ipsy Glam Bag july 2014 Overview and Swatches

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I was really pleased with last month's Glam Bag but it seems like the pendulum is swinging back towards the dark side because I feel lukewarm about this month's bag. This month's theme is "Sensationally Sunkissed" and emphasizes products that you can use while in the sun and by the pool side. This month's bag is pink with a scalloped edge but I can't help but think that it looks like a ravioli. In this month's bag I received two full size and three mini items.

ipsy july bag (3 of 3)

Inside my bag: Bare Escentuals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow (mini), Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment (mini), Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass in Cherry (full size), Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil (mini), and Nailtini Nail Polish in Mango Rita (full size).


This month, the algorithm for ipsyMatch must have ignored my quiz because I got tanning and acne products in my bag. I'm not into tanning products with such a low SPF and I don't prefer getting such small samples of acne products, especially one in such an unhygienic packaging and with so much alcohol (the first ingredient is actually rubbing alcohol and it smells like rubbing alcohol)


I was hoping to get a full size of the Bare Escentuals Cream Eyeshadow but got a mini in the shade Divine Wine. In the tube, it looks like a deep grey plum and it initially applies like that on the skin. I noticed that as it dried, this shimmer was peeking through and when I rubbed my skin, this beautiful green highlight came out. I don't know if that's supposed to happen but it added a lot of depth to what I thought was a boring eyeshadow.


I didn't bother using the Clear Clinic Spot Treatment because I have no interest in dabbing rubbing alcohol on my skin to clear up my acne or the Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil because SPF 8 is a joke. The Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass is similar to the Benefit Benetint but has better packaging since it's in a spill-proof bottle with a doe foot applicator. 


Here's a FOTD using the Tints & Sass and Bare Escentuals Cream Eyeshadow.

ipsy july bag (1 of 3)

I also wanted to show the Nailtini Nail Polish. I wasn't fond of the Nailtini nail polish. I thought that the long wand combined with a thinner polish meant that no matter how much I wiped off the brush tip, the polish would just flow down from the top of the wand.

ipsy july bag (2 of 3)

July's ipsy Glam Bag Value: 


Bare Escentuals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow (Mini): 1 mL/.03 oz valued at $6.00
Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment (Mini): 2 mL valued at $9.33
Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass in Cherry (Full Size): 10 grams/ .35 oz valued at $22.99
Hang Ten Tanning Oil (Mini): 1 oz valued at $1.50
Nailtini Nail Polish (Full Size): .5 oz valued at $13.00

Total Bag Value: $52.82

Last month's Bag Value: $37.72.

Compared to last month's bag, this was a much better value (since the Elizabeth Mott Tints & is worth so much) but I felt that the products inside this bag ignored my preferences and included the tanning and acne products I didn't want. I'm still going to subscribe for next month's bag but I hope there are better picks inside.

If you'd like to subscribe to the ipsy Glam Bag, feel free to use my referral link which gives me points to redeem in products on the website. Otherwise, feel free to use a nonreferral link!

35 comments

  1. This sounds like an amazing bag.

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  2. I do like the sampling service though I hope in the future I get less skincare items!

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  3. I really hate that it's hard to find subscription boxes that are all makeup products and don't include skincare. I really hate skincare being included too, because my skin is so finicky from rosacea. Gimme eyeshadows, lipsticks and nail polish!

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  4. I liked my bag this month. I still haven't decided how I feel about the lip stain. At first I was going to trash it but now that I have used it a few times I figured out it works better and actually lasts like it claims to with a lip primer beneath. On it's own though it is streaky and tends to settle in lip lines and wears off within an hour needing reapplication. As far as a cheek tint, it is just meh. I agree with you on the suntan lotion as I don't sunbathe. I loved the little leatherette barbie pink makeup bag with the scalloped edges. I guess I am the only one who didn't see this and think ravioli. I wish they had perforated the leatherette with little flower patterns though or a quilt design. I really like the little eyeshadow. I got the same shade as you. I haven't used it though as I have quite a bit of travel coming up and saving it for trips since it is compact and a great neutral color.

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  5. MEH. I actually canceled my subscription and I'm not sorry. I'm just imagining a plate of pink ravioli's right now, lmao!!!

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  6. That's funny, Mai, ravioli! I actually like the bag itself, and I was OK with my bag. I got the BM shadow which I love along with Benefit They're Real mini, the Mott Tint, and a deluxe sample body lotion. I too got the tanning oil, and my guess is no one wanted that so they gave it out randomly. 4 out of 5 products I liked. I guess it is too bad not to get even one full size product but I did like what I got. I've subscribed for a year now, and I will see what next month is like. I thought of changing to a different but similarly priced sub service but the products seem to be about the same and I like getting the MU bags.

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  7. This month's bag was just okay for me too. I actually like the style of the bag, but I too was a little disappointed that the bare minerals cream shadow was just a sample. I saw other people got an eyeshadow duo so those who received that seemed like they got more product. I threw the tanning oil in the garbage. It looks like a ton of people got that and the majority of comments on ipsy.com were not positive. I got a moisturizer that I'm pretty happy with and a nail polish from Whet that looks promising as well. I also got a little pixi lip balm and I already really like their products. I just not thrilled with getting sun care products in a makeup bag for some reason, because I feel like I would buy them on my own. More makeup please.

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  8. I would have been meh about this bag myself.

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  9. I like this nail polish´s shade.

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  10. Eeeekkkkk I so havent gotten mine yet, but this looks amazing. Now I am hoping I get some of these goodies. Fingers crossed for sure!

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  11. I really like the actual bag this month, and the nail color is nice on you!

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  12. I also dislike when they add products that don't fit my needs or preferences

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  13. I agree with you, I don't fancy this one as other months!

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  14. Too bad you didn't like the samples you received this month as much as the previous months. I had a couple duds too in my bag but for the most part I liked it. I got that stunning Models Own nail polish which made the bag worth it!

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  15. I agree. This month's bag was just ok for me this month. But, I do think the zipper pouch is super cute. Overall though, I am generally pleased with IPSY.

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  16. That nailtini is gorgeous!

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  17. My bag was just meh too, but my extra was great!

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  18. LOL, Ravioli. Yeah, I don't know what they were thinking with that bag, either. I'm glad I got the BM 5-1 eyeshadow, because I wanted to try it. It really looks great on you. Lovely neutral with your eyes.

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  19. LOL on ravioli. I agree, your box is so-so

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  20. It's a shame you received a couple of items you wouldn't use but the other items sound pretty good.

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  21. It does kind of look like Ravioli...lol...good description.

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  22. I have to agree with you about the bag, I loved last month bag so much! The print was sooo cute! I got some of the same products as you. I know I wouldn't have been thrilled about the tanning oil. I use SPF 70 all the time.

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  23. Looks fab! Our bags were actually pretty different this month- your polish is pretty!

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  24. You're right - it does look like ravioli!!!! LOL ... I was "meh" about this month, as well. Very disappointing but not all bags will be equally great.

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  25. I have a few of the same in my bag, though my bag is not due to be delivered until August 13th... ugh - this is the 4th month in a row my bag comes in the followingmonth - so irritating.

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  26. I wasn't too excited about this month, but I wasn't disappointed with it either

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  27. Ipsy can do better than this.

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  28. This was my first month and I thought it was stupid that they gave me the sunscreen

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