Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate January 2020 Review

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Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate is a super-upgraded version of Ipsy’s monthly glambag! The new Glam Bag Ultimate is $50 per month, and will have 12 products: 8 full-size and 4 deluxe samples, plus a makeup bag every month. Ipsy promises a value of $250+ each month. Here’s what you can expect:

  • No identical products if you subscribe to more than one Glam Bag.

  • Each and every bag will have 8 full size and 4 deluxe samples worth at least $250—no exceptions.

  • High-quality products from a mix of beloved and emerging brands, along with Ipster cult favorites, so you can continue to explore and discover new go-to’s.

  • One large, super stylish makeup bag to stash all of your new goods.

See our Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate explainer for all the details on how this subscription works!

My items were cushioned with egg crate foam. The bag was on top and folded flat.

A lot of my items were in their own boxes. I love when that happens!

Here’s everything in our box this month!

I received a product info brochure that tells me that January is all about a clean slate!

The back of the brochure had info on how you can win cash and products.

Each of my items is mentioned in the brochure along with a tip, whether it is full sized or a sample, and the retail value.

According to the brochure, I received 11 full sized and 1 sample sized product!

Ipsy GlamBag Ultimate Bag Ipsy sends a different bag for each of its 3 subscription levels, and the Ultimate has the biggest bag of all!

Check out the rose gold handle and pretty pink zipper pulls! Both sides of the bag feature a marble pattern.

The inside of the bag says Ipsy and is lined in pink polyester material. The outside of the bag looks like it would be easy to wipe clean.

The is an inside zippered pocket to keep items secure when traveling. The bag is approximately 9″ x 7″ x 2.75″.

Thann Eden Breeze Body Butter ($19) I appreciate a nice body butter, especially in winter. This one is from Thailand!

This one is water based so it’s not as rich (or greasy) as, say, a shea butter-based body lotion, but then I don’t have to spend all day rubbing it in or worry about leaving oily spots all over the place. It does have cocoa butter and coconut oil, plus dimethicone (which I usually see in face primers). It has a floral scent, with rose being the most prominent note, and it isn’t overly strong and fades after about an hour or so.

ThisWorks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray ($29 value, currently selling for $26) I love this spray! I’ve received it in boxes before and my current stash is almost depleted so I am happy to have a full bottle!

Spritz this a few times around your bed and pillow before you go nighty night and it may help put you in a sleepy state. It includes vetiver, chamomile, and lavender essential oils but I  think it smells like patchouli! Whatever it is, it smells really good and herby.

Sweet Chef Kale + Vitamin B Serum Shot ($20) Green smoothie for your face? That’s what this looks like, and it has kale, turmeric, red algae, and sugarcane.

It’s an opaque green color and you pat it onto your skin. It is scented with lavender and left behind a slightly tacky feeling. Hyaluronic acid draws moisture to the skin while aloe helps soothe dry skin.

Flesh Touch Flesh Highlighter Balm in Twitch ($18) Highlighting balms are so easy to use – just roll and go!

Twitch is a copper shade and I was worried that it would be too dark, but it was fine for my light skin tone. It leaves behind a light, warm sheen and after rolling it on my nose, forehead, and cheeks, I blended it out with my fingers (you can also use a brush). I touched it to my fingertip and applied to my cupid’s bow just above my lip. Glowy! Swatched below.

Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Sis ($20) If you are looking for a quick drying lip product in a variety of shades, then check out this line from Tarte.

I tried it and my daughter tried it too. Of course, it looked amazing on her, but this shade is too dark for my light complexion. The color is described as warm brown, but it has a lot of red in it too. I applied it sparingly and spread it (quickly!) with a lip brush but it doesn’t cover my inner lip, so it looks weird. To be fair, all liquid lipsticks do the same thing to me, not just Tarte. It is also very matte and leaves lips feeling dried out. I went over my lips with a touch of balm on my finger to hydrate and “liquefy” so I could cover the entire lip area and I liked it better that way. Swatched below.

On top I swatched the highlighting balm, on the bottom is the Tarte lip product.

Avette Daily Fresh Squeeze Mask ($4) I received two Korean sheet masks. The Grape mask provides long lasting moisture while the Lychee soothes calm, sensitive skin.

Instructions were on the back, as were ingredients. I passed these along to my daughters, they love to wear sheet masks and it is a relaxing self-care activity for the weekend.

EssenHerb Tea Tree 90 Toner Pad ($9.50 value?) I found products by this brand on Amazon but not this exact item. I gave it an estimated value based on the info in the brochure.

Each of the 20 pads in this bag is soaked with toner that contains tea tree, cica, niacinamide, and other ingredients. It says that it is anti-wrinkle and may promote brighter skin. The pads are pretty small and textured, so you can’t really see if it picked up any makeup residue or dirt. They are also very thin – I thought I had grabbed one but it was more like 4 or 5 of them stuck together so make sure to peel them off of each other. It wasn’t overly harsh and didn’t smell super strong.

F.A.R.A.H. Brush 160F Face Brush ($6) I don’t know if I’ve ever tried a brush from this brand before but doesn’t it look a lot like the bag I received? That’s some cool color coordinating right there!

The handle has a marbled look.

The ferrule is brass, or as I like to call it, “rose gold”. The bristles are vegan and are pink and white. I have never owned a blush brush that was so precise, it left a stripe of blush just exactly where I placed it. I think this would also work well with bronzer or highlighter. I was impressed with this inexpensive brush.

Ahava Essential Day Moisturizer (Listed value $67) According to the front of this bottle, this is an Ipsy exclusive, although Amazon has a listing for it and carried it in the past. AHAVA carries it too, but in a smaller size.

I think this is a basic cream, and the fanciest ingredient is Dead Sea water. Make sure to use sunscreen because there isn’t any in this day cream, and I am sure it would be fine for nighttime use too. It has a strong powdery perfume scent so test on somewhere other than your face if you are sensitive to fragrance.

Hey Honey Take Away The Drama Youth Boosting Honey & Copper Peel Off Mask ($49) Another mask, although this one is a peel-off type.

Shea butter and honey extract are a couple of the ingredients in this mask that is supposed to leave skin radiant. It is a beautiful bronze color, I’ve never seen anything like it before! One thing to note is that the instructions say to use your favorite moisturizer BEFORE putting on the mask so don’t forget that step or it might be painful to remove.

Pretty Woman Nail Polish in Don’t Be Jelly ($7.99 value) The shade Don’t Be Jelly is described as dark plum and I like this shade on my hands for winter, or year round on my toes.

Pretty Woman polishes are 10-free (meaning they don’t include 10 ingredients that are considered toxic) and are cruelty-free.

I was alarmed to see a ring of dried polish around the container – did it leak or spill at some point? I think it’s still good to use, I just haven’t had a chance to put it on yet!

The Balm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Trimony Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($42) Everyone has the opportunity to choose an item for their bag, no matter which level you subscribe to, and I went with this eye shadow palette!

Ingredients were listed on the back.

The inside of the palette has a mirror and 9 matte, non-shimmery shades.

The colors go from light to dark as you work your way across and down the palette. The color payoff wasn’t so great for the lighter colors and I noticed a lot of fallout when I used it, although it was easy to wipe away (glittery shadows tend to stick in place). I was happy with the look I created using just two shadows, and plan to play with the other shades on the weekend.

Here are the colors swatched from top (using last names only): Lin, Thomas, Rossi, Lopez, Kumar, Moskowitz, Evans, Reed, Ahmed.

There were so many items in my January Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate! It also hit so many beauty areas – I received skin care, body lotion, makeup, nail polish, a pillow spray, and a makeup brush! The items were also so different from each other and I enjoyed using them throughout the month (and most of them will last longer than one month too!). The approximate value for my January collection, not including the bag itself, was around $228.49, and that’s using sale prices! I’m using so many exclamation points but it’s really a lot of fun and I think Ipsy sent items that for the most part match my profile very well, like the nail color and body lotion. Perfect!

What do you think of the Ipsy Glambag Ultimate box? Tell me your thoughts! 


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