Who doesn’t want a new present delivered to their door monthly? For a low fee, companies like Birchbox and Ipsy will fulfill these wishes. While it sounds ideal, there are mixed reviews from actual subscribers. Plus, there’s enough choices out there to make your head spin.
In full disclosure, I’ve never subscribed to any of these services, but am seriously considering it. But, I can’t make a decision of this stature (#dramatic) without consulting friends and doing research. I HAVE gifted it before though. It’s the best cop out gift. You know the fall back when you don’t know what to get your friends or coworkers. It sure beats the typical go-to presents like Bath and Body Works lotions or bottles of wine. Well the latter is arguable. Anyway…
Mommy Splurge is the best resource I’ve found to help you navigate the insanely stupid amount of offerings out there. It breaks these offerings down by category like beauty, DIY, fitness, food, etc. Then there’s brief summaries of what you’ll get with a subscription and a myriad of reviews. For this post’s sake, we’re taking about beauty boxes!!
To summarize, here’s the basics of the most popular monthly subscription services.
Birchbox is obviously one of the more popular beauty subscriptions. In the beginning, you’ll fill out a survey. Then they’ll send you 5 samples or full sized products each month that supposedly fit your needs and wishes.
Here’s what my friends are saying about Birchbox:
“It’s just alright … I’m not loving it as much as I should… I feel like I wish it was a bit more customized”
“I had Birchbox and canceled after 3 months. I was getting too many samples I didn’t know what to do with them and most of them I never used or wanted to use.”
“I have had a Birchbox subscription for prob a year. I’m obsessed with it”
The overall consensus about Birchbox is that it’s fun for a little. It certainly makes a decent gift. However, the samples aren’t always tailored appropriately. Everyone I know who subscribed has received a red bottle of detangler despite what they said in their survey…
Ipsy was founded by famed You Tube beauty vlogger Michelle Phan. You’ll take a quick quiz which helps them determine what goes in your Glam Bag each month. That’s right, in additions to beauty products, you’ll get a new makeup bag each month! Then you can watch product tutorials from their stylists.
“I have Ipsy, I’m so in love with it every month!”
“I cancelled Ipsy-I barely used the products. Had it for 6 months.”
“Ipsy is much better than Birchbox, plus you get a cute makeup bag each month.”
“I used to subscribe to Ipsy. Was charged twice and sent order and shipment confirmations but never received the packages. I had to fight the charges through Amex.”
Based on my friend’s reviews, Ipsy is better than Birchbox. It seems like it’s tailored to each individual better. However, there are some gripes with the billing process.
JULEP MAVEN ($24.99/month)
Julep started as a nail parlor and has expanded to a cosmetic company. They don’t use toxins or test on animals. Each month you are given a limited selection of products to choose from, therefore you customize the box yourself. You’ll only receive items from the Julep brand though.
If you love nail polish, you’ll likely enjoy Julep Maven. You’ll get exactly what you wanted delivered to your door each month. If you’re thinking of giving it as a gift, you don’t have to worry about it auto renewing. However, those who subscribe on their own beware… the subscription does automatically renew!
BARE BLISS BOX ($16.99/month)
I don’t know anyone who subscribes to Bare Bliss Box, nor have I heard about it before today. However, I like the spin it has. Rather than commercial products, it appeals to a niche audience. I’m sure all of you have a friend or two who only uses organic products or refuses to use products that are tested on animals. This is the box for them!
There you have it kids. The verdict is still out about these boxes. Some people jump for joy you every time they come home to their beauty treats. Others find it a total waste of $$$