Ipsy Review – December 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. This bag is fuzzy with a gold metal ipsy logo plate and a metallic handle/zipper pull.
It’s designed to double as a going out clutch/wristlet.
And it is lined in gold!
Now, onto the items!
Cake Beauty Heavy Cream Intensive Hand Repair Balm – 1 oz Value $6.50
Based on the name of this product, I was expecting this hand cream to be rich and smell like cake batter – and I was not disappointed! The scent is sweet and indulgent, and this cream is heavy and provides a ton of moisture – and surprisingly it still absorbs quickly! Love it!
tarte tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in WCW – 1 ml Value $3.33
I’m ALWAYS happy to see tarte in a subscription box, even when the sample is pretty tiny! This Glossy Lip Paint is a gloss/stain hybrid, and I found that it delivered pretty well on each front. The finish wasn’t super shiny on my lips, but it gave me a lot of moisture with a hint of shine, and the color worked well too – great pigment! (It doesn’t have the same staying power as a typical stain though.)
(Swatched in lower photo.)
HIKARI Felt Tip Eyeliner in Iris – FULL SIZE! Value $15
HIKARI is one of those brands I’m never thrilled to see in a box. But, usually, if they are in a box that means full-sized items, so I can’t complain too much!
This liner is an easy-to-use purple felt marker. Here it is swatched beneath the tarte lip gloss:
Benefit The Porefessional – 3 ml Value $5
Another tiny but great sample!
This primer is a classic I’ve sampled many times before. The formula feels super smooth on my skin and does a great job of temporarily filling in pores so that they look invisible.
Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask – 15 ml Value $16.50
I love the Ren line! Their formulas are free of ingredients you may want to avoid, and they are gentle on my skin, too. This is a 10-minute mask that was so gentle I forgot I had it on! The scent is a subtle sweet citrus, and it left my skin feeling SO smooth after I removed it. (I’m thrilled this is a larger, multi-use sample!)
Verdict: This box has a value of about $46. That’s great for a $10 subscription box (And that’s not counting the value of the makeup bag!) Almost every item this month was a hit for me, too. My only complaint? I wish the Benefit and Tarte samples were larger!
What do you think of the December Ipsy Glam Bag? What items did you get in your bag?