Ipsy Review – September 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.
Black + gold accents = exactly my style, so I’m loving the glam bag design this month! The faux pyramid stud texture is a nice addition, too.
And you get a pop of blue with the lining:
Now, on to the items!
Gellusion Gel-Effect Polish in Capricorn – FULL SIZE! Value $11
This is a 9-free, cruelty-free, vegan nail polish brand.
The formula is designed to give you a gel-look without the gel manicure. I think the look is pretty impressive. Here it is on:
I like the winter berry color! (Two coats for full coverage.)
ColourPop Brow Boss in Light Brown – FULL SIZE! Value $5
This eyebrow pencil has a twist up pencil on one side and a spoolie on the other:
The shade is probably one shade too light for me, but it still worked. I loved the precision I could get with this fine pencil, too. (Swatched in lower photo.)
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Radiance – .25 oz Value $9.75
Smashbox primer shows up a lot in subscription boxes, but I think this is the first time I’ve seen a Radiance version sample!
It gives a beautiful overall glow and would work well even if you don’t apply foundation after. (In fact, that’s probably the only way you can truly appreciate the glow, as my full coverage foundation covered it up!)
Pixi Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey – 4.5 g Value $4
(This blush duo is only available in full size when paired with a Kabuki brush, so to estimate value, I’m cutting the value in half. Assuming the full-size blush is $9, and the brush is $9.)
I like Pixi products, but I’ve found that they aren’t always consistent in pigment. In this case, the darker, peachy shade has much better pigment than the lighter shade.
Here are both of the shades swatched beneath the brow pencil and the primer:
Even with the minor pigment issue, I’m loving both of these shades!
Skin Food Black Sugar Mask – .36 oz Value $1
This is a pretty small sample by Ipsy standards, but I didn’t end up liking this mask, so it really wouldn’t have made a difference if they had sent the full-size version! When I read the name “Skinfood” I assumed this would be full of ingredients that were great for you skin to “eat up” but, not so much. (BHT, Parabens, and fragrance are all in the formula.)
My other issue with this mask is the scent. I was really hoping for a sweet sugar smell, but it just smells like a cleaning product to me. Those issues aside, it did exfoliate and moisturize my skin, so I have to give them credit there.
Verdict: This box has a value of about $30.75. That’s decent for a $10 beauty subscription box, but honestly, it’s a little low for Ipsy. With the exception of the mask, I like everything in this bag. It isn’t a WOW month, but it’s solid! (And they get bonus points for the super chic bag!)
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, if you sign up in this month, you’ll get next month’s box as your first box. (And Ipsy is often in waitlist mode, so sign up asap if you are interested.)
Value Breakdown: At $10 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Nail Polish: $3.58
- ColourPop Brow Pencil: $1.63
- Smashbox Primer: $3.16
- Pixi Blush Duo: $1.30
- Mask: $.33
- Bag – Not counted toward value
Good to know: Ipsy sends out variations. You may get a completely different bag than me.
What do you think of the September Ipsy Glam Bag? What items did you get in your bag?