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Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review – October 2018

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanOct 13, 2018 | 159 comments

4 overall rating
1862 Ratings | 349 Reviews

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus is a $25 a month new subscription option from Ipsy. Every month you’ll receive 5 full-sized beauty products. The box will have a retail value of at least $120. And you’ll receive an actual makeup bag once a quarter.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

The Subscription Box: Ipsy Glam Bag Plus

The Cost: $25 a month (free shipping)

The Products: Full-size makeup and beauty products every month. (Plus a bonus makeup bag once every 3 boxes!)

Ships to: US

Delivered via: USPS

Check out all of my Ipsy Glam Bag Plus reviews!

Each quarter, Ipsy Glam Bag plus subscribers will get a premium makeup bag in addition to their 5 items. (That means you’ll receive a box of 5 beauty items every month, but a glam bag only once every 3 boxes.)

This one is a beautiful faux blush suede with burgundy accents.

Here I am holding it to give you a better sense of scale:

This box also comes with a card detailing the items included:

Now, on to the items!

EYEKO Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $22

This is a pitch black, precise liquid eyeliner. Easy to use, and that’s good because it is smudge-proof as soon as it sets!

(Swatched in lower photo.)

SMASHBOX COSMETICS Cover Shot Eye Palette in Bold Glitter – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $29

I have a ton of palettes thanks to subscription boxes, but I don’t have any like this! Every shade is packed with pigment and glitter! And it’s surprisingly pretty easy to blend out, too.

(Swatched in lower photo.)

MORPHE High Impact Highlighter in Extra – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $14

This highlighter is a peachy gold, with lots of micro shimmer. I swatched it with a heavy hand below so you could see the color and shimmer, but one soft brush stroke is the perfect subtle highlight application for me!

Here it is swatched beneath the eyeliner and the palette:

Those eyeshadow colors!

PURLISSE Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask + Exfoliant – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $48

I’ve sampled a lot of Purlisse over the years, but this mask is actually new to me! You apply a thin layer, let it dry (about 10 minutes), then remove with water in circular motions. (The mask has fine exfoliant particles, so you benefit from those when you remove it!)

I loved how clean and smooth my skin felt after removing it, and it was gentle on my skin, too.

LXMI Pure Nilotica Melt Nourishing Balm-to-Oil – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $28

This balm is just one ingredient: 100% organic cold-pressed Nilotica Fruit Butter. I’ve sampled this brand before and liked it, so I was excited to see this in the box. The formula is a thick balm (you have to work to get it out of the tube!) and a little goes a long way, so it should last me for a while. It takes a bit of time to absorb, but I love that it didn’t have a greasy finish some balms can have.

It’s great for any dry skin (elbows, cuticles, ankles, etc.) and also works as an overnight mask.

TARTE Maneater Voluptuous Mascara – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $23

I didn’t think tarte could do any better than their Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara (my all-time favorite), but this one is a serious contender. It has a short-bristle brush which allows you to get really close to the lash line, and the lash definition is amazing! I applied multiple layers to get the volume + length I wanted and had zero clumping issues. Tarte, you’ve done it again!

Verdict: This box has a value of about $164 not counting the makeup bag. I think that’s amazing for a $25 box! And this is one of those boxes where I liked everything even more after I tried it, so I’m very happy with the selections this month. (I pay full price for tarte mascara if I have to, so this is essentially like getting everything else in the box for $2!)

FYI – Every subscriber received 6 products this month from this list of 8. So your Glam Bag Plus box may vary slightly from mine.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but current Ipsy subscribers may be eligible to upgrade their subscription with the November. If you want an Ipsy Glam Bag Plus subscription, get on the waitlist here.

What do you think of the October Ipsy Glam Bag Plus? Which items did you get? (If anyone got the POPSUGAR Lip Balm, let me know if you recommend it!)

IPSY Glam Bag ($12 per month) is one of the most popular and affordable subscriptions around, and our readers have selected it as one of the top beauty boxes for the last 5 years running! IPSY Glam Bag connects members with five makeup, skincare, hair care, and other beauty samples each month, plus ... read more.
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!

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!
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My LXMI Melt had a date of 05/04/18 on the end of the tube. I emailed Ipsy asking if this was an expiration date and here is their reply.

“I definitely understand your concern. We heard back from LXMI, and the date printed on your Pure Nilotica Melt is the production date.

Rest assured that we work very closely with our brand partners and production team to maintain strict quality control standards and ensure that products are safe for use.

I hope this helps! Let me know if I can help with anything else. “

Jennifer A Vaughn

is just one if my multiple bad experiences with ipsy.I’m curious if anything like this has happened to anyone else with Ipsy. I had a $5 ipsy Cash and decided to purchase one of their daily offers. I then got an email last night stating they canceled my order and wouldn’t be refunding the $5 ipsy cash. I emailed them of course to try to figure out what happened… their response was that it was flagged as a fraudulent / unusual charge. I even called my cc company to make sure it wasn’t from their end which is wasn’t. It also isn’t a new card, it’s the same one I always use with ipsy. I’m beyond frustrated and to me it seems like they didn’t want to honor the $5 ipsy cash. I haven’t made an unusual amount of purchases from them either. I usually get something once a month if that. Has anyone else had an experience like this. I’m so frustrated, I don’t know if there is anything else I can do. Also if it was flagged why not contact me personally before canceling my order?!? *UPDATE* I’m really in shock right now. So basically when I pushed further to find out what the reason was for them flagging & canceling my order for being fraudulent their response was basically due to their company policy that they couldn’t release the information…. it’s my account WTH! I even responded that to them & this was their response

“As my colleague mentioned, your order was deemed fraudulent per our internal checks at ipsy; I’m sorry that I’m unable to share further info. ”

I’m seriously almost to the point of canceling both of my subs from them.


Wow that is crazy, i’ve never heard of anything like that happening, honestly that’s a lot of craziness for them to go through to save 5 bucks. It sounds like something was honestly flagged as suspicious and they were trying to protect your account.


My Morphe highlighter arrived totally shattered. I sent ipsy a photo and they replied within a couple of hours on a Saturday no less! They’re issuing a $5 credit card refund and sending one surprise item since they ran out of the Morphe. I am very satisfied since I’m not a highlighter fan anyway.

Cary San

I received my bag and I like my bag better in person. I still feel like it was a bait and switch. The items that I like are the pink bag, the mud mask, and the setting spray. The mascara is OK but the highlighter and glitter eyeshadow are a total miss. I wish I would have gotten the balm lotion. The eyeliner will be used but not a favorite. I hated the items when spoiled but warmed up to half of it when received. I put my account on hold and hopefully will get spoilers in advanced to take off the hold in November if not I will not receive November and will be happy either way because glam plus is to random at this point.


I’m Not even able to get on a Waitlist yet let alone getting the Plus Bag! I have been a ipsy subscriber for 3 yrs Now I’m Not even being considered yet to receive a Plus Bag! Very irritating.


So besides being possibly expired/gritty feeling, did anyone else notice the smell of the lippie?? Mine’s super nasty; which makes me think maybe it is expired. Thank God for the mascara or my box would have been a total loss for me. Idk why, but I’m still mad about not getting that spray! Lol.


Mine was gritty & enough so that it’s really unwearable for me. I did not notice a weird smell but, man, I wish I would’ve received the mask instead. This is the first product from the popsugar make up line that I’ve tried. I wonder how other items are being received.


anyone else STILL waiting on their glam bag plus or am i the only one, its only the 18th and im still waiting. im only going to be annoyed with one item i dont wear mascara and what do you know im getting it grrr i rather have the setting spray,,,but still waiting


I just received my ipsy Plus today.


I’m Still waiting to even get on a waitlist and/or get a Ipsy Plus Bag! I have been an ipsy subscriber for 3 yrs now and Still NO Plus Bag! GRRRR! I don’t know what the Deal is, But it’s irritating me.

Ryan Guerin

Me too! Been a ipsy subscriber Just about 3 years now (& I get 2 bags) yet we get NO EMAIL?!?
That alone almost makes me wanna cancel. I’m seriously so upset!


Yes I’m still waiting for my box as well


I received mine today. Box is beat up but all looks great


I emailed Ipsy about the nearly expired popsugar balm and the 5 month expired lotion. They replied that the balm was mislabeled (makes you wonder about the quality control of popsugar..) and they ignored my inquiry about the expired lotion. IMO sending out 5 month expired products to your customers is unacceptable.
I’m honestly so fed up with Ipsy and how they’ve been doing things as of late. It all seems so shady.


I just got my Glam Bag Plus today and I LOVE it.

The only product I won’t use is the Eyeko eyeliner and it’s as much because it’s made in PRC and is ” Eyeko” brand as anything else. I toss all their products.

Love the shadows.

The LMXI balm does have a different smell and it is hard to get out of the tube. I knead the tube gently to warm it between my hands and also soften it up a bit before opening.
The product I had from Sephora has the exact same smell. It’s the fruit used to make the balm.

Mascara is great, I really like it.

SO UPSET with Popsugar’s lip balm being all grainy when applied. What I think it happening is the sunscreen is not dispersing correctly in the oils. They should have left the sunscreen out of a lip product! Many people are allergic to the chemical sunscreens and the lips are especially vulnerable as they are mucous membrane tissue.

I have written an email to Ipsy about the lip balm but other than that, it’s almost a perfect bag for me. The eyeshadow colors are very true and not muddy and I love that most of all.

It’s a winner for me and now I wish I hadn’t cancelled mine based on other people’s opinions. With mine in hand, I truly think it’s worth so much more than I paid.

Popsugar’s stock has gone way down in my estimation for their spoiled product though. I am AMAZED that they would send either old stock or boxes with the wrong dates to another subscription bag at a time when they’ve had to reorganize their own business model. That’s a total FAIL. Popsugar!

I’d recommend this bag to anyone who wants full sized skincare and makeup at an affordable price. I’m stunned, because I’ve paid almost $50 for the LMXI balm all by itself! 😉


Happy with the box but got that organic balm oil and it’s so hard to get out the tube but the date says 05/04/18. Is this expired as well or is that the manufactured date?? Other than that I’m happy especially if we get that pretty palette next month


I want the bag so so bad! I am seriously willing to buy it from someone because i am obsessed!!


I’m really pleased with my bag. I didn’t get the mask or liner (which I don’t use) I got the setting spray and mascara. I really liked the brands. I love my Boxycharm, but I was really pleased that only 1 product from ipsy was made in China (morphe). I’d pay more for items not made in China. But I don’t mind receiving made in PRC. I’ll happily donate or swap them.


“I’d pay more for items not made in China. But I don’t mind receiving made in PRC.”
FYI, PRC = Peoples Republic of CHINA – HATE that they package items with that label since they know people are avoiding items made in China, & a LOT of people don’t realize that they are actually buying an item made there.


PRC is mainland China; however, ROC is Taiwan.

Nicole McCollum

Yeah that us the trouble with these sub boxes sometimes….we are getting potentially expired products, that’s how they can send so much out for cheap, it’s kind of gross if you really think about it…is ipsy doing anything about the expired lip balms??

Christina B

I got a response from Ipsy about the lip balms! Apparently they reached out to PopSugar who said there was a mistake on the expiration date. It should say 12/19. The rep did say I would be receiving an extra item in my next box to make up for that. I’m sure they’ll be sending an extra item to everyone then?


I am guessing that this is why this item was included. PopSugar couldn’t sell this in stores with the misprint.


Finally after many emails and jumping through hoops, I received an email back that actually answered my questions regarding the lip balm. I got the same response that “it actually doesn’t expire until December 2019!” They did say they were gonna refund me $5 and some change.. So I’m guessing it just depends on who you talk to as to if you get a refund, extra product next month, or them just apologizing. Its a little crazy considering it was a big deal with a lot of people. They should have decided on what they were gonna do for everyone and stick to one thing. 🤷


I don’t trust the explanation of its it’s a misprint. That’s a pretty big deal. And all of the sudden, it should of said 2019 instead of 2018…? It’s plausible. But it just seems unlikely.


Hrmmmm…I sent an email too and received a response about the wrong expiration date but received no offer of an additional item. 🙁


ANOTHER Eyeko black liner? Seriously Ipsy- that brand is awful!

If you’re happy with the products- good for you- but I’m sticking with the basic option for now.

Nothing except the mascara & eyeshadow interests me- they seriously need to step up their game!


The value seems to be there considering the items are full size but it just doesn’t tempt me yet. About the gritty balms… sometimes products with shea butter will turn a bit gritty with age and exposure to air. It happened to one of my Burt’s Bee’s balms after I had used it awhile. I guess that’s why I like to go into the stores to buy my skincare items, I know they will be fresh. With more products going organic and/or more natural, their shelf life is shorter. I like to know I have fresh products. It seems like people are not blown away by this new ipsy glam bag. It’s the poor customer service comments that worry me the most and hold me back from subbing with this company.


Honestly I have definitely complained about this bag myself, and am still very sour about the way they hyped this bag up, I expected the first plus bag to be the best one. But I do absolutely love ipsy and I would recommend them %100. So Try not to let it hold you back, people just need to vent sometimes, but all of us complaining (including myself) are all still subbed, so that definitely says something 🙂


I make lip balm and mine does that too when it, I guess, starts to dry out. That was about a yr after making. Still worked but was gritty.


I am very disappointed as well but I’m hoping Ipsy turns this around because the idea is great. Do you think they read MSA reviews? I know I’ve seen some other box/brand reps respond to people’s comments on here.

My biggest gripe is the statement that the bags were personalized to our profile which is a terribly misleading if not blatantly false statement. Yes I received two skin items, which is accordance with my profile, but with only 8 items to choose from and several of those items things most people over 25 wouldn’t purchase if they were paid too, to say it was personalized is just untrue. Hopefully they’ll take the response and feedback and turn this mess around.


I got my BoxyCharm and my Plus bag on Friday and I am sooo freakin happy. I got the spray and omg the highlighter! I never used it before and WOW. I was rockin it:)

I am sorry for you all who got the lipbalm…im sure they will fix it for you!


That’s great!!! I actually loathe that spray, so I lucked out by not getting it!! Hopefully people will be happy with what they received…although, sadly, that doesnt seem to be what’s happening!!


I was not a fan of my first and last glam bag plus experience.

In my opinion, Ipsy definitely did pull a bait-and-switch with the bag’s items. The influencer items were far more exciting and coveted products. Even if it is stated the items will not be the same for customers, Ipsy purposefully chose those more exciting and coveted products to convince potential customers that type of stuff is what they’d be getting.

And throwing in an Eyeko eyeliner for free doesn’t make it all better.

I had no highlighters and mascara noted on my Ipsy account through customer service. Ipsy gave me both. They didn’t take those notations into account when they made the bag. Were they not able to the first time out? Then they should have stated that fact. Which brings me to my next point.

Ipsy lied when they kept saying these bags were customized for each person based on profile. It’s obvious they were not. Why not just say the truth? That they weren’t this first time but would be later? That would have been acceptable! Just be truthful!

Finally, when I reached out to Ipsy about my disappointment, I received a generic email that literally didn’t address any of my concerns. I didn’t ask for a refund. I didn’t ask for switched out items. I just said can someone please give this to a supervisor or someone who can answer my questions or just acknowledge that mistakes were made here!

My first and last glam bag experience showed me that Ipsy is a juggernaut corporation that couldn’t care less about customer satisfaction or reputation. They care about $$$$$, and money alone. Sure, a company is about making money. But a good company also builds a reputation for excellent customer service and satisfaction.

Oh, and the highlighter I never wanted and shouldn’t have received was smashed in box. And I’m hearing expired or about to expire lip balms were included.

The way you express yourself to companies that won’t answer your concerns is through your wallet. I canceled and won’t be back.


You are 100% right. Ipsy has lied to me via email several times. After I wrote to express my displeasure with the bait-and-switch they did with the Glam Bag Plus, I also received the generic response email. When I wrote them back, and cataloged a few of my other problems with them, they just offered to cancel my subscription. I think if they were so proud of the items that they gave to the subscribers, why didn’t they have the influencers market those products? They knew good and well that if they had marketed the products that they put in the Glam plus bag, no one would have upgraded, and that is why they charged people’s cards before they gave any spoilers. It was very unethical, sneaky and borderline scammy.


I have sent Ipsy an email 2 or 3 times, about their crappy bags, the smaller ones. I was sick of getting the same things over and over, and, the items they do send were not on my beauty preference list. The reply that I received, said that they pick all products from my preference list and they also use my reviews from each bag. They added that my lack of reviews for each bag could affect what I receive. That’s news to me!!! Why do they have us fill out our preferences? I replied that after the founder of Ipsy, Michelle Phan, left the company, it has been going downhill even since. No replies were sent from them. I decided to give the fullsize box a try. I haven’t received mine yet but we shall see.


I followed the steps to get on the waitlist but it takes me to open a regular account which I already have. Does anyone know what’s going on with this?


I couldn’t get to waitlist either from the MSA link. Very annoying.

Ipsy has explained before that that have a limited number of bag variations so they look at your profile and see which best fits you. Seems fair enough…since going person by person and making individual boxes, all different, wouldn’t be practical.


Well… no one is talking about doing it manually, but it’s easy enough to write a program that would determine that.

I mean, you can even do something like that in Excel.


What is the best way to get on the waitlist? This link does not work no matter what you do.

Tina Curnutt

Email ipsycare and ask to be put on the GBP seems to get the ball rolling faster! Hope you get on and off the list very soon!


Was so excited to get my Ipsy Glam Bag Plus. Tracking shows delivered in mailbox yesterday. Just checked, no package. 😡 Last week the mail carrier gave me someone else’s package. I had theirs so we switched. This week? No clue where my package is.


With it shipping DHL, keep in mind when they say delivered, they mean to the Post Office.

You should be seeing it in a day or two.

Otherwise, yes, take the USPS tracking number and go with that.


It shows DHL delivered to post office. Then shows delivered by USPS delivered to mailbox. It’s to the point that I feel like I should get a PO Box. We’ve had a lot of problems with her messing up the mail. Only 1 time did I not get a package, but lots of times I had to call post office to tell them she gave me the wrong package.


Usps can pull up the location where a package is scanned, I usually just call or go to our post office, it’s happened more times than I’d like to remember.


I hope they find it. Will call tomorrow. Ugh!! 🙄

Shannon B Fess

Hello, I have read a lot of comments. Not one person mentioned that we got 6 full size items instead of the 5 that is what we are going to be getting in future Glam Bags. Thank you Ipsy for sending the extra product very grateful!! I am beyond happy with my Glam Bag Plus


I would be grateful if one of mine wasn’t the nearly expired and wrongly textured lip balm. With that into consideration, I got five useable products, which is what was promised.

Susan P

The insert in the box says that they gave us an extra item to welcome us to Glam Bag Plus.


What extra item? I didn’t get any extra item. Only received the 5 items that was shown in my email spoiler. I’m so over Ipsy and their poor service.


it says current subscribers can upgrade but I don’t see any way to do that?


I wonder the same thing. Why is it open to only certain ppl?


I received an email offering to upgrade


I received a similar box, except instead of the eyeliner I received the setting spray. I am so excited to have gotten this variation. My daughter and I went through everything together and she came up with the idea to try the setting spray in her hair, it left the prettiest hint of glitter. We will have fun playing with the glitter eyeshadows together as well. I’m happy with all of it.

Nurse Jen

Just got my box yesterday. I received the lip balm which does have an expiration date of 12/18. Kinda disappointed they would send an almost expired product, but I wonder if it’s the sunscreen component that won’t be as effective. If so, that doesn’t bother me too much as we’re heading in to shorter days and less sun. I’m going to wear this at work indoors anyway.

I like the product. Mine was not gritty like others have noticed. Shade is nice and buildable. I’m going to give it the 10 hr work day test to see if it’s worth buying.


We received the same bag. I could be incorrect but I almost remember the color pop having 2 options. One was a lip balm and the other was a lip scrub ( I’m using the wrong word) to exfoliate your lips. Mine says Be Sweet Tinted lip balm. Mine is very creamy.


Mine expires in dec. And is the lip balm. It was very gritty feeling and not comfortable on the lips at all. Of course I have emailed them 2 times now about it with no response. 😑


that is too soon. I would complain about it and get another item. I have tinted sunscreen lippies and they do not expire in less than a couple of months. Also, I just want to say – just because there is less sun doesn’t mean it isn’t as damaging. If you live in an area where you get snow, the sun and clouds will reflect off the snow and bounce back up to your face.

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