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


Can’t beat that.

  • I had an Ipsy subscription for almost a year and loved it but after a while I noticed the clutter and the fact that I was only using about 1 or 2 products from each bag. I laughed when you mentioned the bag in your post. I have a drawer full of them. I keep telling myself that I will use them but I really need to throw them out. You’re right- they are so tiny I can’t really use them for anything!

    I’m glad your experience was a good one!

  • I agree with the previous poster – I had Birchbox a few years ago and my products kept piling up! It is also annoying that there is no notification of payment, but I believe that’s how it is with all online subscription clubs. That’s how they get you. I had to put an alert in my calendar so I remembered to skip the month. Glad you enjoyed it- it seems like the products you received are much larger than the Birchbox products as well!

  • i didn’t realize it was only $10! that’s pretty good! and I agree, i’d rather try makeup than skin care stuff.

  • Weird! I got a notification email when I came off the wait list and another when my bag was shipped.

    For $10, I’m sticking with it for now.

  • Erin

    I’ve gotta say after reading about subscription boxes for months upon months on various blogs I finally broke down and subscribed to one, I started with Birchbox, I am no longer a subscriber. Too many months went by that I had a half box full of crap that I never used. It started to feel like I was wasting my $10 every month. I have since made the switch to Ipsy where like you I spent quite a few months on the wait list. I kept up my other box until I was off the list & getting my boxes. Ipsy is hands down better than Birchbox in my personal opinion. There have only been few items in all my bags that I have been unable to use, I swear 2 months in a row with the other I got different kinds of dry shampoo, I have curly hair- like seriously curly hair- dry shampoo is useless to me! Ipsy all that way, haven’t figured out what I’m gonna do with all these stupid bags every month & the first one was god awful UGLY!
    Hope the rest of your week is pleasant and here’s to our continued enjoyment of Ipsy!

  • Good to hear it was all good

  • I’m hoping my ipsy bag is this good this month! I’ve been on and off with ipsy. I’ve gotten birchbox for almost 2 years now, but I get mostly hair care products from birchbox which is perfect for me.

  • I just did Birchbox for a year and while I did enjoy it at first – I found THE night cream & day moisturiser – I ended up just having a drawer full of samples, most of which I ended up pitching. It did get me into exploring more past drug store makeup, which is good but I didn’t see the full value in it.

    I love all the different types of subscription boxes out there but I’m too poor to subscribe to each one that appeals to me sadly. 🙁

  • I have been an Ipsy member for almost an entire year now, and I have good months and bad months. I’m constantly trying to decide if I should cut the cord to save money, but so far I’ve kept the subscription because of the few full size products I’ve received that have become my basics. For example, I haven’t bought a base eye-shadow in MONTHS because I’ve been using a full size shadow I received from Ipsy. I volunteer with BBBS so I just give my Little the things I don’t like, she loves them! And I give them to her in the bag, so it feels more like a present. 🙂

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