Ipsy Review – September 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
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’m not sure how I feel about the deisgn, but I like the material and texture of the bag, and the gold zipper and Ipsy tag are a nice accent!
Now onto the items!
Trestique Mini Highlight Stick in Maldives – .04 oz Value $6.50
If you haven’t received Trestique in an Ipsy bag before, you may be thinking, “Where’s the cap?”
Voila! (Confession – the first time I received one of these Trestique crayons in an Ipsy bag I assumed the cap had fallen off and searched my Ipsy bag for it!)
I’ve been consistently impressed with the Trestique formulas I’ve sampled. This highlighter glides on and is super easy to blend out, too. Here it is swatched:
It matches my skin tone well, so it was a little hard to capture in the picture, but the shimmer is there!
Waxing Kara Sweet Lips Organic Honey Lip Balm – FULL SIZE! Value $10
Ipsy sends out the best lip balms! (Jersey Shore is another excellent brand.) This lip balm is moisturizing, unscented, and gives a hint of shine, too.
Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Nail Polish in Va Voom – FULL SIZE! Value $6
This polish is described as a deep purple creme, and it looks that way in the bottle. But! On my nails, it reads more cobalt blue:
That’s full coverage with only one coat, too! I’m not always excited to see Be A Bombshell Cosmetics products in beauty boxes, but this nail polish formula is pretty great!
Clark’s Botanicals Age-Defying Radiance Cream – 10 ml Value $23.80
I’ve sampled Clark’s Botanicals before, and I’ve been about 50/50 on whether or not the formula irritates my skin. This radiance cream is a winner – it felt gentle and absorbed quickly and left my skin super soft.
IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara – 5 ml Value $13.30
This is actually a little over half the size of the full-size version! I’m always ready to try out a new mascara formula, and I love IT Cosmetics, so I was SO excited to see this sample in my Ipsy glam bag!
The formula itself is great. It provided awesome length and volume, and I was able to apply many layers without any clumping either.
Verdict: This box has a value of about $59. That’s great for a $10 subscription box (And that’s not counting the value of the makeup bag!) And every item this month was a hit for me!
What do you think of the September Ipsy Glam Bag? What was your favorite discovery?