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Ipsy Glam Bag Plus May 2021 Choice Time!

ByMSAMay 2, 2021 | 41 comments

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

It’s time to pick three of the items for your May 2021 Ipsy Glam Bag Plus!

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus recently announced Ultra Personalization – subscribers will be able to choose 3 of their 5 full-size products every month! Choice will be open on the 2nd. You also have the option to skip Choice and let Ipsy choose all 5 items for you. You will also have access to Add-Ons on the 2nd.

FYI – Your product selection will be based on your profile and availability

At the bottom of the choice page, click “Confirm & Shop Add-Ons”. You also have the option to skip Choice and go straight to the Add-Ons. In that case, Ipsy will choose all your Glam Bag Plus products for you.

Here are all the items Ipsy is sending to subscribers this month. (You’ll receive 5 of them in your glam bag):

Which product are you choosing for your May 2021 Ipsy Glam Bag Plus?

And if you are new to Ipsy Glam Bag Plus, it’s $25 a month. Check out our Ipsy Glam Bag Plus reviews to see what you can expect each month.

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.
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I’m very pissed off at Ipsy. I never got the email for personalization and now it’s closed.


Hi MaryDee — life gets hectic for all of us! I put a reminder in my phone which makes it easy to remember because choices for Plus are always the same day of the month (the 1st and 2nd).
I also think the emails from Ipsy are very inconsistent, I hear about other members receiving emails from Ipsy whereas I have literally never received an email from them about anything.


So I just looked at my confirmation email and noticed that the total seemed high given what I eventually chose, so I investigated. The claimed value is $167, but my add-on is worth $24 so in fact my bag total is $143.95. I’m not thrilled with the bag tbh. My most expensive item is the Ahava hand cream they chose for me (which I’ll use and I do like Ahava products), but with the choices I had I could either end up with two blushes or two hand creams. I ended up with two hand creams. I thought it used to be a guaranteed value of $150, but I see they updated that to $120 back in February. Oh well, I am planning to cancel once I get my point redemptions anyway. I know I’m in the minority, but I feel like my bags were better before the extra customization. Anyway, I still think it’s sketchy to claim your bag is worth a certain amount when you’ve paid extra for those items.


Ipsy picks:

—SHAINA B MIAMI makeup brush set (this is fine, I like brushes)

—TARTE Maracuja Juicy Lip in Rose (Orchid looks nicer, but hardly a difference, so I’m happy, was hoping for this)

I chose:
—MANIME Nail Gel Stickers (was hoping for these)

—VIOLET VOSS Wildflower palette (thanking the ipsy gods for this instead of the Illuminati)

—SHEA BRAND Raw Shea Butter in Rose (I love rose scent and I’ve been trying to get my feet in sandal shape, so this will be great for putting on with socks at bedtime)

—OLAPLEX No. 3 Hair stuff

I feel like I got another GREAT bag this month. I’m really happy with everything I got, even though I wasn’t initially excited about the Shea Butter (I have so many lotions just sitting in drawers). I like that ipsy is branching out a bit with nail stuff and deodorants.

I wasn’t offered the Fenty eyeliners, which is fine, I have MANY to get through. I feel like I dodged a bullet with some of the leftovers like the About Face and Haus Laboratories liquid eyeshadows.


Where is the post for the regular Ipsy bag? Figure it out y’all!


Ipsy picked the Ahava hand cream and the Tarte in orchid which I’m really happy with!
I chose the purlisse blush in mauve, gel nail stickers and the Euphoric perfume stick! I’m excited about everything. The only tough choice was the blush vs the violet Voss palette but I’m too curious about the blush. I think a cream blush will be nice for summer! I added on the beauty crop eye primer for $3.


Girl, you have my dream bag! Congrats!


Thanks! It’s my first Ipsy plus and I’m really happy with it!


Ipsy Picks:
* LOGICALLY SKIN Wrinkle Target Eye Cream — never heard of this brand, and I’m really loving the Veriphy 20/20 eye cream I received through Ipsy so probably going to pass this along to my mom

*TARTE Maracuja Juicy Lip in Orchid — I like Tarte products and this is a pretty color, I’m happy to receive

My Picks:
*CLEO + COCO Charcoal Deodorant in Great Expectations — my boyfriend has been sampling aluminum free deodorants and hasn’t found the right fit, I’ll be passing this on to him to try (other choices in this category were the Complex Culture concealer, Hanalei Lip Treatment or Hey Honey Eye Serum)

*MILK MAKEUP Kush HIgh Volume Mascara — I’ve heard very mixed reviews on this mascara but I’m a mascara addict and I always love trying new formulas. I really really like the Milk Kush Mascara Primer (other choices in this category were the Ona New York Serum, Purlisse Blush Glow and Benton Cleanser)

*AURIKAH Parfum Stick in Euphoric — I love perfume and rarely see it offered through Ipsy so I figured I’d give it a go (other choices in this category were the Haus cream eyeshadow, Dr Brandt Cleanser and Shea Brand Shea Butter)

This is far from an exciting bag for me but hoping I like the products more once they arrive.


Vic the KUSH mascara is my HOLY GRAIL! I’m a mascara junkie too and I LOVE this one. It is one of the few I have that I can use on my top and lower lashes. Hope you like it too!


ooOOh thank you for letting me know, JoJoB!
My HG has been Thrive but nothing stops me from wanting to try new formulas. Now I’m looking forward to receiving it even more.


Those Purlisse blushes look so nice and I am kind of regretting not picking one up in add-ons (I was so excited when I saw the Sunday Riley A+ that I just grabbed it and quickly checked out lol). Hopefully they will be in second chance add-ons.


Huh. This is the first month in forever I wish I was subscribed! Good choices!


I’m starting to think about picking up Plus again after my Allure subscription ends. Looks like they’re starting to get better brands.


I really liked the Plus spoilers this month, so I reactivated the old account I had (when you needed 2 accounts just to get base + Plus!) and I’m SO GLAD that I did!

Ipsy picked:
+ Clarity Rx Probiotic serum
+ Tarte Maracuja lip in Rose

Category 1:
+ Purlisse BB Cheek in Cool Mauve
– Library of Flowers hand cream
– Vitabrid C powder
– Milk mascara
– Complex Culture concealer
– Violet Voss Wildflower palette

Category 2:
– Haus liquid eyeshadow in Gunmetal
– Fenty Flyliner in rose gold
+ Aurikah perfume stick in Euphoric
– Ofra blush in Rose

Category 3:
– Cleo + Coco deodorant in Lavender Vanilla
+ Manime gel manicure set
– Tynt Dew Balm
– Hanalei clear lip treatment

I’ve been wanting to try the Tarte Maracuja product for months, & I’ve almost purchased it a couple of times, so that’s a big win for me. I would’ve chosen a different shade of that & the Purlisse blush if I could have, but I’m satisfied with what I’ll be getting.

I’m really excited to try everything except the serum (which, even though it isn’t exciting, it’s not disappointing, either.) I’m kind of glad that Plus customization is after X, because this great Plus bag took out some of the disappointing sting from the X reveals!


I went with the perfume stick as well….rarely see perfumes offered in GBP so I’m excited to try it.


I’m a little nervous about it! It’s already been getting hot where I live! But like you said, they’re so rarely offered that I had to take the opportunity!


Hey MSA…just confused..May is the glambagX right, so these spoilers are for june??


Glam Bag X is a third subscription/optional upgrade. So if you are not subscribed to X, you can still get Plus.


After the April Boxycharm fiasco, I decided to cancel which has brought my subscriptions down to one; ipsy plus. It’s like the ipsy gods knew this, and made it AWESOME!

Ipsy chose

LOGICALLY SKIN – Eye Cream: I love me some eye cream, so bring it on!

TARTE – Maracuja juicy lip in Orchid: I really wanted this, and couldn’t be happier

I chose

VIOLET VOSS – Windflower palette: I was really hoping this was an option. I have loved every palette from this brand so far. (Other options were Ona New York serum, Purlisse BB cheek glow; Kush mascara; Complex culture concealer)

DR BRANDT Vacuum Cleaner: I love this stuff and grab it every chance I get. (Other options were Shea brand Shea butter in rose [wish this was in add-ons], Haus laboratories gunmetal creme; Fenty liner in the color grillz)

CLEO + COCO deodorant in Great Expectations. I love natural deodorant so I thought I’d give this one a try. Nothing beats my Lume, though. That stuff is seriously great. (Other options were Illuminati palette, Hey Honey eye serum [almost picked this but thought two eye creams would be overkill], Hanalei lip treatment t in clear)

Super happy this month.


I got the two things I was hoping for: a Tarte Maracuja lip and the ManiMe nail stickers so no complaints from me!


I’m having mixed feelings this time. I got a brush set by Shaina last month and am getting another one this month. I do need more brushes but it seems like a lot to send in two months. About have the choice options that are showing here are things I’ve already received in those exact same scents/colors/brands so that means only about half the things here were available for Ipsy to offer me to choose from. My choices were okay but nothing amazing or even great. Ipsy picked for me Logically Target Eye Cream and the Shaina B Miami B. Fab Brush Set. I chose Hey Honey Open Your Eyes Lifting Eye Serum, Ona New York Rejuvenating Serum, and Dr. Brandt pores no more Vacuum Cleaner. I wanted the Tarte lip balms but wasn’t offered those. I was offered a Fenty eyeliner BUT it was in the one color that wouldn’t work with my skin. I’m super pale but have an olive undertone that makes certain shades not work with me. I’d have liked my bag more if I had the choice of one of the Tarte lip balms and a different shade of Fenty eyeliner.


I wish the Vitabrid C12 cleanser had been one of my options. Otherwise, my bag is perfect… Ipsy chose two items I wanted (eye cream and the Tarte lippie). I chose an eye serum, the Dr. Brandt pore mask, and the kush mascara from Milk. I added on 4 items, too: sheet mask duo, Seraphine lip stuff, the Origins charcoal mask for my husband, and blemish patches.


Any way to stop getting brush sets?


Annaz when I go to my account online (and on the app if you use that) I have a little section under my membership tab called “NEW! Try Category Control” It lets me pick up to 3 items I do not want to receive and set a time line for how long. So for instance I picked no bronzer for the next 6 months. I have been using this feature for awhile now and it works for me. Hope this helps!


I wish that was an option on my account! Maybe it’s something they are rolling in.


Wow that’s awesome!! Thank you!


Rate them a one star. If you do that every time they’ll stop sending them too you. I got mascara a few times and rated it 1 star each time and now I don’t get offered it anymore.


Thanks! I will try that!


I’m really disappointed as every choice option offers blush which I hate. Two of the three categories have absolutely nothing that I want in them. I would clearly say that they don’t look at my profile when offering these items. They do so well with my regular bag I thought I would give him another chance.


Ok, I’ve always just gotten the original Ipsy bag but just started subscribing to the Plus and X bags…

I’m able to choose my 3 products for the X bag but not the plus.

You got the full VIP experience by upgrading your Glam Bag Plus to Glam Bag X this month.”

Can someone please explain?

Will I still receive 3 different bags?


Receiving all 3 bags in the same month isn’t an option on a single account. If you subscribed to GBX, it will replace your GB Plus, or if you don’t subscribe to GB Plus, it will replace your regular glam bag. That’s why it says what it does under your GB Plus, that you upgraded to GBX for this month, and why you can’t choose products. So this month you will get your regular GB and the GBX only. For June and July, you’ll get your regular GB and GB Plus only, since those aren’t GBX months. In August, the next GBX month, you’ll get your regular GB and GBX, but no GB Plus. Etc.


I subscribed to Glam Bag plus yesterday, and am still getting the May bag — I don’t think it’s too late to get a subscription using a different account.

Hope that helps 🙂

p.s. Since I subscribed May 1st, does that mean I won’t be able to choose any of my items? The website says “We’re using your profile & reviews to pick the best products for YOU.”

Anyone know what that message means? Thanks!


You should be getting the x instead of the plus for this month I believe!


This was my first Plus where I’m underwhelmed with my choices, and the choices in general. First time I’m disappointed in the Ipsy picks as well. They gave me the pink brushes and the Ahava hand creme. Double meh. I made do with my choices.


FWIW – the Ahava hand creme is great, it’s one of my favorite hand creams (but I also apply hand cream like 20 times a day, so I get all happy about good hand creams). OTOH, I wouldn’t be happy with pink brushes either.


Thank you Sherri! I do use a lot, too. I have so much of it, though.


I don’t like my choices so I’m waiting. I refresh the page every few hours. Eventually some choices will change and I can make picks that I’m happy about. The two items ipsy picked for me are great.


Tuesday morning and the choices are still awful!!! I have just under 10 hours to pick. Wish me luck!!

Please ipsy gods, ANY skincare in the third category!!!!!!!!!!


I’ve done that in the past and even had a couple months where I just didn’t choose because there was nothing in one or even two of the categories I would use. Last month bit me in the butt though because they sent me the complex culture palette that I had redeemed points for. So I literally got two of the same palette in my box. I complained and was told oh well, that happens. Well I have cashed in all my points this month and will not get plus after June. The CS is just not what it used to be.


I’ve never heard of that trick. I wish I knew that back when I was still subscribed.

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