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Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate Review – November 2019

Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate November 2019 beauty and makeup subscription review

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! 

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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


Here is our info card complete with all of our items.


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:

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.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $50 and each of the 12 items has an average cost of $4.17 (not including that AMAZING bag!).

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

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Written by Megan


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.

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  1. I LOVED my Ultimate this month! But then, I wasn’t too upset with what I got last month. My skin is loving the Juice Beauty!!

  2. Now I want that bag!

  3. I’m not excited about this stuff or for the December spoilers. I used to belong to Glam bag and Glam bag plus, but after some non exciting months I cancelled Plus. Now I’m thinking of canceling glam bag and going with something fresher. Is there anything fresh out there?

  4. Hi Megan, Excellent review as usual! I have ombré eyebrows and microblading is the more minimalist look. If you are really interested, research some brow artists in your area to check out their work and “look” that you want. (I found mine on Instagram) Some even post a portion of the procedure. Other than annoying aftercare, I have not regretted getting my eyebrows done. Also, microblading is only done on the top few layers of skin (unlike the 90’s tattoo look) and will fade over time. Usually you have to get touch ups every 12 to 18 months but sometimes longer or less depending on if you use aggressive products around your brow area (retinol/acids turn over skin so it will fade your brow faster). I have been very careful around mine but I’m only at the 6 month mark and they still look fantastic.

    • Thank you Flora! I just need to find someone and get it done. I do think I would have to have some sort of disclaimer on all brow products I review after though, haha! Thanks for the deets regarding retinol. You know I am an addict and basically bathe in the stuff! That is a really helpful callout <3

      • You’re so welcome! And I’m in the same boat, I too used a heavy-hand plucking back in the day. That and add genetics to the mix, my brows have beat a hasty retreat and never returned (I should have known considering my mom was the early adopter of tattooed brows). I do still like to use a bit of gel or pomade to tame the few ones left. I’m just glad I no longer have to color in the bare spots and mess with pencils or powder.

  5. No I didnt think offensively like that actually. It was more the fact that they got an old Smith and Cult nail polish with a new name label thrwn over it. Birchbox sells the same exact same product “Dark Like Me” but Ipsy gets the same nail polish for GBU and has a sticker that says Bite your Kiss hiding the original Dark name under it….

    • Ooooh….gotcha. Hmmm. That is interesting. I’m pretty jaded and just always assume there is some “reason” products show up in sub boxes super cheap, though. Most of the time they probably are older stock or can be found on clearance somewhere else because of a packaging change or something. I’ll have to dig into that a bit more and see if there is an explanation. I was just disgruntled because I’m opted out of nail polish and still got it. LOL.

  6. The train case in leopard print is fabulous!

  7. This box looks great. The value is there and I found the items interesting and useful. I am a plus subscriber. I’m kinda scared to upgrade. Not sure if I need soooo much product. Thanks for the great review.

  8. I’ve heard many people talk about using black castor oil to regrow brows and lashes. I haven’t tried it yet, but supposedly you massage into your brows, leave on for 30 min, and wash off. I had some patchy eyebrows, and I tried the Babelash serum from a previous ipsy offer, and I really believe it helped grow them back in, almost to the point where they need tamed now.

  9. Anyone get the nail polish in their GBU this month-that if you pick off the top color name sticker on the bottom…it reveals the original color name “Dark Like Me”?????? :- o.

    • I’m not sure that was intended to be offensive if that’s what you are hinting at. I’m assuming it is more like “dark like my soul” but it is an unfortunate wording. I say I’m “dark” all the time and I mean my sense of humor or personality…cause I’m as ghostly white in skintone as they come. LOL.

  10. From Ipsy Shopper Page:

    • The Gigi Body Glow (MSRP $25)

    • Less Is More Lip Gloss in Get Into It (MSRP $16)

    • Living Lip Balm in Natalia (MSRP $14)

    • The Gorgeous Contour Brush (MSRP $18)

    • The Gorgeous Highlight Brush (MSRP $18)

    • The Gorgeous Blush Brush (MSRP $18)

    • The Only Blush Duo in Authentic & Pride (MSRP $24)

    • The Sick Sculpt Bronzer Duo in Turnt & Extra (MSRP $24)

    • Turnt Touch Up Powder in Translucent (MSRP $22)

    • Get Lit Highlighter (MSRP $22)

    Weight: The Gigi Body Glow 18.5ml | Less Is More Lip Gloss in Get Into It 3.8g | Living Lip Balm in Natalia 4g | The Only Blush Duo in Authentic & Pride 7.6g | The Sick Sculpt Bronzer Duo in Turnt & Extra 7.8g | Turnt Touch Up Powder in Translucent 6.9g | Get Lit Highlighter 7.7g


    • The given values for the Gigi collection are misleading when you can only buy the products from Ipsy and it is $39 for the entire set. Now break it down for me.

      • By my calculations from the figures above, then, the blush is $4.80. Very reasonable!

      • Thanks Dea, and yes, that seems much more reasonable for a brand made in China with talc as one of the first ingredients. It’s not a bad blush (I received it too) but certainly not worth $24.

  11. According to Paper, the collection will launch on Nov. 1 and include a lip gloss ($16), a contour brush ($18), a duo matte bronzer ($24), and a blush ($24)
    There was an article advertising her products before launch.

  12. Go get the microblading, just do your research. Most reputable artists will spend almost more time mapping your brows than actually tattooing. Once she got the shape she thought worked, she used dots to outline the shape and had me approve. Then we chose a color. Then she did the passes and had me approve the final product. Follow-up appointment several weeks later (included in charge) to fill in and finalize. A year later and mine still look really good. Plus…and this is the part that actually stinks if you really like them…they are only semi-permanent. Usually only last a couple of years before fading.

    • My bag was almost the opposite of yours! The only items we had in common were the Juice Beauty serum, the brow kit, & the bronzer stick.

      I’m happy with my box & I think it is worth the $50 (though I didn’t pay for it; I had it comped for last month’s terrible box). I’m not feeling the spoilers so far for December’s box, so I will probably skip unless the choice options dazzle me.

      • Sorry, I’m on mobile & have trouble replying to the main post sometimes! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      • Super annoyed they comped some’s Nov boxes. My Oct box was awful too and I complained, filled out the survey, gave low reviews, and nothing. Oh well…happy for you, annoyed with them.

      • Yeah. SO my October ipsy ultimate was so messed up (nothing they were.suposed to send) and was all samples and they lost my add-ons. They comped me 600 pts. For the points store. So I submitted bad reviews and did the survey and put my ultimate on hold til ipsy get the system running better and just went back to my trust ipsyplus. I was so royally pissed at ipsy that month.

    • I need to just bite the bullet. Maybe with some christmas money!

    • I would really recommend against getting microblading done. I did a ton of research trying to find a respectable professional and still ended up with botched brows. DON’T risk it. In retrospect, filling then in was nothing and I wish I’d just left it at that.

    • I would really recommend against getting microblading done. I did a ton of research trying to find a respectable professional and still ended up with botched brows. DON’T risk it. In retrospect, filling then in was nothing and I wish I’d just left it at that.

  13. I’m not an Ultimate subscriber, but I would have loved to receive this assortment. I gave IPSY a break and am looking forward to resuming Plus next month.

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