ipsy Glam Bag Review, March 2016

ipsy, $10 per month US, add $4.95 for shipping to Canada

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Little Emmett couldn't quite make it into the Glam Bag this month!  He was able to fit into the pink ipsy mailer, though!  At first, he wasn't sure about going in the mailer, but once he got in there, he was very happy and stayed in for quite a while.  Bunnies like snug places and the mailer was the perfect size for him!

The ipsy Glam Bag is a monthly beauty subscription.  It contains a different colorful makeup bag each month and five makeup, skincare, and/or hair care products.  ipsy tends to be heavier on makeup products than it is on skincare and it has a mix of drugstore and higher end brands.  Generally, I find ipsy's sample sizes to be bigger than Birchbox's.  ipsy's value is usually in the $40-$60 range, while Birchbox is more in the $20-$30 range.  Birchbox and ipsy are very different, but they have the same price point and are the two biggest subscriptions out there, so I like to compare and contrast the two when describing them.  The ipsy demographic skews younger than Birchbox's, but I know many an older woman who loves ipsy and many a teenager who loves Birchbox.  If you're new to makeup and want to try out different things for an affordable price, ipsy is the way to go.

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Here's what came in my March ipsy Glam Bag:

This month's ipsy Glam Bag was worth $38.42.  While that's not bad at all for a $10 bag, it's worth less than most ipsy bags I've gotten.  The Pixi blush was difficult to assign a value to because the blush duo is sold with a kabuki and the sample did not.  I took off $5 from the full size price for the kabuki brush and then divided the weight of the full size blush duo by the ipsy sample to determine the value.

I believe this is the first time ipsy has varied the colors of the makeup bag subscribers got.  If I'm wrong about that, let me know!  Normally, all subscribers get the exact same bag.  This month, though, they mixed it up a bit and offered the same pattern in mint with pinky-red, blue with pinky-red, and pinky-red with mint.  The color each subscriber got was a surprise.  I got the blue bag.  I've included a screenshot from ipsy's Snapchat of the three bag colors.  If you happen to be on Snapchat, following the beauty box companies is a great way to find spoilers that the often aren't posted on other social media.

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All subscribers got the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in one of three colors:  Kitten Heels (red, the color I got), Pink Lust (hot pink), or Soft Spoken (mauve).  I love red lipstick, so I couldn't wait to check this out.  Liquid lipsticks are my favorite and, while OCC is my go-to lip color, I'm always up for trying drugstore brands.  Who doesn't like saving money?  While I prefer metallics, I like a good matte on occasion.  I've swatched Kitten Heels below and, as you can see, it has fantastic pigment.  Sadly, though, I did not like this product at all.  This is ultra-matte and ultra-drying.  My lips felt like the Sahara as soon as I put this on.  I have never had a lipstick make my lips feel so dry.  It seems like it would have some staying power, but I can't say for sure because I removed it after a couple of minutes.  I could not tolerate how dry my lips felt. Did anyone else have the same issue with this lipstick?  Were the other colors as drying?  If you were able to wear it more than a couple of minutes, how was its staying power?

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Kitten Heels

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Kitten Heels

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I got the Vera Mona Lotus Eyeshadow in Clover.  I had never heard of Vera Mona before, so I checked out their website to find out more about the company.  Their main product is a product called the Color Switch.  It's a sponge of sorts that you rub your makeup brushes on when you want to change the color you are using, but don't want to use a new brush.  It is mostly marketed toward makeup artists.  I usually just rub my eyeshadow brush on my hand to switch colors, but, if you're a real makeup artist, this would be very useful.  The only makeup Vera Mona offers is the Lotus Color Switch Palette.  The palette contains eight colors, one of which is Clover.  It also includes the color switch sponge, which is conveniently built into the palette.  Clover is a shimmery pinky-peach (swatched below).  It had good pigment and held up all day.  It's a pretty color, great for highlighting my brow bone.  I, personally, wouldn't buy the entire palette because the other colors in it don't appeal to me.  The quality of the eyeshadow, though, is superb.  I highly recommend it.  I would love if a beauty box would include a Color Switch so I could give it a try to see how well it works.

Vera Mona Lotus Eyeshadow in Clover

Vera Mona Lotus Eyeshadow in Clover

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Pixi by Petra is one of the gems of drugstore brands.  The only store I've seen it in has been Target, not regular drugstores, but it's the same idea.  It's not quite as cheap as some lower-end makeup, but it's also not exorbitantly priced.  The Beauty Blush Duo has a blush on the left and a highlighter on the right, so it's perfect for traveling or for throwing in your purse for touch-ups.  The colors were sheer, but they had nice pigment and were long-lasting.  They're swatched below for you.  You do have to make sure you don't have a huge brush when you're applying these colors if you are trying to keep the blush and highlighter separate, but that wasn't too difficult.  The colors are gorgeous mixed together, so you can combine them for a softer, shimmerier blush.  I was impressed by this product!

Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Rose Gold. Highligher on top, blush on bottom.

Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Rose Gold. Highligher on top, blush on bottom.

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I love Nourish Organic products!  This is called a mist because it comes in a spray bottle when you buy the full size product, but the sample size comes in a tube.  When I saw that I was getting the Rejuvenating Rose Hip and Rosewater Body Oil Mist, I thought it would be one of those body oils that would be great for a sensual massage.  This is not that kind of body oil.  The oil is supposed to even out your skin's texture, repair sun damage, and moisturize your skin.  It contains four simple ingredients:  sunflower oil, rose distillate, rose hip oil, and autolyzed yeast.  It absorbs into your skin very quickly and, surprisingly, doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy.  I was a little disappointed that it didn't have much of a rose scent to it, but it was so hydrating and made my skin feel so soft that I was willing to overlook that.  This would be a great product to use as an all-over body oil after a shower.

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The final product was the Margaret Dabbs Super Shiner Buffer.  I've never gotten a nail buffer in a subscription box before.  I didn't have high hopes for this buffer because it felt so smooth on both sides.  The instructions said to rub the grey side on your nails first, then follow it with the white side.  According to the site, the faster you rubbed the buffer on the nails, the shinier your nails would be.  I could not believe how shiny this got my nails!  I didn't even know that I wanted shiny nails, but apparently I do.  Microcrystals on the surfaces of the buffer are what give your nails that beautiful shine.  I don't wear nail polish all that often, so I like that I can still have my nails look pretty even without polish.

This was a better than average ipsy bag for me!  The NYX lipstick was a total miss, but everything else was amazing.  I hope next month is just as good.  Oftentimes, I'll have a fabulous month with ipsy, then the next month will be disappointing.  April is my birth month, so I am expecting an amazing bag, ipsy!

What did you get in your ipsy bags this month?  Did you love it your ipsy as much as I loved mine this month?  Which color bag did you get?  I'd love to hear all about your ipsy bags in the comments!