Ipsy Glam Bag May 2021 Unboxing & Review
I literally can’t believe it’s already May! Last year every month felt like it was a year long, and in 2021, I barely managed to put away the Christmas tree when all of a sudden it’s Cinco de Mayo. This month, Ipsy is celebrating all the beautiful florals that bloom this time of the year with a “Flower Power” beauty bag, and I’m here for it!
HOW IT WORKS:
Each month as an Ipsy subscriber you will receive a new Glam Bag with a mix of 5 deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products customized according to your beauty profile. Members can watch videos and play along with the stylists, all for only $12/month ($50+ value). Click here to check it out.
IN THE BAG:
1 // Complex Culture Easy Crease Definer Brush ($18) – But Anastasia, I don’t see the brush anywhere in the pictures! That’s because I’m a goofball and photographed the bags without cross-checking which products go in which bags. My monthly Ipsy products come in one big box all tossed together so I never know which one belongs in the regular Glam Bag and which one is supposed to be part of the Plus Bag, so I usually double check with the website. Well, this time I felt pretty confident that I got it right, and it came back to bite me. Turns out, that tiny 30ml tube of primer is in the Plus bags. Say what? Anyhow, the brush has a very interesting triangular shape that kind of looks like the mini version of Real Techniques Bold Metals Triangle Foundation Brush. This one is supposed to help create a nice sharp cut crease with its flat, perfectly defined sides and dense bristles. It looks like a good, well-made brush but I can’t tell you if it works well for cut creases because that’s not a look I personally go for. It does work well for sharp wing-like eyeshadow smudging though! 5/5
2 // Goldfaden MD Pure Start Gentle Detoxifying Facial Cleanser ($35 – $4.76 value) – Goldfaden MD samples are always welcome! This brand is famous for highly potent botanical-based formulations that will seriously rock your socks off. This cleanser is one of the gentler products from the lineup, and it’s a fantastic one. It’s formulated at low pH to gently purify the skin and avoid disturbing the protective acid mantle. 5/5
3 // Kinship Self-Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen Zinc Oxide Broad Spectrum SPF 32 ($42 – $3.15 value) – Dang, that name is a mouthful, lol! I’m pretty much a sunscreen fanatic so it’s always exciting to try new ones. This mineral formula is lightly tinted to minimize the white cast from Zinc oxide and help even out the skin tone, plus it’s enriched with antioxidant-rich plant extracts, fatty acids, and skin-loving humectants. The best part about it is the matte finish so anyone with combo and oily skin types will absolutely love it. 5/5
4 // Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector ($28 – $8.40 value) – Olaplex consistently blows my mind with their products. Like, I honestly don’t understand what other brands are doing wrong because 99% of hair products never make my hair look this good. This Hair Perfector is basically a deeply nourishing treatment that you use on damp hair before your shampoo and conditioner. According to Olaplex, it helps rebuild the strands and strengthens every shaft to make it stronger, more resilient to damage, and more flexible. Works like magic.
5 // Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in Dead Roses ($18 – $11.84 value) – I’ll be honest, Dead Roses is not my shade of mauve and that undertone really washes me out. However, ABH lipstick formula tends to be long-lasting on my lips, even though it feels a little drier than my favorite lipsticks from other brands. Not a formula I would reach for all the time, but one I’d consider if I wanted something that would last several hours without going the liquid matte lip route. 4/5
Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in Dead Roses
What a great bag, am I right? I know it might be too skincare-heavy for some, but for me it was absolutely perfect! I especially enjoyed the hair treatment from Olaplex and might even pick it up in full size, because it worked wonders for my damaged hair. Kinship sunscreen was another great discovery with its mattifying, non-greasy formula that doesn’t leave a white cast. And hey, let’s give a special shoutout to the May Glam Bag design as well – those pink peonies are adorable!
The value of my Ipsy April 2021 Glam bag: $46.15