ipsy Review, October 2016

ipsy, $10 per month US, add $4.95 for Canadian orders


My sweet baby bun asked if she could use this as her trick or treat bag this year!

ipsy is one of the most popular beauty subscriptions.  At $10 per month, it's very affordable.  I've found that ipsy is heavier on makeup and drugstore brands than Birchbox is, but ipsy also tends to have bigger sample sizes than Birchbox.  Each month, ipsy sends subscribers a makeup bag, which is designed exclusively for ipsy.  

The link above is my referral code for ipsy, so it gets me ipsy points if you use it.  I also have one invitation left from ipsy that will get you your first month free if you are a new subscriber to ipsy.  If anyone wants that invitation, send me a message in the Contact Me section of this site and I'll send it to the first person who writes me.


Here's what I got in my ipsy Glam Bag this month:

My October ipsy bag was worth $21.53, which I think is the lowest value ipsy bag I've ever gotten.  All but one of the products was makeup this month, which is strange even for ipsy.  The bag this month wasn't my favorite design.  I know a lot of people love it this month, but I don't like the extra pale pink with the black.  Also, while I think the cats and ghosts are cute, the vampire fangs and witch aren't so cute.  I do love the adorable ghost-shaped tag on the bag, though. 

Swatch of Essence Cosmetics Superfine Eyeliner Pen Waterproof in Deep Black 01

Swatch of Essence Cosmetics Superfine Eyeliner Pen Waterproof in Deep Black 01

I can't go a month without getting at least one black eyeliner!  The Essence Cosmetics eyeliner reminded me a little bit of the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner that I got a couple of months ago because of how its tip is shaped, so I was hoping this would be good.  The tip is all one piece, though, and the KVD liner is made up of tons of teeny bristles.  This doesn't go on as smoothly.  I couldn't get quite as good a line from this as I did the KVD liner and it wasn't as long lasting, but this is also $2.99 instead of $20.  It's not a bad alternative if you don't have room for the Kat Von D liner in your budget.  This isn't the best eyeliner I've tried, but it's better than I was expecting for $3.


While I'm not a fan of Patchology's lip gels, I do like their eye gels.  These gels reduce puffiness and brighten the eye area.  I never see a huge difference after one use, but I think using these regularly would help a lot.  They're also very hydrating.  To use them, you place one under each eye (each pack contains two gels), wait five minutes, then remove and rub any remaining serum into your skin.  At $50 for a thirty pack, they're not cheap, but they're worth it if you have dark circles and puffiness.

Swatch of Beauté Basics Eyeshadow in Satin Taupe

Swatch of Beauté Basics Eyeshadow in Satin Taupe

Beauty boxes can never send you enough black eyeliner or taupe eyeshadow!  I understand that neutral eyeshadows work for most people and they want to send subscribers products that they will like and use, but I wish they would send out the occasional eyeshadow color that would push people out of their comfort zone a bit.  That said, I was really impressed by the quality of the Beauté Basics eyeshadow!  It's a pretty (though boring) color, it has great pigment, and it was long lasting.  I wasn't expecting much from this product, but it surprised me.

Swatch of theBalm Cosmetics Hot Mama Blush

Swatch of theBalm Cosmetics Hot Mama Blush

I really hate theBalm's packaging, but I do like their products.  Getting samples from them is kind because their samples are always teeny, making it hard to get the blush on a brush.  The blush color is gorgeous and buildable, so you can go for a subtle look or something more dramatic.  The color looked a lot pinker when it was on me than it did in the package.  I found that the color was very natural looking on me and help up all day.

Swatch of ModelCo Instant Brows Brow Pencil in Light to Medium

Swatch of ModelCo Instant Brows Brow Pencil in Light to Medium

The final product was ModelCo Instant Brows Brow Pencil.  The color was a little on the light side for me, but it went on smoothly and evenly and looked a lot better than I expected it would.  It has a little brush on the end for blending, but it's very small so I just used my own brush.  It blended beautifully and made my brows look fuller.  I wish I had gotten the darker shade, but I'll still use this.

When I first saw the contents of my ipsy bag, I wasn't impressed.  After using everything, though, I'm a lot happier with the products than I expected I would be.  I liked everything in the bag!  I've gotten the Patchology eye gels in other boxes before, but it's always good to have more.  The Essence eyeliner wasn't perfect, but it's not bad for $3.  The ModelCo brow pencil, theBalm blush, and the Beauté Basics eyeshadow were fabulous.  While the brow pencil was slightly too light for me, I like the formula and how easily it goes on.  The bag this month wasn't all that cute, in my opinion, but Emily loves it, so I'm okay with that.  Even though this is probably the lowest value ipsy I've ever gotten, it was a good month.  I'd rather have inexpensive products that work for me than expensive products that are just going to collect dust.

What did you get in your ipsy this month?  Did you like everything?  What did you think of the bag?  I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!