Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Reviewed: The Ipsy Glam Bag for July

Happy Wednesday! Got my July Ipsy Glam Bag to share with you today.

The Ipsy Glam Bag is another of those monthly subscription services I’ve signed up with. For $10 a month, they will send you 4-5 beauty products based on your answers to a profile survey. They also offer savings of up to 70% through members only products and you can also win free products in contests and giveaways. When you review the products you received, you can earn points toward the purchase of other products they offer.

Instead of a box, the products come in cute useful bags like this one. 

This bag is quite well made, nylon lined and with a nylon zipper that has a substantial charm with the Ipsy logo on both sides. I love both the color and the design of this back. Really bright. 

And this is what I found inside.

There was a card enclosed but unlike the other subscriptions, it did not list the products and prices so I had to look them up online. 

Let’s take a closer look at what I received. I’ll start with the double-ended shadow brush.

The brand is Crown, one I’ve not heard of before but one I’ll definitely look into further. This particular brush is from their Infinity series. Crown offers a wide variety of brushes as well as professional makeup, cases and other tools for the professional makeup artist. 

This brush is called it the Deluxe Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet. I have used both ends of this brush and have had no problems with it at all. The larger end works very well for laying down color while the other end did a good job of lining with shadow on both upper and lower lash lines. I can’t say whether or not the bristles are natural or synthetic but I’m leaning toward synthetic considering the price at $17.50. It is currently on sale on their website for $6.99.

Next is a lip balm from a company called Jersey Shore SunThis is another company I have never heard of. They offer products for sun protection, natural makeup, spa products and products for kids and teens. 

Mongongo is the name of one of the oils used in the balm. According to their website: Mongongo oil has hydrating, regenerating and restructuring properties and offers a unique protection from UV and environmental pollutants in skin applications. Mongongo oil is rich in calcium, magnesium, zinc, cooper and anti-oxidants. And the other ingredients:

The lip balm comes in two sizes - standard and large. There are three ‘flavors’ available - Mandarin Green Orange & Ginger, Blackberry Patch, and the one I received, Vanilla Coconut Cream. And this does smell very coconutty even if it doesn’t taste that way so much. The formula is very creamy and it feels really good on. My lips do feel moisturized and soft and the balm stays on pretty well except for eating and drinking, of course. The price for the standard 0.15 oz. size, which I received, is $10. The large size is 0.25 oz. and costs $15.

Next up, a lipstick from Teeze.

I have heard of Teeze products before, mainly from YouTube videos. I was very excited to see this in the bag.

The color is called Killing Me Softly and it is the perfect color for me. Goes on with a satiny finish and does stay pretty well. It will leave your lips softly stained when it does wear off so good news there. The cost is $22.

I also received a shadow/highlighter from Ofra.

The color here is called Bliss. When purchasing this from a retailer, it does come packaged more like other shadows. I suppose they are thinking of people who own those magnetic palettes where you can remove shadows and the like from their usual packaging so they can be grouped together in a single palette. Since I don’t own one of those, I would have preferred the normal packaging but I’m not gonna complain. This is a gorgeous shadow that can also be used as a cheek highlighter. I will probably use it as a shadow since it is just a bit dark for use on my cheeks. Cost for this is $15.

I would consider all of these previous products to be full-sized. This last one was the only sample - a tinted moisturizer from Bare Republic.

This one I wasn’t too thrilled with. While I like a tinted moisturizer, this one was just too greasy for me. In fact, a lot of watery liquid came out of the tube before anything resembling moisturizer came out. After shaking the tube vigorously, I did manage to get some decent product out of the tube. 

In application, it was still a bit watery and greasy for my liking. It also delivered no coverage whatsoever and actually made my cheek a bit red and very shiny. The color was just odd. Definitely not something I intend to use at all. No pricing here since this was a sample. A full size of this runs $14.99. They also offer a mineral product.

So, if you’ve been keeping track, excluding the sunscreen sample, the total value of this bag would be $53.99, with the sale price of the brush. If the brush did not happen to be on sale right now, the value of the bag would be $64.50. Considering the cost is $10 per month and I can use 4 out of the 5 products, I’d say Ipsy is a very good deal. Several of the products also offered a discount code for purchase of the products - an additional value.

They do sometimes have a wait list but they also have ways you can get off the wait list and have an active subscription. This was my first bag so we’ll see if that wait list is an ongoing thing, active subscription or not. 

That’s it for today. Thanks for reading and stay tuned.


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