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Ipsy Review – August 2016

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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 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?

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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  1. I received:

    – Marc Anthony Argan Conditioning Treatment (chin-length hair, going to get a few uses out of it)
    – Beauty For Real 24-7 Eyeliner – keep saying I DO NOT want pencil or gel liners, only liquid – keep getting pencils and gels
    – Organic Pharmacy Rose Facial Cleansing Gel – smells nice, not a makeup remover.
    – Beau Gachis Applicator Sponge – so I finally found out what all the fuss is about with these sponges! Loving it!
    NYX Illuminator in Gleam – My profile is red hair/blue eyes/fair skin – so ipsy sends me the DARK illuminator. More like a bronzer on me.

    • I got the applicator sponge for the first time, too, and it has changed my life!

  2. I am soo not happy. I got everything that isn’t on my profile. Nyx illuminator in gleam which is way too dark, formula x nail polish which i will not use because i do not use any nail products and have told ipsy this before, in transit primer, peter lamas complexion booster and japonesque blush. I like the blush but everything else i will not use. I got three different face primers and illuminators. There should be more variety. I did not get any lip products which is the only thing i have checked on my profile. I have yet to receive a lip product out of five months of bags. If they didnt have such o great points system i would cancel. Hopefully ipsy will read my reviews on the products and actually look at my profile for next month.

    • I have the same complaint I get all ask cleansers and eyeliner which I do not use

  3. Got my bag today, it’s the saddest bag I’ve gotten from ipsy. Everything is sooo small. Nothing is full size in my bag and the product i redeemed my points for isnt with my bag. I emailed about my missing product. Usually I get a good size or full size something, not this month?

    • I didn’t get any full size either. I did get my extra item i used points on though. You might have redeemed your points after the date though. It will probably be in next months bag. You should contact them to make sure.

  4. I got my 3rd bag yesterday.

    Organic Rose facial face wash I love this!!!

    IT leave in hair treatment. I tried it today and is a great it took the tangles out my hair, which is hard to do. I have long thick hair and it tangles horribly. I have to comb it many times throughout the day.

    Spinning teacup nail polish

    Nomad spice eyeshadow. Very pretty!

    Nyx highlighter in gleem

    • I got my 3rd bag yesterday.

      Organic Rose facial face wash I love this!!!

      IT leave in hair treatment. I tried it today and is a great it took the tangles out my hair, which is hard to do. I have long thick hair and it tangles horribly. I have to comb it many times throughout the day.

      Spinning teacup nail polish

      Nomad spice eyeshadow. Very pretty!

      Nyx gleam

  5. I am new to Ipsy and just received my 1st Glam bag (which is the August one). I am not very impressed. I do love the bag. I received:
    -111 Skin Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask
    -Peter Lammas Supreme Radiance Complexion Booster (which doesn’t come even half full)
    -Beauty For Real Eyeliner
    -Lord & Berry Lipstick Crayon (the one thing I am excited about)
    -NYX Liquid Illuminator in Gleam (I already have all shades of these and am not a fan. They don’t compare to my collection on Too Faced, Anastasia, Becca, and Cover FX)
    I will give Ipsy one more chance with my September bag and if that isn’t any better wI’ll definitely be canceling and finding a better subscription box. Sure wish my spot on the waitlist for Sephora Play would come up.

    • Amie, Sephora Play! Opened their sub boxes today. My new favorite with deluxe samples.

      • Oooh good to know! I, too, am dissapointed in what is coming in my bag — I peaked on the site and it is not very impressive. All sample sizes, too. 🙁 I would have loved what is pictured above. Do they give priority to the people who blog? That sucks!

  6. Neogen derma- gold black caviar (1pad)
    It cosmetics- no tug waterproof gel eyeliner (very excited to try)
    Winky lux- diamond powder foundation
    Ciate London- full nail polish (dangerous affair)
    Marc Anthony- Argon conditioning treatment

  7. I’ve never done a subscription bag before (and I’m waiting till I move out of an apartment to try this one) but I can’t help but read the reviews and comments each month to keep checking if it’s worth the trouble. Some seem really disappointed while others are excited, and there are so many different types of products. I love the idea of being able to try products I would never consider buying otherwise, and I’m pretty bad at make-up in general so having something to test out and not break the bank on sounds right up my alley.

    So basically here’s my question, is it worth it?
    ps- I really want the bag, love the design this month!

    • I think it’s worth it. I have had it 6 months and I’ve recieved around Lowest $34.90 and highest was $62 in value. I seem to enjoy boxycharm more for the value. I’m on month 7 highest $166 lowest $106. I pay $116 for the 6 months. It seems to be more around the $120 a month in value. I was really new to playing around with makeup too as I was stuck on Mary Kay for 20yrs. I wouldn’t pay for most of the items either so I love that I’m not breaking the bank too. Also I share what I know I don’t want or need with my teen. I also figure if none of us want they can be included in gifts and so far anything I have given the person has really liked they got such a nice product to try. I seen many complaints that people didn’t want anymore brushes…well I never spend much on brushes and I have loved the ones I got. Mascara complaints… I have sensitive eyes to it so it’s nice that I’m not wasting money on ones I can’t use. Ipsy sending the smaller size is great. Not much waste, you will use it and great for throwing in your purse. Eyeliners are not all the same either, if you get to much they are both great gifts.

    • This is my first month, I absolutely LIVE the bag. My mom gets them subscribed to her too she got the other design ( The one I REALLY WANTED lol). When she comes up to visit my daughter she’ll bring hers and we’ll switch what we like/ don’t like. I wasn’t too impressed with the products I received this month, but my mom on the other hand had recieved all really good brand products. My advice to you would be to just DO IT. its like a present each month lol but honestly the way I look at it, what you’re paying vs what you’re receiving, you’re really winning here. Some months won’t be all the great, but others will blow you out the water and be well over a $10 value. I received a full size lipstick valued at $20. Just do it chick!???❤

      • I wasn’t impressed with my first one either but as I fill out the reviews it really did improve and I love it too. Kudos to being involved in it with your mom, as I love when my daughter will take the products too. She’s newer to makeup but has learned a lot and it nice to click on something, lol.

      • I wish I could trade with my mom like that. She only has a couple of colors she uses and what she wears is limited, even though she has a ton of crusty 25 year old makeup.

    • Yes its worth it. If you dont have a large make up or skin care collection or a lot of subscription boxes then its more fun. If you start to get more boxes you will start to get repeat items because they seem to spread from box to box. Plus if you don’t pay attention to what others get then you’ll love what you get better. The grass always seems greener on the other side. I just cancelled a couple of boxes because I’m getting over loaded on similar products. But for $10 a month ipsy is a cute sub to start with.

      • I agree with your comment 100%. Plus woman tend to get stuck in the same colors. Makeup should be played around with. You can change the colors with different products or learn to blend certain colors by watching some videos. I don’t ever get envy because I can play with what I’m getting or give/gift…. I would NEVER just throw them away.

    • I absolutely believe it’s worth it!! You get to try so many different products!! I love the surprise of it!! I don’t look at the spoilers or try to figure out what I’m going to receive!! It’s like Christmas every month!!! I would never complain about spending so little to get such a variety!! Also, some of the items I’ve received are GREAT for traveling!!!

    • Completely worth it. I was in the same boat as you but I started geting my bag shipped to my mother in law). It can be disappointing sometimes but I have to remind myself that it’s worth it when I think of the value, how long it takes to get through even a deluxe sample (I.e. Eyeliner), and getting a chance to learn to use new product types or discover new brands.

  8. Finally…no eyeliner or nail polish!! Lol. I got:
    NYX Illuminator
    Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel
    Dead Sea Wash off Mask
    Lord and Berry Lip Crayon
    Jelly Pong Pong eyeshadow palette

    Pretty good overall. I will use everything for once 🙂

  9. I was excites because my envelope felt heavy. Then I opened it and wasn’t too excited anymore.

    111Skin Mask
    IT Haircare 12-in-One Amazing Leave In Treatment 3.4oz
    it Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Black
    Nomad Eyeshadow
    Ciate Nail Polish

  10. My bag included:
    This Works In Transit Closeup (moisturizer/primer)
    Beauty For Real 24/7 Eyeliner (Black)
    OFRA Cosmetics You Glow Girl Highlighter
    Organic Surge Perfecting Face Polish
    Ciate London Paint Pot in Dangerous Affair

    I was very happy with my bag!! My only bust was the This Works moisturizer, it was much too oily for my skin type, and had the most horrible scent to it. I really liked the Dangerous Affair color of nail polish, but I really struggled with the brush. The product description described it as a “tapered precision brush that allows for easy and more controlled application.” For the life of me I could not use this brush and not get polish all over the sides of my fingers, it was wide and beyond my expertise, but the quality and color of the polish is fantastic. 🙂

  11. I’m in Canada and I received the Jelly Pong Pong eyeshadow, the Tarte lipstick in Wonder, Ciate nailpolish in Spinning Teacup (lavender), Symphony Beauty cucumber makeup wipes and the Mongongo lip balm which was my favourite item in the bag – it smells AMAZING and it goes on smooth without being waxy. It’s like putting coconut oil on your lips but not greasy. I seriously love it, I was really stoked when I opened the cap and this wonderful coconut smell wafted up…and it’s organic!

  12. I got:
    – Paula’s Choice skin perfecting exfoliant 1 oz ($9)
    – Trust Fund Beauty liquid lipstick full size ($22)
    – Winky Lux complexion powder 3g ($10)
    – Organic Pharmacy Rose Facial Gel 30 mL ($18)
    -IT cosmetics black gel eyeliner .012 oz ($15)

    I’ve been pretty generous with my price estimates, but overall I’m excited to try all these things. Yes I get a lot of black eyeliner, but I do wear it everyday so it’s nice to try products I wouldn’t normally buy. I’m in love with the rose facial gel! So sad to see a full bottle is waaaaaaay out of my price range.

  13. I have received two of my 5 bags.

    I have jelly pong pong pallette. I love this pallette. I got it the last time they gave it out and I wear it all the time. I was so happy to get it again.

    I got 2 dangerous affairs nail polishes

    Facial deep sea mask. I love facial masks!!

    Organic Rose facial cleansing gel. I love this, it smells so good!

    Marc Anthony hair product

    NYX Gleam highlighter

    Neuma hair cream

    Tarte lip crayon

    Rodail eyeliner

  14. I barely got any of the same items as you…such a disappointment.

  15. THE BAG THIS MONTH!!!!!!!

  16. I got exactly the same bag as pictured except instead of the lip balm I got two Camella Oil Ampoule face masks that I am excited to try.

  17. Im pleased with my bag, I mean the bag itself is worth the monthly fee and the items inside?? Let’s see, the NYX highlighter. Great. I will use. Dead Sea Mask that was in a cute pouch like thingamajig. Cute little Pacifica Bronzer and the JellyPongPong Neopolitan Palette which is travel friendly and highly pigmented. I think I made out like a bandit.

  18. The bag is so stinking cute!
    I got:
    *Tarte Lash Paint mascara sample – $10 now I see what all the fuss is about. Great stuff.
    *Ciate nail polish in a pale lilac color that I like FULL SIZE $17
    *Rodial black eye liner FULL SIZE $21- I know I’m in the minority but I wear black liner daily and needed a new one
    *Madam CJ Walker silkening blow out cream 2 oz sample $6.50 RV – I’m game to try anything to make my hair look better
    *Beaute Basics 3 tone bronzer – This is the only dud in the box for me. Gave away immediately. I can’t find this exact product on their site but estimate the value no more than $10

    Overall, I liked Liz’s box a lot, even though it was a lower value for Ipsy. I would have used everything in her bag. Mine adds up to around $64.50 assuming I’m close on the bronzer RV. With 4 of the 5 products being keepers, and loving the bag itself, I consider this a great value for $10.

    • How do you know who’s bag you got

  19. I was very happy with my ipsy bag. I love the bag and I received the trust fund beauty lipstick. Nyxx liquid illuminator, gold black caviar mask, black eyeliner and a rose facial cleansing gel by the organic pharmacy

  20. I just got my bag yesterday, and I haven’t seen my variation listed yet…

    Secret Garden sheet masks – I was hoping to have received the 111Skin sheet mask, but I’m also very happy to have received these as well. And, getting two was icing on the cake!
    Organic Surge Perfecting Face Polish – A new-to-me brand, and I love exfoliators!
    Ofra highlighter – I gave this away since I don’t use highlighter.
    Trust Fund Beauty Liquid Lipstick – So happy to have received this.
    Dermelect Nail Polish – A new-to-me brand, and I love nail polish!

    Overall, I was very happy with my bag! 🙂

    • I did not receive one of their highlighted spoilers for the month!! How can that be?

      • I received two of the spoilers! I thought that was so weird!

  21. I’m really happy this month – Ipsy has been a bit of a miss lately and I have been contemplating dropping it. However, this one is a much better fit for me and I’m really happy with the value as I have a retail value over $70 (breakdown below). I’ve been a subscriber for about 6 months now so maybe they are finally getting my preferences or maybe it’s just that I was due 🙂

    Makeup-wise I got the trust fund lipstick, which I really like, and the NYX illuminator, which is nice though I’m a little overloaded on those, plus Rodial black eyeliner. I’ve been a bit overloaded on black eyeliner lately too but I know I’ll use it eventually so I’m happy with that, especially since it’s full size (retail $21!). In addition I got a it haircare leave in treatment (good size at 3.4oz though retail ~$5.99) and the organic pharmacy rose facial cleansing gel (30ml, so estimated retail $25).

    I’m intrigued by this lip balm now though so I’m going to be keeping an eye out for that!

    • Ooh, sounds like you scored an excellent bag! I’m going to check out the rose cleansing gel. Even though I didn’t get one, it sounds right up my alley 🙂

    • Sometimes jersey shore is offered as a points perk.

      • Thanks for the tip! I haven’t used any of my points yet so maybe I’ll wait for that.

  22. I think it’s time for me to quit Ipsy. I didn’t touch anything from last month’s bag or May’s bag and this month was a big disappointment. I had been stalking the mailbox today so excited for it to show up because I was sure I’d get things I liked based on what other people had been posting, and I just got a bunch of stuff that I won’t use rather than the awesome stuff that could have been sent.

    I got:
    111Skin sheet mask (which I’ll use, but one use samples make me sad)
    Winky Lux Diamond Complexion powder (great packaging but pretty small)
    Peter Lamas Complexion Booster
    It Cosmetics mini gel eyeliner
    Ciate London polish in Dangerous Affair (don’t paint my nails and it’s such a boring red).

    • Ditto the above. 🙁 Not exciting or particularly valuable Ipsy bag. Did not get ANY of the items in the MSA August 2016 review. Boo.

    • Bag twins. I hate mine too!! They gave me red nail polish. I NEVER wear red polish

  23. Wow what a great ipsy month for me! I got the ciate polish in the color I was hoping for, dangerous affair. The leave in hair product I got is really big! I love hair products. The bronzer looks better in person. The little eye shadow in spice market is adorable. It’s in a little compact looking case. It’s so small. The sizes are so good this month! Very impressed and pleased.

  24. Just got my bag today, I agree with the others who were super happy! YAY!

    I got the Mongongo lip balm too (I had already put it up for swap then read this thread… please what is the deal with that?!)

    I have a kajillion chap-sticks, SPF balms, etc., tell me what makes this so special, and maybe I’ll decide to open and keep it!!! THANKS!

  25. This is the first time with Ipsy I’m getting nail polish. I have nvr tried Ciat. So I’m excited. I’ve enjoyed my four months of Ipsy. I’ve also not tried that lip balm, I would love too! I have a perfume with a coconut smell and I love it!

    • My daughter received the Ciate mini polish they sent out a couple of months ago. I believe it was a light pink. She gave it to me. 🙂 I didn’t really like the formula a lot, it was streaky with the first coat. Once I got it all finished, it looked nice and was chip resistant! I did get the lavender full size bottle in my bag, this month, so I’m hoping its not as streaky but lasts as long!

  26. Best lip balm, ever!! I swapped for 5 of them, and counting! lol It is my all-time fave!

    • I’m really curious what makes it so good. I rarely use lip balm I tried it but not much difference to me. Am I missing something lol. I really want to love it because everyone seems to do lol

      • I agree, I thought it was stiff and not moisturizing enough for my taste. ?

  27. I read a lot of these comments and no one mentioned a Beau Gachis
    Paris Pro Series Applicator Sponge
    which is what Ipsy says is in my bag as well as the lip balm, the taste lipsurgence,
    Makeup Cleansing Wipes, and Eyeshadow in Spice Market, any thoughts ?

    • I received cleansing wipes, tarte lip cream, eyeshadow (Neapolitan palette), nail polish ( light purple), lip balm. I was really excited till I saw what I received. Ugh cleaning wipes and nail polish, I wanted the NXS and the lip gloss. I’m chop liver. Owell

    • Im getting the sponge too. Hope its good.

    • I got the sponge in my box, a lip creme from tarte, hair conditioner, a nail polish and Pacifica bronzer.

    • I got the Beau Gachis sponge as well, Noelle. I used it this morning and was unfortunately disappointed. It shed and left little black spots on my skin. I had to wash my face and start my makeup over again with my own sponge. Not pleased.

  28. Got my shipping confirmation yesterday – excited for everything except the eyeshadow. Still don’t think I can make it work with my skin tone.

    * Lord&Berry 20100 maximatte crayon lipstick in Intimacy
    * Beaute Basics 3 Tone Bronzer
    * Luseta Argan Oil Hair Masque
    * Nomad Cosmetics Intense Eyeshadow in Spice Market
    * IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Mini Gel Eyeliner

    • I really wanted that eyeshadow. Are you willing to swap? I get a few bags so maybe I have something you would like.

      • I don’t have a swap account – just here on the blog comments.

  29. I got the it works gel liner. The little pallets of eyeshadow trip. Complexion booster. The blush and the chapstick. I don’t like blush or chapstick lol but I’m happy i didn’t get nail polish. They told me you get alot of what you don’t check because they want you to try new things. I have maybe 50 black eyeliner I bought before i subbed lol and bought a few pallets too I shoukdve waited. I love the bag

  30. I really like the lip balm too. The bag is much nicer than I expected. From the photos I thought it looked kind of cheap, so that’s a pleasant surprise. I also got the Dangerous Affair nail polish. It’s a dark shade but I like it, especially for fall.

    The Tarteist mascara and Olive facial moisturizer are both things I’ll use right away. I also got the Diamond Powder which I’ll be happy to try, but it’s awfully small, so not sure how many uses I’ll get out of it.

    All in all, I’m very happy with my bag. For only $10 I think it’s a bargain.

  31. I received Symphony Beauty makeup cleansing wipes, Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid lip color in Possessed (full size/deep burgundy color) which I must buy more of, Formula X nail color in Dollface~ which I will never use, Jersey Shore Mongongo lip conditioner in Coconut Cream (I see all the reviews. I’ve never tried it. Why do you guys like it so much?), and It no-tug waterproof eyeliner. I tried the eyeliner today. Loved it! I usually look like a raccoon after a few hours because my eyeliner runs/smudges. It’s been 6 hours and this stuff hasnt moved. Even in this insane heat!

  32. I like the lip balm a lot too. I got it with my points two months ago, and I use it pretty much daily!

  33. This is my second bag from ipsy. So far not impressed. Will try one more month and if it’s no better, will cancel. I get sephora too and it has been awful.

  34. I really wanted that trust fund lipstick or Benefit Gimme Brow, or the maybelline lipstick or that ofra highlighter. But of coarse I didnt get them…. But I did get a couple of things I wanted.
    I got the same nail polish. I love getting nail polish and I hardly ever get it. I was worried about the shade being too light but its nice to know you got full coverage with 2 coats.
    I also got the NYX highlighter, which Ive always wanted to try but lately all my cream highlighters are looking weird on my skin cause its so dry and nothing I try helps. So I gave up on cream highlighters and only use powder ones. so meh.
    I also got that Marc Anthony Deep Conditioner. I’ll use it, but it sucks its basically a 1 time use… I hate that.
    Then I got This Works in transit camera close up, which I guess sounds kinda neat. I’ll try it.
    And then I got the Beau Gachis Applicator sponge, which is what I’m most excited about only because the sponge I have now is getting crappy and it needs replaced. haha.

    So I guess this month was okay……. I guess… Better than last month at least.

    • Was your condition in a foil packet? I ask because the sample I received lasted me more than a month so it’s hard for me to fathom it only lasting one use, lol. For the record it was amazing for my hair, I have plans to buy a full size.

  35. Every month I keep hoping that lip balm will be in my bag but it hasn’t. I wanna try it so bad. My bag is pretty blah this month but I can’t wait to see which bag design I will get.

  36. My bag is taking a road trip,it shipped from Ft Worth Tx to Az.I live an hour away from Ft Worth.But back to the bag I’m getting both the Nyx and the trustfund lippie and they both look awesome.I would have loved to get the polish ,I’m not sure what I need to check to get nail polish because I don’t receive them and would love to

    • I had the same shipping issue, I’m outside Dallas and my bag somehow went from NC right over the gigantic state of Texas to Arizona, and pushed my estimated delivery date back 5 days? What is up with this I’m actually pretty annoyed personally.

      • Yeah me too,I thought we would be getting our bags faster .Now not only do we pay tax but our bags are off on road trips around the country.

  37. YESSS, I love that Mongongo balm too! I reach for it all the time and wish they were sending me another one this month. 🙂 I just re-started my Ipsy after 5 months off, not super impressed but am getting a full-size Ciate polish and some face masks, so I guess that makes up for everything else.

  38. I received the same exact bag Liz did & am pleased. Love the lip conditioner too! Won’t be using the NYX Illuminator though, it looks like straight up glitter! Doesn’t show it that well in the picture, but no matter how much you blend….Happy New Year!! And not in a good way. Oh well, I’ll gift it to my teenage neighbor. So happy to get a nice neutral nail color too, even though the the applicator is made for teeny-tiny fairy hands.

  39. Who else thinks the items in this Ipsy bag are SUPER TINY?! It feels like I got kid sized stuff. totally not impressed 🙁

    I got:
    Tarte Lip Crayon
    Lip Balm
    Neopolitan eyeshadow pallet
    Neuma hair cream
    and the Formula X nail polish

    Honestly I am not going to use any of it this month. Definitely a miss for me 🙁

    • I would also be interested in the lip balm for trade if there is anything else you would like to swap? I also received the Diamond Powder in Light and the Ciate Nail Polish in Paint Pot.

      • I get my nails and toes done religiously, so I don’t really use nail polish. I also have a ton of highlighter thanks to subscription bags lol. Thank you though!! If you have any brow stuff, or lighter pink lipstick.. I would be interested!!

    • I had received that Tarte crayon a few months ago. It does look small but you get many uses out of it. It has great staying power and I love it!

      • I was contemplating trying it on my lips, but it’s a risk! I don’t want to have it be “used” if I end up not liking it, and want to swap it. Oh the dilemma!

    • I got the same exact bag and am not thrilled either. Nail polish is on my “no” list but they send it anyway :/

      • It’s on my “no” list too!! I get my toes and nails done every 2-3 weeks, so I don’t really paint my nails at all, and my daughters have a ton of polish for them already. Darn it!! I am contemplating switching subs as I keep getting things that aren’t on my quiz preferences 🙁

        • Someone posted a list of the Ipsy stylists and what they like and some of your items are chosen by who is your stylist. It was on Ipsy facebook page. They really did not have any items to by for Desi, she is a mystery. Lustra and Chrispy like bold lips and highlighters, the newer ones like nail polish, mascara and eyeliner. Hope this helps. Oh and some people said that it was best sometimes to leave things blank instead of answering on your profile.

      • There really isn’t a “no list”. The quiz asks what your favorites are not what you don’t like. Also make sure you are reviewing your bags every month that can make a difference.

        • I constantly say this because people are always complaining they got something they didn’t check yes on. It’s a discovery box people, they use an algorithm to give you more of what you like but that doesn’t mean you don’t get stuff you didn’t check. They have X stock of each item and have to make bags for X subscribers, no one gets everything they want. For $10 shipped a month people expect so much!

          • I don’t have unrealistic expectations. I know for $10 there isn’t going to be full-size high-end products. And I do enjoy surprises! But after a while when there’s a pile of items I just can’t use, it’s only human to be a bit disappointed here and there. I do leave reviews so hopefully as time goes by it’ll yield better results.

    • What is everyone’s next favorite sub other than Ipsy? I think this is my last month with them as I am month-to-month and not in a long term subscription.

      • Play! By Sephora is pretty good, but less customizable. According to my calculations based on reviews on this site, Boxycharm has the highest retail value to cost ratio of all of the most popular beauty boxes, but it’s $21.

      • Ipsy is my fave…. most of the time, but my last few bags have sucked. My next fave is Allure.

  40. Such a nice bag!! I got a major case of bag envy, LIz!
    Wanted that Nyx, & TrustFund Lippie. and that X nail polish color is so pretty.

    Got another Black eyeliner (4 out 6 bags already)
    Diamond face powder
    Ciate nail polish
    Cellulose mask
    Peter lamas, have no idea what it does thingy.
    I hate this months bag. Not looking forward.
    So many other great stuff and not ONE thing i wanted that I saw in the previews and there were tons of products that I wanted.

    • From reading all the many comments on these bags for a few weeks now, I realize that when I say in my profile that I love and want eyeliner, the companies think I mean BLACK eyeliner! Unh unh!! I’m thinking those luscious MAC colors with the superskinny liner brush., not boring black.

      I don’t think most people have black eyes, do they? 🙂 Geez, curators, take a breath and think. Take a chance.

      Anyway, will change my profiles now.

      • I think eyeliner is used more in conjunction with your eyelash color or complement to your eye shadow color than your eye color.

      • I use a black liner up at least in a month…so I’m thrilled to get one in my bag…I don’t use other colors so this works from or me

  41. I got the lip balm last year from Ipsy.It is good,I used it every night.Now I’ve been really liking the Neova lip repair fromBeauty fix last month.

  42. Mine should be waiting for me when I get home. I got the Ciate paint pot, diamond face powder, and a set of 2 K Beauty masks, all of which I’m excited about.

    I also am getting the same hair treatment, which is nice but I already have about a million, and the IT Cosmetics eyeliner mini, which is also great but I have way too many black eyeliners already.

    My sister got her bag already and also got the same hair treatment, Formula X nail polish, and the Trust Fund Beauty liquid lipstick, along with the IT Cosmetics mini eyeliner and a cleanser sample.

  43. Dang, I wish I got that lip balm! I’ll look for a swap : )

  44. I got Peter lamas illuminater, NYX illuminated, 111Skin mask, Lord & Berry lip pencil, Beauty for Real black eyeliner. I’ve had the lip balm that you got and I like it. The Peter Lamas smells a little more like a primer. The NYX was darker than yours more like a gold bronzer. I really like getting black eyeliner. My daughter is still waiting on hers.

    • Bag twins! And I got the purple designed bag. I think it is really cute. It has a mermaid vibe to me, so it will fit perfect in her room.

      • Her room, meaning my daughter’s room. Sheez, brain lapse. ?

      • That’s what I got, too. ZzzzzzZzzzzz….Zzzzz… What exactly is that Peter Lamas thing? I used it…it’s a weird brown color out of the tube and didn’t seem to do anything.

        • I got the Peter Lamas complexion booster too. It felt nice going on but the only thing it seemed to do is leave behind some glitter. I’ll use up the tube to see if prolonged use makes a difference but I’m not thrilled.

    • That’s the bag I got too. I like black eyeliner but I am getting to have a ton of them now. I would have liked the nail polish or lip balm, but overall this bag was ok to me – better than my first few at least!

  45. My bag still hasn’t even shipped!!!! It said it would ship the 10th but every day since then it gets pushed back. Wonder what is going on because I have always received my bags in the first two weeks of the month.

    • Weird maybe email ipsycare? Hope you get it soon

  46. Liz – I LOVE that lip balm…I discovered it awhile ago, and I am obsessed with it! It’s definitely not just you!

    • YAY! Glad I’m not the only one! 🙂

      • Me too! My favorite lip balm ever! So jealous! ?

  47. I wish I would have gotten even just one lip product. I got my third eyeliner in the past four months and don’t even have that as a selected item in my profile while I have not received one lip product and that is one of my selected items. I am relatively new to Ipsy and have yet to be impressed with one of my bags.

    • I was the same way, all I wanted was lipglosses or lipsticks and almost never got them in a yr of subbing. I got bronzers and eyeliners which I didn’t want at all.

    • I will swap you for my Tarte lip crayon if you’d like! It’s too dark for me as I wear light pinks, or Muaves usually!

      • Sure, I would trade. I received the IT Cosmetics
        No-Tug Waterproof Mini Gel Eyeliner in black.

    • It really helps if you do the reviews. Mark down that the eyeliner is not relevant to you when you do the reviews. That should help some.

      • It’s never helped me. I always review and the results are the same. I haven’t gotten a lipstick type product in nearly a year. I’ve even gone so far as to have it as the ONLY make up item I have selected and maybe one other skin care item. The result is the same. I get nail polish, eye shadow, and brushes. The three things I repeatedly and continuously mark down and I never get the lip products like the trust fund one.

  48. My Ipsy pouch was completely different than yours – not even one item the same!

  49. So glad subscriptions seem to be sending out more neutral polishes lately.

    • Eventually, even they run out of blue and purple polishes – thank goodness!

      I gift all of those to a nine year old girl.

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