Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Birchbox vs Ipsy Round 4 (August)

It's round 4 and everything is still tied up. Let's see if we can break it this go around.

Background: Ipsy is a monthly make-up subscription that focuses on make-up. Birchbox is a beauty subscription that focuses on high end beauty products and sometimes make-up.

On to the show!

Ipsy: There were a lot of combos available so I'm not going to list them all. I got: Urban Decay lipstick in 69, Pixi Beauty Lash Booster Mascara, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, MicaBeauty eyeshadow in Bronze, and the Michael Todd pumpkin nutrient mask. The only substitution I would have made in my dream box would be to get the nail polish instead of the primer. Plus a cute purple bag with crests on it.

The Good:

Urban Decay: LOVE this lipstick. So much so that I went and bought "Shame" which is a dark burgundy/plum color (FINALLY FOUND ONE!!) Decent staying power with good application and a plethora of colors. This one is a win.

Michael Todd- Love masks first off. Secondly, pumpkin=awesome. All around good mask.

MicaBeauty- Nice eyeshadow. Nothing outrageously different from other good eyeshadows but the color is a good one.

The O.K.:

Pixi- It's a mascara. I use Benefit's "They're Real" (the best mascara ever in existence in my opinion) regularly so it's hard to compete.

The Bad:

Smashbox- I hate all over primer. I have decently good skin so only need the lightest of mineral foundations so this was a big miss for me.

Birchbox: I received a set of Birchbox Bobby Pins, Dr. Jart Beauty Balm, Number 4 Super comb Prep and Protect, ModelCo Party Proof lipstick, and OC8 Mattifying Gel.

The Good:

Bobby Pins- These things are amazing. They made the box worthwhile. They hold great and look cute too. I only need one to pin back all of my long bangs. I like them so much I put myself on the waitlist to buy more.

The O.K.:

Comb and Protect- I used it on my bangs (the only part that tangles) and it was ok. Nothing to write home about.

ModelCo- The shade was nice and application was smooth but had zero staying power. Completely confusing considering it's called "Party proof."

The Bad:

Dr. Jart- The sunscreen aspect is nice but otherwise has zero appeal to me.

OC8- What is with all these face things? This held no appeal for me. I don't generally get very shiny and usually put on shimmer anyway.

Verdict: OMG! Ipsy won! We've finally broken the tie!! IPSY 1 BIRCHBOX 0

If you want to join ipsy here's a link: Join IPSY
If you want to join Birchbox go here: Join BIRCHBOX

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