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Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review – November 2018

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanNov 15, 2018 | 92 comments

4 overall rating
1863 Ratings | 350 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.) 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?

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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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?


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?


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 !


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


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


Yup. Now scheduled to ship 23rd.


And now the 25th. Bye Ipsy


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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……


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

Jessica Harrison

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 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

Jill M

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.


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

Jill M

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!!

Jill M

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.

Anna Karaski

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


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


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.


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!!


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.


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.


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!


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.


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


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.


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.

Jill M

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.


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!


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!


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.


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!


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.


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.

Brandy Richardson

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 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.


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.

Jessica Harrison

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.

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