Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate Review – November 2019
Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate is a monthly makeup and beauty subscription box – each month includes 8 full-sized items & 4 deluxe samples, in addition to a beauty bag!
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About Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate
The Subscription Box: Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate
The Cost: $50 a month +free US shipping. Save with an annual subscription.
The Products: 8 full-sized products & 4 deluxe samples
Ships to: The US for free and Canada for $2.95
Our Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate November 2019 Review
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Oh heck yes! I love a train case. And I love this mini leopard print in soft browns and blush. The inside has a little mesh pocket and the lid is really sturdy so the bag keeps its shape. I am so excited because I am going on a trip soon and this will be perfect for all my skincare and toiletries.
Now, on to the items!
IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cleanser, 5 fl oz – Full Size! Retail Value $28.00
My mom really loves this brand, especially the Confidence in a Cream! This cleanser has some of those same anti-aging ingredients she loves such as ceramides, peptides, collagen, and hyaluronic acid. I decided before I even tried this that no matter how much I liked it I would gift it to her because showering her in samples and products is one of my joys. I did end up really loving how smooth and clean my face felt after using this and it will be a hard one to pass on, but she is worth the sacrifice.
trèStiQue Color + Contour Bronzer Stick, 6.1 g – Full Size! Retail Value $28.00
I feel like, for it almost being December, I am still getting a ton of bronzers, which I wasn’t really expecting. This one is unique because it is a chubby domed crayon and the packaging holds a hidden brush that I legitimately liked a lot more than the product itself. The bronzer was actually really smooth and sheer, which is what I would require to use it without looking like I just had dirt on my face, but the color was a wee bit too warm for me, especially since I feel like I look extra leeched of all color in the winter. I do think I would really like this is it was a cooler shade.
Here is a pair of swatches; the top is straight from the product and the bottom is it blended.
Benefit Cosmetics High Beam Liquid Highlighter 6 ml – Retail Value $18.00
I have a long-held love for Benefit Cosmetics because one of my best friends used to work there in college and I got to try out so many different products. She would also sneak me freebies pretty often, which always feels awesome. High Beam is a very pretty liquid highlighter that is sheer enough to flatter all skin tones. It is on the buildable side in terms of formula, so you can either look dewy or blind folks, it is totally up to you. I am glad to see they updated the old brush applicator with this new style that makes a lot more sense in my opinion. This stuff also looks very pretty on the inside corners of your eye or as a sheer lid cover.
The top swatch is straight off of the doe-foot applicator and the bottom is softly blended.
KISMET Bright & Bubbly Sugar Lip Scrub, 0.5 oz -Estimated Value $7.00 (Buy 1 oz for $14.00)
This scrub is very cute and smells like champagne and fruit. It is filled with sugar granules that buff your lips smooth when you apply and rub them together. It also has moisturizing shea and olive oil so that smoothness lasts.
Gigi Gorgeous The Only Blush Duo in Authentic + Pride, 7.6 g
I am more impressed by the Gigi Gorgeous collection than I was with the Tetris collab and miles more impressed than the Betty Boop products. This blush is actually very pretty and soft, and the split compact lets you choose between a matte blush, a shimmering option, or a mix of both. The packaging itself is very pretty and minimal in a chic way. Could there be more pigment here? Sure! But it is buildable, so you can go from a super sheer wash to fully flushed cheeks.
Here are both shades swatched. I feel like they are a little more pink in person, but there is a peachy tone in there for sure.
Wander Beauty Rush Eyeshadow Palette – Retail Value $25.00
This pretty palette has a nice assortment of neutrals and shimmers. The shades should work well for a lot of different looks! My favorite would be the minky ‘OTW’ shade because it is so easy to just coat my lid and buff for a natural but polished lid look. If I am wanting a little more, ‘Avenue’ is this stunning olive shimmer that is just the right vibe for a ’90s-inspired smokey eye! ‘Charge’ works just as well as a highlighter as it does a shadow, giving this palette a lot of versatility.
Top to bottom: Charge, Blitz, OTW, Hustle, Avenue, and Swift
Beau Gâchis Concealer Brush – Retail Value $11.95
Everyone can benefit from a good concealer brush. It helps you access areas your fingertips just can’t, especially if you have longer nails. This one has a domed shape that helps you get into all the smaller corners of your eye and around your nose with ease. If you don’t need it for concealing, I actually also loved it for applying cream shadows to my lid, too!
Eva NYC Satin Dream Leave-In Cream, 0.7 oz – Estimated Value $1.68 (Buy a full-size 5 oz for $12.00)
This cream is meant to be applied to your damp hair to add softness and shine. If you read any of my reviews, you know I use products like this on my dry hair instead! I really liked this product for a few reasons: it smells absolutely lovely and that is very important to me. It also took very little to coat my lower strands, which is a bonus because this sample is rather tiny! Finally, it nixed frizz and static right away, and helped keep my hair looking at least a little less crazy for hours. At $12 for a full size, this is a bargain.
Youth to the People Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream, 0.25 fl oz – Estimated Value $6.00 (Buy a full-size 2 oz for $48.00)
This sample was also on the small side, but luckily, you don’t need a ton to cover your face. Filled with superfood extracts from spinach, kale, and other wonderfully green things, plus a dose of hyaluronic acid, this was a nice day cream for me during a very cold and windy week. It is also vegan!
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, 3.2 fl oz – Retail Value $20.00
I love dry shampoo and I LOVE a full-size dry shampoo in any subscription! Though this formula is much milder than some others, it still somehow manages to rid my roots of all oil and flatness instantly. The oat milk formula is much more gentle than others I have used and gives my hair a very soft and creamy scent that is light enough to be really pleasant combined with my perfume.
Billion Dollar Brows Best Sellers Kit – Retail Value $42.00
I am going through some brow struggles right now. I over plucked mine in high school and ever since then I have left them alone in hopes they would grow back. They have for the most part, but I find them shapeless and unruly. I am also growing pure white hairs, which match the streaks in my hair. I kind of want to get microblading, but I also don’t want to look surprised for the rest of my life if they are messed up. For now, kits like this are likely my best option. This one comes with a universal brown pencil complete with a spoolie end, a clear brow gel, a smudge brush, and a double-ended pencil with both highlighter and concealer. I am excited to experiment with these creamy formulas and see what I can come up with, and I love that the spoolie and brush will help me smudge whatever I create to a natural finish.
Here are the brow pencil and both concealers.
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum, 1 fl oz – Retail Value $80.00
I don’t really love Juice Beauty. I find the formulas are really drying to my already dry skin, and I have friends with oilier skin who seem to appreciate this brand much more than I do. This serum is full of vitamin C and fruit stem cells which both benefit aging skin and wrinkles. I decided to give this a try over a few nights and while I was pleased it wasn’t as drying as some of the other products from this line, I didn’t notice a huge difference when comparing it to my more heavy-duty aggressive serums and creams. I use a lot of arguably harsh products on my face, so it might be that this was just too gentle for my routine?
Verdict: This box has a value of around $267.63 even without the Gigi Gorgeous blush value, which I couldn’t find. That is huge for a $50 box. First, the bag is so freaking awesome! Product-wise, there were some really great items in here, my favorites being the IT Cosmetics cleanser, Benefit High Beam, Billion Dollar Brow Kit, and even that Gigi blush. I also think this box was a huge improvement over last month’s, but I am still wishing for just a little more wow-factor. This might stem from the fact that I didn’t like the highest value item (Juice Beauty serum) but if you did you are going to feel mighty happy! I think some of my reservations might also be from a few items just feeling a little bit filler-esque, but that is really so super subjective! All in all, I am more than satisfied value-wise this month and I anticipate this sub just getting better and better with time.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: This box costs $50 and each of the 12 items has an average cost of $4.17 (not including that AMAZING bag!).
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What do you think of the November Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate? Which items did you get?