Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review – January 2020
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 January 2020 Review
Here is our info card complete with all of our items.
Our bag this month is a silver faux leather and marble combo with a wrist strap so you can use it as a chic wristlet. The inside is pink!
Now, on to the items!
Hanalei Lip Treatment, 15 g – Retail Value $20.00
Oooooh, it is that time of year where my lips are UNHAPPY. The cold and wind really strip their moisture, and the fact that I pick at them doesn’t really help either. I am always stashing high-quality tubes of balm everywhere. This brand is new to me, and I really like the packaging. Thankfully, the product itself is also very nice. The main ingredient in this formula is lanolin, which can be hit or miss for some (it does have a very distinct taste and scent) but I happen to love it because it really works on my lips. It also is awesome for chapped elbows and knees too! This is the clear formula but this treatment also comes in different tints too. It has a bit of a sweet taste and a super-smooth texture.
Juice Beauty STEM CELLULAR Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum, 1 fl oz – Retail Value $80.00
I personally don’t like this product or brand very much, but I am not going to count it against this bag as a whole. I simply don’t find Juice Beauty skincare to work for my dry skin. I have friends with more normal or oily skin and they swear by it. This is a nicer expensive item that just sadly isn’t for me. The serum itself is full of fruit stem cells and antioxidants that are really great additives to most any skin routine. The feel is really light and clean, perfect for skin that doesn’t need a moisture boost (mine does), but I personally don’t really see a difference in my skin with this one. I will happily pass this along to that friend who will undoubtedly be thrilled. This item also made an appearance in my November Ipsy Ultimate.
Wander Beauty Wanderess Rush Eyeshadow Palette – Retail Value $25.00
This item also made an appearance in my November Ipsy Ultimate, so I feeling a little weird about seeing two items from a pretty recent Ultimate, though this is the Plus review and perhaps not everyone else gets to review all three tiers! I liked this palette before and I still like it now. OTW is one of my favorite shades for all over lid coverage because it is soft enough to just apply with a finger in a rush and it still looks so amazing on. The other shades are all nicely pigmented and even though they are certainly on the natural side of the color spectrum, you can still create some really dramatic looks with this set.
Top to bottom: Charge, Blitz, OTW, Hustle, Avenue, and Swift
Nature’s Cartel ‘Gin and Platonic’ Lipstick – Retail Value $16.00
I love lipstick and I love new-to-me brands! I haven’t even heard of this one, but they have some really lovely things on their pretty website. I liked this formula a lot too; it felt like a satin/matte hybrid because it was a flat finish but without the dryness. This shade is a rich rust-red that has enough orange to be different but still looks great on most complexions. I do recommend exfoliating your lips before wearing though, because I applied it to my chapped lips and it looks patchy. This was 100% more of a “me” issue than a lipstick problem though!
I love this shade and the coverage is awesome!
Sugar Cosmetics Wingman Waterproof Eyeliner, 0.05 oz – Listed Value $11.99
I know most of us probably have enough black eyeliner to last us the rest of 2020, but here is another one! I do really like this formula though, considerably more than others I have. It is amazingly waterproof even on my oilier lids. I actually had to break out an oil balm cleanser to remove this, which might not be ideal for me in terms of everyday wear, but I am going to hold onto this one for fancier occasions or late-night events. The tip is also really nice, a flexible felt marker.
Verdict: This box has a value of $152.99 which is exceptional for a $25 box. I am a little torn on how to give a verdict this month because the hero item was great quality, just not for me, and two of the items were recent repeats from Ultimate. I think if I was looking at these items as if I hadn’t seen them before, this would be a pretty highly rated box. I really love the palette repeat. It is a great assortment of colors and totally wearable for anyone. The Juice product does have a really high retail, and a lot of people love this brand! The two lip items were both winners for me and I love that I have some new brands to follow. The eyeliner was also great quality and though I don’t need more, I will be holding on to it. If you haven’t seen any of these items before in your boxes or bags, I imagine you will really love this assortment and its high value!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? You’ll likely start with January 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:
- Hanalei Company Lip Treatment $3.27
- Juice Beauty Serum $13.07
- Wander Beauty Palette $4.09
- Nature’s Cartel Lipstick $2.61
- Sugar Cosmetics Eyeliner $1.96
Alternatively, each item has an average cost of $5.00.
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What do you think of the January Ipsy Glam Bag Plus? Which items did you get?