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Ipsy Glam Bag December 2022 Review

Naomi Pandolfi
ByNaomi PandolfiDec 19, 2022 | 7 comments

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Ipsy is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription box. For $13 per month, you get five full-size or deluxe-sized products, plus a cute makeup bag.

This is one of our top recommendations if you are looking for a subscription box — the value and sample sizes are amazing. Just like Birchbox, Ipsy sends out many different variations of their bag each month — so my review is just one of the bag variations you might receive!

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First Impressions

Open Envelope for Ipsy Glam Bag December 2022

Everything comes packaged snugly in the signature pink Ipsy bubble mailer.

 

Included is a product card that features a list of the products and any beauty tips.

 

Each month, Ipsy subscribers get a makeup bag in addition to their items. The theme is "Oh, What Fun!" This month’s bag has a very interesting look to it… Has velvet come back in style? It’s one of my least favorite materials but that’s because I’m sensitive to textures. The combination of the pink and the red is also not my favorite; and especially for the month of December, I was expecting more of a holiday-themed color scheme or pattern. However, this bag is giving me vintage vibes and reminds me of 1970s fashion. But regardless, I’m very interested to see what goodies the bag holds within.

Now, on to the items!

TARTE Face Tape Foundation in 29N Light-Medium Neutral, 5 ml - Estimated Value $6.67

 

Tarte is one of my favorite brands. Their products truly always deliver, at least in my experience, and I’m always happy to see the brand included in a subscription box. I’ve had the opportunity to use the Face Tape Foundation in the past, and I absolutely loved it. The coverage is definitely full, while the texture of the product is lightweight enough to keep my pores from clogging even on the hottest of days. This foundation has a long-lasting staying power, and I appreciate its waterproof and sweatproof capabilities, which haven’t failed me yet. The matte finish leaves my face looking smooth and creaseless with absolutely zero shine even after a good portion of the day. That could be due to its powerhouse list of hydrating ingredients, which include hyaluronic acid and snow mushroom, so my skin doesn’t dry out throughout the day. By far one of my favorite foundations out there.

Swatch of Tarte Face Tape Foundation for Ipsy Glam Bag December 2022

Here is a swatch of the TARTE Face Tape Foundation in 29N Light-Medium Neutral.

CHRISTOPHE ROBIN Hydrating Melting Mask, 40 ml - Estimated Value $9.07

 

Wow, I was really confused for a second there. I thought this was a face mask at first, but no… This is a conditioning hair mask to help revitalize dull, dehydrated hair, with the added benefit of aloe vera. I have a head of thick, curly hair, and it can use all the hydration it can get. My hair is naturally dry, and so, I’m always adding oils and products in order to maintain the bounce of my curls. This Hydrating Melting Mask is a welcome addition to my haircare routine. It leaves my hair feeling soft to the touch, with weightless hydration, but it’s no replacement for my usual hair oils. Plus, due to the size of the product in relation to the amount of hair on my head, I will likely only get about two or so uses out of this tube. But overall, I’d suggest anyone with hair that’s on the drier side to give this mask a try because the results are noticeable.

M2Ü NYC Mascara in Black, 1.7 ml - Retail Value $5.00

 

Mascara is one of those staples I always have on hand. It’s amazing what such a simple product can do to make me look alive on those early morning (or late night) international Zoom calls. I just apply a few swipes of this M2Ü NYC Mascara to my lashes, and instantly it transforms my face from that of a sleepy grump, to one who’s refreshed, awake, and ready for anything. Well, maybe that’s a bit extreme, but this mascara is truly a must-have, and this brand, which I’m completely unfamiliar with, really impressed me. What I love about this mascara is that it features a unique tubing technique that literally coats each lash for a weightless, clump-free look and smooth application. Great for all-day wear without worrying about any flaking or smudging.

NANETTE LEPORE Everlasting Fragrance, 10 ml - Retail Value $9.00

 

I’m not one for fragrances… Most either choke me or leave me feeling nauseated. The only scents I’ve enjoyed in my past include leather, clean laundry, and tires. But I have to say, these Nanette Lepore fragrances that Ipsy has been including aren’t too assaulting to my nostrils, which is quite the compliment coming from me. A little definitely goes a long way, and the scent lingers for quite some time, so I’m always frugal when applying this. I do really enjoy the spray applicator of this travel size because it’s easy to release just the smallest spritz, which is all I need. The top scent of ‘Everlasting’ features rose essences, so I truly thought I was going to despise this since rose is my ultimate nemesis. But to my surprise, the mixture of the floral scent with the woodsy undertones is actually quite tolerable.

SLMISSGLAMBEAUTY TT04 Flat Blush Brush - Retail Value $24.00

 

I’ve come a long way from the days of my youth, applying all my makeup with my hand as opposed to brushes. This brand, SLMISSGLAMBEAUTY, is another one that’s new to me, but what initially caught my eye was the pretty design of the brush handle. It’s giving me fairy tale vibes with the unicorn spiral look. One thing I noticed is that this is a blush brush. Personally, I enjoy a larger, thicker brush when it comes to applying blush in my everyday makeup routine. So, instead, I chose to use this as a highlighter brush, and it did not disappoint; it’s just the right size for precise targeted application. I love how soft the bristles are, and it feels like a good quality brush that should last for a while.

Verdict

This was a good month for the Ipsy Glam Bag! The highlight for me was absolutely the Tarte foundation because it’s one of those products that has proven itself time and time again, and it also plays nicely with my skin. M2Ü NYC’s mascara was a pleasant intro to a new-to-me brand, and the mascara’s quality speaks for itself with its unique tubing technique. The hydrating hair mask from Christophe Robin is a great addition to my haircare routine. Only downside is the size of the product since I’ll only get two or so uses out of it. SLMISSGLAMBEAUTY’s blush brush is a nice little makeup tool with a cute design, and it works great for targeted application of highlight and blush, or however you choose to use it. Lastly, the ‘Everlasting’ fragrance from Nanette Lepore… Although perfume isn’t a main staple for me, this brand is rather luxurious, and I have to say, most of their scents have been tolerable even for my sensitive nostrils. Overall, I thought this was a solid curation of products, and the value is there.

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Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $13

Value Breakdown:

  • Foundation: $6.67
  • Hair Mask: $9.07
  • Mascara: $5.00
  • Perfume: $9.00
  • Brush: $24.00

The total retail value of these five items adds up to about $53.74, which is a good value for a $13 box.

Other Things You Should Know

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Naomi Pandolfi
Naomi Pandolfi

Naomi Pandolfi is a skincare obsessed subscription box junkie who is always on the hunt for the best curl defining cream. She is a producer and contributing writer at several online publications, including MSA, The Knockturnal, and Hey Beauti Magazine. Naomi is also the Head of Development at Starfury Productions and is dedicated to helping Black, minority, and underrepresented creators develop and sell projects.


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7 comments

LunaLee

Great review, what I noticed is that you said you are sensitive to texture so, you might want to be sensitive to those that I have Trypophobia. I do not have it, but I noticed all those holes in almost every pic.

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Melissa

1. The bag is not velvet.
2. Christophe Robin is a hair care brand, and the tube clearly says right on the front that it is for hair.
3. Ipsy is largely for sampling, so only getting a couple uses out of a product shouldn’t be a surprise.

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Angel

Out of curiosity, how would you characterize velvet? I don’t like the bag; and it felt like a cheap velvet to me. After reading your comment (which struck me as a touch snarky, but perhaps I’m reading it incorrectly), I thought I might not be aware of what “proper” velvet is. Google provided this definition:
vel·vet
/ˈvelvət/
noun
a closely woven fabric of silk, cotton, or nylon, that has a thick short pile on one side.
I’m still confused. Although I do admit that I have no idea if the ipsy bag is made out of nylon, so maybe that’s it (?)

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Melissa

Hi Angel,

Well, according to Ipsy itself, the bag is supposedly velvet, but it doesn’t feel like velvet to me. If you’ve touched traditional (or “proper” as you said) velvet, you know what it feels like. This feels more plush. I found an entire article that explains several types of velvet, so I guess there are a lot of kinds and not just the traditional velvet and velour that I grew up with. *shrug* So I stand corrected, I guess.

My comment wasn’t snarky per se, but, yes, a bit critical. I mean, the photo of the hair mask clearly shows that is says “hair” right on the front, and Christophe Robin shows up in a lot of subscriptions, so I guess I think people who receive and review a lot of subs should have some familiarity with the brand by now. And Ipsy is clearly branded as a sampling service, although they do include some full size products as well, so people really shouldn’t be surprised when they get sample sized products that don’t go very far. At least Naomi liked the hair product and was able to discover something she might want to buy in the future.

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Kelly

Thorough review, as always! I love the Tarte Face Tape concealer, so will have to give this foundation a try. Hoping for an Ipsy add on 😉

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Dea

I skipped the Glam Bag this month, because I share Naomi’s opinion of the pouch’s, um, attractiveness. But my GBP has not even shipped yet. Today is December 19, and not even the notation “label created,” which means “maybe DHHell will pick it up sometime in the next 10 days.” Very unusual, and worrying. And totally out of my control. By the time they get around to packaging it and creating a label, would my chosen items and add-ons still be there? Anyone else still waiting for a label to be created?

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Kelly

My GBP label was created 12/8. You might want to contact them. Good luck and fingers crossed!

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