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Ipsy Reveals Are Up for the November 2019 Glam Bag!

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ByMSANov 2, 2019 | 174 comments

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The November 2019 Ipsy reveals are up! 

Here is what I will be getting in one of my Ipsy subscriptions:

What are you getting from Ipsy this month?

Here are all the items Ipsy is sending to subscribers this month. (You’ll receive 5 of them in your glam bag):

If you are new to Ipsy, it is a $12 a month beauty and makeup subscription box. Check out all of our Ipsy reviews to see what’s been in past boxes.

And check out our list of the 31 Beauty Boxes To Try, and all reviews of Cheap Subscription Boxes to find other subscriptions with similar price points to Ipsy!

IPSY Glam Bag ($13 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.
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174 comments

Pink5

One thing that they forgot to mention for the Hola Neon balm in “Call Me” is that it’s actually a nude, and it REEKS of coconut.

I got it as an add-on for my Plus, and tossed it after one use.

Gross.

Mari

I got that as an add-on too and now that I look at the actual swatch on their site, I see it looks nothing like I expected. The ipsy swatch and product make it look like you could at least get a decent rose or light red color. Ugh. https://holaneon.com/collections/tinted-balms

Tara

I LOVE coconut!

Adeline

Mine are so bad I’m hoping my mailman will steal it. Since he is a really nice old Hispanic dude that has never stolen any of my parcels, I think I’m out of luck. Ipsy you are seriously on the chopping block.

Alice R

Mine has shipped.

Jennifer

I ended up skipping this month because I didn’t like the bag and didn’t see anything in initial spoilers that I really wanted/needed. But that bare minerals blush looks pretty and is a shade I don’t have – maybe they will have it in a future month.

Franscene

Hello,
Mot sure if this is the correct spot to post this but appreciate your allowing me to ‘vent’. I truly enjoy the Ipsy concept, their offerings. I have been a member for almost a year to the two original subscriptions. There have been a few hiccups (3) and I did contact customer care trying to resolve. But this week I have reached my limit with them. I understand growth in a company but this makes no sense. I ordered many ‘shopper items’ to use as gifts, most are the previous bags, and special collections. When shipped special collections are thrown into the bottom of the box with no packing/protection. On this past order, it was a 2 collections and 3 previous bags. Many items crushed, one bag missing the ‘toggle’ and due to the type of toggle cannot open the bag nor repair. Contacted CS, shocked at their reply: For the non- usable bag a $2.48 credit; I replied them saying that was not acceptable as the zipper cannot be repaired their reply, to ship it back to Ipsy and there will be a $5.00 restocking fee. Is Ipsy under new management or investors, extremely poor CS in my opinion. And why not put the special collections item in a zip lock why throw them in the shipping box. (as an fyi, on the crushed items I am going to wrap the ones that can be gifted in tissue paper I had tried to see if I had an earring or something to use as a toogle (but the bag clasp arm is broken)

Tara

WOW. I don’t believe that I like my ipsy subscription enough to stick around after this, had this happened to me. Any issues I’ve had, I’ve emailed them (probably ipsy twice in 3 years and another sub 2 or 3x in 3 years) and the responses are all basically the same- nothing we can do, we pick the items for your bag based on your profile, the point is to try new things, thanks for your business 🤷 it’s conditioned me to not contact them if I have any more issues. I’ll just unsub. Which is exactly what I’d be doing after this and telling them exactly why, too.

Amber Costello

I picked the Hola Neon lip balm, bc I can never have enough balms (they tend to grow legs and walk away), but I’m wishing I hadnt bc the rest of the bag is stuff I would never choose. Nude eyeshadow, yet another highlighter and fluffy brush, and a hand cream (the cream I’m ok with, I’ve been wanting to try one of those for some time) overall I’m just disappointed that this is the 3rd or 4th time a Huda lip product has been offered and I haven’t gotten one one single time. After skipping the last 3 months, this one is kind of a letdown

Gina

I love November’s animal print bag! Was not a fan of October’s Betty Boop bag or the contents. I’m happy with my November picks

COLOR CLUB
Nail Polish in Rocky Mountain High

GIGI GORGEOUS
The Gorgeous Contour Brush

IT COSMETICS
Confidence In a Cream

WANDER BEAUTY
Wanderess Glow Highlighter in After Hours

PIXI BY PETRA
Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Naturally Nude (my pick!)

And I couldn’t resist some add-ons!

GIGI GORGEOUS
The Only Blush in Authentic

GIGI GORGEOUS
Less is More Lip Gloss in Get Into It

TOO FACED
Damn Girl Mascara

I had no idea who Gigi Gorgeous was when I added them, I just thought the colors were really pretty. I see now that it’s a new line, so I hope its good stuff!

Alice R

I love the animal print, too! You’re bag looks great!

Alice R

*your*

Shelly

I’m pretty happy. Most of these brands I’ve never tried.

Seraphine Blush quad (choice item – I’ve never tried this brand but this has good reviews)

Gigi Gorgeous bronzer duo (excited to try this even tho I’m not a big bronzer person but I can use it as a base eye shadow as well.)

Doucce Mascara (never tried this one so I’ll give it a go. I hate spending money on mascara so it’s good I get it in sub boxes)

Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer (I had never heard of this so I googled it and watched some YouTube videos and found out it is well loved so now I’m excited to try it)

Apto Skincare Promegranate Mask (I’m middle of the road on this. I’ve never heard of this brand either but I enjoy masks)

Add ons:

Coco Cabana Cream
Bare Minerals Bounce Blush
Wander Rush Eye Palette
Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Quad

Ab

I love my bag this month it’s like they actually know me lol. Was away for awhile so happy to Resub.

Vanessa

I like my bag except the foundation. Not always a fan of trying new foundations. But you never know. 

L.O.C.K. COLOR

L.o.c.k. It Good Boundation in 4 Light Buff (not super happy as is marked as rarely on my quiz)

THEBALM COSMETICS

Mary-Dew Manizer (Love! Add over matt foundation AMD this will be perfect for upcoming Christmas events)

GRACE & STELLA

Blackhead Removal Mask (will just use on my nose. This way the worst area is covered but prevents a big mess)

VASANTI COSMETICS

Power Oils Lip Gloss in Super Mom (Not sure until I try but not sad to get it)

MURAD

Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++ (My pick, but will save for the spring)

And last of al but so super happy I was able to get thos as an add-on!!

LABORATOIRES FILORGA

Time-Filler Eyes Absolute Eye Correction Cream

Victoria

*VERIPHY SKINCARE Power Trip Facial Serum (love me some skincare and this is a new brand for me)

*THE BALM COSMETICS Mary-Dew Manizer (eh, highlighter overload, have not even touched the Ofra sent a couple of months back. this looks like it could be good to mix into body lotion)

*GIGI GORGEOUS Touch Up Powder (was hoping for the GiGi bronzer, oh well…)

*IT COSMETICS Confidence in a Cream (yesssss skincare)

*PIXI BY PETRA Mineral Duo in Naturally Nude (my pick)

ArtGeek

I wasn’t thrilled when I saw my spoilers for my Glam Bag, but then when I look at the other options this month…I’m happier with my bag. Lol. Not really thrilled with any of it. Glad I paused my GBP.

Leigh

I’m not super excited about my bag, but I will use it all, so yay? It’s not terrible, but it is a very boring bag for me. Definitely going to try not picking an item next month to see if I start loving my bag again!

My bag:
VERIPHY SKINCARE
Power Trip Phytoglycogen + AHA Facial Serum – (OFTEN) I have been wanting to incorporate serums into my skincare routine and thanks to Ipsy this is the 3rd one I’ve gotten in 3 months! Love that I have 3 different brands/types to try.

LOVECRAFT BEAUTY
Blush in Dauphine – (SOMETIMES) I think I did this to myself by switching my color preferences to peaches/nudes to get away from pink blushes. Terracotta is NOT my color but I love the brand and will at least try it out!

L.O.C.K. COLOR
L.o.c.k. It Good Boundation in 1 Fair Beige – (OFTEN) Again, set to often to try to get the Smashbox from last month (and ended up being able to pick that one as my choice), so I did this to myself lol. Time to redo the quiz! I will try it, the description seemed promising and I do like S Korean foundations/BB creams!

ROYAL & LANGNICKEL
MŌDA® PRO GLOW Brush (OFTEN) – YASSSS BRUSHES. Yay new brand to try, yay that it’s not an eye brush!

MURAD
Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++ (OFTEN) – my pick. Love Murad, love moisturizer, love SPF.

ADD ON:
HOLA NEON
Tinted Lip Balm in Call Me – can’t wait for this one! Love it!

I guess my biggest concern is that 2/5 items (foundation and blush) could be bad color matches. Technically it’s a good fit according to my quiz, so I’m going to go back through and redo it!

Liina

I also added on the light pink Milani gloss because I heard it is a dupe for the Buxom formula which is my absolute favorite. Has anyone compared the Milani and Buxom glosses? The only glosses that sit on my lips the way Buxom does, without being too sticky, are Bareminerals and Butter London. I would love a less expensive option.

Liina

I added the cocoa cabana cream too! I didn’t like the scent at first, but it grew on me. It smells better once it’s on. I prefer their bum bum cream scent and formula, but I really like this scent too.

Does anyone know how good for you the ingredients in the Gigi lip balm are? I’m hoping it’s good. I don’t recognize the first couple of ingredients; so I will eventually look them all up.

Cassie

So happy with my bag! I’ll be getting:

Murad essential-c cream (my choice)
FAB dry oil
GiGi lip balm
Scone cosmetics eyeliner
Pixi by Petra duo in mesmerizing bronze

I also went a bit crazy with add ons. Super happy. Since we had to get a GiGi item, I’m glad it’s a lip balm- always useful.

Leah

people keep saying that they build your bag around the item you pick, but I’m not sure how true that is. I picked Murad mousturizer this month and what i’m getting also is morrocan rose mask (I love masks that are not sheet masks), two lip balms – one from Gigi gorgeous and one tinted from hola Neon. excited about Gigi gorgeous one, cause out of everything in that collection, its the one thing i would have picked out myself. not sure about tinted balm, but at least its a balm and not a lipstick (I have lipsticks as no, and balms as occasionally) and layla nail polish in dark blue. I have nail polishes set as often (loooove them) and its within my preferred color selection. so unless its one heck of a coincidence, it seems like this bag was personalized around my choices, rather then moisturizer I picked. /shrug. last month’s bag made me a bit annoyed, but this one is right on the money as far as my preferences go, so good job ipsy 🙂

Joy B.

It’s gotten to where the only reason I still have Ipsy is for add-ons. I’m basically paying them $12 a month for the privilege of paying them more for what I wish I had gotten in my bag. After looking at all of the products available this month, I feel like they truly went out of their way to send me the only 5 things I didn’t want. It’s so weird to me. I usually roll my eyes hard when people complain about what they get in a $12 subscription bag, but I’m starting to understand the extreme frustration people are feeling. I’m super new to subscription boxes and have only had this one for three months but every month with Ipsy is a disappointment which I just don’t understand. After looking at everything that was available this month that I could have gotten, there were TONS of things I would have wanted and would have been easy to send me if only they had paid one ounce of attention to my profile.

Here’s the thing, if they aren’t going to use the profile why not just say that?!?!?!? Then I would know to stay away from them. But they literally state on my account every single month, “we are personalizing your glam bag just for you” and tell me to “make sure you rate your bag by x date to make sure your next bag will be personalized for you”. Yet every month they send me 5 items that are all on my “rarely” list. EVERY MONTH.

Since I’m so new to Ipsy, I also made the mistake of ordering two mystery bags because I was so excited at the idea and both of them also contained the only 5 products from each of their respective months that I did not want. I know it’s $12 but I signed up to receive samples tailored to me in order to truly sample products in hopes of finding things I want to buy full size.

I know that it is a sample box and I’m not going to love every single thing every month. But after 3 months to have received only items on my rarely list (or one month I got a nail polish which I love nail polish and marked “frequent” but it was in a shade I marked “rarely” and looks terrible on me) I think it’s just not for me. It might just be $12 but I guess I just need to spend $12 every month on something I’ve been wanting to try instead.

To sum up this long boring rant I just want to say that I’ve also had to contact customer service about an issue before and they were beyond disappointing. Very unconcerned and unwilling to help.

Vee

Have you tried Birchbox? I was a subscriber a year or two ago. I remember the style quiz being less in depth, but remember being more satisfied overall per month. A reason I do ipsy over Birchbox because the bags are more useful to me than boxes. I travel a decent amount so it’s nice to have the ipsy bags to portion out my things.
I tend to feel just as frustrated as you. I totally understand there might be an item or two per month I can’t or don’t use. No bag is going to send you three lipsticks per month because it’s the only item in the bunch that you selected “love” for. But it seems like their algorithm isn’t great or they don’t have enough monthly variety. They also seem to miss the mark even when it’s items I do like. I have the exact same nail polish issue, I really like getting nail polish, but almost every time it’s a color that sucks. This month it’s that Layba polish in a super boring, kind of ugly blue.
It’s a little petty, but I also hate how they missed a great opportunity for a Halloween themed bag, and instead we got a shallow Betty-Boop collab that would probably be more appropriate for February and Valentines Day. The collaborations are always cheap and disappointing.
Someone below mentioned that if you choose a product each month that you get some pre-made bag instead of a bag based off your preferences. Which might be why we both keep striking out (and explains why I’m getting ugly nail polish and other items I won’t use, sans the moisturizer I picked). But that’s also a load of crap and completely voids the purpose of having a personalized factor.

Dawna

I subscribed to Birchbox in 2016 for 6 months. It’s now $15 per month, all sample sizes. My 1st box was spot on, the rest were not. I wrote in after 4 months of 2-3 sunscreens in every box and was told we’ll do the best we can. Next month, 2 more sunscreen samples. Canceled. Some of the samples I got were such small samples, one use is all you get.
I recently decided to give them another try. They had a sign up deal, free random box. Guess what? Between the two boxes, 5 sunscreens! 2 of which are actually repeats from 3 years ago. One tube was so tiny, I got 3 drops out it. I cut it open just to see if I could get more out and there wasn’t even enough for my face. I took the rest on vacation and none of them compared to what I buy at Walmart.
If you do decide to give them a try, in the questionnaire, it asks if you are willing to receive foil packets. Check yes. It’s not a subscription, it’s an extra. I got some shampoo in a bottle but the conditioner was in a foil packet. There were 7 items in that box verses 5 in the other. Still got 2 uses of conditioner.
Wouldn’t pay $15 per month, but once in awhile I might bite on the bogo deal.

Dawna

I don’t see this as a rant at all. I see this as a very well written opinion.
I’ve been subscribed to Ipsy for 3 1/2 years. I’ve tried several other beauty subs over the years as well and always ended up with box envy and even more disappointment than my Ipsy.
If you want to know what other subs I’ve tried and my opinions, just ask.
That being said, I have been very disappointed in Ipsy lately. I recently updated our budget and made some cuts here and there. Ipsy is the only sub I kept. I did mention that when I wrote into ipsycare regarding a repeat item. I would not have cared if it had been an item I had rated highly and have marked send frequently. But, it was a repeat of an item I mark low every single time, marked send rarely, yet I’m getting it frequently. Why?! Ipsy’s response was corporate bs, so I sent screenshots and got snarky about looking at my account before responding. Response was that they’re sorry, here’s 600 points for the inconvenience. Thanks? I guess. I responded back and said that I am seriously considering canceling. This IS their worst year ever. I know they’re loosing customers… I hope y’all at Ipsy are planning on straightening things out by the new year and start treating your customers right. It’s not just a subscription anymore. It’s a subscription plus . Please forward this email conversation to someone higher up. They really need to hear what their customers are feeling.
Waiting to hear back…

Joy B.

Thank you for the response! Very kind of you. I would love to know the other subs you have tried, especially the ones you are happiest with. I’ve had Birchbox for 3 months and I LOVE it. I have found one box is not enough though as they are so addictive! I will miss the bags from Ipsy as Birchbox doesn’t have those and I have loved the bag each month. Especially November, I have been into leopard print since forever. My husband calls me leopard lady. 😊

Lisa Dudash

My bag was spot on?

Shanrell

I decided not to pick a product this month. I’m receiving:

MAC Cleanse Off Oil (good)
Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Fearless (a little scared of the color but I will try it)
Dome Beauty blush in English Rose (I love blush)
Royal and Langnickel pro glow brush (eh)
Delectable by Cake Beauty hand cream (fine)

I added on:
SDJ Coco Cabana Cream
Bareminerals blush

Anna

I read online if you pick a choice item then Ipsy doesn’t go off your profile but “builds a bag around your choice item. Someone emailed Ipsy and they confirmed this. So the guess is they have a number of premade bags based on the choice item.
I’m going to play around with this if I don’t really love the choices next month.

My bag is
SLMISSGLAM
Tapered Face Brush P62
GIGI GORGEOUS
Living Lip Balm in Natalia
PIXI BY PETRA
Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Mineral Bronze
IT COSMETICS
Confidence in a Cream
FIRST AID BEAUTY
Ultra Repair Cannabis & Oat Dry Oil (My choice)

I’ve seen a few of this bag based on the same choice so it’s quite likely. Maybe this is why so many are saying Ipsy doesn’t listen to their profile.

Overall I’m happy with my bag. I also added on the blush from bare minerals which I wanted to buy anyways.

Shelly

That is ineresting. I keep getting bronzer even tho I have it listed as a rarely. LOL

mari

Anna, I think it’s definitely true that they have premade bags because they have printed inserts with the bag contents, and they could not do that w/o a finite set of bags. They probably have 5-7? bags based around each main item for different options, like: no bronzers, no blush, likes masks, likes nail polish, etc. And if you fall into more than one category on the “nos” then it will seem like they didn’t listen to your profile. Like I have blush and lip gloss as rarely and bronzer as sometimes. If I had all of them on rarely, I think for sure I would have got one of them still because of them pushing the Gigi products. (I got the bronzer.)

I read the same thing about them customizing the bag around a choice item. I think it really means that they use that one item as the “seed item” to chose which premade bag you are getting, not necessarily that they will then build out your bag and customize it the other 4 items based on your choice item. They have already determined the other contents of the bag w/ their premade picks.

So when you choose an item, you may get stuck with an iteration of a bag that has more “no” products than you would normally get because by chosing an item you are removing one level of randomness.

I hope that makes sense.

Sarah

We should test this theory. If my brain still worked right…. 🙄 Just by everyone posting what they got and maybe some of us choosing the same thing but have different profiles to see what happens. Who’s got the brains for this? 🤣

jem

I also choice the oil and this is my exact bag. I’m good with it.

I paused my gpb, but added on the wanderess palette and the veriphy serum.

Kem

Anna, Your choice is also my choice and got a completely different bag from you so IDK.

Joy B.

Same here. I chose the oil and am getting a completely different bag. All four of my other items are different.

SunnyT

I chose the IT Confidence in a cream and I’m receiving this exact same bag.

JennR

Really happy with a 5/5 Glam bag this month! I chose the It Cosmetics moisturizer and am also getting TheBalm liquid highlighter, Veriphy serum, Pixi bronze eyeshadow duo and Lock foundation. I added on a Coco Cabana cream.

AmyM

I ended up skipping plus and ultimate and only received a Glam Bag which is pretty much perfect for me this month. I added the Wander Beauty palette, the Coco Cabana cream and the IT moisturizer to round it out. Very happy!

dia

My bag was satisfactory, not fantastic. I got:

Murad moisturizer with SPF 30 (my pick)

Vasanti lip oil. The color looks nice, but I’m not a fan of lip oils, because they tend to disappear within an hour.

MAC cleansing oil. Love cleansing oils. I was tempted to select this during selection time. Only reason I didn’t was because it’s tiny at 0.2 oz

Skone eyeliner in black. Whatever.

Lovecraft blush in Oscaria. The color seems pretty intense. Will have to see.

I was surprised I didn’t receive any Gigi items, but I did add the Gigi contour brush and the Farmacy masks.

Sherry Young

If it weren’t for the add-ons I would probably cancel. For $12 it’s fun to get a few surprises, but only if they would be items I might try. There were so many items that clearly would have been a better fit. This bag proves that they don’t go by my profile. We should have the option in our profile to choose never on items that we do not and never will use.

MoniqueDC

Totally agree

Tara

I’m really getting two damn blushes this month! 🤦
As per usual, I could definitely pick a great bag suited to my profile with the items they’re using, but instead I think I’ll use 1, maybe 2 items. Ipsy has REALLY been dropping the ball lately, but I’ve stayed subbed since they give you the option to buy the other items. But this month I’m seeing tons of items above that I didn’t have the option to buy, and they weren’t sold out, I didn’t see them at all.

Charlotte

You’re so very right Sherry Young‼️

Dawn

Absolutely! I will use two items from this bag. The serum I chose and Confidence in a Cream. The blush they chose for me is terra-cotta. I am receiving bronzer which I never use. And of all the Gigi crap, I am getting the sparkly finishing powder. Never use that either. My “no” items are primers and highlighters. I wish I could add some others. Or I wish I could elect to receive ONLY skincare, fragrance, and lip products. If I wanted other make-up, I would have upgraded to plus. I purchased two Farmacy masks and a Juice Beauty serum. That one was an $18 splurge. I regret it now. That might end up on ebay.

Vic

I am pretty happy with my bag and I didn’t make a choice. I am recieving Color Club nail polish in rocky mountain high (looks to be similar to nail polish I recieved last month), Slmissglam tapered face brush (this is so pretty!), Belief moisturizing eye bomb, Pixie by Petra Mineral Duo in nudes, IT cosmetics confidence in a cream.

Dea

That would have been an amazing bag for me. But I selected the Murad, and selecting can sometimes throw you out of a profile fit. Not complaining! It’s all experimental.

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