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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 ninth 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!
I received my October bag really late. First it got delayed because I purchased a few add-ons, then Canada Post messed up the delivery completely, sending it from literally 30 minutes from my home to the neighboring province, where it was delayed for over a week due to to the strike. I blame both Ipsy and Canada Post for the delay. Ipsy should’ve planned their shipping schedule better if they were adding new options (add-ons and the glam bag plus), and Canada Post really messed up shipping it to the wrong province. To top all that, Ipsy actually didn’t send me one of the add-ons, but more about that later.
Everything comes packed in a bright pink padded envelope, and all the makeup always survives shipping from the US to Canada.
October theme is ‘Who said nights were for sleep’. The bag comes with a card that has some night-time ideas and suggestions.
This is everything that I received in my October bag. Please note that there are many variations, and you may and probably will receive some or all different products.
October Glam Bag
This month’s bag is a bright red ‘faux leather’ embossed with an eye mask design, with black hardware and lined with black nylon fabric. I like the subtle nod to Halloween, although the bag actually reminds me of Venetian carnival more than Halloween. Red is one of my favorite colors, so this bag is great for me.
Aphrodite Olive Oil Face Mask – Sample 15 ml/ 0.51 oz
I love receiving face masks, since I use them at least 1-2 times a week. I wanted to try this one right away, but the packaging says it’s deep cleansing, and my skin is currently a bit dry, so I delayed it for a later time. It contains kaolin clay, witch hazel, aloe vera, chamomile, spirulina, olive oil and white lotus, so I have a feeling it may be gentle enough not to dry out my skin.
Value: $2.2 USD (currently on sale, the value of the sample would be $3.4 USD)
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation in Y225 – Sample 5 ml/ 0.16 oz
I have a full bottle of this foundation in R220, which is a bit too pink and too light for me. This sample on the other hand is a bit too yellow and dark for my skin tone. It is hard for me to get the perfect match in MUFE foundations, since they don’t have any with neutral undertones. However, I will use this little sample to mix with my R220 one, and I think I can get a much better match that way. Regardless, this is one of the best foundations I’ve ever used, and I have a full review of it on my blog – just look it up if you’re interested.
Value: $7.17 USD/ 8.67 CAD
Nomad Cosmetics x Stockholm Nordic Lights Intense Eyeshadow Norrsken No3 – Sample 1.5g/ 0.05oz
Due to the packaging, I actually thought this was a full sized single eyeshadow that is on a smaller side, but it’s actually a sample that is a little over half of the full size. Regardless, I like how it is packaged, and the color is simply gorgeous. It is somewhere between a pink and purple, and very shimmery. It’s soft, blendable and swatches beautifully. There isn’t much fall-out, either. I’m glad they sent me a color like this.
Value: $7.5 USD
Oryza Beauty Velvet Ribbon Lipstick in Opus – FULL SIZE!
The brand made this color exclusively for Ipsy, and the color in their regular and somewhat limited range are all light to medium. I really like that they made this specific deep wine color, as it is perfect for fall. The lipstick is very smooth, easy to apply and get a nice lip line straight from the bullet, and it wears for hours with no need to reapply (until eating and drinking). It’s easy to reapply, and it wears down to a nice pinkish stain.
Value: $26.99 USD
Sundays Nail Polish in No. 18 – FULL SIZE
This is another fall appropriate color, described as deep plum. I normally gravitate towards color like this one, throughout the year, so I was happy to add this 10-free nail polish to my collection. I haven’t had time to try it on yet, but it will be in rotation soon, as I’m trying to use less toxic products during my pregnancy, so this arrived at the right time. I like how it coordinates with the eyeshadow and the lipstick for an almost completely monochromatic look.
Value: $18 USD
Here are the makeup products swatched, left to right: MUFE Foundation in Y225, Oryza Beauty lipstick in Opus and the Nomad Cosmetics eyeshadow in No.3.
For the first time in October, Ipsy offered a limited number of products as add-ons, costing $3 each. The limit was 3 add-ons per person, and this was available for 24h only. Getting add-ons will always delay the shipping of the bag. I decided to order two add-ons, but received only one in my bag. I’ve contacted their customer service and they’ve sent the other one, and it is on it’s way, but I have to say that this was disappointing. I recommend you keep track of what add-ons you order, since many people complained of this happening. For this reason I decided to skip any add-ons in November until they figure out their system.
This is one of my add-ons – I’ve heard so much about this cream, and finally got a sample to try. Unfortunately, this may not be the best thing to use in pregnancy, so it’ll have to wait, but it smells really good and I’m looking forward to trying it 🙂
This was finally a good bag! I like that I received mostly makeup and only one skincare product. So far I like everything that I tried from this bag, and the colors all work for me, except the foundation, but I’ll be able to use it for mixing with my other foundations. Total value of my bag is $61.86 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, although this is a bit higher in value than what I normally get. More than third of that value is the lipstick, though, so I’m happy that I love it. I will be able to use everything. 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 two products from my likes (the eyeshadow and the nail polish), 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?