Sephora PLAY! vs Birchbox vs Ipsy – August 2018 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 plus a beauty 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’s Play! by Sephora has almost $40 worth of products plus a bonus cute pouch The products are mostly from top-notch brands, always expected from this box. No fillers and all of the items are worthy of being in a travel kit! All in all, this month’s curation is a hit! 

Review: Play! by Sephora August 2018 Review

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Birchbox ($10 per month!)

Items:    

Total Value: About $39

The August box focused on hair and makeup. The hair care products are ideal for those who have a fine hair type, and the shadow stick and lip gloss are useful for a glammed up look. All in all, this curation is good and way more makeup than usual, which I enjoyed!

Review:  Birchbox August 2018 Review

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Birchbox Curated Box ($10 per month!)

Items:  

Total Value: About $35.60

August curated Birchbox had all kinds of new items, though there are some hits and misses. The brush, particularly, wasn’t very upscale, and the hair products are not for fine, thin hair. The blush is awesome though, and the mask is a pricey item with a sample size that was pretty generous. 

Review: Birchbox August 2018 Curated Box Review

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Ipsy ($10 per month!)

Items:    

Total Value: About $40

This bag included a nice combination of cosmetics and skincare items that makes a whole new beauty routine. Also, they all fit the popsicle colored peach bag that says summer. It’s a job well done for Ipsy this month!

Review: Ipsy August 2018 Review

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Play! by SEPHORA wins this month! We just love the item inclusions for this month and they’re all wonderful, well, as expected from Sephora. Birchbox regular box is a good steal too, as well as Ipsy fun curation andnew skincare routine. Just fantastic! Our least favorite among these boxes is the Birchbox curated one, though they have nice items, the brush was a miss. All in all, we love this month’s selections and the competition is getting fiercer, really an advantage for us!

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

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