Ipsy Review – May 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 and our reviews of Cheap Subscription Boxes 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!
Each month, ipsy subscribers get a makeup bag in addition to their 5 items. I really like the snap closure on this one – and the design is cute, too!
Now onto the items!
Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio in Skinny Dip, Crush + Lovely – .07 oz Value $8.40
The full-size version is .1 oz, so this is essentially full-size to me. I love that Pacifica makeup products are all natural, but their pigments aren’t always great. I think this palette is good for a subtle natural look. Here are each of the shades swatched (multiple times to get the color to show):
Beautiful, and wearable shades for me – but definitely use a primer with these!
SOO AE Collagen Essence Masks – Value $9 total
I appreciate that Ipsy included a variety of masks from this brand as “one item!” Masks included:
- Brightening Collagen Essence Mask
- Collagen Essence Mask
- Propolis Collagen Essence Mask
I decided to try the Collagen Essence Mask first because… pink jelly beans! This is your typical 15-20 minute sheet mask. It was hydrating, but the remaining product on my skin dried a little tacky instead of absorbing. I felt this mask was on par with other sheet masks I’ve sampled, but since it is made with parabens and fragrance, I likely won’t buy it in the future.
Smashbox X-Rated Mascara – .14 oz Value $10.30
This mascara gets mixed reviews on Sephora, so I wasn’t expecting much from the formula, but it actually worked well for me! It gave me good volume and length – and no clumping issues until I tried MANY layers. The only issue I had is that the formula made my eyes water a little when applying, so I’m thinking this may be a little more irritating than some other formulas.
I somehow almost always get makeup tools in my Ipsy bag! I love it because I haven’t bought eyeshadow brushes in years! This one is great for overall blending.
Clark’s Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream – .5 oz? Value $34
(This isn’t marked with a size, so I’m estimating half an ounce.) I’ve sampled Clark’s Botanicals before, and I like most of their products. Some have irritated my skin, but I’m having no issues with this cream! It’s lightweight, scented, and absorbs quickly!
Verdict: This box has a value of about $74. That’s amazing for a $10 subscription box (And that’s not counting the value of the makeup bag!) I like just about everything in this box, so I’m happy with the samples, too.
What do you think of the May Ipsy Glam Bag? Which products did you get this month?