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Ipsy Review – January 2018

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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!)

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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

Check out all of my Ipsy reviews and the Beauty Subscription Box List!

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 one has mesh detailing, bold neon colors, and feels very ’90s to me!


Now, on to the items!

Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo – .9 oz Value $9

I love Oribe products – they make my hair smell amazing, and they work really well, too. This is your standard dry shampoo formula – goes on clear, helps absorb oil. (It does NOT add texture.)

Mudmasky Sleep Repair Renewal Nourishing Mask – 15 ml Value $20.75

This mask is ingredient-conscious and designed to smooth, hydrate, and repair skin overnight. It absorbs almost instantly, felt gentle on my skin, and my favorite part? No added fragrance!

theBalm Mary Lou Manizer – 1.05 g Value $2.96

This is a shimmery champagne-colored highlighter that is easy to blend and subtle to wear. It also can double as an eyeshadow. (And theBalm always sends out small samples, so it’s a good eye-shadow size, anyway!)

(Swatched in lower photo.)

Dirty Little Secret Eyeshadow in Sangria – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $12

This eyeshadow is shimmery, super pigmented, and almost creamy in texture – no fallout! Here it is swatched beneath the highlighter:

So gorgeous!

SLMISSGLAM L36 Tapered Highlight Brush – Value $12?

(This brush is sold in a set, so I’m estimating on the value.)

I love getting makeup brushes in subscription boxes, and I think it is even better when the brushes are sparkly and pink! (This brush is designed for highlighter and bronzer application.)

Verdict: This box has a value of about $56.71. I’m happy with that value. All the items are usable, and the mask is a nice luxe skincare treat! (And while the bag design doesn’t exactly fit my aesthetic, I have to give Ipsy props for not playing it safe with their glam bag designs!)

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, if you sign up in this month, you’ll get next month’s box as your first box. (Check out our Ipsy Spoilers to see what’s coming up next)

Coupon: No coupon currently. (Ipsy doesn’t often offer coupons.)

Value Breakdown: At $10 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Dry Shampoo: $1.58
  • Highlighter: $.52
  • Eyeshadow: $2.12
  • Mask: $3.65
  • Makeup Brush: $2.12
  • Bag – Not counted toward value

Good to know: Ipsy sends out variations. You may get a completely different bag than me.

What do you think of the January 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!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Dear Ipsters, Some advice PLEASE! Last month I received a dark eyebrow pencil which I rated 4 hearts do to how dry it was and not quite dark enough. I’m a brunette w/ some highlights. I am slowly but completely loosing my eyebrows. This month, they sent me a really great eyebrow product but it’s blonde… What should I do?

  2. Got none of what was shown. Blue nail polish, Eye Artist pigment in VIP, NYX Lip Lingerie (don’t like nude colors), Trust Fund lip scrub and Cake heavy cream lotion. Not too thrilled.
    I’m not sure about using the lotion (because the smell is really sweet) or the eye pigment (shimmery brown gold…boring)…
    And the bag is not my style.

    • If you want to trade the cake Beauty please look at my profile. I would be more than willing to trade. Thanks

  3. I haven’t even received my bag this month

    • I haven’t received mine either, and tracking information hasn’t been updated since last week.

      • Same! I thought maybe it would just show up today but it seems stuck from the drop off from DHL to USPS. I wonder what’s up? Tomorrow is the expected delivery date so we will see!

  4. I got the dry shampoo, the awesome brush, Real Chemistry foaming cleanser (supposed to be non-drying but it dries my face horribly), the highlighter, and really pretty Furless loose eyeshadow. I love the color of the eyeshadow but never have used loose so its very new to me. Overrall a great bag except for the cleanser and actual bag. Seems like the section of the baby mats that are krinkly to me! Just not what I am looking for in a bag and the shoelace! lol I am super jealous of the DLS eyeshadow but I still like mine so I am pretty happy. Its only $10 and the eyeshadow values at $18 so how can I complain?

  5. I got:
    biorepublic sheet mask in aloe and pomegranate crush
    Hola neon liquid lipstick in DF
    Ciate eyeliner
    Cake lotion
    Doucce mascara

    • You got what I got.

      Honestly, the Hola Neon lippie is not flattering on me. It’s just boring.

    • I got my bag this morning and it only had two of the items shown. ‘ very disappointed.

  6. Wow… theBalm. I had almost forgotten about this brand. And had you not included the picture of the little samples they send, I probably wouldn’t have even recognized the product.

  7. I feel like Ipsy has been really good to me lately! I got 3 full sized items in my bag this month.
    Ciate London Liquid Eyeliner
    Pretty Woman Nail Polish
    Hola Neon Liquid Lipstick in DF
    Purlisse Mud Mask (sample size)
    Alterna Haircare Caviar CC Cream (sample size)
    Overall, I feel like this was a great bag for me and well over the $10 mark!

  8. I’m getting the balm highler too. It doesn’t make much sense to me as I don’t have that brand or highlighter checked and always rate them both VERY low. Looks like Ipsy had a huge abundance of it. Did everyone get it? Ipsy did a great job this month! 4 out of 5 products are a great match for me.

    • I didn’t get the highlighter. Which I’m happy about.

  9. I’m super jelly of that brush.

    • Me too! I got a double ended pair of tweezers made by F.A.R.A.H brushes. Oh well, they’ll get used too but I REALLY WANTED THAT BRUSH, LOL

      • I’m bummed that I haven’t gotten a tool or brush in the last 3 bags! I used to get a brush in nearly every bag. Time to change up the answers to the questionnaire.

  10. I love my bag! The only thing I put up for swap is the SL Miss Glam brush, only because I have an excess of brushes right now.

    I also got the mauvey Kokie liquid lip (good shade for me, decent formula), Absolute NY shadow (not a good shade for me, but love the velvety formula), theBalm highlighter, & Lue serum.

    I’ve seen people saying that theBalm samples are too small, but I’ve never had a problem, even with the bronzer. I just swirl my brush through.

  11. Mine:
    – Ciate London eyeliner
    – Luna by Luna Eyeshadow in Juliet
    – Purlisse Beauty blue lotus mud mask + Exfoliant
    – Thebalm Cosmetics Mary-Lou manizer
    – Hola Neon Velvet liquid lipstick in DF

  12. Finally sub’d and then….waitlisted

    • I’ve read people saying they’ve had luck emailing customer service and asking to get off.

      • Thanks for the idea! I emailed them and found out that all new subscribers are now automatically waitlisted. She offered to manually remove me from the wait list so I could get a box. Thanks again!

  13. I got that brush last month! It’s beautiful but it doesn’t match any of my boring black-handled tools lol

    I got three of the same products as Liz: theBalm highlighter (super tiny sample size), the DLS eyeshadow in Sangria (definitely a statement shade), and the Oribe dry shampoo (not very excited about that).

    I also got the tweezers but unlike most people, I’m actually excited about them! They feel really high quality and I love the color.

    My final product was the Trust Fund lip scrub which tastes a little weird but works really well, and also it’s a full size valued at $20 so yay!

    Just wish the bag wasn’t so ugly, because then this would have been an all-around hit!

  14. I got Cake lotion which I love, the Balm, Nude lipstick, hideous blue polish, and a lip scrub. Overall very happy with everything except the polish. The bag is not my style at all but I never keep any as I don’t use them.

  15. The brush is so cute! I am super jealous. I got the tweezers. I have to say I am not excited about them. At all. So if anyone is in need of some tweezers, let me know! 😉

    • I wish I had gotten the tweezers!!

      I got:

      -Fré Revive Me Deep Replenishing Serum

      -Vasanti Waterline Eyeliner “Intense Black” full size product! RV $19!

      -TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter

      -Kokie Cosmetics liquid lipstick “Mad About Mauve” full size product RV $6.

      -Caviar CC Cream 10 in 1 Leave In Hair Perfect or

      If anything interests you I would love to trade for the tweezers!

      • I signed up for the swap list but I’m in wait list mode. 🙁

  16. Black eyeliner, blue nail polish, lip scrub, eyeshadow. Same as my bag in December. Only difference was a brush last month and highlighter this time. I review, change profile, etc. like everyone suggests and I seem to never get the items I want.

  17. When I saw this month’s spoilers I thought the bag looked cheap. After receiving it though, I think it’s really cute and better quality than I expected.

  18. That brush is beautiful!!!!!

  19. Can only subscribers get the ipsy deals now? I’ve subscribed since we don’t get a monthly choice but would still look into their deals. I hope not

    • Yes, you can still get the Ipsy offers even if you’re not subscribed! I wasn’t subscribed to Ipsy for almost a year, and checking those Ipsy offers was still part of my daily routine, and I ended getting (quite?) a few of them. haha

    • I have been unable to locate the offers in the app, and I think it’s unnecessarily hard to find on the website, but fortunately my computer remembers as the address to get to them.

      • Emma, in the app at the bottom there’s a “Shopper” button- click that, scroll down just a tad, click Ipsy Offers, and there they are- they show up at 9 am PST, 12 pm EST each weekday.

  20. Wow, that DLS eyeshadow shade is stunning.

  21. Mines was totally different, I got the coffee scrub, charcoal mask, loose pigment eyeshadow, another freaking nude liquid lipstick in a shade too dark for me and eyeliner. Overall the only thing I didn’t really care for was the lip color.

  22. Man…. they gave EVERYONE that theBalm highlighter this month.

    • well, I didn’t get the highlighter, but I did get its “equivalent”… a black eyeliner. haha

      • Lol.

      • Ugh, I got both.

        • Me too.

    • Lol i have been giving away highlighters to practically everyone i know. Seriously i was insisting my roommate try it see if he liked it, showing him pictures of the male ipsy model for reassurance that men can wear highlighter too. He said it would clash with his beard and will stick to just letting me paint his nails 😄

    • It’s so tiny too ughhhh it’s beautiful but it’s ant-sized!

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