IPSY is a monthly beauty subscription bag that, according to its website, “delivers a set of personalized beauty products right to your door, making it easier for you to discover your new favorite products, nurture your passion for beauty, and try out your favorite brands – an incredible value.”
I tried IPSY and here are some of my thoughts on it:
How does it work?
To get started with IPSY, go to the website and complete a beauty quiz. This quiz is about your skin tone, eye color, and hair color. It also asks you about your confidence in makeup, where to shop, and what types of makeup you love, wear, and use.
One of the things I didn’t like about the quiz was that they have no way of telling you that you are not wearing any particular makeup. For example, I don’t wear eyeshadow or eyeliner – never. I would like to be able to include this in the quiz and then remove it from ever being sent to me. But unfortunately, that’s not a quiz answer they offer.
After taking the quiz, sign up for the IPSY beauty bag every month and wait for an email telling you that your first bag is ready to be previewed. If you go for the Glam bag (the only one I recommend – see below), you can choose an item in your bag. Everything else is selected for you.
What is a glam bag?
The Glam Bag is IPSY’s flagship product. It costs $ 13 and includes five personalized, deluxe-sized beauty samples that ship in a cute makeup bag each month. The value of the content is approximately $ 50. Every month you can choose a product for your bag from several options.
How much does it cost?
The glam bag costs $ 13 for five large samples. (They call them deluxe samples, but some are almost full size and some are enough for 5-10 uses.)
IPSY also offers two upgrade options – Glam Bag Plus for $ 28 a month with five full-size beauty products, or Glam Bag X for $ 55 a quarter and seven to eight full-size products per quarter.
Is it worth the cost?
It depends on your personality and makeup use. If you are very minimalist in your makeup I can tell you it is not for you. It’s also not for you if you have sensitive skin.
If you love trying new products and are the type of person who prefers many different makeup options to choose from, then it could definitely be worth it – especially to try higher quality products at a big discount.
Even so, I’ve heard from a lot of people that they find that getting a glam bag every month is a lot and they can’t use the products fast enough. However, some people told me that they shared them with friends or even gave their extras as gifts or hosiery.
Another thing to keep in mind is that I’ve heard from a lot of people that they have often shipped similar products (people mentioned a lot of mascara) and sometimes shipped the same product in more than one bag over a year. It seems that their claim that it is “the most personalized beauty bag on the market” might not have been held up for some people. Or at least they felt that what was sent to them did not match the beauty quiz they had completed.
Are there any discount codes?
If you want to try IPSY now, they have a rare offer. If you sign up for IPSY, you will receive one month of FREE refreshments – the new personal care bag from IPSY. This is a $ 18 giveaway!
Have you tried IPSY? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this – what you liked, what you didn’t, and whether you thought it was worth the money or not.