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IPSY Glam Bag X May 2022 Review

Megan K.
ByMegan K.May 21, 2022 | 10 comments

IPSY Glam Bag x
2.7 overall rating
21 Ratings | 23 Reviews

Ipsy Glam Bag X is a quarterly upgrade for Ipsy members. It costs an additional $43/shipment for Glam Bag members and $30/shipment for Glam Bag Plus members. It replaces your usual monthly bag in February, May, August, and November. This bag "includes seven to eight full-size products specially curated by beauty’s biggest tastemakers and celebs" and allows subscribers to pick three items. 

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The Items

My box arrived in its normal pretty lilac box. This delivery was curated by Madelaine Petsch and included a newsletter-type info booklet with details on featured items.

 

FYI: I didn't make any choices this month because I forgot to when grabbing choice screenshots! So everything below is from an assortment chosen by IPSY/IPSY's algorithm!

Let's see what arrived:

Saint Jane Beauty Luxury Body Nourishing Serum, 4 fl oz - Retail Value $58

 

Wow. The packaging on this body serum is intense. It is heavy, gilded, and feels very expensive! And I kind of love the idea of a body serum over a lotion right now. I have trouble with lotion on my legs (red bumps!) but oils and serum have always been fine, and with the weather turning warm, a lighter formula is ideal. This golden liquid is a blend of cannabis Sativa oil, sunflower seed oil, avocado oil, jojoba, rosehip, and loads more deeply moisturizing oils. The scent is positively divine and is a blend of bright and powdery florals with a little citrus and sandalwood. I would classify it as earthy and unisex. Despite all of the nourishing ingredients inside, this serum absorbs fast and easily, leaving behind a healthy glow.

SONAGE Baby Frioz Icy Globes - Retail Value $54

 

I had been hoping to get my hands on a mini set of these cold globes because the larger size just feels too large to enjoy on the smaller areas of my face like around my nose and my temples. I use this sort of tool all the time at home and also with clients and absolutely love them, especially when used chilled in the fridge over a facial oil! There is something about the mix of a cold skin tool followed by warm hands that feels so good. The cold from these globes is a wonderful circulation booster and if you are prone to puffiness and redness, these will totally help! I also love the little bits of glitter!

VACATION INC Classic Lotion SPF 30, 3.4 fl oz – Retail Value $18

 

I have wanted to get my hands on this brand's SPF ever since I saw their really fun and utterly nostalgic marketing. The scent description is what really drew me in, and I have to admit that there was something weirdly emotional about the fragrance of this SPF. It is exactly like beach vacations smelled in my childhood and literally transports me back to my little floral kid swimsuits and my mom applying my sunscreen so I wouldn't burn while we enjoyed family walks along the ocean. Is it possible for sunscreen to make you cry? I mean, I was close. In addition to being a 90s time-traveling device, this formula absorbs great, is reef-save, and is oxybenzone & octinoxate free. Did I mention that it comes with its very own vacation playlist? I am obsessed.

Seriously, please check out the playlist.

PINROSE Wild Flower Perfume, 1 fl oz – Listed Value $60

 

I love fragrances (if you couldn't tell from the SPF review above) and collect them often. PINROSE recently changed its packaging which is how I am guessing this ended up in an IPSY bag. These scents are US-made, vegan, and cruelty-free. And while I love a white floral scent (this one smells like freesia, gardenia, and jasmine) I have to admit that this one might feel a little too young on my skin. It is such a fun and youthful scent and I am in my mid-30s and often wear scents that smell like "an antique bookstore that has caught fire" (Will's words, not mine) and this just doesn't feel right for me. But I have a friend who is like a sunny little spark of joy and she is going to love this!

TARTE Creaseless Concealer in '10N Fair' – Retail Value $27

 

This concealer is so, so fair. Which is to say, that it is my perfect shade. But the formula is.. well, a yikes for me. For a product that describes itself as "creaseless", it sure is cakey. And cakey = creasy on my skin. It was just too thick and dry to really blend well, so even though the color looked great under my eyes (I looked SO awake), the texture makes this a big no-go for me.

TYS Beauty x IPSY Lip Treat – Retail Value $30

 

Why do I love heavy lip gloss tubes so much? This one is all decked out in an iridescent finish that mimics the look of the lipgloss inside. A word of caution" she burns. Like, if you have ever used a lip plumper that is borderline painful, this sensation will be familiar to you. This comes from a combination of peppermint and ginger inside and it does eventually fade, but it is a little dramatic there for a bit. The reward is plumper-looking lips and a glossy clear finish. This brand is kind of cool because it was founded by twin sisters who also run a lash+nails+esthetics studio in Melrose. I like seeing little brands like this in subscriptions.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner, 6 fl oz - Retail Value $24

 

I have tried this toner before and I really enjoy it. Because it has oat in it and is alcohol-free, it is a great option for sensitive skin or anyone with dryness. The only thing I would really change here is the packaging because I would love to see it have a misting nozzle. This stuff works so great in a mister! And you waste a lot less than when you use a cotton round. The lightweight watery liquid is deceptively light for a formula that contains honey, squalane, and hyaluronic acid. It is hydrating and calming with minimal effort. DO me a favor and add yours to a misting bottle though.

Dew of the Gods Claydate Mask, 120 g – Retail Value $42

 

My last item is a pink clay mask from a brand that has a very unique (and arguably slightly weird) feature: their products are blessed by monks. Yeah, this is true:

Our brand has been blessed by a zen Buddhist monk. You start and end your day with skin care, so what better head space to be mindful and reflective on the day ahead, or the life you lived today. The blessing celebrates different mindful intentions rooted in the Buddhist tradition of mindfulness, designed to make you think, feel and reflect.

We’re honored to have our brand blessed by Bhante Saranapala, also known as The Urban Buddhist Monk. We follow the science of Dr. Masaru Emoto, who studied the power of blessings and positive affirmations on water, and the molecules that comprise it. If our thoughts can change the shape of water, imagine what they can do to us?

So while this brand looks all pink and playful, there is more going on behind the cute font and packaging. This pink mask is made of pink clay, bentonite, kaolin, and coconut oil (meh). It also has vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and licorice root. It isn't my favorite thing in the box, but it will make a nice regift.

Verdict

I like this IPSY Glam Bag X curation. I think it was much better than the Addison Rae one, at least for me. And there were some goodies inside that I absolutely love: the SPF, body serum, toner, and cold globes. There were also some misses: the concealer (seriously tarte, what in the world) and the clay mask. But all in all, with a value of $253 even without the perfume (I couldn't independently verify the value since they no longer sell that size) this is a big value delivery for a cost of $55. 

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To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, but you better hurry!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $55 and each of the 8 items has an average cost of $6.88. 

What do you think of the May Ipsy Glam Bag X? Which items did you get?

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Ipsy Glam Bag X is a quarterly upgrade is available for Ipsy Glam Bag and Ipsy Glam Bag Plus subscribers. It’s an additional $43/shipment for Glam Bag members and $30/shipment for Glam Bag Plus members. The first Glam Bag X will be available in February 2021.
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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10 comments

Julia

Any clergy person from any faith will bless your face cream for a fee. No problem. My cats even bless my chapstick for free.

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Brittany

Megan! I am so glad I am not the only one who doesn’t understand how Tarte claims this is creaseless. I got the exact shame shade which was perfect for me as well- and was so disappointed in the tacky consistency. It’s just weird. I have tried multiple ways of applying it- with the wand, a beauty blender, my fingers – and it’s all just a big no for me.

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Katy

I agree that it certainly does crease. The only way I can apply it so it doesn’t crease is to put powder on immediately, and I mean within 30 seconds of blending it out with my beauty blender. I hate wearing powder and typically only use it when I am performing in a show, so it is disappointing that using it is the only way to make this concealer work for me.

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Laurie Buler Nunez

Great bag! Sant Jane is one of my favorite brands. I absolutely love your feelings about the sunscreen and the sweet way you described your friend.

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CarrieL

Please recommend any and all perfumes that smell like ‘an antique bookstore that caught fire’. I feel like that’s how I want to smell. Skylar’s Wanderlust was such a perfect blend of smoky and floral, but it never made it to the permanent collection so I’m looking for a replacement!

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Kate

Carriel, I also loved Wanderlust (bought two, so I wouldn’t run out as fast). I haven’t found anything too similar yet.

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Sabrina

Replica Whispers in the Library

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Gabriella Martine

Oooohhh I wanna try this even more now! I love by the fireplace, and I love old books, and the scent description as described above is exactly what I want to smell like too 😆

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JennWin1980

Replica’s By the Fireplace! Soooo, soooo yummy! It always reminds me of fall and bonfires!

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CarrieL

Thanks! I’ll have to check it out!

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