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Ipsy Review – June 2017

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’s design is a polka dot canvas bag with a smile!

The bag is lined in black, too.

Now, on to the items!

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Game Changer – FULL SIZE! Value $10

I like the Trust Fund Beauty nail polish formulas, and I’m always happy to see them in an Ipsy glam bag!

This shade is a fluorescent coral high-shine creme. Here it is on:

Full coverage with two coats.

NYX Whipped Fouette in Plush – FULL SIZE! Value $6

I was disappointed in this as a lip color (not pigmented enough), but I love it as a blush. (It’s a lip and cheek soufflé.) The finish is matte, and it’s super easy to blend.

(Swatched in lower photo.)

theBalm Balm Springs Blush – .8 g Value $3

I’m consistently impressed with theBalm’s pressed powder products. Even though the samples are annoyingly small, it’s enough to test out the blush.

This dark rose color is very wearable for me, and I’ve found that the long-lasting promise holds up, too! The pigment is great, and very buildable.

(Swatched in lower photo.)

City Color Shimmer Shadow in Cheers to Life – FULL SIZE! Value $4

This eyeshadow is so impressive! It is intensely pigmented and shimmery! The texture of the formula almost feels creamy, too.

Here it is swatched below the NYX, and theBalm:

Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion in Coconut & Cream – 2 oz Value $3.50

(Good to know for swaps – this product has an inner foil seal.)

First, some good facts about the ingredients in this body cream It is: Cruelty-free. Vegan. Natural ingredient-driven. Gluten-free. GMO-free. Paraben-free. Phthalate-free. Made in Canada.

The formula isn’t greasy at all. In fact, it absorbed almost instantly into my skin. And the sweet, coconut scent might not be for everyone, but I’m a fan. It’s very summery to me!

Verdict: This box has a value of about $26.50. That’s good for a $10 beauty subscription box. (And that’s not counting the value of the bag.) But it is pretty low for Ipsy! If you are thinking of subscribing, I think it is safe to say that this is on the low end of what you can expect in terms of value.

This month’s Glam Bag didn’t feel low value to me, though. 3 full-size items! And the Delectable body lotion is a great sized sample, too.

What do you think of the June Ipsy Glam Bag? What items did you get in your bag?



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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!

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Cheap Subscription Boxes, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: ipsy | 61 comments

Comments (61)

  1. I love that these brands are Cruelty Free

  2. I still do not have my bag either… and tired of seeing July spoilers. Says my bag was going to ship the 13th and has not moved since! Like others posted, it does seem to get later each month.
    Almost every sub box is late this month, have to wonder what is going on

  3. My ipsy is always so late, it’s not as much fun to get it after everyone else has already reviewed and unboxed theirs and we already have spoilers for the next month. It just seems so anticlimactic. My June box doesn’t get here till next Wed, but my Boxycharm isn’t here yet either, so I’m just unlucky geographically.

  4. Every month it seems like I am getting my bag later and later. I used to get it right ok the 15th. Might cancel and use a other subscription similar. They keep giving me the same things every month. I have about 15 eyeliners and I barely ever wear it.

  5. I got the BioRepublic Green Tea and Aloe Rescue face masks, like those. Balm Springs blush, like the color,Nyx Whipped Lip and Cheek Color in Coffee Bean, not much on browns, would rather have light pinks or nudes. Skone eyeliner, this is the third eyeliner I’ve gotten with the brush, hate them all. Liked it better when I got regular stick eyeliner. And last got City Color eye shadow in Cheers to Life, a pretty bronze brown except for the fact that it’s crushed and in pieces and leaked on everything in the bag. Bags kinda cute.

  6. I got:

    NYX Professional Makeup Whipped Lip & Cheek Soufflé in cocoa bean (meh, wanted plush or pink cloud)
    Luna by Luna cosmetics in Jace (win! full size)
    Delectable coconut lotion (yummy)
    Makeup Forever Aqua XL liner in Matte black (OK)
    Kokie Cosmetics Nail Polish in Gone Rio (coral shade, haven’t tried yet. I already have a coral polish on)

    This was my first Ipsy bag and all in all I’m happy. It’s only $10 and I got to try new things.

  7. I pretty only like the makeup bag this month. I wasn’t impressed with the contents at all this month. A lil disappointed. Hopefully next month will be better!

  8. I got my bag yesterday & love everything! The coconut lotion smells amazing and it’s texture reminds me of that water drop stuff where it just absorbs immediately. I put it in my purse and will use it for hand lotion all summer. I requested the super mom lip gloss and I believe it’s full size and the color is great and it smells/tastes good also. It’s very moisturizing too. I would not feel comfortable applying without a mirror though. I wanted the game changer color in the trust fund nail polish but got what’s a budget. After Liz’s review I’m not really upset since the coral color is nothing like I had thought. The blue is pretty and has a bit of shimmer to it. I always like TheBalm samples and I don’t mind that they are small because they are so cute & it will take me forever to use that much anyway being a subscription addict on product overload. I like the color for a minimal makeup look. The doucce mascara wand looks pretty intense but I probably won’t try it for awhile since I already have 5 mascaras open that I’m using… I don’t want any more mascara but looking at all the products this month I think I got the 5 I would want most so I think ipsy is doing great on the matching! Plus getting to pick an item makes it even better.

  9. I love the eyeshadow! The blush is pretty, but I hate how tiny their samples always are. I think I’m getting three full size items too, but I’m getting a Skone eyeliner. It’s a lower value than usual, but it’s still a decent bag, and more than double what you’re paying.

  10. I am canceling Ipsy today, the products are so cheap, and my bag never arrives when it’s supposed too! Very dissatisfied!

    • I cancelled my ipsy after I received my June bag. I was disappointed. The NYX whipped in Plush is meh. No color pay off. Skone eye liner is full size, but this is my 3 liquid liner from Ipsy in the 5 months. The eye shadow Luna in Jace is cute. I also received Drm Lili Fab moisturizer, but j haven’t tried it yet. The Balm blush in Pinstripe is my favorite thing.

  11. Anyone know what the replacement item is for the Luseta dry shampoo from April? It’s not showing anything in my list of items so wasn’t sure if we’d all get the same thing or an extra random item from this month’s list????

    • I would like to know to. I haven’t heard anything yet.

      • I am supposed to get that extra product, but given my history of getting the most crappy items from ipsy, we shall see. I will let everyone know what I got for the extra item😀

      • I didn’t get it and was told l would in a email but love my bag l in my 50 and was sent skin care for my age so love it

    • Hey there, I just got my bag about an hour ago and I received not one, but TWO eye shadow brushes from Glamour Dolls! They are really cute and initially I only thought there was one. Not sure if we are all getting the same thing though

    • Reddit is showing people getting the Glamour Dolls makeup brush as the item to replace they dry shampoo.

    • I received the Glamour Dolls shadow brush as well. I posted a pic on the forum. My bag actually arrived a lot earlier than the shipping said. I received it on June 10. The brush was inside the pink, padded envelope but not in the ipsy bag (it wouldn’t fit) so make sure you check.

  12. I’m happy about ipsy but mostly about my Boxycharm this month !

  13. Did anyone else get a crazy long delivery date? Mine shipped today and they gave it delivery date of the 19th! My bag was one of the ones stuck in Stow last month for 2,weeks and I am wondering if they are anticipating it being late this month to?! Usually its 3 days hope this is not going to be a reoccuring thing.

    • It took them almost 3 weeks to update my tracking information and then I got my bag on the 3rd day!! This was my first time subscribing so I was kinda bummed but the sizes of the samples made up for it.

    • Yes! Also was stuck in stow and mine shipped today and they have the 17. I normally get mine 3 days later to.

      • Mine is estimated to be delivered on the 20th.

      • This is crazy!

      • Mine was too then it showed on usps as being scheduled for monday

      • Well they just changed my delivery date from 19th to the 21st so me getting mine anytime soon is not looking good.

    • mine hasn’t even shipped yet. 🙁

    • Mine usually gives me a date that’s pretty far, then updates and gets closer. Right now I’m expecting it on the 13th, but it could come sooner. That’s happened more than once. (As has it not arriving at all…)

      • Well mine updated and got longer!

    • Mine said Friday that it shipped and is expected on the 15th, but when I check the tracking it still just says the label was made and there’s no more info so I’m guessing the 15th will not happen at this point. Who knows, but as long as I have time to try things and review for next month I’m happy. I’ve been loving my selection these past few months!

    • I feel your pain. Was supposed to get my bag yesterday and it was shipped last Friday, but still the tracking status says it’s stuck in Georgia…my bag is coming from NC and I live in TN only an hour from the state line! This is unusual for me to not have it yet, but I’m probably just being paranoid. lol smh

  14. I got the same except instead of nail polish I am getting gold eyeliner at least it was gold in my email also showed green eye shadow but lip cheek stuff still shows Cocoa. My bag is still in warehouse . As late as my bag was last month I was hoping to get it earlier this month.

    • You won’t know what you’ll actually get til your bag arrives!

      • Yes you do, it will show in the email with the tracking info once your bag is shipped

      • What you see in app is surprise but they emailed me with my colors. On app the eye shadow shows brown but in my email it says you are getting and shows green.

  15. I painted nail polish when the nail will always be a lot of pollution next to, that is not painted the kind of good, every time you want to be painted bright and beautiful is very difficult, so I am sad.

  16. As much as I wasn’t crazy about my box, I’m grateful after seeing the alternatives.

  17. I just subscribed to ipsy this month so i wont get the bag for this month but i wanted to know if it as cool as it seems

    • I bet if you e-mail them and specifically ask for this month’s bag they’ll send one to you

  18. I can’t wait to get my bag. I’m getting 3/5 of the same products as Liz. Thanks for the great review. 🙂

  19. You got a great bag Liz.
    I love this months bag.
    Mine just shipped yesterday
    I love what I’m getting in my ipsy bag.
    I’m getting
    The Balm blush
    Lip and cheek soufflé
    Doucce mascara in black
    A beauty basic egg sponge
    St. Tropaz tanning

    • Lol same except for the tanning stuff I’m getting a cleanser instead x)

  20. Mine hasn’t shipped yet so excited can’t wait. Love the bag design this month!😍

    • Me, too! It’s my favorite by far of all they have sent this year.

  21. I’m getting the Balm blush and the lip and cheek souffle as well. I’m kind of disappointed that the souffle doesn’t make a good lip product because who needs 2 blushes in the same bag? I’m pretty happy with the rest of my bag but I’ve so used to Ipsy knocking it out of the park for me.

    • We got very similar bags – the only difference is that I got the Skyn facial cleanser and the Skone eyeliner instead of the blush and body cream. This was my first ipsy and I loved it. That eyeshadow is AMAZING and I’ve used it at least five times since I got the bag. The only product I didn’t care for as much in my bag was the cleanser. I actually loved the texture, but it has that menthol tingling sensation that always irritates my skin.

      On me, the Plush actually works well as a weekday lip – the only problem I had was that the color didn’t last long enough. But with my very fair skin tone, I often have to dilute lipstick and lip gloss with a sheer gloss for them to be acceptable colors for work.

  22. This is my first Ipsy and I’m so disappointed. Low value and things I’m just not excited to try. 🙁

    • Oh no! Sorry to hear it. 🙁 What items did you get?

      • I’m disappointed too. I got the delectable body lotion, PUR mascara, the blush balm, beauty for real eyeliner and the only thing I’m happy about, the vasanti lip gloss. The delectable body lotion has both BHT andDiazolidinyl Urea (releases formaldehyde) in it and the balm has retinyl palmitate, which are ingredients considered less than healthy if you do some research. Lots of chemicals in these products I don’t want on my skin. May switch to another sub. What I don’t understand is that Ipsy has good products too, but no matter what I say in my reviews, I don’t seem to get the healthier ones..too bad.

  23. I got my bag #2 today; #2 meaning that I started it a few months ago in addition to the bag I was already getting because I love ipsy that much (and I can swap away what I don’t care for). This bag came from Southern California up to Oregon. #1 bag is due on the 13th and is coming from North Carolina.

    This is the first bag I can remember that I really like everything, and I was NOT expecting that when I looked at my spoilers page. It seems that they are trying harder to look at color preferences.

    NYX Lip & Cheek Soufflé in Pink Cloud — I hate nudes on me, and dark lipsticks are only good if I’m going punk for the day/night. Orange / coral / peach shades don’t work on me … but this one is more pink-y than coral-y and just swatching on my hand it looks like it might work.

    Balm Springs Blush — the color is probably too dark for me and I don’t wear blush much, but I just love these theBalm samples, they’re too damn cute!

    Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Game Changer — Orange. great. And I don’t really care for creams, I’m more of a glimmer girl. But! This is so insanely neon orange, I could go for a walk at night and wouldn’t need any other bright colored gear to be seen. Hello, 80s, it’s so good to see you again!

    BioRepublic Skin Care masks in Aloe Rescue and Green Tea Detox — I don’t go out in the sun, but my super dry skin my love the aloe mask anyway, and detox is always good.

    City Color Shimmer Shadow in Beach Cottage– yeah, bronze is really pretty, but I’ve got a million of of them. This green one tho? YASSS GAGA!! Mermaid lagoon with gold glimmer. This is the kind of color that you swatch on the back of your hand, then for the rest of the afternoon you pause for a moment to admire it, turning your hand at different angles to see how the colors change.

    The bag itself? Ugh. So Lip Monthly. They could have done so much with this month’s theme, which I love, but this?? The only good part is the cloud zipper pull.

  24. That polish color is nothing like it looks in the spoilers and on ipsy…

    • No kidding – I thought it looked more like a red which is why I requested it.

  25. I just got mine but a different variation that I like. MY polish is Margaret Dabbs London
    Treatment-Enriched Nail Polish in Green Daylily and I got DOUCCE mascara.

    I love the polish I got and I’m happy to have the mascara but I love this variation too with the pretty coral polish 😊

    • I love my polish, too! I think it’s my favorite thing I’ve ever gotten!

  26. Im getting the same bag as you Liz!!!!

    • Bag twins! 👯 🙂

  27. Mine hasn’t even shipped yet!

  28. I had to skip this month 🙁 wasn’t super excited… can’t wait to resubscribe next month tho

    • I skipped this bag and will resub later… Wasn’t thrilled with the spoilers.

  29. Wow you get yours fast! I just got my tracking today…

  30. This is my exact bag ! Lol

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