Sephora PLAY! vs Birchbox vs Ipsy – November 2017 Battle of the $10 Beauty Boxes!

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It’s the Ipsy vs. Sephora Play vs. Birchbox $10 Beauty Box showdown!

Ipsy vs. Sephora PLAY! vs. Birchbox

BOX BASICS: All three subscriptions are just $10 per month, so it’s easy to draw comparisons. All three of these beauty boxes also ship out 5 samples (Sephora PLAY! also sends a bonus fragrance item and occasionally you’ll get a small extra in Birchbox).

CUSTOMIZATION: All three subscriptions also ask you to complete a basic beauty profile. Ipsy allows you to rate items for ipsy match and has started allowing a limited number of subscribers to select an item, but that feature isn’t yet universal. Birchbox also allows you to rate items but doesn’t alter your profile in response to your ratings.

REFERRALS & POINTS: Both Birchbox and Ipsy offer referral points; redeem points on full-size products in the Birchbox shop or on selected samples in the Ipsy bonus section. You earn points on the monthly Sephora subscription plus you can redeem a PLAY! card in-store for an extra 50 points on any purchase.

VARIATIONS: All three of these boxes also send out multiple subscriber variations – we’re showing what we’ve reviewed here, and we would love to hear your experiences in the comments!

Our thoughts? You’re most likely to get items you’ll find in Sephora in PLAY!, including some cult up and coming goodies. That’s a no brainer. Ipsy is a mix of influencer faves, some prestige products, and some drugstore. You won’t often find drugstore products in Birchbox – but you may find some interesting natural beauty brands.


PLAY! by Sephora ($10 per month!)

Items:

Total Value: About $40

This month Sephora was a really high value – I loved the Farmacy, which was worth the cost, and we can’t get enough of Amika’ dry shampoo – not a new product, but a necessary one!

Review: Play! by Sephora November 2017 Review

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Birchbox ($10 per month!)

Items:

Total Value: About $33

I was really excited about this box because I really wanted to try the Egg Mellow Cream! Finally got the chance and I thought it was fantastic!

Review:  Birchbox November 2017 Review

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Birchbox Curated Box ($10 per month!) – Ready For Kickoff Curated Box

Items:

Total Value: About $28

This curated box had a nice mix of hair, cosmetics, and skincare items!

Review: Birchbox November 2017 Ready For Kickoff Curated Box Review

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Ipsy ($10 per month!)

Items:

Total Value: About $47

Review: Ipsy November 2017 Review #1

Items:

Total Value: About $65

Lisa Frank. Do I need to say more?

Review: Ipsy November 2017 Review #2

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My personal favorite was my personalized Birchbox this month, although the Lisa Frank Ipsy was a close second!

What did you think of this month’s Sephora PLAY!Ipsy, and Birchbox? Did you have a favorite?

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