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September IPSY vs. Birchbox


I received my first IPSY glam bag this week, and it is giving my Birchbox subscription a run for it’s money. If you are one of the few that is new to IPSY, allow me to introduce you. IPSY, created by YouTube beauty guru Michelle Phan, is a beauty sample subscription service similar to Birchbox, and based on my first bag, they know me oh-so-well. In addition to their fun samples, they also deliver each month’s products in a glam bag that you can use for travel, or as an everyday bag for cosmetics in your purse. I LOVE the pewter studded glam bag that showed up in my September IPSY!

When I unboxed my first ISPY, the September “Street Style” bag, I seriously thought about cancelling my Birchbox subscription because the products were so perfectly tailored to my preferences and I just can’t imagine going with both subscriptions for too long. However, Birchbox delivered a game changing beauty product this month that tied the score {more on that in a post soon}, so I may have to go with the best out of 3 months.


My IPSY Street Style September glam bag included:

  • Pacifica 7-Free Nail Polish in Red Red Wine
  • Avon Big & Daring Volume Mascara in Blackest Black
  • Be A Bombshell Smooth Criminal Powder
  • CAILYN Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss in Basic Instinct
  • Mitchell and Peach Luxury Hand Cream

Have any of you ever tried Birchbox or IPSY? I’d love to know your thoughts, and if you’ve tried both, please share your preference.

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Your Thoughts?

  • Michele

    I was with Birchbox for about a year. Then I discovered Ipsy….Birchbox cancelled! I prefer the mostly full size products in Ipsy versus mostly sample size in BB for the same amount of money. I think I’m on my 3rd month with Ipsy. So far so good and I think I tend to use the full size more than the samples. I have at 4 ziplock bags full of BB samples that sit and wait in my closet. Team Ipsy for me!

  • Emely

    I’ve been with both for a while and I prefer IPSY! I eventually canceled my Birchbox because it wasn’t living up to my Ipsy boxes! BTW I love September’s bag!

  • Ally

    I just started with IPSY and so far I like it way more than my Birchbox subscription — I have a feeling I’ll be canceling Birchbox soon.

  • Vanessa

    I have both at the moment, but I’m pretty sure that I will be canceling birchbox. IPSY has just been more fun and every time I get my bag I find something I love.

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