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Ipsy Reveals Are Up for the October 2019 Glam Bag Ultimate!

October 2019 Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate reveals are up! 

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  • New Membership for even more beauty picks. Glam Bag Ultimate is a new subscription with 8 full-sized & 4 deluxe samples, personalized for you, for $50/month. You’ll get to choose one of your full-size products with the new choice feature! 
  • There will be a makeup bag, every month.
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  1. I am sorry this has happened to all of you. I have learned a valuable lesson. I will continue with the regular subscription until I deem it unnecessary and buy makeup/skincare items of interests from colourpop or target. Cheaper this way.

  2. Very underwhelmed with the Ultimate bag. The selection was just meh and I really was expecting 8 full size products and felt I got maybe 6. It just seems the box was thrown together. I will put November on hold and see if hey have some spoilers but likely will go back to GBP in December. Sort of bummed..

  3. Glam Bag Ultimate:

    -Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm

    -C’est Moi Reflect Lip Gloss in Opulence

    -Cela Skin Creme de la Creme – The Very Best Cream

    -Betty Boop x Ipsy Cheek to Cheek Blush palette

    -Biorace L’eau Hydrating Treatment Serum

    -Farah Brushes Midnight Pro Trio

    -Makeup Geek Highlighter in Lit

    -Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Warm Brown (my choice)

    -The Saem Natural Avocado and Shea Butter mask sheet set

    -Papa Recipe Eggplant Clearing Mud Cream Mask

    -Coloured Raine Cosmetics eyeshadow in Champagne Life

    -LOCK Color Unicorn Glow Hydrating Primer

    I think a single eyeshadow and two face masks are samples especially knowing I have received items like this in my regular bag however I also realize it could be worse and I do love Ipsy and plan on giving them another shot

  4. I got in my Glam Bag Ultimate:

    -Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm

    -C’est Moi Reflect Lip Gloss in Opulence

    -Cela Skin Creme de la Creme – The Very Best Cream

    -Betty Boop x Ipsy Cheek to Cheek Blush palette

    -Biorace L’eau Hydrating Treatment Serum

    -Farah Brushes Midnight Pro Trio

    -Makeup Geek Highlighter in Lit

    -Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Warm Brown (my choice)

    -The Saem Natural Avocado and Shea Butter mask sheet set

    -Papa Recipe Eggplant Clearing Mud Cream Mask

    -Coloured Raine Cosmetics eyeshadow in Champagne Life

    -LOCK Color Unicorn Glow Hydrating Primer

    Now after seeing some of these I realize it could be worse and I should be thankful for that, however two facemasks and a single eyeshadow is NOT full size items… I don’t know how many times I got two facemasks and a single eyeshadow in my regular glam bag as samples. I do love Ipsy though and I think they are worth giving another shot.

  5. My GBU is finally available. I don’t know if I did something wrong but I got my value at $268 and that’s without Betty Boop value or the bag. If someone sees an error please let me know. If it’s correct I’m pretty happy and the low price full sized items don’t bother me much. Hopefully I lucked out since I had to wait extra time for my bag.

    I assume the sizes listed when selecting the item is the size I will receive.

    Full Size;
    – BIORACE L’eau Serum ($62)- Happy
    – FARMACY Green Clean Cleansing Balm ($34)- Happy
    – THE SAEM Mask x2 ($4 for both)- Blah, happy if it were considered a deluxe item.
    – PURLISSE Matcha Green Moisturizer ($45)- Happy
    – C’EST MOI BEAUTY Lip Gloss in Opulence ($9)- blah, though the shade matches my profile
    – COLOURED RAINE Eyeshadow in Champagne Life ($7)- blah
    – Betty Boop Blush palette ($?)- blah
    – F.A.R.A.H brush set ($48)- blah, not in my profile. Overpriced
    – HUDA BEAUTY Palette in Warm Brown ($27)- Happy

    – NANETTE LEPORE Beautiful Times ($25)- Curious
    – Papa Recipe Mask ($2.66)- blah
    – L.O.C.K. COLOR Primer ($4)- Curious

  6. So I just got this e-mail from Ipsy in response to the survey I took for the Ultimate bag.


    Your Feedback
    Means the World to Us
    Hi Marie,
    We can’t thank you enough for sharing your experience with Glam Bag Ultimate. The perspective that you’ve provided is invaluable—truly—and we wanted you to know where it’s led us.

    Here’s what you can expect:
    No identical products if you subscribe to more than one Glam Bag membership (so long as they’re all under a single account).
    Each and every bag will have 8 full size and 4 deluxe samples with a combined value of at least $250—no exceptions.
    High-quality products from a mix of beloved and emerging brands, along with Ipster cult favorites, so you can continue to explore and discover new go-to’s.
    One large, super stylish makeup bag to stash all of your new goods.
    Plus, your November Glam Bag Ultimate could include coveted must-haves from BENEFIT COSMETICS, IT COSMETICS, ORIBE, JUICE BEAUTY, VIOLET VOSS, MURAD, TRÉSTIQUE, and more!
    Glam Bag Ultimate was designed for beauty lovers who want more of the newness, discovery, and delight that you’ve come to love about IPSY—we did not intend for it to be premium or luxury. We understand this may not be for everyone, which is why we offer 3 memberships so you can find your perfect fit!

    We are so incredibly grateful for the passion and inspiration you bring to our community, and to us. With your support, we know that we can make IPSY better than ever.

  7. FYI – Just an email from Ipsy thanking me for taking the GBU survey. Included within it was this paragraph:

    “Glam Bag Ultimate was designed for beauty lovers who want more of the newness, discovery, and delight that you’ve come to love about IPSY—we did not intend for it to be premium or luxury. We understand this may not be for everyone, which is why we offer 3 memberships so you can find your perfect fit!”

    • 😂😂😂😂 good to know. It really was the 5 dollar footlong deal all over again! “Words aren’t meant to be taken seriously just give us your money and be on your way” 🙄

  8. I’m trying to switch back to the GBPlus after feeling SUPER disappointed with the GBU. My concern is after being charged $50 for the GBU, I’m worried they will charge me for the Plus as well. I just want November to be GBPlus only without being charged for it this month as well. Any idea how that works?

    • They told me November GBU is free. Dont take no for an answer if they try to deny you. Tell them the bag was a huge disappointment that you want a refund OR November GBU free of charge.

      I’ve read they did it for many people here.

    • This literally just happened to me. I had canceled my plus subscription last month and signed up for ultimate. Just a couple days ago, feeling disappointed in the ultimate, I canceled the ultimate and resubscribed to plus. They sent me an email saying a November would be my first plus box……. but then they accidentally charged me for the plus this month! I contacted them and they are crediting my account, but they tried to say it was my fault for some reason. 🤦‍♀️ Ugh. So I understand your concern. Maybe wait until it is closer to November to sign back up for plus?

  9. I received a shipping email for my IPSY Glam Bag plus today and the products shipped are not the ones that I’m shown I’m receiving in my account, did this happen to anyone else?

    I was very disappointed in my Glam Bag Ultimate but was happy with what I was receiving in my Glam Bag Plus. Now I’m being shipped products that are of a lesser value. I was originally to receive the BB eyeshadow palette, now I’m receiving the blush, I was to receive the dr. Brandt Skincare Micordermabrasion (value of 79.00) and am now receiving a single pan tarte eyecolor or a tresique highlighter which are clearly valued at 1/4 of the cost.

    I’ve never had this happen before and I’d like to know if this has happened to anyone else?

    • It happened to me before I recieved a lip scrub instead of a tarte shadows palette. I sent them a screenshot of what I was supposed to get and a picture of what I recieved. They fixed it. Not sure how great they will be this time around… customer service has been meh with the ultimate.

      • Thanks for letting me know Julie. I’m getting the item I chose but 3 of the 4 other items have been changed out!

    • This happened to me too!! I’m also quite disappointed in the items listed for shipping. My Ipsy account still shows the better items though. Here’s hoping they get it right.

      • Oh maybe we will received what they posted under our accounts but because the value of what they say is shipped is less I have a feeling that I’ll be getting those items. Thanks for responding Danielle. I wrote to them so am curious to see what they tell me.

    • This appears to have been a glitch. I am sure someone accidentally attached the wrong variation email template to the batch. CS confirmed the items you should receive are the ones showing in your app. I also received the email and was like wait a minute lol

  10. I emailed ipsycare about my UGB having 2 items in it that I had opted out of (blush palette + sheet mask), & also included the fact that I was not happy with how many repeat products from previous months there were.

    CS agent gave me 800 points & a link to the survey.

    I replied that 800 points could not replace even one of the two full-size items that I was not supposed to get, & that I did not consider it a reasonable solution.

    CS agent got back to me today that the next Ultimate box will be comped.

    I will have to be pretty darn amazed to stay subbed after that, lol. Though I never really had planned to stay subbed month-to-month. I figured I’d pause whenever I needed a break/didn’t like spoilers.

  11. I canceled boxycharm for this..I have an acct for myself and my daughter who is in college.. I adore Ipsy and signed up for all 3.. They took out of my bank account the 24 or 25th..They have always charged on 1st.. Got charged 30 dollars twice for penalty. I am extremely disapointed that the ultimate bag is same as the plus.. They have repeats from past which are wrong colors for both of my daughters skin coloring.. It seems like they did not look at are profiles at all. I really do not like to complain about anything, but this time around is not so good.. I usually get 1 or 2 products that are blah.. but other items I really like. It is hard to please everyone..I understand that after being a makeup artist in 20’s.. I was also a clinique manager for 5 Yr before getting my degrees.. I am going to stick it out and hope its just a glitch on their part of curating the bags.. Here is hoping..

  12. I told them that they lied to me. I was supposed to receive 8 full size items and I get a sample of perfume I do not have that or sheet masks on my preferences.

    Ipsy promised a deluxe bag and they flat out lied about that too.

    • I received an email response from Ipsy support on Friday. I was offered 1200 points to placate my unhappiness with my bag. I was initially pretty dang ticked. I have two duplicates between my GB and GBU, and I was NOT offered a complimentary mascara to make up for this like many other people.

      After the weekend…I’m a lot mellower about the situation. I spent $71 total on Ipsy bags this month and it’s going to be okay–I needed a good moisturizer and that’s one thing I DID get in my GBU. Next month, I’m going to try out GBP for the first time. If that’s a bust, I’ll just drop my subscription down to regular GB, which never really did me wrong if you consider the $12 price tag. I’ll be using a lot of the items in my GBU that I really don’t want (like, the eyeshadow palette) for holiday gifts for girlfriends.

      • You should write back to them and tell them that you know that other Ipsy members are getting their November Ultimate box comped and that they should do the same for you.

        I just did this and will be getting my November box comped.

      • To clarify – the mascara was offered to people who were getting GBP and Ultimate, since the bag was going to be the same this month. It wasn’t offered for anything else. Not to say they haven’t had to offer other things for the fiasco, that was the Oct. Ultimate. I’m just speaking to the reason behind the extra mascara.

      • Was the free mascara something you had to initiate with them or are they automatically sending the mascara? Was it posted on social media somewhere?

  13. I calculated that my glam bag, GBU, and add-ons totaled a value of over 500.00. I only paid 106.00 out of pocket. So even with the silly Betty Boop blush, a sheet mask, and the individual eyeshadows, I still feel I got quite the bargain! Thanks, Ipsy!

  14. I typically accept disappointing bags/ boxes as an aspect of ordering monthly beauty box subscriptions, but the $3.99 lip balm and $2 sheet masks pushed me over the edge of patience this month & I complained. A looooong email, detailing the disappointment with Ultimate. And I was offered 800 points as an appeasement.
    After learning others have received refunds, I did not accept that as a final solution & they have since offered to send me November’s Ultimate for free. That I’m ok with and now I’m ready to put this behind me.
    Point= Insist on a satisfying resolution to this matter & then let it go. Ipsy is usually an awesome subscription & I appreciate their making this right by me & look forward to what’s to come, moving forward.

    • Yeah, they just sent me 800 points too. You can’t even get one full size product with that

      • Exactly- in my follow-up email, responding to the offer of 800 points, I explained that I was aware of the fact they had offered refunds to other Ipsters dissatisfied w/ their Ultimate bag, therefore would insist on similar compensation. They agreed and next month’s Ultimate will be free. I think that’s fair & they retained me as a customer

      • Same here. Thanks for the advice.

  15. I’ve had both ipsys on pause for months bc I switched slowly over to k-beauty and definitely don’t need anymore makeup or skincare. Been a subscriber for years so, it’s hard to just cancel.
    Anyway, I just received a petition to refund ALL Ultimate ipsters and I hope for all you beauties who subbed that they make this right. I’m shocked reading these comments and I’m truly upset for you all. Not cool Ipsy, not cool.

    • I rather pay extra $9.9 and got the endless summer haul, way better products.

  16. I subbed to both the Plus and the Ultimate but they were not able to charge Paypal so I went in on 10/2 and updated the payment method. Then for three days it said it was building my bag, of course had no issues charging my card. I checked my account today and said I won’t be getting either bags. Which I’m not even sad about but took my money and now I have to wait for November. I emailed them asking for a refund if they don’t issue one I’ll dispute it with my credit card company. If I’d had known that updating my payment method on October 2nd wouldn’t equal me getting goods and services around that time I wouldn’t have gave them the payment. Either way I’m glad I’m not getting Octobers bags.

  17. I’m disappointed with my box also but I’m still going to give them another chance to get it right. I’m hoping next month will be better after they see everyone’s complaints and change some things. Everyone is really going way overboard getting SO worked up which I understand but it’s not worth it nothings perfect! There is NO way any box can make everyone happy every time ! I know this is a special circumstance but people need to chill. I’m most excited to try the Perfect Dr. minus serum that was an add on as it has awesome reviews on Sephora. Like Kabella in a bottle ; ) wish that was included in box instead of an add on. I’m going to try the products then decide how I like them not going to judge first without trying less known brands. That’s really what we should all do !

    • You have the right to your opinion and so does everyone else. However, this isn’t a normal oops moment or people being upset bc they got boxes they don’t like (half of Boxycharm boxes aren’t what I want, I still sub). These loyal ipsters aren’t getting the basics advertised like the actual product sizes! They are getting products they didn’t choose, they’re getting products for other skin types, not theirs and they are getting products they marked “rare” on their profiles. There is over 300 comments on here. This is a HUGE issue to people who are loyal to Ipsy and who spent hard earned $$. It’s not an issue of not being able to please everyone. It’s an issue of pleasing almost no one. Very sad for beauty lovers.
      And I didn’t sub to Ultimate so, this doesn’t affect me except that I’ve been loyal to Ipsy for years and if it was me, I’d be pissed too.

  18. I know everyone hate that ipsy count that sheet mask as a full size product! I hate that too, but the value is still there, and I will end up using those sheet mask first.

  19. I predict the exact same debacle with Boxy Premium. When will you people learn to just be patient and see how the first few boxes go? Do you all really have to be first at everything? There’s never going to be a single thing in these beauty boxes that you can’t just find and buy if it’s a must have. This is really a good learning experience about glutton and fomo and I don’t have a bit of sympathy.

    • You certainly are a ray of sunshine. Hope your day gets better.

    • Ipsy Support, is that you?

      • Lol🤣🤣🤣

      • Lmaaoooo Paige

    • Nope just tired of seeing you guys constantly crying about everything every single month only to do it again and again.

      • I cancelled Ultimate before I was charged, so there’s no personal impact here for me. But I definitely can see from the reveals that this is something totally out of character from the way Ipsy has always defined full size products.

        This is not just your typical whining. People are being sent a box full of no name junk and I can definitely understand the anger. Ipsy is pretty much off my radar for the time being because of the way they’ve handled this. I cancelled all Ipsy subs across the board.

        People got excited over something new because they’re human beings and Ipsy knowingly sent out subpar junk.

    • What an angel

    • LOL this is so funny I don’t know why I can’t stop reading these comments, but when I do all I can think is #firstworldproblems 🤣

    • Stop spamming the comments with your negativity if you didn’t even subscribe to the box. Thanks.

    • ‘…you people…’??!!

  20. I’m still in shock that I got two $2 sheet masks as a full size item in my Ultimate box. Hahahahahahaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. I feel ripped off. I can’t believe most of my box are samples. Even the Creme de la Creme is not full size. It is only one oz and my others are 2.5 oz.

    They did not send a larger bags as promised.

    I am furious with Ipsy right now. They flat out lied!

    The top secret brand is that original EM Micelle Phan (from the old one that was discontinued) Makeup as a shelf life of 3 years so we are going to get an expired product!

    I am so over them……stupid me bought an annual Glam Bag Membership.

    • Wow someone has way too much time on her hands lol

      • #gotem
        Joy 🙏

  22. I was lucky and managed to get them to cancel my Ultimate bag this month because there was NOTHING I wanted in it. Oh was I disappointed because I had such high hopes, but as I told them, it felt like they looked at my profile and decided to have some malicious fun by sending me everything I either hate (neutral eyeshadow? peach blush? floral perfume? Really, Ipsy?) or don’t need (acne products? I have one pimple a year).

  23. I think most of the unknown brands are from Korea, like Etude House, Dr Jart, Belief(?) you know, not too expensive, but quality is all right, worth a try.

    • Korean and Japanese brands aren’t expensive bc they don’t consider skin care a “luxury” like we do. To them, it’s something you do daily like brushing your teeth. Etude is a great brand.

    • Dr. Jart and Belief are extremely well known brands to most beauty junkies. Just because you don’t know them doesn’t make them unknown. Sephora sells both of these brands.

    • Whaaaaat? Belief and Dr. Jart are definitely not unknown brands. Just because you don’t know them doesn’t make them unknown. They are both very popular brands. Sephora sells both.

      • Sorry what I mean was the unknown brands from the GPU bag, are like Dr Jart and Belif, from Korea, because people have been saying they are zombie brands. I think we should at least give them a try. I am personally a fan of Dr Jart.

      • The zombie brands are the ones like Unicorn Glow and Biorace that literally don’t exist except in someone’s basement with generic made in China products that you just slap your printed label on.

      • Hi Cara, I am pretty sure LOCK unicorn glow is a Korean brand. The maker is called HANACOS/DK Cosmetics, 160 DEOKSONG-RO DUNNAE-MYEONHOENGSE ONG-GUN GANGWON-DO KOREA
        Also those other brands I think you can finder the maker if you know where to look.

      • dkcosdotcom is their company website

      • I think you may have misunderstood some comments. When I see people using the term “zombie” about Ipsy products, they’re referring to products that have already appeared in Ipsy bags during a previous month. For example, included in this month’s Ultimate Glam Bag is the Purlisse Matcha Green Tea Priming Moisturizer, which was previously featured in July’s Glam Bag Plus. Likewise, the Coloured Raine eye shadows, LOCK primers, & C’est Moi lip gloss were all in last month’s glam bag. Now they’re all “back from the dead” in time to surprise us for a Halloween trick this month.

      • Fair enough. There’s been posts from people who have done research on some of these companies and found that they simply don’t exist. They’re just people running a business in their living room putting labels on generic makeup and selling it. That’s why I thought zombie was referring to a dead brand. It’s actually pretty scary how many of these companies have no footprint whatsoever.

  24. Half of my “full size” items are drugstore (I’m including Betty Boop) that have an average value of about 8 dollars. I got FARAH brushes for the third month in a row and 4th time this year. I do like my other three full size—the Biorace serum, Farmacy cleansing balm, and Huda palette. My samples include the Unicorn primer which I just got last month. Yay. The Cela cream, Coloured Raine eyeshadow, and Papa Recipe mask are fine.

    I don’t expect to love everything. For example, I don’t use single eyeshadows, and I already have the Farmacy cleansing balm. But that’s not Ipsy’s fault. What I DO expect is to get 8 full size items, none of which I can get at Target for less than $8. I expect to not get the exact same items two months in a row. I expect to not get the same brand month after month after month.

    There is barely enough here to make me not cancel, but Ipsy is on very thin ice.

  25. I hate all the negative comments! It’s every single month for every single box. Something is always wrong and someone is always upset. I know I shouldn’t come on here and read them knowing they will all be complaints but I do like to see the occasional compliment and product reviews. Everyone is mad these brand and products are not popular products? How can you complain if you haven’t tried them? At least wait until you get your box and try them before saying you hate them.

    • I totally agree. I’m so tired of these people. Seriously just go away if literally everything makes you mad.

    • Of course I’m not going to try these products. That would be silly — I don’t want them! I’ve spent time crafting a beauty profile that tells Ipsy exactly what I do and do not want; I’ve diligently reviewed every item Ipsy has sent me over the past 4 years. Ipsy probably has more data on me than the government does. But none of that matters.

      Ipsy knew full well that these few variations of Ultimate Glam Bag could not possibly match the wants & needs of so many diverse subscribers. They just don’t care. And I think that would be fine… if they marketed these as bundles where people knew exactly what they were getting. But they don’t. They’re selling the UGB as something that’s tailored specifically to an individual profile. It’s not right for ipsy to do that.

      • I think some people would be less upset if;
        1. They would have marketed the Ultimate as a random selection that didn’t go by profile.
        2. Provided spoilers in a timely manner.
        3. Provided sizes of the products.

        People feel duped. They probably feel stupid too even though it’s not their fault. I can understand why they are upset.

      • If it were just this box I would agree. But it’s every single box every single item every single month over and over. It just never ends. And it’s the same people over and over. They will all do this dance next month too.

      • Nah, people are being sent 3.99 Target lip gloss as full-sized items in a $50 bag. That’s on Ipsy.

      • Ipsy is definitely falling short with GBU, but I can not believe any of you fell for the “customized according to profile” line. I mean really? They also have always claimed customization on the GBP and regular glam bag and they have always fallen short with those too! How could anyone possibly believe it would be any better for Ultimate? Those complaining about lack of customization should have known better! In regards to Ipsy sending items from the regular glam bag as full size, shame on Ipsy for that. I thought it was shady when they started doing it in the add on’s and it’s even worse that they are now doing it in the boxes. People have every right to complain about the GBU, Ipsy didn’t advertise it for what it really is.

      • I’ve been consistently pleased with my glam bag. I don’t think I’d be subscribing to any Ipsy bags at all if that wasn’t the case.

        Glam Bag Plus didn’t work out for me, but most of the time I did get the variation that fit my profile best — until I skipped a couple months because I didn’t like the spoilers, & I started to get leftover items from past months.

      • Actually the regular Glam Bag items and Plus items I’ve received have for the most part matched my profile pretty well.

    • Because a lot of people get multiple boxes from different companies hoping to get full size expensive items that they can sell and make money from. It isn’t about getting stuff they can use or give as presents and they get mad and feel cheated when they don’t get a couple of things they can at least get their money back with.

      • No, most people get multiple subscription boxes for themselves and their family. I don’t know of any one who buys boxes to resell.

        Just because people don’t want to receive junk for their hard earned money doesn’t mean that they are resellers.

  26. I wasn’t able to pick a product in October because I was told I was waitlisted but would get the November box. I open the site Oct 1 to see that I am receiving the box and will love the “great personalization.” I sent an email saying I wanted to cancel and be refunded because the point of the box was that I would get to choose my product and if I wasn’t going to get to, I didn’t want it. The reply was that if I didn’t like what I was getting, I could shop the add ons. That’s not even the point. It’s false advertising to say I can pick a product, not let me, and then force me to get the box anyway. Not to mention not having the number of full size products promised. I have sent two more emails and haven’t heard anything. I’m worried that it will be shipped and then I won’t have any recourse about getting it cancelled or refunded. I’m so angry and disgusted. This is beyond poor business practice.

    • Can you refuse the package? Someone suggested that too me but that would be putting a lot of faith in the USPS and Ipsy I guess.
      That’s just wrong. They stole from you.

  27. Ipsy is sharing a link to a survey on why we were unimpressed with Ultimate on their insta. I went off on this dollar store Glam Bag Ultimate Fail.

    • Thank you! I went and took the survey. I think that the fact they even have the survey shows that they are well aware they bombed spectacularly.

    • OMG where is that link? I can’t find it in their stories or any of the pics they have posted. I REALLY want to sound off on that survey. Thanks in advance!

    • I found the survey. Thanks so much for posting this.

      If anyone else is looking for it, the link is (note that it is case sensitive)

      Hopefully this comment shows up and everyone copies and pastes it into their web browser. The more people that comment on this the more chance there is to redeem this fiasco of the ultimate launch.

      • I let them have it! I ripped the a new one! Not cursing but I told them they were liars.

        So thank you for the link to that survey!

      • I did too!

  28. Ok ya’ll I’m about to ask ipsy for my money back. They did not deliver as advertised at all. they say 8 full sized items and 4 deluxe samples valued at over $250 and a bigger bag than plus.

    Bigger bag = No They are using the same bag for both plus and ultimate. Members getting both bags are also getting a mascara to make up for it, but not just ultimate members.

    Over $250 value = No My ultimate bag tallies up to $236.54*

    8 full sized items. = No As far as I can tell only 4 of my items should actually be considered as full sized for the ultimate. Here’s my breakdown.

    1. Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway cleansing balm. 100ml *Full Sized!* $34.00

    2. Betty Boop X Ipsy eyeliner. Offered in all 3 bags and as a $3 add on so debatable as to whether it should be considered full sized $16.00*

    3. Lasting Smiles lip balm (common in regular bag) $3.20

    4. Farrah Brush trio. *Full Sized!* $48.00

    5. Papa recipe eggplant clearing mud mask. 15 ml full sized is 100ml $2.94

    6. The Saem 2 sheet mask set ( common in regular bag) $2.09

    7. Biorace L’eau Hydrating treatment serum . 30ml *Full Sized!* $62.00

    8. Cela Creme de la cream. 1 oz full size is 2.5 oz $12.00

    9. Context Skin lipstick 2.4 grams, full sized is 3.4 grams also in plus and regular bags. $14.00

    10. Dewy Tree The Clean Lab AC Dew Foam .5oz Full size 4.73 oz $1.71

    11. Real Chemistry Environmental rescue Essential day cream 20ml (offered in their sampler only) full sized 50ml $13.60

    12. Huda Obsessions eyeshadow palette. *Full Sized!* $27.00

    Tell me when everyone heard about the ultimate they didn’t think since Plus is full sized and Glam bag is deluxe samples you didn’t think you would be getting 8 items like would be in plus along with 4 like GB and a huge bag for your $50+tax?

    • That’s exactly what I thought! 8 full size comparable to what’s in gbp and 4 deluxe size comparable to gb. Not sheet masks and a chapstick and a $3 eyeliner add on as 3 of my full size.

    • Lip balm and sheet masks *are* full-sized items. They didn’t send you just the chin and nose section of the sheet mask.

  29. I emailed Ipsy for some clarification on what is considered full and sample size among the items they chose for my bag, and this was their response:

    Here’s the list of the full size and sample size items you’re receiving in this month’s Glam Bag Ultimate:

    Full size products:
    – THE SAEM Natural Sheet Mask Set
    – MURAD AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
    – C’EST MOI BEAUTY Reflect Lip Gloss
    – KALEIDO COSMETICS Obsidian Water Proof Liquid Eyeliner
    – BETTY BOOP™ x IPSY Ipsy X Betty Boop Blush Palette in Cheek to Cheek Palette
    – BIORACE Hydrating Treament Serum
    – F.A.R.A.H BRUSHES Midnight Pro Trio
    – HUDA BEAUTY Obsessions Palette

    Sample size products:
    – NANETTE LEPORE Beautiful Times Eau de Parfum
    – IBOM Lemon Verbena Clay Mask
    – L.O.C.K. COLOR Unicorn Glow Hydrating Primer

    Additionally, I should be getting the “TRESTIQUE Good Vibes Mascara” as a gift for receiving duplicate bags in the ultimate and plus boxes.

  30. I am receiving the same box, only my HUDA palette is in Topaz.

    I emailed them and asked which items were considered full size. They emailed me back with this list:

    1. F.A.R.A.H BRUSHES Midnight Pro Trio
    2. BIORACE Hydrating Treament Serum
    3. BETTY BOOP™ x IPSY Ipsy X Betty Boop Blush Palette in Cheek to Cheek Palette
    4. KALEIDO COSMETICS Obsidian Water Proof Liquid Eyeliner
    5. C’EST MOI BEAUTY Reflect Lip Gloss
    6. THE SAEM Natural Sheet Mask Set
    7. FARMACY Green Clean Cleansing Balm
    8. HUDA BEAUTY Obsessions Palette

    I then asked what the size was for the lip gloss and what the quantity was for the mask set. I am currently awaiting a response to see if what is listed on the sight is going to be different than what they are sending us.

  31. Super annoyed the boop bag counted as a item….I guess I should have figured it would but I would much rather have another product then another bag…idk

  32. Received official clarification from IPSY
    “Glam Bag Ultimate is our new monthly membership for the beauty obsessed! It is $50/month, and comes with 8 full-size products, 4 deluxe samples, and 1 makeup bag, at a $250+ value.

    I looked into our records, and found that you were shipped these 12 items:
    3. NANETTE LEPORE Beautiful Times Eau de Parfum – sample size
    4. FARMACY Green Clean Cleansing Balm – full size
    5. THE SAEM Natural Sheet Mask Set – full size
    6. PAPA RECIPE Eggplant Mud Cream Mask – sample size
    7. C’EST MOI BEAUTY Reflect Lip Gloss – full size
    8. COLOURED RAINE COSMETICS Eyeshadow – sample size
    9. L.O.C.K. COLOR Unicorn Glow Long Wear Primer – sample size
    10. BETTY BOOP™ x IPSY Ipsy X Betty Boop Blush Palette in Cheek to Cheek Palette – full size
    11. BIORACE Hydrating Treament Serum – full size
    12. F.A.R.A.H BRUSHES Midnight Pro Trio – full size
    13. HUDA BEAUTY Obsessions Palette – full size
    14. Makeup Geek Highlighter – full size

    Let me know if there’s anything else I can help with, and thank you for your support!


    I have spent 673.46 only on IPSY this year alone (thank you paypal for impeccable book keeping) and for them to pull this, I’m canceling both my glam bag plus subs, obviously the train wreck that is Ultimate and I would cancel the regular but I just got the year of it and paid upfront. I don’t mind getting products that I won’t use because I’ll gift them. I don’t get outraged when they don’t follow my profile but this is just a money grab and using technicalities to get out of righting their mistakes is something I would expect from HR not IPSY. You promised full size products so to throw in 6 items that appear in a ten dollar bag on a regular basis and tell me “well technically it is full size so we delivered” doesn’t inspire confidence or my loyalty.

    And that betty boop blush is 29 but the whole set is 40? OK…

    • I feel your pain. I naively purchased the full year subscription to avoid the price increase as well. But after the October reveals were up I wanted to cancel everything. I cancelled everything else but I’m still kicking myself for buying another full year of the regular bag. It’s usually not terrible (like Plus has been for several months leading up to the absolute worst one yet for October) but I would just like to stop giving them my business based on principles.

  33. What baffles me is I truly don’t think Ipsy understands what an observant community we are. Did they honestly think they’d be able (for the most part) to send the same 8-10 items to literally EVERYONE, only changing a few here and there and actually expect us to believe it’s “personalized” to our individual profile?? I was born at night, but it wasn’t last night.(Insert eye roll).

    Furthermore, regardless of your financial status, whether your a bargain shopper, capable of paying full retail value, or a part time clown in the rodeo, Ipsy tweeted that the product line up for Ultimate (and I quote) would be COMPLETELY DIFFERENT from that of the regular and plus bags…guess what? On that claim alone, not to mention all the discrepancies in sample size/full size, product value, etc.. people absolutely have a right to complain. Ipsy’s legal dept really ought to pay closer attention to who’s answering for their company on social media outlets and the potential liability contained therein when those advertised claims aren’t being upheld.

    • Exactly!

    • I thought there’s no way Ipsy said “completely different” products, but there it is on Twitter, Aug 21, “We’ll feature similar products across all three memberships but will have exclusive, top brands and Ipster fave products for Glam Bag Ultimate. ” Similar, but not the same, and exclusive, top brands. So I guess their excuse for repeats is “it’s an Ipster fave”???? And the excuse for “exclusive” is that no one has heard of a brand?

      • Anna, I was actually referring to a comment Ipsy made in response to a subscriber’s tweet on their own personal twitter account..the young lady tweeted @Ipsy asking point blank if the products would be completely different, and someone from Ipsy (using their verified account) answered her and said (verbatim) that the product line up for ultimate would be “completely different”. The only reason I know about this particular interaction is because I follow a few different Ipsy hashtags on Instagram and her screenshot of their response showed up in my news feed one day. I deeply regret not taking a screen shot of her post showing Ipsy’s response, but sadly, I did not. I’m aware that interns are usually in charge of replying to social media accounts, but Ipsy is far too large a corporation with I’m sure many, many checks and balances in motion to allow for such a “mistake” if this wasn’t truly their intention from the start. The fact that you pointed out on Aug. 21st they tweeted nearly the same thing on their own account, just further proves my point. Whether it’s a person or a corporation is indifferent to me…I cannot tolerate lying.

    • I cancelled ultimate and plus, then emailed them because I’m essentially getting duplicates in both bags. I’m sticking to boxy, better brands, products, and value.

      2 black liquid eyeliners,
      2 eyeshadow palettes, and a single
      2 face masks
      2 cheek palettes

      ……I mean.

  34. I just saw my glam bag ultimate preview and I sent an email asking to cancel it. It’s absolute garbage, I don’t want any of it.

    Realher I Feel Beautiful Eyeshadow Palette
    Farmacy Cleansing Balm
    Betty Boop Eyeliner
    Lastng Smiles Peach Lip Balm(!)
    Farrah Brushes Trio
    Papa Recipe Eggplant Mud Mask
    The Saem Avocado Sheet Mask
    Biorace Hydrating Serum
    Cela Creme de La Creme
    Context Skin Matte Lipstick in sweet emotion
    Dewy Labs Clean Foam
    Real Chemistry Day Cream

    WHAT THE HELL. The lipstick and eyeliner are dupes from my glam bag.
    My preferences are pretty clear that I don’t want much skin care, and there are 7 skincare items. 7! And honestly, lip balm? The eyeshadow colors are also clearly against preference.

    I hope to GOD they don’t ship me this crap.

    • Sadly enough, I’d rather have received your bag than mine. It’s so lame that my box is very makeup heavy when all of my preferences are aimed at skincare. I would’ve liked the farmacy, the serum, the face cream, and the cela body cream. But nope. My 4th set of Farrah brushes, a single eyeshadow color, the huda warm brown shadow pallet (I have ADVENTUROUS colors selected and neutrals and browns as rarely) some cheap face masks, a perfume sample (I’m not a perfume wearer as it causes migraines for me) a clay mask (which I have wash off masks marked rarely) a primer (marked rarely) the Betty boop blush pallet which is basically exactly the same as the ofra pallet from last month, ANOTHER black eyeliner and my pick of the murad face cleanser.

      I’d trade your box for mine any day. But they both stink.

    • Has anyone answered you about cancelling? I have sent three emails over the past five days and haven’t gotten any response other than to tell me that if I didn’t get what I wanted, I could shop the add ones. 😤

      • Gabbi,
        The more you email the longer it will take because each new email sends you to the end of the queue.

      • Go to their Twitter account @ipsycare. You’ll get a faster response.

    • Jasmine, let us know what they tell you. I’m pretty sure we won’t be able to cancel at this point but I wish I could. I’m beyond annoyed. I should have gone with the basic glam bag and purchased add ons. I only got two makeup items too, one was the palette I chose and the other is the BB black eyeliner. That’s it. ugh

  35. Well, if there goal was to have lots of long time subscribers finally walk away after years of loyalty, they’ve succeeded it looks like. Way to go, Ipsy 👍🏻

  36. Having both plus and ultimate: I am kind of confused about some of the full sized items in ultimate. With plus – i have no doubt that i am receiving full sized premium items but with ultimate… there are some items that I am unsure if they are samples or full because if they were addons, ipsy would prolly tag them as samples.

    These are my loots:
    Suspected Samples = 3
    Perfume sample – 10 mL
    Lock Color – Primer – 10g (full size @ 12usd 30g)
    The Saem – 2 Face Mask (13 pk @ 15usd)

    Unsure = full/sample
    Cest Moi Beauty lip gloss (8usd)
    Coloured Raine Single Eyeshadow (7usd)
    Kaleido Eyeliner (8usd)

    Definitely Full = 5
    Murad Cleanser
    Betty Boop Blush Palette
    Biorace Serum
    Farah Brushes Trio
    Huda Topaz

    • That’s one of the problems. I don’t think that they’ve ever put anything below $12 in the Plus bag before. So now, when they are counting lower valued items as full size in a more expensive box it is unexpected and disappointing. Personally, I don’t think it was a good idea to mix full size and sample size in the same subscription. They should have made it 10 full size (actual full size like in Plus) for $50 or like Boxycharm Premium and do 7 for $35 if they can’t come up with enough quality full-size items.

      • Agree. I can’t help but wonder if this was all calculated as a dupe and blatant false advertising/sales…or…if they think the subscribers are that stupid to not be able to recognize full size, quality products?

  37. So initially I was very mad with Ipsy because the Ultimate was a total fail. But after reading the comments I realized I got one of the best selections. Damn … I’m still going to cancel because it didn’t meet my expectations, but it could’ve been worse. I got the perfume, matcha moisturizer, blush pallet, farmacy cleansing balm, lip gloss, eyeshadow, hydrating primer, mask sheet set, eggplant mask, serum, brushes and huda palette.

    • I got this same selection, and I agree, it is the best one I have seen. I’m choosing not to let the whole ordeal bother me, but I won’t be renewing for the ultimate.

    • I have the same products and am feeling the same way. I’m also cancelling because it didn’t meet my expectation either… but I’m trying not to let it bother me this month.

  38. I have only just started Ipsy a month ago, so I personally am not getting repeats. I dont understand the anger though, if the subscription box doesnt meet your standards than cancel. Why all the complaining? Are there things in my bag I wont use, probably. Is it a perfect match to my profile, no…but I dont expect it to be. I like trying new things and getting the surprises, it’s fun. If it becomes stressful, walk away. Lol. It is all about expectations. I hope to have 2-3 good products I enjoy and a few I would like to try. The rest, I will give to my daughter. If the money is an issue for you, probably should not do a random subscription box, but just my opinion 🙂

    • 2 – 3 good products out of 12 is not good enough when you are spending $50. The issue is more about false advertising and not delivering what was promised than people not being able to afford it. People have the right to complain and be angry when they’ve been duped.

      • That’s correct. Ipsy should be held accountable for their failure to provide what they advertised and sold.

      • Exactly! Thank you. And discussion/comment forums are for everyone to share their experiences positive or negative. BOTH can be useful, especially to people considering subscribing. They may want to be warned that after 5 years of product reviews and a very clear profile including opted-out categories, it’s possible you’ll get 4/5 products marked “Rarely” including repeats and products you’re supposed to be opted out of. I’m happy some people set their expectations so low it’s impossible to get let down. If that works for you, great. But I don’t think it’s too much to ask to get at least one product I’ve marked “often” and to not get items they’ve promised not to send, especially repeats. They’ve been getting my business for 5+ years now and have more than enough data to send me a more accurately personalized collection of products as promised. Sending the worst possible items in complete disregard for my profile and their supposed customization perk is not acceptable and not fair. Given my experience this month described above, after several bad months in a row, I am now “walking away.” But I have a right to vent and to warn others about how low they might need to set their expectations.

      • I have subbed for years and almost EVERY bag I get items I marked as rarely as well as products I have fully opted out of. It is not surprising it is the same thing with the $50 box.

      • Well said. I received three items in my Plus for categories that I have marked as ‘rarely’. I just plain don’t understand how that can happen. There is no grey area when one states that they don’t want bronzers and, voila` — here ya go…a lovely bronzer palette! It’s so simple, an elementary student could fill orders MUCH better.

    • Because it’s fraud. It isn’t the customization that is the biggest deal ( though there seems like less than before That part was kind of to be expected) To put it simply, people would be rioting if in the $25 Plus they received a $2 chapstick, a no name eyeliner, 2 $1 sheet masks and a Real her palette even if they threw in a mega expensive say 111 serum (actually full size) to make the value come out right. This is what we are getting ( minus the 111) as well as other “full sized items” that are really 1/3 to 2/3 full size. The fact that they throw on all the other issues like repeats and customization and not actually having the bigger bag on top of that just boggles the mind.

      • All this. Yes, thank you!

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