Although...I don't know if it's fair to say they didn't really change anything else. The last three months in a row, the Glam Bag has blown my Birchbox out of the water. THERE IS ALL MAKEUP IN MY MAKEUP BAG. Revolutionary. I know a lot of you are unhappy with your Birchbox, and this just might be the way to go. I was a little scared to say anything at first, but I think I'm officially calling it - ipsy has the best beauty subscription service on the market right now. Can't say I saw that one coming.
HAH I just read the MUT thread on the name change and apparently Urban Dictionary says ipsy is an acronym for "I'll pimp slap you". Annnnd that has now been incorporated into my vocabulary. I'm dying.
Date of arrival: November 15, 2012. It usually comes about a week earlier, on the same day as my Birchbox. Both were delayed this time due to Sandy.
Packaging: Standard pink bubble wrap mailer. This month's bag is chocolate brown with a gold zipper. Plain, but totally usable. In fact, you could probably get away with carrying it as a clutch if you so desired. It has an ipsy label stitched inside...can't remember if that was always the case, I'll have to check the last couple (solid black with gold accents; black and white chevron with red accents - both were super cute, well constructed, and usable!!!)
We also got a $20 off coupon code for JustFab shoes and discounts for each company featured this month when you shop on ipsy's website.
|The bag is more chocolatey in real life.|
Contents: Nail polish, eyebrow gel, eyeliner, lip gloss, and eye shadow. ALL MAKEUP!
Nailtini's Millionaire is a pinkish purple microglitter with gold and green string glitter chunks. Perfect for St. Patrick's day or Mardi Gras, but not something I'd gravitate to on a daily basis. This brand is new to me, and I think it's pretty reasonably priced for the quality. Millionaire is part of the Speakeasy set, but I'd probably try one of their Mini Bar collections first. Cute! B+
|One, two, and three coats|
As you can see from the pic below, the brow gel works okay alone - I didn't use any pencil to fill in my gaps, I just groomed my hairs with the wand like a civil human being. I should probably do this more often, especially now that I am trying to grow out my brows after years of my aesthetician overwaxing them. I really want that gap in the middle to fill in but it's not happening.
I tried to figure out which of Chella's four shades I got, and I noticed that barely anything was coming off the wand when I stroked it against my finger (that sounded so dirty, sorry). I tried to look inside and it seems like hardly any is in there. My sample might be a dud, I'm probably going to call ipsy for this one. I will probably stick to my tried and true Revlon Brow Fantasy - cheap and it does the trick. C+
|Ungroomed on the left, groomed on the right. Possibly with just the wand and no gel.|
Big fan of the bareMinerals marvelous MOXIE lip gloss in Dare Devil. I've received this gloss before and I love it. I think gloss that tastes like candy is disgusting (I'm looking at you, NYX), but the MOXIE gloss has a nice mint flavor to it. Almost to the point that I wonder if it's supposed to be a plumper, but they don't advertise it as such. I think the Hot to Trot and Cool as Ice sets would make the perfect Christmas gift for your favorite lip gloss junkie. In fact, I might add them to my wish list. A+
|I grabbed the wrong shade of foundation this morning, awesome. It doesn't look quite this pasty in real life, thankfully. Before on the left, after on the right.|
|Just one swipe of the finger and look at that pigmentation!|
Overall impression of the bag: I really have been so impressed with the past few Glam Bags. I love getting a bag that's all makeup and nail polish, and none of the samples felt cheap. So excited with this one! A+
Overall impression of the service: I gave them a B- back in June, with an indication that I'd be likely to bump up soon. I feel like they have made TONS of progress - a more customer friendly website, consistent tracking information, informative emails...upgrading them all the way to an A-, and I'll bump them up even further if they handle the brow gel replacement appropriately.