Don’t feel like dealing with an ipsy waitlist? Me either. I removed myself from the ipsy waitlist because I don’t negotiate with terrorists, and I’m pretty sure that the whole waitlist is a just cheap gimmick.
Some of you are probably familiar with and/or already use the ipsy beauty bag subscription program.
The concept is cute, and for $10 I figured why not give it a shot? Well, I signed myself up and yet three months later I was still on the “ipsy waitlist” to receive my first ipsy glam bag. Seriously??? This is a paid subscription service! I give you my money, and you send me some beauty samples to try out. It’s not rocket science, ipsy.
You can read all about ipsy’s social media hostage tactics below, but rest assured you have much better options, ladies:
I’ve been getting Birchbox deliveries every month for almost 2 years and I much prefer the Birchbox boxes instead of the ipsy glam bags because the boxes are beautifully designed and I can reuse them for gifts (I just cover the small Birchbox logo with stickers or a little handmade notecard with a quote, name, or illustration for my recipient). After all, how many small makeup bags does one woman need?
I absolutely LOVE my samples with Birchbox! I’ve discovered so many fantastic products through the samples and Birchbox frequently runs amazing promotions/sales on full size products from Kiehl’s and Dr. Brandt, Sunday Riley, Smashbox, benefit, Anastasia Beverly Hills and even Clinique and philosophy. There is literally something for everyone and they even have Birchbox for men! My boyfriend loves his Birchbox samples too.
The Ugly Side of Ipsy Beauty Bags
So what is the deal with this ipsy waitlist anyhow?
Well, it JUST. SO. HAPPENS. that plastered all over ipsy.com are bright pink banners encouraging you to “skip the ipsy waitlist” by promoting the ipsy brand all over your social media accounts.
Step 1: Promote ipsy on Facebook. Give ipsy access to all of your contacts and post a status update promoting ipsy glam bags.
Step 2: Blast 10 of your unsuspecting Facebook friends with an invitation to sign up for an ipsy subscription.
Step 3: Subscribe to the official ipsy YouTube channel.
Step 4: Follow the official ipsy Instagram account.
Bonus Step 5: “Sometimes we may also require one friend referral to complete your “Skip the Wait” process, which means a friend must subscribe (to ipsy) using your unique referral link.”
Oh… um, okay, so I just have to go force someone else to buy a waitlisted ipsy subscription in order to receive the products that I am already PAYING you guys to send to me?
Does anyone else object to being pimped out like this?
This makes no damn sense!!! Ipsy launched their beauty bags in 2012 and I am not buying that their subscriber base continues to grow so exponentially that they are STILL having fulfillment issues so severe that subscribers are left to stagnate on a waitlist for 3+ months. Birchbox has never had a fulfillment issue and they also ship comparable beauty samples for $10/mo. in a cute little box. The fact that you can magically remove yourself from the ipsy waitlist if you sell your social media soul to the ipsy devil is further indication that all is not as it appears.
I guess ipsy figures that if they dangle the lip gloss and mascara just out of reach, plenty of people will spam the heck out of their friends/family for an opportunity to be removed from this never-ending waitlist. And they are probably right, but that doesn’t make it right.
Bottom line: personally I don’t think it’s cool to hold paying customers hostage until you’ve exploited them for your own social media benefit, forcing them to endorse/promote you before they even have a chance to experience an actual ipsy glam bag.
Instead I signed up for a Birchbox and I haven’t looked back. Their box is similarly priced at just $10/month and is fully of goodies with no annoying waitlist.
Next I may try FabFitFun since some comments on this post have recommended them too! What’s your favorite subscription box?
Update from June, 2015: It’s been a year and Birchbox has been super cool. Great samples, amazing sales on their full size products, adorable packaging, fun themes and still no silly waitlists. I recommend it!
Update from March, 2016: I’m definitely still loving my monthly Birchbox delivery, but I’ve also recently discovered the POPSUGAR Must Have box. It’s a little more expensive but includes some fantastic household items and accessories on top of the beauty products, which makes for a great birthday, holiday, or bridesmaid gift. Here are some past box contents, and you can use promo code “MUSTHAVE5” to get a $5 discount off your first delivery:
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