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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Birchbox vs. Glossybox vs. Ipsy Glam Bag ~ March 2014 Edition


Hi lovelies!  Since I shared my Glossybox with you yesterday, it's now time to do my monthly comparison.  By now, I've tested nearly all the products, so I can definitively pick a winner... but who will it be? Not sure which one (or two or three!) you want to subscribe to? Have no fear, my dear, as I bring you March's edition of Birchbox vs. Glossybox vs. Ipsy Glam Bag!  {Click to see how they stack up!}





This month's Birchbox was fun.  I really love the new shampoo and conditioner and plan on purchasing the full sizes.  I also really liked the night cream and the luminizer, and the perfume smells fantastic.  Want to see my initial review?  Birchbox February Review.


Glossybox was a bit of a let down for me, as two products were duplicates from previous boxes'.  I do love the eyeliner a lot, and 4 of the 5 products are full sized!  Want to see each product in better detail?  Glossybox February Review.


Ipsy hit the nail on the head again this month, with everything to create a fun look!  3 full sized products and 2 deluxe sized were included, and I absolutely love each one.  Want to see each product again?  Ipsy February Review.

Here's the breakdown:

Birchbox ~ Cost $10
Bain de Terre Passion Flower Color Preserving Shampoo ~ $1.50
Bain de Terre Passion Flower Color Preserving Conditioner ~ $1.69
Joan Vass L'eau de Cristal Perfume ~ $2.65
Miracle Skin Transformer Face Spotlight ~ $3.20
Strivectin-AR ~ Advanced Retinol Night Treatment ~ $16.03
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TOTAL VALUE $25.07

Glossybox ~ Cost $21
Emite Makeup Eyelash Curler ~ $30.50
Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture in City of Angels ~ $18
OC8 Professional Mattifying Gel ~ $30
Pureology Serious Coulour Care Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier ~ $3.58
Sumita Beauty Kala Color Intense Pencil ~ $15
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TOTAL VALUE $97.08

Ipsy Glam Bag ~ Cost $10
Pacifica Hawaiian Ruby Guava Body Butter ~ $4.68
Zoya Odette Nail Polish ~ $9
Eyetini Eye Tint in Ambrosia ~ $18
City Color Be Matte Blush in Fresh Melon ~ $2.99
Pop Beauty Plump Pout Mini in Peony Petal ~ $7.47
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TOTAL VALUE $42.14

*All prices were calculated by creating a ratio of the cost of the full size to it's size and then applying that to the sample size to arrive at a price. For example, if something costs $10 for 1 ounce, and a 1/2 ounce sample is received, I'm valuing it at $5. Make sense?

THE VERDICT
I was pretty let down with Glossybox this month, even though it boasted a value nearing $100.  I feel that these companies should be able to take into account which products have already been sent to subscribers in an effort to avoid sending the same mediocre yet ridiculously overpriced item a second time.  I will use the nail polish and eyeliner especially, but the rest is kind of a let down.  Birchbox was definitely a good one, and Ipsy was amazing.

THE WINNER
Hands down, is Ipsy!  I really love how this understated company really knows what women want and they include amazing products every month.  I'm very impressed with how continually they send everything you need to create an amazing look (with the addition of a few products of your own, naturally).  Birchbox certainly comes in second, and Glossybox for me this month is dead last.  So there you have it, 1. Ipsy, 2. Birchbox, 3. Glossybox.

Who would you pick as the winner?  Do you think I got it right?

xo
Lia

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