I know that Birchbox differs depending on the customer. I know that each box can be interpreted differently. However, after a year of subscribing to BB, I could not understand why everyone else's boxes seemed amazing and mine did not. The first two boxes I received were impressive. I not only liked them, I LOVED them and used all of the products. That would have been right around now of last year.
Unfortunately, from then on out I felt the wooing had stopped. I maybe liked a product or two. But I did not find myself buying anything in full size after April of last year. I stuck it out, thinking it will get better. When I started receiving samples that I knew did not fit my "individual quiz" I had taken, I even logged in and retook the quiz to ensure I would receive things that fit me!
My friend Theresa told me about Ipsy and she told me she thought I should try it out first. So I got on the site, looked around, read some reviews, saw some awesome past bags, and signed up. I had to wait until February to get one because I had registered too late in January. Well the bag came this week...
When I received the shipping notification, I even watched YouTube videos from gurus comparing the two services and raving about Ipsy. I was pumped. And quickly was deflated...
The extra incentive with Ipsy is that they send the products in a bag each month, instead of a brown box. It is functional and not just something you will throw away. This month it is made to appear like it is black patent leather with a red lining. Inside the bag you find 5 samples...
-Neutral eye shadow palette sample
I have to admit I was beyond disappointed with my first bag. Let's start with the lash card. It is supposed to protect your lids while you apply mascara. I have been putting mascara on my lashes since I was in 7th or 8th grade, almost daily...if I never needed a plastic card (that looks like a hotel room key) to assist in this process before, why would I need it now? Yep, disappointed. Plus--the tool that you receive was what I was the most pumped about...so epic fail there. Last month, the bag had a kick up eye shadow blending crease brush...ugh.
The eye shadow palette sample is pretty, but I actually dislike those, because 1-you have enough to try it ONE time...if you are like me, my make up rarely looks the same two days in a row. I try but eyes are hard to me, trying a shadow one time will not be enough for me to know if I would want full size and 2-there sometimes isn't enough on the
piece of paper palette to use for a one time usage anyways.
The gel eyeliner was nice to get, but it was bad timing for me. I just purchased the Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner last weekend at the drug store. So I am simply not in a need of this sample.
I feel the same about mascara samples as I do eyeshadow samples. I just recently started using a new KICK butt mascara--so a new one I do not need. The new one that I love will be posted in my February Finds post coming soon! :)
Lastly is the primer/pore eliminator--I am interested in this as I have been researched Benefit's version of this--I was stuck between whether or not to buy it without a sample first. So I may try this out and see what I think.
I hope I do not sound too critical here, I just was very excited about this new subscription and it didn't make me as excited or happy as it did when I received the shipping notice email from them! I even left a comment on the site...oops my negative side definitely was shining through, but most people were just as disappointed as me!
I have decided to give it ONE more month...so I hope they impress me in March. If not, I will be canceling this service as well. What monthly subscription services do you use? I know I want to be apart of one, just looking for the perfect match for me! :)