Friday, February 15, 2013

Ipsy Glam Bag Review


Happy Friday lovelies! TGIF, right? Last month, The Makeup Examiner had the pleasure of working with several beauty and lifestyle box subscription companies for the article, “Battle of theBeauty Boxes.” Quite a few readers emailed The Makeup Examiner with a “thank you” for clearing up the confusion as to which company offers what. But, several readers questioned why Ipsy wasn’t included in the article … in short, because The Makeup Examiner had never heard of Ipsy.

Readers who commented on the article, and emailed me, had an almost cult-like vibe and I had to see if Ipsy’s Glam Bag lived up to the hype. So armed with January’s Ipsy Glam Bag, let’s check out the good, the bad and the beautiful regarding this beauty box subscription brand!

The Ipsy Glam Bag arrived in a hot pink Mylar envelope versus the traditional box and inside the envelope was a navy makeup bag. Unlike other beauty sampling companies, Ipsy delivers products in a different makeup bag each month. Inside January’s Glam Bag was a SOHO “Get a Grip” Concealer Brush, Nailtini Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer, Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Mini Body Butter, Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Volumizing Hairspray and Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil.

The products were good, but not a single product was something that I hadn’t tried before. This was definitely a huge let down from the perspective of someone seeking to try out new products. That is the only “bad” that I can say about the Ipsy Glam Bag. As for the good, Ipsy’s subscription plan is $10/month for 4-5 sample-sized and full-sized beauty products plus a “collectible” makeup bag and discounts towards the purchase of each beauty item included in the monthly Glam Bag. And the beautiful … well Ipsy has the most amazing community of beautynistas that collectively share makeup tips and tricks.



Beauty Breakdown:

  • SOHO “Get a Grip” Concealer Brush Full Size ($7.99)
  • Nailtini Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer ($13 0.5 oz)
  • Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Mini Body Butter ($7 2.5 oz)
  • Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Volumizing Hairspray ($6 1.5 oz)
  • Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Sample Size ($4.80 .17 oz)
  • Navy Cosmetics Bag ($2)

 Total Glam Bag Value $41.79

With beauty box subscriptions, choosing one that is right for you comes down to your preference. Since The Makeup Examiner has first hand knowledge of what BeautyBox5 ($12/month) and Birchbox ($10/month) have to offer, I can comfortably state that Ipsy is by far the best beauty box subscription in this price range. Not only does Ipsy offer a great value, but also the Ipsy community is in a word … lovely.

For more information about Ipsy, visit the Ipsy website and if you’re already a beauty box subscriber, tell me about your experience in the comment section below!

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