Ipsy Glam Bag Plus August 2021 Unboxing & Review
The last summer month is in full swing, but there’s still time for a mini vacation or staycation. To celebrate the end of summer, Ipsy stylists prepared special Wanderlust-inspired glam bags adorned fun tropical prints, filled to the brim with beauty goodies that are perfect for travel. Best of all? Everything in the Plus bags is full-sized!
HOW IT WORKS:
Each month you will receive a new drawstring pouch filled with a mix of 5 full-sized beauty products customized according to your beauty profile. Ipsy Glam Bag Plus members can watch videos and play along with the stylists, all for only $25/month ($120+ value). Click here to check it out.
IN THE BAG:
1 // Murad Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum ($65) – I tried a lot of Murad products so it’s pretty difficult to surprise me with something new unless it’s a fresh release. However, this serum is totally new to me and I was excited to give it a try! I loved that it comes in the form of a clear fragrance-free gel, and it works so well, too! The formula is packed with Hyaluronic acid and helps hydrate the skin so well, my dry patches all but disappeared. I think it will work best for people with dry and sensitive skin, or anyone experiencing skin peeling from strong resurfacing products. 5/5
2 // Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara ($23) – I went through several tubes of this mascara throughout the years. It’s a good, reliable formula with a nice wand that grabs even the wispiest lashes, giving them length, volume, and definition. A solid addition to any makeup routine! 5/5
3 // Doucce Posh Powder Palette ($55) – I have a soft spot for face palettes, but this one was a miss for me. With so many amazing blush and highlighter formulas on the market, there’s just nothing special about this one. It was a bit difficult to swatch because the pans are all very chalky, but it was even harder to get the product on my brushes – the highlighters were particularly disappointing. The swatches might look good, but for the record, it took a lot of swipes and effort to make them look half-decent. There was one shade that I actually liked for color and performance – the bottom right one, so I’ll probably depot it into a Z-palette and toss the rest. 2/5
4 // Lauren Conrad The Liquid Eyeliner in Onyx ($20) – I know what you’re thinking, it’s just another black eyeliner, but I actually needed one so I had high hopes. This formula was a hit and a miss for me. The pigment appeared almost watered down so I had to build up the line several times before it actually looked opaque. However, the products stayed on pretty well and didn’t transfer despite the 90-degree heat, so that’s a plus. In the end, buildable pigment is not the end of the world, but it can be too much work when I’m short on time. 3.5/5
5 // Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Lip Pop ($22) – This is a dupe for me because I already have one in my makeup bag, but at the rate I’m using it, the replacement will come in handy in just a few weeks. This lip balm gives the lips a really nice, flattering pink tint plus the formula has gritty particles that help exfoliate the dead skin. Those gritty bits are made with flower extracts that dissolve into a buttery antioxidant boost. Glow Recipe also makes a blueish tinted lip balm, but the pink one is my favorite because it’s more universal. 5/5
As you can see, this month was a hit and a miss, but at least the big ticket item – Murad Skin Soothing Serum – was a major hit, so I’m happy with this bag. I tried Doucce makeup before and it was decent, which is why I’m surprised that the face palette was so disappointing. I couldn’t find this particular palette online so maybe it got discontinued and we received old stock in our bags. That doesn’t mean it’s necessarily expired, but may explain some performance issues.
The value of my Ipsy August 2021 Glam Bag Plus: $185