This Month’s Ipsy was an interesting one. For those of you who are unfamiliar with IPSY it is a beauty subscription service. They have three tiers: Glam bag for $12, Glam Bag Plus for $25, and Glam Bag Ultimate for $50 per month. I am currently subscribed to the Glam Bag Ultimate. In this bag I am supposed to receive one makeup bag, eight full sized products and four deluxe sample sized products. I should also point out they recently announced this subscription will be cancelled and in January replaced with the Glam X tier. Oh how things are changing.
In addition there was other big IPSY news this month as Ipsy has now acquired Boxy Charm. Yup, two of the biggest rivals in the subscription box game have merged. I currently have one Ipsy subscription and one Boxy Charm Subscription. I did have multiple Boxy Charm subscriptions, but dropped both the regular Boxy charm and the Boxy Luxe because I was becoming somewhat disappointed in my boxes. I figured The Boxy Charm Premium was the box I had the most success with and the one I would keep, not only for the subscription to the box but for the access to Boxy Pop up that it gave me. Moving forward it will be interesting to see how everything shifts due to the buyout.
But that is not the point of this post, the point is the Ipsy November bag.
The bag itself, I have to admit I do like. Sometimes the makeup bags aren’t really to my taste. I always have someone to pass them on to so it isn’t a big deal if I don’t like them, but it is nice to have one that I like and will use. I really like the contrast of the brown and the pink this month.
The first item that I pulled out of my bag this month was the one I got to choose. It is the Byroe Bell Pepper serum (retail $110). I picked up two other Byroe products from a Boxycharm add on a while back. One is an essence and the other is a serum (tomatoe instead of bell pepper). I have to say I started using the essence a couple of days ago and am thus far absolutely loving it. I am very pleased that I got to add another Byroe product to my list of products to test.
The next item was the first of my samples. And when I say sample, I mean sample. It weighs in at 2 mL or 0.07 oz. By contrast the Juliet has a Gun perfume sample from last month was 0.28 oz. The bag is supposed to feature deluxe samples, but to be honest there is nothing deluxe about this sample. Kind of a letdown really, even before I open it to see if I like it or not. It has been a long time since IPSY has sent me a sample this small. This sample is the Crabtree & Evelyn, Evelyn Rose Femme de Force Scent. While I love perfumes, it has been a while since I had one this small to try out. It feels a bit more like a giveaway sample rather than something that should be in the bag.
My next sample product was the H2O+ Hydration Oasis Refreshing Gel Moisturizer. It is a decent sized sample. I have had this sample from Ipsy before, but it was quite a while ago. Currently I also have a second sample of the cream in my skin care drawer waiting to be tested and tried out. Both sample tubes seem pretty full. Maybe I’ll combine the two and see if I can actually get a full trial out of the multiple samples. Over all, I am not super enthused about this (mostly because I don’t think I was over the moon about the moisturizer last time I tried it) but I am not mad about seeing it either. Over all I am rather neutral about seeing this moisturizer in my November box.
I will confess I am a little annoyed by the next item it is a set of six Super Beau’tea Sheet Masks from Honey Jarret (retail $18). I think the reason that I am slightly annoyed with this is that it has been an item that you could choose from the points rewards section for a while. I had (and still have) a bunch of points to use up and so I’ve been lurking and the set was just listed as sold out October 30th and now it appears in my November box. That makes it feel a little like a left over. I will still use the masks, and I’m sure they are fine and I am glad it is a six pack, it just isn’t all that exciting a feeling to see them. But maybe I will try them and they will be so fantastic I will forget that they were remainders.
My third full sized item of the month is also a masking set, this is the I Dew Care Mini Scoop set (retail $20). It features a set of three ice cream inspired travel sized containers of masks. I like masks and I am always willing to try out new ones. I think I tried a peel off mask from I Dew Care a while back, so it will be interesting to test out more from the brand. Since there are three, I’m not upset by the travel sized products as it is a set. I would probably have preferred one full sized over three travel if it was from a company I was more familiar with, but as I don’t know their products well I am okay with the travel sizes.
Moving along to my fourth full sized item it is the Laboratoires Filorga Optim-eyes eye cream (retail $49). I love eye creams, mostly because I am a chronic insomniac and like to not have everyone see it. Subscription boxes have been hitting the eye creams pretty hard lately though so I have at least four others to try as well. I do look forward to trying out this eye cream but as it takes me so long to actually get through an eye cream, it may take a while to work my way over to this one. I am however very pleased by the product. I am also kind of amazed that it is such a large product. It dwarfs my other eye creams, yet another reason I may clear a few of them out before trying this one out. I suspect once I open it I will be using it for quite a while.
I am also pleased by the full sized M.A.C. Cream Sheen Lipstick in Sweet Sakura (retail $19). It is a stunning red and I am always on the lookout for a good red that looks good on me. And I think everyone knows at this point that I love all sorts of lip products. So this was a good fit for me.
The sample of Make it Last Matte Charcoal setting Spray from Milani Cosmetics is also something I find interesting. I have heard of charcoal setting sprays but I have never used them. I am rotating setting sprays through my makeup bag at the moment.
As I have a couple of other setting sprays in my dressing table that I want to actually use up, I am not allowing myself to repurchase my favorite,the HA Spray, until I manage to use up at least one, or two of them. So perhaps a peruse through the ingredients list and I will put this one into rotation. Quite frankly I like seeing setting sprays in my bag as they aren’t often included and I don’t have a stock pile of them. They are a rarer commodity than many other products.
This month I received a second full sized lip product in my bag and it is the Milk Makeup Kush Lip Glaze in Chronic (retail $18). The pictures have it looking slightly green in color, but claim it is a clear formula. It is also supposed to taste like sage extract and peppermint which should be fun to try. I will be adding it to my makeup bag soon so that I can give it a try and let you know how that works out. I have to say, I am kind of excited to try this. It is one of those products I have looked at repeatedly and always talked myself out of purchasing. Now I get to try it. For me, this is one of the benefits of subscription boxes.
Oddly enough I have also talked myself out of buying the Nomad Cosmetics X Tuscany Intense Eyeshadow Palette (retail $27) that was in my Ipsy Ultimate bag this month. I have the Berlin Underground Palette from Nomad Cosmetics and I really like the formula of the shadows and hoped that this palette would have the same formula.
I liked the shades but as I had so many eye shadow palettes at the moment I talked myself out of buying it. I am really glad to see it in my box this month and get a chance to play with it.
My eighth full sized product this month was Outre by Use Me and Instant Repair Hair Mask + CBD (retail $38). I like getting hair masks although for the last few months they have all been in the sample sizes.
That generally gives me one or two uses given the length and thickness of my hair, to see how I like them. A full size gives me a much better feel for how they will work with my hair so I am happy to actually have a full sized product to try.
And finally the last sample included in my Ipsy Ultimate this month is Will Powder Blush in Stamina from The Balm Cosmetics. As I received the Will Powder highlight in last month’s box, it is nice to have the blush to go with it. I always like The Balms products so am happy to have them arrive in whatever size they send.
So that my darlings was the November Ipsy Ultimate Glam Bag, or at least the version I received. For my $50 I received, $299 worth of full sized products. While there was a little annoyance with the sheet masks, it was only because I know they were offered as points rewards for so long before appearing in my glam bag. I don’t have a problem with the masks themselves, and I do like that it is a set of six instead of two that they are claiming as full sized.
All in all, the products in this bag are ones I will use, some of which I am very much looking forward to testing out. For me at least this was a pretty good month and I feel like I got my value’s worth.
I can’t wait to see what arrives next month as it is the last ever Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate. In January they are discontinuing the tier. In the future there will be Glam Bag X. Basically it is the Glam Bag Plus except for the months of February, May, August, and November. Those months will carry an increased price ($55), all full sized products with no samples and 7-8 products. The products shone on the advert for the Glam X are also rather high end so it would be interesting to see how the product choice adjusts.
Personally, between IPSY and Boxy I would be very surprised if this is the last of the changes. I expect there will be several more shake ups before things settle down. I can’t wait to see if they turn out to be good or bad. I have my fingers crossed as I hope this is a positive thing moving forward.
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