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Ipsy Review – June 2016


Ipsy is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription box. Each month you get full-size or deluxe-sized products, plus a cute makeup bag. I think it’s one of the best value beauty subscriptions and a great way to build out your makeup collection on the cheap!

This is one of my top recommendations if you are looking for a beauty box – the value and sample sizes are amazing. (Check out my list of the Top Beauty Boxes for 2016 and our reviews of Cheap Subscription Boxes for more recommendations!)

(FYI – Just like Birchbox, Ipsy sends out many different variations of their bag each month – so my review is just one of the bag variations you might receive!)

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The Subscription Box: Ipsy

The Cost: $10 a month (free shipping)

The Products: Full size and samples of makeup and beauty products. (Plus a makeup bag!)

Ships to: US and Canada

Delivered via: USPS

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!


Each month, ipsy subscribers get a makeup bag in addition to their 5 items. I think this design is pretty fun, and very bright!

Now onto the items!


Peter Lamas Youth Revival 5 Oil Hair Treatment Mask – .75 oz Value $3.35

This is my favorite discovery in the box this month. It’s a paraben and sulfate free formula, and the scent is amazing. It’s simple enough to use too – just apply it to your damp hair in the shower and let it sit for 3 minutes before washing out. It made my hair softer and less frizzy immediately. I just wish the sample size was larger! (This is about 2 uses for my shoulder length hair.)

Rodial Stem Cell Cleansing Cream – 1 oz Value $11.75

This formula is designed to be used as both a daily cleanser and a mask. To use it as a mask, just apply it and let it sit for 15 minutes. I’ve tried it out as a cleanser and found it to be very gentle and not drying. It does have a perfume scent, though, so it might not be for everyone.


Colour Pop Creme Gel Liner in Get Paid – FULL SIZE! Value $5

This liner goes on so smoothly and it has great staying power too. The shade is a shimmery copper/rose gold. ColourPop is one of those inexpensive brands I discovered through subscription boxes that has consistently impressed me with the pigmentation!

(Swatched in lower photo.)


Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Lounge – .85 g Value $10.75

This eyeshadow shade is magic! It looks green in the pan, but it has a duo chrome effect, so you get the green iridescence in certain lighting/angles and a redder base. It goes on so smoothly, and the pigment is fabulous too. (Not surprising considering this is Urban Decay!) (Swatched in lower photo.)


Be a Bombshell Famous Pout Potion – FULL SIZE! Value $14

This lipgloss has a lot of pigment, but you can tone it down pretty easily too. (I just put one quick swipe on my lip and blended it for a more subtle look.) There was no stickiness, and it has a sweet flavor, too. Be a Bombshell Cosmetics items are never items I get super excited about in subscription boxes, but I can’t deny that they work pretty well!

Swatched below:


Verdict: This box has a value of about $45. That’s pretty great for a $10 subscription box (And that’s not counting the value of the makeup bag!) I like everything in the box, and I’m happy with the sample sizes and many of the brands, too.

What do you think of the June Ipsy Glam Bag? Did you get an Urban Decay eyshadow pan too?


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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!

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Comments (103)

  1. While I was in the mountains camping I learned my card had been charged 29.95 for this glam bag stuff that I never bought or even heard of.

  2. Just had to share with someone, anyone ? Because I’m so excited! A girl on my local garage sale site sold me her Ipsy bag for 8$ with the following- color pop gel liner in get paid (yay!) the balm meet matt(trimony), Klorane make up remover (another yay!) 12 benefits hair treatment (yes!) and Seraphine botanicals happy hibiscus blush (the only thing I all ready got, which is fine, guess I can start a swap pile haha) pretty sweet deal, I’m happy!

  3. This was my first ipsy bag. I think the price is justified despite the small samples since you do get a bag every month. I wasn’t crazy about this month’s design, but I was surprised by it’s quality.

    I received:

    *Crown Blush 3 Tone Bronzer (Eh this was okay. The sample was so small that the “3-tone” shades really are lost in application.)
    *Urban Decay in Fireball (This was just okay too. I was hoping for Lounge. Fireball is supposed to be a peach/pink mix but the colors look so similar. The sample is also super tiny and I am unsure how to really store it without the packaging.)
    *Formula X in Wingwoman (This shade is okay but the bottle is micro! I can’t really apply the polish effectively since the brush is so small.)
    *Be a Bombshell Lipgloss in Secret (I’m liking this more than I imagined! I’m not big on bright or pigmented lip products but this is an almost nude shade. The smell is coconutyy and the consistency is moisturizing.)
    *Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub (I haven’t tried this yet but the package was pretty big. I’m looking forward to treating myself with this scrub over the weekend!)

  4. First bag I’ve received from Ipsy:

    2 Patchology Flashmasque Illuminate facial sheets
    1 JulieG nail polish in Tropical Matte 0.35 oz.
    1 theBalm Meet Matt(e) Trimony eyeshadow in Matte Plum
    1 Klorane waterproof eye make-up remover 0.8 fl. oz.
    1Mirabella Magic Marker eyeliner in Very Black

    For a first-time Ipsy subscriber I’d say that I was not expecting the products to be sample-sized. I would say for $10 it’s not so bad. I probably wouldn’t buy these things if grouped together in a bag at a flea market for $10, though. I’ll just pretend they’re Christmas presents I’ve bought for myself. Colors were pretty.

  5. I got the following:
    *Patchology Illuminating Masks (2) – $15
    *Rodial Stem Cell Cleanser – $11.75
    *UD Eyeshadow in Fireball – $10.75
    *Seraphine Botanicals Happy Hibiscus Blush $18
    * Doucce Bombastic Mascara – $12
    My bag value totals $67.50 so the value is definitely there. My Urban Decay shadow is an odd pink shade that I feel like won’t be too wearable, unless you want to look like you have pink eye. I am excited to try the illuminating sheet masks. Everything else is usable if boring. The contents definitely top what I got last month.

    • I got the exact same stuff and mine just came today!

  6. The weirdest thing this month is that I wasn’t supposed to get the Urban Decay shadow but I got it anyway, instead of one of the items on my list. Kind of annoyed because I got another thing, a mascara, that I didn’t want and wasn’t supposed to get. Ipsy was super quick to fix it though which is awesome. Also, I adore Colour Pop! I already had their gel liner in Swerve so I was really glad I got Get Paid. It’s not a color I would have bought myself, because I’m a chicken shit, but I’m actually really glad I got it and I’m wearing it today. Fantastic color.

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