I was traveling and had my mail held at the post office. As a result, I received both Ipsy and Birchbox on the same day, on November 15, 2014. This never happened, and it's super exciting! Both costs $10, and includes 5 items, so I thought it would be interesting to compare the two. One thing to note: Both companies send out variations of items each month, so what I got this month may be different than what you got.
Let's take a look, shall we? Ipsy first.
Item 1: Be a Bombshell Eye Base in color "submissive." It comes in a box and appears to be full size product. The color is actually darker brown in reality. It comes in a heavy glass container (I like sexy packaging, yet it is too heavy for traveling). Of course it has glitters! Although it's full size, I am slightly disappointed that I didn't get Laura Mercer's Invisible loose setting powder with mini fan brush.
Verdict: out. As this item isn't practical for traveling, I swapped this, never used.
Item 2: Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil in Ultra Orchid. This one has deep blue/purple color (color at the end of the pencil in left), and yes, it comes with glitter! I forgot to mention, I am not into glitters..... so I would trade this one. I didn't open it for that reason.
Item 3: Love & Beauty Creme Lipstick in the shade "Berry." Again, the color is a bit off in this picture, it is deeper red than pictured, but not deep enough to make you look goth. I like red lipsticks, so I might use this one... but .... glitter. sigh. I am on the fence about trading this one.
Update: I used this one. It's oderless, creamy, and glitter is unnoticeable (don't buy it for that). It's smooth and non- drying. I really like it. I recommend this.... One thing is though, it is not long lasting. Will stain a cup.
Item 4: Temptu S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl. Color is correct in the picture on this one, as it is mostly pearl with tiny hint of pink. Really think of it like pearl highlighter.
I previously received the same product in a different color in Birchbox, and was initially super disappointed. The item is only about one inch long, and I hate cheap plastic packaging. HOWEVER, once I began using it, I quickly changed my mind! It glides on to add very subtle color, the glitter is not noticiable but definitely add glow to your face. Additionally, a small amount goes a long way, and the small size is perfect to travel with! I am a fan of this product, so excited to try another color. Yay!
Item 5: Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Hairspray. I like the packaging and the small size; however, I don't use hairsprays. Definitely would be traded or given away or something. Meh.
Now on to Birchbox. Birchbox has an excellent point system, and that is the reason I stick around... but last month, seriously, was so bad that I put into "Hall of Shame" of subscription boxes. I only stuck around to receive November box, which was said to be historically better than October. Let us see.
Item 1: Dr Jart+ Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal Sheet Mask. Good for pimples, large pores and excess sebum. I like sheet masks, and I like them to take for my traveling to unwind at the end of a long day. I am excited to try this - extra bonus: It's black charcoal.
Verdict: IN! Will definitely use this.
Item 2: amika Perk Up Dry shampoo, in sea buckthorn berry. In what?? I can't even imagine what this would smell like, other than fruity. Alright, This I think I can use, except that I actually never used a dry shampoo. Where have I been living, an under a rock!? Obviously.. until last month, I have never even owned one to be honest.
Verdict:IN for now..... Still a dry shampoo virgin over here.
Item 3: Dr. Lipp original nipple balm for lips. I can't tell you how disappointed I am to receive this item TWO MONTH IN A ROW!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? It's okay if I liked this product, but this is my least liked products. Initially it feels fine, then it gets really drying. Despite its small size, I couldn't even use it up before I trashed it. I also hate the branding- nipple balm? I can't even give this to my boyfriend. This product makes me a hater. WAH!
Verdict: OUT!! Swapped.
Product 4: Greenleaf Signature Candle n Silver Spruce. The green scent I noticed when I opened the box is thanks to this guy. It's .... 2 oz candle. I would have much rather get this than stupid lip thing above.
Verdict: on the fence, but likely OUT as I am not the biggest candle person.
Item 5: Mirenesse iCurl Secret Weapon 24 hr Mascara. Wow, that's a mouthful claim you got there.... I will try this and see if Miss Moneypenny would approves.
Verdict: Undecided but likely OUT as I have a lot of mascaras already.