Ipsy Glam Bag Plus February 2021 Unboxing & Review
As soon as I got a notification that my March Glam bag will be shipping soon, I realized that I haven’t shared my thoughts on the February Glam Bag Plus yet. I meant to do it sooner but one thing came up, then another, and in the end, I totally forgot! I feel like a long intro is unnecessary, so without further ado, here’s what came in my bag.
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 // Maelle Beauty Sunkissed Blush Palette ($29) – Very pretty to look at and the colors are beautiful, but it’s totally impractical. The pans are individually separated like in an eyeshadow palette and any attempt to swirl the brush around to grab multiple shades creates a massive mess. Also, the pans are too small to be used individually unless you do your blush with an eyeshadow brush (who does that??). In the end, the idea is nice but the execution was bad – it would be much better if the colors were baked together in one pan. 2/5 for pretty packaging.
2 // It Cosmetics Skin-Hugging Foundation Brush ($48) – As I always say, It Cosmetics has some of the best synthetic brushes on the market, hands down. The quality is absolutely incredible and the performance couldn’t be better! They come with a hefty price tag that might be hard to justify, but once you try them, you know it’s not just some stupid brand markup – they are truly exceptional. In short, this brush is pure gold, as are pretty much all of It Cosmetics brushes I tried. 5/5
3 // Goldfaden MD Solution Vital Boost Even Skintone Daily Moisturizer ($68) – It comes in slightly different packaging than the retail pump bottle but the product is the same, in case anyone’s wondering. Goldfaden MD is famous for their strong botanical-based anti-aging formulations, if they say your skin will peel it will peel. This is one of their milder products designed for everyday use. It’s a lightweight moisturizer that can help balance and brighten the skin, and I think it will work best for people with normal to oily skin types. My one issue with it – and maybe that’s just me – it pills if I use anything else on top of it, like sunscreen or foundation. 3/5
4 // Tokyomilk by Margot Elena Light and Soul Hand Cream ($22) – It’s been a while since I saw Tokyomilk in the spotlight and I’m glad to see they were included in the latest Ipsy bags. Margot Elena is a genius perfumer and created so many unique scents, plus they are all so different – there’s no end to this woman’s imagination! This might not be the most nourishing hand cream I’ve ever tried, but it’s perfectly adequate to counteract the drying effect of hand sanitizer and that’s enough for me, honestly. For the heavy stuff, try Norwegian Formula hand cream from Neutrogena. Your hands will be sticky, but soft as a baby’s bottom. 4/5
5 // about-face Matte Fluid Eye Paint ($24) – I reviewed this eyeshadow in more detail and many other about-face products in this post, but to sum it up: fantastic pigmentation, super long-wearing, won’t budge even on oily lids. Gorgeous product! 5/5
A bit of a mixed bag this month, but I don’t think I’d be unhappy if I paid for it. The brush alone is worth almost twice as much as the entire bag, and I’m seriously in love with it! A bit disappointed with Maelle blush, just because it looks absolutely stuh-nning and my photos don’t do it justice. But it’s an absolute mess to use and kicks up dust everywhere – in the air and all over the pans. Had high hopes for Goldfaden MD moisturizer and I still think it will be good for summer, but a bit unsure if I will get much use out of it since it doesn’t play well with my sunscreens – at least the ones currently in rotation, anyway. The hand cream is nice but nothing special, and with all the constant hand washing and sanitizing, it’ll get used for sure. The liquid eyeshadow color is a bit too bold for my preference, but the formula is incredible! If you like hot pink on the lids, this formula is bomb and you’ll love it!
The value of my Ipsy January 2021 Glam Bag Plus: $191