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Ipsy Review #2 – January 2018

Ipsy January 2018 - Package sealed

Ipsy
4 overall rating
1863 Ratings | 350 Reviews

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!

Ipsy January 2018 - Package open

This is one of Liz’s top recommendations if you are looking for a beauty box – the value and sample sizes are amazing. (Check out our 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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Ipsy January 2018 - Contents

About Ipsy

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

Ipsy January 2018 Review

 

This month’s bag features makeup, skincare, and hair products. Let’s see what I got:

Ipsy January 2018 - Info Front

Ipsy January 2018 - Info back

The front of the included card this month gives you a saying to complete, “I will conquer ________.” They then want ask you to post a picture on social media. The text on the back  explains the theme for this month, “Game Face”.

Ipsy January 2018 - Bag

Ipsy January 2018 - Bag and closeup of the zipper

Each month, Ipsy subscribers get a makeup bag in addition to their 5 items.

This month, the bag has a sporty feel with blue mesh and neon yellow and pink reflective materials. Super cute for tossing in your gym bag.

Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lip Scrub, 8ml

Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lip Scrub, 8ml

Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lip Scrub, 8ml – Retail Value $8

This lip scrub smells SO good, like vanilla sugar. It has a good amount of scrubbing power and wipes away easily leaving my lips smooth and ready for lip color.

Alterna Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Leave-In Hair Perfector, 25ml

Alterna Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Leave-In Hair Perfector, 25ml open

Alterna Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Leave-In Hair Perfector, 25ml – Estimated Value $8.78 (Buy a 74 ml tube for $26 or 150 ml tube for $42)

My hair can always use more moisture so I use leave-in conditioners every time I style. This stuff smells great and isn’t too heavy. It does have dimethicone in it, so it won’t work if you are trying to avoid silicones (like in the curly-girl method).

Bellápierre StayPut Brow Gel in Cardamom, 2.3g

Bellápierre StayPut Brow Gel in Cardamom, 2.3g open

Bellápierre StayPut Brow Gel in Cardamom, 2.3g closeup open

Bellápierre StayPut Brow Gel in Cardamom, 2.3g – Retail Value $25

This is a waxy brow gel that fills in and holds brows in place. This shade would be perfect for someone with slightly lighter brows than me. I like the formula but, because it was too light, it wouldn’t blend in and look natural. The built-in brush is a convenient idea.

Dirty Little Secrets Eye Shadow in Bikini, 1.5g

Dirty Little Secrets Eye Shadow in Bikini, 1.5g

Dirty Little Secrets Eye Shadow in Bikini, 1.5g – Retail Value $12

This eyeshadow is a metallic copper that really has some shine to it. It is easy to blend and has big color payoff. You can see how I used it dry below but with a damp brush, you can get a high foil look.

Ciaté Fierce Flicks Precision Tip Liquid Liner, 1.7ml – Retail Value $19

A felt tip liner with an intense opaque black color. Yes! And, all-day wear with no flaking or smudging.

Ipsy January 2018 - swatches

Swatches of the brow gel, eyeliner, and eyeshadow.

Here is a look with the brow gel, eyeliner, and eyeshadow. I used only the included eyeshadow on my lids and applied it with a dry brush.

Verdict: This Ispy Glam Bag has a value of about $72.78. That is so great for a cost of $10. And, 4 of the 5 products are full-size! I think that is a great way to try new products without much risk. My favorite item is the lip scrub because I have been wanting to try one that isn’t DIY. The brow gel wasn’t the exact shade for me but I liked trying the product type. The bag is cute and feels sturdy too!

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. (Check out our Ipsy Spoilers to see what’s coming up next)

Value Breakdown: At $10 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Lip Scrub – $1.10
  • Hair Cream – $1.21
  • Brow Gel – $3.44
  • Eyeshadow – $1.65
  • Liquid Liner – $2.61
  • Bag – Not counted toward value

Good to know: Ipsy sends out variations. You may get a completely different bag than me.

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!

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

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Tiffany Waldorf
Tiffany Waldorf
Tiffany found out about subscription boxes from a friend who followed MSA. The curiosity started with mystery beauty boxes and grew into an addiction from there. Beauty, clothes, home...she loves the sight of a subscription box in the mail.

Tiffany Waldorf
Tiffany Waldorf
Tiffany found out about subscription boxes from a friend who followed MSA. The curiosity started with mystery beauty boxes and grew into an addiction from there. Beauty, clothes, home...she loves the sight of a subscription box in the mail.
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17 comments

Sabrina J

It’s so strange but every review and unboxing I’ve seen from this month is completely different from what I received! For one thing, I got an organic coffee body scrub which I haven’t seen in anyone else’s bags

Rhenn Rainbow

I was really disappointed I didn’t get Bellápierre StayPut Brow Gel in Cardamom. Anyone want to sell?

Alexandria

Oooh that lip scrub sounds awesome!

Diana

I was pretty disappointed by mine. I got Heavy Cream by Cake Beauty (which is nice but I’m tired of vanilla or coconut haha), the Trust Fund Beauty lip scrub, a Kokie Cosmetics liquid lipstick (in literally the same shade I’ve gotten 3 times in the 4 previous bags), Emma nail polish in a pastel purple (which is really cheap stuff and not my colour at all), and the Mary Lou-manizer from theBalm (which EVERYONE I know got in their bag).

Deedee

Got the same exact bag. And pretty much had the same thoughts as you also

Luna

I didn’t get that Lou-manizer, but I did get a black eyeliner!

heather

What is on your lips please? So lovely!

Tiffany Waldorf

Thanks, Heather! It is BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Boss.

heather

Thank you!

Toni

I would have loved to try that brow product, I have very light eyebrows

ColleenT.

You have a natural way of just making any kind of makeup look good on you.

Tiffany Waldorf

Thanks so much, ladies!

Sharon in SE TX

I agree! Tiffany’s makeup is always so nice.

Anie Chen

The brow gel looks real good on you!

Angie

I have this eyeshadow from ipsy too . Only this was from my very first ipsy bag in October of last year! I love this eyeshadow and looks like u got a lot of goodies☺️ Lucky u, my ipsy bag was far from good 😔 looking gorgeous 😊

Ks

You look great! That eyebrow gel is a perfect match

Laura

I think so too.

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