IPSY vs TOP BOX - Does anyone have any experience with either of these subscription boxes????

on Oct 16, 2015 @ 05:37 pm

I am from Canada and there are few options for beauty subscription boxes. The two boxes I am struggling between are IPSY and Topbox.

Ipsy really stood out to me because of the amount of samples AND full sized products you get each month. Plus it comes with a cool new makeup bag each month. It totals at $20 and change Canadian. I know a little less about topbox. I know its only about $13 Canadian and it has various beauty samples in a cute cylinder each month.

So I took the plunge, subscribed to Ipsy and got on the wait list for Topbox (I read you can be on a wait list for topbox for months!). After 2 days I was off the wait list and now have ordered the November box.

I received the following in my Ipsy bag this month and am happy with what I got:

- EVA NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask
- Peter Lamas Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Scrub
- Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick (in Committed)
- Emite Makeup Professional Slant Tweezer
- IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Mascara

I am thinking I will try them both out for a while...

Does anyone have any experience with either of these subscription boxes????

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I order #TopBox every month now I will be getting my second box this month. I really liked last month's box. I am happy I joined. It is fun to to try products so I know what I like so I am not wasting money.

#topbox on Oct 16, 2015 @ 09:03 pm

Are your #topbox items mostly samples? I've seen online sometimes people get full sized items like polishes.
I like that #ipsy contains lots of fulls zed products

Radar Lover
ipsy vs topbox on Oct 16, 2015 @ 09:30 pm

I subscribed to both companies for a while.

Ispy had decent samples. I only received a couple full sized products in over a year. The bags were cute. Overall, with the rising exchange rate I really felt that paying $20 cdn was not worth what I received on a monthly basis.

I still subscribe to TopBox. I love that it's in Canada and the cost is very reasonable. At topbox you can put in a request for special privee boxes (not guaranteed) or simply request a regular box for the month. I have received several full sized products over the last year. The worth always exceeds the cost per month.

In a nut shell, in my opinion, TopBox wins hands down.

On a side note, if anyone is interested in skipping the waitlist on TopBox PM me your email and |I can send you an invite.


special privee box on Oct 16, 2015 @ 10:34 pm

Woo what's a special privee box

Radar Lover
Privee boxes on Oct 17, 2015 @ 06:27 am

They are special boxes that you can request. You are not guaranteed the box. They offer about 5 or so a month.
So every month you set up a wish list. You indicate which boxes you like (a collection of privee or just get a regular box).
Now regular boxes are different for everyone. It is based on your beauty profile questionaire.
One example would be a Benefit box. I received about 5 maybe 6 samples in that box. I received "puff-off", "porefessional primer", "it's potent eye cream", either the "they're real or the roller lash" mascaras.... Trying to remember what else (it was months ago).

Topbox on Oct 17, 2015 @ 07:38 am

I've been with Topbox since Gymm went downhill.

I love the cardboard tubes my Topbox comes in, as it's a "free" dog toy lol.

When I was with Glymm (now defunct), I found the reusable bags a waste and annoying - how many bags does a girl need? I gave them all away, and kept one.

Product wise, I usually get a full sized something, and a variety. Generally I don't sign up for the possible themed packages as I find those samples smaller, and I like the aspect of surprise :)

I don't know a lot about Ipsy.

#TopBox-jessipickle on Oct 17, 2015 @ 06:23 pm

The nail polish are full size and I find the samples a good size as well I just received my second one yesterday shared it on Twitter. I really like #topbox already have my order in for next month.

Ipsy on Nov 05, 2015 @ 06:18 pm

I got one ipsy bag, it took ages it seemed to arrive and the exchange rate didn't seem worth it to me at the moment.

Ipsy on Nov 05, 2015 @ 09:51 pm

I've got a few ipsy bags now and I really love it. Nail polishes are full siz, as are eyeliners and eyeshadows. Samples are quite generous sizes as well.

Ipsy or Topbox on Nov 05, 2015 @ 10:24 pm

I really, really love Ipsy. I haven't tried Topbox yet, but honestly the price of Ipsy is so little for the chance to try new makeup. I have barely any makeup so for me it's really worth it. Only 15 dollars is a steal! Last month I got two products I adored, a liquid eyeliner and the Meet Matt(e) Hughes lipstick that I reviewed on my blog

If anyone wants to check it out, you can use my referral code

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