Ipsy Glam Bag Plus March 2021 Unboxing & Review
March is Women’s History Month and on the 8th we also celebrate International Women’s Day. Although not super famous in the US, it’s a national holiday in Russia where I grew up, so everybody gets an extra day off work. By the way, guys enjoy the same benefits on Men’s Day which falls on February 23rd! But I digress… In March, Ipsy is celebrating gender equality and women’s solidarity with a bag themed Stronger Together, and I’m all here for it!
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 // ITEM BEAUTY One Hit Triple Action Setting Mist ($18) – Honestly-honest? It’s not the best makeup setting spray I’ve ever used. Rather, this is more of a moisturizing facial mist that boosts hydration and adds a dewy finish to the skin. It won’t cement your makeup in place like, say, Urban Decay All-Nighter, but it might help prevent moisture loss if your skin is feeling a little dry in the middle of the day without ruining your makeup. The spray is scented and smells like a SPA: strong lavender notes with a touch of rose. 4/5
2 // FLORENCE BY MILLS Glow Yeah Hydrating Lip Oil ($14) – Say what you want about Millie, but she did a great job developing a solid skincare line for her fellow Gen Z-ers. This lip oil is no exception, as it’s very hydrating and instantly provides relief to dry and chapped lips, but the formula is not occlusive enough to trap the moisture. That’s why it feels so lightweight – it’s because it is – and depending on what your goals are, you will either love or hate this product. If you just want quick relief before applying your regular lipstick, this will condition and soften the skin wonderfully. If you hate sticky lip gloss, you’ll like this one too. But if you are looking for something really thick and balmy, this lip oil won’t blow you away. 4/5
3 // BELLE EN ARGENT Panchromatic Eyeshadow Palette in Plum Premonition ($30) – I really like the color story in this palette and the mix of different finishes. The shades are cohesive and you can instantly imagine various color combinations with them, plus there’s a good balance of lighter and deeper hues for daytime and nighttime looks. The formula is infused with Argan Oil and Jojoba Oil, which happen to be the first two ingredients on the ingredient list, that must be the reason why they feel so soft and almost creamy. Even though this palette leans warm, many of the pans are more on a neutral side, so even those of you who prefer cool tones might find them surprisingly wearable. What I don’t love is the packaging – pretty as it is, the compact is a fingerprint magnet and will look messy every time you use it. 4/5
4 // PURLISSE BEAUTY Silk Glow BB Base Primer ($28) – BB creams were developed in Asia as a post-procedure all-in-one solution to replace primer, moisturizer, foundation, and sunscreen and reduce friction on tender skin. Nowadays, brands call everything a BB cream if it has a tint to it, as is the case with this one. If I had to give it a better description, I’d label it as a color-correcting makeup primer. By the way, don’t worry about it matching your skin tone – the tint is so faint that it’s nearly invisible, and provides no coverage whatsoever. I do enjoy how fresh it makes my skin feel, it’s moisturizing but not oily at all – those of you with oily and combo skin will enjoy this one. 4/5
5 // MOTD COSMETICS In A Blush Blending Eye Brush Set ($58) – I will never say no to trying more makeup brushes! Love the pink color and rose gold ferrules, plus the bristles are pleasantly dense but not scratchy. What I don’t love is the price. For a $58 set, they feel no better than elf Cosmetics brushes, actually, I might even prefer their elf equivalents that cost half as much. Cutesy design aside, these are pretty utilitarian and don’t have any mind-blowing features that would make me want to choose this brand over another. I think if you got them in your Ipsy bag, then that’s a pretty good deal, but I wouldn’t recommend buying them at retail price. 3/5
Was this a bad bag? Not really, but there was nothing in it that totally blew me away. Even this gorgeous palette won’t be used all that often because the shades are a tad too deep for my complexion, but this is more of a “me” problem. What I really love is the drawstring bag itself, something about this uplifting print with women holding hands is very inspiring and makes me want to use it as my new makeup bag. Love the print and love the message!
The value of my Ipsy March 2021 Glam Bag Plus: $148