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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 eight 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 always survives shipping from the US to Canada.
September theme is ‘The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me’. The bag comes with a card that has some mascara suggestions.
This is everything that I received in my September bag. Please note that there are many variations, and you may and probably will receive some or all different products.
September Glam Bag
This month’s bag is a black canvas bag, with pale gold hardware and “faux leather” bottom, lined with bright pink nylon fabric. It’s a lovely bag, and I love the eyes/eyelashes and the inspiring message on the inside. Ipsy always puts a lot of thought and attention to detail into these bags.
dr.Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator – Sample 0.25 oz/ 7.5 g
dr.Brandt is a great brand to receive, and this tiny sample is pricey. The exfoliator has very fine particles, and I’d say the level of exfoliation is medium – not too harsh, but it seems to really get into the pores and smooth out my skin. It’s a good product, and I’m happy to put it into rotation once I use up my current one.
Value: $9.88 USD/ $12.25 CAD
Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer – Sample 0.16 oz/ 5 ml
I am happy to receive this sample, although I just received a primer previous month. This primer was on my “to try” list for a while, and I am excited to see how it’ll perform. I didn’t open it yet, because I want to use up the current one. I was surprised to see the price – this primer is quite affordable. Too bad this sample is half air, but it should be enough to decide if I like it or not.
Value: $3 USD/$3.83 CAD
Trestique Mini Lip Glaze in English Rose – Sample 0.025 oz/ 0.7g
I’m thrilled with this lip crayon. It’s smooth, isn’t drying, the color is perfect for me, and it is quite pigmented. The color looks a bit darker on my lips, and I like it as a lighter berry/rose for fall day makeup. It’s just a little bit sticky, but not too much. I found it hard to assign a value for it, so I liked to a set sold at Sephora that contains this mini lippie, and I assigned about a quarter of that value to the crayon. Whatever the value is, I love it, and I’m so glad I received it!
Value: $7 USD/ $9 CAD (approximate)
Luxie Beauty Harley Quinn Flat Blender Brush – FULL SIZE!
This brush is a special collaboration between Luxie Beauty and Warner Brothers (hence the price tag), and I love the black and red color combination. I am not sure why they call this a flat blender, though, since the brush itself is round. The bristles are soft, and the quality is even better than what I am used to with Luxie. The brush is made specifically for blending concealer, and I do like it for that purpose. I also don’t have any similar brushes, which is surprising. I love all the Luxie brushes I own, and this one is no different!
Value: $25.85 USD
Jo Hansford Intensive Masque – Sample 1.01 oz/ 30 ml
I love a good hair mask, and often alternate between a hair mask and a conditioner. I find that they keep my hair manageable and soft, and I don’t get split ends as much. I haven’t tried this one yet, but it’s going to be in rotation soon. The size is generous, but there is some air in this tube. It should be enough for a few uses regardless. I could only find this mask on their British website, linked above, or for crazy prices on Amazon, so I just converted the price from pounds into dollars.
Value: $5.7 GBP/ $7.56 USD
Normally I would share a photo of all the makeup swatched, too, but since the only swatchable product was the lipstick, I just swatched it above.
Once again I didn’t receive as much makeup as I prefer, so I made some changes to my account, and hopefully this will help going forward. I like everything that I tried from this bag, and I am sure the primer and the hair mask will be great for me, too. Total value of my bag is $53.29 USD, and the price is $14.95 USD (the bag + shipping to Canada), and it seems like I always get Ipsy bags with a value close to this. About half of that value is the brush, though, so I’m happy that I love it. I will be able to use everything, and I fell in love with the lipstick and the brush. 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 three products from my likes (the primer, hair mask and the lip glaze), 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?