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Ipsy Review #2 – September 2018

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Ipsy is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription box. Each month you get full-size or deluxe-sized products, plus a cute makeup bag.

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 September 2018 review

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: the US and Canada

Delivered via: USPS

Visit the Ipsy Swap Page to swap for any of the items you see in this review!

Ipsy September 2018 Review

My bag this month features skincare, hair care, and makeup. Let’s see what I got!

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

This month, subscribers will receive this black canvas bag with metallic champagne trim, bright pink lining, and white lashes printed on it.

Neuma NeuMoisture Instant Fix - 30ml

Neuma NeuMoisture Instant Fix – 30ml Estimated Value $4 (buy a 75ml bottle for $10)

If you like leave-in conditioning spray, then this lightweight, multi-use product may be for you. It moisturizes and protects from heat while making hair shiny. It does have silicones in it, which I try to avoid on my hair (CG method), but John likes it to smoothe his wavy hair in the morning.

Apto Healing Turmeric Mask

Apto Healing Turmeric Mask – 15ml Estimated Value $8 (buy a 30ml tube for $16)

I like that I received a non-sheet mask this month. Turmeric and Neem help naturally disinfect while Azelaic Acid exfoliates (and is especially good for rosacea). Even though this is meant for more oily, break-out prone skin, it worked well to calm down redness and inflammation on my dry, sensitive skin. I’m not sure what I expected the scent to be (curry, maybe?) but instead has an essential oil smell that isn’t overwhelming.

mPrincess Loose Eyeshadow in Pretty Petal

mPrincess Loose Eyeshadow in Pretty Petal – FULL SIZE 1.2g Retail Value $15.45

This little jar of loose mineral powder didn’t excite me at first, but the color is so pretty. It’s a plummy-rose tone with champagne colored shimmer. It looks beautiful buffed all over the lid or as an accent on top of darker shades. It lasts all day and doesn’t leave any fallout.

Tréstique Mini Lip Glaze in English Rose

Tréstique Mini Lip Glaze in English Rose – .7g Estimated Value $9.72 (buy the full-size for $25)

Doesn’t this lip pencil look like it’s lost its lid?! That’s what I thought at first. The full-sized version (this is the mini) has an included primer end but the color wears so well I don’t think it needs it. I love the cranberry red shade and pigmented, but not thick, formula. It applies smoothly and leaves a balmy finish that lasts. Even after eating, I had a pretty stain left that looked nice.

Luxie Beauty Harley Quinn Detail Flat Definer 110

Luxie Beauty Harley Quinn Detail Flat Definer 110 – Retail Value $20

Surprisingly, I don’t own a brush like this. The flat top is meant to blend concealer and foundation into hard to reach places or over blemishes. It does that well but I find that it’s perfect for blending out highlight in the corner of my eyes or around my brows. Plus, I like that Luxie is a cruelty-free vegan company.

Swatches (from left to right): Tréstique Lip Glaze and mPrincess Eyeshadow.

So, I went really simple with this look and let the product do the work. After masking with the turmeric mask, my skin felt toned and mattified. I applied my regular face products but tried carving out my brows with concealer (not my norm) and blending it out with the Luxie brush. It worked so well! Then I buffed the Pretty Petal shadow over my whole lid and into the crease with a fluffy brush. I dabbed another layer onto just my lid with my finger for some intensity. I lined my lower lid with it as well and layered on some mascara. Then a swipe of the English Rose lip glaze and I was done. I love the blown out, single shadow look. And it’s super quick to do. The lip glaze added a nice polish to the look without much effort.

Verdict: This Ipsy Glam Bag has a value of $57.17 which is great for $10. The makeup items were a hit and I love trying new skincare. The only thing I’m not crazy about is the leave-in spray, but John will use it. Ipsy is a great way to try new products without much risk and I hope next month includes more new products and brands.

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)

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

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

  • Neuma NeuMoisture Instant Fix – $0.69
  • Apto Healing Turmeric Mask – $1.40
  • mPrincess Loose Eyeshadow in Pretty Petal – $2.71
  • Tréstique Mini Lip Glaze in English Rose – $1.70
  • Luxie Beauty Harley Quinn Detail Flat Definer 110 – $3.50
  • Bag – Not counted toward value

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Written by 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.

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Cheap Subscription Boxes, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: ipsy | 9 comments

Comments (9)

  1. Agree with you and everyone else commenting – was not excited to see a loose eyeshadow, but then I tried it, and the color is so simple but so pretty, and it wears so well!

    It’s definitely my favorite item in the bag this month, and makes me remember the fun of sample bags like this – trying and loving something new that you never would have on your own!

  2. I received that shadow, too, and LOVE it. My Trestique came in Magenta, and it’s a little bright for me. Not as bright as I was expecting, though, so it’s wearable. I love that English Rose color!

  3. I too received the mPrincess shadow and when I first saw it I was kind of displeased, I don’t usually wear pink shadows since they tend to make my eye area look overly tired and most pinks dont tend to flatter my skin tone, but upon opening and trying it I actually liked the shade very much, just as you did.

  4. Loved my September bag! Started using everything inside that day. It’s a nice treat every month to get new things and be surprised. It makes my month😊

  5. I got that shadow and brush too and absolutely love that shade and font have anything like it in my collection!

  6. Never received my September bag. It was lost in transit. They sent me a replacement and it’s literally stuck at the same place as the first one is, so I’m assuming lost in transit.

    • I never received my bag either, the tracking number hadn’t moved in like 10 days so I e-mailed them and they said be patient, bags will arrive by the end of the month! Well, it’s now October, and it still hasn’t arrived.

      • Both of mine said DHL handed to USPS at Melrose Park, IL. Must be a black hole.

  7. You know, you’ve looked familiar to me since I first saw you here but I could never place why. The other day it finally came to me…you look like a blonde, younger Alyssa Milano! She is gorgeous, so that is definitely a compliment. I think you might even be prettier though. Love your reviews.

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