Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review – November 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!)
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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 November 2019 Review
Here is our info card complete with all of our items.
Our bag was a soft leopard print complete with a cute faux-suede tassel. I actually really love this print because it is shades of brown with a hint of pink, and seems so much softer than traditional leopard. The small scale is also really adorable.
Now, on to the items!
Ciaté London Dewy Stix, 5 g – Retail Value $26.00
While I have tried this product before and it wasn’t my favorite, I think that is due to me liking a little sparkle with any sort of highlighter I use. This is more of a gloss effect, and with my skin tone (and large pores) it makes me feel like my face is weirdly wet and much less smooth than I prefer. I did like it better under my makeup because it kind of had a similar effect to my beloved Touch In Sol Pretty Filter Glassy Skin Balm in the way that it added a glassy effect to my skin underneath my product. I think for myself, this is a little closer to the look I normally go for than the shininess on top of everything else.
Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer, 1 fl oz – Retail Value $45.00
I have sampled this primer before and I do like it, though I always find myself going back to cream-based formulas. I know this stuff has a huge following, and since I have a full pot to play with now, perhaps that will change? It also smells like heaven!! The heavy clear gel gives instant hydration and does indeed help my makeup stay looking fresh for longer throughout the day. Also, it comes with a little black scoopy spoon! How cute is that?
trèStiQue Good Vibes Mascara, 9 ml – Retail Value $25.00
I actually received this item in my first Ipsy Ultimate bag, so I was a little disappointed to see it again, even in Plus. The mascara itself works fine, and I do like the built-in curler, even as someone who generally doesn’t use a curler. It isn’t awesome enough to replace either of my normal mascaras (I rotate between Benefit BADgal and Clinique Lash Power), but I have been using the same ones for years so it would have to be pretty over-the-top amazing to turn the tide.
Gigi Gorgeous x IPSY The Sick Sculpt Bronzer Duo in Turnt + Extra, 7.8 g
First off, as far as collabs go, this packaging is so much nicer than both the Tetris and Betty Boop. The product itself seems a bit of an upgrade as well, and though I don’t use bronzers, there is something I like about this powder. I would argue that for me this would be much more of a contouring sort of powder, because it seems so sheer and it isn’t as warm as so many bronzers out there. If you read my reviews often, you know I don’t usually contour, so why do I like this? The answer is simple and plays right into my own vanity. I have a fuller chin and this sheer darker powder does wonders for minimizing my extra “double.” A big fluffy brush coated in it around my jawline really makes me feel like it is less noticeable and this formula is so sheer that I don’t feel like I look “dirty.” This lack of strong pigmentation might be why some others don’t like this powder, but for me, against all odds, I am kind of into it.
This isn’t like, the craziest bronzer I have ever swatched.
Belle en Argent Auteur Creme Lip Color in ‘Smoking on Screen’, 3.4 g – Retail Value $32.00 (currently on sale for $18.00)
Finally, we have arrived at my FAVORITE item this month. I am so into this lipstick!! I have never tried anything by this brand before and I am so impressed and into it. From the shiny Art Deco-inspired casing (with a snappy magnetic lid!) to the sheer but buildable formula, I am hooked. This is my dream sort of winterberry shade: a little red, a lot of pink, and with multiple swipes, it is as moody as I was at 13. It also has a stain effect so even when it runs thinner through the day your lips still look freaking fantastic.
I will wear this all winter long!
Verdict: This box has a value of $146.00 which is great for a $25 box. I wasn’t as crazy about my assortment this month as so many in the past, but there were some wins. I absolutely love that lipstick. Wow. I would have happily paid full price for it and it is a little over the box cost, making the rest feel like a bonus. I kind of want to buy a few more from this brand! The Gigi Gorgeous bronzer was a surprise hit, but totally used in a different way than intended. The Illamasqua primer was another item I thought was a great addition too. I was less enthused about the mascara (but mainly because it was a repeat) and I am not super crazy about the Dewy Stix, though with some experimentation I could absolutely use it. I think what was missing for me this month was some good old fashioned skincare, though this box is known for both skincare and makeup items. Fingers crossed for next month!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? You’ll likely start with December 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:
- Ciaté LondonDewy Stix $4.45
- Illamasqua Primer $7.71
- trèStiQue Mascara $4.28
- Gigi Gorgeous Bronzer $4.11
- Belle en Argent Lipstick $4.45
Alternatively, each item has an average cost of $5.00.
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What do you think of the November Ipsy Glam Bag Plus? Which items did you get?