This is the last Ipsy bag I’ll be receiving for the forseeable future, because I canceled my subscription. I actually canceled it before the Glam Bag arrived, as I checked my account and saw what they sent me this month.
Now, the only subscription box I have is the Canadian Topbox, which I subscribed to last month. I have also canceled Birchbox Canada after just two boxes, which were mostly filled with hotel toiletries.
Ipsy, at least, lasted for eleven months! I’ve finally decided that for the CA$19.41 a month this bag costs me (the CA-US exchange rate has gotten pretty bad at the moment), I’d rather have that money go to stuff that I actually want and will use. There simply isn’t enough usable stuff for me in each Glam Bag, and it really does feel like they don’t personalize at all. The Glam Bags actually started off pretty well, but in recent months, they’ve gone a bit downhill. I would say that I get on average one really good thing per bag. That’s not enough for over $19, especially when the really good thing is a JulieG nail polish or a NYX lipstick, both of which retail for $6 or so!
In all honesty, if I was in the US and paid US$10 instead of US$14.95 (CA$19.41), I’d definitely still stick with it. But since I’m in Canada and paying quite a bit more, I sadly don’t think it’s value for money.
What I Received
- City Color HD Powder (4 g)
- Crown Brush Professional Tweezers in Black
- Jor’el Parker Eau de Parfum in Classico (mini 8.8 mL)
- Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color in Gilt
- pūr~lisse pūr~bright Ultra Skin Brightening Serum (10 mL)
- Ipsy makeup bag
For once, Ipsy not sending me nail polish worked out in my favor, as I already own the Essie Fashion Playground that some other Ipsters got! 🙂 Of course, they could have sent me the Aurora Gel Effect Nail Polish…but nooooo.
Here’s the rundown on what I got.
Yet another silica powder from another uninspiring brand that I’ve never seen outside of Ipsy and Winners. This product sort of hilariously has a 12 month expiry date. What? It’s 100% silica powder, which should be pretty much inert. I suppose it could get dirty with face oils or something. Geologists/chemists, please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong!
I didn’t even get it in the fun color, pink! 😦 Also, I recently bought a pair of Tweezerman tweezers, so I didn’t need this at all.
This 8.8 mL rollerball retails for US$21. I haven’t heard of the brand, but the perfumer might be named after Superman’s dad…or maybe for Nicolas Cage. I’m giving this perfume a test run now; it’s a sweet white floral that’s pretty nice so far, but it is quite one-dimensional and isn’t something I’d have purchased for myself. Also, I dislike rollerballs. It’s not at all a bad item for Ipsy to have included, though!
They misspelled the brand’s name on the back of the box. Yikes. (In their defense, the .ca site does redirect to the brand’s subsite at Harvey Prince.)
This is a Toronto-based brand, so it’s nice to give it a try. It’s available at Sephora for CA$28, and I appear to have the full-sized product. I can’t say I’d have been willing to spend that much on it myself, though, and I rarely use cream eyeshadow.
The color is nice, though.
The full-sized product comes with a tin (I didn’t get it, but I don’t care) and a pencil sharpener “cap” that can be attached to the end of the pencil (got it, pretty cool).
Never heard of this brand. Don’t mind trying this serum, but it doesn’t excite me.
Finally, the Ipsy ikat print makeup bag is cute, but a little cheap-feeling. Eh, it’s just a pouch.
Overall, I like the perfume and the eyeshadow stick the best, but again, they are not things I would have bought for myself. So, despite their relatively high value, I didn’t feel like this Ipsy bag was worth it for nearly CA$20. The opportunity cost is a MAC/Clinique lipstick I could have gotten that I really wanted. Or about three salon brand nail polishes at Winners. So, this will be my last Ipsy bag for a while—perhaps until the Canadian dollar gets back to par with the US dollar!
Are you subscribed to any beauty boxes? Which ones do you feel are worth the money?