Ipsy Review – October 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 think this is my favorite glam bag of all time – the black and white illustrations on the pale pink background are perfection!
And look at this zipper detail:
A little ghost with heart eyes! SO CUTE!
This subscription also comes with a card each month. It showcases the theme, and gives you follow up actions for using your beauty products and sharing your ipsy bag on social media:
Now onto the items!
Lottie London Perfectly Precise Eyeshadow Brush – Value $15
This is a short, densely packed brush, and it can work as both as a shadow brush and a smudger.
I’ve been lucking out with getting makeup brushes in my Ipsy bags – I can never have enough!
Noyah Natural Lipstick in Smoke – 1.4 grams Value $5.60
This lipstick formula is fantastic (it doesn’t have that typical lipstick smell, which I don’t love), and the formula is super moisturizing. The pigment is great, the lipstick glides on so smoothly. The shade is described as a greyish lavender, and I’m surprised and happy to report that it worked well for my skintone! (Swatched in lower photo).
theBalm Shadow/Blush in Hot Mama! – .02 oz Value $1.70
I’ve always been impressed with the pigment from theBalm, and this blush definitely delivers. It’s a pink/peach shade, with a good amount of shimmer. (Swatched in photo below). I just wish these samples from theBalm were a little larger. This works well for eyeshadow samples, but this blush sample is tiny and a little tricky to use.
Ciaté London Fierce Flicks Eyeliner – FULL SIZE! Value $20
This liquid eyeliner has a felt marker tip that makes it super easy to apply:
This tip is great for precision and control – I was able to get a perfect line right on the lash line.
Here it is swatched (below the lipstick and above the blush):
pūr~lisse Daily Lip Nourisher with Mango and Shea Butters – 4.5 ml Value $6.75
This lip balm is paraben and petroleum free, and it is high shine! If you are looking for a glossy look without any stickiness, this is perfect!
Verdict: This box has a value of about $49. That’s great for a $10 subscription box (And that’s not counting the value of the makeup bag that I’m a little obsessed with!) Every item this month was a hit for me – I just wish that sample from theBalm wasn’t so tiny!
What do you think of the October Ipsy Glam Bag? What items did you get in your bag?