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Ipsy Review – August 2017

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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 2017 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

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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 has three variations. Which one did you get?

 

The vinyl bag features an ombre background, pink lining, gold glitter lettering, and a gold tassel zipper pull:

I also received a booklet on Ipsy’s new cash back program for beauty purchases:

Now, on to the items!

Pacifica Coconut Blush – FULL SIZE! Value $18?

(I’m estimating on the value of this since I can’t find this exact duo online.)

The feel of the powder is nice and silky, but it does have a lot of fallout. And the pigment isn’t that great either. (I love Pacifica’s ingredient consciousness, but they often don’t deliver in the pigment department.)

That said, if you are looking for a subtle, natural-looking color, this is perfect. (Swatched in lower photo.)

The compact comes complete with a mirror in the back!

theBalm Voyage Vol. II Willkomen – .021 oz Value $2

theBalm consistently makes great eyeshadow colors, and this one lived up to that expectation. It’s a highly pigmented semi-shimmery copper.

(It’s amazing to me that theBalm uses the same sample sizes for eyeshadows/blushes/bronzers, etc. This is an acceptable size for an eyeshadow sample, but super tiny for blush/bronzer!)

AURORA X Ipsy Pro Cover-Up in Caramel Syrup – .15 oz Value $4?

This matte formula goes on light but still provides full-coverage – impressive! The problem for me is that this is too dark for my skintone, but it works well as a eyeshadow primer, so I’m good!

Here it is swatched beneath the blush duo and eyeshadow:

(Multiple swipes were used with the blush swatches to get that color.)

Marc Anthony Curl Envy – 1.5 oz Value $2

You apply this to damp hair, then scrunch and let dry naturally. The formula smells lovely and doesn’t weigh down my hair at all. My hair is a weird kind of curly, though. It’s pretty curly underneath, and wavier up top. So, even when my hair dries naturally and looks a little more defined, it’s not a great look.

But, for any non-curly girls who got this sample, the good news is that it worked well as a general styling cream, too.

Glamour Dolls Romantic Rose Blending Brush – Value $4

I get a lot of makeup brushes from Ipsy, and I have no complaints! This one features rose gold metal and pink-tipped soft bristles. Gorgeous!

Verdict: This box has a value of about $30. That’s decent for a $10 beauty subscription box, but honestly, it’s a little low for Ipsy. To be fair though, I didn’t think of this as a low-value bag until I added up all the values for this verdict. I got full-size items, and good-sized samples, so I’m happy!

What do you think of the August Ipsy Glam Bag? What items did you get in your bag?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

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84 Comments

  1. OK what am I doing wrong? So far the Aurora concealer has been absolutely horrible for me! I can’t blend it at all or it wipes right off of my face. Is it meant for under-eye only? (I use concealer for blemishes).

    • I got the green one, it’s a color corrector for sure. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to use it cuz I opened the bag a few days after I got it and the bottom had split open & was oozing out 🙁. It wasn’t damaged when I first got it so I’m not sure what happened 🤔🤔🤔

  2. I got the Wild & Free bag. Not me at all. I would have preferred Peace, Love, and Lipstick, but I’m not subscribing for the bag.

    Overall I’m happy with my goodies. I received:

    Pacifica Coconut Blush Duo – LOVE it. Perfect for regular and non-glamorous activities.

    Sundays No 28 – also love it. Wears beautifully. Applies easily.

    Aurora x ipsy concealer in Pale Ecru. I’ve been seeking out a new concealer. This one is decent. Not a home run, but good enough.

    The Balm in the light sand color. I would have preferred the darker caramel because I have at least 4 other shadows that are about the same sand color.

    First Aid Beauty cleanser. I make all my own skincare so I won’t use this at all. I wish I could have received a mascara sample instead. There is always next month. 😉

  3. For the first time since I subscribed in May, this month I was very disappointed in my bag. I have been reading all these forums and it seems like no one else got some of the samples I got – do I have leftovers from another month or something?

    – theBalm Eyeshadow in Wilkommen (looks like everyone got one, so I’m ok with it)
    – Seraphine Botanicals Liquid Coal Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (I don’t like liquid liner, no matter how many times I try)
    – Labotica Honey & Bamboo Skin Soft Mask Set (I like masks, but have a bunch to work through right now)
    – Hikari Cosmetics Shimmer Bronzer in Flush (was originally upset about this one and figured I’d gift it, but gave it a go after reading it’s amazing reviews online and I actually really like it!)
    – Paula Dorf Cosmetics Mini Universal Brow Pencil in Taupe (this sample is really small, and as much as I do like brow products, I have gotten them in my last 3 ipsy bags and last month’s Birchbox, so I don’t need anymore right now)

    I find it funny that Liz always gets brushes; I still haven’t gotten a single one. But I’m afraid to request them in case I trigger something where I start getting them every month like Liz.

    Side note – Did Ipsy change their review system? We used to be able to review each individual product for points, but now it looks like I can only review the bag as a whole.

    • You will be able to review products on the 23rd.

    • You can still review the individual products but they open your ability to do that later in the month (around the 20th, I think?) I have a hunch the Glam Bag review is there for your first impressions but they want you to really give the products a go instead of rushing to judgement in order to get the points. I confess I’ve reviewed stuff I didn’t try cos I wanted to hit a certain number & redeem something. It does seem more fair this way though.

    • I got the same bag variation as you but instead of the brow pencil I received the glamour dolls brush. I thought it was an odd bag for myself as well, although I wouldn’t say I’m disappointed. I do plan on gifting the bronzer since I’m so picky about them. I’ve actually decided to skip the September bag and will be trying boxycharm for a bit.

  4. YAHDAH BB Cream: Not my shade but I’m up to my eyes in BBs at the mo so no biggie. It’ll go to a friend. A rare miss.

    Air Repair Eye-Cream: I love eye creams & I tend to use them not only around my eye area but also on the thin patch of skin directly under my chin. I’m trying to stave off turkey neck any way I can!!!!! It seems to help! I know this tube is small but thinking in a relative way; since you’re only supposed to use this in tiny amounts, it’s really not a bad size. I’ll get many multiple uses from this – It’ll last about a month with daily application. That’s decent.

    Naked Translucent Powder: Will it match or maybe even beat my Laura Mercier? We shall see! It’d be great if it did cos it’s half the price.

    SLMissGlam Blending Brush: My request. Always love a brush & the colour is lovely. My husband asked, in all seriousness, “Do you use pink brushes for pink make-up & blue brushes for blue stuff?” Haha! Super cute. At this point, I probably COULD colour-code my tools to my cosmetics. Not a bad idea, Hubs!

    TheBalm Shadow/Highlighter in Kuwakaribisha: Obviously, to each their own but I don’t get the hate for TheBalm; I like their products & feel the samples aren’t as titchy as people think. This is roughly the same amount as the Ofra I got last month, it might even be bigger. I adore the magnetic casing; it’s vibrant & colourful but very functional & keeps the product really secure (great for traveling/throwing in your purse) but I reckon the packaging is what makes it seem smaller than it actually is. 2-plus years ago, my very first Ipsy bag had a TheBalm shadow & it became a favourite of mine & I’m only hitting the pan on it now. I got the ‘Balm Springs’ blush in June too & that would have taken me forever to use up as well except it wasn’t my shade & had to go in my ‘Giveaway Pile’. Anyway, I’m glad that I got the lighter of the 2 shadows, I have so many browns & coppers right now. (BTW, I swear I don’t work for the company, just feel bad when people are disappointed in their Glam Bag goodies so wanted to put a positive spin out there. 🙂 )

    Bag was ‘Peace, Love & Lipstick’. I can get on board with all of those things. 🙂

    Admittedly, not my favourite month but it’s still my favourite subscription.

    • I love getting theBalm samples, too. The bronzer sample lasted forever even with daily use.

    • I am totally with you on theBalm products. I don’t get the hate! The sizes are small but totally useable. It’s not like it’s the size of a pinky nail. I’ve had no problem whatsoever using the products. The Balm Springs blush is *incredible* for me! And I have had no issues using it– I just twirl my blush brush around to make sure it’s evenly covered and I’m good to go.

      Honestly, any month I get a product from theBalm is an A+ month for me!

  5. What’s the significance of the gold envelope?

    I knew I was going to get my least favorite bag design and I did (Peace love lipstick).

    My contents:
    – First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay
    – the Balm Cosmetics Voyage Vol. 2 eyeshadow in Kuwakaribisha
    – Eyeko Black Magic Mascara Deluxe
    – Naked Cosmetics HD Finishing Translucent Powder
    – SLMissGlam T35 Precise Blending Brush

    I’m excited to try the HD finishing powder. Anyone have any reviews/opinions on it?

    • I got the gold envelope last month, with the the Mr. Eggy Man bag 🙂 I thought it was a special edition of the usual pink mailer to coincide with the new mascot dude (yellow guy –
      yellow packaging) but I also received the ‘Ipsy Cash’ pamphlet in my July sub so maybe that’s it?

      I re-use the envelopes to send packages to friends so I’ve become ‘famous’ in my group for the pink mailers but it might be fun to get different colours too.

    • The gold envelope means you’re eligible for the ipsy shopper program. You’ll also get the pamphlet Liz posted.

  6. By the way everybody, on this new program of Ipsy’s, you don’t get any cash back until it reaches a certain amount of cash – if I remember right, it’s $20 that you have to bank up, as it says in the small print. I read that AFTER I happily bought something and awaited it’s refund, which is not to be. I’d have to spend on many more splurges before I get anything back. I think I’ll just use Sephora as I like my samples. Many of you prefer Ulta, and that may be the way to go to bank points for dollar value.

  7. how do you request an item? Can you request a shade in there is an option? thanks

    • With Ipsy, you don’t get to choose shades. They do have a profile survey you fill out that tells your coloring and preferences. Whether or not they actually use that info is the question, but most of the time I received items I could use. With their points system (if they still have this), you can use points to get certain items free, and those you get to choose. Once you’ve chosen an item, it will be included with your next bag.

      • Sorry, I’m guessing some things have changed with Ipsy since I subbed. I guess you CAN request certain items?

        • Yes. Once spoilers are out, you can email customer service & ask. Sometimes they tell you that an item is “sold out”, but then you can pick something else.

    • Hi! Look out for posts from My Subscription Addiction each month that tell you what items you can choose from for the next months bag. You write Ipsy at [email protected] and include the item you want and also include the email address your Ipsy account is registered with. They will write you back and let you know if your request went through! It’s not too late to request an item for September.

      Being able to pick an item for your bag has been going on since I’ve been a member (March 2017)

      • If you’re on Twitter, you can also message ipsycare there. It worked for me in the past they respond very quickly.

      • Hi, I’ve learned last month that we can request one sample but does that substitute one of the existing 5 products you will receive in that bag? I had thought you would receive 5 products + 1 sample.

        • You only get 5. The item you request replaces one Ipsy would choose for you.

    • You can request an item from a list every month by emailing Ipsy support! You can also opt out of a few categories that you don’t like and you won’t get them (you can change what you’re opting out of at any time).

  8. I got the Good vibes bag (my favorite of the 3), the MUFE mascara (my request), and the Pacifica blush duo, all nice. The rest of the bag wasn’t that great, and very low value. I got the 10-0-6 Pores mask (I am 60 – it states on the back this is good for young skin), Be a Bombshell eye shadow in Taj Mahal, which looks almost identical to the Victory eye shadow I got last month, the Aurora Color Perfector in Pistachio (not sure why, I would have loved to try a regular color). This is the second time I have gotten skin care suitable for someone younger. There were better items available for aging skin this month.

    This bag was a disappointment, but Ipsy had usually been much better, so I will hope that next month is better.

    • Well, my order was sent out on the 8th per tracking number and DHL said l wouldn’t get it until the 22nd which is disappointing. This is my second bag. The first bag came right away. l find this ridiculous.

  9. Hey! I think that “concealer” is supposed to be a color corrector for dark areas on your face. It looks very orange/peachy so that should cancel out any dark circles or peach fuzz. Try layering a light concealer over the color corrector (use a tiny amount of it), and i hope you can update us when you try!♥ You may already know this, but color corrector goes on bare skin!!!! Before foundation & all that jazz♥

  10. My bag was the “wild & free” Pretty color but could do with out the lettering.
    I got almost the same contents. 4/5 of the same. Instead of the Ipsy Aurora, I got Belief aqua bomb, which I requested. Did not know that Ipsy started making their own line. I would never buy their own brand. I am assuming their products are made in china? Now I am truly canceling. I have no interest in trying “ipsy” branded products. Looks like dollar store quality. I
    The brush felt cheap. Reminded me of the Lisa Frank brush. wish i got the other shade of the balm eyeshadow. Feel like i keep getting the same mousy brown. And don’t use hair products ever. I only use shampoo.

    • Whenever there’s an “x ipsy” it’s a collaboration (unique shade etc) with a makeup brand. Ipsy is not making anything in house.

  11. This month I was excited to see a Gold Ipsy envelope peeking from the mailbox. I had seen others with them in reviews, but had only ever gotten the pink ones myself. It doesn’t take much…

    I really like the Pacifica blush and regret not requesting the “Island Life” eye shadow sampler from a few months back.

    I really like Ipsy and feel like it is based on my feedback, somewhat. I love that you can select a sample and do so every month.

    However, they keep sending me liquid black eyeliners, even though I always rate them that I didn’t like it (mostly because I don’t know how to use it and think it looks bad on me). Maybe they have an abundance of those samples.

    • Word. Black eye liner every other month from them! I low rate the items and put in a request a few months ago to not get them anymore… getting one in my bag this month. Got one month before last too! Frustrating. But I just hand them off to friends. 😄 Who doesn’t like a freebie from a friend!

      • I actually get pretty frustrated because i love black liquid eyeliners but my bags never come with them 🙁

        • That’s really something. Here we have someone who actually wants the black eyeliners while I, for one, have about a hundred, and want none. I keep complaining and asked for none but I get them anyway. I wish they would send brown or actually toffee, it would look better on me, much less harsh.

        • I have the same problem, I feel like I get pencil eyeliners all the time but I just want some really dark black liquid eyeliner.

  12. I liked the bag itself this month. I got the same one as Liz and it appeals to the kid in me.

    But wasn’t a fan of the actual contents. It felt like a mix of decent samples and dollar store makeup and I ended up cancelling after I got my bag.

    I got a blending brush, an Ipsy brand concealer (was not thrilled to get an Ipsy brand item), the Balm little eyeshadow (too small), two face masks with alcohol listed as one of the first ingredient (so not likely to use), and a sample mascara.

    I was okay with the blending brush and another new mascara to try, but the rest of it was a bit meh (to quote Gudetama).

    • Just as a heads up, the brand for the concealer was Aurora (most likely – I don’t think the Winky Lux or Yadah concealers had Ipsy on them). They put Ipsy on there to indicate the collaboration, if you will. SLMissGlam does that whenever she lets Ipsy feature one of her brushes also. So, the brand is Aurora, just a collab with Ipsy.

  13. I really like my bag I am getting the Pacifica blush
    Naked Powder
    Nail Polish – I hope its purple it was in shipping email but few months ago it showed I was getting green shadow and it was bronze .
    Juliette Not A Perfume. I requested this.
    The balm shadow.
    I did not like my samples last month Ipsy really made up for it this month.

  14. I love what I got, good vibes only bag:
    Pro Cover Up Concealer in Pale Ecru which is my shade! Play got it right too!
    Vitamasques Yoghurt Mask Duo
    EYEKO Black Magic Mascara Deluxe
    Firma Beauty 103 Angled Contour Brush
    Steve Laurant Precision Tip Liner in Black, and this liner I’m in love with!
    Plus this month I ordered the BelláPierre Cosmetics Limited Edition XII Eye palette, Eye & Lip Essentials, and the Skone liners off the offers too. I normally don’t get the offers, got nail polishes once before but I think that’s it

    • I got the BellaPierre palette, too and I was pleasantly surprised by the blendability and quality! That was my first side purchase from Ipsy so the cash back program sounds good to me!

    • I ordered the BellePierre palette, too. I was pleasantly surprised with the blendability and quality. That was my first outside the bag purchase so I’m kind of excited about the cash back rewards program.

    • iSight the cute pixelated bag? I got that offer too! I will say it was so I could paint my kid’s nails but honestly, I just wanted the February 2016 bag (I didn’t sign up until April 2016) and though I like nail polish, I don’t have my profile set up to receive any.

      Purchase: totally worth it.

  15. I received the same exact items except for the curling gel. I received First Aid’s cleanser instead. (And technically speaking, my concealer and eye shadows were in the other shades.)

    I’m 49 and getting back into the groove of all things beauty related (a late-in-life marriage, child, and decades long career makes you think makeup isn’t meaningful. :)). I’m on leave so now I have time for me, myself, and I! I must say, ‘It ain’t what it used to be!”

  16. I got the blush and not sure what shade of the balm shadow (hope it’s the lighter color), 2 sheet masks that are $5 per on the brand site, the SLMissGlam brush t35, and the naked powder. This month didn’t have a lot of exciting items for me, I requested the brush. I’m always happy with sheet masks, I can always use or give away the powder, and I save some items to donate around Xmas time for “toy” drives when they pop up. They always need things for teens as well, and never get many donations for teen girls or boys. I get some extra items like masks etc and pack up most of the ipsy bags that year with small makeup kits.

  17. I was excited to see which bag graphics I would get on the outside of my bag, instead I got a plain bag. I might have been one of the few that actually was looking forward to having something written on my bag. Sadly disappointed it was bare.So there is that. If you were hoping for a plain bag it still may happen for you!!!!

  18. Ok must have won the Ipsy lottery the Gavee Gold is 195.00 um hope it doesn’t work.

  19. I have to say I got a good bag. I got peace love lipstick. Balm color in the pretty light shade, great for travel. Seraphine eyeliner, Aurora concealer in my tone, a brush and gavee gold serum.

    • I’m rather green with envy. Lip products are my favorite cosmetic item. Enjoy my bag!

  20. I got this same bag, a green corrector from the same cook Liz did, I got this same blending brush, I also got the Balm shadow in the light creme color. The different things that I received were a sample of Makeup Forever’s Excessive Lash mascara – score!! ❤️ me some good mascara and a couple of sheet masks that I’ll definitely use so I’m happy with my bag this month for sure! This was my first bag with Ipsy and I wasn’t able to request anything from the spoilers since I was too late. But I think I received a great bag based on my profile answers…. And I have already requested the Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara for next month 😉 I’m excited to try it out cuz I’ve heard such great things about it!

    • It’s so good. I bought the full size mascara after sampling it.

  21. That Marc Anthony curl cream is one of my essential curly hair products. I have wavy curls that can get frizzy, but using this after I wash my hair is a lifesaver. I can’t recommend it highly enough. It gives me great curl definition and makes my hair soft and supple. So excited to get one for travel!

  22. That Pacifica blush duo is getting not so great reviews. I was excited there for a minute.

    • Uh oh. And of course I ordered one of the daily offers that had it in there and then found out I was getting one in my bag too a few days later….ugh….

      • I got the duo and honestly I really like it, I am not really having fall out and it makes a lovely wash of color. I wonder if some people got better batches than others.

        • Good to know. I’m pretty pale so I was hoping it would still work for me anyways even if the color isn’t very saturated!

          • I’m a (pale) redhead and I love the blush duo. Some blushes are way too pigmented for me, but this gave a lovely flush of color without looking like a clown. Love it!

        • I have not got my bag yet so have not got to test the blush but I saw people complain about the eye shadow palette for same reasons. I have no issues with the pigment on my eye shadows. Its my favorite palette.

  23. I got the Sundays lavender grey nail polish, the Seraphine black eyeliner, the Formula 10.0.06 mud mask, the MUFE mascara and the Hey Honey facial scrub. My bag was the “wild and free” one. I love the polish. It’s a great formulation and looks good on me. I can always use another liner and I requested the mascara and it is AMAZING. The mud mask doesn’t really suit my combo/dry skin but my husband really wants to try it and he has oily skin so
    That should be a match. The scrub sample is really, really small and I am not thrilled about that. I haven’t tried it yet. I requested the scrub and the mascara.

  24. Not bad for a $10 bag, but not great either.

  25. Excited for my bag this month, nothing too wow but still all things ill use. Hoping for the grey/purple sundays nailpolish but the pink would be ok to. Im in Canada visiting family so i wont have my bag in hand for another few days.

    • If you received the shipping email, it will show you the color you will get.

      • Marion, I used to think that also. (that the color in the email is correct) Until I got a different color than what was shown in my email. I emailed Ipsycare about it and was told the email doesn’t confirm the color. I’m not sure if he just said that so they didn’t have to replace the wrong item or if he’s right and the email means nothing.

  26. I had an off month with ipsy, unfortunately. Ipsy is great about going straight off my profile and listening to my feedback, but the eye cream and TheBalm samples were in no way deluxe size. They were both miniscule and sad. The Naked Cosmetics powder was an OK sample size, I asked for the SLMissGlam crease brush and the Pacifica was full size. I felt, for the first time, that I received a few throw away items. Again, this is a fluke for them, but I do hope they are not headed down the, “they love the brand so they will be fine with an eyedropper of product” thing that Sephora does (and consequently got dropped for).

  27. Interested to hear more about people’s experiences with Ipsy’s cash back program. It’s called Ipsy Shopper, hardly any info about it available, but I went ahead and bought something and regretting it as I didn’t realize you need to earn $25 cash back before they pay out (at 20% cash back in average, that’s spending ~$125 before you get cash back). Immediately emailed them trying to cancel the order but it was shipped out before I got a response from them. Oh well!

    • Ugh…..I didn’t realize that you had to get $25 before getting cash back. I’ve got buyers remorse now.

    • Gosh yes, it totally didn’t say anywhere before pressing buy that the cash back only happened once you “earned” $25. Sneaky and a little scammy. Lucky I only bought a small thing to try that it’s not a big deal. But people should know!

    • I’m just freaked out by the dude with the blue hair. Honestly, if a company thinks that I am going to buy their product based on how pretty it makes a man look, they are crazy. The proportions of women’s faces are radically different from men’s.

      • ???

        What does that have to do with anything?

        • That’s who they have on the cover of their new Ipsy Shopper campaign. I love Ipsy for their cute bags and their prices, but for me I would rather not see a dude in makeup. Especially as much as he slathers on. Like I said, it’s just me; just my personal opinion.

          • It’s a newish thing companies are doing now to be inclusive. Covergirl has a male covergirl in their commercials, there is a man giving makeup reviews at Allure magazine, etc.

      • Maybe they’re trying to open the market up for men to use too??

      • Uhh…what the heck does the proportion of someone’s face have to do with anything? What an odd thing to say!

      • You’re absolutely right, the proportions are different, and that can make a difference in some aspects of makeup. That’s part of why some smart companies are beginning to have male models and creators in addition to female ones: for the men who wear and buy makeup, or want to. There are more out there than most people know, because most still get bullied for wearing makeup in public, so they only wear it in private. And not all of them are gay or transgender (in case anyone was wondering about that). More and more of the walls that keep people in boxes according to gender are being torn down, and that makes me so happy.

        • THIS.

          Also, everyone’s facial proportions are different so personally I find it nice to see a variety? Ipsy–like any company–never claimed that their models looked like their average user (unless you’re all 28 and gorgeous and no one ever mentioned that?), so any increased representation is a good thing. Realistically, we’re not looking at the models to notice “hey, I see that the Pacifica blush she’s wearing really makes the Balm eyeshadow pop on her olive skin tone,” you know?

          Also also, pretty please let’s not judge people for how they wear makeup. Variety makes things more fun, and if ANYONE wants to “slather” makeup on, who’s it hurting? Plus I guarantee you that the models are styled by ipsy staff–maybe Gabe is super subtle in his day-to-day, who knows?

          Let’s live and let live, and remember that careless words online could hurt a stranger forever.

      • It’s called being diverse. There’s nothing wrong with using a man to advertise their service. It’s 2017.

    • It says $25 but last month I used my $5 promo for an eyeliner and received the $ back later in the month.

      • I received my money back right away too, but I think that was an intro offer and normally we need to build up to $25.

  28. I got a Balm Springs blush a couple months back, and although it was in the same size magnetized box, the pan itself was bigger than before, I’d say almost twice the size of their eyeshadow samples. At least they’re going in the right direction.

  29. I will be getting:

    Bag #1
    Air Repair eye cream
    A. True Green Tea Calming Cream
    Seraphine eyeliner in… (say it with me!) black. Oh well. I’m glad some people still like black eyeliner.
    Lancome mascara
    Be A Bombshell eyeshadow in… (say this one with me too!) brown. But I know there are a gazillion variations of brown. I can’t say much, I probably have 100 pink lippies.

    Bag #2
    theBalm Balm Voyage eyeshadow — also brown, but I love theBalm’s little magnetic samples (and Coastal Secret’s too) so it’s ok.
    Seraphine eyeliner — my only double this month (hah, I first typed “week” — I would LOVE to get an ipsy bag every week!)
    Promise Organic face lotion
    sundays nail polish
    Paula Dorf eyebrow pencil

    I really love all three of this month’s bags, too! I might see if I can get the tassels off two of them to make earrings. I want to do the same thing with two of Gudetama’s meh speech balloons from last month.

    • OMG please make “meh” earrings! And share a pic with us!! 🙂

      • Yes please!

  30. I totally agree that the Balm sample sizes for bronzer and highlighter are too small!! It certainly doesn’t make me want to buy a full size when I can’t even properly sample an item. Too bad b/c I think the Balm is a good brand overall.

    • How can you not properly sample them??

      I’ve never had an issue. Leave the blushes in their little cardboard packages, twirl a brush around to get the blush on the brush and apply. The same works for the highlighter and bronzer. I seriously don’t get why people complain about these. Sure, it would be great if the samples were larger but that doesn’t make them unusable.

  31. I scored this month… my bag value was $66! And I was lucky to get the shades I wanted… I also got theBalm & Aurora Concealer, but in different shades than you.

    • Yay! Glad to you hear you had a great ipsy month! 🙂

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