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Ipsy Cyber Week Limited Edition Ruby Mystery Bag Review

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakJan 1, 2021 | 6 comments

3.9 overall rating
1891 Ratings | 378 Reviews

Ipsy is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription box. Each month you get 5 full-size or deluxe-sized products, plus a cute makeup bag. During Cyber Week, they offered some limited edition mystery bags that all included a bonus sixth item instead of the typical five.

While *this* mystery bag is no longer available, Ipsy offers them frequently – keep an eye out on Ipsy Shopper to snag the next one.

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About Ipsy Glam Bag

The Subscription Box: Ipsy Mystery Bag

The Cost: $14 + free US shipping. Purchasing a mystery bag does not start a subscription.

The Products: Full-sizes 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

My Ipsy Limited Edition Ruby Mystery Bag Review

Everything came packaged in this ruby red bag, which has a mixed-material composition- including soft velvet!


The Balmjour Creamy Lip Stain in Konnichiwa, 1.7 ml - Estimated Value $3.66 (buy the 6.5 ml version for $14.00)

I’m picky with my lip stains – if it doesn’t actually stain my lips, I don’t want it. As a teenager I remember applying like six coats of the Benefit lip tint and then still having pink lips the next morning – that’s what I mean by a stain. This lived up to the creamy claims and had a gloss finish. It has a nice texture and I like the neutral shade, however, this is definitely a lipstick in my mind rather than a lip stain. It’s still a nice product though – and I like how affordable the full-size version is. 

Pixi Glow Tonic, 1.3 oz - Retail Value $8.00

This is the most iconic product from Pixi – and I would bet most of you readers have tried it. Made with 5% glycolic acid, this is an exfoliating toner that helps to break down dead skin cells and fight dull skin. This is paired with hydrating ingredients like aloe, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid, so most people will find it gentle enough for everyday use while it’s still potent enough to be effective. 


Color Club Nail Lacquer in Get Lost, 0.5 oz - Retail Value $8.50

I have been big on the nail polish strips after trying out the Dashing Diva strips that came in a previous Allure box, so I haven’t been reaching for nail polish much. This icy pastel blue changed that – it gives me strong winter vibes like I belong with Queen Elsa in Arendelle. This has a thin formula that applies slightly patchy but smooths out. I did two coats because I planned on finishing with a glitter topper, but I probably would have done a third (thin) coat if I was going to wear it on its own. 


Catherine Malandrino Dream Eau De Parfum, 10 ml - Estimated Value $9.70 (buy the 3.4 oz version for $110.00)

This was a pleasant surprise – that’s the biggest perfume “sample” I have ever seen in a box! I put "sample" in the quotation makes because it doesn't look like this brand sells this perfume in smaller bottles than the full-size, but 10 ml is the common size for travel-size sprays and roller balls (the ones that retail for $20-$30 at Sephora). This is a truly floral perfume with notes of peony and lily of the valley, and it is rounded out with some sweet fruit notes of apple, musk, and nectarine. 

Purlisse Daily Lip Nourisher, 0.16 oz - Retail Value $10.00

I was pleased to see this in my bag – it’s actually my favorite Purlisse product that I have ever tried. Made with mango and shea butter, this is petroleum-free while still being thick and nourishing. I would actually classify this as one of my favorite subscription box lip discoveries – I received this years ago from either Ipsy or Birchbox (I can't remember which), and I emptied the entire tube. 

Generation Clay Detoxifying Charcoal Australian Clay Mask - Estimated Value $6.34 (buy the 3.97 oz version for $49.99)

I’ve tried the purple version of this clay mask, but the detoxifying charcoal version was a new variant for me. This arrived when I was dealing with both hormonal acne and maskne, so I put it straight to work. This is made with charcoal, kaolin, and bentonite and is paired with ingredients like aloe, witch hazel, marshmallow, and cucumber. The end result is a mask that helps clear congestion in my pores and minimizes acne without drying out or irritating my skin. I do need to follow up with a good moisturizer after using this, but this is a really handy mask to have around when dealing with pesky pimples. 

Verdict: This was a fantastic mystery box from Ipsy – that bonus sixth item really made this feel like a great treat. I am impressed with the size of the perfume, as well as the full-size nail polish. None of the samples felt particularly tiny, and I loved the mixed fabric bag everything came packaged in. Value-wise, everything adds up to $46.20, which I think is great for the $14 cost 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, This limited edition mystery bag is sold out.

Value Breakdown: At $14 for this box, I calculated a value of $46.20. Here's how that breaks down per item:

  • The Balm: $3.66
  • Pixi: $8
  • Color Club: $8.50
  • Catherine Malandrino: $9.70
  • Purlisse: $10
  • Generation Clay: $6.34

Alternatively, each of the 6 items has an average cost of $2.33

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Jessica Hapak
Jessica Hapak
I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

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Ooooh I wish I’d grabbed this one. By the time I’d decided I should grab one, they’d all sold out. Hopefully that perfume shows up again as an add on or future bag product.

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That bag’s pretty. Now I wish I had gotten one.

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Does he even know when the early access to FC add-ons is added and can you post a link if you know what it is please. Thanks

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I remember that Purlisse lip being a wonderful discovery and using many tubes of it. I do love the shade of nail polish you got.

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Jessica, I have to agree with you about those Dashing Diva strips. OMG, what a great product. I tried other brands and that brand is the best I have found so far. I am looking forward to the ManiMe ones coming in the next Allure box. I have definitely gotten a LOT better at doing my own nails in the last year courtesy of the virus.

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That’s pretty much what I got– I don’t think I got the generation clay, but I don’t recall what I got instead (a neogen cleaner). I like the purlisse and I don’t mind theBalm’s products, though I think I sampled this one before.

However, I don’t wear nail polish, and I think that perfume smells terrible– I didn’t even have to take it out of the box to be overwhelmed by the scent– so the size is irrelevant.

Still, I do love the bag itself, which is almost always why I buy these mystery bags– I’ve stopped expecting to like any of the contents, so finding products inside that I like is a bonus.

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