Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review – October 2019
Ipsy Glam Bag Plus is a $25 a month subscription box from Ipsy. Every month you’ll receive 5 full-sized beauty products. The box will have a retail value of at least $120. (This box was voted as a best makeup subscription box and a best beauty subscription box by MSA readers!)
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
About Ipsy Glam Bag Plus
The Subscription Box: Ipsy Glam Bag Plus
The Cost: $25 a month (free US shipping)
The Products: Full-size makeup and beauty products every month.
Ships to: The US for free and Canada for $2.95
Our Ipsy Glam Bag Plus October 2019 Review
Here is our info card complete with all of our items.
Our bag was covered in matte black sequins and features a red Betty Boop design.
Now, on to the items!
Purlisse Blue Lotus Brightening Serum, 1 oz – Retail Value $65.00
I am not super crazy about this brand but my mom really loves it! She also has been trying to settle on some sort of skincare routine and recently requested a serum. This one might be a great choice for her since it is targeted towards dull or aging skin. It contains 9 different plant extracts that should help with dullness, spots, and overall skin texture. I liked the texture and how effortlessly it absorbed, leaving no film behind and immediately providing a nice hydration boost to my skin.
tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pot in ‘Fire Dancer’, 3 g – Retail Value $22.00
I was really wowed by this shadow. I don’t think I have ever used something this metallic on my lids in my entire life. The shade is also stunning, a deep chrome garnet that is highly reflective, but also dark and moody. Despite its dry and slightly chalky texture in the pot, this formula is smooth as silk, and the “chunks” smooth out to pure metallic magic when you swipe your finger. This hue is going to be truly stunning for extra fancy holiday events, but for daily use, it also worked well as a liner.
The most metallic shadow I have ever tried.
Tréstique All Over Starlighter Powder Stick in ‘Ultra Violet’, 1.5 g – Retail Value $18.00
I am not sure how I feel about this product, but I don’t really love unnaturally hued highlighters. This one has an electric purple flash that doesn’t really flatter my overall look very much. It does look better when I use this very sparingly, but I prefer a nice pearl or champagne. The packaging is pretty cute though! The “pencil tip” top unscrews to showcase a domed powder inside which is very, very easy to apply with just a swipe.
This is a very heavy swatch, so you can see something, as when properly blended it is more of a glow that you only see when I move.
Betty Boop x IPSY Cheek to Cheek Blush Palette, 8.4 g
I was disappointed with this palette. The colors are spot-on for the types of blushes and highlighters I gravitate towards, and I love the idea of all three together. Sadly, there is a pigment issue that makes this a lot of work to actually use, even on my pale skin. Admittedly, these do work much better with fingertip application, but with a brush is it a ton of effort to get enough out of the palette and onto my skin.
I had to really work to get these swatches this pigmented.
Jules Smith Beauty Power Gloss Duo in ‘Namaste All Day’ and ‘Serene Queen’, 14 g – Retail Value $32.00 (currently sold out)
Finally, our last item is a pair of lip glosses. I am a gloss fan and these two shades work really well on me. The first is a peachy shade with a subtle golden shimmer. It is pink enough to work easily on my face but peachy enough to be perfect for fall. The second is significantly sheerer, and is primarily a pink shade with a similar flattering golden flash. It was lovely on my lips for a “no makeup” sort of look, or as a topper on a dramatic lip shade. These are on the heavier side for glosses, but I like that since it means they have better staying power than a thinner formula.
Top, Namaste All Day, bottom, Serene Queen
Verdict: This box has a value of $165.00 which is awesome for a $25 box. Although the value was certainly there (that serum alone has a retail value more than double the box cost) I was a little indifferent about the items I received this month. I disliked the Betty Boop palette and I was also not terribly fond of the purple highlighter. The serum will make a great gift for my mom, and I will never complain about being able to shower her in expensive skincare items at an Ipsy price. I also really loved the metallic eye pot and the duo of lip glosses, so this box wasn’t a total bust. Three out of five items isn’t the worst ratio, especially for a $25 investment worth much more. I do have my fingers crossed for a better November.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? You’ll likely start with November as your first month. As of publication, there was no Ipsy waitlist!
Value Breakdown: This box costs $25. Here is approximately what you are paying per product:
- Purlisse Serum $9.85
- tarte Shadow $3.33
- Trestique Starlighter $2.73
- Betty Boop Palette $4.24
- Jules Smith Lip Gloss Duo $4.85
Alternatively, each item has an average cost of $5.00.
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What do you think of the October Ipsy Glam Bag Plus? Which items did you get?