Street Style September Ipsy Review (and My Last Ipsy)

ipsy_bag3DSC_00283DSC_0038Ipsy’s September Glam Bag, Street Style, arrived earlier than usual this month in a pretty silver makeup bag lined with studs.  The information card featured Ipsy-affiliated You Tubers who provided street styling tips.  Things were off to a great start, but I’m afraid to say that Ipsy didn’t finish strong.  This will be my last month with Ipsy because I think after more than a year with them, I should try a different subscription box. I’m considering Beauty Box 5, Olia Jewelry box, or Glossybox.  Ipsy continues to be a good value subscription, but I want a subscription service with higher-end products and fashion pieces.  I enjoyed the Ipsy Glam bags where Ipsy included the newly released Urban Decay products or Zoya polishes, but those months have been few and far between to justify me spending the monthly $10.

Let me know in the comments what your favorite subscription box is and why you like it, or what box you would want to see me review.  As a grad student, I am looking to spend approximately $20 a month (and because I really love receiving goodies in the mail, I hope  to replace Ipsy with another service soon). Now, onto the (last!) Ipsy Glam Bag review!

Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush is a double sided synthetic brush that retails for $7.  I’m not a fan of double ended brushes since they are difficult to store, but other than that, this Crown Brush seems to be of nice quality.  I do appreciate the pointed pencil-end pairing with the blending-end as this is a unique combination that could come in handy.

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser is a mild cleanser, and aside from the scent, I have been quite enjoying.  The Nourish Organic Cleanser retails for $10 full size and is available online or at Target. This product cleanses my skin well and provides nice hydration as my skin doesn’t feel tight or dry after cleansing.  I enjoy the Nourish Organic line of products, but the scents are the only thing keeping me from purchasing the full size - this particular cleanser scent reminds me of mushrooms (and I’m not sure ’bout that!).

Pacifica Natural Water Proof Eye Pencil in Gun Metal is a deluxe eyeliner pencil in what seems to be a (you guessed it) gun metal shade.  I have so many eyeliner pencils floating about my apartment right now, that I wasn’t prepared to open and swatch this product. Ipsy has included an eyeliner in almost every bag these past few months (to my frustration, as I’m quite picky about my eyeliners).

Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Gloss is a deep maroon red gloss, and it retails $18 for a full size. The color is on the sheer side, so this gloss may look great topping off a lipstick, but on my bare lips, it appeared a bit off due to the lack of pigmentation. While the formula is comfortable and the color is perfect for fall, this product was more than half empty. I contacted Ipsy Care and Ipsy offered to send me a replacement (still disappointed with the situation because I’ve had these kind of issues with Ipsy previously).

Mitchell and Peach Luxury Hand Cream retails for a whopping $34 for a full size, and well, let’s just say I’m confused and don’t really understand why.  Although this company originates in Kent, England and the fragrances and ingredients are sourced directly from the estate, free of damaging chemicals and parabens, the hand cream did not wow me, formula or scent wise.

So, end of an era for Ipsy (dramatic, I know, but feels like I’ve subscribed to Ipsy forever and it was the first subscription I ever tried). Ipsy, we’ve had our relationship ups and downs, but tomorrow is another day (thought this quote went with the dramatized subscription finale)!

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

  • Carla B.

    I recently subscribed to Boxycharm, it’s $21 a month but it’s 4-5 full size items! Way better than ipsy!

  • Cathy

    I subscribed to Ipsy when it first came out then unsubscribed after a few months because I was disappointed in the quality of the products. My friend convinced me to resubscribe for now, so I’ll see how much “better” it has gotten. I have heard nothing but good things from another friend about GlossyBox! That’s on my list in the future when I have a higher disposable income. 😉

    • Pretty Squared

      I wish you luck girl, let me know how it is in the future! I am still following them on Insta too to see sneak peeks. I was just looking up GlossyBox yesterday night! Yeah, the disposable income bit is too real lol I will expect a lot more from them since they are so pricey. I’m considering it, but then for $20 I wonder if just buying a high end item from Sephora monthly that I know I’ll love might me more worth it. I don’t know! Their packaging is so cute though and they have some gems in their boxes sometimes xo

  • Coco Cami

    Great post :) I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin. If you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo

    • Pretty Squared

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! You have great style excited to see more posts from you xo

  • Lynn

    I think I’m just about done with Ipsy too. I’ve discovered a few great products from them, but more often than not I only end up using 1-2 of the products from my bag. I’m super picky about my mascara and eyeliner, so I feel like I have been gifting away most of my bags lately!

    • Pretty Squared

      Thank you for your comment! It was definitely hard to cancel, because I’ve also found some cool products from them that I would’ve never came across on my own. But you’re right, the ratio of those great products to those that I give away or end up storing for months was very uneven and it just stopped being it worth it to me. :( and I didn’t get the sense that they would become exponentially better anytime soon, so it was time! xo

  • Coco

    Can’t believe the lip gloss was half empty. It was the prettiest thing in the bag x

    • Pretty Squared

      Same! I was just looking at my pictures, and you can definitely tell in the first photo that the tube is mostly empty :( It was a let down for sure and it’s not the first time the Cailyn uses full sized packaging for a deluxe amount :/ xo

  • mara

    i’ve been thinking of canceling mine as well. i feel like i haven’t loved a bag since late last year or early this year. =/

    • Pretty Squared

      I agree! When you’re not excited about a little makeup gift every month, you know something is wrong lol. I wish I could justify it with their points system (how some people think of Birchbox), but the points system is quite a let down too and really disorganized. I think I will miss it, but it definitely has ran its course. Thank you for your comment!