November 2012 ipsy (My Glam?) Glam Bag Review & Swatches

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This Summer, after I received my June Glam Bag and did an open box video, I cancelled my MyGlam Glam Bag subscription.  It was such a disappointment across the board for me.  Weird products, chemical smells… just wasn’t impressed.

So, what made me resubscribe?  Well, I got an email saying if I came back I’d get a Benefit They’re Real Mascara as an extra.  I do love that mascara, and My Glam had morphed into ipsy (Why?  I have no idea and frankly I’m too lazy to look) so maybe it’s better now.  Without even looking to see what the bags had been between June and now I went ahead and forked over my $10 to re-subscribe.

Holy…..  This is AMAZING.  I’m floored by how great this month’s bag is for 10 bucks.

What you see above is a cute and classy deep brown makeup bag with a gold zipper.  I believe it’s canvas.  Very nice, no chemical smell.  Useable!  The two cards are just showing deals and discounts that ipsy subscribers can get when shopping with the sponsors of this months bag as well as a deal on a subscription.

What’s inside?

Clearly, if you read the start of this post, you know it’s all good things.

Starting on the top left is a nail lacquer from Nailtini in the shade Millionaire.  SO pretty, right?  It’s a mix of regular glitters and bar glitters in multiple shades, and just makes me think of a New Years Eve extravaganza.  It’s shown below as one coat over Chanel Malice.

Next, from Benefit, the They’re Real Mascara, which I’ve reviewed here.  It’s a great mascara if you’re in the market for some va-va-voom on your eye balls.

From theBalm, one of the shades in the Meet Matt(e) Palette.  The shade I got is Matt Batali (sounds Italian, so imma say it’s appropriate for me lol) and it’s a deep eggplant color.  So smooth and pigmented for a matte shade.  Very impressed and I just may have to purchase the full palette so he can hang with his buddies.

The fourth item is a bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in the shade Dare Devil.  The applicator is sponge doe-foot (YAY) and it’s only slightly sticky.  The vibrant pinky-purple shade has a hint of shimmer.  It may look scary, but on the lips it’s sheer and just gives a hint of color.  I fear shades like this on my lips, but this one looks gorgeous!

The final item is from Starlet Cosmetics and is a Black Eye Pencil.  I’ve never heard of this brand, but I found the liner to be smooth in application and though the black shade isn’t super saturated it wore nicely and is easy to smudge for a smoky, party eye.

(L-R: theBalm Matt Batali, bareMinerals Dare Devil, Starlet Eye Pencil)

It seems based off the one card that some people also got an Eyebrow Defining Gel from Chella.  I’ve never heard of that brand, but I can always use brow gel!  Would have probably liked that in place of the liner, but either way, I’m still VERY happy with this months bag and will be continuing my subscription into December.

By the end of this email I convinced myself that, as a blogger, I need to become educated on ipsy.  I haven’t been on the site since June, but it looks MUCH more clean and organized.  More like I’d expect it to be.

They do profile pages now, so here is mine.  There isn’t anything there, but I think it’s fun that it’s offered.  Hopefully they’ll also go by way of Birchbox and GlossyBox and have a referral program set up or a point system in place for free products.  After seeing how awesome this bag was, that is really the only thing holding them back.

Here is where you can go to subscribe to ipsy for a Glam Bag.  It’s not a referral.

What do you think about the November Glam Bag?  Are you going to subscribe for December?

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  1. Jess C. says

    This was my first bag from them, either as MyGlam or Ipsy. I was pretty pleased as well! While I am not a fan of the particular shade of nail polish I got (same as yours) and I already have the Meet Matt(e) palette (which you can grab for $21.95 right now, shipped, which is definitely better than the normal $35 + shipping) but both of those will make awesome stocking stuffers. I’m glad there was a TheBalm shadow in there, because their shadows are freaking fantastic, and this will get them more business. They just changed the packaging on their single Shady Lady shadows, so they’re available for cheap on eBay and whatnot. Plus the Shady Lady palettes are beyond worth it.
    I absolutely loved the lip gloss, and the only reason I’m not thrilled with the liner is I got brown, not a color I use. I’m pumped to get a mini They’re Real, carrying my big one in my purse has been a pain. And the bag, while not my style, is cute and already predestined for someone who will love it more.

    DEFINITELY worth $10, if Birchbox doesn’t step up their game they’re gonna lose my business.

    • says

      Exactly. I have a review coming up for Julep too and I think they’ve upped their game as well. If Glam keeps up with bags like this and adopts a rewards system they’ll be unbeatable.


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