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Ipsy May 2016 Glam Bag Spoilers!

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Ipsy 2015 Spoilers

We have spoilers for the May2016 Ipsy glam bag! Subscribers will receive one of the following in their May shipment:

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IT Cosmetics No Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara

GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment

What do you think of the May 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag spoilers? Which sample are you hoping to get? I like all these brands so I’m happy with the spoilers, but I’m hoping for the GlamGlow!

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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!

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. I recieved my May bag and i definantely loved the eyeshadow thanks for it being my first time trying this app.

  2. I got my bag today and loving the new design bag zipper buttons instead of zips
    it’s such a pretty print and I got three Soo AE sheet mask collagen ,brightening and radiance.
    I got a Hikari shimmer bronzer
    INSPR Eye fluff brush
    Smashbox xrated mascara
    Épicé hydrating mask sample
    Love it all !!!???

  3. I love Ipsy for the simple fact that I do get random brands. I have received some great stuff from brands I would have never known about if it wasn’t for Ipsy. It is a great way to really broaden your makeup or skincare stash. Don’t underestimate the off brands some are really good.

    • Getting a tiny perfume sample that I could get 8 of of I wanted at Sephora for free is NOT cool. I do not ever want perfume, have told them in as many very direct ways as possible how much I dislike Hikari and bronzer and BOTH are in my bag, again. I have soooooo much Hikari. Any time anything comes damaged, I swear they replace my items with Hikari and Be a Bombshell the 2 brands I absolutely never, ever want.

      I’m frustrated because they advertise that it’s customized to your preferences, curated for you and that your responses and feedback matter, however for me, they have NOT, not one bit.

      I keep stressing I want anti-aging, wrinkle-preventing moisturizers and masks and I don’t get them. I’d be very pleased with the bag reviewed here, since the Hikari Bronzer would be the ONLY thing I wouldn’t use and don’t like.

      I wish they’d tell me which of the “Beauty Gurus” love Hikari and Bronzer so I can NEVER check them, LOL!

      Crystal, please tell me, which Beauty Gurus did you select? Please tell me anything else you’d like to share, I wanna copy your logarithm, lol!

      • Lol
        I understand
        I think the ones I picked were the barely no makeup and natural ones. Hope that helps ☺️

  4. New May Ipsy spoilers on my Instagram – @prettyunboxed (I tagged you, mysubscriptionaddiction). Full theme revealed & several products.

    • Thanks for letting us know! 🙂

  5. I love all of the spoilers but I must be subscribed to a different IPSY cause I have yet to see, at least 1, of the spoilers in my box. I always get this random stuff by random manufacturers. I NEVER get name brand useful things. I am giving it one more month, if things don’t change I’m going to cancel, besides I am totally excited about getting in on Play!!! by Sephora. I get my first box next month, I can’t wait!!

    • I got my first Sephora play last week. It is full of top name samples. So worth the price!

      • I was so disappointed with Sephora’s Play box. This month they sent out TONS of ‘off the waitlist’ emails and apparently forgot to add tons of boxes. I got my email, was so excited, just to be put back on the waitlist. It was a horrible experience and if it happens one more time I’m going to say screw it to Sephora. I did contact costumer service and got 100 points, but I would have rather had an actual box, or have a place held for me next month.

    • Many of those random brands are actually good products. Name brand definitely doesn’t mean better in many cases. I’ve looked several things up and been pleasantly surprised at the quality I find.

    • Ditto on everything you said! I like all of these but I won’t get one. I kept ipsy one more month after finally getting sephora because I want to use my points but they don’t even have anything to redeem for.

    • It is going to be a purple bag with wHite prints in a clasp envelope type.

    • If you are getting nothing but weird stuff you may want to redo your quiz. I was told less is more and my bags have significantly improved. I have yet to receive a glamglow sample but I did get the Tarte crayon last bag. Some of my favorite Ipsy items were weird brands I’ve never heard of like Booboo concealer. I wish they would stop with anything I could buy at Rite Aide or get for free from a hotel.

  6. Do you think the bag to the right is May’s glambag? I’m a new-ish subscriber so I don’t know if that’s a previous bag? Either way, it’s really cute!

    • I have never see them use a button clasp bag before. However I can see based on their design that May will be a sort of ‘travel’ themed month and the bag to the right does seem as if it would go with that. I’m going to guess yes, but we’ll know for sure in a couple of days.

      • Oh, that’d be great – I can’t wait! Ipsy gives me so much anxiety lol.

    • Yes I saw another spoiler that had that same bag but in purple and a few other things

      • Oo, where’d you see that? That print in purple would be lovely!

  7. I know people complain about getting black eyeliner, but it’s such a staple that I can always use more! Especially waterproof, since I wear contacts and worry about messing up my makeup if I have an issue with them.

    I edited my Ipsy profile a wee bit hoping to get the eyeliner!

  8. I don’t need any more mascaras or eyeliners, so pleeeeease let me get the clearing treatment!

    • got that right.. i can open an eyeliner store

      • Hahaha!!! I would love to partner with ya!! ?

  9. Please universe, let me just get a bit of dat Glamglow. LOL

  10. Sephora was giving out that mascara today, so I already have it. I’d take either of the other 2, though I’d like to try Glamglow because I never have.

  11. I’m hoping for the glam glow like most everyone else. I get frustrated though when ipsy releases spoilers and there is one hot item that everyone wants but only a few people get. It seems like whenever a smashbox item is offered, most people get it. I have gotten every smashbox item offered since I started subscribing. I’d rather have the smashbox mascara then the eyeliner. Like most of us who have subscribed to beauty boxes for awhile, I have plenty of black eyeliners. I might take a break from ipsy now that I finally got Sephora play.

  12. Would love to try the Glam glow and the it eyeliner. Some eyeliners are way better than others and haven’t tried it cosmetics yet but have been wanting to.

    • correct! many of us do have tons of eyeliner but they are not created equal! i too also would like to try the eyeliner. nothing is more pleasing than a smooth effortless gliding eyeliner. i hope this is the case 😉 if not that, then glamglow >.<

  13. I just resubscribed ? I cancelled 4 months ago and now I’m back. Lol. I’ll see how my May’s bag looks like and June’s. If I like both months , I’ll go on to a third month but I don’t think I’ll stay for long. I had ipsy for about 1 year and five months and cancelled in December 2015. Those darn, cute little bags can seriously pile up! ?

  14. Like the majority here, i’d prefer the Glamglow. I have way too many black eyeliners, and I only use mascara on my lower lashes because I wear extensions.

  15. Hoping for the Glamglow, and really hoping the travel theme bag hinted at in the lower right hand corner is the one we’re getting. Looks so cute!

  16. I’ll gift or swap whichever of these three I get.

  17. Omg the white glamglow is my very favorite glamglow! Eeee!!!

    I just hope I’m one of the three or four people who get it.

    • LOL Tamara! Right!

    • Hahahaha! Exactly! I dropped IPSY when I got the Sephora Play invite, and even if there was a 1/3 chance of getting the GlamGlow I don’t think I’d resubscribe. The last thing I need is more eyeliner and mascara. Hope you get your GlamGlow.

    • The white is my favorite as well, but for some reason I thought it was the new kind that turns gold. I’ve been wanting to try that one. Considering the popularity if they wanted a ton of new subscribers they should just make it so that everyone gets a glamglow sample.

  18. i would love the it cosmetics eyeliner.. i’ve been subscribed to a few boxes for over a year now and think i have only received 3 eyeliners..

    • If you’re on the swap board I will happily swap my stash of eyeliners I’ve received in my year of subbing.

  19. I would love the Glamglow!!

  20. I would be happy with all three so excited for the May bag but concerned because this April bag is my first Ipsy and according to its tracking numbers its been processed for three business days. Can anyone tell me if this is normal? It keepa saying ita supposed to arrive this friday.

    • sometimes mine will sit up to a week before it finally moves again but i have always received it … so i think you will be fine!!!

    • Yes that’s normal, at least for me too the first didn’t update but I got it and mine both times came the day before.

    • Mine usually comes about 2-3 days before it says it should on the DHL tracking.

  21. Eeee this is so exciting! I would love all of these, especially the Smashbox X-rated mascara (I may or may not be running low on mascara anyway 🙂 )!

  22. Would love the Glamglow this upcoming month as I’m on mascara and eyeliner overload.

  23. I would love to receive the GlamGlow treatment or the Smashbox mascara. I’m overloaded with eyeliner, and I don’t wear it much. I have too much mascara, too, but I’m always looking for a better formula.

  24. All 3 are nice but I definitely want the Glam Glow, I’ve never tried it and I want to see if its really worth the price. Fingers crossed:) This will be my 2nd month with Ipsy. My first month was on point so I hope May is just as awesome:)

    • It’s not usually worth the full size for me, but I do love gettin samples of it from time to time. I have severely dry skin due to autoimmune health issues (Luoud) except in the summer, and the items I’ve tried scrub well but I tend to need more moisturizer regardless of which product I use. I still hope I get the Glamglow as well!

      • *getting and *Lupus yikes

      • These spoilers look great.
        I would like the glamglow, I just ran out of mine. The mascara also would be nice, I did really like the smashbox full exposure I got in ipsy a few months ago. Eyeliner I just have enough of.

    • I got a glam glow eye treatment from Ipsy and it just made my under eyes BURNN 🙁

  25. I would be thrilled with the Glamglow or the eyeliner. I am overloaded with mascara at the moment so I hope I don’t get that.

  26. I love all of these brands and wish I could get all three in my bag!

  27. I unsubscribed at the end of March, and the spoilers last month and this month are really tempting me to resub, but at the same time, I want to save myself money…I already get BB and Play! by Sephora, so I’m trying to limit myself…anyone have any words of wisdom for me to keep resisting Ipsy?

    I should say that I unsubscribed to #1 save money and #2 I was getting enough makeup that my collection was growing, and I felt like I had too much extra product on hand.

    • I totally feel your pain! I haven’t unsubscribed from ipsy yet, but I have definitely been contemplating it. I’m just so afraid that as soon as I do, I will miss out on something really great.

      • I was doing okay last month, and then I saw this, but I will stay strong. And yes, it’s definitely hard to unsub.

    • What I do to resist buying more subscription boxes is to get all my makeup and skincare together and separate it out so I can see what I have and what I really need. For example, I separate skincare by cleansers, scrubs, masks, oils, etc., and makeup by categories as well. To have it all laid out really helped me see I had to cut back in some areas and beef up other areas. I cut back a lot of subscription boxes that way too, because I realized I wasn’t using a lot of products in certain boxes. As far as Ipsy goes, I keep it because I tend to use almost everything I get. I had Boxycharm before, and realized I would like maybe one product out of the whole box. I was getting sucked in by thinking I was getting a great deal, but it really wasn’t because I barely used anything. I feel like the subscription boxes I love all have one thing in common: I use almost everything in the box and repurchase products I’ve gotten in boxes. Subscription boxes are partly fun because you get a surprise in the mail, and also because skincare and makeup are fun, but they can be a major letdown once you open the box and discover you hardly like anything. It shouldn’t just be about the opening of the box in itself. If Ipsy isn’t giving you products that you use often and repurchase, then don’t feel bad about letting it go. There are too many other boxes out there 🙂

      • Thank you so much! I did create a spreadsheet (I saw the idea on the Makeuprehab subreddit) and I included pricing, where I got it from, would I repurchase/buy after using sample, colors (I shaded the boxes with colors and wrote the names down), etc. and that helped, but your message was a good reminder for me to stay strong and break things down a little more, and to realize that I shouldn’t be buying just because of a surprise (surprises are great don’t get me wrong), but only if I’m actually using the surprise products.

        • You’re welcome 🙂 I’m glad I could help. I’m going to try the spreadsheet idea to keep track of product expiration dates, so thank you, too 🙂

        • Any chance on getting a link to that spreadsheet post? It sounds interesting.

      • What a great post, thank you! I just have all my stuff thrown in my dresser drawers at random, it’s a great idea to sort it out and see where I stand. I actually only have Birchbox, Glossybox and Target because that’s all I can afford. I’ve still managed to get a pile of stuff already, and I use everything I get. I can’t imagine how much clutter of stuff I would accumulate if I got more boxes,but oh what fun 🙂

        • You’re welcome 🙂 I separated everything a few months ago and now have everything organized so I know instantly what beauty products I need more of. I also organize it by what is oldest, so nothing ever expires. It does seem like chaos when you first start organizing, but it’s so worth it 🙂

    • Ipsy will be there when you have gone through your current stock 😉 You can always package little bags of your samples to use up each month to help you move through it. Regardless of how good some of the spoilers seem, if they are stocking up in your makeup drawer you are not saving any money ? Maybe try putting the $10 aside every month while you go through your stock and see if you still think it’s worth it ?

      • Thank you for the help! I really appreciate it – great idea! 🙂

      • You guys are awesome. Thank you for sharing your advice! I need to downsize (project overload) but just can’t seem to pull the trigger. I’m going to try the spreadsheet, and Angela, thank you for the perspective!

        • **product, not project

        • You’re welcome 🙂 I have some advice for downsizing, because I was hoarding beauty products that I didn’t need and wasn’t going to use. I think the main reason I held onto so many products was because I felt like I would be wasting my money if I threw things away that didn’t work for me in some way. If you spend $10 and up on a subscription box, something inside you says, well, I better use everything in here or I just might as well throw that money in the toilet! I’d always feel guilty and keep everything, even if I didn’t like something that much. Then, I’d have anxiety because my beauty product stash was overwhelming me. What I finally did was to organize everything I had (like I mentioned above) not only to see how much of everything I had, but to actually try things out that I knew I didn’t like so much and decide right there if I was going to keep it, throw it away, or put it in a box to decide what I wanted to do with it later. Once I did that, it was pretty freeing. After I was finished sorting, I called a few friends and family members and asked if they’d be interested in getting a box of beauty products to try out, and everyone I called said yes. Lol, I had no idea they would be so enthusiastic. Now I just put products aside if they don’t work for me and send them out to loved ones sporadically throughout the year. It eased my anxiety about being wasteful, and makes someone’s day. 🙂

    • Yes! I am in a similar boat-I tried 3 subs and am not renewing them all. Ipsy is my favorite mainly because I’m trying to learn what kinds of makeup I look best in. So ipsy has been my favorite for experimenting with makeup looks, and I also use eye cream now thanks to them. I do believe my reviews have helped make more of my bag catered to me because after 6 months my bags improved drastically. It’s just a great bonus that I love the ipsy bags and use them all to neatly store thing and organize or to give little gifts. The other 2 are BB and BB5. I am not renewing BB5 because I usually get colors I find just awful for me. They have improved, but they are in 3rd place and so they go. I was going to cancel BB too because I get tiny, single use samples, little vials of perfume I don’t want, and either no make up or one sample. However, I finally used my BB points for some luxurious treats, and THAT is what saves BB for me. I get half my $ back in points to spend on what I do want. I still might cancel BB and just shop there instead for things that are great bundle deals. I think I am getting to the point where I just need one great sub for fun as I’m learning what looks I like, and I already have skin care covered (though I have been convinced to alter a few things). I hope you can narrow down to just the one that delights you most! 🙂

  28. I’m excited! I’d like to try all three!

  29. I would love to get the glamglow. I have never tried it. Normally I would be happy with liner or mascara but not if I miss out on getting a glamglow product.

  30. I think as long as it’s not the liner, I’ll be good. I definitely don’t need more of that. Normally I’d say no to mascara, but I like that one.

  31. Just wondering what do people use as the RV for the bags when swapping? Thx

    • Personally I don’t get people who go off RV. So what if say PopSugar says a scarf is worth $125. Lets be real the value is what people are actually PAYING on Ebay.

      • So true!!! lol

        • I agree, it’s sorta dishonest to use RV when swapping. We all know you did not pay 88 for that bracelet, lol.

  32. I haven’t even received my shipping email for my April bag and they’re posting May spoilers? Annoying.

    • I only just got my April bag on Saturday– much later than usual. I’d definitely contact customer service, though, if you haven’t even gotten a shipping confirmation.

      • Go to your account on the ipsy site. Your tracking number is prob there they just haven’t emailed you yet. I always check my account and my tracking is there way before I get the email.

        • Thanks ladies, you were right. The tracking was on the website. Love all the helpful gals on here!

    • I didn’t get my email until 3 last wed. and my bag got here Saturday. Definately check your account on Ipsy, my info was there way before I got the email from them.

  33. Ugh, I’m starting to hate all my subscriptions

    • Lol, I feel like that sometimes too!

  34. Glamglow please!! Just no eyeliner this month and I’ll be happy.

  35. So excited!! I will take any of the three! Hoping for the eyeliner or the mascara though! Ipsy has really been beating out Birchbox lately!! My ipsy bag for April was a giant success over my Birchbox April box! Thank you Liz for the early spoilers because I will know if I need to put my BB on hold this month once the spoilers come out for May. As always, MSA rocks! 🙂

  36. Please, please, please, Ipsy, send me the Glamglow. If not, then the mascara would suffice. Unfortunately I have a bad feeling I will end up with the eyeliner.

    • Kelly, I feel the exact same! I would love & prefer to receive the Glamglow. I currently have a stockpile of mascara but I would get to it eventually and I don’t mind trying out different formulas. But I am good on eyeliner for a long, long time to come (black one in my purse kit, travel kit, numerous in the makeup drawer) and I am not really adventurous with liner colors. Fingers crossed that we both get Glamglow.

      • I got the orange Glamglow from Ipsy several months ago and I absolutely love it. I gave it great reviews so hopefully Ipsy will send me another Glamglow product.

    • I actually placed an order with it cosmetics, and it came in today. I got that eyelinor today, and it is great!!!

      • Thank you for sharing that! I don’t wear much black eyeliner, yet I am curious about the gel. I’d be happy to try it. I’m kind of on my search for the best mascara for me-something volumizing yet weightless that doesn’t irritate my eyes or make me want to rub them; so that will be fun, and the glam glow will be pampering. So now you’ve made me see I would enjoy all 3.

  37. Anything but the mascara! Love this spoiler.

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