Ipsy: May 2013 Glam Bag Review

the beauty box



COST $10.0 USD per month + $4.95USD shipping (Canadians only, USA shipping is FREE)


the skinny

Once you’ve signed up for your Ipsy Glam Bag, each month a cute little cosmetics bag — filled with deluxe samples and full-size beauty products (makeup, skincare, haircare, and nailcare) — will be delivered straight to your front door.


  • Refer friends to Ipsy to get extra products (like UD eyeshadow!) in your Glam Bag
  • Discount codes in your Glam Room for all the items in the bag should you want to buy more

the service

Patience, as I’ve said before, is a virtue all Canadians should aspire to when embarking on their beauty box adventures. Anything you subscribe to from the USA will have to clear Customs first, and that can take awhile. The tracking feature from Ipsy works well. I was able to see every step of my bag’s journey. Expect approximately 1 – 2 weeks for delivery.

Worried about duties and taxes? You shouldn’t be. There are no duties or taxes on these shipments. Click here to learn more on why that is.

the products

CONCEALER | yaby cosmetics $4.85 (3.50 Grams, full size product)

A highly pigmented and tear proof cream concealer. The pan I received is “Buff.” Buy from yaby.

NAIL POLISH | Zoya $8.75 (15 ml, full size product)

“Gie Gie” is a cherry blossom pink metallic polish. It’s from the 2013 Spring collection and was originally created as a custom runway shade for fashion designer Zang Toi. Buy from Zoya or Nail Polish Canada.

ROLL-ON PERFUME | Pacifica  $12.00 (0.33 oz, full size product)

Tahitian Gardenia is a floral perfume with notes of Gardenia, Jasmine, Sweet Orange and Tea Leaves. Buy from Pacifica.

EYEBROW GEL | Anastasia $6.68 (0.085 oz, deluxe sample)

The Clear Brow Gel can be worn alone or over brow powders/pencils. It claims to tame unruly brows without leaving them stiff, flaky or sticky. Buy full size from Anastasia.

LIPSTICK | Mirabella $22.00 (0.11 oz, full size product)

Colour Sheer lipstick has a mango butter base to nourish lips. It is lead and paraben free. The shade I received was Bellarina. Buy from Mirabella.

EXTRAS | $115

  • Small chevron patterned makeup bag | approx. value $5.00
  • Postcard for NuMe discount | $110 off purchase of styling tools

the verdict

  • Four of the five products were full size!
  • The nail polish is a such a pretty color and is opaque within 2 coats. Only downside is the long drying time.
  • The perfume smells ah-may-zing! Reminds me of hot summer days.
  • If you prefer your lipstick to be moisturizing with only a hint of color then you should check out Mirabella. It applies smoothly and feels like lip balm.
  • I have not yet tried the concealer or brow gel, so I can’t comment on the quality.
  • My first Ipsy glam bag has blown me away! Insane value. I paid $14.95USD. Actual bag value is $169.28!!!!

Are you an Ipster? Did you love the products in your May bag as much as I did? If you want to get your own monthly glam bag from Ipsy, please consider signing up through my referral link.

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