Ipsy
IPSY Glam Bag ($12 per month) is one of the most popular and affordable subscriptions around, and our readers have selected it as one of the top beauty boxes for the last 5 years running! IPSY Glam Bag connects members with five makeup, skincare, hair care, and other beauty samples each month, plus a cute makeup bag. IPSY is personalised to your individual profile when you take their onboarding quiz, but what you’ll receive in your monthly glam bag is still a surprise. We recommend starting with the $12 Glam Bag, but devotees may want to try the $25/month Glam Bag Plus or the $55/quarter Glam Bag X for more full-sized beauty products.

The Basics

  • $12 per month
  • Ships to US and Canada
  • Founded in 2011
  • Valued at $50+ per box
  • 5 items in each monthly bag
  • Personalized for your beauty profile
$12
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Featured Review: Ipsy March 2021 Review: Belle en Argent, Ciaté London, and More

Review for Ipsy March 2021 Review: Belle en Argent, Ciaté London, and More
Naomi Pandolfi profile picture by Naomi Pandolfi on March 25, 2021

I liked the variety of products in this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag. I did receive two lip products - the Ciaté London Lip Oil and the Lip Balm with CBD - which is fine by me because I am obsessed with lip products. I also really enjoyed the bright purple of the Belle en Argent Nail Polish. I love the wide brush applicator and the salon quality of the brand. The Benefit Cosmetics Mascara was exciting because it's a new launch from Benefit. This mascara is definitely my favorite of theirs to-date. Lastly, I received the Dionis Hand Cream. I love the rich, warm vanilla bean scent and the quick absorbing hydration the product supplies. With a retail value of $41.03 on a $12 bag, the Ipsy Glam Bag curated a wide range of quality products for me this month. Read more...

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The Basics

  • $12 per month
  • Ships to US and Canada
  • Founded in 2011
  • Valued at $50+ per box
  • 5 items in each monthly bag
  • Personalized for your beauty profile

What We Love

  • At just $12, the IPSY Glam Bag is one of the most affordable beauty subscription boxes. But while its price is low, IPSY is one of our faves because it also packs a great value.
  • Personalization. The products you get are selected based on the skin tone, eye & hair color, makeup expertise, & style you set when you sign up. It's not a perfect system, but for $12 it really can’t be beat.
  • All IPSY members can log in and choose one of their products before their bag ships—this is called IPSY Choice.
  • There’s a new makeup bag or pouch in every box! They’re usually the perfect size for tucking in your purse, & the cute designs are fun to show off.
  • They have a great loyalty program: earn points and redeem them for even more beauty products.

What You Should Know

  • Some products you get will be from high-end names like Tarte, Too Faced, and Glow Recipe but others will be smaller brands or even notable drugstore products.
  • IPSY Glam Bag usually only sends 1-2 full-size items—the rest are deluxe samples.
  • IPSY doesn't guarantee specific items will be sent to all subscribers, since it's customized to each person's preferences.

We Recommend IPSY If

  • You love trying out the latest makeup & skincare.
  • You’re new to beauty & want an affordable way to experiment with new products.
  • You’re new to beauty boxes—this is a great and affordable subscription to start with!

How Do Subscribers Rate Ipsy?

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Apr 6, 2021
"love the flowers on may 2021 bag!"
i love the may 2021 bag!!! i love the pink and the flowers on it!! so excited to swap out my purse bag for this one for summer 2021! Thank you ipsy ! can’t wait to see other summer and spring theme bags!! Also , every month the bags are so great! And the ipsy flash sales are amazing! Never have they disappointed me, not ONCE and I’ve been a subscriber for almost 2 years now! I adore Ipsy so much and it is the highlight of my day when I receive my monthly glam bag!
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Apr 2, 2021
"I feel like I got ripped off"
I agree with many others- customer service has gone down. I have been subscribed to Ipsy for several years, and then plus. My Feb. glam PLUS bag showed to be just sitting in N.C. It didn’t show up until around the 5th of March. When I did get it, the bag had been opened. I was missing the full size eye cream ( I believe it was bye bye eye something) I immediately emailed them, and to their credit someone got back to me the next day. They assured me my replacement would go out right away, and I would receive tracking. I never did. It took about 2 weeks, & To my shock, I opened it to find a very tiny Sample of a completely different product. I email right away thinking it was a mistake. They tell me they’re sorry they ran out, and they sent me a suitable replacement. What!? I was never told they were out, never asked to choose another. Seriously they thought a micro sample was suitable when I pay for a bag that claims you get 5 full size products.
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Apr 1, 2021
"What a Joke"
I’m not receiving the glam bag plus that I’m being charged for and customer service isn’t getting back with me because everything is automated
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Apr 1, 2021
"No customer service "
I got a subscription for my daughter. Packages stopped coming and they don’t have a customer service department that you can reach outside of social media. I need an Instagram account to message you? In looking elsewhere.
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Mar 25, 2021
"Cancelling is a nightmare"
I have become very frustrated with Ipsy. i have tried twice to cancel my subscription. The confirmation email has not shown up either time. There is no actual way to contact anyone for help - its all FAQ type answers and this is doing me no good. I am going to change the payment method to an inactive card to end this subscription one way or another. Pick a subscription service with actual Customer Service in place.
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Mar 21, 2021
"Worst company ever!!!!"
Lies, lies, lies. For every lie here is the truth. They steal your money and you can't talk to anyone.
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Mar 16, 2021
"They’re getting worse"
I subscribed about 8 or 9 months ago. I opted into the $25/mo plan. They used to send great stuff but the last few months they sent nothing but moisturizers. I have about 30 unused moisturizers. This month they sent me 3 moisturizers, an eyeshadow pallet and a makeup brush. Why 3 moisturizers? What frequently happens is that they’ll send a great product and you’ll go to order it and it’s out of stock, and nowhere to be found online anywhere, so I think they just get close outs or discontinued products to send people. The bags have gotten worse too, just little pouches. Not cosmetic bags like it used to be. I just cancelled my membership.
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Mar 4, 2021
"Good Luck Receiving Package"
What a disappointment. Ipsy uses USPS, so your packages may or may not show up. You’re advised to wait 45 DAYS before reporting that you did not receive your bag. It’s a real sh*t show, honestly. The content of the bag is not bad, but the bag itself is a cheap little thing that is probably produced for 25 cents. Planned to continue this for a year (my daughter’s Christmas present) but I cancelled and will take her to Sephora instead.
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Mar 2, 2021
"Good for starting over a collection"
I've been out of the makeup, skincare, and general selfcare game since I was a teen, but I decided to get back in now that I'm in my mid 20s. Ipsy has been a cost effective way to experiment and rebuild from ground zero. Everything has changed and I'm def playing catchup on trends and research. But Ipsy helps. And, on average, I'm saving 50 - 60% on products I actually like - even when I factor in the prices of the ones I don't like. So not bad. I've liked the experience so far, but the "match system"- or whatever they call it - is totally rigged. Everything I've DESPERATELY wanted I didn't get the option to grab or have them put it in my bag... unless I bought it as an add on. Still, the discounts are cheap enough for me not to complain too too much. With the bundles it's not always worth it though, so do the math, obv. The shipping time is awful. But I'll stick with it for a while. But prob not a super longterm thing for me, I'm not that into the clutter.
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Feb 26, 2021
When it comes to the products and the price, I was very pleased. However over the course of time, and the longer I’ve had my subscription, the worst customer service has got. This month, it took me six emails, each with more frustration, to get a response as to when my box will ship. After the 6th email, I told them that I am very angry with the lack of communication and have chosen to cancel my subscription. Moments later I got an email saying that there was an issue with my purchase and I am getting refunded in full (we will see...). This month I ended up purchasing a lot of add-ons that I was super excited for and now they are not arriving. In the past two months, I have had missing items in my box and have attempted to contact them. They stated that they would be issuing a refund because the items were no longer in stock and the refund never came. it’s definitely a 50-50 risk with this company. Sometimes you will be delivered exactly what you purchased and other times you’ll get screwed. It really just depends.
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FAQ

Does IPSY Glam Bag send full-size beauty products?
IPSY Glam Bag typically sends 1-2 full-size products per box, curated alongside 3-4 deluxe sample sizes. However, the IPSY Glam Bag Plus ($25/month) sends 5 full-size beauty products per month, and IPSY Glam Bag X ($55/quarter) delivers 7-8 full-size products.
What types of beauty products does IPSY send?
A wide variety! You can expect to see cosmetics like lip gloss, eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara, bronzer, and highlighter, as well as skincare items such as moisturizer, cleanser, oils, and serums. You might also find hair products or other goodies nail polish in there!
Does IPSY let me choose what comes in my box?
IPSY Glam Bag members get to choose 1 item per box. This is called Choice. You’ll be offered 10 products to choose from, and after you’ve made your selection, IPSY will fill out the rest of your box with surprise items to complement your choice, based on the answers to your beauty quiz. Glam Bag Plus ($25/month) members get to choose 3 out of their 5 items in a similar system. Glam Bag X ($55/quarter) members will get to choose 3 products as well but from a variety of exclusive items.
How do IPSY add-ons work?
IPSY allows Glam Bag, Glam Bag Plus, and Glam Bag X subscribers to include up to 10 add-ons in their regular shipment. Every month on the 2nd of the month, beginning at 6 AM PST, IPSY will activate their add-ons page for 24 hours. During that time frame, you can shop deluxe samples for $3 each and full-size items for $12 or $18 each. Anything you choose will be included in your next IPSY subscription shipment, which means they’ll ship for free.
Is shipping free for my IPSY subscription?
Shipping is free for US customers and costs a flat rate of $2.95 to Canadian customers.
Where did Glam Bag Ultimate go?
The former IPSY Glam Bag Ultimate ($50/month) subscription tier is being transitioned to a new, quarterly box called Glam Bag X ($55/month). Final Glam Bag Ultimate orders will be shipped in December 2020. Annual Glam Bag Ultimate subscribers who are left with remaining credits will receive a full refund.
What is IPSY Glam Bag X?
Glam Bag X is IPSY’s newest beauty subscription addition! It’s a quarterly, limited edition box that you must be an existing IPSY subscriber to access. So, if you’re already subscribed to Glam Bag or Glam Bag Plus, you can upgrade to Glam Bag X at any time—it costs $55 per quarter, and is filled with 7-8 full-size products worth up to $350. Each box is curated by a different beauty celeb and offers the opportunity to customize 3 products each quarter. IPSY Glam Bag X ships out in February, May, August, and November. During those months, your Glam Bag X replaces your usual monthly bag (either your Glam Bag or Glam Bag Plus). If you’re subscribed to both, it replaces your Glam Bag Plus.
Does IPSY offer gift subscriptions?
IPSY does not have a specific gifting program, but you can sign a friend up for this subscription by completing their beauty profile for them and using their email address to register. During the process of subscribing for a friend, they’ll have an inactive membership, which IPSY will move to active ASAP.
How do I cancel my IPSY membership?
Start the cancellation process from your IPSY account. After following the steps, you will receive an email to finalize your cancellation. Be sure to click the link in the email or your cancellation request will not be processed.

You must confirm your cancellation via email by 12pm PT on the last day of the month if you don’t want the upcoming month’s Glam Bag. If you confirm your cancellation after 12pm PT, your membership will not end until the following month.

For annual subscribers, you’ll still receive the rest of your Glam Bags for the year, but your membership will not renew.

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