It had been ages since I last talked about Ipsy on my blog! You guys, Ipsy has really grown up since I last featured the popular makeup subscription on my blog. I started Always, Cleia in 2016 and my first beauty post was an Ipsy review. I left Ipsy in 2018 for a couple of reasons…
*Note: This post contains my Ipsy referral link.*
Why I Unsubscribed from Ipsy
First of all, most of you probably know that I’m Canadian. Ipsy is Available in the USA and Canada, but of course Canadians paid an extra $4.95 for shipping. That’s cool, I get it! But what I didn’t understand was why did US subscribers had a whole other component to their subscription: Ipsy shopper and Ipsy offers. I paid the same thing as US subscribers and wasn’t getting the same value.
Secondly, the points reward system sucked. They were charging six months worth of points for sample size products and it felt like a waste to me.
So I wandered away and tried other subs like Fabfitfun and Boxycharm. But at the start of 2020 I really started missing the classic glam bag: deluxe sample sizes that I could actually finish in a month or two! I still love trying new makeup, but I hate products going to waste. If you saw my final project pan update for 2019 you’d know that I did horribly on my project, so smaller sizes are better for me.
the new ipsy
I’m really glad that I resubscribed, because it seems that in my absence Ipsy made some changes. I knew that they had added on several tiers to their subscription, Glam Bag Plus and Glam Bag Ultimate, but I didn’t know that they had opened Ipsy shopper and deals to Canadian subscribers! I feel better about my subscription when I’m treated the same as everyone else. Additionally you can now shop full sizes of the products in your glam bag at a discount through Ipsy Shopper.
Their points reward system now contains mostly full sized products, but they are a bit overpriced IMO, unless you’re reviewing the Ultimate glam bag and referring a lot of new people your points will build slowly.
Another feature of the new glam blag is that you now have a bi-monthly subscription option and you can skip months if you aren’t liking the spoilers. As someone who often subscribes, cancels and resubscribes from Boxycharm this skip function is real helpful!
So what’s in the January Ipsy Glam Bag?
I wish that there was an option to opt out of receiving a physical bag. After a few months of Ipsy you couldn’t possibly need more! I still have three or four unused bags around the house.
The marble design on the January Ipsy Glam Bag is sooo nice though! This bag is right up my alley, unlike the awful neon green and mesh gym shoe bag of January 2018. *Yes, I know that it’s February already… I signed up in late January and Ipsy now uses DHL shipping which takes forever to ship anywhere in Canada*
I got three deluxe samples and two full sizes in my January Glam Bag. One of the full sizes is a makeup brush though so I don’t know that it really counts as full sized? It’s a Luxie brush, and one that I don’t already have so I’m pretty happy with it!
I’ve been reviewing makeup for four years and can you believe I’ve never tried this makeup primer before? I generally don’t splurge on primer so even though Too Faced Hangover has been recommended to me I just haven’t shelled out the money for it.
Even though this tube is very tiny I don’t mind. I have a Cover FX Primer from the June 2018 Boxycharm that I’m still working on plus a few travel sizes already so I’m ok with a small sample to see if Too Faced Hangover is something I like.
This primer contains coconut water and claims to smooth, soften, promote elasticity and boost radiance. We shall see!
Oh Pür cosmetics… the brand that I never buy but always see in subscription boxes. I want to give Pür a second chance, but I still remember quite clearly the awful Boxycharm Pür Collaboration palette. UGH. It was terrible.
From talking to other beauty enthusiasts I’ve come to the conclusion that I really should try them again, and maybe a collaboration isn’t the best thing to judge them on.
I love that this pressed powder/foundation contains SPF, I’ve been bad about wearing SPF this winter so having it in my makeup products makes it easier for me!
Do you guys want a review on this powder once I’ve tried it for a few weeks? Let me know!
I’ve wanted a fan brush for so long, and even better that it’s Luxie!! Luxie makes amazing brushes. My personal favorite is the 660 brush. I have two of them, one for under eye setting powder and one for highlighter. I actually discovered Luxie beauty for the first time in the May 2017 Glam Bag. That was so long ago, I can’t believe I’ve had that brush for almost three years!
I can’t wait to give this a shot!
*this brush is full sized and retails for $18USD*
The name of this product makes me think of nail polish, I don’t know why they used Lacquer instead of Lipstick. The finish is somewhere between creme lipstick and lipgloss.
I received the shade Mad Love, which I wasn’t super excited about. This is a very generic pink and I have two or three lipsticks that resemble this shade already. It especially reminds me of the Calypso Ultra Satin lipstick from Colourpop.
This lipstick contains Vitamin C and E though, so its actually already got more going for it ingredient wise than Colourpop’s lippies 🧐
I thought it was weird that Ipsy made a point to write Non-toxic on the product page. Damn straight it better be non-toxic, that’s a given!
*this lipstick is full sized and retails for $24USD*
I’ve mentioned before that I am not really a fan of cleansing balms. The only one that I tolerate is the Good Molecules cleansing balm which I reviewed this month. Know that I received it in PR if that sort of thing bothers you, but I really did find that it worked better than Green Clean and the Clinique cleansing balm.
These kind of balms are nice during the winter if you have dry skin like me, so this is a product that will probably get used up this season. Plus if I use this Banila Co Cleansing Balm I can hoard my Good Molecules balm like a a crazy person, cherishing it but never finishing it because I’m “saving” it 😂
What you do you think of Ipsy?
I am pleasantly surprised with the products in my January Ipsy Glam Bag. I appreciate all the strives they have made to add value to my subscription, and even if I never use Ipsy shopper I’m happy that it’s available to me. The only annoying thing is how long it will take to build enough points to redeem a reward, but that’s pretty minor.
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