Ipsy vs. Birchbox.

I have subscribed to Birchbox and Ipsy both for a little under a year. In this time I’ve had some really great products and some pretty awful ones. Below is a list I’ve compiled of what I feel are the pros and cons of each of these subscriptions services.



  • Higher-end brands.
  • Points system. Birchbox by far has the best points system. Review your products each month, they rack up quick.
  • Can use points on anything in the store.
  • Can usually find a promo code for 100 extra points when you subscribe.


  • Many variations of boxes, sometimes I feel like I get  leftovers, and they are not equal in value.
  • Often small samples, even foil packets and those cards you rip out of magazines.
  • Rarely full-sized items.
  • Sometimes include random non-beauty items: snack bars, vitamins, etc (more often lately).



  • Often contains full-sized items.
  • Generally more makeup products in the bag each month.
  • Not as many variations each month so the bags are more equal.
  • Better spoilers/sneak peeks.
  • Receive a makeup bag each month.


  • Point system isn’t up to par. It would be almost impossible to acquire enough points to redeem without referring people.
  • Can only redeem points on 3-4 items that change slowly.
  • Sometiems the groups of products are not equal in value. For example a $30 Too Faced bronzer or a $6 Revlon lip stain.
  • Repeat brands. They have been better with this but for awhile several bags in a row contained the same brand.

 What are your thoughts on Birchbox or Ipsy?

6 thoughts on “Ipsy vs. Birchbox.

  1. I just left birchbox and am on the waitlist for ipsy. I liked but birchbox but felt the same way you did. Thanks for a great post

  2. I canceled Ipsy after my first one, which looked like most of the stuff you got this time around. I wasn’t all that impressed…and after much consideration, my husband says I have too much STUFF. lol. I LOVED the pink bubble packaging though!

    • I do love the pink mailers! I’ve been more happy with ipsy than birchbox but there are still an item or 2 in each one that I’m not impressed with.

  3. Thanks for the comparison! I was hoping someone would be doing it sooner or later. I was actually not to pleased with my June Ipsy but did enjoy the one for July! have you tried Vain Pursuits btw? I heard they’re similar to ipsy and birchbox, but more for skincare!

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