Ipsy Review — December 2015

December Ipsy1It’s that time of the month again: Ipsy review time! Fitting for the holiday season, this glam bag is a bright red. I like the new shape and quilted pattern, too! The theme for December is “For You With Love from Ipsy.”

Ipsy Details

The service is only $10 a month. Upon signing up, you fill out a brief beauty quiz about what types of makeup you love and would like to receive, your features (eye color, skin type, etc.) and what brands you’d like to try out. Many brands they list are common, but there are some I’ve never heard of.

You get billed the first of each month and your glam bag is sent in the middle of the month. Unlike Stitch Fix, where it allows you the option to schedule boxes at will, Ipsy automatically schedules one every month and you must cancel on your own when you want to stop receiving bags. You get to keep everything that comes in the bag.

Each month’s bag features different products and a different theme, but subscribers mostly receive the same or similar products each month. For example, my bag might be the same as someone else, or it might have a few of the same and a few different items inside.

December Ipsy2Here is December’s glam bag!

Beau Gâchis Paris — Concealer Brush

Honestly, I rarely use concealer. My “concealer” is tinted moisturizer and Garnier’s Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller. But I tried it, and I think it’s a nice, standard brush with soft bristles. Beau Gâchis Paris sells a ton of makeup tools, and this concealer brush retails for $12 on the website.

December Ipsy3Formula X — Nail Polish in Revved Up

Formula X is a brand I’m familiar with, though haven’t used, so I was pretty thrilled to get this trial-size nail polish in my bag. The color is a bronzy gold (though the website says rose gold), and metallics are great to wear in the winter or specifically for New Year’s Eve. I think this color is really pretty and the formula was fantastic. A full-size bottle will cost $10.50 at Sephora. Sorry I don’t have a swatch to show you. I didn’t want to take off my Christmas nail design!

December Ipsy6LATHER — Honey Moisture Mask with Propolis Extract

I’m happy Ipsy sent another night cream. Ever since they sent the awesome La Fresh Group Good Night. Night Cream in my first glam bag, I’ve been eager to try more. This cream by LATHER had a nice feel to it. The smell is…interesting. It’s not bad per se, but I don’t particularly like it, either. It’s hard to describe, but it almost smells like aging flowers and honey. There’s a musty undertone that I don’t care for. Ipsy sent me a trial-size tub, and a full-size tub costs $22.

December Ipsy4Pacifica — Power Of Love Natural Lipstick in Nudie Red

Yay for more lipstick! The packaging on this Pacifica Beauty product one was really interesting and cute. This full-size stick is vegan and cruelty free, and made with Vitamin E, shea butter and coconut oil. I received Nudie Red, and I really like this color! It’s a great natural shade for me and it’s easy to apply. I’m pretty sure this will be making a new home in my purse. These lipsticks sell for $10 on Pacifica’s website and I recommend you check them out!

December Ipsy7December Ipsy8Klorane — Floral Water Makeup Remover with Soothing Cornflower

This product by Klorane was the disappointment in the bag. I tried this makeup remover and it did not take off my cream eyeliner very easily. I had to really rub to make any difference, and it seemed like the formula just smudged my liner around. Naturally, the rubbing was starting to irritate my skin, so I stopped and switched to my standard makeup remover wipes. I received a sample-size bottle, and the full-size is a whopping $23. I personally would not purchase this product based off my experience.

December Ipsy5Overall Thoughts

Now that I’ve received this month’s glam bag, I’ve canceled my subscription until further notice. Like I mentioned in my last review, I don’t believe you need this service every month. I like trying new products and I like Ipsy a lot, but I think I’ve used the most of its worth after five bags.

I’ve really liked most of what I went sent in each bag and I’m still using up some of the products. I do think Ipsy is a good deal for your money and I think it’s a great idea for people looking to find new products they love.

That said, the shipping problems I’ve talked about before happened again this month. I know it’s the holiday season and carriers are a bit overwhelmed right now, but I went a week without any tracking updates, which is very frustrating for me.

I’m debating trying Ipsy’s semi-rival, Birchbox, or a completely new subscription whatsoever. What do you think? Are there any you’d like to see me try and review? Let me know! I’ll take everything into consideration.


About Karin

Journalist, singer, reader, movie fanatic, photography buff, GVSU alum, wanna-be-Brit, Crohn's fighter, Coca-Cola addict, animal lover, not a kid person, hater of winter, Michigander
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2 Responses to Ipsy Review — December 2015

  1. Nicole says:

    I have a couple of Formula X colors and it is a really nice product!

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