Ipsy sends out 4-5 higher end samples and a unique bag each month. Like Birchbox, Ipsy is a $10/month subscription box. Bonus-wise, you get 10 points for each product review and 250 points for each referral. You can use these to select bonus items for upcoming Glam Bags. The ones displaying right now appear to be full-size, higher end products; several are palettes/kits. I think this is an important distinction for someone used to Sephora’s free bonus items or the Birchbox bonus shop. Another key point: there’s not an online store where you can buy full-size products. Instead, you are redirected to product’s company website and given an Ipsy-specific coupon code to use when checking out.
My April bag featured the following:
- Cailyn | Tinted Lip Balm in Apple Pink
- Cover FX | Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment
- Urban Decay | 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil Travel Size
- City Color | White Gold Shadow & Highlight Mousse
- KISS | Looks So Natural Lashes
Cailyn | Tinted Lip Balm in Apple Pink
I so thought I would hate this lip balm. The color did not look appealing to me, and the packaging looked way wonky for a lip product. However, I heard amazing things about the Cailyn lip line, so I was willing to give it a try. Turns out this is one of my new favorite lip products. It looks great on its own, or layered with other lipsticks/lipglosses in my collection. My personal favorite? Layering this with the lipstick sample I got in March for a cool ombre/gradient look.
Cover FX | Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment
This was one of my “skip it” products. With my face just going crazy, I’m realyl hesitant to throw a new primer in the mix. I swatched a tiny bit (tube to back of my hand) and it seemed a little think/oily, so I decided to pass, just to be on the safe side.
Urban Decay | 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil Travel Size
Realization: I have not purchased a single black eyeliner that I own. They have all come from beauty boxes, and they have all been amazing. This one glided on (as promised!) and had effortless application. I have a feeling I will purchase more in different shades in the future – and maybe do a black eyeliner comparison post for good measure…
City Color | White Gold Shadow & Highlight Mousse
I swatched this, but I haven’t really had a great opportunity to use it. The color doesn’t do me a ton of favors, and I’m not really inspired to incorporate it into my beauty routine right now. Maybe as the summer progresses, I’ll have more use for the shimmery glow.
KISS | Looks So Natural Lashes
Uh. I laughed when I saw this in my order. Fake lashes? No way am I trying those on my own! I like the look, but I am not confident enough to try my hand (literally and figuratively) with the application process. I will happily look forward to a professional using his/her judgment to apply these for special events (like my wedding day, a year-plus from now).
Although I only loved two of the five products in my bag, there’s another point in the win column for this beauty box. It is hands-down my favorite for samples. Sure, only two samples made a lasting impression – but they were quality products I will use weekly (and let’s be honest, the “travel size” of the eyeliner is still pretty dang large). That has been a rarity for beauty boxes.
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Any other Ipsy subscribers out there? What did you think of the April bag?