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Ipsy Review – July 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!)

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 month we get a holographic bag with a umbrella print on top. I like it!

Now onto the items!


Mellow Cosmetics Baked Eyeshadow in Plum – FULL SIZE! Value $8


I LOVE the pigment and subtle shimmer of this eyeshadow! It has a nice gold undertone too – very wearable and still unique in my eyeshadow collection. (Swatched in lower photo.)


bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Swag – 2 ml Value $8.30



This is my favorite discovery in the box! This swag color is a super wearable mauve, and I love the formula, too. It has a chocolate cake batter scent, goes on so smoothly, and the matte finish isn’t nearly as drying as some matte lip products I’ve tried. I ended up applying a clear lip balm over it for a little extra moisture, though.

Here is the lipcolor and eyeshadow swatched:


The colors even look good together!


Shray Queen Bee Mask – Value $6

Shray Ms. Amazing Mask – Value $6


This sheet mask is honey-infused and designed for treating acne and redness. I’ve sampled non-sheet honey masks before, and they can get pretty sticky, so I was hoping this one would bring the benefits of honey without the stickiness!

And I lucked out – no stickiness, and this mask was pretty gentle and hydrating, too. I also like that this is a 10-minute mask – I don’t have as much patience as I should with masks!


I’ve sampled this Ms. Amazing mask before, and it is also very hydrating and gentle. It is scented with fragrance though, so if you have sensitive skin and need to avoid perfume in skinare products, I wouldn’t recommend it.


Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in No Filter – FULL SIZE! Value $15

This is my new favorite nail polish color. It’s such a subtle grey/lilac creme – a unique take on a neutral nail.

And the formula is great, too. I was surprised to see I got almost full-coverage with only one coat. Here it is on with two coats:



Not Soap, Radio Joy Inducing Hand/Body Lotion – 20 ml Value $1

This lotion is lightweight, absorbs quickly, and the lemon + sugar scent is so fresh! I just wish the sample size was larger – I already want more!

Verdict: This box has a value of about $44. That’s pretty great for a $10 subscription box (And that’s not counting the value of the makeup bag!) My favorite item is the bareMinerals liquid lipstick, with the Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish at a close second – but really I like and will use everything!

What do you think of the July Ipsy Glam Bag? What was your favorite discovery?


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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. Hello my name is Nina already September 16th and I have not received my September glam bag. It usually comes around the 10th how would I find out it’s on its way or not. Much appreciated thank you… Nina

  2. This was my first month and I’m disappointed. Your bag was way better than mine.

  3. This is my first month of Ipsy and am surprised by how many disappointed people there are here. I read and watch a couple of youtube videos where most people were happy with the bags. I wasn’t expecting much out of this since its only $10 a month but I was actually very happy with what I got. I received, too faced hangover primer, luxie small angled eye brush, banana powder (my fav & full size), OFRA full lip liner, and Be Kind night face cream. I thought the bag was cute, also seemed smaller than I thought it would be. Maybe there is such differences in the bags because of different shipping or ordering times. I subscribed mine in middle of the month and got it on the 21st.

  4. My bag was pretty boring this month, but this is the only bag that has really disappointed me, so I guess I shouldn’t be complaining! 😛

  5. I got the

    mellow baked eyeshadow in Cocoa (OMG LOVE THIS…MAKING THIS MY EVERYDAY NEUTRAL)

    J Cat Beauty perfect duo brow pencil (Perfect timing, just ran out of my brow product)

    trust fund beauty polish in no filter (LOVE THE COLOR)

    Make up forever excessive lash mascara (LOVE IT)

    Eya Nye Get glossed hair serum

    • This is the exact bag I am getting.

  6. I loved my bag again this month. My #5. Not disappointed I basically received 2 primers because I love trying new ones.
    Model launcher- felt tip eyeliner (Emerald Isle)
    Embryolisse- Primer/moisturizing creme
    Trust fund beauty nail polish (no filter)
    Elizabeth Mott- show me your cheeks (peach pink)
    Too Faced- hangover primer
    Value $48.56

  7. I got the same nail polish and I like it. It’s cute, it’s full size, and it’s vegan. I’m wearing it on my toes right now 🙂

    I also got the mellow eyeshadow but in Coco, and honestly I would’ve been okay with either color. They’re both really great. Ipsy was a definite hit this month for me, unlike Birchbox.

  8. I am so in love with your bag. I love everything and the colors. I use to have Ipsy for a few months last year and really loved it but after a few months it kind of south. I do love makeup more so then shampoo and conditioner and face creams and stuff like that. Aleast in a subscription box. I have to cancel Allure even though I dont really really want to and I may just go with Ispy for a while.

  9. I’ve been on a really great streak with ipsy recently. This month I got:

    bareMinerals gen nude – wasn’t too excited at first because I can’t stand most of their lip products but This. Is. Amazing.
    Mellow baked eyeshadow in plum – never would have picked the shade myself but actually really love it; it looks so pretty on the outer corner and is much more wearable than the name suggests
    palmetto mask – tiny sample but worked fine
    skyn iceland lotion – wouldn’t buy it, but its very cooling and its been SO HOT the past couple days I’ve been putting it on just for that reason
    small angle eye brush – like the quality of these brushes but not entirely sure how to use this one

    Also, I’ve been eyeing the Meet Matt(e) Trimony palette from thebalm for awhile, and just got it the other day as an ipsy offer for $22…literally half price!

    This has been SO much better for me recently than birchbox. I really think that how you review products plays a much bigger role in what you get than your beauty profile.

    • I feel the same. I’m not happy with my July BB but I find my Ipsy bags so much cooler. I don’t wear eyeshadow and I got the Meet Matt in the deep brown/red and I don’t even mind. They’ve been impressing me lately while BB has been underwhelming.

  10. I wish they would stop putting the word Ipsy on the makeup bags. I don’t have any use for a bag with that word printed on it. It’s not really a brand you want to flaunt or carry with you, and it takes away from the cute designs they choose.

    • Sometimes it is only on the zipper pull. The cute woven style bag as well as several others did’t say Ipsy on the bag.

  11. I haven’t gotten my bag yet, but everything its showing to be coming I’m excited about, well with the exception of the mascara.

    it shows:
    The angle eye brush, any brush is welcome for me I like being able to build
    a collection of brushes without spending tons of money.

    the tre’stique highlight stick, the meet matt eyeshadow(which I was under the impression everybody was getting that), the organic surge eye gel, and the model co mascara.

    This is my third month and I have been pleased with all so far.

  12. I may not *love* all of Ipsy’s specific choices for me this month. However, my bag is usually pretty on point with my preferences, with only the occasional, ‘huh??’.

    In July I received :
    – theBalm eyeshadow in the less-horrible dark plum. (Will never use, headed for trash)
    – Not Soap, Radio lemon hand cream (smells yummy)
    – Professional Eyeshadow brush (cool, I like brushes)
    – Shray Ms. Amazing mask (love the hydration)
    – Shray Queen Bee mask (don’t have acne or oily skin, so this variety trash bound)
    – TooFaced Hangover Replenishing primer (I’m a fan of TF, so excited to try)

    • OMG!!! I would have LOVED to have gotten that eye shadow color! I got the burgundy and was like, WTW???! But that plum… swoon worthy!!!

  13. Bag showed up. No hair oil in the bottle but it is all over my items including a brush that soaked it up and damn mascara again!!!! Some got amazing things. I. Did. Not. Shampoo for curly hair too. Ummmmm not really curly here.

    • Same here.
      I was like Curly hair????
      I will let it slide this one time. But other than this match, my bag seems really different from everyone so far.

      Too faced: Hangover Primer
      Skyn: Cooling daily lotion
      The Balm: Eyeshadow in Matt Moskowitz
      Thrive: Black waterproof eyeliner.
      Briogeo: Curl Charisma

      I feel so so about my bag this month. Hopefully next month excitest me more.

  14. Just got my ipsy today

    With ofra lip liner
    Makeup brush
    Too faced primer
    Mellow eye shadow
    Delectable hand cream

    Did anyone else get a bonus item in their box the NYX double stacked mascara .. Was about to cancel ipsy but I guess I am continuing and loving the new mascara thanks ipsy xx

    • I got the exact same bag minus the mascara. I’m pretty happy with my ipsy bag this month!

  15. This will be my 3rd Ipsy and I’m really happy with what I see Im getting. So far Ipsy seems to be paying attention and I have no complaints 🙂

  16. I’m an Ipsy newbie (2 bags so far) and have been really impressed by the good match I’ve been getting. Not sure if this is just coincidence, or if their algorithm is working really well for me. The weird thing is that, out of the 20+ July bag posts I’ve read online, I have not yet seen anyone with the exact same bag. The closest I’ve seen had 4/5 of the same products.

    I got:
    1. TheBalm Matt Moskowitz : love
    2. Luxie Beauty small angled eye brush: love
    3. tre’StiQue highlight stick: like
    4. Ofra Cosmetics Maya: like
    5. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré: meh, but will be good for traveling

    • bag twins! Except that I got the The Balm in Matt Kumar
      and the Ofra lipliner in “silk”

  17. Your bag is much better than mine ?
    I didn’t get any full size products except a brush….. I personally don’t like getting brushes ( I have tons!!!) It was a sad month for me and ipsy.

    • Boo ?, that does stink ! Have you done the questionnaire on Ipsy? I got lousy months but once I started giving them feedback monthly , they slowly got better and better . Just a though ?.

      Hope it gets better !

  18. I would have loved the nail or lip (both are things checking in my profile) but I received the Balm eyeshadow and a waterproof eyeliner and brush (not selected). I have received eyeshadow in my last two bags and have not wanted but would love any lip products. This is my third bag and I have yet to be thrilled by one. Maybe if I can ever sign up on Swaps (seem to be on a waitlist) I can start swapping them out.

  19. I received the envelope, but no makeup bag. Kind of frustrated. Will let you how Ipsy remedies this situation.

    • They will replace your bag. Their CS is pretty amazing! It just sucks that it even happened. Good luck!

  20. This bag looks awesome! Despite the fact that I have upped my age by 15 years and clearly indicated my preference for skincare items as opposed to make-up, I continue to receive brow pencils, mascara, and eyeliner. This month I got all three. I removed ALL of those things from my preferences months ago. I am going to give it another month and see if they do better. I have not been excited about a bag since my very first one.

  21. This is a great bag – I know a lot of people don’t like getting polish in sub boxes, but I love nail polish and I feel like I hardly ever get it (with the exception of Julep of course).

    I subscribed to Ipsy for about 6 months back in 2014. I resubbed for this month because I am trying to build up my make up brush collection and I ALWAYS (lovingly) got brushes from Ipsy and my first month back they delivered!

    I got:
    theBalm eyeshadow
    Organic Surge eye gel (love, love getting eye creams in boxes because I never buy it myself despite knowing how important it is – thankfully BECAUSE of boxes I haven’t HAD to buy any!)
    tre’StiQue highlight stick
    Model Co mascara
    Luxie Beauty small angled eye brush

    This is REALLY typical of what I would get in the past which is sort of why I unsubbed (I got SO many eye shadows) – but you know, I’m pretty happy with this. Everything will be used and I’m pleased to add another brush to my collection.

  22. I hope I get a bag like yours, this is my first month figured I give then a try since i cancelled bb.

  23. I canceled after last months disaster. I will still be getting this…excuse (yawn) bag. More to add to Christmas I guess.

    • Hello, I’m very interested in trying Ispy, but was wondering if after a few months and I’m not wanting to continue is there a cancellation fee? If so, do you know what the cancellation fee is please? Thanks so much for your help! 🙂

  24. The Balm eyeshadow, Eva NYC hair serum, Model co mascara, Trestique highlighter and a Luxie 215 small angle brush. I really liked everything, especially the eyeshadow!

  25. This is a portion of a customer service email I received this month after 1/5 samples met my Ipsy match, leaving here for reference to some questions regarding the algorithm etc for matching:

    “…our ipsyMatch algorithm is not new at all, however each month we start from scratch and pick the profile data and reviews that best correlate to each product in that month’s selection. There is a balance to avoid overwhelming the system, while still getting a majority of the products to the right people.

    We have to take into account that each product has a specific number of units and the value of each member’s Glam Bags cannot be extremely different. This means there are not in infinite number of possible combinations each month.

    Our system takes your quiz selections as a “positive” which means that you’re more likely to receive the things you select. Anything you don’t select is not interpreted as a “negative,” which means that our system will not ensure you never receive that type of item. So even if you have no mascara or eyeshadow product selections on your quiz, our system does not read this as “never match (your name) with a mascara or eyeshadow product.”

    Our goal is to allow our members to play and discover new products while still offering a level of personalization through ipsyMatch. 100% of product matches cannot be perfect, but we’re always seeking to raise the bar. We’re a sampling service and, so its low commitment to receive products valued much higher than the $10 you pay.”

    Was the more pertinent info regarding their explanation if anyone was curious.

    • I think depending on who emails you back determines the answer you get. I was told they have no way of making the bags have similar values. I like Ipsy, but I don’t like that some people get bags worth $100 while others are worth $30 in the same month.

      • For me it’s not about value, some months I have had $86 value bags and some months $30. It’s about which items most match what I like for me. This one literally had one single item (tools) that I had checked when I had plenty of options all around. I realize we aren’t guaranteed a full match bag with nothing we don’t want, but they didn’t even try to match me with one of the guaranteed items first ones (for example I didn’t get either of the two brow products). They are sending me the powder I guess as a way of making amends, as I have subscribed just about since the second or third bag.

      • I was focused in on your second paragraph where your quote was “We have to take into account that each product has a specific number of units and the value of each member’s Glam Bags cannot be extremely different.” To me, a $70 difference is extreme. That’s nice that they’re sending you the powder.

    • Thanks for sharing this, it was helpful. My daughter and I just receive our bags and they were the exact same. Same product, colors, and shade. This was surprising to me because we have completely different profiles, different color and texture of hair, and different color eyes. I was not expecting us to get the exact same products. I was disappointed, but I am going to give it a few months before unsubscribing.

  26. I got the same bag, but I hate the nail polish and lipstick.

    • I would have loved both! Mine was so boring

  27. I would have used every item in this bag! I got all different products and will probably use 3 out of the 5. So better than several of the other bags, but still just meh. At least there was no super bright pink/red lippies! and no mascara because I have a ton of those. And I actually liked the bag itself better than I thought I would – it has a nice shimmer/color to it. 🙂
    I got –
    The Balm Meet Matte(e) Trimony eyeshadow (cranberry) – meh, might use
    Briogeo curl charisma gel – meh, but will use
    too faced hangover replenishing primer – will not use
    skin Iceland The Antidote cooling lotion – will not use
    thrive Causemetics infinity matte black eyeliner – might use, but I have several black eyeliners already

    • I got the exact same bag as you. I feel that same way too. MEH. The eyeliner is nice though. But I also have a lot of black eyeliners already. 😀

    • I got the same bag. And for some reason I’m happy with it. I like skincare and hair care products since I don’t wear makeup outside of black liner and sometimes mascara – but I’m looking forward to the new eyeliner and the primer. Since I live in the tropics, I can’t wait to try the cooling lotion.

  28. Well I am SO happy I didn’t get your bag, I would’ve hated it! Totally not my style! I LOVE my Ipsy bag this month! Got the highlighter stick, the reddish balm eyeshadow (I’ve been wanting a red shadow for awhile, so score!), a big lotion that is scented lemon & cream and the scent alone is to DIE for! Got an eyeliner brush (which I really do need!), & mascara. Super pleased with this month! Ipsy has been nailing it for me!

    • I’m getting the same bag she got and looking forward to all of it (except maybe the sheet mask…they creep me out;) but I LOVE what you’re getting as well! I got that berry shade of Balm shadow last month, and it is gorgeous!! I’m wearing it in the crease and outer v on top of a shimmery light champagne “pearl fizz” shade. I have tried that lemon lotion too, and I love it. It smells like lemon cake. YUM! I wish I had gotten the highlighter you’re getting! Thanks to ipsy, I now love highlighting! I found it interesting that I am both excited about my bag on the way and would have loved to have gotten yours, but you find them not the same style. Maybe it is that I am still learning and figuring out what works for me. I never would have thought I’d like a pale polish, but thanks to ipsy, I do (in between the fun brights).

    • Agree! I get three ipsy bags and one of them is the same exact as yours. I absolutely love this variation. The lotion is such a great size and a very appealing, unique smell.. For me when I first put it on it smelled like lemon but after I rubbed it in I could smell the cream coming through and the first thing that came to mind was an orangesicle popsicle. It’s getting sent to my mom though, along with a bunch of duplicate items because…well because I think she will love it and appreciate it more than me. I already have so much “stuff” from these sub boxes that I’ve accumulated a rather large box full of items sitting ready to send to her as soon as I add “just a few more” lol. I’ve been adding “just a few more” since last month. MONDAY, Monday I will make myself seal the box and finally send it. Hopefully. *shameface*

    • I got the exact same bag!!

  29. I wanted that nail polish and lip stick. I also wanted ka-brow, or that glamglow product or any makeup brush. Didnt get them though….

    I got that Too Faced Primer, which is cool… I guess. I dont really use primer though, used it today and didnt seem to work very well either.

    waterproof eyeliner. Which I wasnt happy about since I always get eyeliner, I even went in and unchecked eyeliner so I would maybe stop getting it, didnt work. But the eyeliner I got this month actually turned out to work very well. hehe.

    I also got some cooling face moisturizer by Skyn or whatever. LAME. Tried it though out of curiosity. No cooling effect what so ever…. But I already have a fave moisturizer so I dont even need it.

    The Balm eyeshadow in the dark plum looking shade. Which is meh… I dont use eyeshadow very much.

    I also got some hair gel. Which I’ll try, maybe….. but meh.

    I really wasnt too happy this month. Seemed like there was a few repeat items from previous bags too. Lame. I was soooooo happy with last months bag though. But Ipsy always seems to hit and miss but I still think its worth it for $10

    • I got the same bag… it was also meh for me. I would have much preferred (as always) the bag that Liz got! agh

  30. I’m very happy with my bag, except for the skyn Iceland cooling face cream. Seriously horrible, didn’t feel cooling at all. The product slipped right off my finger as I was trying to close the tube back up, so I wasted product, and then, when I put it on, my skin ended up feeling even more tight than before I put it on. 0/10 would not recommend. The rest of my products were awesome though!

    • I have to say, the cooling lotion by Skyn was my favorite discovery in 2 years of sub boxes! it is absolutely AMAZING! Just shows how different we all are. I have been putting it on my skin every day since i got it. The super cool sensation lasts about 2 hours! when it’s hot outside, its just amazing. Feels like i stuck my head inside a freezer 🙂 I am in love with this product. Feel free to send me yours LOL

      On the other hand, I got the freaking trust fund nail polish. 5(!!!) nail polish from ipsy this year, when it is the one think I beg the not to send me… I HATE getting nail polish. This is my THIRD trust fund polish from ipsy, they all just lay in a box I cant even gift them because every single person on earth does gel these days, and does not use nail polish…. BAAAH I give a horrible review each time and next month- there it goes again… another nail polish.

      • Lol I will totally trade you for the nail polish. I loved that color and was kind of sad I didn’t get it. Although I did open the lotion (obviously), so it’s not sealed anymore.

  31. Just wanted to share with everyone something that worked for me to get the selections I wanted. This month I wanted to try the too faced primer and I love water mists (I know most people hate them but I love them), so I only selected under makeup – primer and brushes/tools ( I love getting brushes) and only selected mists/toners under skincare. My bag this month has the too faced primer, avene mist, eyeshadow brush, handcream and an eyeshadow. I only subscribe to Ipsy if there is a spoiler, so far this has worked for me twice (I’ve only tried it twice). But I think less is more on your profile, if there is a spoiler you like try just picking that item under what you like most in your profile.

    • Thats how I finally got an eyeliner after 6 bags. I unchecked everything but eyeliner. Lol. It worked though.

      • Problems getting eyeliner? My dear i get eyeliner in almost every bag not complaining though ANYTHING is preferable to dry shampoo and sea salt spray.

      • I wish I had eyeliner in every bag! And I agree… Dry shampoos and salt sprays are huge misses for me as well. And don’t get me started on canned “fancy water”….

      • This thread is so funny!

        I would LOOOOOVE a salt spray in every bag and if I never get another eyeliner I’d be fine with that! We are all so different!

        Which is why I’m so crazy excited about swapping… I’m pretty new here and haven’t yet had a swap, but I’m hoping!!!

    • I was a strong proponent of tweaking my wants and changing them to consistently get good bags…signed up in 2011 practically at beginning. Anyhow, I got one item literally that was checked this month and emailed them. I have a full explanation of the algorithm used to match products and how many variations they do essentially, which I can leave quoted in a separate comment here so people can read, the CS member was surprisingly very detailed about my questions regarding it. I am getting another item sent me I wanted, as 1/5 wasn’t acceptable for a match, after I had been told my CS once last year that every Ipsy account only gets a single product they missed out on that they wanted replacement on their account ever. So it’s been a year since that complaint, and I just got a track number showing the item is on it’s way. Thought some people might find that of interest in CS dealings. I will post the fully reply from them above.

      • Hi! Have you posted this info anywhere yet?

      • Just left the portion regarding how they choose our bags above for anyone ?

  32. my bag ended up being worth around 100 dollars this month! so happy with it.

  33. I FINALLY received a Glam bag I’m mostly happy about. The bag design itself was not as cute as previous months. However, I don’t use them as purses anyway.

    In My Bag:
    Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in No Filter: Not a fan. I don’t like getting nail polishes because I never wear the same color and I also go to a nail salon…so I could have done without ANOTHER nail polish from ipsy.

    BeFine Food Skin Care: It’s a sleeping pack that was new to me. The price point and the results are not worth a purchase (for me) but it shouldn’t be completely written off.

    ML Cosmetics Felt Tip Eyeliner in Emerald Isle: I haven’t even swatched it yet. IDK what look of the day I can incorporate this with…

    Vasanti Cosmetics Professional Eyeshadow Brush: I received the “Professional Eyeshadow Brush” and it performed very well with my concealer.

    Benefit Cosmetics Ka-BROW: Wow! This was one blew me away. I’ve seen countless promos but I didn’t hear a buzz. I love the formula.

    • I will swap the nail polish for the rose gold eyeshadow brush and a hair serum 😉

    • Send me the polish. Lol

  34. I got the Mellow eyeshadow in Coco, the same nail polish, a BeFine night cream, a ML eye liner in Emerald Isle, and Too Faced Hangover Primer. I’ll use everything, and am really pleased with what I got. I’m not a reviewer or a blogger. It’s taken some time tweaking my profile and submitting reviews, but I’ve been pleased with Ipsy for the last 4-6 months.

  35. Haven’t gotten mine yet. I’m excited to get mine and my daughter is to.

  36. I don’t wear blush, bronzer or lip pencils and I’ve gotten them 3 times in a row. I wrote to them and stated that I completed my profile so that I wouldn’t get them and they said the profile doesn’t guarantee that they won’t include items I don’t use. Makes me wonder why even bother with the profile if they are not even going to use it.

    • Meanwhile, I’m dying for some blush and lip products but so far no dice. Sigh.

    • I feel your pain. Lol. I’ve taken that test to many times and emailed to many times. I always wear lipstick, even without any other makeup. I have NEVER received lipstick. Lol. I skipped everything to do with hair,because I already purchase products that work wonders on my thin hair. However every month I received hair products I won’t use. I think they throw 5 of whatever in a bag and either you get lucky, or you dont

    • I had to lower my age. Even though I am 48, I don’t need the anti-aging/all skincare stuff. I like the nail polish, lip, cheek, shadow…mostly makeup. I don’t mind hand cream and stuff but until I lowered my age, I was getting mostly tools and anti-aging stuff.

    • I got 4/5 items in my bag that were not selected and didn’t get many items I had selected (such as one of the two brow products). I got a very thorough explanation of the algorithm and system to select in place, as usually my bags match well 5/5 or 4/5 wanted items and a member since 2011. I will post above the CS reply for people.

  37. I wish I’d gotten the products you got! I’d love the nail polish, lip product, eyeshadow, and sheet masks.

  38. My bag was so bad this month that I had to cancel. I know people say, it’s only $10 what do you expect? I expect more than teeny tiny samples of products that do not match anything in my profile whatsoever and that I somehow seem to get repeatedly.

    If I had gotten just ONE of the items that were in this review I would have been satisfied. My bag was a primer (yawn), eye gel (discontinued as far as the internet can tell), liner brush (now my third from Ipsy), Balm eyeshadow in a red I won’t use, and a brow pencil (to replace the gel they sent last month?). Hate to be a Debbie Downer, but why have profiles if I seem to get the same random bag each month.

    • Same here, my bag was so disappointing that I cancelled. I rather spend the 10 bucks for something else.

  39. So much better than what i got! i likef the balm eye shadow ok and can always use eye cream(prhanic surge), but othetwise i got a brush, another mascara,and another cover stick….eh. two tiny samples i can use out of five, not worth $10 to me. i’d rather pay more for boxy charm or beauteque (my two faves) and get better stuff and lots of it!

  40. My bags never looked that good, I cant help but feel like they send bloggers/vloggers special bags to lure people in :/

    • Same My bag also sucked this month. ??

    • Totally agree. So sick of receiving mascara and treStique! Never had a box that looks as good as bloggers.

    • I feel the same way, but Ipsy insists they don’t.

    • I think Ipsy is the king of false advertising in the sub box world. Their bag variations are huge and annoying. I cancelled months ago with no regrets…til this moment. But I reminded myself, “Self, you would never have gotten that bag anyway!” Took the FOMO right away. 😀

      • Thank you for validation! That’s what I did last month with Birchbox and will probably do next month with Ipsy. I NEVER get the things that I would love, so why bother. I don’t like variation boxes. At least with Allure and Sephora Play I know what I’ll be getting and I’m not jealous of other people’s bags. 🙂

    • I got the same bag as Liz and I’m definitely not a blogger. It’s funny cuz I didn’t care much for my samples this month. Was hoping for a makeup brush!!

      • I got the makeup brush and wanted the nail polish- guess it’s hard to make us all happy ?

    • I am getting this bag, and I’m not even on facebook-so to them I’m a nobody. 😉 I do purchase a lot of the ipsy deals, and I wonder if that helps them know more of what I love. I have my profile set to classic, simple, put together and edgy. I review everything, and by now they know I have a few things I just will not enjoy…though sheet masks are one of those things I’m still getting. ;P I’ll take them for the rest of the bag. 😉

    • I am new to Ipsy and I believe you are absolutely correct. My Subscription Addiction always gets the best bag! I will give it a few months but that is it.

  41. My bag sucked this month…..

  42. I was excited to get my ipsy bag yesterday. . only to realize the mailer was empty ??

    • What?!?! That’s messed up! LOL

    • My mailer looked like it had opened at some point, but then reclosed. Everything was in it, but I did have a passing thought that they should secure their mailers with postage tape or something.

  43. Your samples were so much better than mine. As per usual. I am quickly getting discouraged with Ipsy again. May be time to get rid of my last beauty subscription. I try to not be too critical of a$10 box, but I really don’t care for The Balm.

  44. I so wish I could trade bags with you! More mascara and eyeliner here, I’m only planning on keeping one thing aside from the bag itself 🙁

  45. Man! That’s a nice bag! *so jelly!!!* ? Can I ask what you put on your profile so I can get similar stuff next time?

    • Great question! I would like to as well! ?

      • Me too! I’d love to have that kind of bag. ?

    • Sure!

      What is your skin tone? Light
      What color are your eyes? Brown
      What color is your hair? Blonde
      Which of these looks best describe styles you are interested in? Classic and Natural
      Which of these ipsy Stylists could you relate the most to? (I didn’t have anything selected)
      How comfortable are you with makeup? Somewhat comfortable
      How adventurous are you with makeup? (I didn’t have anything selected)
      Which of these beauty brands do you love (or would love to try)? Benefit, Bobbi Brown, Josie Maran, Kiehl’s, Lancome, MAC, Make Up For Ever, theBalm, OPI, philosophy, stila
      Which of these types of makeup products do you love the most? Mascara, Eye Liner, Lip Gloss, Primer, Concealer, Powder, Blush, Bronzer & Contour, Brushes & Tools
      Which of these types of skincare, haircare, and nailcare products do you love the most? (Everything selected except Toner & Mist, Lip Balm, and Fragrance)
      Where do you usually shop for beauty products? (Everything selected except mass retailers)
      How would you describe your skin concerns? Oiliness & large pores
      How would you describe your hair? Needs volume

      Hope that helps! 🙂

      • Thanks ?

      • thanks. I’m copying this too. :p

      • Neat! I’m getting the same bag and a lot of our settings are similar except I’m brunette & medium. I have classic & simple but very comfortable with makeup and willing to try anything. I picked the stylists that seemed to wear cool toned make up similar to my tones.

      • Now I know why I always love the same products and sub’s that you do! I got
        Into the sub box world after stumbling upon your website while searching info on the Allure Beauty thrills box almost 2 years ago . It has been an growing addiction since then!!! I subscribe to so many boxes now that I try to get home before my husband so he doesn’t see how many packages I receive. ? I count on your reviews in particular when deciding to try another new sub, or make changes …. Your taste in all things fit with mine , especially jewelry !!! I am grateful for your thoughtful and honest reviews, my life is so much more fun now that I am using beauty products, filling my home with Lux items, and taking time for myself .(masks, nails….) all without having to go shopping when I have free time. You are like my trusted beauty advisor and we don’t even know each other !? Just wanted to tell you that since I read all of your reviews!!!! Thank you !

    • I’m curious too! I’m getting the same bag as you, and my settings are classic, simple, put together & edgy (bring it on!). I don’t have anything chosen for hair or skin care. I have that I love make up (not for brows), tools and nail polish.

  46. I got that same Mellow shadow shade and I absolutely LOVE it! I didn’t think I would because I wear more brown shades but after blending it out it looks very neutral and very pretty! Also that lemon lotion is way to sweet smelling but I am still happy I got it!

    • I hope I get the plum too! I got the lemon lotion before, and I love it. I agree it is sweet-I think of it as a decadent treat for a night at home rather than something to wear out like perfume.

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