Voted by our readers as one of the best boxes in: The Best Subscription Boxes of 2020, The Best Boxes for Subscription Box Newbies – 2019 Readers’ Choice, and The 26 Best Beauty Subscription Boxes – 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards.
Is Ipsy right for you?
Ipsy Glam Bag ($12 per month) is one of the most popular and affordable beauty subscription boxes—our readers named it their #1 beauty box of 2019! Ipsy Glam Bag connects members with five makeup, skincare, and other beauty samples each month, plus a cute makeup bag.
Ipsy is personalized to your individual profile when you take their onboarding quiz, but what you’ll receive every month is still a surprise. We recommend starting with the $12 Glam Bag, but devotees may want to try the $25/month Glam Bag Plus for more full-sized beauty products.
We've reviewed over 90 monthly Ipsy Glam Bags. Here's our take:
What We Love
At just $12, the Ipsy Glam Bag is one of the most affordable beauty subscription boxes. But while it’s small on price, Ipsy packs a great value.
Personalization. The products you get are selected based on the skin tone, eye & hair color, makeup expertise, & style you set when you sign up. It's not a perfect system, but for $12 it really can't be beat.
There’s a new makeup bag in every box! They’re usually the perfect size for tucking in your purse, & the cute designs are fun to show off.
They have a great loyalty program: earn points and redeem them for even more beauty products.
What You Should Know
Some products you get will be from high-end names, but others will be smaller brands, or even notable drugstore products.
Ipsy Glam Bag usually only sends 1-2 full-size items—the rest are deluxe samples.
Ipsy doesn't guarantee specific items will be sent to all subscribers, since it's customized to each person's preferences.
Ipsy sometimes has a waitlist for new subscribers. Check here to see if subscriptions are available now!
We Recommend Ipsy If
You love trying out the latest makeup & skincare.
You’re new to beauty & want an affordable way to experiment with new products.
You’re new to beauty boxes—this is a great and affordable subscription to start with!
4 Hacks for Getting the Best ipsy Glam Bag!
MSA reviewers unbox each monthly Glam Bag, test the products inside, and talk about their experience with this popular subscription:
Ipsy September 2020 Review: ITEM BEAUTY, Hempz, and more!Price: $12.00Featuring Beau Gâchis, EVIO BEAUTY, Hempz, IT Cosmetics, and ITEM BEAUTY.
Ipsy Review #2 – August 2020Price: $12.00Featuring H2O+, Hey Honey, KISS & SMINK, LAB For You, and Tatcha.
Ipsy Review – August 2020Price: $12.00Featuring Balance Me, Lovecraft Beauty, Murad, Tatcha, and belif.
Ipsy Limited Edition Staycation Mystery Bag Review – July 2020Price: $14.00Featuring Coloured Raine Cosmetics, Half Caked, Slmissglam, Way of Will, and tarte.
Ipsy Review #2 – July 2020Price: $12.00Featuring Bellapierre, Biorace, Ciate London, IT Cosmetics, and Lavido.
Ipsy Review – July 2020Price: $12.00Retail Value: $53.29Featuring Firma Beauty, Glow for a Cause, HUANGJISOO, Purlisse Beauty, and Seraphine Botanicals.
Ipsy Review #2 – June 2020Price: $12.00Featuring Eddie Funkhauser, Hanalei, Pacifica, Suntique, and pop Beauty.
Ipsy Review – June 2020Price: $12.00Featuring House of Makeup, KVD Vegan Beauty, Ofra, Papa Recipe, and essenHERB.
Ipsy Review – May 2020Price: $12.00Featuring Jeju:en, Nails Inc, Space Case Cosmetics, and tarte.
Ipsy Review #2 – May 2020Price: $12.00Featuring Benefit Cosmetics, First Aid Beauty, NAILS.INC, SLMISSGLAM, and tarte.
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Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Reviews
Glam Bag Plus is a relatively new $25/month subscription from Ipsy, containing full size products and a higher overall value. Check out these reviews to learn more:
IPSY Glam Bag Plus Review – September 2020Price: $25.00Featuring Dr. Brant, Nature's Cartel, PureHeals, STARSKIN, and Smith & Cult.
IPSY Glam Bag Plus Review – August 2020Price: $25.00Retail Value: $127.95Featuring Callyssee, Complex Culture, EYEKO, Huda Beauty, and Illamasqua.
IPSY Glam Bag Plus Review – July 2020Price: $25.00Retail Value: $0.00Featuring Il Makiage, Playa, RealHer, Salmon Vgene, and tarte.
IPSY Glam Bag Plus Review – June 2020Price: $25.00Retail Value: $121.00Featuring Ciaté London, FLESH, JayJun Cosmetics, NACIFIC, and Thrive Causemetics.
IPSY Glam Bag Plus Review – May 2020Price: $25.00Retail Value: $121.86Featuring Coloured Raine, Girlactik, Mudmasky, Tarte, and Wander Beauty.
Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review – April 2020Price: $25.00Retail Value: $141.00Featuring Cela, Ciaté London, Lavido, Shaina B Cosmetics, and tarte.
Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review – March 2020Price: $25.00Retail Value: $162.39Featuring Complex Culture, MALIN+GOETZ, Seraphine Botanicals, The Coffee Scrub, Yensa, and theBalm Cosmetics.
Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review – February 2020Price: $25.00Retail Value: $140.00Featuring Dominique Cosmetics, Il Makiage, Murad, Sweet Chef, and Touch In Sol.
Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review – January 2020Price: $25.00Retail Value: $152.99Featuring Hanalei Company, Juice Beauty, Nature's Cartel, Sugar Cosmetics, and Wander Beauty.
Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review – December 2019Price: $25.00Retail Value: $195.98Featuring Complex Culture, Evolue Skincare, Noyah, ittsē, and tarte.
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You can't beat the value! Plus, if someone has never tried a beauty box subscription before, it's good to start with an inexpensive subscription and start small and work your way up to more subscription beauty boxes. - Karin, 2019 Readers' Choice Awards
Ipsy ($12 per month) is one our readers’ favorite beauty subscription boxes (Check out their full list of 2019 favorites here!) Glam Bag is their standard subscription, but existing members can also upgrade to their Glam Bag Plus subscription ($25 per month for five full-size products).
Ipsy Glam Bags include a mix of 5 full- and sample-size makeup, skincare, and hair products, (and sometimes beauty tools, too) plus a cute makeup bag with a different design each month. Products range from high-end brands to notable drugstore names, and everything is personalized to YOUR beauty preferences! When you sign up for Ipsy, you’ll complete their Beauty Quiz, noting things like your skin, eye, and hair color, as well as a bit about your expertise and style. Then, the IpsyMatch system will pick the perfect combination of products for your preferences!
Ready to give it a try? Get started here!
What is Ipsy and how does it work?
- Ipsy Glam Bag is the official name for Ipsy’s standard $12 per month subscription box, but members will often refer to it simply as “ipsy” :)
What is Ipsy Glam Bag? Is it different from Ipsy?
Ipsy Glam Bag (Ipsy’s super popular standard subscription) costs just $12 per month with free shipping. It’s one of the most affordable beauty subscription boxes out there.
How much does Ipsy cost?
Existing Ipsy members can upgrade from the standard Glam Bag membership to Ipsy Glam Bag Plus, a deluxe version of their subscription that includes only full-size items! (Glam Bag Plus currently only ships to ths US.)
Glam Bag Plus is $25 per month and often has a waitlist for membership. Once you’ve signed up for Ipsy Glam Bag, keep an eye out on our site—we’ll let you know as soon as memberships are open again!
What is Ipsy Glam Bag Plus?
- Yes! Ipsy has a system called IpsyMatch, which they use to connect members with beauty products that best fit their unique needs. When you sign up for Ipsy, you’ll go through their beauty quiz, which asks about your style, skin tone, eye color, hair color, and familiarity with makeup. (Once you’re subscribed, you can update your beauty quiz answers at any time!) Each month, the IpsyMatch system takes that info and matches you with five of the 40+ new products they source each month. Take the beauty quiz now!
Is Ipsy personalized?
- Each month, the IpsyMatch program looks at the preferences you set for your account and matches you with five of the 40+ new products they’re offering for the month. That means you’ll get a mix of full- and sample-sized beauty goodies from premium, up-and-coming, and notable drugstore brands that complement your specific beauty needs!
What kinds of beauty products will I get?
- Ipsy ships to the US (via DHL or FedEx and the USPS) and Canada (via Landmark Global).
Where does ipsy ship?
- If you have products you’re still working through or just need a break, you can pause your subscription via your account. You can cancel your account online, but after you cancel in your account, you need to confirm via e-mail. See the details here.
How do I pause/cancel my Ipsy account?
Ipsy members also get access to Ipsy Shopper, where you can purchase premium beauty products and earn cash back! It’s an awesome way to expand your makeup collection beyond your monthly box.
Part of Ipsy Shopper is Ipsy Offers—daily promotions that give members excusive deals on Ipsy Shopper products. (Note that Ipsy Offers are only available in the US at this time!)
What is Ipsy Shopper and Ipsy Offers?
- Yes! On the 2nd of the month, subscribers will get a Spoiler Alert notification about their upcoming box. At that point, you can add up to three products to your monthly box, such as your deluxe sample size products at $3 each or full-size products at $12 each.
Does Ipsy offer add-ons?