Today I have something different for you guys. I had this post in my mind for a long time now, because I think this subject is worth discussing.
So back in January this year I decided to unsubscribe from all of my subscription boxes – Topbox and Ipsy. There are few things that triggered my decision, so let’s divide it into categories.
Most of the subscription boxes do not have an option of customizing your package, which is a definite disadvantage. That results in getting products that will not work for you, that you will not like, or that you do not need.
Even if you get an item that you love, let’s say a lipstick, then it is not guaranteed that that particular colour will suit your skin tone. Or maybe it will suit you, but it is not something that you would wear.
So are all customized boxes great and lovely? The answer is no. I found that customizing your box does not work much better than having a box without that option. There are hundreds and hundreds of people subscribed to a certain service, and most of them have completely different features, and that is why it is impossible to get a fully customized box. Additionally, one product meant for blondes will not suit every single blonde. Period.
What we have to remember is that subscription boxes do not take into consideration what we like or what we do not. I get all this idea of trying something new that you have never tried before, but to be honest… no one will make me put on a bright purple nail polish or a purple lip paint.
Going along with the above, you have to ask yourself – am I going to use these products? After being subscribed to two different services for over half a year I can truly answer no. In every single package you get, you might find something you do not like, something that does not work for you, or something that just does not work as a product.
I still have a lot of products that I received in my drawers. They were either used once or twice (some make it to few times) or some I have never ever used. Oh, and I also gifted a lot of products to other people… That happens because I either do not like the product I receive, I do not have an opportunity to wear a particular product often, or I just have something that I own and like so much better. (Plus all of the reasons I stated above)
I had received a lot of different products that were just total fails for me. For example, hair products for kinky hair, eyebrow powder that is way to orange/brown for my eyebrows, a blush that is too dark, and many different products. I think the most frustrating thing was when I was receiving only lip glosses, even though I chose lipsticks in my customization quiz.
Just to to be fair, I have to add that some of the products I have received were great, but unfortunately there were more products that I did not like.
Subscription boxes usually cost from around 10$ to $45 a month, most often not including shipping. Considering everything above – it was just not working out for me.
I found that sometimes the value of the box is less than you paid. And also taking into consideration the customization and usage, it ends up that the personal value of the box decreases dramatically.
In my situation, paying for these subscription boxes was just a waste of money. Additionally, I am just a poor college student and I cannot afford throwing any money away. Also my New Year’s resolution was to save more money, so unsubscribing was a good first step.
These are all the reasons as to why I chose to unsubscribe from Topbox and Ipsy. Also, I am not trying to bash all the subscription box services, but this is how I feel about the ones I have tried, and the ones that I have been observing for a long time on different blogs and websites.
Please keep in mind that products I did not like can be good for someone else. This post is just a guideline on what to look at when subscribing or unsubscribing to a service. It is best to do your own research to be sure that a particular subscription suits you.
I hope you enjoyed my post. I am looking forward to reading your opinions in the comments!