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Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review – October 2018

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!)


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Written by 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!

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Reviews, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: ipsy | ipsy glam bag plus | 159 comments

Comments (159)

  1. 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. “

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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