Thursday, April 30, 2015

Ipsy Glam Bag Beauty Subscription Review, April 2015

The plan was to do another Ipsy vs. Birchbox Smackdown for April.  But when the two arrived, there was no competition.  Ipsy was the hands down winner.  (Send me a full size blush and you're guaranteed to win the monthly cosmetic war!) So this review will just focus on Ipsy's terrific April bag.  Here's what was inside the hot pink metallic bubble mailer this month:

Ipsy doesn't bother with information cards; they typically just include a card with a bit of inspiration and a promotion.  Here's the one for April; the theme is "Beautifully Bohemian".

After receiving more than 25 Ipsy cosmetic bags, it's getting harder and harder to declare any one of them better than another.  But I think April's bag is truly their best yet.  It's a cute woven design that combines natural fibers with multi colored contrasting ribbons.  The inside has a waterproof lining.  I think this would make a great coin purse or mini tote to go inside a handbag.

This full size Hikari blush is the reason Ipsy clearly beat Birchbox this month.  I received the shade "Tango" which is a beautiful matte pink coral (much more vibrant than it looks in the photo).  I love the sleek black case and especially the large window which lets you see the color at a glance.  This blush retails for $15. Ipsy's monthly bags are $ do the math!  I would have been happy even if there'd been nothing else in this month's shipment.

The Balm products are usually tiny and very creatively packaged.  Their new line of "Nude Dude" eyeshadows contains twelve different shades.  This cute little eyeshadow mini contains "Flirty", which is a brown with a bit of taupe and a hint of sparkle...a very versatile color.


The tiny "book" package is adorable!  I don't use much eyeshadow but The Balm gets a lot of points for great packaging.

The only ho-hum product in this bag is a 1 oz. can of Klorane dry shampoo.  I don't really understand these but maybe they work better for those with oily hair.  Since I have the opposite problem, dry shampoos aren't of much use to me.  And I've just received SO many dry shampoos; fortunately, I have a niece who loves them.

There is a travel size bottle of nail polish from Julie, a brand I only know through subscription boxes.  (They are part of the Jesse's Girl brand; an inexpensive drug store line.)  This polish is a really pretty bright fuchsia pink shade.  There is also a dollar off coupon for a Jesse's Girl or Julie product at Rite Aid.

The fifth product is an eye primer from Mica Beauty Cosmetics.  This is in a neutral flesh tone and there's enough here to last a long time.  It's not an exciting product but it is a good basic.

Well, Ipsy had me at the blush this month.  The cosmetic bag is also exceptional and my favorite one to date.  Even with enormous volume buying power, it's hard to see how they pack this much product in a bag that sells for just ten bucks.  I'm sure you can see why Ipsy is my longest running beauty subscription.

Great job Ipsy....can't wait for next month!

Thanks for reading,


Disclosure:  Views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly my own.  Product discussed in this post was purchased by Lone Star Shopper. Post does not contain referral or affiliate links.

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