Ipsy July 2015 Glam Bag "Summer Lovin'"

Ipsy — July 2015 Glam Bag “Summer Lovin'”

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.

City Color HD Powder
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!

Crown Brush Professional Tweezers in Black
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.

Jor'el Parker Classico eau de parfum rollerball
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!
Jor'el Parker Classico eau de parfum rollerball, label
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.)

Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color in Gilt
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.
Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color in Gilt
The color is nice, though.
Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color, sharpener
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).

pur~lisse pur~bright Ultra Skin Brightening Serum
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?


11 thoughts on “Ipsy — July 2015 Glam Bag “Summer Lovin'”

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about you awful experiences with subscription boxes! Sounds like they don’t seem to care much about the Canadians and that is sad! So far, I haven’t had any bad luck with BirchBox, Ipsy, or Glossybox. Wish I could send you the US versions of them lol!

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    • Awww you’re sweet! Hahaha! Honestly I’ve mostly liked Ipsy – I just don’t feel it’s worth $20! As for Birchbox, I have heard that there’s less variety in the Canadian version, which stinks! Ah well. 🙂 I’m so happy for you that you like all of yours! That’s the ideal!

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      • Ya I don’t think I would want Ipsy for $20 either that just stinks! And that is awful about BirchBox! Maybe Canada will soon have an awesome box that we in the US are jealous of haha! Or you could do it lol!

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  2. Sorry to hear that you haven’t been having much luck with Ipsy lately. I also got the Color City Cosmetics HD Powder and I just used it just to use it lol. I don’t think anything will beat out my precious Rimmel Stay Matte though. The only item that I’m really excited about is the nail polish in Fashionable Playground. I hope to use that this weekend. I should have my Ipsy post up next week sometime. 🙂 xo


  3. On a lighter side, that Nicholas Cage err Superman’s Dad somthing just cracked me up! 😀
    Boo GlossyBox! How could you mishandled a very sensitive information?! You guys are terrible!
    How could you be soo wise Chris! 🙂 for some wouldn’t bother comparing and calculating amounts nor seeing the current US Dollar=CA Dollar exchange perhaps?? But you, really could pass for a good accountant. I want to have that in mine, so innate.


  4. Yikes re: Glossybox security measures! Funny I’m reading your entry on the day that the Ashley Madison site got hacked, lol!
    Maybe Ipsy knew you really didn’t need another nail polish, because um, you own the whole world’s supply of varnish?
    Haha nice catch on the misspelled name of Jor’el (Jor’eal) on the box.
    Built-in sharpeners in the cap are always useful! That eye shadow pencil is probably my favourite of this Ipsy bag.
    I have no interest in subscribing to any monthly beauty service where THEY get to choose what they’ll send me. I do like the idea of the newer ones where you get to choose your samples from their selection. Even if it’s a limited range of options, at least you get to choose what crap to receive! 😛

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    • Ha! Fun coincidence 😀 I gotta say I LOLed when I read about the AM hack. Am I bad?

      Yeah, choosing items for a sub box would be really nice! However, I enjoy the surprise…but not for $20. The $10 sweet spot in the US is perfect, y’know?

      And there is never too much nail polish! 😀


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