Ipsy Review – February 2016
Ipsy is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription box. Each month you get full size or deluxe-sized products, plus a cute makeup bag. I think it’s one of the best value beauty subscriptions and a great way to build out your makeup collection on the cheap!
This is one of my top recommendations if you are looking for a beauty box – the value and sample sizes are amazing. (Check out my list of the Top Beauty Boxes for 2016 for more recommendations!)
(FYI – Just like Birchbox, Ipsy sends out many different variations of their bag each month – so my review is just one of the bag variations you might receive!)
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The Subscription Box: Ipsy
The Cost: $10 a month (free shipping)
The Products: Full size and samples of makeup and beauty products. (Plus a makeup bag!)
Ships to: US and Canada
Delivered via: USPS
Visit the Ipsy Swap Page to swap for any of the items you see in this review!
First, how cute is the bag this month? Here is the other side of the bag:
Now onto the items!
Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in I’m Kind of a Big Deal – FULL SIZE! Value $15
The first item out of the bag and I’m already over the $10 this bag cost – love it! I’ve sampled Trust Fund Beauty polish before thanks to subscription boxes and I like the formula! It is 5-free, vegan and cruelty-free, too. (And this is the tamest name I’ve seen for their polishes!)
Jersey Shore Spa Anti Aging Lip & Hand Polish – FULL SIZE! Value $25
(Good to know for swaps – comes with inner foil seal)
I just tried this as a hand polish/scrub and it left my hands feeling super soft and moisturized – all good stuff! The scrub has a good amount of oil, so it will leave a slight sheen after using it, too. The only thing I thought was a little strange about this scrub is that it doesn’t smell like vanilla at all to me! It actually reminds me of a cherry cough drop! (I loved the taste Luden’s cough drops as a kid, so that isn’t an insult!)
If you got this in your glam bag please let me know what it smells like to you!
Paula Dorf Enhancer in Baby Eyes – .5 g Value $9
(Good to know for swaps – plastic seal)
This shade of eyeliner is designed to be used to line the lower rim of the eye and/or above your lip line. I’m happy to see a liner in a beauty subscription that isn’t black or blue, but this shade just didn’t work for me. (Plus I don’t really like lining my waterline anyway).
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil – 4 ml Value $5.50
It felt weird at first putting oil on as my primer before foundation, but this formula almost immediately absorbed into my skin. 2 tips I followed for applying this with makeup:
- Let it set for a few minutes before applying foundation/concealer. (I saw some recommendations for 10 min, but I’d say I only waited 5 min).
- A little goes a long way – try applying with a cotton swab to not over do it!
I like the results, but I’m not sure I noticed anything different from the other primers I’ve used.
Bellapierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Desert Rose – 6 grams Value $30
This is pretty close to full-size! (The full-size version is 9 grams). I’m really glad it is such a large size too – because this shade of blush is perfect for me! It is great for everyday looks, and subtle enough that I don’t have to worry about accidently getting too much on the brush and having instant-clown-makeup. Here it is swatched with the Paula Dorf eyeliner:
Verdict: This box has a value of about $84.50! That’s amazing for a $10 subscription box. (And that’s not counting the value of the makeup bag!) I’ll use everything with the exception of the eyeliner, too. What do you think of the February Ipsy Glam Bag? Which products did you get this month?