ipsy, $10 per month (US and Canada only; add $4.95 extra for Canadian addresses)
This baby bun thinks her face should have been on this month's ipsy bag. She says it would have been a much cuter bag and I agree with her. I don't hate the August ipsy bag, but I certainly don't love it, either. There was also a second makeup bag design this month with a woman with teal hair, but I liked the lavender bag a little more.
At $10 per month, ipsy is one of the more affordable beauty subscriptions. Each month, subscribers get a makeup bag plus five items that were selected for them based off the profile they filled out upon subscribing. Generally speaking, ipsy tends to be heavier on makeup and lighter on skincare than Birchbox is. I find that ipsy's sample sizes are usually bigger than those of Birchbox, but ipsy has a mix of drugstore and higher end brands, while Birchbox doesn't include drugstore brands. Ipsy's values are usually in the $45-$60 range, which isn't bad for a $10 bag. Birchbox used to blow ipsy out of the water with their points system. After Birchbox's extreme overhaul of their points system last month, ipsy's points system is now better. You can review each product you get for 10 points (plus an extra 5 points if you share it on Facebook or Twitter). Ipsy has a points shop where you can choose products to spend your points on and the product you choose will be sent out in your next ipsy bag. While the shop doesn't have tons of choices, it has a number of options and they change often. They used to have only a few things you could choose from and the items no one wanted would be available for months until they finally ran out and added something new, so there's been an improvement. The best products go quickly, so check the shop regularly if you have points you want to spend.
Here's what came in my ipsy Glam Bag this month:
- Jelly Pong Pong Neapolitan Palette (full size, worth $17.95)
- it Haircare Amazing 12-in-1 Leave in Treatment (deluxe sample size, worth $5; full size costs $14.99)
- Beauté Basics 3 Tone Bronzer (worth $5?)
- It Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Black (deluxe sample, worth $15.49; full size costs $22)
- Beau Gâchis Paris Pro Series Applicator Sponge (one sponge, worth $14; two-pack of sponges costs $28, currently on sale for $23)
My July ipsy was worth about $57.44. I estimated the value of the bronzer because I couldn't find a similar product available for sale online from Beauté Basics. For a $10 subscription, $57 is a great value. Three of the five products were makeup, but that's ipsy for you. Besides the three makeup items, there was a beauty tool and a hair care product, so I didn't get any skincare products from ipsy this month. That's a little strange. Skincare products are usually my favorite things to get.
The Jelly Pong Pong Neapolitan Palette is teeny and the packaging feels cheap, so I'm a little surprised by the price of this being listed as $17.95. I don't know many people who would pay that much for it. That said, I did like this mini palette more than I expected. It had good pigment, no real fallout to speak of, and it was easy to work with. I used the middle color all over the lid, the brown in the crease, and the light color on the brow bone. The three colors looked great together. I probably won't use this every day, but this is a great little palette for travel.
I was impressed with the sample size of the It Haircare 12-in-One Amazing Leave-in Treatment. It was so big that I thought it might be full size, but it's actually one-third the size of the full size bottle. To use this, you work a pea-sized amount through wet hair. According to ipsy, the 12 things it is supposed to do for your hair are: "Gets rid of 1. Frizz 2. Tangles 3. Brittle ends; Adds 4. Body 5. Shine 6. Health, Repairs 7. Dry hair 8. Damaged hair; Protects 9. Color-treated hair 10. Against heat 11. Against split ends 12. Against breakage." The list probably could have been condensed a bit as some of the twelve supposed benefits sound the same. I gave this a try and found it did make my hair look a little extra shiny, but it also gave me some volume, which I definitely don't need. I'll probably give this to a friend who needs volume more than I do.
This cheap packaging makes the Jelly Pong Pong packaging look fancy! I thought it was strange that Beauté Basics doesn't seem to have anything like this bronzer on their website. I'm not sure if it's new and they will be selling it soon, if it's old and it's been discontinued, or if it was made exclusively for ipsy. This doesn't have tons of pigment and I had to build it up quite a bit to get what you see in the swatches above. That said, you don't really want bronzer to have tons of pigment because you want your bronzer to be subtle. This was an average bronzer. Nothing about it made it stand out in a good or bad way.
I can't go a month without at least one black eyeliner! This month, the black eyeliner is It Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner. I don't believe It Cosmetics and It Haircare are in any way connected to each other, so it's just a weird coincidence I got something from each of them this month. The It Cosmetics liner is a gel and goes on smoothly without getting caught and tugging on your lids. Besides being no-tug and waterproof, this eyeliner also has anti-aging ingredients in it. It's a little strange to have anti-aging eyeliner, but I guess it can't hurt to use it. The black is quite severe and it doesn't blend out all that well. I wish I had gotten a different color, but I like this more than most black eyeliners and will use it occasionally.
The last product was the Beau Gâchis Pro Series Applicator Sponge. This is a good size sponge and is similar to a beautyblender. This isn't quite as smooth and soft as a real beautyblender, but it gave my foundation a nice finish. I recommend using a smaller sponge around the nose as this one is a little big for detail work, but this is a good basic sponge.
I've had better months with ipsy, but I've also had a lot worse. I liked all the products, but none of them were absolutely amazing. I will give ipsy credit for sending me only products this month that were new to me. With as many boxes as I've gotten over, it's rare when one of the more mainstream boxes goes a month without sending me a product I've never tried before!
What did you get in your ipsy bag this month? Was it a good month? What did you think of the bag?