It’s that time of month again! Time to post my monthly Ipsy reveal. As excited as I was for this month’s bag, Ipsy did not meet my expectations or hopes. I received a lukewarm array of products and a cute but unexceptional Glam Bag.
The Bag: Each month’s bag is different, and lately Ipsy’s Glam Bag designs have been leaving me wanting more. May’s Glam Bag is a bright yellow and orange zipped pouch that’s covered in passport stamps, which makes for a cute travel bag. Beyond that, the construction of the bag isn’t especially memorable.
When I got my Ipsy spoiler alert, I was so excited to see what I received for the month of May. I was very disappointed, and felt even more cheated when I saw the amazing products they were giving away this month. Here’s a roundup of products I would have traded for in a heartbeat:
Here’s what Ipsy curated for me from Veneffect Skin Care, Lord & Berry, Nomad Cosmetics, Slmissglam, and 111Skin.
- Veneffect Skin Care – Micro-Exfoliant – Although I don’t mind getting exfoliants, this isn’t one I would have picked out for myself. Maybe it’s the no name brand, but it just doesn’t enthuse me. It is a scrub by Veneffect skin care that contains ultra-fine exfoliants to shed dead skin cells and help keep your complexion clear.
2. Lord & Berry 20100 Maximatte Crayon Lipstick in Spicy or Intimacy – This is the saving grace of my bag. I love these versatile crayon lip liners and this one from Lord & Berry is described as a nude taupe. It comes in two colors and I received Spicy (although I wish I had been sent Intimacy as it is a deeper mauve pink). This products claims to be long-lasting, creamy, smooth, and boosts hydration.
3. Nomad Cosmetics Havana Intense Eyeshadow in Cohíba or El Mar – I received a terrible eyebrow product from Nomad Cosmetics in my November Glam Bag so I was annoyed when I saw them in this month’s lineup. Even their packaging looks tacky and costumey.
However, the eyeshadow is pretty. It’s a good travel size and I can see myself dusting it on for a quick smokey eye. I received the shade called Cohiba, which is a shimmery taupe formulated with reflects of gold. It’s not a terribly unique shade or formula, but I can see the uses for it.
4. 111SKIN Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask – This brightening sheet mask is apparently infused with 24K gold and increases hydration, brightness and radiance. It could be a gimmick, but it sounds interesting. Apparently it was developed by a renowned cosmetic surgeon to help his patient’s skin heal after surgery.
5. Slmissglam N15 Eyeshadow Brush – Finally, I received an eyeshadow brush by Slmissglam. Apparently Ipsy collaborated with them to create this custom colored eyeshadow brush. I can appreciate that it’s bedazzled and “different,” but it looks a bit Claire’s to me with the ombre blue/purple bristles, and is distracting when I’m looking to see what color is on my eyeshadow brush during makeup application.
So, that’s it! What did you guys think? Here’s my final lineup:
In total, I received an exfoliant scrub, an eyeshadow, a lip liner, an eyeshadow brush, and a face mask.
I rate this Ipsy Glam Bag a B because I could have received products of a higher value, such as the Huda Beauty products, as well as other appealing products, such as the eyeshadow pencil, nail polish, lippies, and sponge/brushes. None of my products are “bad,” but most of the products I don’t feel strongly about. The Glam Bag itself is cute but doesn’t stand out.
What do you think? Am I being a Negative Nancy, or do you agree with my assessment? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for taking the time to read this post and check back for future reveals.