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IPSY Glam Bag X August 2022 Review

Megan K.
ByMegan K.Sep 6, 2022 | 10 comments

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2.8 overall rating
13 Ratings | 15 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 Alicia Keys and included a newsletter-type info booklet with details on featured items.


FYI: I didn't make any choices this month! So everything below is from an assortment chosen by IPSY/IPSY's algorithm!

Let's see what arrived:

KEYS SOULCARE Be Luminous Exfoliator, 65 g - Retail Value $25


The first item inside this month is from a brand created by the curator of this delivery: Alicia Keys. I have tried a few different products from this line and I feel pretty favorable. This is an interesting little bottle because it is filled with a dry granular powder, which I wasn't really expecting. You add water to it to create a textured cleanser/exfoliator that smoothes skin without being aggressively abrasive. It also smells quite nice! In addition to physical exfoliators (like kaolin clay), it has lactic acid for further gentle exfoliation. I really enjoyed this interesting little treat!

SUNDAY RILEY Clean Rinse Clarifying Scalp Serum, 4 fl oz - Retail Value $48


If you have read my reviews for a while, you know I suffer from dry skin patches, especially around my hairline. It is a never-ending adventure to find products that soothe my scalp while helping control flakes and make my hair feel clean and healthy. This cute pink bottle is haircare from a brand that I usually associate with top-tier skincare. And since my scalp is, well, skin, it seemed like an interesting product to try! After one use I noticed my scalp wasn't itchy and some (though not all) of the redness went away. While this isn't a product I would use more than once a week (I fear it would become super drying) it absolutely made a difference in my hair. The combination of AHAs and BHAs with niacinamide and clay creates a potent formula for scalp issues. I thought the jasmine scent was really lovely, too! If you have thicker hair like I do and you are worried about using too much of this at once, I recommend sectioning your hair into parts and using the small nozzle to draw thin lines. Then grab a hairbrush and comb it through your scalp!

LYS BEAUTY Aim High Multi-Use Liquid Highlighter in 'Brave', 18 mL – Retail Value $19


The majority of my makeup is liquid/cream based these days and I am always looking for new products to create that light and dewy look I enjoy the most. This highlighter is beautiful! It is a smooth and luminous champagne with a naturally radiant finish. It looks great on my bare face as well as mixed with a tinted moisturizer.

OSEA Essential Hydrating Oil, 1 fl oz – Listed Value $68


I am a big OSEA fan. Their formulas always smell great and work really well for me. This oil is going to come in handy this winter. It is a luxe mix of oils from macadamia, jojoba, and sesame oil scented with cedar, rosewood, lavender, and lemon. When the air gets cold and dry, this is the sort of oil I like to use right before bed instead of a cream moisturizer. It helps my skin stay soft and supple while bolstering my moisture barrier.

DANESSA MYRICKS BEAUTY Dewy Cheek & Lip Palette in 'Dew It Flirty' – Retail Value $32


Look at how pretty this palette is! Inside this clear palette is a set of 4 lip and cheek colors spanning dusty rose to pure peach. The formulas are buttery smooth and somehow pigmented enough for a bolder lip but not overwhelming on the cheeks. I love products that are good for my skin as well as good looking, and this set is delightful moisturizing, with jojoba, shea, and vitamin E.

LIVE TINTED Huestick Multistick in 'Perk', 3 g – Retail Value $24


Live Tinted is a newer brand that I have been wanting to try. Their products tick most of my beauty product must-haves: multi-use, universally useable, and good for my skin. These Huesticks can be used on eyes, lips, and cheeks. This shade is actually part of their correction line as well, meaning it can be used to color correct dark circles! I received a peachy shade that I like for my cheeks but I don't think I would choose for my lids or lips. Regardless, I find myself wanting to explore some of the other shades and other products from this line. The pigment was impressive and I loved the soft texture and how it blended into my skin. This is a brand I plan on watching closely.

UOMA Brow-Fro Baby Hair Ultra Slim Brow Defining Pencil in '02'- Retail Value $22


I am a tinted brow gel enthusiast which means I really never use pencils. I find them more challenging to use and shape with. Nevertheless, I was impressed with how good of a match this shade was for my brows. I have ashy blonde hair with loads of grey. It can be hard to match! This pencil also has a spoolie tucked away in the opposite end to brush your brows as you tint.

SUPERGOOP! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, 30 mL – Retail Value $27


My last item is a tube of SPF from one of my favorite brands ever. Admittedly, I am less a fan of this Unseen Sunscreen than their superior Glowscreen. This formula has a powdery silicone finish that I am just not fond of. I am also a little miffed that the size is smaller than the 1.7 fl oz bottles I usually see sold, but I am not one to refuse SPF in any form really.


This IPSY Glam Bag X curation had some real winners! And with a total retail value of $265, it makes the $55 subscription cost feel like one heck of a deal. Everything in this delivery was pretty great and I loved the assortment of fun and quality brands, many of which I often spy in Sephora and Ulta. 

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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. 

Here is how that branks down item by item:

  • Exfoliator $5.19
  • Scalp Treatment $9.96
  • Highlighter $3.94
  • Oil $14.11
  • Blush Palette $6.64
  • Multihue Stick $4.98
  • Brow Pencil $4.57
  • SPF $5.60

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

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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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Jodi Bone

Madeleine was the IPSY Glam BagX curateur the month before Alicia Keyes Bag. I actually Recvd that bag & loved it. This Alicia Keyes BagX I’m still waiting for but Recvd word it’s all sold out of Products I was supposed to receive, now I’m supposed to receive a ‘replacement’ bag. Have NO clue what I’m getting in replacement. I’ve emailed IPSY in beginning of Month to advise the tracking # is incorrect, IPSY CS waited til the 6th of Sept to tell me it’s sending a replacement bag & everything previously sold out:( big bummer!

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Oooh, love that palette!

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Definitely one of the better Ipsy offerings in a while. The Live Tinted stick in Perk is great for colour correcting dark circles on fair – light skintones.

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Autumn P

This was actually a pretty good Glam Bag-X! I LOVE that Osea Hydrating Oil, it is SO so good!! Thx for sharing!!!

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Thanks Megan! I love that Supergoop product, but like you said, it’s so small. Please note that the item is “sunscreen,” not “SPF.” SPF stands for “sun protection factor,” and is simply a quantitive measure of the coverage (given as a numeral). You apply sunscreen; you don’t apply a factor. I’ve seen this mistake on YouTube makeup videos, but those women don’t know any better. This is a tube of sunscreen, not of a factor. 🙂

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If you want to get really technical, SPF is an antiquated term used only by the US, and measures only UVB protection. It doesn’t measure UVA rays which are responsible for aging and cancer. The rest of the world uses the PA rating system to measure sunscreen’s potency.

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This is neither helpful nor cute.

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No, but I love it when women are smart. Let’s show them some love. Women aren’t just arm candy. We are brains also!


Error in copy, should be ‘curated by Alicia Keys’.

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Right! I was like who is…Madelaine Petsch? This is Alicia Keys curation.

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