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One of my Instagram friends (@xoxo.tigritsa) offered me an opportunity to try one month of Ipsy Glam Bag subscription for free, and I jumped at the chance. This is one of the cheapest makeup subscriptions out there, and since I am at a makeup overload, but still want to receive some fun mail, I thought this could be a good match. So, this is my first box, and it was free.

Ipsy Glam Bag is a beauty subscription box that sends 5 makeup and skincare samples every month, and sometimes full sized products, too. You will also receive a makeup bag every month. The brands included vary a lot, and there are big variations between boxes. You fill a profile, and they try to match you with products that suit you.

The cost: US $10 + $4.95 shipping to Canada (no shipping charge for the US)

Ships to: Canada, US (except Hawaii and Alaska)

Good to know: You can pause the subscription for 1, 2 or 3 months, or adjust the frequency to receive the bag every other month (they bill you $12 USD every two months for this).

Everything comes packed in a bright pink padded envelope, and all the makeup survived shipping from the US to Canada.


January theme is Game Face! The bag comes with a card. One side of this month’s card has a motivational text, and also explains to fill in and post the flip side on social media to cheer on other ipsters, too (‘EVERYTHING’ is my goal).


This is everything that I received in my January bag. Please note that there are many variations, and you may and probably will receive some or all different products.


January Glam Bag

This month’s bag is a soft, sporty mesh bag, featuring neon colors and what seems like waterproof lining. At first I didn’t like it, since these are not my colors, but I find it very useful. I love the honeycomb design of the mesh and the shoelace zipper. It’s a good choice to go with the “Game Face” theme, especially since so many people decide to start working out in January as one of their New Year resolutions.


Dirty Little Secrets Eye Shadow in Bikini – Full size!

Some subscribers received this eyeshadow in the shade Sangria. Bikini is a true metallic copper shade. I am not familiar with this brand much, but from my experience with this eyeshadow they are good. The single eyeshadow is buttery soft, smooth, and highly pigmented. It blends easily, and the fallout is minimal.

Value: $12 USD


theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter, Shadow and Shimmer – Sample

I really wanted to try something from theBalm, and this highlighter is their cult classic. It’s a champagne colored highlighter that suits my skin tone well. I would’ve probably loved it more if I hadn’t swatched the Dirty Little Secrets eyeshadow first – Mary-Lou Manizer is not as smooth, and there is a bit more fall out. I do love the amount of shimmer, it’s perfect for daily use for me. And there is no glitter, yay!

Value: $2.96 USD


Ciate Fierce Flicks Precision Tip Liquid Eyeliner – Full size

This was not an exciting inclusion for me, because I already have the same eyeliner. I am furthermore confused because I chose no black or brown eyeliners in my profile. Regardless, here we are. Although I am not so happy to receive it, this is a great liquid eyeliner. It’s really black, very precise, and it’s easy to get a very thin line with it. It’s great for beginners, and much easier to apply than my other liquid eyeliners. It doesn’t flake, but it smudges a bit on the inner corner of the eye after about 4-6 hours of wear.

Value: $23 CAD/ $19 USD


So Susan Liquid Matte in Raisin Flesh – Full size

Some subscribers received this liquid lipstick in shade Pumpkin. I am so happy Ipsy decided to send me this deeper berry pink, since Pumpkin is a lighter and warmer shade, and I tend to look like a zombie in nudes. This is the first time I’m trying anything from this brand, and I’m impressed. I had to use a balm remover and scrub well, twice, to remove the swatch from my arm. It doesn’t budge. It lasts quite a while on my lips, too, and it’s very pigmented. However, the formula is equally drying as any other liquid matte lipstick I’ve tried.

Value: $14


Global Beauty Care Charcoal Wash-Off Mask – Sample

I love masks! However, most mud masks can be too drying for my skin, so I was afraid to try this one, considering that my skin is very dry at the moment. It completely surprised me! The mask is smooth, applies easily, and didn’t dry out my skin. It was a bit harder to wash it off, but I got used to this with similar masks. I know this is not the highest value inclusion, but I am happy to have tried it. This little pouch has a couple of uses.

Value: $2 USD


Here are the swatches of all the makeup from this bag. Left to right: So Susan liquid matte lipstick, Ciate Fierce Flicks eyeliner, theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer and Dirty Little Secrets single eyeshadow. Everything was swiped only once.


I am quite happy with my first Ipsy bag. I like everything I received, and although I am surprised to see a black eyeliner, at least it’s one I know I love. Total value of my bag is $49.96 USD, and the price would’ve been $14.95 USD if I hadn’t received a free bag (the bag + shipping to Canada). I can use everything included, which is really great!  I just wish that Ipsy didn’t charge shipping to Canada, or at least if they tried to lower it, since it considerably increases the total price of the bag, making it not as cheap as it seems at first.

You can order Ipsy Glam Bag using this link (all the links in this review are referral links and give me a 250 in points that I can redeem for products). This helps me get more products and boxes for reviews, but if you don’t wish to use my referral, you can google the name.

Ipsy does release some spoilers for the next month, but I don’t find them as useful, since there are so many options and variations, so I will not include them here. However, if you subscribe, you can see what you’ll be getting on the 5th day of the month by logging into your profile.

Do you have any questions about this subscription? Do you subscribe to any boxes? How do you like this one?