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Ipsy Review – August 2015

Ipsy Review – August 2015 Glam Bag

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!

(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).

Ipsy Review – August 2015 Items

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 Directory!

Visit the Ipsy Swap Page to swap for any of the items you see in this review!

Ipsy Review – August 2015 Brigeo

Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Volumizing Blow Dry Spray – 1 oz Value $3.50

This spray is paraben and phthalate free, and designed to give your hair more volume when applied to damp roots before blow drying. I’ve only just sampled it on dry hair, so I can’t weigh in on the effectiveness just yet, but so far it gets an A+ for scent. (I’d probably keep using it even if it didn’t give me volume!)

LATHER Ultra Mild Face Wash – 1 oz Value $3.17

(Good to know for swaps – bottle has inner protection seal)

This cleanser is paraben and sulfate free, and made for sensitive skin. I like the scent, and the formula seems gentle to me – this is going in my travel bag.

Ipsy Review – August 2015 Trust Fund

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Elegantly Wasted – FULL SIZE! Value $15

I may be in the minority, but I almost always like getting nail polish in subscription boxes. (I don’t think I’ve actually bought a nail polish bottle in years!) I like this dark lilac color, and the formula is 5-free and vegan/cruelty-free.

(Also – I probably spent too much time looking at the names of other polishes, but anyone else think the name of the white nail polish is pushing it a little?)

Ipsy Review – August 2015 Liner

Hikari Lip Gloss in Merlot – FULL SIZE! Value $13

This lip gloss gives a lot of color and a decent amount of shine too. It definitely gave me that stained lip look. (It’s a smidge sticky though).

Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eyeliner Pen in Black – FULL SIZE! Value $19

This eyeliner went on so smoothly (I just sampled this in plum too). It’s not too exciting though since it is just another black eyeliner in this subscription addict’s collection!

Both swatched below:

Ipsy Review – August 2015 Swatch

Verdict: This box has a value of about $54. Almost every month Ipsy impresses me with what you can get for $10! Plus the makeup bag is so cute this month too! I think I’ll use everything in this box – not sure if I’m in love with the lipgloss formula though.

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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!

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Cheap Subscription Boxes, Ipsy Reviews, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: ipsy | 72 comments

Comments (72)

  1. I got this exact bag too and OMG it is my favorite. I especially love the Merlot lip gloss and plan to swap and buy it for real when I run out. Everything I love though!

  2. Hi, i’m looking for a subscription box where I can get natural ingredients products. Would you recommend more Ipsy or Birchbox? Thanks!

  3. Well I loved this months items. Everything was perfect for me its one of the best ones yet.

    • Mine is perfect for me too!

  4. My first Ipsy bag and it’s identical to Liz’s. I think I’ll sub for the rest of the year just to collect some bags before I cancel lol. I don’t mind the nail polish names, I do wish I did not get a nail polish though. It’ll be going to my daughter who has tons of polish btw

  5. Not going to lie, the Trust Fund nail polishes are a little inappropriate, but smart at the same time. They got you talking about their brand, regardless good or bad. The talking about risque names they use brought me to their site and although I didn’t agree with the names, I fell in love with some more shades.

    On other note, I’m so glad to see someone else be as excited as I am to get a new nail polish in the beauty bags. It’s like Christmas for me to try on the new shade 🙂

  6. Wow! A lot of topics going on here! I’d like to chime in a few. 🙂

    I didn’t realize that most of the products from Ipsy were made in China. I’m going to start checking each one now no matter where I buy it. I WILL NOT knowingly buy anything made in China that goes in my body or on my skin. I just don’t trust them with my health and well-being. I had thought that just because I was doing business with an American company it would be ok. Thanks for the eye-opener!

    As for the “blow” nail polish and the other names? My feeling is that we are all being desensitized a bit by this rude and shocking behavior by companies to come at us as hard as they can. Honestly, that nail polish company just turned me off – I will never buy from them. That is a choice that we all make. Is this type of hype acceptable to you as a consumer? Not to me.

    All of that being said, I have gotten about 4 Ipsy bags so far, and I loved them all. I liked the fact that I was getting full-size cosmetics and a cute bag for only $10. I’ve been a Birchbox subscriber for a bit longer, and although I love the fact that I get points to use (Just got the Lovely Day Special Edition box for $15 with points) I’m not really liking the samples too much anymore. Too much shampoo, conditioner, and skin creams.

    Thanks all for the constructive and eye-opening comments. I guess that’s why we are all here! Stay Beautiful. 🙂

  7. My last month! And I don’t regret my decision at all. Apparently I’m not the only one since they constantly have no wait list now. Irrelevant to me…I skipped the wait list in the beginning anyway with all that social media stuff by doing private posts viewable only to me and for the inviting Facebook friends part…I invited my cat and only my cat (yes, I made a Facebook page for my cat. lol) and that was it, and still got accepted. ahaha

  8. Interesting. My ipsy bag was mostly different from yours this month. I only got the (full size) eyeliner above. My other products were a Tarte lip gloss, (full size) OFRA lip liner, Juara Tumeric Facial Mask, Marc Anthony Argan Oil Hair Mask. The bag is cute this month!

  9. I got the same nail polish and hair volumizer. I love the polish and always like getting them in my bag. The other items I received were the JUARA facial mask, the Noyah lipstick (both super small) in a pretty peach shade, and the Skone lip liner. I won’t use the hair product or the lip liner because it’s a shade that never looks right on me. Overall, I’m okay with this month’s bag. Thanks for sharing yours!

    • Omg! I wish we could trade things because I am in love with the Briogeo volumizing blow dry spray! I usually use mainly all Redken hair products but after trying this blow dry spray I am HOOKED! The retail price is $15 on Amazon but I’d love to get my hands on some more of the 1oz bottles especially for traveling. If anyone knows of anyplace to trade/swap products, can you plz let me know!? I’m very disappointed in this months lipgloss, although it’s highly pigmented, I was sweating and it actually has been the ONLY lip product ever to run down my lips and onto my chin in streaks!!! Un-real! *If anyone wants it, they can have it! lol ~Paula

  10. I got my first Ipsy bag last month and it was okay. I tried to give as much constructive feedback as I could and this month’s bag was awesome. Loved the items I got for $10 and the bag is so cute!

  11. I loved my bag this month. I got a Lord & Berry lip liner in Nude, a full size eye pencil is Bosenberry ( a dark wine purple) my 7th can of dry shampoo( not all 7 are from Ipsy, I have other subs) the Jesse’s girl eyeshadow primer and a full Size Hikari lip gloss. Love the eye pencil, great color and the eye shadow primer is as good as some of the really expensive brands I have tried. I wore to work today and my shadow did not budge. I don’t use dry shampoo and I am running out of people to give it to! But my favorite was the Hikari lip gloss. I got a color called “Salsa”. It is the first red gloss EVER to look good on me. I have been looking for the last couple of years for a red that goes with my skin tone. So pleased!

    • If you want my salsa lipgloss I would trade ya if you had gotten any of the volumizing blow dry spray by Briogeo?

  12. Guess I’m in the minority, but, I love the names, they made me LOL! How else are you going to make white nail polish interesting? 😉

    • I like crazy nail polish names too. It is fun to read them. 🙂

    • You make a good point! 😉

  13. This was my 1st Ipsy bag.. So far, I’m loving it. I’ll use everything I received and I love the Hikari Lip Gloss, The metallic bag was awesome.. So far, so good for just 10$.

  14. I got almost the identical bag to Liz, except that rather than the nail polish I got City Color HD powder. I’ll be unsubscribing from the box.

    The three makeup items I got are just generic Chinese products. Anyone can start their own cosmetic company by ordering a bunch of makeup from China, have their name printed onto the containers and starting up a website.

    If you click on my name you can read my review of this box with my findings as to where the products actually come from and, in the case of the eye liner, under what other brands it sells. Indeed, this exact same eyeliner was featured in Ipsy last year, but under the brand name Skone Cosmetics.

    • Omg! Thanks for the heads up. I’m scared to ask, but how does the average Birchbox hold up?

      • Birchbox has sent out some Chinese products, but not nearly as many. But then again, they send out small samples rather than full-size or almost-full size products. And Birchbox also sends less makeup. But one of the choices for next month that Liz just posted is POP eye shadow which is one of those brands that rely on generic Chinese cosmetics.

        Personally I rather get tiny samples of products made in America than full size ones made in Asia, but for people who prefer the latter, Ipsy seems like a good choice.

      • I was very surprised to see the POP eyeshadow as a choice from Birchbox, I hope I dont randomly get it. I cancelled my Ipsy bag a few months ago and got Petit Vour. Vegan, cruelty-free and small business minded. Love it, well worth the extra $5.

      • I’d encourage you to e-mail Birchbox and let them know your feelings. Sure, one person doing it won’t make them change. But if lots of people do, they might.

    • Great comments, thanks for sharing! I’m going to give them one more month, which will make 3 for me, and I’ll decide if I’m going to keep it.

    • Nana are you aware of Estee Lauder and their horrid business practices? Its not always tge cheap generic brands that are bad.I’m agreeing with you btw in case it comes off as sarcasm lol

      • hallie, I’ve heard that there is something unkosher there, but I have not researched it myself. I think the first Estee Lauder items I got came in July’s Allure box. I swapped the mascara and I put the serum to be used later and didn’t think much about it. However I do remember coming across Estee Lauder’s name in the list of companies that had their items stopped at the border for contamination and now I’m totally curious and will follow up and read more about this.

        And you are right, it’s by no means just those companies that have a problem. It’s just that as much as I might have enjoyed spending a day researching just those 3 products, as a consumer I can’t really do that for every product I buy. So for me it’s much easier to say that I won’t ingest or use topically any items made in China (and I’m thinking of adding Mexico to that list). They are not the only items I avoid, of course As of last weekend, I’m also boycotting 🙂

      • Is it really so crazy to expect cosmetic brands to be legitimately be safe to actually use? I know that anyone can have a bad reaction/allergy to any random ingredient regardless if it’s natural or not. But how can anyone be ok with knowingly adding bad ingredients into a product just to make more money? Or take such shortcuts where the product is at risk to be no longer safe? It just seems so overwhelmingly depressing sometimes.

    • Thank you for bringing this issue to the fore. I never ever use anything made in China as food or something that I apply topically (toiletries and make up), not even for my pets! Furniture, consumer durable-ok. And here’s why: I used to work as a Fraud Analyst for a big box retailer’s ecommerce division and we also sold case packs of non perishable grocery items. I noticed a spate of high value, high volume baby formula orders placed by distinctively Asian names, which were shipping to various hole- in- the- wall kind of offices. I was alarmed and started digging around to see why would ‘offices’ require baby formula! After playing incessant phone tags, I finally spoke to someone, who first pretended to be a mother buying in bulk but then after some intense questioning found out that they, in turn, were shipping these to Chinese mainland! Kind of unofficial export. I found out that baby formula, made in China, is not safe at all. Often adulterated and without any strict quality control, these have caused quite a number of infant deaths! So those, who can afford it, pay a premium to buy ‘imported’ baby formula. I decided that very day that if a country does not care for the kind of baby formula their manufacturers produce, they are least likely to care about adult consumables. That is why I do not care about e.l.f, BH cosmetics, the cheap drugstore stuff etc. I read your blog and just a suggestion, you may want to give the brand ‘essence’ a try for your daughter. Suits my price point and most of their products are made in E.U. I always check where it is manufactured, before I buy anything.

      • Thank you so much, Asya. I’ll give that brand a try. My youngest is just playing with makeup, but my older one has mastered the art of putting on makeup to make herself look exactly as if she wasn’t wearing makeup (she says she’s hiding her imperfections, but she doesn’t really have any) and I want her to be as safe as possible.

        After reading your message I googled china baby formula (I remember there was a huge scandal last decade about adulterated formula, but I can’t remember the details) and I found an article form last March about how Chinese consumers are doing *exactly* what you describe. Click on my name to read it.

      • Yes, stores in my local area (in Southern CA with a large Chinese population) limit the amount of formula a person can buy at one time. Before they instituted this rule a few years ago, formula would regularly sell out completely from store shelves.

        Some of my friends do buy formula now to send back to their families/friends in China. By the way, this isn’t just limited to baby formula although I think that is the most popularly requested item from what I can tell. Vitamins and supplements (from Costco, etc.) are high on this list as well.

      • Asya, that is very eye opening to me. I’ve vaguely thought about the fact that Chinese toiletries may be unsafe with no standards, but you really put it into perspective for me. I didn’t realize that elf was Chinese products. Hopefully not my beloved Loreal…their BB cream is the only one I’ll use and I love their voluminous collagen mascara.

    • Precisely why I don’t subscribe to Ipsy. $10 is too much for Made in China products…even if they’re full size. I wouldn’t feel safe using them even if Ipsy gave me the $10 to try them out.

  15. The hikari gloss is sticky, but I sort of enjoy a sticky gloss. That’s one of those brands that’s in sub boxes pretty often, but I still wouldn’t mind getting more of. This month is the first Ipsy win for me in a while – the bag is cute and I’ll use 3 of the 5 products.

  16. This was my 1st bag. Like everything expecially the polish. And the bag is real cute. This will prob be one of my staple subs. I won’t miss $10 and it will be cool to get a little something every month, good or bad.

  17. Have to say that last month was a poor show for ipsy, but I love this month! I got the shadow brush, eyeliner, too faced primer, lipgloss and the volumizing spray. The brush was a bit stiff but that’s ok. That’s three full sized products I’ll be using, including the primer.

    IDK, I mean, you are paying $10 a month, so you pay for what you get – size, quality and all. I certainly have no complaints here

  18. I quit Ipsy after four months (and the third month I skipped) because I never got anything good.

    If anyone cares, apparently the waitlist is suspended for today so anyone can join. They must have lost a lot of customers since they’ve had this several times now. Or, they are just tired of people bashing them for the antics required to get on/off waitlist in the past.

    • I agree, Ipsy is consistently bad for me, but I keep taking the $10 chance every month I’ll get something great. I’ve had the no wait list thing on my Ipsy for the last two weeks it seems. I think they lost a lot of customers.

      • Or they are manipulating their financials for business reasons.

  19. It’s like they are trying to be like OPI with the names, but epic fail for me…OPI is fun, this is just tacky and gross

    • I agree, OPI names are so much pun! These are classless and gross. Excited to try the nail polish though.

  20. I agree about the polish name. Its like you are scanning the names somewhat amused about their themes (like RBF) and then you come to Blow and your like huh. Not amusing.
    On another note, I was super stoked the bag was plasticy/vinyl and not fabric like Julys bag. So much easier to keep clean!
    I got the Doucce eyeliner, La fresh Night Cream, Doll10 blush, BWC leave in conditioner, and lipliner.

    • Agree with you on the bag fabric material – definitely a win! 🙂

  21. Omg the name of the white nail polish is the most hilarious inappropriate name ever. Ha hahahahaha

  22. Well they do have one called Daddy Issues.

    But I absolutely love getting polishes, too!

  23. This was my first Ipsy bag and I received the same things that you got Liz. I actually really like this sub so far and everything that came in it. The liner and polish came right on time as I am almost out of liner and in a nail color rut.

  24. This is my last Ipsy bag. They are consistently disappointing.

    • Same here. I got some different products that were in the review, and they were very, very small. I cancelled my subscription.

  25. The nail polish names don’t bother me so much. . . at least not as much as some of the names J. Cat gave to their lip stains (one of which I see has been changed since I last checked – guess they got the message)!

  26. I got an in shower skin hydrator, night cream, tiny Noyah lipstick sample in a frosty pink, lord and berry nude lip liner and Doll 10 blush. I was only excited about the Doll 10 blush, I hate the lipstick, don’t use lip liner or night cream. Ipsy continues to underwhelm me every month. But I keep throwing $10 down the drain in case I get something great. I’ve only had 3 great bags out of 12. Liz always gets awesome bags, usually has full size items, I rarely get full size stuff, but same with Birchbox too, I always get tiny samples. I’m jealous everyone else gets lip gloss, that’s all I want in my bag and never get lol.

    • Let me know if you want to trade for my lip gloss- my bag should arrive tomorrow or Wednesday and I don’t plan on using it!

      I also plan on cancelling after this month… when I thought about the number of items I’ve used/liked over the past 7 months, I realized that I could have gotten a bunch of products I know I would have loved!

      • Hi Denise, what color lip gloss did you get?

    • Have you tried redoing your quiz and unchecking the names of brands of the type of items you don’t while highlighting lip gloss brands? That’s how I stopped getting nail polishes.

  27. I didn’t think I’d like the bag this month but when I actually got it I love it! I received:
    The same Hikari lipgloss, I actually love the color but your right it is sticky!
    Doucce ultra precision eye liner in black, I love black eyeliner and I always seem to get blue so I loved this! Also it’s full size, I’ve liked all the products I’ve tried from this brand so far!
    Jesse’s Girl eye shadow primer, I’ve never tried this brand but I love all primers so I’m excited to try it!
    Ofra lipliner in wine, I don’t wear lipliner so this was my least favorite but that’s okay! Also I’m kind of tired of Ofra products they always seem to be in subscription boxes!
    Marc Anthony nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco, I’m excited to try this as well to see how it works. Also it smells amazing!
    All in all I really liked my bag except for the lipliner, for $10 I’m also always impressed with Ipsy every month! I was hoping for the tarte lipgloss or TooFaced primer, did anyone get it? I figured I wouldn’t since I got the Tarte bronzer last month and the TooFaced melted lipstick before.

    • yep i got both the too faced primer and the tarte lip gloss.i received the tarte bronzer and the too faced melted lipstick awhile ago so i don’t think that matters.i truly dislike the tarte brand so naturally i seem to get it in my sub boxes alot lol

      • It does seem like ipsy normally will send you cheaper brands alternating with more known ones month to month. Sounds like you get the items that a lot of people want every month!I was hoping for the tarte lipgloss so much! I’m kinda curious why you dislike the brand? I love getting lip glosses in neutral colors, I can’t get enough! I did get dry shampoo, that was the other thing I was hoping for. I wish there was an easy way to trade by sticking your hand through the screen of our phone/computer lol.

  28. I got the nail polish, the volumizing spray, the eye/lip liner in wine, the mask, and the lipstick which is a horrible color for me! I do love the bag itself, but am kinda disappointed in the colors I got…they don’t go with my coloring at all. Oh well. I’ll give some stuff away and hope next month is better for me!

  29. I got too faced primer,tarte lip gloss, starlooks eyeliner, trust fund nail polish and shadow primer.i am pretty happy with my ipsy bag this month.i will use everything except for the lip gloss because i know i am in the minority but i dislike the tarte brand.

  30. Re: Names
    I was expecting the nail polish name to be sexual based on your comment but it’s definitely referring to cocaine. Still not classy but pretty names don’t seem to sell. Urban Decay became famous in part from naming their colors Smog, Roach, Oil Slick… and everyone is familiar with Nars’ bestseller Orgasm.

    • Smog is my HG eyeliner! The gold green looks great with my hazel eyes.

  31. Elegantly Wasted is an oxymoron.

    • It’s also the name of an INXS song. 🙂

      • Love INXS.

  32. I got a Lord & Berry lipcolor/liner in nude and a Marsk eye shadow brush instead of the face wash and nail polish.

    The Starlooks eye liner is my favorite in this bag, plus the bag itself is really cute!

  33. I loved my Ipsy bag. I got the same full size nail polish and lip gloss. I love the nail polish. Gorgeous icy lavender. I rarely wear lip products but I love the merlot color and the formula. I also got Jessies Girl eyeshadow primer which I love,Marc Anthony hair oil,and Glamour Dolls eyeshadow in a really pretty shimmery brown color. I love getting hair oil and I especially love this one. It smells great and makes my hair feel like silk. I always love getting eyeshadow in sub boxes and this one is just a gorgeous color. Really happy with Ipsy. Also love the actual bag! Another great Ipsy bag for me.

  34. Unrelated, had to chime in on nail polish names. I saw a white NYX polish this weekend that was called… Cottage cheese. Just what I always wanted on my nails. Cottage Cheese.

  35. The purple polish is cute. I’m wearing it now. But I probably wont use it again, because the smell is the worst I’ve ever experienced since the 90s. WAY too strong.

  36. This’ll be my first Ipsy bag, and I’m kinda sitting here all squirmy waiting for mine to get here. It was supposed to have arrived on Saturday, according to the tracking, but it still hasn’t been delivered. I’m guessing it’ll be delivered today, but there’s been a train collision (nobody hurt, thankfully) that’s blocking road that leads to my house, so I don’t know when or if mail will run today.

    From the looks of what they sent me, I’ll use everything except for the volumizing spray, which I’ll probably swap out. I also got the nail polish, an eye/lip pencil, a facial mask, and a lipstick. I really need a new makeup bag, too, so I think that’s the most anticipated item. And since I’m an Alabama fan, a houndstooth bag heading into football season is absolutely PERFECT.

    • I got the same bag you did, and I love the bag itself for the same reason! Roll Tide 🙂

  37. ALL of the nail polish names are AWFUL! They’re clearly just going for shock value.

  38. ipsy is apparently no waitlist right now (got an email this morning).

    This looks better than the last few ipsy bags I got (last year before I quit).

  39. We got the same exact bag! Glad I haven’t tried on the lipgloss though… I already don’t particularly like lip glosses anyway because I hate lip products that are sticky. I’ll go ahead and save that for a family member or something.

    My sister and I were talking about the names of the nail polishes too… they sound rather bratty/snobby lol. But then again, the company is named Trust Fund…

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