In this January 2019 ipsy review, I’ll share what I liked and didn’t like about each product included as well as the additional items I added on.
About Ipsy Glam Bag
ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription that includes 5 makeup, skincare or hair care products. Although most of the products are travel-size, you have the benefit of each item tailored towards your preferences.
January 2019 ipsy Unboxing
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Ipsy Review: What's included in the subscription?
Ipsy includes a card with every subscription with more details about that month’s theme. Also included is a a cute, on-theme makeup bag as you can see in the image and video above.
Illamasqua Colouring Pencil Lip Crayon in Lust
High pigment lip pencil that can be used to define lips.
Full size price: £16
Final thoughts: This is a very pretty lip pencil and great to have in my makeup bag.
Pure Brazilian Leave-In Conditioner
Keratin infused leave-in conditioner for dry or damaged hair.
Full size price: $26
Full size amount: 6.78 oz
Final thoughts: I love using a leave-in conditioner in my hair after I wash it. This one is great and a good size to travel with.
Seraphine Botanicals Crystal + Chrome - Pigmented Crystalline Particles in Smokey Quartz
Ultra-fine pigmented crystalline particles.
Full size price: $18
Full size amount: 2.3 g / 0.08 oz (sold by weight, not volume)
Final thoughts: This color is right up my alley. It reminds me of my favorite BareMinerals color I bought over 10 years ago and is no longer available.
Loose pigments like this should be used with a primer or glitter adhesive first, but I found that I really don’t have to if I want just sweep of color.
Luxie Beauty 1010 Small Contour Brush
Small brush for contour or highlight featuring a comfortable handle that is also gorgeous.
Full size price: This particular brush is not available on the site, but other Luxie brushes in the same Pro line range in price from $34 to $42.
Final thoughts: Brushes are one of my favorite things to get in a subscription. I’ve never heard of Luxie Beauty until I started receiving their brushes in my ipsy Glam Bags.
I love the groove in the handle and the softness of the bristles, I just wish it had a flat on the side and tapered on the top. I’ll still use this brush though.
Kasca Nail Polish in Velvet Black Matte
Black matte nail polish with a wide brush for easy application.
Full size price: $8.53
Final thoughts: To maintain the matte appearance, you don’t need to use a top coat, but if you’d like to add some shine, then go ahead and add it.
I haven’t used this yet since I use gel polish for my fingers. I don’t get pedicures often enough, but will once October comes around.
Ipsy Add-On Products
On the second of each month, Ipsy give you the opportunity to purchase 3 additional items to add to your Glam Bag. Deluxe-size samples are $3 each and full-size products are $12 each.
Here are the add-ons I chose this month:
Ouai Leave-In Conditioner
Leave-in conditioner to help detangle, hydrate and protect hair.
Full size price: $26
Full size amount: 4.7 fl oz / 140 ml
Final thoughts: If you know me, you know I love a good leave-in conditioner. This one smells great and leaves my hair feeling soft. I recommend.
LUE by Jean Seo Clear Spot Control
Gentle, but powerful, spot treatment for breakouts. Made from a blend of 12 herbs and organic biodynamic alcohol and is supposed to go on clear.
Full size price: $15
Full size amount: 0.25 fl oz / 7.5 ml
Final thoughts: There is definitely a color to this, but it blends out clear. This has a very strong herbal scent so if you are sensitive to that sorta thing, be cautious.
This is supposed to be step 3 of LUE’s Skin Solution Set but can also be used separately within any skincare routine, which is the way I use it. The bottle I received has a doe foot applicator and will last a long time. I added this to my breakouts in addition to 10% benzoyl peroxide and the blemishes noticeably diminish by the morning.
Hempz Ultra Moisturizing Herbal Lip Balm
Moisturizing lip balm enriched with 100% pure organic help seed oil
Full size price: $8.99
Full size amount: 0.44 oz
Final thoughts: I am a lip balm addict. I’ve worn lip balm every day for over 25 years. This feels so luxurious and would be gorgeous over a matte lipstick because it has a ton of shine. I love using this and would buy it again.
Is the ipsy subscription worth the price?
OMG yes. This month’s bag was great.
If you are on the fence about getting an ipsy subscription, I’m sure you will love it just as much as I do. I think what makes this subscription worth it, is the ability to create your own beauty profile so they can send you products tailored to your specifications.
5 Out of 5 Stars
I'm giving this month's bag 5 out of 5 stars because I will use everything that I got this month.