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IPSY Review: My Favorite Way to Try Beauty Products

May 27, 2020 4 min read 22 Comments

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After falling head over heels into the subscription box craze, I stumbled upon a subscription box called IPSY. That was back in January and I haven’t looked back since! 

Always one to stay on budget (#collegementality), I wanted to find a company that not only offered a subscription at a reasonable price but also one that provides high quality products.

The thing I love most about it is that as someone who still struggles to keep up with makeup tutorials (don’t know how the beauty gurus do it!), I now have a chance to access brands I’ve been eying-, those a tad out my budget, plus ones I didn’t even know I needed!.

So, without further ado, here’s the  rundown of my IPSY review:

HOW IT WORKS 

IPSY’s Glam Bag subscription-based program, with three subscription tiers. 

  • Glam Bag is $12 per month or $132 annually. What do you get? A travel-sized makeup bag filled with four to five deluxe-sized samples or full-sized beauty products (your choice), plus free shipping (for all tiers of subscriptions). 
  • Glam Bag Plus is $25 a month. What do you get? A makeup bag & 5 full-sized products
  • Glam Bag Ultimate is $50 a month. What do you get? A deluxe makeup bag 12 beauty products.

Each bag is put together to offer subscribers a complete makeup look. This includes at least one product for your skin, eyes, and lips. 

They also give you the option to “adjust your glam frequency.” You can choose from every month to every 2 months, or you can just pause it completely so you don’t receive any new bags!  

Even cooler is that when you do have an active subscription, every bag sticks to a theme that IPSY picks out for that month which is a total yay for marketing! I just love seeing how the curators integrate a monthly theme with the bag design.

SIGNING UP

All of the products are personalized to your preferences and based on a in-depth beauty quiz you take when you first sign up. Questions range from the basics: eye color, hair color, skin color to favorite brands to preference for items. Once you’re done, IPSY curates your very own bag and for me they’ve been pretty spot on.  

Oh, almost forgot! One of my favorite parts of the subscription is that you get to preview your upcoming bag. Feeling a little adventurous? Don’t preview what’s coming and  be surprised when it arrives!  Another great perk is that there are “flash” sales that allow you to purchase extra products to add to your Glam bag, if you like. They range from $5 – 16 per piece, again, your choice whether to do so or not.

After you get your goodies you’re also able to review it which has an impact on what products they’ll send you in the future. So, it really helps you most if you’re super honest about your likes and dislikes!

GLAM BAGS

JANUARY

My first glam bag came in January and was this gorgeous marble bag with pink detail! I was pretty stoked about all the products, but by far my favorites were the Purlisse Beauty Cleansing Milk, the Araceli Beauty Liquid Eyeliner, and the Ofra Cosmetics Highlighter. 

I found the lotion had initial moisture but wore off after like 10 mins and the brow gel, dare I say, made my brows too voluminous. But then again I already have pretty heavy eyebrows so I didn’t need to create a sun visor by making them more voluminous!

MARCH

I ended up switching my frequency to every 2 months, so no February bag for me but March’s didn’t disappoint. Y’all this bag was EVERYTHING and by now, I think IPSY got a better feel for products I like based on my January bag review. 

I loved every product except for the Generation Clay clay Mask which I really wanted to work cause I’m a sucker for skincare. Unfortunately, it made my skin tingle and I think the scent was too strong for me. 

The lip balm and lotion were super moisturising and smelled amazing (think a Hawaiian vacay), the BC foundation matched my shade EXACTLY, the primer smelled like the ocean and hydrated my face to the max, plus the bronzer… oh, the bronzer, it added that summer glow!

APRIL

So I caved and switched the frequency back to every month because I was getting withdrawals… yes, I know #noselfcontrol. But I didn’t regret my backsliding one bit because, y’all I almost cried when I saw how cute the April bag was. The shade, the flowers, everything about it, screamed Spring and I was here for it! 

Again, IPSY nailed it with items because I genuinely loved everything in this bag! So, if you decide to subscribe, review, review, review! 

OVERVIEW

I truly look forward to getting my Glam Bag once a month and think it’s a great value. Plus, I get adorable multi-use bags (think makeup, toiletries, etc.).

Bonus #1? You have a ton of options to choose from based on how long you’re subscribed. And if you’re feeling in the giving spirit,you could re-gift the bag and fill it with goodies for friends & family!

Bonus #2? Refer a friend and earn 600 points good toward those extra products you can add to your bag! So if you’re interested, you can use my referral link to sign up!

Want some more beauty-related articles? Check out some of my other posts:

Do you have other subscription boxes to recommend? 

22 Comments

  • Amanda May 28, 2020 at 11:54 pm

    I always love trying out new products–you never know when you will find a gem!

    • annaelleliz May 29, 2020 at 7:48 pm

      OMG yes! I’ve had soo many products I’ve fallen in love with that I would have never tried or heard about if it weren’t for IPSY!

  • angela@marathonsandmotivation.com May 28, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    I had not heard of this before! How fun, I will definitely have to try it out!!

    • annaelleliz May 29, 2020 at 7:47 pm

      Take the plunge, lol! The products are so worth it! Plus the bags are too cute to not want to have!

  • primetimechaos May 28, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    Ipsy sounds so fun! I have always wanted to try it, but sadly they don’t offer their services in Europe – maybe soon! 🙂
    Enjoy the beauty goodies, they look fantastic!
    xx, Theresa

    • annaelleliz May 29, 2020 at 7:46 pm

      Oh wow, I didn’t know that! Hopefully, they start soon because it’s such a cool subscription to try out!

  • Peachy A. May 28, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    First time I’ve heard of IPSY and it sounds like an amazing subscription box!

    • annaelleliz May 29, 2020 at 7:45 pm

      10/10 recommend it, I’m loving it so far! The price, the products, what a great deal!?

  • Britt | Shed Happens (@ShedHappenscmty) May 28, 2020 at 9:41 am

    Looks like they have included some great products in the last few boxes! I love the idea of having a little treat delivered to your door once a month – a great way to add a little joy to life. Right?

    • annaelleliz May 29, 2020 at 7:44 pm

      So many cute goodies + products! I do a little happy dance everytime I get a package!

  • Catherine May 27, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    This is the first time I’m hearing about Ipsy, but I’m intrigued. I love all the goodies included and it looks like the perfect subscription box for me.

    • annaelleliz May 27, 2020 at 10:58 pm

      *happy dancing that you found IPSY* I literally stumbled upon it (don’t know how I never hear of it before), but it’s a great deal for all the products you get! Let me know if you like it!

  • Harman May 27, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    I have never in my life had a subscription box for myself even though I’m a beauty freak. But this is seriously so cool. Products are cuter!

    • annaelleliz May 27, 2020 at 10:36 pm

      I’ve just gotten into beauty products so this was the best way for me to dip my toes in, and now I’m addicted 😂!

  • robynsnest1970 May 27, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    You did an excellent job with this review because now I want to subscribe! I love the idea of having products picked out for me, which is why Sephora is my favorite store with its birthday gifts, so having a cute bag filled with goodies every month is like 😍💯. I am pinning this so if I do decide to purchase, I can use your referral link!

    • annaelleliz May 27, 2020 at 10:32 pm

      Oh wow, thank you so much! Holy crap Sephora has birthday gifts? I have to try that, I never knew! One could never have too much makeup so sign me up 😄

      So happy your willing to try IPSY, I really love it and hope you do too! Thanks much for wanting to use my referral link!

  • Anu May 27, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    I used to do Ipsy in 2018 but stopped as I collected a lot of stuff. But they give you some really cute bags and stuff.

    • annaelleliz May 27, 2020 at 10:24 pm

      I could see how it would start to pile up but the bags are too cute to not keep going for me 😁

  • Kathy May 27, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    My daughter used to get ipsy and she loved getting samples every month

    • annaelleliz May 27, 2020 at 10:23 pm

      That’s my favorite part! It’s like Christmas every month!

  • samanthakilford May 27, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    I’ve never tried a beauty subscription box, but this has changed my mind. You got some really great stuff – the marble bag is to DIE for!

    • annaelleliz May 27, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      I was super skeptical at first but I’m so glad I took the plunge. I love being able to try and test out beuaty products! Yes, girl the marble bag is everything!

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