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IPSY Glam Bag Plus Review – July 2021

Megan K.
ByMegan K.Aug 2, 2021 | 10 comments

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus
4.3 overall rating
242 Ratings | 28 Reviews

IPSY Glam Bag Plus is a $25 per month subscription box from IPSY. Every month you’ll receive 5 full-sized beauty products. The box will have a retail value of at least $120. (This box was voted as a best makeup subscription box and a best beauty subscription box by MSA readers!)

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About IPSY Glam Bag Plus

The Subscription Box: IPSY Glam Bag Plus

The Cost: $25 per month + free U.S. shipping

The Products: Full-size makeup and beauty products every month.

Ships to: The U.S. for free

Our IPSY Glam Bag Plus July 2021 Review


Here is our info card for the month. No specific item list this time.

My drawstring bag arrived with a solar sun in gold and blue accents.

Now, on to the items!


Dr. Brant Pore Purifying Cleanser, 3.5 fl oz - Retail Value $36.00

This isn't a new product to me but it is such a solid choice for whenever I am having a breakout. Because it has salicylic acid, it calms down pesky zits as it helps minimize the appearance of larger pores. It is a gel formula so it provides a deeper cleanse than my dry skin prefers under normal circumstances, but the week before my "special" visitor? This is my go-to to help me look a little more human. If you have oily or combo skin this can be used more regularly to keep sebum production in check and your face looking fresh and clean.


Beauty For Real Golden Hour Palette - Retail Value $36.00

This was a really interesting assortment of eight colors. Looking at the collection as a whole, that blue really stands out as the one that doesn't really "fit" at first, but when I think of this through the lens of a summer palette, I think I get it a bit more and, honestly, without the blue this would be a lot less exciting. As far as the formulas go, pigmentation was pretty good! The mattes felt a little timid when compared to the shimmers but they were still very pretty and a dream for a low-key sort of look. The blue was way more in your face than I expected (blues can be hard to get right in palettes sometimes) and colors like Pink Sands were so pretty, flattering, and interesting. The brand boasts no fallout in these formulas due to mango butter and while this wasn't entirely true when I used a brush, the fallout was minimal. I was really pleasantly surprised by this one and I think a lot of people are going to love it.

Top to bottom: Reflection, Solstice, Ablaze, Golden Ray, Pink Sands, Horizon, Infinite, Shadow


FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in 'Unlocked', 4 mL – Retail Value $25.00

Be still my beating heart. I am absolutely weak for a loud pink lip. W.E.A.K. And Fenty Beauty over-delivered with this bold hot pink in a matte formula that has made me rethink how I feel about matte finishes in general. First, this glass bottle is just gorgeous. The special doe-foot applicator makes precise placement easy-peasy and the extra-long silver cap feels so fancy. The formula itself is one swipe opaque and though you get that matte finish, it never truly dries down, meaning your lips stay soft and velvety with zero flakiness. I have been wearing this regularly since I opened it and the compliments I get are near-constant.


I love you.


tarte SEA Jelly Glaze Anytime Lip Mask in 'Toasted Coconut', 10 g – Retail Value $16.00

This jelly balm is basically at the opposite end of the lip spectrum from the Fenty Beauty lippie above, but it serves a much different purpose. This is the sort of thing you could wear with your naked/natural face out for brunch or even sleep in it as a lip mask. It is thicker and smells very beachy but in a good way. And it conditioned my lips beautifully. I can see myself loving this even more in the winter when my lips are sad and cracked, and I need a little memory of summertime.

It didn't really look like anything on my lips in terms of color, but I didn't mind.


The Lyfestyle Co. Beach Mist, 4 oz – Retail Value $42.00

My last item was a beach mist meant to be used on skin after sun exposure. I am generally wary of mists like this because they so often have alcohol and if you got a little too much sun, that can be a nightmare. This one is alcohol-free and filled with skin soothers like glycerin, panthenol, aloe, and cucumber. It also has antioxidants that help protect your skin from damage. The scent was a lavender peppermint which (while not beachy) had a cooling tingle.

Verdict: This was a really great IPSY Glam Bag Plus bag. I ended up really liking everything! My favorite item is by far that Fenty Beauty matte lipstick but the palette and the cleanser were close seconds. The lip mask felt like a summertime treat and so did the mist. The value here was pretty awesome: $155 for a $25 bag. And the mix of big and indie brands felt like a great balance this month. 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? You'll likely start with August as your first month. As of publication, there was no IPSY waitlist!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $25, meaning you are paying approximately the following per item:

  • Cleanser $5.81
  • Palette $5.81
  • Liquid Lipstick $4.03
  • Lip Mask $2.58
  • Beach Mist $6.77

Alternatively, each of the 5 items has an average cost of $5. 

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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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Autumn P

Oh wow! Such a great box! Love the products!! The lippie looks great on u, Ms. Megan…And I I thought the palette was cute (@ 1st), but the swatches (which I know-doesn’t always mean what it seems!), they took it up to a 10 –Absolutely stunning!!

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I thought that beauty for real palette was a wander beauty product and I didn’t like how it looked in the package but when I see the swatches on your arm of the colors together, I actually really like it!

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Awesome review! I loved the eye shadows…the lipstick, a little bright for me, but everything else looks great.

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I got the Tarte lip mask, that stuff it awesome!!!!

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Thanks, Megan! I also just LOVE the Fenty lip (it was my favorite in this months bag) and even though I shy away from a bolder lip, I was pleasantly surprised how beautiful the shade looks on. (I can see why you get compliments – the color looks stunning on you!)

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maybe I missed it somewhere, but could you please post which items were your choice and which ones ipsy picked for you in the future? Thank you!!

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I haven’t been on here in some time but not a fan of the website change.

Idk. Maybe its not the website I’m just tired of subs. 😵

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I am really regretting not picking that lipstick up from add ons. It’s gorgeous!

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Totally agree! Hot pink lips instantly make me happier ☺️

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Charlotte G.

Good to know about the finish on the Fenty lipstick! I really prefer mattes that stay a bit “wet,” as opposed to ones that dry down completely. Much more comfortable to wear.

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