Ipsy Glam Bag X August 2022 Review: Alicia Keys!

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The Ipsy Glam Bag X August 2022 was curated by Alicia Keys and came with some well-known brands, as well as some that were new to me. I got to choose three of the eight items out of an assortment shown to me by Ipsy (see more on that in the wrap up at the end of the post). I received something for my face, body, and under-eye area and the rest was makeup. See what else I received for August — read the review below!

TRULY BEAUTY Unicorn CBD Whipped Body Polish (Ipsy picked, $35) I guess I misunderstood how to use this product, because putting it on a pouf or mitt didn’t work, yet the product doesn’t feel “scrubby” like I would expect when something has the word “polish” in its name. It’s probably one of the prettiest items I’ve ever received and it smells sweet and bit floral. It’s very creamy. Next time I’m going to put it on my body last and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing. It had CBD to provide antioxidants to the skin and matcha to reduce inflammation.

KEYS SOULCARE Skin Transformation Cream (Ipsy picked, $32) This was a box curated by Alicia Keys and here we have her moisturizer to try. It has some goodies inside like hyaluronic acid, bakuchiol, ceramides, and glycerin. It’s not as lush as I would like but may be good for this time of year, before the cold and winds tend to dry me out. It’s supposed to have the “calming scent of sage and oat milk” but those aren’t ingredients, the scent comes from parfum and it’s just ok (there’s a fragrance-free version available, I wish they had sent that one instead!).

TULA Skincare Hydrating Day & Night Treatment Eye Balm (I picked, $38) I’m always looking for easy to use eye products and this one is super simple, I just have to glide it on underneath my eyes! I didn’t feel like it tugged, and I didn’t really do anything after that, I didn’t try to smooth it in, just let it work its magic. It wasn’t fragranced but smells kind of, um, different and it felt more emollient than other products I’ve tried before (most disappear as soon as I put it on). The product is supposed to nourish, hydrate, depuff, and firm the area.

LYS BEAUTY Aim High Multi-Use Liquid Highlighter in Brave (Ipsy picked, $19) This highlighter can be used in several ways: underneath makeup (but makeup hides it so I won’t do this), mixed into a liquid foundation, or applied to cheeks, nose, etc. to highlight those areas. The shade Brave is described as champagne so it has some golden shimmer that can be overdone so apply it lightly at first. It’s a quick drying liquid so work fast and dab it on with your finger or a makeup brush. It’s kind of watery and you have to be careful not to squeeze too much out at once.

LIVE TINTED Hue Stick in Perk (I picked, $24) I guess I chose this product myself and I must say, I was disappointed in its performance. It can be used on the lips, eyes, or cheek but I skipped using it on my eyes. On my lips it was very patchy and didn’t dry down, plus it creased, and the color was an opaque peach that never looks good on me. I swiped it on my cheeks and blended it in and it was ok for that purpose but not a color I would usually wear.

BOBBI BROWN COSMETICS Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick (I picked, $32) I was hoping for some shimmer but this is a creamy vanilla shade that quite frankly looks like concealer on my lids. That’s not a bad thing I guess, it works as a primer and I add other colors over top. It’s pretty easy to blend and goes on creamy. Swatched below.

Swatched on top is the Bobbi Brown eye crayon, next it’s the Live Tinted multiuse stick, and the Lys highlighter is on bottom.

LAWLESS The Baby One Talc-Free Eyeshadow Palette (Ipsy picked, $25) I was pretty happy to see that this palette was chosen for me. I like the shades, I use similar shades and needed a new palette and this one will be in use for the foreseeable future. It’s talc free, always a plus in my opinion, and there’s a mix of matte and shimmer finishes. I applied Little Doll to my lids with a brush, then applied Baby Love to the outer corners with my finger. I then swiped Cozy Bundle in the crease and then went over it all with a fluffy blending brush. There was some fall out but it wiped away easily and I now have my everyday look, and will change it up by applying one of the other matte shades in the crease.

Here is The Baby One swatched, with the top row on the left and the bottom row on the right.

Danessa Myricks Beauty Dewy Cheek & Lip Palette in Dew It Flirty (Ipsy picked, $32) When I saw this I thought I wouldn’t like it but it turned out to be a winner for me! I thought it looked like play makeup and was worried it would smell like plastic but there was no scent at all. I worried it would leave an opaque finish on my lips but no, it was a lovely wash of color. I was worried it would be too garish for my cheeks but it left behind the sheerest, most natural looking flush I’ve ever had (I used the second color, Sweet Cheeks, and haven’t tried the others yet). It didn’t leave my cheeks feeling greasy (like a Ciate cheek gloss I tried earlier this year) and it was easy to apply with my fingers, but I’m sure a brush would work too. It didn’t dry to a matte finish on my lips but left them feeling like I was wearing a lip balm. Call me pleasantly surprised!

Here’s the Danessa Myricks cheek and lip palette swatched!

Overall I was pretty pleased with my Ipsy Glam Bag X. There were some hits and misses but it’s that way with a lot of beauty boxes. Ipsy shows that they had 51 Glam Bag X products (actually more than that, but some were color variations so I only counted one of those). I was sad to see that products I would have loved to have received were not options for me on choice day. I’m talking Supergoop, Benefit, OSEA, Pat Mcgrath, and Patrick Ta and those weren’t even shown to me. I didn’t even have the option to choose the gilded Ipsy bag! I was only shown one shade of the Live Tinted and Bobbi Brown items, even though they had other colors available. I was excited to try the Unicorn soap and was happy to get the Bobbi Brown product as a choice, and while the Live Tinted item was a flop I was highly satisfied with both the Danessa Myricks cheek and lip palette and The One shadow palette and those two items alone are around the same amount that was paid for the box. Overall, my box combo had a value of around $237.

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  • dia

    I like wearing a creamy matte light beige or vanilla toned shadow on my lids, because it brightens my eye area, hides the slight purple hue of my lower eyelids, and I feel it makes my powdered eye shadow last longer.

    • Deb

      The funny thing is Dia, that I always start with a similar color on my lids too! I guess I was expecting some shimmer, like the LOC sticks that used to come in Birchbox. Have you tried the Bobbi Brown stick? It was easy to use and performed well for me. –Deb

      • dia

        BB and Laura Mercier both make amazing shadow sticks. The only thing I don’t like about them is their price tag. A great dupe I’ve found is Julep’s shadow stick in matte putty. You can find it on Amazon for about $12.