve gotten some really awesome products this year…” – Cat

“Well curated, balance of colors & formulas.” – Alex

“This is a low price but great value box to get started on the subscription box journey!” – Jeanette H.

About the Box: The Allure Beauty Box is a monthly sub that sends along a great selection of premium samples from the top brands you love—or are about to love! This box is fixed at an affordable price point, so beauty fanatics agree that it’s a stellar way to try the trending ingredients and current cosmetics you’ll read about in Allure Magazine. It’s especially great for those who wish to sample the latest beauty releases before buying them full-size.

Is It Customizable? No, not at the time of publication.

Check out all of our Allure Beauty Box reviews and Allure Beauty Box info to learn more. Ships to the US.

 

4. Ipsy Glam Bag Plus

big group shot including silver bag and makeup, skin, and hair products

Image from our review.

The Cost: $25 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“I’ve been able to try out brands that I couldn’t afford and have found the ones that really meet my needs. I always get exceptional value for what the cost.” – RaeKatz

“Makeup lover’s dream. Glam bag plus gives you what you love about Ipsy Glam Bag, but bigger.” – Nomad

“Ipsy Glam Bag Plus has been my favorite so far for beauty products…” – Carrie

About the Box: Ipsy subscribers who want to punch up their collection of cosmetics even more can subscribe to the Glam Bag Plus, which promises full-size products from well-known and up-and-coming brands. This sub offers even more of the pretty palettes, brushes, effective skincare, liquid lip color, and more that the basic subscription boasts—and the selection is customized to your personal preferences!

Is It Customizable? Each tier of Ipsy allows subscribers to choose one item each month.

Check out our Ipsy reviews and Ipsy spoilers to learn more! Ships to the US and Canada.

5. Play! by Sephora

group shot of all products in Play by Sephora subscription

Image from our review.

UPDATE: As of April 2020, PLAY! by Sephora has ended. Find out more in our post here

The Cost: $10.00 per box. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Great price for what you get, and I’ve discovered a lot of great products that I use daily now.” – marieseitz

“I feel like Sephora really captures the spirit of a sampling program. I almost always use everything in the box and generally get to sample things that I later might choose to buy.” – Anonymous

About the Box: Play! by Sephora is a beauty subscription box filled with samples of some of the top names and products in makeup, skincare, and haircare. Our readers love using this box to try high-quality brands before buying it full-size. On top of the deluxe beauty samples subscribers are sent, you also receive a fragrance sample, a PLAY! Book of tips and tricks, and a cute bag to store your new finds!

Is It Customizable? Sephora curates several variations of their PLAY! boxes each month and matches you with the version that best fits the preferences you set in your profile.

Check out all of our Play! by Sephora reviews and Play! by Sephora info to learn more. Ships to the US.

 

6. Birchbox

Gilded Birchbox standing upright behind all makeup and skincare items

Image from our review.

The Cost: $15 a month + free US shipping. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Has a good mix of sample sizes from so many different categories.” – RubyWooHoo

“I don’t use a lot of makeup, so trying items in my Birchboxes has been really food for me. The small sizes are just right given how little I use them and when I travel for work and actually need make up I have items that are highly packable.” – Tamar

“Go with the classic!” – Katie J.

About the Box: Birchbox subscribers love its amazing variety of samples! That’s why this beauty box has been a reader favorite for years. You have the option to pick from several expertly curated boxes of samples, or choose a sample choice box, which entails hand-picking one of your samples and letting the rest be selected by Birchbox with your beauty needs in mind. This box is a super-fun way to try the brands and products you’ve been wanting to try, as well as to discover new ones!

Is It Customizable? Birchbox customizes what you’ll receive each month based on your user profile, and beginning with your second box, you can choose one of your samples each month.

Check out all of our Birchbox reviews and our Birchbox info to learn more. Ships to the US, France, Spain, and the UK.

 

7. Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate

Ipsy box surrounded by cheetah-print makeup bag and all makeup and skincare items sent in that month's subscription.

Image from our review.

The Cost: $50 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“This new ultimate bag is without a doubt worth the splurge.” – Lynette

“This is the best box for makeup, they always mix it up with a variety of makeup products to try.” – Trinita Thompson

About the Box: This subscription is for the beauty fanatic who can’t get enough of the full-size products and incredible selection found in the other two Ipsy tiers! Kicking it up another notch with 8 full-sized items, 4 deluxe samples, and a large beauty bag, this glorious spread of makeup and skincare helps subscribers keep their finger on the pulse of the best brands and must-have products.

Is It Customizable? Each tier of Ipsy allows subscribers to choose one item each month.

Check out our Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate reviews and Ipsy spoilers to learn more! Ships to the US and Canada.

 

8. GlossyBox

all Glossybox items inside group shot

Image from our review.

The Cost: $21 a month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Expiring Soon! Use code GLOSSYSPA16 to get your first box for $16!

What Our Readers Say:

“Boxes are the prettiest boxes ever. And the products too.” – Kathy S.

“Great makeup products.” – Anonymous

About the Box: Not only does GlossyBox wow with gorgeous packaging, it’s full of makeup, skincare, and other must-have items in full and deluxe sizes! This box features a combination of notable and under-the-radar brands.

Is It Customizable? No, not at the time of publication.

Check out all of our GlossyBox reviews and GlossyBox info to learn more. Ships worldwide.

 

9. Macy’s Beauty Box

Macy's Beauty Box positioned among glittery makeup bag and beauty samples

Image from our review.

*UPDATE: Please note that due to COVID-19, Macy’s has temporarily suspended their monthly subscription boxes. Learn more in our full post here

The Cost: $15 a month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Great products in generous sizes.” – JANAZ

“It has the most value for me. Always includes a coupon.” – trish

“This box is solid every month…Nice products and good-size sturdy bag (when one is included).” – Vic

About the Box: If you get excited just thinking about the Macy’s makeup counter, then the Macy’s Beauty Box will thrill you from the comfort of your own vanity! With 5 deluxe beauty samples from top-notch brands, a makeup bag, a bonus item, and a $5 coupon to use online or in stores, this beauty subscription will fill your makeup bag with brilliant new products.

Is It Customizable? No, not at the time of publication.

Check out our Macy’s Beauty Box reviews and Macy’s Beauty Box info to learn more about this subscription box! Ships to the continental US.

 

10. BoxyLuxe by BoxyCharm

group shot of all included products in BodyLuxe Boxycharm subscription.

Image from our review.

The Cost: BoxyLuxe is an optional upgrade for BoxyCharm subscribers. If you opt in, you’ll pay $49.99 for your BoxyLuxe September, December, March, and June boxes (and you’ll pay $25 for all other months, when you receive your regular BoxyCharm box). Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code POPUP6NEW08 to get a $6 credit to use in the BoxyPopUp shop!

About the Box: BoxyCharm is a full-size beauty and makeup subscription box. BoxyLuxe is a once-a-quarter upgrade option you can add to your existing $25-a-month BoxyCharm subscription. Including makeup, skincare, and the occasional lifestyle item, all with a promised value of over $300, this amazing add-on box is a thrilling upgrade!

Is It Customizable? Through a program launched in late 2019, BoxyCharm subscribers get to choose one item in their upcoming box; the rest are customized based on your preferences (not all subscribers receive the same box).

Check out all of our BoxyCharm reviews and BoxyLuxe Spoilers to learn more about this subscription box! Ships to the US and Canada.

11. The Box by Fashionsta

The Cost: $24.99 a month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“THE BEST OF THE BEST.” – Anna B

“Great quality and innovative products that think outside the box. Amazing customer service!” – Frances

“Really great customer service and the products are AMAZING!! Best sub box yet!” – Mel

About the Box: The Box by Fashionsta is a new-to-us subscription that we learned about through reader comments and votes! Each box is filled with 5-7 full-size makeup and skincare products per months, promising an $80-$150 value in each box. Subscribers are thrilled by the variety, the reasonable price point, and the great balance of makeup and skincare products. Plus, each box purchased helps a non-profit based in LA, so you can feel good while you try your new makeup each month!

Is It Customizable? No, not at the time of publication.

Keep an eye out for our reviews of The Box by Fashionsta, coming soon thanks to your feedback! Ships to the US.

 

12. Tribe Beauty Box

Tribe Beauty Box with eyeshadow palette, false eyelashes, and other beauty items

Image from our review.

The Cost: $34.99 per box (sent every other month). Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MSA10 to save 10% off your first box!

What Our Readers Say:

“Really liked all of the makeup brands in this subscription box.” – BridgetG

“Full face; nice to build up collection.” – Annalisa

“Enjoy the variety and introduction to new brands.” – Anonymous

About the Box: The Tribe Beauty Box is catered to makeup artists and enthusiasts, sending 4-5 full or deluxe size products from indie and trendy brands in each bi-monthly shipment. Included is 1 face product, 1 tool, 1 eye product, 1 lip product and/or 1 skin prep product, so you can count on being stocked up with high-quality cosmetics and supplies!

Is It Customizable? No, not at the time of publication.

Check out our Tribe Beauty Box reviews and Tribe Beauty Box spoilers to learn more about this subscription box! Ships to the US & worldwide.

 

13. Kinder Beauty

The Cost: $24.00 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MSA5 to get $5 off your subscription!

About the Box: The Kinder Beauty Box is a vegan subscription curated with healthy beauty choices in mind. It comes in eco-friendly packaging and is filled with cruelty-free makeup, skincare, haircare, and more.

Is It Customizable? No, not at the time of publication.

Check out our Kinder Beauty reviews and Kinder Beauty spoilers to learn more. Ships to the US & worldwide.

 

14. LiveGlam Lippie Club

trio of lippies with LiveGlam KissMe pouch

Image from our review.

The Cost: $19.99 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Lipsticks are my favorite makeup product and the KissMe club has good quality lippies and colors at an affordable price. Not to mention beautiful packaging!” – Amy in KC

About the Box: Ready for this, lipstick lovers? KissMe Club Lippie Club is a monthly liquid lipstick club by LiveGlam! Each monthly pouch contains “lippies” from their exclusive collection of liquid lipsticks. Every package contains three unique colors in a themed collection, and you’ll never get the same color twice, so you can count on expanding your lip color collection exponentially!

Is It Customizable? Yes. LiveGlam Lippie Club subscribers can trade each month’s subscription colors for other LiveGlam products each month, including eyeshadows and brushes.

Check out our Lippie Club reviews and Lippie Club spoilers to learn more about this subscription box! Ships worldwide.

 

15. NewBeauty TestTube

NewBeauty TestTube shown with all included items

Image from our review.

The Cost: $29.95 per box, plus $8.95 shipping. Ships every other month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Ya’ll. The full size products!! Love them.” – Bee

“I always get something unknown from them which turns out wonderful.” – Jody E.

“You get an incredible amount of products for the price! I always have so much fun with this box, as I am a beauty product addict.” – Gintare.

About the Box: It’s all about the full-size products from NewBeauty TestTube! This is one of our community’s favorite subscriptions for trying new brands and ingredients. Every other month, subscribers can expect to receive a mix of well-known products and new high-quality brands that you’ll definitely want to experience. Plus each membership comes with a free NewBeauty Magazine subscription!

Is It Customizable? No, not at the time of publication.

Check out all of our NewBeauty TestTube reviews and NewBeauty TestTube info to learn more. Ships to the US.

 

16. Cohorted Beauty Box (UK)

Cohorted subscription shown with makeup spread all in sleek black packaging.

Image from our review.

The Cost: £35.00 (approx. $46.39) per box. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“I love this box. Luxurious products.” – Annalisa

About the Box: Cohorted is a beauty box from the UK! It contains mostly makeup items, with many full-size products in the mix, and arrives in a sleek box that’s great for makeup storage.

Is It Customizable? No, not at the time of publication.

Check out all of our Cohorted Beauty Box reviews and Cohorted Beauty Box Spoilers to learn more. Ships worldwide.

 


 

That’s it for the best makeup subscriptions of 2020! Which boxes do you think you’ll try this year?

 

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Comments (93)

  1. No comm

  2. Well,

    By the sound of almost EVERYONE. They pretty much ALL stink when it comes to NOT getting what you can actually use AND in customer service solving any problems.

    So….the makeup addict i am. BUT…i have decided AGAINST ANY of the mentioned subscriptions. And sticking to what ive done successfully for many years, Which is purchasing large lots of various samples. And, always buying whenever a GWP is available..
    Thank you all for helping me decide.

  3. Does ANYONE know of ANY beauty subscription that has the option to choose what countries they would/wouldn’t like to receive products from?????

    OR a subscription that is only USA products??

  4. For people of color try Cocotique. Has full sized hair products plus cosmetics and skincare, nail polish..$25 per month.

  5. I’m with you on that one! I don’t like Huda Beauty either and don’t understand their popularity. With all the glitter in them they make me look like the painted woman in the James Bond Golden Girl movie. when I saw a picture of the founder I understood why I don’t like Huda Beauty. she looks desire with all that strange makeup on. She doesn’t wear the makeup. The makeup wears her!

    And I also like tarte! Great products in good packaging very cute.

    • I meant she looks bizarre.

      • Wow, umm..she’s gorgeous. Jelly much?

      • Agreed – she’s bizarre looking and I’m far from jealous. Her makeup is totally made for Instagram use and it’s more like immediate gratification makeup. None of it is long-lasting, kind of like how MAC was originally made for runway use, and not really intended for long-wear and standard use.

        HUDA is for Instagram pictures and not high-quality. Her face always looks like there’s an inch of thick/shiny product on top of her skin.

  6. I absolutely agree! I was very sad that two days ago I had to cancel Ipsy. 3 months in a row every single product was on my rarely list. I did not receive one product that was on my often list or my sometimes list. Except for the one product that I picked.

    They Allow you to pick one product to opt out of so you won’t get it in your glam bag. I opted out of eyeliner. This third month, in addition to receiving everything on my rarely list. I also received an eyeliner but I had opted out of.

    They had the gall to tell me that the box I got with everything on my rarely list and the product that I had opted out of most closely matched my profile!

    Sometimes I actually wonder if they give you everything on your rarely list so that you will buy the full-size product for $18 as an add-on.

  7. I’ve seen a couple of new boxes on Facebook; Top Off Beauty and Glam Addict. Anyone heard of or tried these yet?

    • Ive been very dedicatited to being an ipster . I have on my bank statement i paid them 140.00 as i understand it Im coverd for a full year. .Of glam gwn gags. Am I correcet or do i call solve at 7. Idk. Im hopeing ipsy gets back to me. . As my phone ìs out of order. This is a phone ipsy may reply me on. And Thànk You 💕❤👍💘🔜

  8. I had boxy charm for like four years and this year it went totally downhill. I filled out a beauty quiz specifying that I don’t want mascara or any red lipstick only nude lip colors and eyeshadows. After receiving red lipsticks glosses and RED EYSHADOWS and of course mascara for about six months straight and seeing friends get the same products that I got in nude colors and other things besides the mascara I had to cancel. Their customer service is literally non existent… I sent them about 20 emails and even dms on their Instagram and never got even one response. It’s pretty sad because I did love this subscription before all of these issues started. They have no issues sending me emails every single day telling me to resubscribe but couldn’t answer one single email. Terrible company.

    • I agree 100%. I had Boxy Charm since the 2nd or 3rd box they sent. It has been going downhill for a while. My last BoxyLuxe was so lackluster, it actually pushed me to cancel the subscription.

    • I had the identical problem with Ipsy! I couldn’t have been happier for 8 months straight. Then, for the next three months, everything I got was on my rarely list. In spite of the fact that they have plenty of stuff that was on my often and sometimes list.

      They had the gall to tell me that the package with everything on my rarely list most closely matched my beauty profile!

    • I agree. I just cancelled my Boxy Charm subscription. They have horrible customer service. No phone number to call. Only email. It took about 3 days to get an email reply and it was unsatisfactory.
      However, I really like the products.

    • I too had nothing but problems with BoxyCharm. They even ILLEGALLY charged my credit card without my authorization or knowledge and sent me another box, after my account was “supposedly” cancelled! I even have the email from them from the month before confirming the cancellation!!!
      If their CEO would spend more time developing an actual Customer Service Department instead of making his videos every 5 minutes, telling everyone about the stuff the influencers are going to get, but you aren’t, then 3/4 of his subscribers wouldn’t be so aggravated all the time! Sure, the products overall are good-great, but 50% of what you get are colors you can’t use. Or how many eye pencils, mascaras and full-on glittery lip glosses do you need? How many eye shadow pallets all in the same Sunset shades do you need? BoxyCharm if you don’t or aren’t able to customize (nor have you ever been, which Joe admitted in one of his videos), get your deceiving questionnaire off your website!!!!!!! I could go on, but I won’t. I’ve moved on now to greener pastures, as they say!

    • I had the same problem with Boxy Charm. Alot of makeup that I could not use because they were in no way suited to my skin tone. Eye shadow palettes with wild colors and after about 8 months, I started seeing duplicates of the same things I had gotten a few months prior. It gave me the impression that they were buying up bulk things that didnt sell and putting them in the boxes each month.

  9. Cancelled my Ipsy after repeatedly getting same shade family of eyeshadows/blushes/lipsticks that didn’t go with a fair complexion at all. Plus same 3-4 out of 5 products monthly. Contacted customer service to ask what I needed to do to get variety in my products and to quit getting shades I couldn’t used and was told My products were chosen by their computer system. So much for that personalization! I asked what the point of filling out a beauty profile if it didn’t really matter.

    • I think Ipsy going downhill, too. After being with them for a year, and receiving the last boxes with everything inside on my rarely list, I canceled. Too bad because I really love the products that they show you may be in your glam bag. Problem is they weren’t.

  10. I strongly suggest to not subscribe to boxy charm ! I couldn’t even shop on their website! They have no direct customer service, I cancelled before I even got my box. They need major help with their website and support.

  11. I did Ipsy for so long and liked it. I wanted something different so I went to Boxy. They couldn’t send me anything that didn’t break! I ordered the same highlighter twice from a pop up I ordered and it broke twice. Finally just got a refund which was easy but inconvenient to say the least. I did premium base and luxe and never had a box I was in love with. Maybe one or two products. I’ll likely go back to Ipsy Glam Bag Plus.

  12. Basic Boxycharm sucks now. You missed the Premium box watch is great but too expensive. I’m cancelling Boxy Charm and looking for a new Sub.

    • I thought i was the only one who felt this way .Some one should give heads up cuz they are going down hill lately.

      • I think this is a widely agreed statement. I canceled my boxy a few months ago Bc of their bad customer service. Emailed, DM’d , reached out through their website several times through each platform and they couldn’t be bothered to reply.

      • I think Ipsy is, too. After being with them for a year, and receiving the last boxes with everything inside on my rarely list, I canceled. Too bad because I really love the products that they show you may be in your glam bag. Problem is they weren’t.

    • Everyone has been saying they don’t like their boxy anymore… I love mine but if youre looking for a new sub you should try fabfitfun, my favorite!

  13. nice

  14. If you have a USA friend use their address as the plus is the best I’ve ever recieved, its worth the extra mile. Good luck girl💙💚💛

  15. I had Ispy since 2014 and just switched to Boxy. It didn’t matter how I filled out the profile quizzes I always got the same things. I wear lash extensions and never need mascara and they always sent me some. One month I got 5 items that I couldn’t use because the colors were way off. I had to go back and look at my profile to make sure I had checked the correct things. One thing I can say about Ipsy is that even after 6 years, I never got the same makeup bag. That actually impressed me. I’m happy with Boxy and have had them for about 3 months. I’ll see how it goes and will switch if I need to.

    • I just canceled my BoxyCharm subscription because this was the second box where I could use nothing. I reached out to customer service and got no help…automated replies but never fixed my problems. So, bye-bye!

      • I’ve been trying to contact boxy charm for the last couple of days I get an automated response they will response in 48 -72 hrs but they still haven’t fixed the problem I’m having I’m bout to cancel my subscription with them bc I’ve being waiting since this past Wednesday to fix my issue … and they put a number on there page that just tells you to email them I think it wastes my time to just listen to a message that tells you to email them.. what company do you really know who doesn’t have customer service .. are you kidding me .. ????

  16. I’m subscribed to the top five and then Boxyluxe but I think it’s time to pare down my subs.I literally have too much stuff I want to use but may never get to. I’m starting to give it away to friends and family. My plan is to hopefully get on the Boxy Premium list , keep regular ipsy (for add ons) and then drop regular boxycharm, and glam bag plus. Sephora is easy to drop so that one too but am having a hard time letting Allure go.

  17. Yessss so excited to see the Box featured here! I love it

  18. Was going to order Cohorted until I saw they added 12 pounds to ship to the US. 🙁 I have ordered several British beauty boxes that didn’t charge shipping, not to mention such a high price for shipping.

  19. I have been with Ipsy for 5 years. Upgraded to Plus as soon as it was available. I liked it. Upgraded to Ultimate when it came out thinking it would be amazing and I was disappointed. Did Ultimate for 3 months before downgrading back to Plus. I Skipped January once I saw the choice and add on items. I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied with a mix of 5 of any of those products. I’m so close to cancelling Ipsy for good.
    I did a 6 month sub to Birchbox to get a free palette. The only thing I liked about Birchbox was being able to pick the curated boxes, which got me 2 full size Smith and Cult nail polishes in that 6 month time frame. Otherwise, I think Birchbox is overrated.
    I’ve been with Allure for about a year and I’m pretty happy with it. I normally really like when they have curated boxes because the full size products tend to be better. I’ve never been disappointed with an Allure box.
    I’ve been with Boxy for 4 years and I now get all 3 boxes. Overall satisfied with Boxy, except for the ridiculous amount of eyeliners and sometimes weird lip colors. Then sometimes they give me great lip colors, its 50/50. But I’m happy with the value of the boxes. I collect eyeshadow palettes so the frequency of then in this sub is nice. I wear pretty much all colors so I’m just looking for good formulas to try out.
    FFF for a year, also pretty happy with it. It’s always worth the $50 to me. I’m an annual subscriber so I get more choice options which probably helps with my overall satisfaction.
    My new favorite is the Margot Elena Discovery Box. Only recieved one so far and I was blown away. Beautiful sub. Looking forward to the spring box.
    I guess I’ve been lucky because anytime I’ve had a problem with my boxes with any sub, such as a missing box or item or damaged products, I’ve always received good customer service. I’ve had at least one issue with each sub (except Margot Elena) and all have been taken care of in a fair and timely manner. I’m so sorry that some of you are getting crap service.

  20. I cancelled my Ipsy because I have gotten highlighter and blush the last 5 months and it’s all the same shades when they do send me the eye shadows. Not to mention the gazillion eyeliners I have from eyeko from this subscription. It’s just wasn’t worth the money for me anymore

    • Don’t try to cancel if you got the special. They are box nazis

      • What exactly do you mean the special?
        I started with IPSY in October and canceled today because I wanted to see what other boxes are like; I was ordering the Glam Bag. They canceled immediately with no issues.

    • I was supposed to receive the Ultimate Ipsy hox but only received half of my order? Called and emailed Ipsy and over, with no reply. I only received 1 of the 4 requested items and they sent black eyeliner that I swear was almost empty. Plus lipstick that had a very pretty case, but looked like clay. I wish they would take into consideration the aging baby boomers.. You know, customer satisfaction? $50 is way too much to spend on only 1 item you like, which was the foundation. That was the full size, which I do appreciate, but might as well have purchased it online seperately. Isnt there a box geared towards we ” boomers?” We’ve spent millions on the makeup/ skincare industry over the years, and extremely surprised I havent found a box yet that fits my needs? Can anyone address this issue? I mean I think I speak for a great percentage of us who are now aging gracefully. We love our makeuo and skincare, and the beauty boxes are a real treat. Especially for those who are disabled/ housebound. Can anyone help me out here? Thank you

      • I think Ipsy going downhill, too. I’m with you on that one. Have you taken a look at dermstore? I haven’t ordered any but I’m impressed with the selection and the quality that I see on their website.

        I cancelled Ipsy because they kept sending me everything that was on my rarely list. I’m actually thinking that they do that on purpose so that you will by what you really want as an $18 add-on.

      • How did you get ahold of Ipsy by phone? Or email. I’ve tried to get ahold of them to straighten out my order. I upgraded to ipsy plus, so now I’m being charged Ispy glam and Ipsy plus. I only want to the one.

  21. Your experience was not a fluke (with Ipsy glam bag ultimate). I currently have all 3 Ipsy boxes: the regular one, the plus and the ultimate. I was actually looking forward to my ultimate bag this month and received my regular and my plus boxes within 2 days of each other and 2 days later received a second glam plus bag except this one only included 1/2 the glam plus items I received in my first glam plus bag. It also didn’t include a list of the items with their description but it did include the add-on items I chose to accompany my glam bag ultimate. I contacted the company and they apologized and said they would send out an ultimate for me within 5-7 days except they ran out of the one item that made the ultimate worth $50 so they would either refund me $10 or add 600 points to my acct. I was still looking forward to 1-2 other items in my box and upon receiving it, it included only 4 items 2 of which look like samples. Only 1 of the 4 items were even listed on my acct to be included in my ultimate bag. The other 3 were just randomly included. I feel like someone just said “oops, here, throw these in a box & send them to her.” I didn’t even get a cosmetic bag which is one of the reasons I like having all 3 acts: b/c each cosmetic bag is the same print but a different style so after receiving all 3 I have a nice set. Nope, not this month. I’m planning to contact them and will let them know they either refund me my $50 or I’m cancelling all 3 accts. $50 is too much to spend on stuff I don’t need and def stuff I don’t want. Lastly, the item they said they were out of and the items I was supposed to get but didn’t, can be purchased on the site for full price, but they said they were out of them? I don’t get it. One would think they would want to keep a customer who is paying for all 3 bags. Shows how important their “customization” process really is.

    • Thank you so much for letting us know.

    • The same thing happened to me! I still have not received my Ultimate but got the plus. I was told they couldn’t put the original products but they are for sale on the site. Also I lost my choices I made for December and because they never sent my bag my account was stuck on assembly so that’s 2 months of no choices but having Ultimate your supposed to get already 3 choices so it’s very unfair. I’m considering canceling, it depends on what comes in my December bag and my January bag. I’ve sent so many emails and over and over it’s “in 5-7 days” but I’ve been told that for 16 days and “you missed choice window” and the fact that it wasn’t available bc of how they have their site setup they will not acknowledge. In my house I had me plus for Christmas I added my 2 daughters but I regretted it because they pushed them to January.

    • I can tell you from sad experience that Ipsy customization simply does not work. For the past few months every single product in my bag has been on my rarely list except for the one product they allow me to choose. I think they do this so that you will spend $18 to get what you really want and buy it as an add-on.

  22. I cancelled my subscription to Ipsy because about 13 people I know got the same exact items I got – which proved to me that the bags are not personalized as advertised – which was the min attraction to ipsy. Now, I’m looking for one that truly is personalized and not using false advertising to attract subscribers.

    • None of them are that I’ve been with yet. And even if you put that your rarely use something they still send it. And keep sending it.
      I’m thinking of cutting them out as well.

      • I can tell you from sad experience that Ipsy customization simply does not work. For the past few months every single product in my bag has been on my rarely list except for the one product they allow me to choose. So I canceled three days ago.

        I agree with you. I think they have a lot of false and misleading advertising. A lot of bait and switch. They show you all these products that could possibly be in your glam bag. Sadly enough they never are.

  23. Ipsy has been trashed on the Consumer Affairs website. How can your reviews be so good?

    • I ordered from Ipsy 2 almost 3 months ago and they took out 200 and somthing dollars from my account, i have yet to talk to anyone or receive my money back. And noone ever responds to you at all thru any txt. So now i am out my money and products.

      • OMG, how did that happen?! I’ve gone back to Ipsy lately and I do notice that try to trick you into buying add-ons by emphasizing “FREE DELIVERY” and if you look closely the 8 add-ons you can get, just add into more money you end up spending. I about fell for this lately.

      • Go strait to your bank, they (99.9%) will refund your money (usually immediately) and fight the charges for you. You can just call the bank, just have all your info like your bank statement with the dates they took out the money and they will put a block on the company so that they can no longer charge your credit card.

  24. LMAO when I read “Got sick of getting black eyeliner every month.”

    • ME TO!!! LMFOAO (Laughing My Fat Old Ace .. or Age..Off) My apologies if inappropriate..

  25. Since you can’t find the email send them one with your complaint. Now that other one WE won’t mention….if YOU find an answer to that DISASTER…you let me know🙄👀

  26. I have yet to say ANYTHING about ANY of my boxes; of which I started w/gift sub to BB, have continued for 2+ yrs.; then BC about 2yrs, & finally Ipsy. Now I have added ALL of the “NEW” variations of both Ipsy & BC to the tune of…..well, we ALL know the $$ tag-U do the math. So I guess the reason I’m commenting is this is the FIRST time I’ve had ANY real gripe about boxes/bags-BUT it is a BIG ONE, ALL included! DISAPPOINTMENT abounds! Ipsy did give me a ‘heads-up’ about the fact that two of my bags are going to be the SAME-the Betty Boop line- but I am unable to find that email telling me what to do to contact them to make it right….. and DON’T even get me started on the BC (disaster?) October box-although looking around the internet it seems I am NOT alone in that ‘frownie face’-Soooo, really I suppose I’m just looking for encouragement, suggestions, ideas on WHAT some of y’all would do? I appreciate your time for reading this…..StevieRae, out!

  27. Are there any Allure boxes other than the one monthly? If so, where do I find the information?

    • allure on has the monthly box

  28. I actually got a good bag last month I was surprised because I never got anything good

    • I want a box that come with different make up and perfume in it ??? Witch one is that ??

      • I used to subscribe to the Allure box and it was pretty good about having perfume samples and a lot of high end products. Problem is that once your sample runs out and you liked the product, it is $40, $60, $80 or more in stores! I hate getting hooked on something I’m not likely to go splurge on in store and unless it completely makes me look 21 again, I’m not going to spend that kind of money on beauty products. Same with Sephora and Ulta, their prices have gotten ridiculous over the last several years, an average mascara is like $35 or more…drug store brands are $8-10 so it can really add up over a year.

      • Here’s a little trick that I will share with you do not ever go to Sephora or a main box store to buy your makeup. Not ever!!!!
        Do go there to see what you liked what looks good on you write it down and ask for samples of those products. Take them home try them out and if they work go directly to chanel.com or Tom Ford, or whatever you’re looking for. Com fill your bag with whatever products you want putting all your information except your financial information and then forget about it in a day or two they will offer you 15% off. By the third or fourth day though offer you 20% off and by the fifth day in most cases the offer you 30% off. I have been doing this for almost 10 years it has never not worked and I mean with every company.

        The reason being they take a 50% hit when they have their stuff sold at retail chains like Ulta or Sephora or Neiman’s or Nordstrom’s Etc even at 30% off direct mail to you they’re still making 20% more than they would have they shipped it to Neiman’s or Sephora. And they’re really nice thing about buying directly from them is if you have any problem at all and I’ve had problems with Chanel the color just did not look the same they told me to keep it and then they sent me another hole brand new $50 tube.

        Same occurred with another company I will not mention. Ladies use your Noggins big stores with all those points and all that BS you have to drive there you have to schlep yourself through the mall get on your computer’s wait a few days and get exactly what you want and guess what he will always put in three or four samples and if you ask for specific sample they will give that to you unlike when you go to Macy’s or Nordstrom’s and they say sorry we don’t have any samples when you know damn well they do. Bottom line shop with the company that makes the products. And then if you really like them write a super great review for them and I’m telling you I’ve gotten at least 30 extra gifts in the mail saying please try this and tell us what you feel about it. Time to teach Sephora or Ulta in all those other people who jack up the prices ridiculously to wake up. Good luck to you all

      • The prices are sometimes dictated by the company. You said it in your own comment “The reason being they take a 50% hit when they have their stuff sold at retail chains like Ulta or Sephora or Neiman’s or Nordstrom’s Etc even at 30% off direct mail to you they’re still making 20% more than they would have they shipped it to Neiman’s or Sephora”

        Also, going to stores and using the samples and not giving any sales to the store is not a good idea in the long run. A company will stop any practice once it is deemed no longer financially viable. Sephora for example used to allow returns without a receipt or even a strict 60 days policy. A lot of people found “loopholes” and took advantage and now people who didn’t take advantage of such loopholes are being affected too.

        If you see something you like and want it, I would wait for sales. The brands themselves offer freebies and GWP/sales. By the way, I am not defending Sephora or Ulta, I used to be a Sephora Rouge but, found better deals on other websites. I rarely utilize their website unless I find a good promotion.

      • I hate to point out but Sephora prices are the same as direct from the maker prices. You can cross check the prices for your self. Tom Ford mascara at Sephora $46, at his site $46.

      • Ditto! If you can’t find a promo code – wait – they will send that email with take _% off!

      • Try ebay!

      • Birchbox consistently sent me fragrance!

      • i usually get a perfume sample in every sephora play box. you get a mix of things. I usually get at least one skin care 1 makeup and 1 perfume sample each month and its one of the better ones ive subscribed too

  29. I just left Boxy for good. Got sick of getting black eyeliner every month. I’m hunting for a new sub that won’t send me crap. Fab, Fit, Fun best one I ever had besides IPSY GBP.

    • With Ipsy I get black eyeliner and mascara every month, looking for something else.

  30. I’ve had Boxy the longest and I will NEVER get rid of it. My favorite! And Luxe. I also have Ipsy GBP and just signed up for Ultimate in addition. I’ve had Allure which I do really love and Sephora Play which was mehhh okay. But between Boxy & Ipsy I look forward to different things. My Boxy is generally always on point. Ipsy GBP I generally like or shall I say love only 2 products but it’s okay because it’s usually something skincare and it’s like getting a really good coupon. And I like trying new things so I can’t get rid of any of them. I have 1 CC I specifically use for my makeup addiction lol and I’m afraid to miss out on something. Allure is really great too! But I added ultimate and had to shift things around to try it out. But I will be back Allure! Boxy I’m never leaving! And Ipsy GBP is a awesome coupon lol

  31. Boxycharm is by far the best !!!

  32. I am so annoyed. I resigned up for ipsy and added plus in june. Ipsy sent me the Huda obssessions. Then they sent it to me again in July. I just hope i dont get it 3 mos in a row. I really want tarte.

    • Contact them & let them know. I’d be surprised if they don’t fix it. The got a new CEO recently & things are supposed to be changing…..thankfully! My bag for this month was the first one in SEVERAL months that was good & followed my profile & past feedback. The pay bags were soooo awful & if I didn’t have a fear of missing out, I would’ve cancelled 7 months ago. Good luck & I hope they fix their mess up for you!

    • They fixed mine when I contacted them. I bet you will get what you wanted. They are friendly and made things right with me! Ipsyon

      • Boxy was a joke. I’m a blonde with blues eyes and medium skin tone. I filled out their questionnaire. Their morons. I got month after month glittery orangish-red eyeshadows and weird colors of everything. I redid the questions never fixed it. This was worse then ipsy. Fabfitfun so far is the best.

      • I cancelled (Boxy) and so did several others I know. They kept sending me stuff for deep skin tones when I’m very fair.

      • Yeah, I love when you put that you have blonde hair and they send red colored brow pencils. Blows my mind. Or that you hate red lipstick and they send the brightest shade they have.

      • Exactly! I am a fair Redhead, And they always send me a dark blush/bronzer, dark eyebrow, ugly shades of brown lipstick and Bright Red/Pinks! UGH! And I totally feel you on the orange glitter…I love them for the skincare options..but until they TRULY start using peoples profiles and taking the review after review of bad feedback , to heart…The Make-up part won’t get better!

      • How did you contact them I can’t find anything online that says where to contact them. They overcharged me and sent me 2 boxes in one month and charged me for both, and now i can’t find any number or email online to contact them

      • [email protected]

        They keep sending the opposite of what I want they said here’s 600 points. To shut me up and I went to the ultimate I’m pissed.

      • They did the same to me, 600 points does not cover what they did. I canceled. I have never had an issue with boxycharm.

    • I will totally buy one of those Huda’s from you! I kept beggging for one and they wouldn’t send it to me.

      • I love Huda too. I have a gorgeous shimmer palette from them that is amazing!! If you love shadows try investing in a Pat McGrath Labs palette! Phenomenal!! I barely touched the palette with my brush and it goes right on! Seriously expensive but worth every dime!!!

    • I’ve had so many issues with them that I had to cancel my subscription. They claim I upgraded and I didn’t said it was fixed and refunded me. Then they did it again 3 more times. No thanks.

    • That’s exactly why I cancelled ipsy and went to Boxycharm. I was constantly receiving the same products.

    • I do not like Huda products. They do not apply easily, since they are so expensive, you would think that their products would be better. I have learned the hard way, they are not all created equally. Tarte is one of my favorite, I wish the companies themselves would have monthly subscriptions that were affordable to us.

  33. Just letting people know that the upgrade to glam bag plus for ipsy is for US only. I tried to do it and since I’m Canadian it wouldn’t let me. Although their regular Sub is for US and Canada.

    • Do not think you are missing out. I loved Ipsy for years and have been very disappointed lately. I first upgraded to Glam Bag Plus (5 Full Size) products for $25.00 (had good products with that). More recently, I jumped to the Glam Bag Ultimate (8 Full size) products for $50. and a very large make-up bag (like one you would actually use). I was happy with one of my shipments, but the rest have not been custom. It’s obvious because I did not choose any of the types of the products in my profile. This weekend I have read a lot of people saying the same and it is very unfortunate. To spend $50, and to get small sized things and ones that aren’t quality is very disappointing. There is one item I would use or like this month out of 8. I think it may be too new so they can’t personalize (like they say). It seems a lot of comments show people received exactly what I did. I think the personalization went out the window. So sad, I have written so many places for Ipsy and was a huge fan. Now, looking here to possibly switch. May do one more and see what happens. I will update this, if it was a random bad batch. Some products looked dirty too like they were kicked around or on the floor. The packaging on some is all dented and I honestly am pretty shocked. Hopefully, it was a one off situation.
      I did like the Glam Bag Plus and the types of products they offer for that one are even different and better than the ultimate!?! It should be the same, just 3 more as they say. Anyway, maybe I will downgrade or stop and buy what I want from the stores I want. Who knows.

      • Same thing happened to me.
        No personalization. They blamed me for a profile update, and lack of product review…. my profile is very clear about what I want, and I’ve reviewed every product they’ve sent. I gave them a few chances too, nothing improved. I unsubscribed from everything, they don’t care

      • Same thing with the boxy charm… so disappointed with it that i canceled both of them

      • I agree. Ipsy Glam bag is just not for me. After 6 months of getting nothing I wanted in each box, I canceled. The personalization is not very specific. Sure I like eye shadows, but not powder shadows. I like eyeshadow sticks.
        My favorite Beauty Box is Test Tube. Full size high quality products for $35 quarterly.

    • My guess is, they haven’t enough stock.

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