Ipsy Review – October 2018
Ipsy is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription box. Each month you get full-size, deluxe-sized, or sample 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 2018 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 one has a faux leather exterior with an embossed mask design – I like this subtle take on a Halloween month bag! And inside the bag is lined in black:
Now, on to the items!
belif Peat Miracle Revital Eye Cream – 5 ml Value $11.60
Belif is a fab skincare brand, and it’s no surprise this eye cream felt heavenly on my skin. It just sinks into your skin and adds moisture without any greasiness or shine. (Plus it’s ingredient-conscious and I love the natural scent.)
Yensa Tone Up Primer – 7 ml Value $15
This brand is new to me, and I’m happy to get the travel size version of this primer. The formula is tinted, (swatched below), and it goes on a bit thicker than most primers. It did a good job of giving my skin a little bit of a “blurred” effect, and helping my foundation stay put all day long. (I use full coverage foundation, so any glow/tint primer is kind of lost on me.)
tarte Shape Tape in Light Sand – 1 ml Value $2.70
This shape tape is SO good! If, like me, you have dark under eye circles, I can’t recommend it enough. It gives full coverage, blends out easily into my foundation, and stays put all day long. (And just remember to set it with powder to prevent any creasing!
Here it is swatched underneath the primer:
Glamour Dolls Mascara – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $4.99
Before I get to the formula, I have to address the packaging. It’s not great. I’m not looking for fantastic branding/packaging with every beauty product, but this mascara wand is flimsy/bendy and just felt cheap.
Now on to the formula. It’s not bad but not my favorite. I was able to apply multiple layers to get signifiant length, but it didn’t have the lash separation or volume I look for.
Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Serum – 15 ml Value $9.12
This serum is designed to reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles. I really like the Derma E brand since they are vegan and ingredient-conscious, so I was excited to try this. The formula is very lightweight, absorbs quickly, and it’s safe to use both morning and night. And I love that it comes in a pump applicator!
Verdict: This box has a value of about $43.41 (not counting the makeup bag). I think that’s a great value, and there are a lot of awesome products in this box. (Really, the only miss for me is the mascara.) And if you haven’t tried shape tape yet, I highly recommend it!
To Wrap Up:
Good to know: Ipsy sends out variations. You may get a completely different bag than me.
What do you think of the October Ipsy Glam Bag? What items did you get in your bag?