Ipsy January 2017 Review

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Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription – get 5 items in a cute bag for $10 a month! It’s the most popular subscription box and a great way to sample new colors and beauty brands.

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The theme for this month is Metropolis.

The back of the card doesn’t have details on the items – there are many bag variations every month – but it tells you how to log in to your account to check out how-to videos and tips for your products. They’ve also started emailing out product information and tips from their influencers!

The bag this month is !  The inside is lined in a silver metallic fabric.

Everything in my pouch!

Pacifica Blushious in Coconut & Rose Infused Cheek Color in Wildrose ($12) There’s so much to love about this, including #1 – full-size!

#2 – Unicorn.

#3 -100% vegan. Cruelty-free. Formulated without carmine, FD&C color, parabens and petroleum.

#4 – a pink-undertoned neutral blush that’s super pretty on, with a touch of shimmer. Swatch below!

it Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Anti-Aging Concealer ($4.50)

Squeal! It’s my favorite concealer now in an illuminating version! It provides max coverage without ever getting cakey, and just erases my dark circles. This was in medium, and I think I need a lighter shade; I’ll get a full tube of it to try out after I use up my current Bye Bye!

Temptu Smooth & Matte Primer ($8.66) This is a nice basic little primer! It’s lightweight and really provides that smooth poreless finish – you can wear it underneath your makeup, or just on bare skin for a no-makeup day!

Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel ($4.80) This no-acid peel is the kind that you apply on, it bonds with the dry skin cells on your face, you let it dry just a tad, and then you roll it off in little balls. It’s always a little gross and I’m never sure if it really does anything, but I think they’re quite fun to use!

Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lip Gloss in Method to the Madness ($22) This full-size gloss is totally unsticky and a beautiful anyone can wear it pinky nude color. It’s so shiny and gorgeous and just looks great on.

Top – Blush; Middle – Concealer; Bottom – Lip Gloss (excuse the red mark, if I touch my skin I get marks!).

I estimated the value of my bag this month at about $52. I think the Trust Fund gloss is overpriced, but that’s the value, which is fantastic for a $10 bag. I loved all five of my products this month – it was one of my best bags ever!

What did you get in your Ipsy this month?


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  • Esmeralda P.

    Hi Brandy! I got the same Blush. But everything else I got was different. I got the Pretty Woman nail polish in I’m not a ballerina, which is amazingI got the Smashbox BB cream, that’s great for a no-make-up day, the Manna Kaddar 3-in-1 shimmer, great as a highlighter, and a Lasting Smiles lip balm in Passionfruit Mango, which I loved!

  • Julie

    I received a almost totally different bag but I LOVED everything in it! I got the same lip gloss you did, plus a bottle of Pretty Woman nail polish in a gray color, a sample of -417 hand moisturizer, a small tube of SmashBox Camera ready BB cream, and a pretty purple brush I can’t remember the brand. I first subscribed to IPSY about 2 years ago and stopped because I was getting items I would never use. I have received 2 bags since I resubscribed and I’ve been very pleased with them both. Just FYI, the Real Chemistry peel you got was also in Dec Birchbox box and it got VERY mixed reviews. Personally, it didn’t work at all for me. Others loved it, others compared it to putting Elmer’s school glue on your face because it got stuck in the hair on their face. 🙁

  • Laura

    I was expecting something better in my first ipsy bag this year…l hope February brings me amazing products.

  • Debika

    I love my bag this month! The Trust Fund lip gloss and Pacifica Blush are both great, and I also received Briogeo Hair Heat Protector, which made my hair feel thicker and just wonderful, even on Day 2!

  • Lunalee

    Great bag. My 1st Ipsy bag is in my mailbox! I can’t wait! Can I also enter my referral code? Thanks.

  • Amy

    Great bag! I like the Bye-Bye Under Eye product. Looks like something I could use 🙂

  • Heather F

    Is it too late to enter the referral contest? Sorry I’ve been a slacker on the comments/contact. Great review, Brandy!