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Your IPSY Glam bag will come in their standard pale pink bubble wrap mailer. When you open it up, you can always expect to find a makeup bag storing your new beauty products and an info sheet with additional details.
Every month you receive a makeup bag in addition to your five products. This month's bag was a red bag covered with pink hearts and had a heart-shaped gold zipper pull!
The Breakdown – What’s Inside My February 2022 Ipsy Bag
Kokie Cosmetics Gel Ink Dual-Ended Eyeliner, 0.58 g - Retail Value $9.00
I am very much a fan of liquid eyeliners over pencil eyeliners, but I still think it's kind of nifty that this dual-ended eyeliner has both. Both ends are black, with one end being a gel pencil that glided on smoothly and the other end having a finely-tipped felt liner, and I found the formula to be pretty long-lasting.
Here is the liquid eyeliner swatched above the pencil.
Belle en Argent Reframing Tinted Brow Gel in Dark Brown, 3 ml - Estimated Retail Value $7.71
Tinted brow gels are just about the only way I will do my brows, so I love receiving them in boxes and trying out new ones. This one from Belle en Argent was new to me, but I was really pleased with how it added pigment and filled in some spots on my brows while also gathering unruly hairs to make them look tamer. After the gel was applied, the hairs still felt soft rather than having the crunchy feeling some brow gels provide. Overall, I really liked this!
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, 5 mL - Estimated Value $8.33 (the 12 mL version retails for $20)
I do not understand why this mist is so expensive. I get that’s it’s both skincare and a makeup setting spray formulated with a proprietary blend of hyaluronic acid and red algae while also being made with three signature Japanese superfoods (green tea, rice, and algae), but the price just feels really high for what it is. That being said I have had a full-size version of this mist before, and the packaging on the full size is absolutely stunning. I never actually used it much a few years ago when I had it, but sampling this reminded me that I do enjoy using it. I’ll set this aside for the next time I travel because I always like to have sprays like this with me in my makeup bag, and I do love getting Tatcha in my Ipsy bag even if I wouldn’t pay the retail price for it.
Go-To Skincare The Removalist, 20 mL - Estimated Value $11.08 (the 65 mL version retails for $36)
I was wary of this mask because I treat all clay masks with caution, but this one actually surprised me. For a clay-based mask, this was surprisingly hydrating, and it didn't leave my skin feeling dry or tight at all the way most clay masks do. It wasn't too hard to remove and rinse away from my face either, which is another thing that made this stand out from typical clay masks. Go-To says this mask is safe for all skin types, including sensitive, and my dry, sensitive skin would have to agree. While I don't reach for clay-based masks often, this is a good one to have handy when I feel like my skin is congested or producing more oil than normal.
Naked Cosmetics Peppermint Lip Scrub, 6.5 g - Retail Value $11.99
This was my choice item for the month, and I was expecting this lip scrub to be a lot, well, scrubbier. It definitely has more of a balm consistency than a scrub. There is some grit in the formula, but it's not a lot. When I was trying it out and realized how balmy the texture was, I realized I was going to need to scoop some of the product out to actually get some of the exfoliating sugar on my lips. Once a big scoop was on my lips was when I remembered this was a peppermint lip scrub, thanks to the tingle that I was then feeling on my face. I enjoyed it, though, and while this wasn't the most exfoliating lip scrub I've ever used, my lips still did feel softer when I was done.
Value – Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $13
- Kokie Cosmetics: $9→ $2.43
- Belle en Argent: $7.71 → $2.08
- Tatcha: $8.33 → $2.25
- Go-To Skincare: $11.08 → $2.99
- Naked Cosmetics: $11.99 → $3.24
This month everything in my Glam Bag added up to $48.11, which is pretty solid for a $13 subscription box.
I really enjoyed my February Ipsy bag- all of the products were hits for me. More importantly, all of the items sent in my glam bag this month are products I used on a regular basis (a mask, black eyeliner, tinted brow gel, skincare...), which tells me that the Ipsy algorithm is really starting to get me. I thought the value of my glam bag was really solid this month, and I appreciate that two of the five items were actually full-size (the eyeliner and lip scrub). Ipsy is one of the most affordable subscription boxes out there, and I love being able to look forward to getting my new bag every month (and being able to select one item in each month's bag, too).
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Other Things You Should Know
Am I able to customize my bag? Yes, towards the end of each month you are given the ability to choose one product to be included in next month's Glam Bag!
What do you think of my February 2022 Ipsy Glam Bag?