Ipsy March 2021 Review: Belle en Argent, Ciaté London, and More
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About Ipsy Glam Bag
The Subscription Box: Ipsy
The Cost: $12.00 per month + free U.S. shipping. Save with an annual subscription.
The Products: Full-sizes and samples of makeup and beauty products. (Plus a makeup bag!)
Ships to: The U.S. for free and Canada for $2.95
Delivered via: DHL or FedEx + USPS
My Ipsy Glam Bag March 2021 Review
Included is a card that usually details each of the items but also outlines beauty tips and tricks.
Each month, Ipsy subscribers get a makeup bag in addition to their items. This month’s theme is “Stronger Together,” and the bag is PERFECT. I love the message of unity that the four diverse girls holding hands brings and the cute saying inside the bag, “Confidence comes from within,” is the icing on the cake.
I get a lot of mascaras from Ipsy, and usually, I’m like, “Oh, a mascara, that’s great, I guess…” But this Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Mascara creates some sky-high lashes. Eyelash curler, who needs it? I would definitely recommend this mascara line from Benefit Cosmetics to anyone looking for a dramatic lashes. The formula is buildable with very few clumps. It stays put – no smudging, even on the lower lashes. After applying, my lashes stayed high and defined for about eight hours before deflating a little. Two coats, and my eyes were popping with a noticeable difference in length. The applicator has short plastic bristles in a custom zigzag design at the top of the wand, which help strategically fan out, separate, and define lashes. I would definitely put this product in the “win” column – a long-lasting, lengthening, and volumizing mascara!
Lusciously creamy and deliciously scented, this Dionis Vanilla Bean Goat Milk Hand Cream is the perfect go-to after I’ve washed my hands so many times throughout the day. I absolutely hate when a hand cream leaves behind that greasy feeling and transfers onto everything I touch, but this cream absorbs quickly, without leaving behind a greasy film, and keeps my hands feeling soft and moisturized. The scent is like a delicious vanilla sugar cookie or a freshly baked vanilla pound cake. It’s not helping me with my diet goals, but it’s quite a pleasant smell. Formulated with goat milk and paraben and cruelty free, this non-greasy hand cream nourishes, conditions, and leaves skin feeling moisturized.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m a huge fan of lip products, specifically lip oil, and Ciaté London’s lip oils are my FAVE. The scent of this Ciaté London Fruit Burst Lip in Mango & Lime is truly divine – a wonderfully sweet and refreshing flavor with a bright tropical scent. Formulated with a nourishing blend of mango seed butter, jojoba seed oil, avocado oil, lime oil, and vitamin E, this hydrating lip oil is bursting with essential fatty acids and antioxidants, and leaves my lips soft and kissable with a beautiful, glossy shine. This product has zero stickiness and absorbs into the delicate skin on my lips. It’s also vegan and gluten free.
CLEARLY BALANCED DAYS It’s The (Lip) Balm With CBD in Peppermint, 15 fl oz – Full Size! Retail Value $8.00
Clearly Balanced Days It’s the (Lip) Balm with CBD in Peppermint is a protective, nourishing balm infused with peppermint essential oil and 25mg of restorative CBD. I’m always looking for ways to keep my dry, chapped lips hydrated, and I found this lip balm to be incredibly moisturizing. After application, my lips felt smooth and soft, with zero stickiness. The balm has a very strong medicinal peppermint scent, so keep that in mind if you’re looking to purchase. It’s definitely something some people with love and others might not enjoy.
BELLE EN ARGENT 8 Free Nail Polish in Like A Grape, 10 ml – Full Size! Retail Value $13.00
If you’re looking for a bright punch of color to ring in the summer, look no further. This Belle en Argent 8 Free Nail Polish in Like a Grape is a bright, super sweet purple berry nail polish. With a luxe clean formula, this polish is devoid of many toxic chemicals that are found in traditional nail polish. It’s also vegan and cruelty free. I found this polish easy to apply. It went on smoothly with the extra wide brush and was almost opaque. Two coats was all I needed. The polish is long-lasting, basically salon quality, and took almost a week to chip. Definitely a good quality polish.
Verdict: I liked the variety of products in this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag. I did receive two lip products – the Ciaté London Lip Oil and the Lip Balm with CBD – which is fine by me because I am obsessed with lip products. I also really enjoyed the bright purple of the Belle en Argent Nail Polish. I love the wide brush applicator and the salon quality of the brand. The Benefit Cosmetics Mascara was exciting because it’s a new launch from Benefit. This mascara is definitely my favorite of theirs to-date. Lastly, I received the Dionis Hand Cream. I love the rich, warm vanilla bean scent and the quick absorbing hydration the product supplies. With a retail value of $41.03 on a $12.00 bag, the Ipsy Glam Bag curated a wide range of quality products for me this month.
To Wrap Up:
Good to Know: Ipsy sends out variations. You may get a completely different bag than me.
Value Breakdown: At $12.00 for this box, I calculated a value of $41.03. Here’s how that breaks down per item:
- Mascara: $2.63
- Hand Cream: $0.89
- Lip Oil: $2.34
- Lip Balm: $2.34
- Nail Polish: $3.80
Alternatively, each of the 5 items has an average cost of $2.40.
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What do you think of my March Ipsy Glam Bag? What items did you get in your bag?