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Ipsy Glam Bag Review #2 – December 2019

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!)

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

About Ipsy Glam Bag

The Subscription Box: Ipsy

The Cost: $12 a month (free US shipping)

The Products: Full-size 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 December 2019 Review

My bag this month features makeup, skincare, and nail polish. Let’s see what I got!


A card with information about the month’s theme, your included items, and other Ipsy info is provided.


Hanhoo Watermelon Illuminator Daytime Facial Oil, 15 ml/0.5 fl oz – Estimated Value $8 (Buy a 30 ml/1.01 fl oz full size for $16)

This feels more like a serum than oil to me. It has a sweet fruity scent and soaks in quickly, leaving my skin feeling hydrated and smooth. It layers well under moisturizer and sunscreen.


Luxie Beauty 237 Blending Dreamcatcher, Periwinkle – FULL-SIZE! Retail Value $12 

A small blending brush like this is great for softening harsh lines of color or getting into tight areas of the eye. The synthetic bristles are soft and flexible which makes building color a breeze.

Thrive Cosmetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara in Brynn, 4 g/0.14 oz – Estimated Value $8.84 (Buy a 0.38 oz full size for $24)

This was my product pick this month. My tube came without a brush connected to the wand, so sadly, I couldn’t try it.

Update: I reached out to Ipsy Care, and they are sending me a replacement.


tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Kisses, 1 g/0.035 oz – Estimated Value $5.18 (Buy a 5.6 g/0.2 oz full size for $29)

This is a well-known product by tarte because its high-pigment formula goes on smooth and lasts all day. This shimmery pink shade gives a natural flush with a light dusting and can be built up for a more intense look.


Nailmedic Nail Polish in Mauvy or Nice, 10 ml/0.33 fl oz – FULL-SIZE! Value $7.99

I love this beautiful creme berry shade for this time of year. It’s opaque with a thick formula that goes on smooth and is easy to control. It’s 10-free, cruelty-free, and infused with lemongrass and biotin to help strengthen weak nails. The durability and shine definitely benefit from a topcoat.

Verdict: I love that Ipsy Glam Bag started letting subscribers choose one of the items included each month! This month, all of my products worked well for me except for the mascara, which I haven’t been able to try because the product was defective. Ipsy Care was quick to address my email to them and they are sending me a replacement. The total value of the products in my Ipsy Glam Bag is $42.01. I think it’s great to be able to try all of these products for just $12 a month.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? You’ll start with January as your first month. As of publication, there was no Ipsy waitlist.

Good to Know: Ipsy sends out variations. You may get a completely different assortment of items 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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What do you think of my December Ipsy Glam Bag? What items did you get in your bag?


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Written by Tiffany Waldorf

Tiffany Waldorf

Tiffany found out about subscription boxes from a friend who followed MSA. The curiosity started with mystery beauty boxes and grew into an addiction from there. Beauty, clothes, home…she loves the sight of a subscription box in the mail.

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Cheap Subscription Boxes, Makeup Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: ipsy | 18 comments

Comments (18)

  1. Love how their holiday and New Years kits in the shop are all arriving well past New Years. I think I’m getting the Holiday Survival Set today January 6 lol.

  2. I just logged into my account and this popup appeared saying that I had been chosen to receive an extra gift in my February Glam Bag for being a valued member. Has anyone else had this happen?

    • It’s happened to a lot of people! Just… not me, lol.

    • I just logged in because I read this and I got it!!

    • I came here to comment the same thing! wish it was included in January’s bag tho, but I’m happy to get the extra item next month.

    • I sadly did not get this option when I logged in today. What extra goodie did you get?!

      • Cassandra,

        That’s a bummer. Hopefully they’ll offer you a freebie sometime in the near future. It doesn’t say what the extra item is. Just mentions it being a surprise.

  3. When Ipsy announced the price increase to $12 they promised $50 value in the bags. I am not seeing these values.

  4. I haven’t gotten my December Glam Bag Plus. I emailed them several times they promised me a replacement and partial refund for what they were know out of, but that was December 26 and I still have not gotten a tracking number.

    • They promised re-shipment before Christmas. I was told that my entire bag contents were no longer available, but I would receive other items that I would be “thrilled with”. Four of five purchased add-ons are also sold out. I received notification on Friday that my “accomodation order” has shipped. Really?? “Accomodation Order”?? I really wanted the TPSY lip oil and my selected item. SO disappointed. If this one gets here I will be surprised. I did notice that the first notification from early December was through FedEx. The one on Friday was through DHL.

      • Someone from FedEx opened a bunch of the Ipsy GBP boxes and removed items. Mine was one of them. That’s probably why they are sending our replacement boxes through DHL instead. My ‘Accommodation box” was sent on the 28th of December and should be arriving on Tuesday Jan 7th. I hope this kind of gives you an idea of when yours will arrive. As for the products, I can’t say if we will receive the same original items or not.

    • Waiting for my replacement as well, fingers crossed.

  5. Never received my December bag…. anyone else?

    • I never got my Plus box, I emailed them this morning and they’re giving me a refund because they’re out of everything…kinda disappointing bc I was looking forward to try a lot of the products but I’m glad at least they’ll give refunds.

      • Unfortunately, many people either received boxes that were missing items, or never received a box at all. I think someone in FedEx helped themselves. Mine was missing most of the products. I contacted customer care and sent photos of my box that was relabeled by FedEx after items were removed. They have sent out a new box, but I don’t know if it will have the same items in it. It should be here in a couple of days.

    • One of mine didn’t show up on the day it said delivered. I even got the parcel mailbox key in my normal mail slot, but when I opened the parcel locker with it it was empty! I filed a report and the bag did show up a couple days later, however.

    • Never got mine. Never got the Supposed replacement one sent to me either (Never got ship notice for it). Finally got them to refund me. Terrible experience.

      • I was also told they would send a replacement. Received notification of my “accomodation order” a week ago. It has not moved, at all. I regret buying the annual sub in October.

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