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Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate Review – August 2020

Megan K.
ByMegan K.Aug 25, 2020 | 24 comments

Ipsy Ultimate August 2020 unboxing and review

Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate
2.6 overall rating
211 Ratings | 10 Reviews

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 August 2020 Review


Our info booklet has a few tips and tricks on how to get a perfect glow.


This month, our bag is a rose gold metallic material with a rainbow holographic finish and a grey interior.

Now, on to the items!


111SKIN Cryo ATP Sports Booster, 20 mL – Retail Value $135.00

111SKIN always seems to arrive with a staggering retail value but leaves me feeling rather ‘meh’ about the actual formulas. This is a serum designed to mimic cold therapy on the skin, but doesn’t actually feel like anything, at least not to me. It is super thin and watery, and leaves just a little bit of stickiness. Notable ingredients inside include niacinamide, amino acid betaine, and glycerine. I didn’t notice much difference after a few uses with this one.


Beauty for Real Hi Def Mascara in ‘Just Black’, 9 mL – Retail Value $19.00

Another month, another black mascara! Ok, I really disliked this stuff… sadly. The brush was actually really bizarre. The bristles were very short and there were the wells between each row where pools of liquidy mascara would collect. There simply weren’t enough bristles to separate my lashes and the thin mascara just kind of saturated my lashes in multiples, creating very unattractive super lashes that looked very odd and never dried.


Complex Culture Plush Powder Brush – Retail Value $35.00

This was my choice item in my IPSY Plus bag.

I have been lowkey adding to my Complex Culture collection every few months when one arrives in an IPSY delivery. I really, really like these brushes! They have such dense and fluffy heads and soft bristles that grab lots of powder in a really good way. This is a pretty massive one, but it is perfect for translucent and finishing powders. I love the matte grey handles too because they look very chic.


Feel Vitamin E Balm, 20 mL – Retail Value $24.00

This is a new product to me and I happen to love basic balms in cute packaging. This balm can be used on your lips, eyes, hands, really anywhere that feels chapped or needs moisture. The formula feels pretty simple: castor oil, peppermint oil, vitamin E. This balm is also cruelty-free and vegan. It did wonders for my chapped lips and I can see myself using this until the cute little tube is empty!


Payot Paris Hydra 24+ Crème Glacée, 50 mL – Retail Value $48.00

Everything about this French-made cream and its packaging felt fancy! It is a pale blue cream in a glass pot, and it smells great! The texture is also pretty nice too, fast-absorbing and smooth like velvet. I do think this cream might be better suited to dry skin like mine, because it is totally on the thicker side. This formula has some seriously nourishing elements inside such as shea, hyaluronic acid, glycerine, vitamin E, and fig extracts. I think for myself this is probably more of a moisture bomb than something that will transform skin issues over time, but sometimes an extra high rise of hydration is all I need.


SOAPBOX Coconut Milk Hair Mist, 2 fl oz – Retail Value $9.99

I wish I could opt out of anything coconut scented. I know, I know, it’s summer. It’s coconuts on the beach season. But I just don’t like smelling like a place I didn’t make it to this summer 😂 . ANYWAYS, this is a hydrating and shine adding sort of spray that you can really use as much as you want to without it getting too much on your hair. It’s a nice treat for sun-soaked hair too because it has panthenol, vitamin E, and coconut milk inside. Ultimately, this is a nice spray. Just not my sort of thing.


THANN Hydrating Emulsion, 40 g – Estimated Value $19.20 (Buy 100g for $48.00)

I immediately liked this product. It has loads of my favorite dry skin things inside: shea, camellia seed oil, squalane, jojoba, hyaluronic acid, and brightening vitamin C. The downside is that this stuff also has quite a few fragrancing agents inside, which is fine for me, but not great for those out there who might be sensitive. The texture here is awesome. It’s like a gel-cream hybrid that feels super lightweight but makes an immediate moisture impact. And, for what its worth, it does smell pretty awesome! You can use this as a normal moisturizer or save it for a sleep mask sort of deal if it feels like a little too much for you during the daytime.


DR. OHKIMS+ Cleansing Gel Foam, 15 mL

I don’t often see this brand but I am happy when I do because it is a TONYMOLY brand, and I always enjoy those cute Korean products. My first thought on this cleanser was how invigorating the scent was. It’s sharp and herbal, but also a little floral and clean. It also brags a rather short ingredient list of only 15 items. With a little lather, a nice foam forms on your hands and this feels like it reaches deep into pores without bringing too drying or aggressive. I wish this had been full size!


GENERATION CLAY Detoxifying Charcoal Australian Clay Mask, 0.51 fl oz – Estimated Value $7.28 (Buy a full-size 2.1 fl oz for $29.99)

I have tried a few Generation Clay formulas and this might be my favorite. It is a nice blend of clay, botanical extracts, witch hazel, vitamin E, lipids, and purifying charcoal. Still a maskne queen over here, so twice a week I spray a clay mask “beard” on to help keep that very touchy area under control. I also loved this as a spot treatment for pesky blemishes that might try to make my face their home. If you are less dry, you will probably love this all over your face! It goes a long way to cleansing my pores and calming zits.


Wander Beauty Skyliner Automatic Gel Eyeliner in ‘Jet Black’

Though I can’t really muster any excitement for another black eyeliner, I do think this one is pretty great. The longevity here is top-notch. The tip feels a little more clunky than your liquid options, but sometimes that is exactly what you need for a smoky eye. The built-in sharpener on the end is also a lifesaver for making sure your line never gets too dull!

Here it is!


Kokie Cosmetics Mini Fix It Up Setting Spray, 0.6 fl oz – Estimated Value $2.22 (Buy 2.02 fl oz for $7.49)

I did not like this spray very much at all. It didn’t feel unlike spraying alcohol on my face, but that might be because alcohol is the #4 ingredient here. I try to avoid alcohol since my skin is dry, though I do make exceptions when there are other ingredients in a formula that balance it out. For me, that just isn’t in this bottle. It seemed to extend the life of my (admittedly simple) makeup noticeably, but this isn’t for me.


Sunday Riley C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum, 10 g – Retail Value $85.00

FYI: This was my choice item this month!

Of course, I had to snag some CEO as my choice item! This formula pairs the very potent combo of glycolic acid and a super stable form of vitamin C, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate. Together, these ingredients promote cell turnover and brightening, so this is a great sort of product for anyone who had anti-aging concerns or uneven skin tone. This serum is on the creamier side and does a fine job of also being moisturizing.

Verdict: When I was first collecting my thoughts on this month’s assortment, I felt rather blah about a lot of it. Am I so conditioned to seeing a colorful palette inside each month?? Sure, there were some duds in here. I was pretty unimpressed with the 111SKIN serum, the setting spray, eyeliner, mascara, and hair mist. Those items make up a pretty large portion of this box. BUT the items I did like still more than felt like they were worth the $50 price of this box. I mean, the Sunday Riley serum is $85, which is significantly more than the cost of the whole box, alone. So in terms of value, I am pleased this month and my calculations land somewhere around at least $377 even without the things I couldn’t track down online. In terms of assortment, this month could have used a little more work.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. The next Ultimate shipment will be in September! As of publication, there was no Ipsy waitlist. Check here to see what month you’ll get first.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $50 so each of the 12 items has an average cost of $4.17. (This calculation does not include the bag!)

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What do you think of the August Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate? Which items did you get?

Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate is a monthly makeup and beauty subscription box - each month includes 8 full-sized & 4 deluxe samples, in addition to a beauty bag! (Shipping is free to the US, and an additional $4.95 to Canada).
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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😔 Kinda in grief.. I’ve bought so much expensive make up and skin care only to have to trash it due to it going bad and expiring. I’m really starting to cut back and help myself with impulses. It’s heartbreaking.

I can’t believe these You Tube stars with rooms full of make up. Like why? You got only a couple of years before its put into a dumpster.

Its such a waste and I feel so stupid 😢😢😢

No more make up subs for me. I don’t need them. Won’t even use 90% of it. I super need to finish what I’ve bought and cut back on Sephora buys.


I understand what you are saying. After my Ipsy annual subscription ends in September, I’m going to take a break for a few months. I had thought about signing up for Allure, but now I doubt I will. There’s plenty of stuff I want, but nothing I need. I’ve an entire box of brand new lipsticks, glosses, tinted lip balms that I’ll never get through. Maybe I’ll come back to ipsy around Christmas or something.


I feel you. I have so much, like, I have no business buying anymore, truly. So much fomo tho. And not just about not getting this or that product but missing out on the deliveries that are so much fun to get throughout the month. :/


I too was overwhelmed with the amount of products I had so I put a hold on ordering new boxes. I did sign up instead to review products for free and it has been awesome. So far, I’ve received 2 different $90 eye creams, full size bottles of perfume to name a few. You fill out surveys and get matched to products based on your answer. Getting “chosen” for a product gives me the same excitement of as receiving a box in the mail but it’s free 🙂

Letty Martinez

I stoped my subscription to the Ultimate due getting a lot of skin care products I can’t get thru. Then they usually don’t work.. Don’t get me wrong some things are ok. But over all I get repeat items from other boxes that are less expensive. I found none of the items are worth me say oh I go to go back to the ultimate..


After months and months of skipping, I finally canceled ultimate. The value just wasn’t there for me and since I’m drowning in product anyway, it was more of a nuisance than an indulgence. Sticking with regular IPSY and the new Allure box; hoping they keep up like they’ve been.


You received some great skincare items, but it seems lacking actual make up. It comes across as a boring box.
I cancelled Ultimate after the 2nd box. (last November) and haven’t had any fomo about it.


I know fragrance in skincare is very controversial right now (seeing Rihanna, of all people, getting dragged was something else), but I really like it in my skincare. Makeup is something that’s creative for me, so putting it on is really fun, even if it’s just my toned-down daily “work” face. Skincare, though, tends to be a “routine” that I don’t find fun at all, which sucks because results are long-term. For me, fragrance adds that fun element to skincare. But then I also have not yet had any skin reactions to fragrance.


Hate to say, if you are okay with frangrace right now does not mean you always will be. As you get older, you will be more sensitive to it. At certain therhold your body will tell you ,”enough feeding me this!” It can be a bad chemical, toxiin, unhealthy diet, a bad relationship, or, a frangrace.


This box is terrible, for the price.


I’m thinking that it might be a better use of the money to get one ipsy GBP, where you choose three full-size items, and spend the other $25 on add-ons, which you have 100% choice in. The new format of GBP seems like a great bargain. Wonder how much longer Ultimate will even survive in its current format.

Megan K.

I am torn because if I was offered the $85 Sunday Riley for $50, at say, Sephora,I would be all about it. So the value is there. I just didn’t love this assortment.


Just because something is made in China, that does not automatically make it cheap or unregulated.


If the objective was not to save a lot of money (=cheap), the item would have been made in the country where the brand is headquartered. Every developed nation has the space, manpower, and access to raw ingredients to mix and package skincare items. 111Skin is British.

And unfortunately, sending the manufacturing order to China *does* make it wildly unregulated.

How many more confirmed horror stories about melamine in pet and baby food and lead in toys and paint from that country do you need to hear?


Actually this is honestly a lot of misinformation. There are plenty of issues surrounding disease outbreaks from products produced in the US too (immediately Chipotle and food recalls over salmonella come to mind). Also, it’s not like manufacturers produce in China and then import without performing any sort of quality checks.

In terms of economics, things will be produced where manpower is cheapest. Why spend $50 making a product if you can make the exact same product for $5 in a different country (and then maybe an extra $20 on quality checks to ensure it’s up to par)? I don’t like the idea that “being made in *insert country*” is automatically aligned with bad quality, because it’s not true and it in fact promotes overpaying for something just because a label “made in *home country*” is stuck on. A lot of the time, labels like that is just marketing.

You should always be careful when purchasing products, but making decisions solely based on where it’s made is a fallacy.


Break — no you don’t. Ever tried a sample sized Tarte mascara? Made in China girlfriend.


Oh Dea, you have a lot to learn about business and clearly, manufacturing.

Also, if you sub to boxes and utilize sample sizes, I suggest you do your research on how many sample sized items are made in China, even when the full sized items are made in their country of “headquarters.”


This! This is precisely why I avoid beauty products (and other products when possible) made in China like the plague.


I am so glad i skipped. I love the bag and would have been happy with the Payot and the SR but the rest is just more stuff that doesn’t need to be in my house. Thank you for your thorough review!

Megan K.

You are welcome Jean! Thanks for reading ❤️

Alison Street

This box makes me sad. I love Sunday Riley but the rest would be straight to the give-away pile.


Totally agree on 111Skin! Their prices are astronomical and most of the products seem to be made in China, so I’m not sure where the price comes from. I’ve never tried anything from them that I wanted to repurchase at retail value.


From what I’ve read, the 111 for sub boxes is made in China where the non-sub box products are not made there.


That makes them even more shady, imo

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