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. (FYI – 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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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.
This month's bag was a fun one that featured a silver geometric pattern with a detailed zipper pull.
The Breakdown – What’s Inside My March 2023 Ipsy Glam Bag
First Aid Beauty Hydrating Serum with Hyaluronic Acid, 0.34 oz – Estimated Value $8 (buy the 1.7 oz version for $40)
I am a pretty big fan of the First Aid Beauty brand, but I don’t think I have tried this serum before. Upon further research, that’s because this is actually a new launch from the brand; I love when newer releases appear in my Ipsy bags. This is a lightweight, non-sticky serum that is a bit on the basic side in terms of performance, but it layers really nicely with the other serums I use in my routine and I always like a team player. I like that it’s free from silicones because that means I can use it in my evening routine underneath my heavy facial oils without worrying about the formulas pilling or balling up because they didn’t like each other. Along with hyaluronic acid, this features First Aid Beauty’s signature colloidal oatmeal (which is great for sensitive skin), squalane, panthenol, and licorice root extract.
Ren Clean Skincare Evercalm™ Barrier Support Antioxidant Moisturizer, 15 mL – Estimated Value $15.60 (buy the 50 mL version for $52)
I am a really big fan of the Evercalm skincare line from Ren- my sensitive and dry skin loves the stuff, whether I am using the products preventively or because I am dealing with a rosacea flair. I’ve also been seeing the products appear more frequently in subscriptions lately, which makes me giddy as a subscriber but suspicious that some changes may be coming on the horizon (I hope I’m wrong or it’s just a packaging change). This is one of the more lightweight products from the line and I would consider it to be a good moisturizer for daytime use (or maybe in the evening if you have sensitive skin that’s also oily. My morning routine is also when I really like to focus on getting antioxidants because they’re great for fighting sun damage (and pair up with your vitamin C for a powerhouse duo). This has omega 3-rich blackcurrant seed oil, omega 7-riuch sea buckthorn oil, and nourishing camellia oil along with lingonberry seed, licorice, and seaweed extracts. I like that it layers well under sunscreen and doesn’t feel too heavy, but it still feels really comforting to my skin when I apply it.
Tarte Sugar Rush lash treat™ Volumizing Mascara, 2 mL – Estimated Value $10
I cannot find the Tarte Sugar Rush lash treat mascara anywhere- I can only find their lash smoothie mascara. Honestly, I think it’s the same exact product under different packaging. Both are described as volumizing, curling, and conditioning, and both have castor oil, hemp seed oil, and avocado oil. The mascara wands look similar to me, too, so that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. This was a pretty good mascara. It’s not replacing my top favorites, but I did feel like it gave good curl and a boost of volume and I liked that the formula is nourishing to your lashes.
Mischo Beauty Blush in Ijama, 2 g – Buy the 4 pan palette for $41
I am pretty blush averse, and this coral-hued shade definitely feels like it was designed for someone who isn’t. It’s proudly “highly pigmented” and the swatch reflects that, but that also means I won’t really be able to apply it without looking like a clown. I can do a lot of things, but master blush application isn’t one of them. I do like how smooth and velvet-y the formula is, but even if I was a blush person I feel like the Ijama color would be a bit ruddy on my complexion.
KAB Cosmetics Mini Tinted Lip Oil in Good Vibrations, 3.7 g – Estimated Value $12.33 (buy the full-size version 6 g for $20)
This pink-tinted lip oil has a lightly hydrating formula that makes it a more nourishing option compared to your standard lip gloss. While the pink color looks pretty intense in the tube, it applied pretty sheer. It has a light sweet scent that is reminiscent of dessert, and it’s made with shea oil and vitamin E.
Here is the lip oil swatched below the blush.
Value – Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $13
- First Aid Beauty: $8 → $2.26
- Ren: $15.60 → $4.41
- Tarte Sugar Rush: $10 → $2.83
- KAB Cosmetics: $12.33 → $3.49
- Mischo Beauty: N/A
Value Breakdown: This month everything in my Glam Bag except the blush added up to $45.93. Alternatively, it breaks down to paying $2.60 per item, not including the actual bag.
I thought this was another really solid glam bag from Ipsy this month! The skincare products in particular were really fantastic- I am never going to say no to products from Ren and First Aid Beauty. The value was $4.07 shy of the promised $50 value Ipsy says will be in each bag every month, but I am pretty confident the value of the Mischo blush meets or exceeds that- so to me Ipsy is still meeting their claim. At $13, this is a tough subscription to beat- especially when every month you get to choose one of the items they send.
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Other Things You Should Know
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but sign up now to get the April bag!
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!
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