Ipsy Review – November 2019


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Ipsy November 2019 makeup subscription review

Ipsy is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription box. Each month you get full-size or deluxe-sized products, plus a cute makeup bag.

This is one of Liz’s top recommendations if you are looking for a subscription box – the value and sample sizes are amazing. (Check out our list of the best beauty boxes for 2019 and our reviews of Cheap Subscription Boxes for more recommendations!)

(FYI – Just like Birchbox, Ipsy sends out many different variations of their bag each month – so my review is just one of the bag variations you might receive!)

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About Ipsy Glam Bag

The Subscription Box: Ipsy

The Cost: $12 a month + free US shipping. Save with an annual subscription.

The Products: Full-sizes and samples of makeup and beauty products. (Plus a makeup bag!)

Ships to: The US for free and Canada for $2.95

Delivered via: DHL or FedEx + USPS

Visit the Ipsy Swap Page to swap for any of the items you see in this review!

My Ipsy Glam Bag November 2019 Review

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Included is a card detailing each of the items.

  • super cute leopard bag

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  • brown interior with brown fau suede tassel

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    Each month, Ipsy subscribers get a makeup bag in addition to their items. This month was a very cute mini leopard print made of a tan, brown, and blush color palette. I really like it!

    • pink and yellow ombre design mini spray can

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    • back of packaging with text and info

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      Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo, 0.75 oz –  Estimated Value $1.70 (Buy 5.3 oz for $12.00)

      I am a maybe 2-3 times a week shampoo-er, so dry shampoo is a must in my routine to keep my hair big and fluffy like I like it! This little spray is the perfect purse size and I enjoy the design. I like pretty things! It works just fine and it has a fresh, clean scent that is just a little sweet.

      • mini pot of cream and info box

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      • thick heavy cream texture inside pot

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      • back of packaging with text and info

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        IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream, 0.237 fl oz – Estimated Value $5.69 (Buy a full-size 2 fl oz for $48.00)

        This is one of my mom’s HG products that she uses daily. Since I gifted her a full-size pot recently, I think I will keep this for myself. It is a great cream for anyone who has dry skin or who wants to add some anti-aging to their routine. It has all the good stuff: ceramides, oatmeal, hyaluronic acid, shea, vitamin E, and more! I like the super thick texture and how nicely it absorbs.

        • peachy pink blush pot in grey plastic

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        • back of packaging with text and info

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          dome BEAUTY Cheek Envy Blush in ‘English Rose’, 2.5 g – Full Size! Retail Value $28.00

          I also received a blush last month, but since I am a total blush-o-holic, I don’t mind. Especially since this shade is another winner! This is a very subtle blush color-wise, but pick up too much with your brush and you will know it! Loads of pigment here and it just takes the tiniest amount to give a natural peachy pink flush. I like this shade a lot because it is still pink enough to make me smile, but a little more subdued than some of my others.

          This is an easy win for me.

          • mini bottle of blue nail polish

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          • open polish bottle to show brush bristles

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            Layba Nail Polish in ‘Sexy in Jeans’, 5 ml

            I have never heard of this brand and I had a hard time locating any info on it that wasn’t in Italian. This made-in-Italy polish is a really pretty blue color with a little purple. As far as blues go, it is really sophisticated! I wasn’t crazy about the watery formula, but it did coat nicely. The image below is of 2 coats.

            A truly interesting blue.

            • lilac and white lip balm

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            • open lip balm

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              Gigi Gorgeous Living Lip Balm in Natalia, 4 g – Retail Value $14.00

              I am happy to report that I think this collab is miles better than Betty Boop was and also nicer than Tetris too! The packaging is really pretty and I love the minimal white and lilac color-blocking. Interestingly enough, it does say manufactured by Gigi Gorgeous Cosmetics LLC with an address that belongs to a talent agency in Los Angeles, so maybe this isn’t Ipsy made? It is an Ipsy exclusive, like the rest of the collection. I have no clue. Aside from these mysteries, I really like this balm and I think it is nice that a celeb collab included such a basic necessity. It has a slight vanilla scent that is pleasant and is made with vitamin E and sunflower oils for hydration. The retail value seems high for a basic balm, but I am happy to have this in my bag this month.

              Verdict: This Ipsy Glam Bag had some good stuff in it. I actually enjoyed everything, though the formula of the nail polish was not my favorite. The blush was my top pick this month and I am happy it was a full-size item. I am pleasantly surprised by the Gigi balm, and the dry shampoo and cream will certainly be used. The overall value lands somewhere around $49.39 even without the polish so it was a good month value-wise too! 

              To Wrap Up:

              Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Possibly! As of publication, there was no Ipsy waitlist. Check here to see what month you’ll get first.

              Good to Know: Ipsy sends out variations. You may get a completely different bag than me.

              Value Breakdown: At $12 for this box, each of the 5 items (not including the makeup bag) has an average cost of $2.40.

              Check out all of our Ipsy reviews and the best beauty subscription boxes of 2019, as recommended by our readers!

              Visit the Ipsy Swap Page to swap for any of the items you see in this review!

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              Written by Megan Kirkland

              Megan Kirkland

              I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

              Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Cheap Subscription Boxes, Ipsy Reviews, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: ipsy | 49 comments

              49 Comments

              1. I was very surprised when I opened my bag and found an eyeshadow palette. I assumed it was a mistake, but then became hopeful that it was like some sort of bonus for being subscribed for a while. I decided to see what add-ons I had ordered, and it turned out that I had ordered some sheet masks, which were not included, so they sent me the wrong item, and a more valuable one at that. So now I have to reach out to Ipsy care. *sigh* I have seen other people post about mistakes in their orders, but this is the first one I have had.

              2. Loved my bag contents, although the make up bag itself wasn’t really my style. That’s ok because my 4-year-old has decided he is “Cheetah Boy,” a super hero that is as fast as a cheetah. This makeup bag now holds, “all the things that give him super powers.” Including a Lego block, a plastic head necklace, and an emp candy wrapper. Ipsy has something for everyone 😋

              3. Sooo… I got the exact same things in my bag. The EXACT SAME. While I didn’t particularly mind this month’s bag, I have decided that I have been spending waaayy too much money on GB and GBP every month, and that if I’m not going to be getting consistently fantastic brands, shades, and variety of products, it is no longer worth my time and money. Don’t get me wrong, I am an Ipsy devotee and I love most of what they have to offer and the prices are just too good to pass up, but when only 2/5 things appeal to me on average every month, I get an overload of products, and wind up feeling like I have lost money in the long run… While this may not be true, I’m about ready to give Ipsy a break. Let’s hope December is wowing… otherwise I might have to press pause.

                • Thars how I started feeling about Birchbox.

              4. I love everything I received in my bag, I had IT cream, Verso skincare serum,pixi eyeshadow duo, royal brush and Gigi setting powder, three of them have been already in use, and I am pleasant with them, will be considering to purchase the full size. Now I am excited for December bag, Ipsy!

              5. My comments outlining what I received aren’t being posted so I’ll just say I enjoyed everything in my bag this month.

              6. I loved everything in my bag. I got the same It brand face cream, a pretty blush,The Balm liquid highlighter, a serum and a makeup brush. I don’t think any of my stuff was the Gigi brand but if it was I’m ok with that because I loved everything. I don’t care for the actual bag but no big deal.

              7. Love everything in your bag! I loved mine also but would have been equally thrilled maybe even a tad more with yours! 🙂

              8. I would never tell anyone what to use or not use when it relates to cosmetics or anything else. It’s a personal decision. My personal decision is to use the products I love, talc or no talc. I’ll definitely try the Gigi product in my GB. I’ve said this before on this site – I’m a late 50s baby. There is no doubt that I was doused in talc powder. Everyone was, adult, child, infant. Decades later it was still commonly used. Even today. Sure, everyone is aware of the new talc research. Most people use very little of it day to day now. I’m not going to fret over the tiny bit of it, in the tiny bit of makeup I use. I’m definitely exposed to far worse pollutants and carcinogens in my day to day existence. Use it or not use it. Subscribe or unsubscribe. Personal decision.

                • For me, talc isn’t simply a decision of wether or not I want to use it or not. It’s actually causing rashes.

              9. Can someone please tell me why my comment with a link to the nail polish, on the company’s own website, with information on the retail value…. was deleted? In the last few days, I’ve had at least 4 comments deleted off of this site, and I’m starting to get really irritated with the comment policing

                • Might want to double check your link is just below scroll down and Chill

                  • Chill?? My comment was up and then removed, along with the responses. Get out with your nasty attitude

                    • I have had numerous comments deleted as well. It happens. I wish the policy on what can and can’t be said was a little more clear.

                    • Yes cause clearly I’m the one with the nasty attitude lol. Was just pointing it out. Chill meaning it’s really not that deep is it? Bunch of people on here really need a hug 😉

                      • I took your comment as being snotty, too.

                        At any rate, it is very frustrating when you try to post something and it doesn’t show up. Usually the comments do later show up within 24 hours, but by then the comment may no longer be relevant as the conversation has moved on or someone else has posted the same thing.

              10. I have been looking at the ingredients on packaging that has them and going to the brands name website and reading the ingredients listed there.

              11. I decided to reactivate my old glam bag account (from when you had to have separate accounts for glam bag + plus) to get the Violet Voss bonus palette, so I got an extra glam bag this month with no product choice customization, & it was very similar to Megan’s. It has the lip balm, moisturizer, & dry shampoo. Instead of the nail polish, I got the Huda lip strobe in Fearless (YES!) & the Wander beauty highlighter.

                There’s still 13 things I would have liked to try that were sent out in November bags that I would have liked to try, but didn’t receive in either of my 2 glam bags. Think I should get a 3rd? XD XD XD

              12. I normally stick to classic colors for nail polish, but I really liked this particular shade of blue. I did not like the watery forumla though and it took me four coats to acheive coverage.

                • I do love the color too. I feel like I only got away with two heavy coats because I already had polish on maybe? If this was a thicker polish, I would be SO into it.

                  • I didn’t get this, but I love colors like this on my toes. I was contemplating wether or not to get this if it’s ever a rewards points item or add on. So, I appreciate knowing this.
                    I got a pretty thin nail polish once but I loved the color. Someone suggested using a nude color as the base coat and it worked.

              13. I do like the color of that polish!

                • I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt and saying it’s worth 3.90 Euros so it’s $4.31. A really nice blue – got it in my bag, too ☺️

                  • Their own website lists it at 2.10 euros

                    • It showed between certain prices when I checked before. It’s such a steal either way for a super blue color! Love it ❤️

                • Then we can afford to buy other colors if we like the formula. Btw, your comment with the link is showing up fine

                  • It was up, and then removed for some time, along with the responses. It’s happened a lot lately. Start counting the number of comments that show up on posts and compare to the # of comments. Lately a lot of them are not matching up.

                    • Sometimes MSA has glitches. It’s happened to me. I wouldn’t let it upset you though. They typically show back up within an hour or two when that happens (in my experience)

                      • Not true. I’ve had comments permanently removed just because I have a different opinion than the reviewer. I really wish Liz would just make it very clear what the posting policy is. Just deleting comments without explanation is a good way to lose readers.

                      • They do delete SOME comments if they don’t follow the guidelines. That doesnt make what I said untrue, but, whatever babe.

                      • Don’t call me babe. Please and thanks.

              14. Idk… I’ve been loyal to Ipsy for about 3 1/2 years. This year, they just seem more and more off. I got the same blush as shown in this review. It’s not a shade that works for me and then there’s the fact that the main ingredient is talc. Daughter isn’t going to use that. I got the Gigi Gorgeous face powder, and what were they thinking?! It’s talc and aluminum! Is it face powder or antiperspirant for your face? The ingredients are that of my great great grandmother’s era! For a company that is always preaching about natural ingredients and being ingredient conscious, someone at Ipsy sure wasn’t paying any attention to the ingredients going into this awful collaboration! I read a lot of the reviews on ipsys website and they aren’t good. The Gigi powder went from the Glambag to the trash. I did open it and smell it. It smells like what I thought it would, old lady muff powder! That’s what the ingredients are and that’s what it smells like… My review of it has been taken down from ipsys website. Guess they didn’t like me pointing out the toxic ingredients.

                • The Betty Boop blush palette also has talc in it so I haven’t used it. Ingredients need to be improved.

                  • I just don’t understand the use of talc in certain products when there are better options out there.
                    I recently went through my makeup and other products to see what needs to be used up or tossed. After reading the ingredients on some of the products from Ipsy, I decided to look at some of my all time favorites and I’m shocked! I generally keep 2 blush shades, one darker then the other, winter & summer & blend in between. Tarte replaced my lighter shade, but sadly, my all time favorite is probably the culprit for the irritation on my cheeks because it’s talc. Dang it! So, I’m actually going through everything again and looking up the ingredients. I know what’s in my lotion, shampoo and conditioner, and I am aware of what is in my antiperspirant/deodorant. I have tried deodorants without the antiperspirant and I just can’t do it. Yesterday, I went without any foundation and used concealer, tinted face powder, blush & mascara. Blush and powder both by the same brand, main ingredient in both is talc. 😕 This would explain why my face looks irritated today. I just hadn’t put it together until now… I guess I should thank Ipsy for making me more conscious of what I’m putting on my face. Old habits die hard! But, I guess I gotta toss some old favorites.

                    • Try https://seraphinebotanicals.com/products/happy-hibiscus-palette or one of their other blushes. They are amazing. My favorite blushes.

                      zea mays (corn) starch**, mica**, ethylhexyl palmitate*, magnesium myristate**, silica**, kaolin**, hibiscus sabdariffa (roselle) flower extract**, sorbic acid (acidum sorbicum)** [+/- (may contain/peut contenir) titanium dioxide (CI 77891)**, iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)**, D&C red no. 7 ca lake (CI 15850)]

                      I usually only have to avoid talc on my eyes. That’s already difficult enough, sorry you have to worry about blush, too.

                  • Omg! Even Tarte is talc!

                    • So is Ofra.

                • My review was removed as well, so I blasted the entire bag on Facebook. I received that awful powder and essentially two bronzers. Never use the stuff. I threw all three in the trash. The Gigi talc powder was broken into tiny pieces as a bonus. I regret the annual sub. I should have skipped the collab bag.

              15. Love the blue shade of polish. Sad month for my teen daughter as she got the It cream! An oily teenager and they sent that? I shouldn’t be surprised because we were bag twins not too long ago. I don’t think the profile does much good.

                • I’m in my mid 40’s. I used to get appropriate skincare from Ipsy, but now I’m getting stuff for acne and oily skin??? I do have the it Cosmetics cream shown above. It will be fine for her to use at night. I have my acne prone teen using facial oil at night and it is actually helping.
                  Writing into Ipsycare about Ipsy not matching helps if you do it a few times.

                  • I can’t even use the it cream as an acne prone adult. Ran the ingredients through the website my dermatologist gave me and it has several trigger ingredients. Especially since it’s a trial size I would say don’t have your teen try it.

                    • Oh! I’m sorry if I gave bad advice… I’m not an expert on acne. I appreciate you saying something.

                • I have extremely oily skin and am 23. Moisturizers and serums are still in my daily routine just after cleansing. Cleansers dry the face out. Also, a lot of people with oily skin really have dry skin that is overcompensating and dumping oils to moisturize. I’d have her dabble with different methods.

                • Use it as hand cream, foot cream, elbows and knees. Nothing goes to waste in my house!

                  • I agree I also use on my chest and neck.

                  • First Aid products are always too heavy for my face but they are great as foot or hand cream.

                    • That’s exactly what I have done with some facial oils that I did not like on my face. Funny story about one: I got a full size Sunday Riley oil from allure. It was dark blue, I didn’t like the feel of it or the smell of it. Mainly the smell. So, I decided to use it on my feet but quit for awhile, didn’t need it. Took a beach vacation and spent most of the time barefoot. My legs and feet needed some extra love. So, I started using the oil on my feet at night. Got up one morning and decided to cut my toe nails before getting in the shower. My feet stunk! Bad! It was disgusting! I thought maybe fungus… It took me a couple of days to figure out it was the oil. Lesson learned. If I don’t like the smell, I’m not using it anywhere. Lol!

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