Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate March 2020 Review

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Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate is a super-upgraded version of Ipsy’s monthly glam bag! The 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.

Everything arrived in perfect condition! Some items were protected with bubble wrap.

I received a card from Ipsy. Sometimes it has all of my products listed plus tips, and some months, like this month, it doesn’t list them at all. Every subscriber received a bonus product this month, one for each of your subscriptions!

The inside had tips on how to reuse the makeup bags. I have used several of these ideas already!

The back of the card listed the next Choice Day (2/25). That is the day when every subscriber can choose a product for their next bag! It also had info on a giveaway going on every day this month for Ipsy’s 100th birthday.

Here’s everything in our box this month! A lot of the items were in their own boxes. I love when that happens!

Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate The Glam Bag itself has a rockin’ vibe this month – check out those studs! Even the zipper pull has studs.

The back of the bag has the Ipsy logo, but it is discreet, not screaming in my face. The bag is teal plastic/pleather and the sides are acid green.

The inside is lined with acid green plastic cloth and there is a side pocket in there. The bag is about 9″ x 5″ and I think I say this most months – it could double as a small clutch or purse.

111Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Sheet Mask (Full size, $32) & Celestial Black Diamond Eye Mask Set (Full size, $15) I received two individual masks – one for my face, and one for my eyes!

The face mask is pricey – it has gold inside! Colloidal gold is supposed to be anti-inflammatory while rose extract has antioxidants. Some of the other ingredients include apricot seed oil, niacinamide, and cica plus hyaluronic acid. Plus, the mask is rose gold!

The eye mask is black and is supposed to fight fine lines, wrinkles, and dry skin.

The eye mask has some of the same ingredients as the face mask but with diamond powder instead of gold. Apply the eye mask first, then put on the face mask and relax for 20 minutes before patting remaining serum into skin. The scent was lightly floral but I can’t say that I saw any immediate effects and there wasn’t any remaining essence from the eye mask, although those are usually not drippy to begin with.

Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer (Full size, $45) I don’t ever buy primers so they are nice to receive in a box.

Hyaluronic acid helps keep skin moist, and niacinamide is showing up in more beauty products since it helps fight signs of aging along with discoloration. There is also alcohol and fragrance, although they were farther down the list. The scent was very light and didn’t bother me, it wasn’t highly perfumed.

There was a small spatula inside the lid to keep the product hygienic.

It’s a clear gel and my skin absorbed it quickly. I am used to dimethicone giving my skin a weird feeling but this doesn’t have that ingredient. I use powder foundation and I did notice my skin was oily midday so I feel like this is more moisturizing than mattifying.

Go-To Face Hero (Sample size, $10) I love a natural beauty brand, and this one is new to me! This blend is anti-inflammatory and has vitamins and anti-oxidants plus it is meant for all skin types.

The face oil is made of various plant oils such as almond, jojoba, macadamia, and more! My skin absorbed it quickly and it had a light fragrance from orange blossom and rose gardenia.

Hey Honey Show Your Glow Colloidal Gold & Honey Beauty Mask (Sample size, $19.20) This is the second mask product in this box that also has colloidal gold. This is the type of mask that you apply and then rinse off.

Honey is a humectant, it draws water to the skin. There is also hyaluronic acid, which does the same thing. The colloidal gold is anti-inflammatory. The scent is floral and the mask is pretty too! Rinse off after 20 minutes.

Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizer in Sweet Pineapple & Honey Melon (Sample size, $1.40) The weather is already warm in my part of the country so a lighter body lotion, like this one, is welcome

Shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and hemp oils are in the ingredients, along with aloe and plant extracts. Hempz scents are hit or miss with me but this was a big hit! I love the sweet tropical smell and it wasn’t overwhelming to my senses.

Preventive Measures 101 After Hours Lip Balm in Passion Fruit (Full size, $7) It’s already warm where I live but if you live in a cooler climate then this product will send you on a tropical trip!

The balm is petroleum based and also has cocoa butter, shea butter, and aloe.

The flavor is very sweet and smells like a drink that might come with an umbrella. It made my lips very soft.

Library Of Flowers Honeycomb Handcreme (Full size, $20) I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Margot Elena products have the most beautiful packaging out there!

Ingredients were on the bottom of the box and include argan oil, shea butter, and avocado oil along with aloe and cocoa butter.

Opening the box is an experience in itself. Look at how pretty this is!

You will need to pierce the foil that is under the lid to get the product to come out. At first I tried stabbing at it with a pair of scissors but I discovered that if I put the tip of the scissors on the foil and then gave it a little twist it opened with no problem. My hands absorbed the lotion quickly without feeling greasy and I was pleased with the scent, which has notes of sugared fig and honey. It is lightly sweet and a little floral.

Complex Culture Angled Foundation Brush (Full size, $35) I discovered this brand through a previous Ipsy shipment so I was happy to get another brush to add to my collection!

The bristles are vegan and tightly packed to get foundation where you need it without soaking it up.

The unique shape is designed to glide around the angles and contours of the face, like the nose, along the hairline, and under the eyes. I am currently a powder foundation user and this didn’t work so well for that use but I am keeping it nearby in case that changes in the future. The brush seems sturdy and the bristles are not easily shed.

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub With Sea Salt (Sample size, $8.62) I have tried this clarifying shampoo/scrub before so I was really excited to receive it from Ipsy!

Apply some (I used a nickle-sized amount) to wet hair and work it into a lather. It has sea salt and you can feel some chunky grains in this product. I try to work it into my scalp as a kind of exfoliating treatment, although if you have thick hair that might be harder to accomplish.

It smells nice, like a unisex cologne, but it isn’t a strong or long-lasting scent. Use once a week or so instead of your regular shampoo and make sure to condition afterwards.

Color Club Nail Polish Duo in Get A Mauve On It & Oh Hail, No! (Full size, $8.50 each) The set isn’t available on the Color Club website but they do have each individual shade on there.

This brand is vegan and cruelty-free but doesn’t mention if it is 5-free, 7-free, etc. I looked up those dreaded ingredients and I believe these pass the test.

Get A Mauve On It is described as “beige with a hint of purple” and makes for a nice low-key mani that works year round for those who prefer a neutral look.

Oh Hail, No is described as “gold glitter” and you can see that is true. You can do an accent nail, just the tips, or go full Midas and top each nail with some bling.

Thrive Causemetics Lip-Mate High Shine Reviving Topper in Glinda (Full size, $24) I was really happy when I recently tried a Thrive mascara from Ipsy. Now they sent me another item from that brand to discover!

Ingredients were on the box. The “Vegan Collagen Complex” is supposed to instantly plump lips. I don’t know that it made them plumper, but a bit of shine can give the appearance of fuller lips.

The shade is described as “rose gold shimmer” and adds some serious shine to my lips! I also used it over lip liner for a deeper look, since it doesn’t have much color to begin with. Swatched below.

Manna Kadar Cosmetics Blush In Bali Babe (Full size?, $19) According to the Ipsy website, this is a full-sized product, although it doesn’t look at all like the same compact as shown on the Manna Kadar website.

The shade Bali Babe is pinky peach and I prefer this shade of blush, it’s so sunny and bright and looks good with my light complexion. Swatched below.

Chella La Vie Neutral Eyeshadow Palette (Full size, $45) I want to tell you that this palette is heavier than I was expecting.

The pans were also pretty big! The shades were listed on this plastic cover. The pans can be removed and the palette is magnetic.

Femme and Vitality are pearl shades while Instincts and Dynamic are water resistant mattes. There was an applicator brush inside and it works well enough, although those pearl shades are best applied with your finger. I used Femme on my lid and then combined Instincts and Dynamic and put it in the crease. Swatched below.

Swatched from top: The Chella eye shadows in Femme, Instincts, Dynamic, and Vitality; Manna Kadar blush in Bali Babe; and Thrive lip gloss in Glinda.

NOTE: After my box shipped, I received an email from Ipsy informing me that they only sent 7 full-sized items instead of the promised 8, so they sent an additional item to make up for it. I received this next item in a separate shipping bag just over two weeks after I got that email.

111 Skin Vitamin C brightening Booster (Full size, $155) I received a couple of 111 Skin items in my box and they are a very pricey brand. This serum is supposed to make dark spots less noticeable thanks to vitamin C plus it has antioxidants to hopefully prevent any future spots (although SPF is your best bet to stop photo-aging).

Water, glycerin, and citric acid top the ingredient list along with licorice extract and apricot seed oil. Glutathione is an antioxidant that is supposed to neutralize free radicals. The product is almost colorless and has a powdery floral scent. It dried quickly on my skin.

I can’t believe all of the wonderful products Ipsy sent in my March Glam Bag Ultimate! Ipsy said they only sent 7 full-sized items and I’m not sure which one they think was not the correct size but they sent out an item to make up for it anyways. Maybe it was the blush that was not full sized? The only one-time use products were the face masks, and they sent two different kinds. They even sent two bottles of nail polish! I thought the assortment was great, with items for my face, hands, and body, plus makeup, a makeup brush, and of course those polishes. The value for my box, before they sent the serum, was around $298.22, and with the serum it jumps to $453.22! Do I think some of those values are inflated? Yes, but then again, most of those are verified selling prices from the individual websites or, in the case of the smaller samples, values are based on breakdowns of the full-sized product. Either way, for $50, this is well worth it! I look at it this way: There were 17 individual items (including the bag, two masks, two nail polishes, and the serum that came separately) to be tried, so that works out to $2.94 per item!

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

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