Alrighty, ladies and gents, my review for the September 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag is up! Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription program that costs $10 for US residents (plus local sales tax, which is 8% for me), and shipping is free. Canadians pay $5 for shipping, which is still a very good deal!
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Well, you guys, after having been an Ipsy subscriber for nearly a year, I finally received a glam bag that not only disappointed me, but also annoyed me. Read on and see why.
Here's what I received in this month's Ipsy Glam Bag:
1. A makeup bag: metallic gray pleather with silver studs. The bag is well made, but isn't my style, so I'll put it aside and give it to someone else.
2. Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask: this is a deep conditioning mask for your hair. This is a deluxe sample and is worth approximately $5. The full-sized item is $25. I have used this, and it really did make my hair softer. However, it's not any better than a typical hair conditioner from the drugstore. The deep conditioning mask does have a scent, but it's an inoffensive, generic haircare scent.
3. NYX single eyeshadow in "Asphyxiation": Full sized. In all of my previous Ipsy reviews, I always mentioned that I appreciated their taking the answers to my personality test when picking out products for me. The test also asks for skin color, undertone, etc., etc. So, why on Earth did they send me a shade in such a cool tone that I will never, ever look good wearing! Ugh. This product retails for $4.49.
4. Crown Brush double-ended brush: one end is an eyeshadow brush, and one is a crease brush. I have been a fan of Crown Brush for years, so I definitely do enjoy this high-quality brush. It retails for $17.99, but is currently on sale for only $6.99 here.
5. Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Lipgloss in "Basic Instinct": Full sized. After the fiasco with another Cailyn lip product, which I talked about here, I was seriously leery about trying this one. However, it isn't bad. It has a beautiful, soft creamy texture, and is very pigmented. "Basic Instinct" is a beige-pink shade; it is neutral to suit nearly everybody, which makes it a bit boring. However, I will use this up because it is a shade that I usually wear. This lipgloss retails for $19.
6. (Not Pictured) Pacifica Waterproof Eyeliner in some generic, non-descript brown shade: I don't wear brown eyeliner, or really brown-anything, to be honest. This eyeliner looked so boring that when I accidentally dropped it and it rolled under the couch, I didn't even bother to pick it up. Eventually, I will fetch it and put it into my box of things to give away. This is the 2nd time that Ipsy sent me some boring brown shade eye makeup item; the first time was this Bare Essentual BB cream eyeshadow that I still don't know what to do with, which I've talked about here.
Overall, a seriously annoying, disappointing Glam Bag. This is the first time that I felt Ipsy didn't follow my test answers when picking out what I wanted. Next month's bag will be the deciding factor on whether I will remain a subscriber or not. If it's going to be just as bad as this one, I'm going to cancel, especially now that there are so many other more amazing beauty boxes for me to try, such as MeMeBox.
Here's what I could have gotten for this month:
Cost of bag: $10.80
Total value: Approximately $50
Was this bag worth it? Not really. Sure, I like the brush, but that's it. The rest of the products are what I feel either neutral about, or totally dislike.
A few giveaways I have going on: