When you sign up, you take a “beauty quiz” to determine your likes/dislikes, makeup preferences, etc. This helps Ipsy learn which products to send in your Glam Bag. Each bag will contain 4-6 full sized and deluxe sample sized products from top cosmetics brands.
Ipsy is only $10/month and offers a nice rewards program that gives you points for reviewing your products and referring friends to join. Points can be redeemed for “bonus items” in your next bag. Awesome!
In all honestly, I’ve never really been too into makeup (mainly because I don’t know how to properly apply it), so I was hesitant to try a “beauty” subscription. However, for just $10 a month, I figured it was time to explore the (intimidating) world of makeup. (Plus, there are tons of videos on their site to help you get the most of the products in your bag!) Okay, let’s see what was inside!
Makeup Bag – I love that you get a little makeup bag each month! I’ve seen a few from past months, and they’re always fun prints. This month’s theme was “Beauty Rocks”, so this turntable print was a perfect fit.
Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Eyeliner Pencil – This is a travel sized black liner from Urban Decay. Though it’s travel sized, it’s actually a pretty good size — like 75% of the full sized one. Black eyeliner is actually one of the makeup products that I apply daily, so I was happy to get more. This is the one item that all Ipsy subscribers received in April. I just wish it wasn’t a pencil (I’m all about the automatic liners). I don’t even know if I have a sharpener. haha See, told you I’m new to this “makeup” thing. (Retail Price: $15.00 for this travel size)
Coastal Scents Medium Shadow Brush – I don’t own any makeup brushes. — I just use the little spongy things that come with my eyeshadow. I’ve recently gotten a few pots of individual shadows in various sub boxes and it didn’t even occur to me that I’d probably need something to apply them with. Bam! Problem solved! Thanks, Ipsy! (Retail Price: $2.49)
Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow in Champagne – Ooh! Another eyeshadow to use my new brush with! 😉 This is a FULL SIZE long-lasting, crease-free shadow in a shade that’s great to use for subtle highlights. I know a *little* about highlighting, though I’m usually too lazy to play with different colors and end up just slapping a dark shade all over my lids. (Pathetic, I know.) This is also cruelty-free and PETA-approved. Woo! (Amazon Price: $12.99)
Starlooks Luscious Longwear Lip Liner in “Naked” – I don’t wear lipstick, so I’m not too crazy about this lip liner. My lips are on the small/thin side, so putting color on them just makes them look even tinier. Though I think I’ve heard that liners can make your lips look fuller if applied a certain way? Maybe I’ll check out the videos and see if this’ll work for me. Otherwise, into the swap pile it goes! Oh, this is also FULL SIZE! (Retail Price: $14.00)
Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant – I have super sensitive skin, so I’m not sure that an exfoliant would be a good idea for me. To be honest, I’m a little afraid to try it not just because of my skin, but also the fact that this stuff goes for $70 for a 2 oz tube on Amazon! That said, this is one high-value little sample! (Amazon Price: roughly $8.75 for this .25 oz tube)
The total value of all the items in my Ipsy bag comes to $53.23! Crazy!! How can you go wrong for $10/month? Though I’m still a little nervous about this whole makeup thing, I’m definitely going to keep my subscription for at least another couple months. I’m hoping it gets me to try products that I would normally be too afraid to purchase on my own. We’ll see! 🙂
Disclosure: I purchased this bag on my own. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate/referral links. Amazon prices subject to change.