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Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review – November 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.) So no glam bag this month.

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

Now, on to the items!

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss in Drumroll – Retail Value $12

Makeup Geek is a beloved indie brand for good reasons – I’ve always been impressed with their formulas. And this lip gloss is another well-done product! The formula is super pigmented (even just one swipe for me was a deep purple), and it provides lots of metallic shimmer and shine. And unlike some lipglosses that seem to need to be reapplied constantly, this one had good staying power.

Sadly, the purple shade is just too dark for me to pull off, but I’ll likely try a different shade from Makeup Geek in the future.

(Swatched in lower photo.)

OFRA Highlighter in Rodeo Drive – Retail Value $35

The shimmer! The pigment! This champagne gold highlighter is definitely worth all the buzz it receives! It’s easy to blend a little goes a long way so this will last for a while!

(Swatched in lower photo.)

IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette – Retail Value $42

This palette covers all your neutral matte needs:

It also has a “transforming pearl” shade on the bottom right corner designed to help transform any matte shade to a shimmer. (AKA put some highlighter on top of it.)

My eyes are hooded, so I mostly only use matte shades, and I love a neutral eye look, so this palette is pretty much made for me. The pigment is good (not great), but again, I’m usually going for a subtle look, so non-intense pigment is fine for my everyday makeup look.

Here are the shades swatched beneath the lip gloss and the highlighter:

SLMISSGLAM Eyeshadow Brush Trio – Retail Value $45

I’m always happy to receive new makeup brushes in my ipsy subscriptions, and these sparkle-accented ones are a delight!

The set includes an Eyeshadow brush (P15), an Eye angled shading brush (P17), and an Eye blending brush (P24).

Use the eyeshadow brush to lay an all over lid color or a base color on your lid, use the blending brush to blend out any harsh lines and create an even transition between your crease color and all over lid color. Use the angled brush to bring some color onto your lower lash line tying your look together.

The bristles are soft and densely packed, too.

dr. brandt needles no more NO MORE BAGGAGE eye de-puffing gel – Retail Value $42

I try SO many de-puffing, under-eye eye treatments, and this is one of the few that I could actually feel and see working! After I applied the gel, it immediately gave my skin a cooling feeling. Then, over the next few minutes, I could actually feel a subtle tightening of my skin. (The tightening goes away when you wash this off.)

It has an orange tint, which I think helps conceal the blue tones of undereye circles, but it didn’t make enough of a difference there for me to go without undereye concealer. And it gives your skin a smooth, powdery finish. (And just FYI, this isn’t an aloe-vera-type gel, it takes some effort to squeeze it out of the tube!)

Looking at the reviews on Sephora, it seems like people either love or hate this. I’m a fan, but I’m guessing it doesn’t work as well for all skin types.

Verdict: This box has a value of about $176. I think that’s amazing for a $25 box! And 4 out of the 5 items each had a retail value over the cost of the entire box! Good brands, and I was happy to see makeup brushes in this box, too.

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 December. If you want an Ipsy Glam Bag Plus subscription, get on the waitlist here.

What do you think of the November Ipsy Glam Bag Plus? Which items did you get?


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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!

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Comments (92)

  1. I know this is an older post, but I’m relly curious about something – if your first month of gbp was nov, did you get the makeup bag from oct in your nov box, since it was your first one?

  2. I know this is an older post, but I’m really curious about something – if your first glam bag plus was in nov, did you get the makeup bag originally in the oct box in your nov box?

  3. Still hasn’t shipped 😡

    • Mine still hasn’t shipped…it’s the 18th of DECEMBER! Customer service keeps telling me they are “backlogged” with Novembers box. Yet I have already received my Decembers box. Just Terrible !

  4. So my box arrived full of junk not one item full sized or what should have been in my Glam Bag Plus I was charged for

    I technically received random garbage not worth the shipping

    • Curious… what was included?

      • Expired Younique scent, bent damaged liner, a mini eyeshadow, yonique royal expired wondewand sample mascara

        Not one item marked as to be i my Glam Bag Plus

        Very much a junk box three expired items

  5. Everyday Ipsy pushes my anticipated ship date out. Now it’s the 21st. Wednesday it’ll be the 23rd… they’re taunting me 😭

    • Same happened to me! It’s finally out for delivery today but initially should have been the 18th. Did you have add on extras? They said it delayed mine.

      • i have no extras added & my box is still being “assembled”. it’s the 27th. so unless they expedite shipping, my Nov box won’t arrive until mid Dec.

      • Omg! I’m sorry and I can’t believe you’re still waiting! Did you call or chat them? Maybe there was a mistake. My Allure box this month I hadn’t received shipping so I called and they assured me it had shipped and would arrive soon. I received it the same day or next day. I received the shipping notice several days later lol

      • I’ve contacted them a couple of times. On November 13 I got an email that it was on its way. On November 23, I contacted them and it was delayed, but would be out by 2 days . I cancelled. November 25 I got the “taking extra time” excuse again. Maybe they’re waiting for our products to expire to send them to us? I did add on items, but that’s not a good reason to lie. I’d rather have my money back at this point.

    • Yup. Now scheduled to ship 23rd.

      • And now the 25th. Bye Ipsy

  6. Who are they trying to fool with the $45 price on those slmissglam brushes? They’re plastic junk and I can’t find anywhere selling that set for over $20. They don’t even sell them on the company’s website. I’m a little offended that they’re putting them in a plus bag. I considered them filler even in the regular bags.

  7. I’m loving Ipsy Plus, but kinda wishing I hadn’t added any of the $3 options to my bag since now shipping is taking forever. I got an email the other day saying it’s “on the way” but everyday when I check the website there is no tracking info and the anticipated ship date keeps getting pushed back later and later. I think I’m gonna wait a few months before adding anything to a bag again and see if they can get the bugs worked out. It’s a cool option but not if it makes me get my November bag in December.

    • Mine shipped Fedex Smartpost so I received an email from Fedex delivery manager about it today.

      • Yeah I got an email from Ipsy to bless their hearts they’re doing all this personalization plus the add-ons and then people who redeem rewards which I did both this month and I’m sure I’d hate to see the nasty emails they’re getting but they’re trying to do all these things above and get our bags out in a timely manner I hope this bag is successful because it’s the best one with the personalization

    • I am having the same trouble. My bags are taking forever to ship and arrive! I still don’t have my Glam Bag Plus or my regular Ipsy bag! I did add on to the extras!

      Ipsy is getting like FFF. Shipping is whenever……

    • I got my shipping notification on Friday, but it still hasn’t left the warehouse, so I doubt it’ll get here by Thanksgiving. I feel like I’ll be lucky to get my November bag in November at this rate. Big fail this month. I’ve never been impressed with Ipsy’s shipping, but in 3 years, this has been the absolute worst.

    • WHERE do You find the $3 add on options??? i feel like i’ve looked EVERYWHERE.
      btw, my bag is just now going into “assembly” mode from products undetermined mode. so either way, they’re just slow.

  8. I was disappointed to not get the highlighter and the eye palette (which had some colors i loved) – i got instead the tarte blush/mirror thing. i don’t like tarte products and have no use for more blush. i feel let down and ripped off for not getting the highlighter and eye palette which was a much better value. eh and this was my first ipsy plus box. i did email them but i did like the rest of the products especially the bum bum cream.

    • i feel the same exact way lil disappointed im going to give it another

  9. I just got an email from Ipsy saying there will be a bonus 6th item for December. Also Benefit Cosmetics, Murad, IT Cosmetics, and Morphe are some brand spoilers in the email.

    • I am not sure if those brand spoilers apply to Plus or regular, but I have Plus only and they sent me this email. Hope that helps.

    • OMG I think I am going to unskip December! It sounds like so much fun!

      • I have been wanting to cut down some on my subs but I can’t bring myself to do it lol…I currently have Ipsy Plus, Boxycharm and Luxe, FFF, and Allure. I love them all equally so it’s so hard to make a choice on which one or two to cancel!!

      • I am not renewing FFF because of shipping taking so long.

        So far Ipsy Glam Bag Plus, regular Ipsy, BOM, Julep, Happy Rebel and PS are staying.

        I gave up on RZ because of the low quality and poor customer service.

        I am so addicted to box subscriptions and MSA!

      • We are sub twins! I just dropped boxy though and thinking of adding a second allure box for more masks and extra Sunday Riley in January

  10. So I have to write in to tell you IPSY is having major issues. Just look at their IPSY care Twitter. They are taking peoples money and no boxes show up. The items are missing and damaged. And the customer service is HORRIFIC. Something has definitely happned to the company. They are not the company they once were. I dont know what happned but it’s really bad and a lot of people have quit because of how bad it’s gotten. You should probably look into this and stop advertising for them. It’s not good to promote unethical comapnays.

    • Yes I paid for a Plus a received a box of sample or broken expired garbage

  11. I’m going to wait until December boxes to figure out what stays and what goes. This one is on the chopping block.

  12. I really like November’s Glam Bag. Instead of receiving the highlighter (which I already have), I received the Bum Bum cream. Thank you, Ipsy.

  13. YAY!! I’m so excited to get my box, we are box twins other than the MUG lippie!! I’m getting the MUG in Acoustic but other than that I’m getting everything else the same!! I’m excited and thrilled about the boxes value, I can’t believe its value is over $170 bucks!! WOW is all I have to say about this box, it definitely beats out my Boxycharm box for the month of November!! Those are incredible products and an incredible value for sure!! Thanks for sharing your box Liz, I added on a couple products so it’s just now shipping out!! Great box Liz and thanks again!!

  14. If ipsy steps up their shipping times, they are goin to pull most if not all of boxycharms subscribers that could not upgrade. A full luxe box revealed and no specific boxy spoiler, its like they have forgotten about their customer base. Kinda sad. I wanted to try them but now I think Ill stick with ipsy and try out for the plus bag.

  15. I am swapping my Tarte palette, I don’t need it, same with the Dr Brandt, and the FAB cleanser. If I paid $45 for the brushes I would take them back. They are nothing special. The MUG color is stunning and they couldn’t have picked a better color for me.

    All in all the box is worth the money it just wasn’t a great box for me this month.

  16. I got the lip color Set List which looks like a really wearable rosy color; so happy to get it. Tho I’m still working on the Smashbox foiled lippie I got awhile ago.
    I received the First Aid cleanser, which I’ve enjoyed in sample size before, and was pleased to get the full size!

  17. It seems like this sub in particular sends a much superior box for review than they send me. My box hasn’t shipped. I will be receiving the pricey no more baggage that doesn’t do anything on my skin, so has $0 value for me. Eyeshadow brushes but no eyeshadow. A horrible color lip on me. I will receive bum bum, but the price is very inflated on this small jar. I will also receive the tarte blush palette. I like tarte blush, but I would really prefer mini compacts that snap closed to a palette. This month, I don’t consider my bag to be something I’d pay $25 for. I’m going to see how December and January go before deciding which subs to keep.

  18. I received the blush palette instead of the eyeshadow, which I was happy about since I already have the IT palette. I received the cleanser instead of the highlighter. I kind of wanted to try the highlighter but cleaners are always good. Thankfully I received a lighter shade of the lip gloss that I might be able to pull off. I think this is the third time I’ve received the Dr. Brandt in sub boxes. Maybe I’ll finally try it. lol

  19. Has anyone had any luck moving up from the waitlist, other then the social media invites? I tried emailing my request but they said there nothing else they could do.

    • I was moved up this at the end of last month. I did a fb post that I put on private which I don’t think helped much but I got the November bag!

      • Oh ok. I don’t have any social media at all. When I emailed them, I explained that. They responded that they are working for other ways to help us than social media. I will just keep waiting. I have my fingers crossed to make it in December. Although I am little peeved about it. I signed up, early through the MSA link. When I got my “spot open” an email stated that I needed to click the “join the wait list” button on my Ipsy account. They gave me 3 hours and 45 minutes to do it. By the time I saw the email it was too late. They also said there was nothing they could do about that. 😠 I hope I can wait it out. The the unfairness makes me have less patience.

  20. My box is still in the warehouse as always I never get good shipping times. But it looks pretty good:

    Eyeshadow Palette
    Dr Brandt which works for me because I have some right now
    Bum Bum
    Brush Set (not really into this since I have more brushes that I need right now)
    Makeup Geek which I will probably use at nights because I can pull off a vampy lip if I get the right color.

    I am on the every other month plan so my next bag will be January. I think the every other month plan is all I want since I also have 3 Ipsy sample subs.

    • Hmmmmmm. I didn’t know they had a bi-monthly plan! I think I’m gonna have to check that out, because I am on overload right now.

  21. Box is so much bigger and better in person! I finally got my box yesterday and was thrilled to find the it eyeshadow, Brandt, lippie, face wash, brushes. I love the It eyeshadow. I would have never purchased any of these products. For $25 – I’m thrilled! I also would have loved the blush as well for a change into the fall season. I’m 51 and appreciate having some core items as well as the glitter fun stuff to play from last box.

    I have seen yellow eyeshadow on an older tv host that wore it to match a yellow jacket. It was super cute.

    I guess this means this box works for me!
    I will add that I thought that I would NEVER want another highlighter UNTIL I got the one from Morphe (creamy luxe).

    Be adventurous – have fun!

    Note: I guess I’ll just have to buy my own jar of bum bum cream. Never lucky enough to get it!

    • if you search ipsy shopper right now for head-to-toe skin duo the bum bum and first aid cleanser are selling as a set right now for only $22 with free shipping.

    • Did you see it on Dominique Sanshe?

      I am game to try yellow eyeshadow too and I am 64! I still wear makeup and always will. I never go out without wearing makeup. I have loved makeup all my life and I can’t wait to get this Glam Bag!

  22. I’m super happy to be receiving the Tarte blush palette and the First Aid Beauty facial cleanser (instead of the eyeshadow palette and the highlight). Thanks to Boxycharm, I have a plethora of eyeshadow palettes and do not need / want any more. Blush is my most favorite makeup item, so to get the palette of three is just awesome. Who doesn’t need a great facial cleanser? Super stoked!

  23. The links to the Glam Bag Plus Waitlist have been taken down by IPSY. They no longer show up. Just a page of ” coming soon” with misc. products is shown.

    This probably should be updated in MSA’s review/ files. There are currently more people waiting for the Glam Bag Plus than Ipsy can fill, so the wait list has been suspended. I wrote and asked. This is what they told me.

  24. I love my Ipsy plus. I recieved the same as Liz but I recieved the Three blush Palette from Tarte. It’s beautiful. And I’m a fan of the Lip gloss. I mean 12.00? I just ordered YSL and Hourglass lipstick and their in the 30.00 range and MG was just as good. I’m impressed. I will be ordering more since I’m a lipstick geek. I didn’t like the eye baggage. I found it to drying for my dry skin. My skin gets very dry during winter, so the baggage gel seems to seep into my fine lines. I did feel it working on my skin but I don’t have bagsor dark circles thankfully. Ipsy is awesome and I’m enjoying my subscription. i hope they soon merge both Ipsy and Ipsy plus. I’m missing out on my 10.00 bags because I’m waiting for the merge. Hopefully soon.

  25. I think it was a really poor move on Ipsy’s part to take the main item of the box (the It eyeshadow palette) and make it a variant with a 3 blush book. The 2 aren’t even comparable. And I’m pretty irritated to be getting the blush instead of the eyeshadow palette, regardless of when it came out.
    By nature, I normally can find the best in anything. But another dark vampy lip gloss after last month’s almost expired lip balm, the tiny blush book, the Dr Brandt that destroys your foundation no matter how you apply the dr. Brandt over or under it, in comparison to others receiving the full eye palette, the rodeo drive highlighter and the first aid beauty face wash…. it just really has me almost angry.
    I know this will come across to some as petty. And that’s okay. Because I know I’m not. I’ve never complained before with any subscription I receive, including this one. I know some months are better than others and you’ll get items at times that just don’t work for you. I can handle that. I just really feel the variated boxes were extremely unbalanced this month. I wouldn’t of even mentioned getting Tarte blush book as our main palette item if that’s what everyone got. You just don’t variate the main box item!

    • I use the dr brant first thing in the mornings I got some in a box of charm and after it does its work I always wash it off I never leave it on there maybe the people that it said it was sitting into their lines and running their Foundation maybe try that guys I use it everyday because it helps with my hooded I and make such a huge difference.

    • I wholeheartedly agree. I know some people are happy to get the blush because they subscribe to Boxy, but I don’t. Like the article writer, I have hooded eyes. I was super psyched to get an all matte palette because the only ones I’ve been sent are shimmers or that glitter one last month. I subscribe to boxes because I can’t afford $42 palettes and while I understand this is about trying things, it really is something where I wouldn’t complain if I didn’t know other people got a variation of the key item. I got the blush and I can’t help but think….well here’s my 8th one and all pinks look the same to me. I didn’t mind missing out on highlighter because I go through cleanser at a much faster pace. The blush feels so whatever when it’s the main item.

      I also got the Mixtape color of lipstick when I’m a pasty Midwesterner. It’s darker than the Drumroll the writer here got.

    • i agree with you 100 percent on the lippie and the blush/mirror combo which is a crappie sub for the palette/highlighter. not happy with that.

  26. HOW do I become an Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Member??? I can’t seem to get an answer out of anyone @Ipsy. Furthermore, I’m almost DONE with their usual monthly box: same old, same old. I’ve got enough dark lipstick and highlighters to last me a lifetime… or at least through the Apocalypse.

    Unless I can somehow magically level up to the Glam Bag Plus, it’s looking like I’m gonna have to bail on Ipsy next month.

    Gotta keep up to play in the game!

    • Google Ipsy Plus. Make sure your signed out or you’ll just go to the regular Ipsy try mobile and desktop modes if your having problems. It should come up Ipsy Plus. Reserve your spot and if that doesn’t work email them and explain how you feel in detail. If you get the wrong respond. Email again the next customer service person might help. Might work. Hope this helps

  27. Im getting this same box if they would ever ship it

    • I received an email about shipping, the app didn’t show shipping but the email said it shipped 11/13.

      • Yes I checked and i have a email sayng it shipped 2 days ago. Thank you!

      • I got the same email as well, but I also have Informed Delivery by USPS and whenever something ships from Ipsy through DHL, I always see the package coming with the tracking number on my USPS page. Well I don’t have anything on there as of yet. The only Ipsy package I have coming is something I bought from Ipsy shopper. So I don’t see how my package has shipped. The email also doesn’t specifically say it has shipped. It says it’s on the way, which can mean a number of things lol. They also said they are taking longer this month because of the extra add ons I purchased and points I redeemed this month. I sent a follow up email back to them saying this same thing I am saying now and have gotten no response.

    • I also have Shrodinger’s Glam Bag Plus. The website says it’s still in assembly, but the e-mail says it shipped. So my bag is both Shipped and Not Shipped.

      (Seriously, I expected a delay since I redeemed points this month, so I don’t really need the whole apology thing, but this “it’s shipped!” message with no tracking number is mighty confusing.)

      • Ha! The Shrodinger’s Glam Bag cracked me up! So my bag is with and not with yours. Totally agree they should not send an on its way email unless they send a tracking number, it just undermines confidence.

      • I have a tracking number in my account this morning! So it was definitely Not Shipped yet as of the e-mail. ETA on my bag is Nov 23.

      • I think my bag is still Not Shipped. Tracking has said “en route to DHL distribution center” for 2 days (just over 48 hours) now.

        I’ll be pretty surprised if it makes it here by the 23rd. That’s only 4 business days away!

      • DHL finally received my bag. Updated ETA is November 27. Bummer. 😕

  28. Overall, I was very pleased with my Plus box this month. Here are the items I received:
    IT Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette
    Sol De Janeiro Bum Bum Cream
    Dr Brandt No More Baggage Eye Gel
    MUG Foiled Lipgloss in Acoustic
    SLMISSGLAM brush trio

    I already received the Eye Depuffing Gel in a Boxycharm box and it’s okay. My only complaint is that it pills if you try to layer makeup on top of it. I swatched the eyeshadow palette at Ulta and it’s very pigmented and creamy, something I’m gifting to my mother for Christmas since she’s been wanting an all matte eyeshadow palette. I’m not a huge fan of SLMISSGLAM eyeshadow brushes… I received two a while ago from my regular Ipsy subscription and although it applies highlighter nicely to my cheekbones it doesn’t do a good job at blending my eyeshadow or packing color on my lids (that’s just preference). I do not like the lipgloss I got from Makeup Geek… it’s too dark for me and honestly I’m not into the whole shimmer, foiled, iridescent thing on my lips so hopefully a family member or a friend wants this. But I will say the pigmentation is there, again this is a preference of mine. And as for the Bum Bum Cream, ITS AMAZING!! I’m almost out of my larger size -not the new one that just came out- and I’m so glad I finally got more! Boxycharm gave away a much smaller size a few months ago but at least Ipsy gave us the travel size version!

  29. Do you have choices with Ipsy Plus? I don’t wear eyeshadow ever and don’t need anymore highlighters or brush sets. I love the full size products but Just wondering if there will be eyeshadow in every box.

    • Sounds like you dont need a makeup subscription then you named everything. Maybe a good skin care subscription box

      • She didn’t name eyeliner, mascara, foundation, concealer, blush, primer, bronzer, lipstick, lipliner, or lipgloss… Sounds like the only things she doesn’t like are highlighter and eyeshadow.

    • I recieved the beautiful blush Palette from Tarte instead of the eye palette. The blush palette is stunning

      • I know! I was disappointed to see I was getting the blush instead of the eyeshadow, but when I received it, I was very impressed with the size and quality of the palette.

      • it smells good also

    • There are choices, but they aren’t made by you. It’s up to Ipsy what they send. They’re supposed to go by your profile, but they’ve only had about 8 items total to create each box from. I’ve seen lots of unhappy people from the Plus.

    • Hi! You aren’t able to customize your box and they are supposed to go by your profile but it doesn’t always work out that way. They try to expose you to different items that they believe you may like. That being said, you are able to email customer service and opt out of one or two categories of items at a time. For example, I have very tightly coiled hair & am very particular about my hair products because of it. I contacted them & opted out of hair products because I knew they would be wasted on me. I haven’t gotten one since. They are good about it. You can only do two categories at a time & have to contact them if you’d like to change it. I’m not sure how often you can update it though.

    • You can fill out a preference questionnaire. they honored mine perfectly but i’ve seen others mention that they don’t feel like theirs was taken into consideration.

  30. I’m getting this mix except I am getting the cleanser instead of the highlighter. Hoping the lippie will be another of the four shades they have listed as options. I swapped the palette, brushes and cleanser and then swapped for the blush which is what I wanted. lol Overall I think it is worth the $25 even with having to swap a couple items.

    Everything is new to sub boxes pretty much exceot for that highlighter, Dr Brandt is a bit older but we haven’t been saturated with this item yet. 🙂 As for overpriced, well isn’t everything in sub box land waaay crazy with their RV’s? lol

  31. I’m not a huge fan of the brush set or the Makeup Geek gloss (just too dark!), but I do love the Rodeo Drive highlighter and the Dr. Brandt No More Baggage. I got the Tarte blush palette instead of the IT Cosmetics eye palette and I’m really happy about that, although I think I may be in the minority.

    Overall, I still think this is a great box/bag for the price.

  32. I was really pleased with my Ipsy plus this month!! I havent used the MG liquid lipstick yet, but I know I will for our upcoming Christmas party at work. It’s very season oriented to me. 🙂 The Bum Bum cream is such a fav for me, but since I still have a good amount in a full size I purchased, I gifted it to a dear friend that was so excited to receive it! I’m also, always, happy to receive new makeup brushes! A girl cant have too many 😉 I will be gifting the Dr. Brandt as well, since I have already received two full sized ones in previous Boycharm boxes. I’m happy to do it because I know a sweet lady that needs it. And, lastly, my absolute favorite is the It Cosmetics palette!! This palette pays for the box itself!! Its gorgeous!! Its far and few to find a palette that are solid mattes. I’m a firm believer in an eyeshadow primer. UD is my fav!! I found this palette to be beautifully pigmented and excellent for every day use! Even though I gifted two items, I feel this box was a steal!! A+, Ipsy!!!!

    • I was really pleased too! The palette seems like it was made for me, I know I love Bum Bum cream, I can always use more Dr. Brandt eye cream (it works for me and have extra “baggage” this time of year), and who doesn’t need more brushes? At first I was bummed about the color of the lip gloss I got but it is surprisingly REALLY flattering on my pale skin. I would have never ever bought it myself but I think it can really come in handy when I’m in the mood for a bold look and it is perfect for this time of year. Plus, if you let it dry/set and then blot it, it works as a great more low key stain! That’s the beauty of sub boxes. Plus, as you said, getting it all for $25 feels like a steal!

  33. I feel like the Plus boxes are mostly full of products that brands have a difficult time selling. No one… and I mean NO ONE is going to spend $45 on that brush trio when there are better options at lower price points available. That palette is so old… I remember when it was released and it was just as uninspiring then as it is now.

    • That pallet is still available at Ulta and has 4 1/2 stars from over 500 people that’s actually pretty good.

      • *palette

    • Kimberly, I am with you. Looks like overstock items.

    • It’s actually a really nice palette! I am gifting this to my 48 year old mother who is not so much into a shimmery eyeshadow palette and just wants matte shades. The quality is there for sure. Just because it’s been out for a while doesn’t mean it’s bad or old news. There’s so many new makeup launches that people tend to forget about the other makeup items that are just as good.

      • I understand it might not be a terrible product… However, the whole point of subscriptions is to expose people to new things and get people excited about a brand.

      • I have heard that “It’s about exposing new thing to people” since Ipsy began.


    • I don’t think SDJ, IT, Dr. Brandt, or any of those companies featured this month have a hard time selling at all. I for one, am very grateful for these products at a very cheap price. The purpose of sub boxes is to “TRY” products and brands, and if the consumer likes the product or brand, they will purchase them again. I really don’t think a company is going to spend a very large amount of money to produce a very large number of a single item just to put a product out in the box that they think is not going to impress someone. Its not like they don’t plan for this for a year or more before they are featured in the box. These aren’t just leftovers that go to Overstock. They really do have to make them all! I. Not sure how many subscribers Ipsy has, but I’m sure it’s a big number. There’s also tons of great reviews for all or most of the items featured this month.

    • I think people are still buying the full size Bum Bum cream, which is what I’m receiving instead of the highlighter, (would be happy if I never get another highlighter oops I think there is one in the Jan. allure box).

      • Omy goodness it’s the December Allure box and it is amazing I think it has a Juvia’s Place palette in it and another ofra highlighter

    • Yes it may have been out a while, I would have loved to have it but I would have never paid the price. Thats why I signed up to these subscriptions for the discount and 75% of thetime im happy with the contents/value of the boxes

    • I have never had the palette and I keep up with all the new palettes so I am glad I got it! Just because it isn’t the newest palette does not make it bad. I jumped on the Urban Decay Naked Cherry palette and it was so disappointing. It was almost the same as Naked Heat.

      Anyway, I have never tried an IT palette so I am glad I got it in my Glam Bag Plus this month.

  34. I received the brushes, the Bum Bum cream, Tarte blush palette, lipgloss in the shade set list and the Dr Brandt product! Love all of the items and well worth the money. I’m so impressed with this and glad that I cancelled boxycharm honestly. I hope it keeps up being this great!

    Just a heads up… I am charged state tax (illinois) for this box. It only increases the price to around $26.50, but just in case you want to update your pricing to let other readers know they may get charged state tax! Thanks for all you do!

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