Voted by our readers as one of the best boxes in: The Best Subscription Boxes of 2019, The Best Subscription Boxes for Women – 2019 Readers’ Choice, and The 14 Best Makeup Subscription Boxes – 2019 Reader’s Choice.
Is Ipsy right for you?
Ipsy Glam Bag ($10 per month) is one of the most popular and affordable beauty subscription boxes—our readers named it their #1 beauty box of 2019! Co-founded by YouTube makeup guru, Michelle Phan, Ipsy connects members with five full- and sample-sized makeup, skincare, and other beauty finds each month, plus a cute makeup bag!
The best part? Everything is personalized to YOU! From high-end brands to affordable up-and-comers, Ipsy is an amazing resource for discovering must-try products picked just for you.
We've reviewed over 90 monthly Ipsy Glam Bags. Here's our take:
What We Love
At just $10, the Ipsy Glam Bag is one of the most affordable beauty subscription boxes. But while it’s small on price, Ipsy packs a ton of value. (We’ve found that, on average, the products we get are worth over five times the price of the box!)
Personalization! The products you get are specifically picked for the skin tone, eye & hair color, makeup expertise, & style you set when you sign up.
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 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 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 Review #2 – April 2019by Tiffany Waldorf, April 22, 2019
Ipsy Review #2 – March 2019by Tiffany Waldorf, April 4, 2019Featured Brands:
First Aid Beauty, FoxyBae, RealHer, Tarte, and Yensa.Price: $10.00Retail Value: $40.60
Ipsy Review #2 – February 2019by Tiffany Waldorf, April 3, 2019
Ipsy Review – March 2019by Liz Cadman, March 21, 2019Featured Brands:
Ciate, Farmacy, I Dew Care, PUR, and Tarte.Price: $10.00Retail Value: $36.78
Ipsy Review #2 – February 2019by Tiffany Waldorf, February 24, 2019Featured Brands:
Belle En Argent, Chella, Eyeko, Kokie Cosmetics, and Pixi by Petra.Price: $10.00Retail Value: $54.95
Ipsy Review #2 – January 2019by Tiffany Waldorf, January 28, 2019Featured Brands:
Fluide, Jehu:en, Ouai, So Susan, and Tarte.Price: $10.00Retail Value: $59.10
Ipsy Review – January 2019by Liz Cadman, January 16, 2019Featured Brands:
Illamasqua, Luxie Beauty, VDL, Yensa, and theBalm.Price: $10.00Retail Value: $80.00
Ipsy Review #2 – December 2018by Tiffany Waldorf, December 17, 2018Featured Brands:
Beauty Crop, Dr. Lipp, F.A.R.A.H. Brushes, IT Cosmetics, R+CO, and Trust Fund Beauty.Price: $10.00Retail Value: $59.74
Ipsy Review – December 2018by Liz Cadman, December 13, 2018Featured Brands:
F.A.R.A.H Brushes, First Aid Beauty, Hey Honey, Luxie, Morphe, and Trust Fund Beauty.Price: $10.00Retail Value: $58.55
Ipsy Review #2 – November 2018by Anna Reilly, November 23, 2018Featured Brands:
Ciaté, Marc Anthony, Peripera, Skone Cosmetics, and theBalm.Price: $10.00Retail Value: $31.03
Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Reviews
Glam Bag Plus is a relatively new $25/month subscription from Ipsy, containing more full size products and a higher overall value. Check out these reviews to learn more:
Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review – April 2019by Liz Cadman, April 21, 2019
Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review – March 2019by Liz Cadman, April 4, 2019
Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review – February 2019by Liz Cadman, March 15, 2019
Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review – January 2019by Liz Cadman, January 22, 2019
Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review – December 2018by Liz Cadman, December 17, 2018
Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review + Black Friday Deals – November 2018by Anna Reilly, November 21, 2018
Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review – November 2018by Liz Cadman, November 15, 2018
Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review – October 2018by Liz Cadman, October 13, 2018
Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review – September 2018by Liz Cadman, October 13, 2018
Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review – September 2018by Liz Cadman, September 9, 2018
What Our Readers Are Saying
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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 ($10 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 $10 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 $10 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.