Ipsy and Boxycharm: Pros and Cons

New cosmetics enter the market on a daily basis as well as new cosmetic brands. It can be easy to get stuck browsing the same gondolas at Sephora and Ulta because although many products look enticing, most of us cannot afford to spend $50 on an eyeshadow palette we may not love. Fortunately, there are monthly beauty subscriptions that can expand our makeup horizons without breaking the bank. Listed below is some information on the top two beauty subscriptions, Ipsy and Boxycharm, as well as some pros and cons of each.


Price: $10 monthly + tax (free shipping)

Description: A monthly subscription that contains 5 products, some full-sized and deluxe-sample sized, from brands you may and may not know. The products come inside a new, specially designed makeup bag that goes along with that month’s theme which is a huge plus if you love adorable travel bags. Unfortunately, there is a waitlist for an Ipsy subscription but there are ways to bypass the list.


Price: $21 monthly + tax (varying subscriptions and fees/shipping included in subscription fee)

Description: A monthly or yearly subscription that contains 5 full-sized products from various brands that typically cost over $100 in total value which puts an extra $79 in your pocket each month. Unlike Ipsy, Boxycharm does not have unique bags for each month but each product is full-sized rather than deluxe-sample sized.