Ipsy Review – August 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 2017 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. This month’s design has three variations. Which one did you get?
The vinyl bag features an ombre background, pink lining, gold glitter lettering, and a gold tassel zipper pull:
I also received a booklet on Ipsy’s new cash back program for beauty purchases:
Now, on to the items!
Pacifica Coconut Blush – FULL SIZE! Value $18?
(I’m estimating on the value of this since I can’t find this exact duo online.)
The feel of the powder is nice and silky, but it does have a lot of fallout. And the pigment isn’t that great either. (I love Pacifica’s ingredient consciousness, but they often don’t deliver in the pigment department.)
That said, if you are looking for a subtle, natural-looking color, this is perfect. (Swatched in lower photo.)
The compact comes complete with a mirror in the back!
theBalm Voyage Vol. II Willkomen – .021 oz Value $2
theBalm consistently makes great eyeshadow colors, and this one lived up to that expectation. It’s a highly pigmented semi-shimmery copper.
(It’s amazing to me that theBalm uses the same sample sizes for eyeshadows/blushes/bronzers, etc. This is an acceptable size for an eyeshadow sample, but super tiny for blush/bronzer!)
AURORA X Ipsy Pro Cover-Up in Caramel Syrup – .15 oz Value $4?
This matte formula goes on light but still provides full-coverage – impressive! The problem for me is that this is too dark for my skintone, but it works well as a eyeshadow primer, so I’m good!
Here it is swatched beneath the blush duo and eyeshadow:
(Multiple swipes were used with the blush swatches to get that color.)
Marc Anthony Curl Envy – 1.5 oz Value $2
You apply this to damp hair, then scrunch and let dry naturally. The formula smells lovely and doesn’t weigh down my hair at all. My hair is a weird kind of curly, though. It’s pretty curly underneath, and wavier up top. So, even when my hair dries naturally and looks a little more defined, it’s not a great look.
But, for any non-curly girls who got this sample, the good news is that it worked well as a general styling cream, too.
Glamour Dolls Romantic Rose Blending Brush – Value $4
I get a lot of makeup brushes from Ipsy, and I have no complaints! This one features rose gold metal and pink-tipped soft bristles. Gorgeous!
Verdict: This box has a value of about $30. That’s decent for a $10 beauty subscription box, but honestly, it’s a little low for Ipsy. To be fair though, I didn’t think of this as a low-value bag until I added up all the values for this verdict. I got full-size items, and good-sized samples, so I’m happy!
What do you think of the August Ipsy Glam Bag? What items did you get in your bag?