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After trying a free month of Ipsy Glam Bag subscription in January, I really liked it and decided to keep the subscription going for a while. This is one of the cheapest makeup subscriptions out there, and since I am on a makeup overload, but still want to receive some fun mail, I thought this could be a good match. This is my sixth box (I skipped June).
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).
I have tested the skipping option in June, and it’s easy to use. Once you skip a month through your profile, you will receive a confirmation email. Also, a few days before billing they email you again to remind you that you’ll be charged for the next month after skipping, and if you want you can skip again at that point. I love how easy it is to use this option!
Everything comes packed in a bright pink padded envelope, and all the makeup survived shipping from the US to Canada.
July theme is Dive into Summer! The bag comes with a card that has some summer products suggestions.
This is everything that I received in my July bag. Please note that there are many variations, and you may and probably will receive some or all different products.
July Glam Bag
This month’s bag is iridescent turquoise and would fit a mermaid/sea theme well. It feels like it’s made of a soft rubberized material that might be perfect to bring to a pool or a beach. The zipper is rubberized, too, and the bag is lined with a blue nylon. However, I have noticed a very bad smell coming from it (maybe because it is rubberized), and no matter how much I tried I couldn’t get over it. I have a sensitive nose, and didn’t see anyone else complaining about it, so it may be just me, but I couldn’t keep it – it ended in trash. This makes me sad, because I really love the design this month.
Apto Healing Turmeric Mask – Sample 15 ml
I was surprised to see that this mini tube is half of the full sized mask. I love getting new masks to try, and actually prefer wash-off over sheet masks, so I’m happy that Ipsy includes a mask in pretty much every of my bags. This fun yellow mask is leightweigh, and helps to clear out pores and treat breakouts and rosacea flare-ups. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m really looking forward to it.
Value: $8 USD
Wander Beauty Glowtion Lotion Illuminatrice – Sample 5ml
Sadly, this tiny tube is almost empty. Most if it is air. The “glowtion” is very shiny with no glitter, and it would be nice mixed with a foundation, or used as a liquid highlighter. I would describe the color as a peachy-champagne. I am glad to receive a makeup sample that I probably wouldn’t purchase myself, and although this is a bit too dark as a highlighter for me, I will surely find a way to use it. The full size comes with a 30ml lotion and a 2.5 g highlighter stick, so I estimated the value of this 5 ml sample at 1/6 of the full size price, less a few cents.
Value: $5 USD/ $6 CAD (estimated)
Ofra Cosmetics Eyeshadow Pan Refill in Exquisite – FULL SIZE!
I am really on the fence about this eyeshadow. I normally don’t wear very dark gray/black eyeshadows, so I was reluctant to even swatch it. However, when swatched the eyeshadow is not very pigmented, so it shows as medium gray with a few glitter flakes. I may use it just because the lighter color suits me better. I thought I was wrong assuming the color would be dark, but Exquisite is described as a “black iron shade with a silver metallic finish” on the Ofra’s website, which just shows that the pigment is not the best. Also, the shadow is not as smooth as I’d like it to. I don’t mind a refill pan, because I have multiple magnetic palettes (if you are getting Ipsy, you may want to get one of those palettes for yoursefl, too, since similar refill pans arrive every now and then).
Value: $12 USD
This product seems unavailable on Sugar Cosmetics’ website in this color. The only color shown there is black, and even that one is out of stock. Regardless of that, I am happy to see an eyeliner in my bag that is not black or brown. It seems like this is the full size, although the one on the website comes with a sharpener, so I reduced the value here a bit. I prefer kohl eyeliners because they are smooth and the color is more intense, and this one delivers on both. It is not purple as the name suggest, I would describe the color more as plum (reddish instead of bluish).
Value: $12 USD
bkr Ultra-Hydrating Lip Treatment – Sample 2.64 g
I am normally very happy to receive lip balms, and this one seemed awesome, with a rose water scent and thick texture. It almost feels like a lip mask. I could even get over the pot packaging, which is not my favorite when it comes to lip balms. However, this balm quickly becomes sticky on my lips, so I am not a huge fan, and I am not reaching for it as often as I though I would. I am happy that Ipsy sent me a brand new product to try, because I now know I won’t be buying this in full size!
Value: $11.17 USD
Here are all the makeup products swatched, left to right: Wander Beauty Glowtion, Ofra Cosmetics eyeshadow in Exquisite and Sugar Cosmetics Kohl Eyeliner in Purple Rain.
For once I received a bag that really suits me. I love that it is mostly makeup, with some skincare. This is the balance I was looking for with Ipsy, and I really hope it will continue with my future bags. I didn’t like the eyeshadow or the lip balm, but that’s OK, since at least now I tried them and now to avoid these products. Total value of my bag is $48.17 USD, and the price is $14.95 USD (the bag + shipping to Canada), so although this is a great value for the price, it’s really low for Ipsy bags. I’ve been getting the bags of this value lately, so maybe that’s the new norm for Ipsy. I may or may not use the lip balm and the eyeshadow, so the value of useful items for me is only $25, which is quite low, and I know they can do much better. 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 or before the 5th day of the month by logging into your profile.
Good to know: Ipsy offers an additional quiz for some users, accessible through the profile, and I highly recommend doing it. I started tracking what I like/ don’t like in the Ipsy quiz, and what I actually receive. This month I have received one product from my likes (the turmeric mask), while I didn’t receive any that I marked as don’t like.
Do you have any questions about this subscription? Do you subscribe to any boxes? How do you like this one?