The Postal gods have been appeased. My sacrificial offering of three forever stamps and a postcard depicting Thor did the trick and my IPSY Glam Bag X bag finally arrived. This is the first bag for the new quarterly tier of IPSY. It is $55 per quarter. The months you receive the $55 bag are February, May, August and November. I am pretty sure they chose those months specifically not to interfere with Boxycharm’s Luxe Months (those are March, June, September and December). In between the Quarterly months, you would be signed up to receive your regular $25 Glam Bag plus. At the moment, you can’t sign up for Glam Bag x without being an IPSY Glam Bag Plus Member.
For this bag, you are allowed to choose three items of your eight full sized items. The first item I chose was the actual bag. In that category, there wasn’t much else I wanted and I thought the bag looked cute.
I like the shape, I like the red and the gold lips. I like the bump out at the bottom and the way it expands. I do not care for the letter decal on the back. I didn’t notice that when I chose it.
On the small Ipsy Glam Bags it looks cute. On this it just limits its usefulness. However, with a few cotton swabs and some nail polish remover, the gold lettering on the back does come off.
The bag is better without it and more versatile. At least I will use it more that way. It is somewhat cheap feeling though so I don’t know if I would choose the bag again moving forward. Its retail price is listed at $18 although I think that is a bit high for the bag. It feels more like $8.
The second Item I chose was the Saints and Sinners Illuminati Divine Shine Holographic Serum. (retail $27.50). I’ve never heard of the brand before.
I chose it partially because I was intrigued by it and partially because it was the best item in my selection. I am always happy to try new things for my hair. I’ve certainly never tried a holographic serum so it will be fun to give it a try. I also find the shape of the bottle oddly pleasing. I’m not entirely certain why, but I enjoy the shape.
The third item I chose I am actually really excited by. It is the Private Doctor Define Minus Serum. (retail $49). It is a relatively new launch I believe, but I’ve heard good things about it and am very much looking forward to trying it out. At the moment I am testing out the Unicorn Essence Serum from Farsali, but this is definitely going in my line up of products to try.
While I was very happy to have the chance to pick this, the selection of items offered to choose from this time around wasn’t the greatest. Flipping through the newspaper like booklet that came with the Bag I saw several items that weren’t in my selection at all. I’m going to check my profile and see if anything in there limited some of those items from appearing. I’m sure it was a cost issue as well on the part of IPSY so that all the bags have approximately the same value, but I think I will be fiddling with my profile to see if that helps with my selection process. Over all I am happy with the items I selected, but I wasn’t thrilled with the selection choices. If the selection had been better in the category where the bag was, I would certainly have chosen another option.
And now for the items chosen for me. The first was a Patrick TA Blush (retail $32). I think you could either get the blush or an eyebrow waxing kit. I am very happy with the blush, especially as I don’t use wax on my eyebrows. I always think that heavier eye brow products tend to make eyebrows look more like stickers plastered on the face and I find the look somehow rather repellant. Admittedly as it has been about a year since I have had my eyebrows threaded and I am just awful with the tweezers, my brows aren’t exactly looking spectacular right now either. But that is another story. I didn’t get the eyebrow kit, I received the blush.
I am always happy to have a new blush to try and I have never tried the Patrick Ta formula. In addition the packaging is gorgeous. I can see the metal finish collecting fingerprints, but it is really pretty and it is a huge blush so it will last for quite a while.
The next item was the Pat McGrath Labs Fetisheyes Mascara (retail $30). I won’t open it until I am ready to try it, but I have had this mascara on my list to try out for quite some time. So I am thrilled to have it in the bag to try out.
I was also very excited to see the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette Remastered. I’ve tried the smaller Huda Beauty Obsessions Palettes and I really loved the formula. I had my eye on the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette for a while but as eyeshadow palettes have been accumulating through various subscription boxes, I didn’t actually get around to ordering it. I am so looking forward to playing around with it. So many of the colors speak to me. And yes I did swatch the copper shade as soon as I had it out of the package. I just couldn’t help myself. The shimmer was so soft and buttery as well as highly pigmented. I am going to have some fun playing around with this one.
Next up was the About Face Paint-it Matte Liquid Lipstick (retail $22). There were several shades available and I received the shade Take Aim. It swatches pretty well and like the blush and eyeshadow palette it will be going into my next week’s makeup bag to play around with.
I may even crack and add the Pat McGrath mascara into the bag as well instead of waiting for it. I know I planned to have the number of mascaras I keep open lowered but I so want to try this formula. I will try to resist, but I don’t know how good the resistance will be.
And finally the last item in the bag is the Complex Culture Sonic T-Bar Facial massager. (retail $58). I am used to my Foreo and really like the vibrations on my skin when I am working product in. I’m not sure about the T bar though. That will be interesting to play around with as well.
Over all I am very happy with the products, both the ones I chose and the ones that were chosen for me. I was a little disappointed in the variety of the selection and if I had to choose again I wouldn’t have chosen the bag. I would have chosen one of the other products even if I wasn’t as enthused by them. If nothing else they could be passed on.
Otherwise, I am very excited by all of the items in my box. I like the newspaper like brochure as it actually conveys more than just basic price. It describes how to use the items and tells you a little more about them, which I find very appealing.
I am also very excited about one of the items that was in my box, but not a part of the actual Glam Bag X. If you switched from Ultimate to Glam Bag X early enough the gift was a 111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream. I switched early enough to be on that list. I tried a sample size of this moisturizer last year and in my first impressions and really liked it.
The cream actually made it on to my list for products I wanted to try in a full size so I am thrilled to now have it in a full size. I will definitely be scheduling a full skin care trial. So that was an extra bonus.
Over all I was very impressed with this bag and I am very pleased that I am signed up to receive it quarterly. I know I sound just a little surprised, but after the ups and downs of the Ultimate bag, I wasn’t entirely certain what to expect. However if they manage to keep this level of products for the Glam Bag X, I think this is going to be a quarterly upgrade that I keep. This was a very good month.