Ipsy Glam Bag Plus January 2022 Unboxing & Review
My Open Studios box took some extra time to get to me last month, but now that it’s here, I wanted to show you what came in the January 2022 Ipsy Glam Bag Plus. January is the month of new beginnings, resolutions, hopes and dreams, so it’s very appropriate that Ipsy decided to go with the “Good Vibes” theme and we need that positive energy now more than ever! Not going to lie, I’m so over the 2020/2021 train wreck, so I’m ready for something new and shiny in my life, even if it’s just some new makeup. Oh yeah, love the bag design by the way!
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 // CHELLA Dual Liquid Eyeliner Pearl in Pearl Black & Pearl Blue ($35) – At first I was like “yay… another eyeliner” until I noticed that it’s actually two eyeliners in one. You get a black tip and a blue tip, which is a really neat idea but also convenient to travel with and just because in general, a single product will take up less space. I probably wouldn’t use the blue shade on its own because it’s too light for my liking but it pairs nicely with the black one. 4/5
2 // HIPDOT Precise Brush ($14) – This brush won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, simply because it has very limited uses. The shape makes it good at very specific things, and bad at everything else. It will work best for concealer and cut crease outlines, but the bristles just aren’t soft or fluffy enough for eyeshadow or highlighter. I actually like that it’s flat and stiff because it helps my eyebrows look neat when I subtly outline them with a touch of concealer. 4/5
3 // HUXLEY Secret of Sahara Mask Oil Extract Set ($23) – I remember when Huxley first came to the US, it was one of those fancy kbeauty brands that seemed to be geared toward Western consumers with prices to match. I tried a couple products from them back then and they didn’t work out for my skin at all, so I was hesitant to try these masks. However, this time around my skin responded well to the formula, but these products are definitely not for oily skin. They are almost too greasy for my liking and I would’ve hated them if I wasn’t into slugging. If your face is dry, tight, and thirsty though, you’re in for a treat! 4/5
4 // GIRLACTIK Cranberry Sugar Face Scrub ($26) – Ok, I don’t do face scrubs anymore really, but I couldn’t resist trying it on my hands and chest instead, because it totally looks like a watermelon-strawberry slushie. It’s not a practical product for me but more of a fun one, because I used the entire jar in one go. I wouldn’t recommend it for the face, but it was fun to use it as a body exfoliant and it made my skin smell like fresh strawberries. 3/5
5 // KIMCHI CHIC BEAUTY Stage Proof Matte Setting Spray ($18) – The packaging is so fun and cute, so maybe that’s why I was extra bummed when this spray didn’t perform well. I commend the brand for not using synthetic fragrances, but the botanicals they used smell like hairspray to me, which I personally don’t like. The formula also didn’t fix my makeup in place and I still experienced smudging, creasing, and melting as if I didn’t use a setting spray at all. This never happens when I use my Urban Decay spray, so I’m guessing my skin is just not compatible with this formula. 2/5
While none of the products in this month’s bag earned a 5-star rating, it wasn’t all bad. I enjoyed Huxley masks the most, although I suspect that if I used them too often, my skin would eventually start breaking out because they’re just so oily! The eyeliner is decent and will be used, and I also plan to play more with the blue tip as well. The sugar scrub was a dud for the face, but since I used it on the body, my experience was a lot better. The brush is very situational so I don’t know how much I’ll get to use it, but it does one job, and does it well. The setting spray was the biggest disappointment, but I hope we get to try more products from the brand because I really like their packaging and they just seem like an interesting company.
Which of these products would you be most interested in trying? Do you think this was a good bag or a dud?
The value of my Ipsy August 2021 Glam Bag Plus: $116