Is Ipsy Worth it?

Ipsy is a monthly subscription box that sends you five beauty products in a small makeup bag for just $10 a month. The process is pretty simple. You make an account, take a beauty quiz to get personalized selections in your subscription and receive a package every month. But does it live up to the hype?

I signed up for Ipsy because I wanted something to be excited for every month without paying a large amount of money or getting the same thing every month. Everyone gets a slightly different box, based on your beauty preferences, which you can change at any time. While most products are a smaller size, you often get makeup brushes or other items that surpass the $10 price by themselves. I got my first box this past September, and I was pleasantly surprised. I put my beauty preferences as relatively normal, but also made sure to exclude products I don’t use often like brow gels or bright lipsticks. So, what is the value of an average Ipsy bag? Here’s what I received. 

1. Trestique Mini Lip Glaze in English Rose

I asked for mostly reds and pinks in lip products, and this product was a good combination of both! I’ve also never used a “glaze” before, so it was a great addition to my lip collection. While the included size was a “mini,” the full size is valued at $25. 

2. Luxie 110 Flat Blender Harley Quinn

This brush is so soft, and I love the theming! It was a steal, since it is normally valued at $20.

3. Paula Dorf Bronzer in Bronze Glimmer

The only thing I don’t like about this product is that the trial size is so small I can barely get a brush in the pan. That being said, the color is gorgeous, and I love the shimmer! The bag included a trial size, but the full size, which comes with a brush, is valued at $32.

4. Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer

I have been wanting to try this for so long, and I was so glad to see it in this September box. You don’t need a lot, so I think the small trial size included will last me at least two weeks or so. The full size is much larger, valued at $42. 

5. Manna Kadar Long Wear Mineral Powders in Radiance

This brand was the only one I had never heard of, and I was pleasantly surprised with it. Originally, I thought it was just an eyeshadow, but the product description lists it as in all-in-one highlighter, bronzer, blush, and shadow duo. I’m pretty sure the decent size included in the bag is just slightly smaller than the full size, which is valued at $21. 

Accounting for the difference in price between full size and trial sizes, I calculated the total value of my bag (including the small makeup bag it all came in) to be approximately $45. This may seem like a lot, but consider that I received a full-size brush valued at $20. Overall, however, I was really impressed with Ipsy, and I can’t wait to receive my October bag!

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