Ipsy August 2018 Review + Unboxing
It can be hard to find inexpensive beauty subscription boxes that provide a good value. Ipsy, however, is one of my favorites. They stand out from the many other options with their reusable makeup bags, which come with your subscription every month! Not only that, but you receive 4–5 products to sample every month (not to mention the occasional full-size item).
This Ipsy review will share what I received in my August bag, savings opportunities, and similar subscriptions you might also like.
Shipping + Packaging
I received my August Ipsy bag towards the end of the month. As usual, it came in a bright pink bubble mailer with the makeup bag and my products inside.
One of my favorite parts about Ipsy is that they provide adorable, reusable makeup bags with every shipment! This month’s bag was orange with yellow lining and a yellow tassel. I thought it was the perfect color for the last month of summer.
There was also a small sheet that described this month’s theme.
I received five different products to try out this month! I’ll be reviewing each in more detail below.
Crown Blush Highlighter Brush (CB106)
I’ve been blown away by how accommodating Ipsy has been with my preferences! When I first started my subscription, I indicated that I’d like to receive makeup brushes the most. As you can see in my previous Ipsy reviews, I’ve received a brush in every single bag for the past three months! I didn’t expect this since the subscription costs only $10 per month and makeup brushes are usually pretty expensive.
This particular brush is from Crown and is made for highlighter or blush (I dedicated it as my highlighter brush). It’s built pretty densely, but it still feels soft on my skin. The bristles don’t fall out after washing it. The regular price is pretty inexpensive, but that’s not a problem because it still works great!
Retail value: $7.95
Oribe Matte Waves Texture Lotion
This product isn’t new to me because I was able to try it out in my July Birchbox. This isn’t a big deal though since I rarely get repeat products. My first sample didn’t last very long, so I appreciated another since the full-size is too expensive for my tastes. It came in a .5 oz bottle.
To start off, this product smells amazing. It also gives my hair a gorgeous, sea salt waves look—like I just came from the beach! It does make my hair look a little frizzy, but I have yet to find a waving product that doesn’t. This one gives less frizz than others I’ve tried. It’s also free of parabens and sulfates!
Retail value: $42 for 3.4 oz
Answer From Black Volume Gold Radiance Cream
I was expecting a creamy product when I first opened this, but I was surprised to find that it’s more of a gel. I really like it though—it absorbs into my skin nicely and doesn’t feel heavy at all. Plus, it contains antioxidants and gold pearl, which prevents fine lines and has brightening properties.
When I researched this product online, I couldn’t find any information about it or where to buy it, which was strange. Don’t companies put their products in Ipsy so subscribers will purchase them again?
Retail value: Can’t find online
Adesse Nail Polish in New York Pink
Nail polishes are another one of my favorite items to try out in subscription boxes! This one is from Adesse and is a beautiful pink shade. I was excited to see that it’s a full-size (this is rare for Ipsy). Their formula is cruelty-free, vegan, and 12-free. It goes on smooth and only took two coats to get the full color. Not only that, but it lasted a pretty long time without chipping.
Retail value: $18
MAC False Lashes Mascara
I wasn’t expecting to see a MAC product in my Ipsy bag (even a small sample) because they’re pretty spendy. However, they’re one of my favorite beauty brands, so I was excited to try this mascara out.
As I expected, it worked wonderfully! It gave my eyelashes a ton of length and volume. The small size is also convenient to carry around on the go.
Retail value: $24 for a full-size
Ipsy is already one of the cheapest subscription boxes at just $10 per month, so there aren’t usually coupons or deals for the subscription itself. Their shop, however, has fantastic savings opportunities!
Depending on which brands you’re shopping for, they offer various cashback deals (typically 15% or 20% cash back). They even show the actual price you’ll be paying after you get the cash back. You can also find occasional sales and other limited-time deals in their shop.
It seems like there are endless options if you’re looking for a beauty subscription box. Whether you’re searching based on price, product size, or type of product, there will more than likely be an option to satisfy your desires. We even have a list dedicated to the best beauty subscription boxes, since there are so many!
As for subscription boxes similar to Ipsy. Birchbox and Sephora Play are two boxes I’ve found that are nearly the same as Ipsy (other than coming from different companies). Both cost $10 as well and contain 4–5 samples. I haven’t tried Sephora Play yet, but I subscribe to Birchbox and you can check my Birchbox reviews for more details. However, I prefer Ipsy due to their spot-on subscription personalization.
Glossybox and Boxycharm are also great beauty box options but are a little more expensive at $21 per month. However, they contain larger products—Boxycharm contains 4–5 full-size beauty items every month! Glossybox, on the other hand, only has a couple of full-size ones, and the rest are deluxe samples.