Best Entry-Level Beauty Subscription Boxes – May 2019

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It’s the Ipsy vs. Sephora Play vs. Birchbox Entry-Level 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

Items: 

Total Value: About $46

This month’s box had a nice variety! There are two skin loving items, an amazing hair care item, and a liquid lipstick in a nude shade. All of them are perfect for everyday use. The perfume sample is back and made the box even more awesome!

Review: Play! by Sephora May 2019 Review

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Birchbox

Regular Box

Items: 

Total Value: About $41

From skincare to haircare to cosmetics, all the items in this box adhered to the month’s theme, “Look Good and Feel Confident.” Everything is great but if there’s an item that stood out from the curation, it’s the mask. It was packaged innovatively, and it’s super pampering too!

It’s not just the highest valued item, but it also does a great job in keeping the skin smooth and soft. 

Review: Birchbox Regular May 2019 Review

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Deal: Get 15% off on subscriptions or 15% off on $30+ Birchbox shop orders! Use coupon code FIRST15.


Birchbox

Curated Box

Items: 

Total Value: About $65

This is an amazing curated box from Birchbox! The products are exciting and the sizes of some of the products are definitely a step up from the last few years. If you’re looking forward to seeing the changes that Birchbox promised, this box won’t disappoint.  

Review: Birchbox Curated May 2019 Review

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Deal: Get 15% off on subscriptions or 15% off on $30+ Birchbox shop orders! Use coupon code FIRST15.


Ipsy

Items: 

Total Value: About $80

This month, the bag is dominated by makeup products, and they even included a travel-friendly makeup tool. The hydrating gel was useful too. Overall, it was a great curation because everything’s high-quality and perfect to pack for trips. However, some of the items were significantly overpriced. 

Review: Ipsy May 2019 Review

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For this month, the winner is the Birchbox regular box. The theme and the items are just on point. Next in our ranking is the curated Birchbox! They’re living up to their promise and we’re really excited about what else they’re cooking up for the next boxes! Sephora has a really nice selection of items this month, and the box is jampacked as well. Ipsy still has a good set of items this month, and the only downside is that some of the items are a little overpriced. Let’s see next month if they’ll all keep up!

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

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