fivezero's IPSY Glam Bag "Sideshow" April 2017

Ipsy — April 2017 Glam Bag “Sideshow”

My Ipsy bag arrived on Thursday, and I’m quite happy with it this month because—drumroll, maestro!—I got another nail polish! It’s actually a duo, so I kind of got two in one.

Ipsy Glam Bag, April 2017, Sideshow

Ipsy April 2017 Glam Bag: “Sideshow”
Image: ipsy.com

What I Received

  • Elizabeth Mott Shimmer Shadow in Show Me Your Glow (0.7 g sample; 10 g full size US$25)
  • Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel (10 g travel size; 100 g full size; US$30)
  • Meg Twin Nail Polish in Lovey Dovey (10 mL full size; US$10)
  • OFRA Blush in Rendezvous (4 g full size refill pan; US$12, $15 with compact)
  • TONY MOLY Liptone LipCare Stick in Rose Blossom (3.5 mL full size; US$10, US$6.19 at Cosmetic Love)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, March 2017, Sideshow

fivezero’s Ipsy March 2017 Glam Bag: “Sideshow”
Image: ipsy.com

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Elizabeth Mott: 50% off any purchase with code GLOW50 (through 05/31/2017)
  • Hanalei: 30% off any purchase with code ALOE30 (through 05/31/2017)
  • Meg: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 05/31/2017; US only)
  • OFRA: 30% off any purchase with code Ipsy30 (through 04/30/2017; US & CA only)
  • TONY MOLY (US): 20% off + a free gift with any $45+ purchase with code IPSYTM (through 05/31/2017; US only)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

Elizabeth Mott Shimmer Shadow in Show Me Your Glow, 0.7 g sample
Elizabeth Mott Shimmer Shadow in Show Me Your Glow (0.7 g sample)

Elizabeth Mott Shimmer Shadow in Show Me Your Glow (0.7 g sample)

Elizabeth Mott Shimmer Shadow in Show Me Your Glow

0.7 g sample; 10 g full size US$25

This pan is so freakin’ small, like, penny-sized. I’ve only heard of this brand via Ipsy, and it’s always struck me as a knockoff-y brand in that its products all look inspired by various popular products from brands like BeneFit, tarte, theBalm, Too Faced, and so on. There’s actually very little cohesion in the brand’s design apart from “make it look like a visibly popular product”. It’s all especially bizarre when you check out the company’s bio and see that it’s a brand launched by a Korean-American (named Alice K., and not Elizabeth Mott) as a Korean-inspired beauty line. It doesn’t look like that at all, to me, apart from one bubble clay mask they sell, which I think may the only skincare product in their catalog. The pricing also seems high and I’m not surprised that the Ipsy coupon code (mentioned above) offers 50% off! Of course, all of this does not necessarily mean that the product itself isn’t any good, so I’m still curious to give it a try. I do wish I’d stop getting eyeshadow+highlighter products, though. I barely ever use those, as pretty as they may be. But, a bonus: the brand is cruelty-free. [Made in South Korea.]


Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel (10 g travel size)

Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel (10 g travel size)

Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel

10 g travel size; 100 g full size US$30

I’m so delighted to have received this product, because lately my face has gotten seriously irritated from being in the sun a lot more than usual. This is going to continue for the foreseeable future, so I need something to calm my skin down, like the aloe in this product, which also contains papaya enzyme and vitamins A, C, and E. (I also obviously need to get some new sunscreen. My La Roche-Posay Antihelios must have started to expire; I’ve now switched over to Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Cream. I think I want to look into trying an Asian sunscreen, though. Figures that a clamping down on foreign-made sunscreens is just starting in North America, gah.) Hanalei is cruelty-free. [Doesn’t say where it’s made, but Hanalei’s website says their products are made in USA.]


Meg Twin Nail Polish in Lovey Dovey

Meg Twin Nail Polish in Lovey Dovey

Meg Twin Nail Polish in Lovey Dovey

10 mL full size; US$10

This product comes in a cool little duo: two polish shades locked in by a single larger cap. I’d be delighted but I actually already have a Korean polish duo in the same packaging! There are others, as well, like this quad from Nature Republic. It all makes sense, though, because Meg is a US-based brand inspired by Korean beauty (they also sell sheet masks and a hair mask on their website). Meg was launched by Dpark Corp, which was founded by one Danny Park based in New York City. As for the polish duo I got, the colors are pretty cute and I look forward to giving them a try! I wonder how they’ll compare with the Banila Co. duo I own. [Does not say where it is made.]


OFRA Blush in Rendezvous (refill pan)

OFRA Blush in Rendezvous (refill pan)

OFRA Blush in Rendezvous

4 g full size refill pan; US$12, $15 with compact

Pretty blush, though I really don’t need more. Hahaha! This is a bit of a deeper shade; I’ll try it out in the summer. [Made in USA.]


TONY MOLY Liptone LipCare Stick in Rose Blossom

TONY MOLY Liptone LipCare Stick in Rose Blossom

TONY MOLY Liptone LipCare Stick in Rose Blossom

3.5 mL full size; US$10, US$6.19 at Cosmetic Love (KOR)

I haven’t really tried much of anything from Tony Moly, apart from some sheet masks—I realize that’s a little odd since they’re one of the more prominent Korean brands! It’s really nice to get this full-sized tinted lip balm in my Ipsy bag; who can’t use another one, right? Plus, it’s rose-scented! [Doesn’t say where it’s made, but Tony Moly’s US site says that all their products are made in Korea.]


Ipsy Glam Bag Très Jolie makeup pouch (March 2017)

Ipsy Glam Bag “Sideshow” makeup pouch (April 2017)

Ipsy Glam Bag “Sideshow” Makeup Pouch

I wasn’t initially a huge fan of the carnival ticket-design of this month’s bag—it seemed too gimmicky—but in person, it’s actually pretty nice. It seems durable and is made of a plasticky sort of material that should be fairly water-resistant.

Glam Bag Verdict

Stoked about the nail polish duo (duh!), and I can definitely use the aloe gel and the tinted lip balm. I don’t really need the other two items, but they’re not really bad, either. I wish Ipsy would tone it down with the highlighter and bronzer products; this month there were quite a lot of such items and I think you’d be bound to get at least one of them!

Some other Ipsy items for April 2017 that I would have liked to try:

  • Glamour Dolls × Lisa Frank Angle Blush Brush (OK, a makeup brush decorated with rainbows and unicorns is not something I need but it’s kinda cute! It’s only $5, I suppose, if I wanted to preorder it.)
  • PEEK eye will stay Naturally Long Wearing Eyeshadow in 250k8
  • Avène Rich Compensating Cream
  • Dream by PS Cosmeceutical Infused Nail Lacquer in Southern Sand
  • Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter
  • H2O+ Elements Keep It Fresh Cleanser
  • defy & Inspire (by Target) Water Resistant Nail Lacquer in Paradise Island
  • SkinFix Foaming Oil Cleanser

Happy Monday!

‘Cause you made it all the way down here, I’ll leave you with a cheery tune. Here’s “Safe In LA” by Gold Motel, from 2010.

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9 thoughts on “Ipsy — April 2017 Glam Bag “Sideshow”

  1. The colours in the polish duo are pretty! Interesting that US brands are now copying Korean brands, ha!
    And the Tony Moly lip balm looks right up my alley. I’ve tried a few Tony Moly lip items and have enjoyed them all!

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