I have subscribed to IPSY for quite a few years, at least 3. The original $10 bag was fun but I ended up using most of the deluxe samples in giveaways. I kept it up since I always like to put extras in my packages and I knew that my winners would get some nice items. When the chance came to upgrade to the new Glam Bag Plus I knew that’s where I was headed. This is my second box and so far I’ve been more than pleased.
I read the review of the bag that Alison of Never Say Die Beauty received and noticed a slight variation and for me the variation is perfect. Without Alison’s review I’d still be searching for the word “paillettes” and never found it.
Speaking of the word paillettes there is a really nice bag in this month’s IPSY. This will be the last one though since IPSY has decided to put the money into products rather than bags. I think this is a great idea.
This is the nicest bag that I’ve received from IPSY. I have a ton of their regular cosmetic bags plus I’ve given away loads of them so I certainly didn’t need them coming each month. The bag has paillettes that flip to silver. I wouldn’t carry this to a black tie affair but when we go for a nice dinner this will be fun. Plus I can make designs when I flip the paillettes so I won’t get bored!
Lancome Le Monochromatique is a new product for Lancome and I’m really happy this was my variation. It’s available in 10 shades:
What makes this unique is that it’s a cream to powder that can be applied anywhere on your face so use this as a blush (or highlighter depending on the shade), eyeshadow and it even can be used as a lip tint. There’s no fragrance which is unique in itself from Lancome and it’s packed with vitamin E. A winner! ($25)
I am most excited about the SMITH & CULT Book of Eyes Palette. I’d seen this online and was immediately attracted to it. There are 6 variations and the one I received is Interlewed aka Plume which I’d have picked for myself. From Smith & Cult: “Intensely vibrant, extremely-refined powder-to-créme formulas are packed with rich, velvety pigment, metallic micro-particles and a soft veil of translucent shimmer. The result is a multi-dimensional wash the can be applied wet or dry, stubbornly resists creasing and provides enduring wear…with no drying or fading. Gluten Free, Paraben Free = zero fear of ingredients” (I’ve shown both names Interlewd and Plume since Beautylish shows it as Plume yet Smith & Cult shows it as Interlewd and Neiman Marcus shares both names.)
The shadows swatched less purple than they appear in my photo but on me with a primer they have a purple cast. These are soft shadows yet there isn’t fall out when I apply them. 3 of the shades are satiny while the bottom left corner has some shimmer to it. That’s the one I apply with my finger in the way that I learned from Charlotte Tilbury. It brings out the light sparkle yet it doesn’t spread it. Just an extra pop of shine. After wearing this I definitely want another. ($44)
There always seems to be cosmetic brushes in both my Ipsy and Boxycharm subscriptions and there’s no exception in Glam Bag Plus. This time it’s a set of full size brushes from F.A.R.A.H., the Gold Face Brush Trio ($40). These 100% vegan bristles make for some luxurious brushes.
It contains a large powder brush, a stippler brush for powders and creams, and an angled contour brush. The reason I’m not showing them out of the package is that I’m collecting my new unused brushes for Valentine’s Day giveaway.
The next product goes directly to my blog partner Lisa – KLORANE DRY SHAMPOO WITH OAT MILK ($20). Lisa lives for dry shampoo. If I went to her house I bet I’d find a cupboard full. She goes through a lot so I’ll be a good friend and give her a new Klorane to add to her life.
The big ticket item that brings up the value of this subscription to $309 is 111Skin Vitamin C Brightening Booster ($180). I love using Vitamin C products because the ingredient brightens and hydrates skin, plus it helps diminish dark spots. I have only used this once so far and am thrilled that it doesn’t add fragrance to my moisturizer when I add it in.
Directions say to shake it well and add just 1 – 2 drops into your moisturizer or to apply it directly after cleansing. It also says to wear sunscreen which is a good reminder. Will this be worth $180? That’s hard to say. Am I glad I am getting the chance to try this? As my Magic 8 Ball would say ‘the answer is yes’.
The cost of the new IPSY Glam Bag is $25 and you’ll always get 5 full size products. I think it’s a great price for all that I received and I’m very happy with it. What’s your opinion of the bag? Is it worth $25 to you? — Marcia
If you decide to subscribe I’d be thrilled if you used my referral code.some affiliate links