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IPSY Glam Bag Plus October 2022 Review

Megan K.
ByMegan K.Oct 17, 2022 | 12 comments

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

IPSY Glam Bag Plus is a $28 per month subscription box from IPSY. Every month you’ll receive five full-sized beauty products. The box will have a retail value of at least $120. (This box was voted as one of the best makeup subscription boxes and best beauty subscription boxes by MSA readers!)

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First Impressions

As always, my goodies arrived in the pink IPSY bubble mailer and a drawstring bag. The design is purple with holographic words of encouragement.

Also worth noting: I didn't make choices this month to see what kind of assortment would arrive!


Here is the info card.

Now, on to the items!

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in "Uncensored", 4 mL - Retail Value $26


This bag started off with a bang! This red lip is in your face and super pigmented. Riri's Stunna Lip Paints are a full-coverage matte formula that I have tried and loved before, even as someone who isn't generally a matte finish enthusiast. This one goes the distance with a long-staying formula and over-the-top color. While it isn't what I would consider transfer-proof, my lips look great for hours without getting overly dry. And if you prefer a glossy twist, balm or gloss on top of this stuff is amazing!

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb Heat Universal Lip Luminizer + Plumper in "Hot Cherry', 9 mL - Retail Value $24


Speaking of glosses.... this bag has blessed me with another Fenty lip product! I have also tried this gloss before, though in a different shade. And even though the word heat is used here, this is not a particularly spicy plumping gloss. It has a little tingle and the shine absolutely gives the appearance of a fuller pout, but I have never had any burning with this formula. I absolutely love this sheer hot red color alone on my lips for a subtle boost or layered on top of my other Fenty matte lip paint.

Lime Crime Sunkissed Glimmering Skin Stick in "Tidal", 0.38 oz - Retail Value $15


I will admit that I don't generally love Lime Crime products and I didn't like this highlighter stick. Unlike the majority of Lime Crime's wildly colorful product line (one of the biggest reasons it isn't exactly for me), this creamy highlighter was barely noticeable. Instead of giving me a real glow, it kind of made me look yellow and chalky. I did think the packaging design was very cool, but ultimately, this stuff was underwhelming. I think if you have a warmer skin tone it might be a better fit, but I still can't imagine choosing this over any other cream or liquid highlighters you might have at your disposal.

The Lyfestyle Co Radiant Glow Botanical Oil Cleanser, 4.2 fl oz  - Retail Value $49


When I think of oil cleansers, I think of gentle formulas that remove makeup and dirt without compromising my skin's moisture barrier. I love how soft and calm my skin feels after oil cleansing. Not so much with this one. I was really confused as to why my face felt so dry after using this formula until I looked at the ingredient list. The second ingredient after water is an ingredient called "Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate" which is a long and confusing-looking thing. According to INCI, it is a rather harsh cleanser but it is often used in products to create a foaming effect. I think this is just too harsh for my drier face, though I did kind of enjoy it as a body wash. I also have some qualms with the fact that this cleanser is $49, which seems absurd. I will stick to oil cleansers where the first major ingredients are actual oils I can recognize.

Ettitude Waffle Hair Towel  - Retail Value $34


I have used a few different types of hair towels, but this one by far feels the most luxurious. It has a marvelous waffle texture and is made out of 100% bamboo fiber. The others I have tried are made out of fibers that aren't natural, and though I do enjoy them, this takes my hair towel love to a whole new level. It is moisture-wicking but lightweight and the cream color has some serious spa vibes. If you are someone who has thicker hair that takes forever to dry, this is a great tool to add to your haircare routine. It cuts down dry time and also makes my hair feel less frizzy.


This month's IPSY Glam Bag Plus was one of my favorites of the year, despite only being in love with 3 out of the 5 products. I just get really happy whenever I get Fenty lip products, and I received TWO. I also think the hair towel might be my new obsession and I already have another in my online shopping cart. The Lime Crime highlighter was a bust for me and I don't plan on using that cleanser anywhere near my face, but I am still walking away from this month's $148 value curation quite happy. 

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To Wrap Up:

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

Cost Breakdown: This box costs $28, meaning each of the 5 items has an average cost of $5.60. Here is how that breaks down per item:

  • Lipstick $4.92
  • Gloss $4.54
  • Shimmer Stick $2.84
  • Oil Cleanser $9.27
  • Hair Towel $6.43

What do you think of the October IPSY Glam Bag Plus? 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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My bag only contained 3 products when I opened it today and I’d like to know in what world a lady in her 60’s would have ” troubled skin” and need an acne product? Hey Honey item is SO wrong for my skin needs.

I believe the curation was the worst I’ve ever had for the products I did receive. Muddy eye shadow palette as well, horrible sallow colors just like the Lime Crime highlighter is sallow looking,

I don’t think Megan got a good bag either, though. ( sorry and not a reflection upon Megan as we get what we get and that’s that).

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Charlotte G.

Too bad about the oil cleanser – that was one of Ipsy’s picks for me. I have normal-to-oily skin, so maybe it will work for me?

Overall, I was really happy with my GBP this month. I got the Fenty liquid lip in a pretty mauve color, Lys cream blush, Glowoasis hydrating toner, and an R&Co. shampoo. I thought Ipsy did a great job matching products to my profile – much better than my regular glam bag.

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Yours is so much better than mine!

I’m getting a bronzer (don’t use/hate), mascara (okay), eye patches that sound insulting(under-eye volumizing?), bee-propolis skin product (meh), and the Fenty gloss, which I suspect I already have.

Granted, I mostly ordered it to get the bag, but why send someone something they marked as “rarely” right off the rail?

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My bag is stuck in shipping purgatory. Hasn’t moved since the label was created on 10/4. Ipsy rep said I have to wait until 10/24 for them to do anything. At that time, they’ll probably tell me bag is lost and that they don’t have any items I actually want in stock.

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Ipsy picked the Fenty lip gloss for me, which surprised me. It stung real bad and didn’t even add any color. I wiped it off and threw the tube into the garbage. I guess it’s like Rihanna herself – all sass and gimmick and no common sense. Nothing good about inflammation.

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Yeah, I guess she must not have worked hard at all to go from being the kid of a single mom and an abusive addict of a father to where she is now. 🙄 Lucky for her, plenty of us enjoy her products and seeing her as a role model instead of just being strangers who like to sit around making petty and ignorant comments about her.

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No one said that Rihanna didn’t work hard, but she certainly didn’t achieve everything she has all on her own. Also, role model? Ew! Certainly you can find someone better to inspire you.


I went to HS and church with the guy who was her tour bus driver for her first few years of her career. He said it paid really well, as she was a bit of a handful and a diva even at the start. Never any hint of him liking her or her crew, and Doug likes EVERYBODY, almost.

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A “self-made billionaire” who has all kinds of people to guide her along the way, like managers, marketing people, etc. She has talent which she can then convert into making money. That doesn’t imply that she has common sense. However, I’m not trying to say if she does or doesn’t have common sense, as I don’t know and don’t care. I just thought Dia’s take was a little odd.

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That’s kinda uncalled for. Also many people love plumping glosses and react differently to them, the person reviewing the gloss even said it didn’t sting her.

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I think Stacy meant insulting someone you don’t know, celebrity or not, is uncalled for. I don’t know a single one of her songs, but I wouldn’t say a self-made billionaire has no common sense. Ipsy is a crapshoot. If you don’t care for an item, toss it and move on. I don’t know how many times I’ve received curly hair stuff or self tanners, neither of which I’ve any use for.


The plumping action *is* inflammation. Injuring the cells to make them swell. Whatever floats your boat.