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IPSY Reviews: Here’s What Real-Life Subscribers Love About Their IPSY Memberships


Maybe you’re here because you already receive a monthly Glam Bag to your doorstep but are curious about the opinions of other subscribers like you (kind of like reading Yelp reviews of your favorite restaurant. You know you love it, but you just want to see if everyone else does, too). You might also be here because you’re considering signing up for your very own IPSY subscription (hi, how are you? We’d love to have you!) and want to see some real reviews. Whatever your reason, we’re happy you’re here. Let us take you through IPSY’s membership options.

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First, there’s Glam Bag. This includes five deluxe beauty samples personalized for you from brands you already know and love and brands that’ll become your new faves. Plus, you get our signature makeup bag, which features a different design every month. 

  • Cost: $14/month (or less if you choose an annual plan!)
  • Value: Up to $70
  • Choice: You get to choose one out of five products for your bag.
  • Product size: Deluxe beauty samples
  • This bag is for you if: You love exploring and trying new brands and products.

Then you have BoxyCharm. This subscription includes five full-size beauty products personalized for youfrom buzzworthy beauty brands that’ll delight you every single month, all at an unbeatable value.

  • Cost: $30/month (or less if you choose an annual plan!)
  • Value: Up to $200
  • Choice: You can choose three out of five products for your box.
  • Product size: Always full size. Never full price.
  • This box is for you if: You love getting a great deal and being able to choose the products you love most, all while still being surprised with new brands and products to try.

Lastly, we have Icon Box, our most exclusive subscription. Icon Box is a quarterly, limited edition upgrade to your monthly Glam Bag or BoxyCharm membership, and it includes eight full-size products personalized for you and specially curated by beauty’s biggest icons. A new Icon Box drops in February, May, August, and November.

  • Cost: $60/quarter (that's only an additional $45/shipment for Glam Bag members and $30/shipment for BoxyCharm members!)
  • Value: Up to $350
  • Choice: You can choose three out of eight products for your shipment.
  • Product size: Icon Box includes full-size products.
  • This subscription is for you if: You love getting VIP access to trending and coveted products from the hottest brands in beauty.

To help you decide, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite IPSY subscriber reviews. Keep reading for real reactions and reviews from real members.

Court Loves the Ipster Community

“Growing up, I didn’t have a big sister or makeup-forward mom to teach me about makeup or skincare. I never learned how to wear makeup until my twenties when I started receiving IPSY packages. IPSY is like having a whole girl tribe there with you who encourage you to try new things and point you in the right direction for makeup tips. Thank you for allowing me to find a passion I was scared to dive into and thank you for giving me a great way to connect to my preteen nieces.”

@melovirginhair Shares her Confidence Journey With IPSY

“Dear IPSY, I just want to say I have loved and enjoyed my subscription for three years now! The products and the info you have provided have literally changed my life. I have always been a girly girl and into beauty, but in 2015, I was in a low place health wise, financially, and just not myself. This subscription has helped to reawaken the love for beauty and self care I always knew was there deep down and helped me to discover so many great products and brands. Not to mention it has helped me take my makeup and look to the next level. I am growing in confidence and loving who I am in my own skin. On a side note, the subscription is an EXCELLENT value. For the last three years, I have bragged and given so much info about the brand to any- and everyone that will listen, even teens and preteens (ha 😂). So I'm sure some people think I work for you. But it's okay because I truly enjoy and look forward to my pink mailer every month, and I am so grateful for my IPSY subscription. Hope this made your day to hear, because it's been a joy for me to experience over the years! XOXO 😘”

OG Ipster Megan Shares Her First Memories of IPSY

“There are so many things that I love about IPSY, but if I had to choose one thing, I’d say I love how inspiring IPSY is. In 2011 when I got my first Glam Gag (I know... throwback!!), I was 15 years old and trying to figure out my place in this world. I was dabbling in makeup and skincare and the monthly bags were something for me to look forward to so that I could play around with new things. It helped me to understand the beauty world so much better, and I particularly fell in love with skincare. In order to have a flawless makeup look, you have to know the basics of skincare! I’ve always gone with a more natural approach with makeup but IPSY inspires me to try new things and not be scared to use a pop of color here and there! Because I have been an IPSY member for so long, I feel like my bags are truly curated for me which I LOVE because I always use everything in my bag. Over the years of falling in love with makeup and skincare, I became an esthetician and now being 23 years old, I still get so excited each month for my little bag of inspiration! IPSY has truly helped and inspired me to become who I am today.”

Lici on How IPSY Has Brought Her Joy

“I love IPSY as it's really helped with my sense of well being this past year. When I became chronically ill and totally disabled a number of years back, it really took a toll on my sense of self. With being stuck at home (being chronically ill apparently prepped me quite well for pandemic life, eh), I let my self-care slide. When I decided to do a better job of taking care of myself, I wasn't exactly sure where to start. And then, I found IPSY. IPSY has helped me reclaim some of what I lost, and I'm incredibly grateful. Hopefully, as people start to experience some of what a good portion of the chronically-ill/disabled community has gone through for ears (i.e., being stuck at home, having to wear face masks whenever out in public, living a quieter at-home life that's relegated to behind computer screens, etc.), they will hold onto good self-care even when it seems pointless, overwhelming, or too expensive. Although lipstick and a full-face of makeup don't have much of a place under these circumstances, good skincare, getting a good night's sleep (thank you IT WORKS products), and pampering oneself on the regular, have immense importance in helping one to retain a positive sense of self and well-being. I hope you are able to find that for yourself during these difficult days.”

Angelica Jokes About the Magic of IPSY Match

“I love my bag every month, but I swear you people are listening to our phones in some way. I said the word dehydrated about 50 times two weeks ago and was complaining about my skin being dry... the WHOLE bag except eyeshadow was geared toward dry skin! The names of everything even cracked me up. I got a lip gloss called fluid, my face moisturizer was called H20, and a hand cream for dry hands. Happens a lot actually, so I keep yelling into my phone ‘I need liquid eyeliner.’ We shall see!

Yari Reviews Her March 2021 IPSY Glam Bag

It didn’t take long for Yari to fall in love with her March 2021 Glam Bag. At first peek, she spotted the OUAI Leave-In Conditioner, something she’s always wanted to try in her monthly assortment of deluxe-size samples. “Sometimes I get a full-size item, and that’s kind of like a bonus,” says Yari of her Glam Bag experience so far.

Emma Reviews Every Product in Her February 2020 Glam Bag

Not only does Emma unbag her entire February Glam Bag for viewers to see, but she also uses every single product (from sheet mask to lipstick), so you can get her first impressions and see what they look like on. Speaking of, check out her liquid liner work—very impressed!

Cassidy Reviews Her January 2020 Glam Bag

Our first bag of 2020 was meant to help you kick off your year with a clean slate, and our misty pink and marble bag was a great start. Cassidy even calls the design one of her favorite bags IPSY has ever done. And once she checks out the can’t-miss products inside, it gets even better.

Want in on all the IPSY fun? Take our Beauty Quiz now to get started with your own IPSY beauty subscription. 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.

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Article Last Updated November 3, 2023 12:00 AM