Ipsy

4.0 overall rating

1785 subscriber ratings

"IPSY Glam Bag ($12 per month) is one of the most popular and affordable. 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
  • Sample, deluxe sample, and full-size items
$12
per month

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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
  • Sample, deluxe sample, and full-size items

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?

Star Rating Overview

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Featured Ipsy Reviews

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January 3, 2021
Tried both the basic and the Glam Plus. Glam Plus is worth it, good choices of items. In fact, there are too many and after a while you just want to take a pause (they give you that option.) The new bags are drawstring bags instead of zip cases but actually, I ended up liking them better. I found some terrific brands like Ciate and Seraphine. Good brands that moved from Indie to more mainstream (Ofra, etc) are often included. The hair products have proved to be terrible for me. The customer service hasn't been good lately. Earlier it was very good. I like many of the items I get and now you can make choices. The shop feature (sales on bundles of items) are a very good deal and sell out quickly.
December 10, 2020
Worth the money to try different brands and even a few full size. Great across the board with skincare, makeup, tools, and haircare. My bag is always valued over 40 dollars at least and sometimes upwards of 60. Shipping can be slow at times but it's also free. If you contact customer service, I suggest twitter or ig dm. They answer within hours but by email, takes them up to 3 days. But overall, I highly recommend!
December 7, 2020
I had THE WORST EXPERIENCE WITH AN IPSY CARES EMPLOYEE SO BAD I CANCELED MY 3 YEAR SUBSCRIPTION. IT WAS ADD ONS DAY THE NO THANK YOU BUTTON IS RIGHT BELOW THE ORDER BUTTON. I HAD ALL MY ADD ONS IN MY CART THEY NEVER MADE IT TO MY PAGE. ITOLD IPSY CARES THEY SAID I MISSED ADD ONS. AT 2 IN THE AFTERNOON THE SAME DAY! NO I DIDN'T. SHE ACCUSED ME OF LYING I CORRECTED THEM. THEY INSISTED SAYING "I SEE YOU REALLY WANTED THOSE PRODUCTS" (not enough to lie) WE'LL WORK ON THAT "GLITCH" FOR NEXT TIME. READING BETWEEN THE LINES IPSY CARES IS JUST BACKING UP THEIR FIRST STATEMENT THAT I MISSED ADD ONS I SAID CANCEL ME AND DON'T BOTHER RESPONDING. OF COURSE I GOT THE RESPONSE "SORRY YOU'RE HURT". THE MOST CONDESCENDING RUDE UNHELPFUL PEOPLE WHO KNEW THAT SALE WAS STILL ON. I WAS $50+ A MONTH. Otherwise quality of product is fine without service or a way to report abuse....I can go anywhere.
November 20, 2020
I like the Glam bag plus, and to be able to pick 3 of my 5 items. However, I dont like the new draw string bags. I also am not too happy with the shipping timing. I realize sometimes it's the carrier service used, but Ipsy also ships very late at times too.
August 22, 2020
Use to love it, looked forward to every month. But they have now become cheap with their bags. Bags use to be nice zipper bag. But now they changed them to a drawstring style, super thin, can see through the fabric, cheap looking. Horrible quality, and sadly last few months have been nothing but broken pallets of makeup or mirrors. Very disappointed...
August 20, 2020
I had read about the terrible service that Ipsy has, but I thought I would still try and judge for myself. Lo and behold, Ipsy managed to stuff up my 1st ever glam bag. Contacting Ipsy only gave me canned answers. They somehow managed to send me a tracking number for SOMEONE ELSE’S BAG and lost my bag in the meantime. What are they doing with my personal information if they can get all these things mixed up. After 3 emails they finally agreed to give me 600 points which are completely useless to me since I would need to give Ipsy more money in order to redeem my points. BYE Ipsy, I will never ever join your subscription again
August 19, 2020
I get Ipsy for my daughters and as an occasional treat for myself. I've never had any problems. Canceling is easy and the girls like their choices.
August 19, 2020
I kept with Ipsy for about 4 years and cancelled this month. When I first subscribed it was good value for the price and now not so much. Shipping has been consistently slow from the start. The endless supply of black eyeliners and mascaras is ridiculous and the "personalization" worked better before it was simplified. Quality control dropped as the price increased (ingredients, brands) and the amount of plastic, vinyl and bad for the environment materials being used for the glam bags has gone up. This last year I don't think there's been more than 1 or 2 cloth fabrics used for the bags which is a deal breaker for me.
August 10, 2020
My July 2020 bag wasn't shipped until July 16th and just stalled in tracking, never going anywhere except except to dhl. I was told by ipsy I couldn't report it lost till Aug.7 .Today Aug.10th I was told they were sending another one but the ad ons I bought are out of stock so I was refunding for those. I think I might stop buying ad ons in case that's what is slowing things down. I'm considering stopping ipsy altogether and trying Allure.
August 3, 2020
Customer service was great when I messaged at the beginning asking couple questions. Got me the sign up bonus when I ran into an issue subscribing and sent me a shipping code that actually works in Canada when my bag shipped extremely late. I did manage to find the cancellation button. That’s about all the good I can say right now....wasn’t worth it at all...especially with how much Canadians get stuck paying....the personalization is useless and apparently they can no longer do anything about allergies? First bag I’m getting has perfume which was quite frustrating to see as I had emailed them shortly after resubscribing (mid June) to ask them not to send me perfumes due to my allergies....used to be able to request 2 things to not ever get. I’d be happy trade in choosing an item to go back to choosing 2 things to opt out of permanently.

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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.

From the Brand

"We inspire individuals around the world to express their unique beauty. Beauty isn't one-size-fits-all. It's about you. Everything we do is in support of your journey of self-discovery, so you feel confident letting your unique beauty shine bright every day."

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