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IPSY Glam Bag Plus Review – May 2020

Megan K.
ByMegan K.May 22, 2020 | 30 comments

ipsy plus may 2020 review

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus
4.2 overall rating
246 Ratings | 32 Reviews

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!)

FYI – In case you missed it, we partnered with IPSY to send some MSA Insiders the May IPSY Glam Bag Plus. We asked them to try all the products and let us know what their favorite item was. Check out this post to see what they thought too!

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 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 May 2020 Review

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


Our bag this month is a very summery blue to yellow ombre style fade, complete with a sunny yellow interior (with metallic flecks!) and coordinating zipper tassel.

Now, on to the items!


Coloured Raine Vineyard Soiree Eyeshadow Palette

Good to know: While Coloured Raine is typically made in the US, this is an IPSY collab item that was manufactured in China.

I think if I had to guess, I would say purples are totally the shade least represented in my palette collection. This assortment of 6 shades is inspired by wine and it has 2 mattes and 4 shimmers. These applied much better with my fingertip than a brush, but I found the pigment level to be good. My favorite shade was the 4th one, a wine shimmer with golden sparkles inside! I also really loved the frosty lilac color. It is the 90s in a very good way! While these could have been a little bolder, I am excited to add this to my collection.

These are so pretty.


Mudmasky Aftermask Vitamin Serum, 30 ml – Full Size! Retail Value $53.86

Many of you already know that I tend to avoid clay masks because they dry me out. I usually treat them more as a spot treatment sort of deal. This after-mask serum might change that a little! It is meant to be applied after clarifying masks with clay and provides hydration that is much needed along with seaweed extracts that nourish the skin. It is also pH-balanced and feels great on my face! I can see myself using this anytime I need a little moisture boost, after masking or not.



Wander Beauty Frame Your Face Precise Brow Gel – Retail Value $22.00

I am an avid Glossier Boybrow enthusiast, but I also sometimes like a clear gel on my brows. I generally also love Wander products, but I found this gel didn’t have the hold or sculpting power my wild crazy brows needed. My mom actually requested I be on the lookout for clear brow gel for her, so this won’t be going to waste, and it will likely work much better with her brows which have softer hair.



Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in ‘Homeslice’, 6 lm – Full Size! Retail Value $20.00

Tarte makes one of my preferred matte lips, and I am loving this peachy nude shade that arrived in my bag! It is neutral enough to feel natural but the peachy tint makes it feel special. This formula doesn’t dry my lips out like some others, but I still like layering a little balm on top for a more satin finish.

Pretty, pretty, pretty!


Girlactik Skin Glow Duo in ‘Sunset’, 8 g – Full Size! Retail Value $26.00

Finally, our last item is by a brand I like more and more as I try items from them. US-made Girlactik has some really great formulas and these creamy sheer highlighters are no exception. These pack a ton of sparkle, so a little goes a long way. I like to use them on a bare face to add dimension and shine to my cheekbones, the tip of my nose, and above my cupid’s bow. I also thought they were gorgeous on my eyelids and collarbones. One color is more of a nude light and the other is a pale peach shade with golden shimmer inside. Both also smell wonderful!

Really liking this sheer creamy wash of shimmer.

Verdict: This month’s IPSY Glam Bag Plus has a value of at least $121.86 even without the value of the Coloured Raine palette which I couldn’t locate/verify. This is pretty great for a $25 box! I liked that it was a nice mix of familiar brands and new ones, and I am especially into the high-value Mudmasky serum. The palette was full of pretty shades, the lipstick looks great with my complexion, and the cream highlighters were awesome! I am less into the clear brow gel, but that is mostly the fault of my eyebrows, and not the product itself. All in all, this was a fun and well rounded Plus bag with great value. 

To Wrap Up:

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

Value Breakdown: This box costs $25 meaning each item has an average cost of $5.00.

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What do you think of the May IPSY Glam Bag Plus? Which items did you get?

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus is a monthly makeup and beauty subscription box - each month includes 5 full-size products! You’ll also get a makeup bag once every three months.
Megan K.
Megan K.
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.

Megan K.
Megan K.
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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My GBP has not moved since a label was created on May 12th. Customer Service is doing NOTHING. I missed the deadline to cancel for June, but I’m DONE WITH THIS SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE. Buh-bye. Contacting my c/c company.


WHY was my Plus bag SMALLER than my regular glam bag?!


I thought the size of the bag was weird as well. Not sure if it was a mistake but the plus bag should have been bigger.

maddy moloney

This box made me unsubscribe. I was incredibly disappointed with it.

Lila Williams

My feelings exactly! I cancelled when I saw what they “curated” for me for June. For 2 months in a row all the products in my bag have been on my “rarely” list. Ipsy had the gall to tell me that the bag they sent me was “the best match” based on my beauty profile!

I think they fill it full of rarely products so that we buy the full size $18 add on of the one we had hoped to receive, but did not.


I picked the Wander Beauty brow gel for my choice item and I like it. It doesn’t hold hard like the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow gel that I have but I’m ok with that.


I finally got my gbp yesterday. Was supposed to get Coloured Raine in vineyard soirée but received mimosa moments. So I emailed them. Thankfully I screenshot everything with Ipsy after a fiasco with not receiving a confirmed choice product a few months ago that ended up being out of stock.
Then today I finally get my gb (shipped on the 5th) & an add on KS Wrinkle Warriors was missing the nozzle. I realize things happen, but this often is not an occasional mishap. Maybe they need to waitlist new customers & get their crap together?

Tara W

Finally received my May GBP today. I was so happy with it and it seemed a really good value; Good Genes, Nomad palette, Cupcake lippie, Mimosa eyeshadow palette and Hi-Def Mascara. May was an excellent month for GBP!


Bag twins! I am always super excited to get a Tarte lip paint, and loved it! I selected the palette, because I love eyeshadow. I gave the brow gel to my youngest daughter (I have an Anastasia one from the Allure box – still haven’t opened it yet). I also gave her the Girlactik highlighter. She was happy. Haven’t tried the serum yet, but prob will this weekend.


I received the exact same bag and love everything. The Mudmasky is my favorite item, and was my choice. It’s outstanding and unique. I can’t believe how soft my skin is after.

Megan K.

Right? I was shocked at how much I loved it. Glad I am in good company. 🙂


Very happy getting my hands on the Sunday Riley, the Mimosa palette is my first brown palette and the shades go great with my green eyes. Beauty for Real mascara goes on great no clumps so happy to receive, I wouldn’t mind if they put it in my June box. The Nomad highlighters palette was to dark for me but just right for my daughter, so she is loving that. I gave her the Sugar Rush too.
I got some great add ons also so I am happy with May’s plus box.


Mine was totally different aside from the eyeshadow palette.

I got the Sugar Rush liquid lip in Sprinkles and was disappointed to find out that it swatched way darker than when applied. It came out as a rosy nude that was fractionally darker than my natural lip. I am still amused that “Sugar Rush” was the name of the video game that Sarah Silverman’s character inhabited in the Wreck-It Ralph movies.

Got the Nomad highlighter palette, which I may actually be able to use a bit, because it’s not too dark.

Rounding out, I got the eyeshadow brush set, no surprise as I usually get brushes and another mascara.

My add-on was the Skyn Iceland cream, which I had been wanting try and love.


I got the Coloured Raine palette in the warm brown tones, which I was disappointed in because I have SO many warm brown eyeshadow palettes right now and had really hoped the wine one would come instead. It looks beautiful! I will say that I had low expectations for the product, but I was pleasantly surprised that they actually went on really smooth and had relatively good staying power.

Question about the Girlactik product though, and cream blushes and highlighters in general: how do you guys use them? I feel like no matter what I try, any time I put cream products on over my foundation they ALWAYS cause my foundation to move. I’ve tried with a delicate finger, a brush, and a beauty blender. What am I doing wrong? Also, how would one use a cream highlighter over a set face that’s been powdered? That’s even harder!

Megan K.

It can be tricky! I usually pat it on super gently, but I do think cream formulas work better on less foundation and before powder for sure. Similar to Natiesha, I warm mine up then tap to apply.

Tiffany Adair

What I’ve heard is creams works best on top of creams. So after applying foundation just go in and apply highlighter then set with powder. Let me know if that helped

Ashleigh Adair

This is exactly how I do it as well. Must be an Adair thing 😜😂


Hi Ragsy! I apply cream products on top my foundation (unset with powder) using my fingers. The trick for me is making sure the product is very warm and creamy before applying. Like the Fenty sticks, I rub the stick on the back of my hand pretty thick and use my fingers to rub/warm it up then tap on my face. Making it warm makes it usable without needing too much pressure.


Why is it “good to know” the pallet was made in China? Lots of things are made in China.

Megan K.

Hey Brittany! Just a call out since Coloured Raine is generally made in the US so Ipsy making it elsewhere is good to know. Anytime there is a change in origin and I notice it, I am going to do my best to just mention it so readers who might not be able to read the tiny font in all the images know.


Yup. I can say I was surprised as I hadn’t heard of the “Coloured Raine” brand before and it looked pretty exciting. A big part of their brand message is being “Made in the USA” so it does seem pretty odd to agree to do a “Made in China” collab?? As someone who is mildly allergic to a lot of fragrances and dyes I always have to triple check ingredient lists etc. I mean a lot of brands are open about where they manufacture things (with many being China) and many products are fine but definitely be up front about it so the consumer can make their own decisions. I’d honestly rather have recieved a smaller single shadow or something actually made in the US than a collab “Made in China” pallete as I don’t feel I really got to give the brand a fair “test” but I realize the economics of it made more sense. I just don’t think it’s a brand I’ll bother with in the future.


A lot of people care about that – and this brand is one that touts being made in USA. On this collab, it wasn’t, so giving everyone a heads up is fair.

It’d be like a vegan brand doing a collab where the end product wasn’t vegan. It would be wrong not to be forthcoming about that. Let the consumer decide whether they want to partake. If not and they find out after the fact, once you lose that trust, you don’t get it back.


Means we don’t know whether the ingredient list is truthful, and that this wasn’t actually made by Coloured Raine. They allowed ipsy to produce something in the ipsy Chinese Factory and put the Coloured Raine logo on it. That explains the labeling “made by ipsy” and the fact that I couldn’t find a palette (a pallet is something else in English) that looked like that on the Coloured Raine website.


Phew girl, you should read through some of the comments on this page regarding products made in China. Some people feel the products are cheap. They also feel that every single factory in China has no regulation and therefore they’re putting chemicals and toxic ingredients on their faces. While I realize this is true for *some* factories in China, it is not true for all. But try explaining that to someone with a narrow mindset of China = bad *


If it’s made in China by a company I feel confident maintains decent oversight, then I’m not really worried about safety. If it’s random a company I’ve never heard of and minimal info can be found online from reputable sources about said company, then I’m going to err on the side of caution.

Apart from safety concerns, worker’s rights issues are a major problem in China, so generally I prefer to spend my money on products made elsewhere. It’s not narrow-minded to not want to contribute to the misery and abuse of others.


Animal testing is required for cosmetics in China, and they have a tendency to play rules lawyer with ingredients (You said I couldn’t use this, but you didn’t say I couldn’t use that – like arguing with a pre-schooler).


This is not quite true. Animal testing is required for cosmetics that are SOLD in China, but cosmetics made in China to be sold elsewhere do not require animal testing. Many cruelty-free brands manufacture things in China.


This is untrue. China ended requirements on animal testing as of January 1st, 2020.
I’m not saying there isn’t any animal testing in China, but it is no longer a requirement.


The Girlactik was way too shimmery for me (I don’t like the oily shiny look), but I love the Tarteist mascara (that was my choice item) and the fabulous set of five eyeshadow brushes (always needed). The bag is so pretty and I keep my flash drives in it, so it goes to the office with me every day and sits on my desk.


I also got the same eyeshadow palette and brow gel. Otherwise, I chose the Sunday Riley, got a different brand of liquid lipstick, and a Nomadic (?) highlighter/cheek palette. Liked my box overall!

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