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About Ipsy Glam Bag
The Subscription Box: Ipsy
The Cost: $12 a month + free US shipping. Save with an annual 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 Glam Bag January 2021 Review
Included is a card that usually details each of the items but also outlines beauty tips and tricks, as well as an exciting introduction for Ipsy refreshments! I, for one, am super intrigued by this new 2021 introduction by Ipsy.
Each month, Ipsy subscribers get a makeup bag in addition to their items. This month's theme is "Dream It." I love the waterproof texture and the transparent design.
Wearing a mask all the time has given this girl a case of crusty lips. It is the worst! This Complex Culture Time Pressed Lip Balm could not have come at a better time. The silky-smooth formula is enriched with vitamin E, jojoba oil, and squalane for maximum hydration. This sleek, modern-looking balm has found its place on my nightstand for both morning and night applications. With its light, refreshing peppermint scent, this balm moisturizes and instantly polishes my lips, leaving behind a cute glisten.
This Kinship Naked Papaya Gentle Enzyme Face Cleanser smells like a delicious fruit smoothie. With amazing ingredients like papaya, sunflower oil, jojoba oil, and Kinbiome, this cleanser strikes the perfect balance between leaving my skin feeling fresh and clean while still being gentle enough not to strip and dry my face, leaving behind soft glowing skin. I am super sensitive to scented skincare products, but this cleanser is so sensitive and pleasant that I find it very enjoyable to use. I would definitely purchase this product at full-size.
Item Beauty Air Hug Concealer in Medium Warm (#340), 2.4 ml - Estimated Value $4.00 (Buy a full-size 10.8 ml for $18.00)
I have found my new fave concealer! Item Beauty’s Air Hug Concealer in Medium Warm offers me full-coverage while still being incredibly lightweight. It is an “air hug” for your face. I have been filming a project all this week and have used this concealer every single day from dawn ’til dusk. It’s done a commendable job hiding the dark raccoon circles under my eyes, breakouts, and dark spots. The shade works perfectly with my skin tone, and this concealer has a perfect consistency — airy, creamy, and hydrating. It applies seamlessly without ever creasing, caking, or fading, and is cruelty-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and dermatologist-tested for sensitive skin. Don’t sleep on Item Beauty; their concealer is definitely a win!
Here is a swatch of the Item Beauty Air Hug Concealer in Medium Warm (#340). Check out the scar the concealer completely covered!
Firma Beauty 403 Round Blending Brush, 1 pc, FULL SIZE! - Retail Value $14.99
If you know me, you know I’m the kind of no-fuss girl who applies eyeshadow with a finger. But Firma Beauty’s 403 Round Blending Brush has had me stepping up my game and getting all fancy with my shadows. The brush has silky synthetic vegan bristles and works well with cream and powder products. Blending and shading are a breeze with this brush; it’s not too densely packed or too stiff. The soft and fluffy bristles make the application seamless.
Sugar Cosmetics Matte As Hell Crayon Lipstick in Viola, 2.5 g - Estimated Value $18.74 (Buy a full-size 2.8 g for $20.99)
Sugar Cosmetics brought their A-game with this super soft and creamy Matte as Hell Lip Crayon in Viola. The texture is silky and the color is to obsess over. I love the deep, rich rosy shade. The lip crayon goes on smoothly, offers full-coverage, is highly pigmented, and stays vibrant all day long. This crayon is definitely matte, so be advised and moisturize that pucker before applying. This product will elevate a Zoom look so quick, your head will spin, lol.
Here is a swatch of the Sugar Cosmetics Matte As Hell Crayon Lipstick in Viola.
Verdict: I really enjoyed this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag. The concealer from Item Beauty was excellent. I love how it’s lightweight but also full coverage. I’m also happy to receive the Complex Culture lip balm. You can never have too much balm when it comes to crusty lips. Sugar Cosmetics delivered with the silky texture and beautiful rich color of the Viola Lip Crayon. The Kinship Naked Papaya Cleanser is so gentle and literally could not smell more delicious. Lastly, the Firma Beauty Brush, I love how the soft, fluffy bristles make blending a breeze. With a retail value of $49.14 on a $12 bag, the Ipsy Glam Bag delivers the best bang for your buck yet again.
To Wrap Up:
Good to Know: Ipsy sends out variations. You may get a completely different bag than me.
Value Breakdown: At $12 for this box, I calculated a value of $49.14. Here's how that breaks down per item:
- Lip Balm: $2.25
- Cleanser: $0.54
- Concealer: $0.98
- Brush: $3.66
- Lip Crayon: $4.57
Alternatively, each of the 5 items has an average cost of $2.40.
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What do you think of my January Ipsy Glam Bag? What items did you get in your bag?