Hey all! Here’s my belated review of my March 2013 Ipsy Glam Bag. Will be posting my belated April review at some point tomorrow and I’ll finally be up to date with my sub reviews. 🙂
Here’s a brief overview of the company.
About Ipsy (formally MyGlam): Each bag feature 4-5 beauty items. All of the items are either deluxe samples or full size.
- There are never any of those foil packets, which is nice because I’d like to have more than 1 use of a product before I decide if I like it or not.
Cost: $10 w/free shipping (USA) | $10 + $4.95 shipping (Canada)
- It’s $110 to subscribe yearly (USA | + $54.45 shipping for Canadian subscribers), which makes each individual bag a little cheaper than with the monthly. If you choose to pay monthly or yearly, you can’t change to the other. You have to cancel your current subscription before you can switch, which if you have they yearly one, I don’t think you can cancel ’til it’s up.
Is there a “skip” option?: No, you can only cancel.
The Great Escape– We hope that you were able to have a fun beauty break with our March “The Great Escape” Glam Bag. Whether you jet-setted or road tripped with your March products, show us the amazing Looks you created using your March goodies that were perfect for getting gorgeous on-the-go!
I love the nautical pattern on this bag! It’s my favorite bag in this aspect. However, I didn’t like the material itself as much since it seemed a lil flimsy. Mine actually came with a snag mark going across the whole bag, which I was worried was going to affect its longevity.
It’s not shown in the pictures since I took the pics using the nice side. That, and the mark doesn’t show up that well unless I use the flash. I contacted ipsycare regarding that, as well sending them photos, and they quickly got back to me and got a new bag sent to me.
The bag has to have some value on it, but not sure of an exact amount. I’d say $2-3 at most, so I’ll split the difference and value the bag at $2.50.
Here’s what I got in this month’s Glam Bag:
The GlamRX Mini Freestyle Palette was made exclusively for ipsy Glam Bag subscribers. The magnetic base is the perfect spot to store pan-only eyeshadows (2 of which are included in this Glam Bag!), blushes & bronzers, or whatever you need for perfect for quick touch ups on the go! Whether you are headed off to spring break or just need a cute & clever way to store products in your bag, you can create the perfect makeup look and take it with you with your exclusive GlamRX Mini Freestyle Palette.
And if you’re looking for even more cool on-the-go beauty, check out the Touch Up Palette from GlamRX. It is a unique, practical, pocket-sized palette that has what you really need on-the-go: brightening concealer, flattering tinted lipbalm, shine erase powder, black eyeliner, mirror. Includes eyeshadow/eyeliner applicator and a blush brush. The unique bottom level is the same magnetic palette that is included in the March Glam Bag. The GlamRX Touch Up Palette is available for purchase, just click the Buy It button!
Dimensions: About the same size as a credit card, except thicker. 3.5″ x 2.5″ x 0.75″
|Sample received: $8.25||Full price: $16.50 [LINK]|
Comments: I loved this item and was the winner of this bag. Essentially, it’s like a mini Z-Palette, where you can store pans of eyeshadows, blush, etc. With the addition of the mirror, definitely great for on the go. I have mine in my purse and it’s been quite handy.
If you don’t have magnetic pans, you can always glue on a magnet or a metal washer that’s ferromagnetic, like steel. And, if you don’t plan on putting makeup in there, you can always use it to store bobby pins, safety pins or what not. I couldn’t find this on their site, as this palette was made exclusively for ipsy subscribers, which is why the full size doesn’t match the sample size. As a result, I estimated the price of the palette.
Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist tones, hydrates, and refreshes your face and hair while on the go, anytime of the day. Hydrate with the refreshing blends of organic juices for a fresh, radiant complexion.
|Sample received: $3.26 for 1oz bottle||Full price: $22.00 for 6.75oz bottle [LINK]|
Comments: Just on smell alone, I wouldn’t buy the full size version of this. It reminded me of a mature woman because of the rosebuds and the combination of scents in this product. The smell really bothered me to the point where I couldn’t use this during the day.
I can only use it at night as my toner, and I’m reluctant to do that even because of the smell. I’ll finish though, so I can reuse the bottle for future use as it’s a great size for travel. As a toner, it didn’t seem any better than my usual toner, witch hazel. Even if I liked the product completely, I can find good toners for much cheaper.
La Fresh® Travel Lite® portable towlette wipes are perfect for jetsetters, go-getters, outdoor enthusiasts and multi-taskers everywhere. Towlette packets are small in size, designed for practicality and are easy to apply discreetly. Each item is carry-on friendly and slim enough to slip into a pocket, purse or wallet. Perfectly portable, La Fresh® makes beauty a breeze when you’re on-the-go. For a refreshing getaway, grab any Travel Lite® and Live. Life. La Fresh.™
Travel Lite™ personal amenities are made in sunny Southern California with clean renewable solar energy! These makeup remover wipes feature biodegradable and compostable materials.
|Sample received: $1.99||Full price: $1.99 [LINK]|
Comments: I’ve never used makeup wipes, since I normally use makeup remover. Since it’s in a convenient pack, it’s great for travel. I figured it be great for when I went to my sorority formal a couple weeks back. When I used it, while it does remove the makeup without too much difficulty, my face got really irritated, to the point where it felt like my face was on fire.
I ended up using ice cubes to cool my face off, then used my usual makeup remover to remove any leftover reside. At most, I expected a slight tingle… not the reaction I ended up getting… >.< I’m not sure if I had an allergic reaction since even after looking at the ingredients, I have no idea what could have affected my face.
I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the rest of the wipes since I’m kinda scared to try using them again… They work, but I don’t want to have my face on fire again…
Whether you want to make a dramatic statement or just add a veil of color to your eyes, the yaby eyeshadow refills are extremely easy to work with. Can be used wet or dry and the smooth texture allows blending with ease. All shadows are vegan friendly and the pans are reusable for mixing. Glam Bag subscribers receive two of 80 fabulous shades.
|Sample received: $6.30 for the two eyeshadows||Full price: $3.15 [LINK] Yaby Cosmetics|
|$3.29 [LINK] Camera Ready Cosmetics|
Comments: There were four different colors that people could have gotten. Of the four, everyone got two. From what I’ve noticed, there have only been two combinations. I got Azalea Petal & Seashell. The other possible combo was So Vein (a matte teal) & Sand Dune (a matte beige/tan). It was clever that ipsy included eyeshadows that can be placed into the magnetic palette that was also in this bag.
The colors looked nice in the pan, but swatching them, was a pain. It took some effort to get a decent swatch from Azalea Petal in particular, which didn’t show up all that well on my hand with a single swipe. The other, had slightly better pigmentation, so it didn’t take as much effect to swatch. Below is a picture of the colors swatched on my wrist.
The colors don’t look bad when probably swatched and I can always use more neutral colors to balance out the wacky colors I have. However, the quality isn’t as good as the Coastal Scent ones I got in February’s bag, or with other eyeshadows in my collection. They also seemed a lil chalky as well. Also, I dunno if it’s just my eyeshadow pans, but mine don’t seem to adhere to the magnetic bottom in the GlamRX Palette all that well since they can be easily moved with a slight nudge.
With the two links, it’s much cheaper to buy from Camera Ready Cosmetics if you don’t plan on buying a lot of the eyeshadows since shipping through yaby is rather expensive otherwise.
- Box Score: 2.75/5
- Total Value: $19.80
Final Thoughts: This was a very disappointing bag, worst one I’ve gotten since I’ve joined — In both content and value. The only item I enjoyed was the palette, which has gotten a lot of use. I’m hoping next month’s bag is better and that this was a 1-time thing. Ipsy won’t be on the chopping block for now since every other bag up to this point has been great. If this streak continues however, it will be.
On a separate note, since I’ve seen magnetic palettes before (such as the Z-Palette), I knew that it could be used to hold makeup pans. But, I can definitely understand those who didn’t know what it was at first, especially since ipsy doesn’t include product descriptions on their card, which is something that I wished that they would do in the future. I know it’s not hard to go onto their website to find out what the products are, but it’d be more convenient if that information was on hand when you open your bag.
Finally, with each bag, there are coupon codes, which since I posted this review late, some of the codes have expired. Whatever hasn’t, I have posted below:
La Fresh (Travel Lite Makeup Remover 8ct Pouch)
- Ipsy13 – Recieve 30% off beauty wipes. Offer valid thru 5/31/13. One time use only and cannot be combined with other offers or coupons. All orders above $50 receive free shipping. Valid only in continental US.