Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate Review – October 2019
Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate is a monthly makeup and beauty subscription box – each month includes 8 full-sized & 4 deluxe samples, in addition to a beauty bag!
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About Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate
The Subscription Box: Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate
The Cost: $50 a month +free US shipping. Save with an annual subscription.
The Products: Full-size makeup and beauty products every month.
Ships to: US
Our Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate 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!
Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Warm Browns – Full Size! Retail Value $27.00
I have yet to hate a Huda product and I am always pretty pleased to see one show up in a box. This palette is pretty much fall incarnated. It is a mix of 8 matte shades and one bold, shimmering gold shadow. As usual, the pigmentation is great, the formulas were smooth, and all of the colors are perfect together. I have a pretty fair yet neutral skintone, and though a few of these did feel too warm, the majority were very pretty on my lids.
These shades just scream “FALL!”
Kaleido Cosmetics Obsidian Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, 2 g – Full Size! Retail Value $8.00
I have enough black eyeliner to last me years. I also rarely use it, so I wasn’t too excited about this addition. I will say that the formula is awesome, and the blackest black! It is also waterproof. The marker tip makes lining your eyes super easy and you can press down a little harder if you enjoy a bold line.
These are a wee bit squiggly since I did them left-handed, but you get the idea!
L.O.C.K. Color Unicorn Glow Longwear Primer, 10 g – Estimated Value $4.00 (Buy a full-size 30 g for $12.00)
This was a deluxe sample-sized product from a brand I don’t think I have ever tried. This formula contains jojoba oil, shea, and chamomile extracts for calming your skin while it smooths out your complexion and preps it for makeup. It doesn’t have a noticeable shimmer but does give your skin a natural glow-from-within sort of look. It worked well under my minimal makeup, though I did notice my mascara seemed to end up under my eye somehow, more than usual. This is probably from my lashes touching my skin while blinking all day and the mascara being attracted to the super creamy formula.
Betty Boop x IPSY Cheek to Cheek Blush Palette, 8.4 g -Listed Value $28.00 (from my Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Booklet)
This trio is made of a highlighter, a shimmer blush, and a matte blush. I had issues grabbing this product up with a brush. Even if the bristles looked loaded, there was very little payoff on my actual skin. These worked much better with fingertips, but I would have liked to have seen more pigment. The color choices themselves are lovely, and I would totally wear shades like this for any daily look, but the lack of pigment really dampens my feelings on this palette.
I had to really work to get these swatches this pigmented.
Biorace L’eau Hydrating Treatment Serum, 30 ml – Full Size! Retail Value $68.00 (currently on sale for $62.00)
I have never heard of this brand, but it is Korean, meaning I was pretty sure I would end up liking it. As far as serums go, this one is pretty straightforward and is an instant moisture upgrade for skin because of the hyaluronic acid, along with a healthy dose of niacinamide inside. Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B that helps your skin repair damage, and is a great addition to any routine, but especially an anti-aging one. This was a little tacky, so I would reserve it for your night regimen. It also smells fantastic!
F.A.R.A.H. Brushes Midnight Pro Trio – Retail Value $48.00
These brushes are beautiful to look at, but I didn’t love the overall feel of the synthetic bristles. They felt very synthetic and the bristles felt too slick. I did love the matte, ergonomic handles and the deep moody blue shade of the bristles. This set contains a buffing foundation brush, a blush brush, and a stipple.
Farmacy Green Clean, 3.4 fl oz – Full Size! Retail Value $34.00
I am always game for a good cleansing balm, especially in the winter. They can feel so much more gentle on skin than traditional cleansers. They are also awesome for on the go since you can apply to your face dry and then simply wipe away with a cloth. I have even used them on dry skin (while camping!) and just wiped the balm away with a dry paper towel and it was totally fine! Of course, you can also wash this away like a normal cleanser in the shower too. Variety is the spice of life. This particular balm comes in a giant tub and includes its own little scoop! I actually found it to be lighter than many other cleansing balms I have tried, so if you are new to the balm routine or you have oilier skin concerns, this is an awesome one to try. If you don’t want to commit to using a balm on your entire face, this stuff literally destroys even waterproof eye makeup if you apply a little to a cotton round and wipe away.
The SAEM Natural Avocado and Shea Butter Mask Sheet Set, 14 g – Estimated Value $3.98
I use a sheet mask almost nightly these days, and I really like this brand! Their natural line is really calming to my skin and very moisturizing. My favorite of these two masks was the avocado because it smelled so earthy and nice! The serum was milky and very hydrating, and the mask itself fit great!
C’est Moi Beauty Reflect Lip Gloss in ‘Opulence’, 3.4 ml – Full Size! Retail Value $10.00 (currently on sale for $8.50)
I am not crazy about this gloss for a few reasons. It is technically fragrance-free but did smell a little chemical-esque. I also didn’t think the shine was really significant or different from any of my other lip balms, and we actually couldn’t capture it in a swatch photo. It was a little sticky, but nothing too major for a gloss.
I was super excited to try this cream from the spoilers, and it did not disappoint. It smells like cream and citrus and is so over-the-top moisturizing. It also feels luxuriously winter skin appropriate and I plan on stashing it in my purse to prevent chapped and irritated skin as we move towards the cold months. I also think the packaging is quite lovely, and I am actually really happy it is packaged in a flexible plastic tube instead of metal, since I always seem to bend holes into those over time.
Coloured Raine Cosmetics Eyeshadow in ‘Glamour’, 1.6 g – Full Size! Retail Value $6.99
I really, really like this shadow. I have never heard of the brand before, but I am impressed. It is a sheer sort of shade, but on purpose as opposed to just lacking pigment. It gives my lids a shining wash of shimmer and adds just enough extra to an everyday look. The shadow formula is butter smooth, blendable, and there wasn’t a ton of fallout with my favorite eyeshadow brush, which was awesome!
My new fave everyday shadow!
IBOM Lemon Verbena Clay Mask, 1 fl oz – Estimated Value $4.90 (Buy a full-size 3.88 oz for $19.00)
I avoid clay masks because I have dry skin and they often just make it worse, especially in fall and winter when I am trying to hold on to all of the hydration I can. Will, on the other hand, weirdly loves clay masks, but only on his nose? For a guy who doesn’t regularly use any sort of skincare products, he is really concerned with pore minimization, but only on his nose (which, as a side note, has totally normal, nonremarkable pores). He was a little concerned about the lumps in the formula at first, but I explained those were pretty normal. He also remarked that this smells nothing like lemon or verbena, which I would agree with. All in all, this wasn’t his favorite mask but he said he would use it again.
TRÈSTIQUE Good Vibes Mascara, 9 ml – Full Size! Retail Value $25.00
UPDATE: This item was included for subscribers to both Ipsy Glam Bag Plus + Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate since they both included the same bag design this month. This retail value should not be counted toward the total retail value.
Finally, our last item is a mascara with a built-in mini eyelash curler, which is pretty genius. The formula was fine, and easily coated my lashes. There was quite a bit of lengthening as well as volumizing, which is always a plus. As someone who doesn’t use curlers, I was surprised how much my opinion of them changes with just a narrower one. It allowed me to curl my outer lashes without feeling like I was going to pinch my eyelid, which is a weird fear of mine after a few bad experiences. Would this replace my go-to mascara? Probably not, but I liked it much more than I thought I would.
Verdict: This box has a value of around $279.87, which is great for a $50 box. There was a ton of hype when this premium box was announced, and though the retail value is there in numbers, I think there could certainly be improvement when it comes to the brands and products included. I think I was expecting more brands I knew and recognized, and more of a high-end feel. I totally understand that one of the magical elements of Ipsy is discovering new brands and this sub has always been great about delivering that aspect. But I think when you are spending $50 a month, some familiar and higher quality products should be a given, and while they did deliver that for me personally with the Farmacy balm, I honestly expected a little more, especially for the price. This was the first Ultimate box, so I optimistically look forward to next month to see what that mix looks like before I make a definite decision.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: This box costs $50. Here is approximately what you are paying per product:
- Huda Beauty Eyeshadow Palette $4.82
- Kaleido Cosmetics Eye Liner $1.43
- L.O.C.K. Primer $0.71
- Betty Boop Palette $5.00
- Biorace Serum $12.15
- F.A.R.A.H. Brushes $8.58
- Farmacy Balm $6.07
- The Saem Mask Set $0.71
- C’est Moi Beauty Gloss $1.79
- Cela Cream $2.14
- Coloured Raine Cosmetics Eyeshadow $1.25
- IBOM Mask $0.88
- TRÈSTIQUE Mascara $4.47
Alternatively, each of the 13 items has an average cost of $3.85.
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What do you think of the October Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate? Which items did you get?