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Ipsy Review – August 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. I was expecting this bag to be canvas from the spoiler pictures, but it is actually a much more durable vinyl-type material.

And it is gorgeous too!

Now onto the items!



Formula X Nail Color in Dollface – 4 ml Value $3.80

This high-shine ballet-slipper pink creme is my new favorite color! And I got full coverage with only 2 coats! Here it is on:



Trust Fund Beauty Liquid Lipstick in K, Bye – FULL SIZE! Value $22

This is a dusty rose, highly pigmented lip color. It isn’t completely matte, but close. I really like the formula – it wasn’t drying, and this shade worked well for me, too. (Swatched in picture below.)


NYX Born to Glow Liquid Luminator in Sunbeam – .5 oz Value $6.25

This luminator blends out really well. (Which is a good thing since it is pretty pigmented – blended and non-blended swatches below.)

I liked that I could make this a very subtle highlight that gave me a dewy finish. (And this is 5/6 the version of the full-size, too!)



Jersey Shore Cosmetics Mongongo Lip Conditioner – FULL SIZE! Value $10

This lip balm is one of my favorite Ipsy discoveries of all time. I didn’t think a lip balm could be that stand out of a product – but the formula is amazingly moisturizing, and the Vanilla Coconut flavor is phenomenal.

(If you’ve tried this lip balm and feel the same way, let me know. Hopefully, I’m not the only person who is obsessed with it!)


Marc Anthony Deep Hydrating Conditioning Treatment – 50 ml Value $3

This is an in-shower treatment. After shampooing and rinsing your hair, you let this sit for a few minutes before rinsing out. I definitely could tell my hair was softer after using it, but now after seeing some reviews of this product, I’m wondering if I was supposed to use the entire tube in one treatment? (There is a foil packet available in the same size – which seems like a one-time use product to me.)

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 really love all of the items included this month, too!

What do you think of the August 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 (125)

  1. The Mongongo was a great choice for me last month. It always lives my lips so silky-smooth, luscious and hydrated! Lips feel amazing. The lip montly is really great service and I’m so glad I chose them. For that price it’s really great and I think it opens up a lot of opportunities for everyone, even those who are not that good with money like me. 🙂 By the way, their customer service has been great with me, and I think even those who experienced some bad things have to know they are just people and everyone makes mistakes. I would recommend everyone who wanna join, to join ipsy and they won’t regret it. 🙂

  2. Ipsy, is the worst at customer service. I have not gotten my August bag and have reached out on several social media sites and email to sre what’s the delay and no response from anyone. I am going to unscripted because they are not going to continue to take money from me without a product. Apparently, a lot of others are experiencing the same exact experience right now.Please give me my money back and you refused to respond to telling me where my bag at.

  3. Hi everyone,
    I am very new to beauty subscription and thanks to this wonderful website I found out the world of subscription boxes and I recently subscribed to ipsy ( about 10 days ago) and when I check my status on my profile it says that they haven’t put together my bag and there is no tracking number. And that is my August bag… We are already at the end of the month and since I am so new at this I am just concerned . I have sent them an email but I haven’t gotten a reply.
    How long does it take to arrive once you subscribe and after that around what time of the month should I be expecting my box to arrive?
    Thank you in advance!

    • Did your bank account get charged for this month ?.Normally when you sign up for Ipsy there is a waiting period,but once they charge your account you get that months bag.If you have been charged I would contact ipsy care they will take care of you

  4. I am still so irritated by what happened this month with my bag. I ended up canceling over it. At the end of June I changed the address on my subscription to a new address in another state that I was going to be moving to the beginning of July. Everything was fine and dandy except that mid July I noticed I hadn’t received my Ipsy bag. I login to find that my address on my profile was my old address. Instinctively I changed it again and contacted Ipsy support. They said that the new address was now in their system and they refunded me for the bag I didn’t receive and said everything would be fine for August.
    August comes and I get my email that it has shipped. Well, it was sent to my old address again!! I contact Ipsy AGAIN freaking out that I’m not going to get my bag and whoever is living at my old house now is getting my bags! The rep said they’d send me another one right away to my correct address much to my relief cuz I mean LOOK at how cute this bag is! It’s like, the cutest one all year right?
    Well, I received my Ipsy in the mail, super excited only to find that it was not that bag and not the amazing items I was supposed to get (understandable that they wouldn’t be exact perhaps) but I was floored at what I received. I got a nail file, a smashed up, used looking Michelle Phan mascara that smells to high heaven, a cheap 99 cent store looking NEON BLUE gel eyeliner, and an 99 cent store looking loose banana powder that was everywhere because it wasn’t sealed…all within a plain looking metallic bag that just said Ipsy on it. Absolutely unacceptable. I can’t believe they charged me $10 for this bag. I would have even been content if I had gotten the cute bag! I find it hard to believe there was not even 1 left somewhere. So annoying. So, that’s my story with Ipsy the past two months. I definitely won’t be resubbing, especially now that I finally got on Sephora Play.

    • @redpandapop Wow that’s awful. Did you contact customer care again after you received the bag?

  5. I got my 4th and 5th bag

    2 spinning teacup nailpolishes
    2 faces wipes
    Tarte mascara
    It eyeliner
    Three tone bronzer
    Spice eyeshadow

  6. Has anyone else NOT gotten their bag yet? Mine shipped on the 11th and still nothing. Tracking has it going all over the country. I had 2 expensive add-ons with my points, one of which is the Hourglass stick foundation, and I’m very concerned that its been sitting in the heat for 11 days and its destroyed the foundation stick. I’m beyond irritated. Urg!

    • Nope, haven’t gotten mine yet, either. They ‘shipped’ it on 8/12.

      I also have a Points item included and I read in another thread that those can cause the monthly bag to be slightly delayed? This is my first Points order, so just guessing.

    • Finally got my bag yesterday! I also had an add-on which was the St. Tropez gradual tanner lotion. Too my surprise, they included the tanner but there was a “bonus” item of a glow toner. I don’t know if that was an accident or if they were just being nice because of the long delay, but it definitely made me happy! Plus, I really liked my August bag (got the trust fund k, bye which is very nice!).
      Finally moving on to my September bag, yay!

  7. I received my first ipsy bag and I am slightly disappointed.. I got an olive oil moisturizer which I think smells horrible, tarte lash paint which is decent but kinda clumpy, the X factor nail polish which is ok, a bronzer that contains talc (yuck!), and a cheap makeup sponge. I’m hoping next month is better. If I am not impressed next month, I will probably cancel my subscription.

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