Today we start off the week with the arrival of the IPSY Ultimate Glam Box. Ipsy has three tiers of Glam Bags (the Glam Bag – $12, The Glam Bag Plus – $25 and the Ultimate Glam Bag – $50). Inside this bag I am supposed to receive eight full sized products, four deluxe samples and a makeup bag.
This month’s makeup bag is very much on theme for the month, which is Magic, and has a pseudo mystical gold design emblazoned on a black background. The material is a nice faux leather type product and the zipper is nice with a gold toggle that does not feel flimsy.
Makeup items replace the mystical symbols. It feels an looks nice and lux. I will say that as much as I like the look of it, I find these square makeup bags useful more for storing items like headbands rather than useful for makeup.
They are good for travel, but I tend to put things like bathing products (shampoo, body wash) or skin care items in them rather than makeup. I just find the shape harder to work with when dealing with makeup items. It is a good size for travel skin care and bath products though so I am happy to have it.
I will say that this is the month where the pandemic seems to have caught up with IPSY. This October, I received three repeat items and a couple of the items were clearly ones that have been circulating in the IPSY-verse for a while. IPSY sent me a nice e-mail basically saying ‘Sorry, Pandemic’, and then gave me some points to redeem to make up for the repeats. The points are nice, but as everything in the redeem points section is something I already have, I’m going to hold onto them for a while. I’m guessing that’s also due to the pandemic. As long as I get to use them before they expire, I’m okay with waiting. Which is also why I currently have a lot of points.
But let’s get into what I received, shall we?
My first full sized item is the Air Repair Skincare Super Hydrating Eye cream (retail $24.50). I have tried Air repair moisturizer before and I really liked it. I have not tried their eye cream and I’m sure I will enjoy trying it out at some point. I am happy the tube looks to be packed with product as well so when I do get around to it, I will be able to do a full test. I have several eye creams awaiting their turn for trial at the moment. Because it takes so long to actually work through a tube of eye cream, it will take me a while to get to this one though.
The next item out of my bag was my first deluxe sample sized item and it is the Barefoot Venus The Vanilla Effect Instant Hand repair. I know hand sanitizer is doing a number on everyone’s skin, but it seems like every subscription box has used this as an excuse to send hand creams. I literally have a box of hand creams to try out.
I’m also sending them to people as stocking stuffers this year as well just to share the wealth because there is only so much hand cream I can use. I’m sure it is lovely hand cream, but I deliberately checked rarely send this to me, so having another hand cream appear is not exactly thrilling. Still, at least it was a deluxe sample size and not a full sized product.
One of the products that has been seen in many people’s IPSY Bags but has never appeared in mine before is the Dominique Cosmetic Sweater Weather Eyeshadow Palette (retail $29). I like the shadows I’ve tried from Dominique Cosmetics before but usually don’t like the color stories and have a hard time figuring out what look to do. This one looks like the color story is leading down a very clear path. Despite the name, the pastels make me think spring more than fall. I also think $29 for such a small palette is a bit much, but I do look forward to giving it a go.
Another product that I am pretty certain everyone else except me has gotten before is the Dr. Brandt Skincare PoreDermabrasion (retail $58). I have seen it a number of times on lots of reviews, but I have never received it before. As I like Dr. Brandt products in general, I’m happy to finally get to give it a go. Besides, you know I love a good exfoliate.
My next full sized item was the Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore Tight Toner (retail $15). I have in general enjoyed Glow Recipe products and I am looking forward to testing out a pore tightening toner.
I will say that the bottle seems a little on the small side to be a full sized item though. That is nothing against IPSY actually as several Glow Recipe products I’ve tried have that issue. Some of their packages just looks a little small for full sized items even though I know they actually are. I think it might be because in the ads they tend to feature the extra large versions (which they also sell). It gives the full sized items a ‘medium’ look to them. At least that is how it always seems to me. Still it is very nice glas packaging and as I also have the Watermelon Day cream and the night cream in my skin care drawer, I might just choose a section of time and have a watermelon themed skin care ritual for a month. I’ve had a sample size of the watermelon night cream before and really liked it, which is why I used Boxy Charm points to get a full sized version. Plus I’ve recently been using Glow Recipes avocado night mask and I wanted to do a comparison. so I am happy to have this.
My first repeat item was the Huda Beauty Lip Contour in Trophy Wife (retail $19). I have this same shade from a few months back still in my dressing table. I’m not mad at it though. The formula is really nice and creamy and it tends to last a really long while on the lips. The color is also one I will reach for repeatedly. So as a repeat, I am okay with receiving it. I know I like it and that I will use it.
I was less enthused about seeing the Naked Cosmetics four piece pigment set (retail $39.99). I received these a while ago and I just didn’t get along with them.
I don’t know if I am just not a loose pigments sort of person or if there was something amiss with the product. It could be both, but the only thing I made with these pigments was a mess.
These will be passed on without opening, hopefully never to return. I just opened the top of the box in case you were wondering what they looked like. They are little cuboid containers and the shades are nice, I just make a mess with them.
I found it strange in general that I received two eyeshadow products in the same box, but as I also received two blush products (sort of) I suppose the pandemic skewed the product selection in more than just repeat products.
Speaking of blushes, the first blush I extracted from my IPSY box was the OFRA cosmetics Blush in Blini (retail $29). In general I like OFRA products and this is a shade I don’t have. It is also a lighter toned blush which will work well for me in the winter when my tan fades. As I looked through my blush collection this past week I realized that most of my blushes are more for my summer tanned skin rather than the winter pale version of me, so I am happy to give this shade a try. And luckily it wasn’t broken, although it was a close call. When I took it out of the box, the pan was rattling around. The man came loose from the plastic backing. It got a little banged around but didn’t break. I put a dab of glue on the back and it was fine, but I am kind of amazed that there was no breakage.
The second blush product is a deluxe sample of the blush-highlighter Will Powder in the shade Worth the Wait. It is from The Balm Cosmetics and I generally like their products. I am also less worried about getting two blushes in this box as this may claim to be a blush-highlighter hybrid, but it looks like a highlighter. I honestly can’t see me using this as a blush. I’ll give it a go, but I’m guessing it will be more highlighter for me.
There was a perfume sample in my IPSY this month. It is the Juliette Has A Gun Vanilla Vibes. It is a deluxe sample and the size is definitely a deluxe. It looks like a jumbo version of the tiny perfume sample tubes. Which looks a little strange to me. I have no reason why it looks strange, maybe it is just because it looks exactly the same as the smaller ones so it looks like part of a 1950s radiation based sci-fi movie with the scale.
I like perfume and now that the weather has cooled I am wearing it more. I have an iffy past with the brand Juliette Has a Gun perfumes though. Their descriptions always draw me in so I try them, but as many as I’ve tried, none of them have ended up appealing to me. I haven’t opened this one yet as I am finishing out a trial of ano0ther perfume at the moment, but I have high hopes. I like the scent of vanilla. So who knows? Perhaps this will be the perfume from the brand that I actually like.
My choice item this month was the Milk Makeup Cannabis Hydrating Face Mask (retail $26). I like Milk Makeup, I like masks… okay, I love masks…and I am intrigued by a mask in a stick formula. I think this one will be a fun one to try. Of all the things in the bag this month, this is the product I am actually excited by.
And finally we come to the final product and the third repeat. This is the Yensa CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing oil (retail $38). I’ve actually been using this one for the past few weeks and will be reviewing it later this week actually.
It is an interesting product, good but not one I really feel I need to keep a backup of in my skincare drawer. Very little is needed and it is a large bottle. It will take me a while to work through the bottle I’ve got open. So I may just pass this unopened one along so that it will get used in a timely manner.
So that was my IPSY Ultimate this month. Monetarily, I paid $50 and received $249.49 worth of product. The $39.99 Naked Cosmetics shadows will be passed along without opening and I will be passing along the $38 oil Cleanser from Yensa. So the end value to me is $171.50. I’m okay with the value to be honest.
I will use the other products in the bag. I am actually looking forward to a few of them. I still can’t say I feel wowed by this month. Somehow it still feels ‘just okay’. It’s not bad, just okay. Perhaps it is the repeat products, but I kind of expected more. That has sort of been the theme for subscription boxes this month. I think it was because two of my boxes were each missing items and Boxycharm had items I wasn’t ever going to use. It just feels like everyone sort of felt tired when packing the October boxes. Well, except Look fantastic. they didn’t forget anything and it was a killer box this month. The disappointment is slight with IPSY, the disappointment is really based on so many repeat products in one box. and I’ll easily get over it as I put the products I plan to use to the test. It just didn’t wow me this month. Ipsy choice is this week so on the 22nd I’ll get to see if the wow factor is back. As IPSY has been really good lately, I think that the off month clunked a bit louder as well. Over all, Ipsy has been consistently good with me. I just hope that whatever kinks the pandemic threw into IPSY’s supply chain can be worked out by the time the November bag gets assembled. I like when I am wowed by subscription boxes.
For now, I have an interesting assortment of products to try, and several I get to pass on. Nothing was broken or missing. And at least I got an back up Huda Lip contour. As I’ve been using it quite a bit, I will probably need it sooner rather than later. Still, fingers crossed for November.