September Ipsy Bag Review

Years after they’ve become popular, I finally took the plunge and joined a subscription box service.

Why I Chose Ipsy over Birchbox or Glossybox

I chose Ipsy for two reasons:

  1. Like Birchbox, it’s only $10/month. Glossybox is $21 which is more than I usually spend on makeup/products for the month.
  2. Ipsy tends to be more makeup heavy than Birchbox. I don’t like to mess with my skincare routine and am much more adventurous with different makeup brands and products than with skincare.

What I Got In This Month’s Box

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Hikari Lipstick in Cabernet

Well, I like the name and I love the lipstick. This is the perfect blue based deep red. It is a little on the dry side (I wouldn’t describe it as creamy) but that means it lasts a really long time on this lips. I got over 5 hours of wear from one application.

The only bad thing is that I’ve never heard of this brand before and have no idea where I could buy it (besides directly via Ipsy).

Value: $13

Be a Bombshell Smooth Criminal Powder

This powder is 100% silica (the same as the Makeup Forever HD Powder that is so popular). While I’ll use this, I don’t notice much of a difference between this and the $6 E.L.F. HD Powder. I’m not a huge powder person in general but do occasionally use it to set my makeup when my skin isn’t super dry.

Value: $12

Mitchell and Peach Luxury Hand Cream

Good stuff. Smells nice. Non-greasy. But people, this is $27 hand cream! What?! I like it, but I would never pay that much for it.

Full Size: 60ml / £17 ($27)

Sample Size Value: 30ml / $13.50

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser

I didn’t check the ingredients on this and used it a bunch of times. I love it. Once I checked the ingredients, I found out that there are several kinds of oil in this cleanser. And guess what? It didn’t make me break out at all. Again, I like this but I probably wouldn’t buy it. I’m good with my Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser.

Full Size: 6 oz. / $13.99

Sample Size Value: 1 oz. / $2.33

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish in Red Red Wine

A full size nail polish in a fabulous fall color. I’ve always wanted to try Pacifica brand but have never made a purchase. Depending on how this wears, I’ll try other Pacifica products.

Value: $9

Overall Impression

I was on the wait list for Ipsy for several months before finally “getting in”. When I finally did get off the wait list, I wasn’t notified. I noticed that $10 had come out of my checking account from Ipsy and about a week later, got my package. I was a little annoyed that I wasn’t notified that I was off the wait list before they charged me, but they more than made up for it when it arrived.

I do think that the little bag that came with it (apparently a little bag comes with it every month) was pretty ugly and pointless. It’s way too small to actually use as a makeup bag. It’s not pictured because it went in the Goodwill pile when we got rid of half of our stuff.

Overall though, I’ve loved my experience. I’ve actually used all of the products that came and it has been well worth the $10. I’m definitely sticking with Ipsy.

Overall Value


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