Ipsy Review – March 2018
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 bag is a black and white design with pink zipper accents.
And Ipsy included two markers to color this bag as well:
The ink on these wasn’t the best. The green one was pretty messy:
Still fun, though!
Now, on to the items!
Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara – .1 oz Value $8
I’m so glad Ipsy included this brand new Benefit release in the bag this month! This is officially my new favorite mascara – it made my lashes SO LONG! (I love it so much I just bought more for backup.)
I was surprised to see it doesn’t get only 5-star reviews on Sephora, but it seems like some people had issues with clumping. I didn’t apply enough layers to have any clumping issues, but I only needed 2 layers to have amazingly long lashes. I actually said “Wow!” out loud when I first applied this.
I think the trick is to go slow, let the formula somewhat dry before applying the second layer (if you need it), and make sure to remove any excess product from the wand before applying.
Nip + Fab Exfoliate Glycolic Scrub Fix – 20 ml Value $2.65
I tried this and I loved it – it has a light grapefruit scent, and the micro exfoliant is gentle enough that I could use it daily. But after using it I looked at the ingredients and realized that it is made with microbeads.
Tarte Sex Kitten Eyeliner – .1 g Value $10
This eyeliner goes on smoothly, is super pigmented, and doesn’t budge once it sets. (It’s designed for tightlining, so it’s waterproof, too.)
(Swatched in lower photo.)
Steve Laurant Lip Oil in Orchid – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $18
This lip oil is tinted oil in the tube but goes on completely clear. The finish is glossy but not too sticky.
Here it is swatched beneath the eyeliner:
Not sure if you can even see the gloss in this picture!
Ahava Time to Clear Purifying Mud Mask – 20 ml Value $7
I’m sampled this before and I’m a fan for two reasons:
- This is a 2-minute mask! (Yay for quick beauty treatments!)
- It makes my skin feel super soft!
Verdict: This box has a value of about $45.65. I think that’s a great value, and I’m happy with the sizes of the items and the glam bag design this month, too! The mascara is such a great discovery for me, and almost everything else is a hit.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $10 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Mascara: $1.75
- Eyeliner: $2.19
- Lip Gloss: $3.94
- Nip + Fab: $.59
- Ahava: $1.53
- 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 March Ipsy Glam Bag? What items did you get in your bag?