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Glam Bag FAQ: Everything You Need To Know About the IPSY Glam Bag Membership


Beauty should be fun. Period. It’s about trying new makeup trends, like siren eyes (thanks, TikTok!) without committing to unfamiliar products. With five deluxe beauty samples each month, you can learn how to apply eyeshadow like a pro or discover your new favorite lip balm all without breaking the bank. Explore and create—then go all-in on a full-size of something you absolutely love. That’s the beauty of Glam Bag!

Sure, you might have questions. That good news is, we have all the answers! Here are all the details about this Glam Bag membership, including how you can upgrade quarterly.

Glam Bag 101

What’s the Difference Between Glam Bag, BoxyCharm, and Icon Box?

When you sign up for Glam Bag, you’ll get five deluxe-size beauty samples (worth up to $70) for just $14 a month. BoxyCharm subscribers will receive five full-size products (worth up to $200) for $30 a month. Lastly, Icon Box quarterly upgrades will get you eight full-size products curated by a beauty industry icon (worth up to $350) for $60 a quarter.

When it comes to choice, you always have a say. Glam Bag subscribers get to choose one product that goes in their bag each month, while BoxyCharm and Icon Box subscribers choose three.

Can I Get Both Glam Bag and BoxyCharm Subscriptions?

Yes, 100 percent (and we love you for it)! When you sign up for Glam Bag, you have the option to subscribe for both memberships (and if you’re looking for an even more extra beauty experience, check out Icon Box).

Where Is Glam Bag Available?

At the moment, Glam Bag is available to our members in the U.S., U.S. territories, Canada, and Mexico.

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The Glam Bag Products

How Do You Personalize My Glam Bag?

The more details you give us about your preferences, the more we can personalize your Glam Bag—so talk to us! There are two ways you can help us out: 

  1. Your Beauty Profile: We always check your profile so we can hand-pick Glam Bag products we know you’ll love. In a phase where you can’t get enough blush, or need a break from highlighter? You can update your preferences at any time in your Beauty Quiz, and your Beauty Profile will reflect the changes.

  2. Reviews: Reviewing your products (as soon as you’ve had a chance to try them) is the best way to help us make your bag feel more and more like you every month. Don’t be shy; we love hearing from you!

What if My Beauty Preferences Change?

Good question. If you decide you actually don’t love lipstick, or contouring just isn’t for you, you can retake the Beauty Quiz to update your profile at any time. We’ll do our best to personalize your future Glam Bags with your latest preferences.

When Will I Be Able to Review My Products?

You can start reviewing your current month’s products around the third week of every month. If you’re still loving something you received months ago, we want to hear it! You can revisit your Glam Bag products (as far as five months back) and review them.

When Will I Find Out Which Products I’m Getting?

Towards the end of the month (usually around the 20th to the 26th), look out for an email from us letting you know it’s time for your Glam Bag Choice. Glam Bag subscribers get to choose one product that goes in their bag each month. We specially curate a selection of 10 deluxe sample products we think you’ll love. Then you pick your favorite, which locks it in for your next bag. Finally, we fill the rest of your bag with more envy-worthy products that complement your Choice.

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How Do I Know the Brands Will Be Good?

We’re taking personalization to the next level. Every month, you’ll get to choose one product and you’ll receive four other products customized to your beauty preferences. Now, you’re also guaranteed at least one Power Pick in your monthly five-product assortment. This superstar product or brand is handpicked by our team of experts and will make your entire monthly subscription worth every penny, trust.

What Does “Deluxe Sample” Mean?

Deluxe samples are travel-size beauty products that are in between a standard sample-size and full-size item. Packaging varies by brand, but deluxe samples often look like mini versions of a product's full-size component.

How Can I Find Out More About My Products and How To Use Them?

Just got your Glam Bag? Let’s get this self-expression party started! IPSY.com has tons of info on all the products you received:

How You Can Level Up Your Glam Bag Even More

What Are My Upgrade Options?

We get it, when it comes to the best beauty products, more is more. We can help you acquire all your beauty needs (and even the stuff you don’t need!).

  • Icon Box: Upgrade your membership to include Icon Box, and once every quarter (in February, May, August and November), you’ll receive it in place of your monthly Glam Bag. With Icon Box, you’ll get eight full-size, uber-coveted products from a collection curated by a beauty industry icon (you choose three of your eight products!)

  • Refreshments: Sign up for a Refreshments monthly membership, and restock your clean essentials, like razors and replacement heads, body wash, biodegradable cleansing wipes, and more with ease. Refreshments will ship free every month, and the membership is completely customizable to your needs. Choose your products, set each one to the delivery schedule that works for you, and you’re done! The superstar essentials will show up right when you need them.

What About Shopping Deals Outside Of My Monthly Subscription?

Oh, do we have deals for you! Check out the Glam Bag perks below. 

  • Add-Ons: You’ll have access to Add-Ons to customize your Glam Bag even more. Reminder, starting at 12 p.m. PT on the 1st of each month, you can choose up to 10 Add-Ons. You’ll find tons of can’t-miss products starting at $3.50. Plus, they all ship free with your bag!

  • IPSY Shop: IPSY Shop is your 24/7, always-on access to the best beauty sales—at least 30% off—with weekly member-exclusive drops on top brands.

  • Mega Drop Shop: Once a quarter, in January, April, July, and October, we'll be amping up our deals with Mega Drop Shop, our biggest sale on makeup, skincare, haircare, and lifestyle products (up to 80% off).

Shipping & Tracking FAQs

When Will I Get My Bag?

Your bag will arrive around two weeks after we successfully bill your credit card, which reflects the time we need to personalize the five products in your Glam Bag, pack everything up in a stylish and cute makeup bag, and then mail it to you via standard ground shipping.

How Can I Track My Bag?

Once your Glam Bag has left our warehouse, we’ll email you a unique tracking number so you can keep tabs on when your mailer will arrive.

What if My Bag or Products Are Missing/Damaged?

We try our very best to ensure every Glam Bag meets our very high standards. That said, in rare cases, stuff happens—so we’re always happy to replace anything that doesn’t get to you in tip-top shape. Reach out to IPSY Care, and our team will happily take care of you.

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Billing 101

When Will I Be Billed?

If this is your first Glam Bag (yay!), we will bill you as soon as you choose a plan and provide us with your payment information.

After that, we try to bill you on the last day of the month for your upcoming bag. For example, we would try to bill you on the last day of April for your May Glam Bag membership.

For annual memberships, we try to bill you on the last day of the month before your 12-month membership. For example, if your first Glam Bag was in April2023, we would try to bill you on March 31, 2024, for your 12-month membership renewal.

What Happens if IPSY Isn’t Able to Bill Me Successfully?

If we aren't able to bill you successfully on our first try, we will email you and continue trying your payment method on file. At any time, you can go to "My Account" to update your billing info.

Want in on all the Glam Bag fun? Take our Beauty Quiz now to get started. Already a member? Refer your friends to earn points, which you can use toward products.  Either way, don’t forget to check us out on Instagram and TikTok @IPSY.

About the author
Gerilyn Manago
Gerilyn Manago
Gerilyn is a freelance writer with more than nine years of editorial and social media experience in lifestyle and beauty. Her background includes Allure, Men’s Health, and PEOPLE. Currently, she oversees content for four Napa Valley wine brands.
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Article Last Updated August 5, 2023 12:00 AM