Ipsy Review #2 – May 2017
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 month’s design is a transparent plastic with ice cream and popsicles!
It feels a little cheap, but it’s great for any time you need a waterproof bag that’s see through.
Now, onto the items!
Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black Noir – .8 g Value $9
The “silky” part of the name of this eyeliner is accurate – it just glides on. The pigment is stunning, too. You’re not going to get super accurate precision, though. (Even sharpening the pencil provided a pretty thick line.)
Also, excellent staying power! No smudges after I let it set for a few seconds.
If if you’re looking for a bold statement eyeliner – I recommend it. (Not good for barely-there looks!)
City Color Bold Brow – FULL SIZE? Value $4
(The packaging is slightly different from the Bold Brow I linked to, but the grams are about the same.)
The powders in this kit (Shade: Medium) work well for my brows and skin tone – that’s a win! Good pigment, too. This should last me months.
I’m not a fan of that the little brow brush, though. It’s better than using your fingers, but otherwise, doesn’t compare to a full-size spoolie/brow brush!
(Brow colors swatched in lower photo.)
Urban Decay – Afterglow in Sin, 2.4 g – Value $9
This highlighter seems to be in a lot of Ipsy bags this month! I love Urban Decay’s formulas, so I was looking forward to sampling this.
This champagne highlighter is so pretty! It’s a light gold color with tons of shimmer.
(The pan is about the same size of a typical eyeshadow pan.)
Here it is swatched beneath the eyeliner and brow powders:
Luxie 660 Precision Foundation Brush – Value $23
Yay for more luxie brushes! (I have a lot of these thanks to subscription boxes, and I’m very happy with the quality.) This brush is densely packed with soft, tapered bristles. I typically go with a stippling brush to apply liquid foundation, but this is a great addition to get more precise areas like under my eyes.
South Mane Macadamia Oil Treatment – 10 ml Value $1.70
This hair oil has a sweet, fruity scent, and a thick consistency. (It passed the upside-down DQ blizzard test on my palm.) It added softness and shine to my hair, but I wish the ingredients were a little better. (One of my beauty product pet peeves is when companies add artificial colors to products that don’t need color!)
Verdict: This box has a value of about $47. That’s great in general for a $10 beauty subscription box. (And that’s not counting the value of the bag.) I found a few new impressive formulas, too. The highlighter and eyeliner are amazing, and a Luxie Brush is always a win!
What do you think of the May Ipsy Glam Bag? What items did you get in your bag?
(Check out Jira’s Ipsy review to see what she received in her May Glam Bag, too!)