This month, I received three subscription boxes: Birchbox, Ipsy, and my newest subscription - Sample Society. In my experience, subscriptions can be very hit or miss; most of the time I'm fairly content with the items I receive for $10/mo, but I do have to admit there are times I've been disappointed with the contents of the bag, and even an occasion or two that I've felt that there wasn't a single item I could use. I often debate about cancelling one of my subs, but then they go and send me an awesome box, and I am once again sucked into subscription box bliss. However, I do still plan to (eventually) cancel one of my subs, so I like to compare month to month and get an idea of which box I am happiest with most often, and which has the most bang for the buck. I like to compare products received and overall value vs. cost of the subscription. Which brings me to Battle of the Boxes - a comparison of my Ipsy, Birchbox and Sample Society subscriptions! To make cost-comparisons a little easier, I'm going to round the estimated value to the nearest quarter dollar. Read on to see which box comes out on top for the month of March!
Frist Up, we have Ipsy:
Ipsy is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription that contains full or deluxe sized products, all packed into a cute makeup bag that suits the theme for that month. Like Birchbox, it costs $10/month, and the items vary from bag to bag based on your beauty profile. You can earn points by reviewing the products you receive and making referrals, and those points can be redeemed for select items when you reach 500 or 1000 points. The theme for the month of March was "Floral Fantasy".
Dr. Brandt Anti-aging Mattifying Lotion - $9 value
Purlisse 4-in-1 Cleanser - $6.50 value
The Dr. Brandt Mattifying Lotion is perfect for my oily skin, and will really come in handy as the warmer months approach. Not only do I like that it is mattifying, but the anti-aging claims don't hurt either! As for the Pur-lisse cleanser, I'm always willing to try out something new, so we'll see how it works!
NYX Butter Lipstick in Hunk - $6 value (Full size!)
Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind Highlighter in Crystal Pink - $7.25 value
Boo Boo Coverup Concealer in Medium - $10 value
Though I've tried the NYX Butter Glosses and Butter Balms, I have not yet tried the Butter Lipstick, so I am excited to try this out! It looked really dark in the packaging, but once swatched I see that it is a really pretty berry shade that will be great for any season! The Vintage Highlighter is a very pretty pink that may or may not be too pink for me to use as a highlighter; however, if it doesn't work out, I can always try it as an eyeshadow. I've heard great things about Boo Boo Coverup, and I am looking forward to giving it a try. Right now, the medium shade is too dark for me, but I should be able to get away with it come summer.
|Top: Vintage Highlight in Crystal Pink, Bottom: NYX Butter Lipstick in Hunk|
Total estimated value for Ipsy - $38.75
Next up, Birchbox
Birchbox is a monthly subscription service that costs $10/mo and provides you with 4-6 samples hand-picked for you and delivered right to your mailbox! When you subscribe to the service, you fill out a questionnaire that helps them pick items suited to your needs and style. This is one of the original subscription boxes, and it has one of the best points systems: for every 100 points earned, you get $10 to spend in their shop. It's easy to earn points through reviewing the products received, shopping in their store and referring friends! Also, another fun perk that Birchbox introduced a few months back is the option to pick one of your samples each month, or even a fully curated box. I like this option, because you can be sure that you will like at least one of the items you receive each month (provided they offer a sample choice you like).
I chose to go with the curated box , which was titled Beauty Solutions, so I knew ahead of time what would be in my March Birchbox. Let's check it out:
Dear Clark Volumizing Toner - $4.25 value
Whish Body Butter - $3.50 value
I feel rather indifferent towards the Whish Body Butter; I have received many body lotions in my subscription boxes, so this will be added to the collection to be used in the future. The Dear Clark hair tonic is nothing to get excited about either, as I also receive
a gazillion many hair care samples. It has a strange smell I'm not sure I can get over, but I will still give the product a chance...you never know what your next great beauty discovery will be!
Laura Geller Beauty Baked Blush-n-Brighten in Pink Grapefruit - $9.50 value
Supergoop Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream - $6 value
Derma-e Evenly Radiant Brightening Day Cream - $7 value
I pretty much picked the curated Beauty Solutions box for the Laura Geller blush. I've always wanted to try Laura Geller products, and the Beauty Solutions Birchbox was my opportunity to do so without shelling out the extra money (I have an annual subscription to Birchbox, so the box has already been paid for). I have completely fallen head over heels in love with this blush, so once it's used up I will purchase the full size, as well as try out other products. The Supergoop Eye Cream is a win, as I enjoy trying out new eye creams to see what works best for me. Unfortunately, I probably won't get a ton of use out of the Derma-e Day Cream, since I have to use an oil free moisturizer during the day, so I will probably pass this along to someone else.
|Swatch of Laura Geller Blush n Brighten|
Lastly, Sample Society
Sample Society is a $15/mo beauty subscription curated by beautybar.com and Allure magazine. With this subscription, you tend to see more high-end products in both full and deluxe-sample sizes. Each month, you receive 5 products, a mini-mag explaining the samples you received, and a coupon code for $10 off a $50 purchase from beautybar.com. While there is no points system for this subscription, you can save $5 off your first box by using the code 5FORYOU, bringing the cost of your first box to $10.
I was able to see a full sneak-peek of the contents of the March box before I ordered, so I knew I was going to receive some awesome products!
Oscar Blandi Texture and Volume Spray - $9 value
Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm - $6.75 value
Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer - $18 value
I've never heard of Oscar Blandi until now, but it seems like a nice brand, and who doesn't like a little extra volume from time to time? As for the Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm and the Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer, I had received them both in other boxes, and I am so happy to have backups because I love them both so much ( I mean it, I adore them!)!
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara - $8 value
Cargo Cosmetics Essential Lipgloss - $16 value (full size!)
The Benefit Roller Lash Mascara was the product that first caught my eye when I looked into trying out Sample Society. I really wanted to try it before buying a full size, so I figured the sample size was a good way to do that. This Cargo lipgloss is really nice and creamy, with a fruity scent. It feels comfortable on my lips - not too sticky, but not too thin either, and seems to lasts for several hours on my lips.
|Cargo Essential Lipgloss in Gobi|
|Swatch of Cargo Essential Lipgloss in Gobi|
Total estimated value for the Allure Sample Society: $57.75
And the winner is...
What boxes do you currently subscribe to? Which is your favorite this month?
Thank you for checking out Battle of the Boxes... live a beautiful life!
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