Hello and happy Sunday. Today I’m in the mood for a rant, but one that’s been on my mind for a while. If you’ve been here since 2017, then you’re probably familiar with my Ipsy Glam Bag unboxings and reviews. I’d been subscribed to Ipsy basically since it started, and now that my subscription has ended, I have made the decision not to resubscribe or renew, and in this post, I’m telling you the reasons why. Let’s get started, shall we?
1. Every month I get the same type of products
I know that the way these subscription boxes work is by making arrangements with certain brands to be provided with sample or travel-sized products for them to feature in the boxes. I understand that some months might be better than others in terms of these arrangements. However, for a few months there I was getting the same products in my glam bag every single month, and the only thing that changed was the brand. Every single month for a while I would get mascara, a pencil eyeliner (sometimes even from the same brand), a sheet mask, and a lip product. I even got two Ciaté liquid lipsticks that were pretty much the same shade, only one had glitter and the other didn’t. The idea of these subscription services is to explore different brands and products, but if I’m getting the same every time, I won’t be able to really get to know new things and play with makeup, and I’d ultimately have so much that I’d have to give it away.
2. Some stuff I get is not even functional
I pride myself on having a lot of makeup, okay? But that doesn’t mean that I don’t have some useless stuff sitting in my makeup boxes collecting dust. Some examples of totally useless products I’ve gotten on Ipsy Glam Bags include a blue liquid highlighter, a blue powder highlighter, and blue loose pigment. Seriously, though, the highlighters have only come in handy once, when I dressed up as rain for Halloween. When I say I want to be adventurous with my makeup I mean I like wearing bold lipstick colors or bright eyeshadow, not that I want to have a streak of sparkly blue powder across my cheekbone.
3. The quality of the stuff has decreased
This, I think, has to do more with the selection process of the products. Like I said in a previous item, I do think that some months are better than others and that it has to do with the business side of the subscription service. However, to me, the brands have become more commercial, more “drugstore.” Before, I would search for the brands of the products I got and find out they were female-owned and vegan and all these things, and I would feel like I was really supporting a group of people into doing what they love. Now I get the same brands that I could easily buy in stores or online, so the magic has been lost. I’m not saying I’m getting bad stuff all the time, but that the brands are now super commercial, so the overall feel of the bag has changed.
4. The glam bags don’t seem to be personalized anymore
I cannot attest to this 100% because I checked all the boxes when I did my quiz, which means I was in for a surprise every month. I can say, though, that by looking at other people’s unboxings, everybody seemed to be getting the same stuff. It was as if there were pre-set bags already made and subscribers would get one of them, instead of having a unique bag that catered to their specific tastes and needs. I’m not mad at subscription services that give everyone the same set of products, but if that’s the case, then they shouldn’t advertise that their glam bags are personalized.
5. The Glam Bag Plus is a total joke
Starting from the whole campaign they did in anticipation, which was a fiasco, to the subscription process itself, and ending with the cherry on top which was the bad, overpriced products, this is a joke. I know now that there’s even a more expensive version of this and I don’t understand how can someone pay for it, but that’s their decision, not mine. Because I was subscribed to the regular glam bag, I was told I had this “early” access to the plus subscription, which meant I didn’t have to wait months for it. I could also change my regular subscription to the plus one by paying like $30 extra or something. What ended up happening was that for some reason that subscription was super delayed, even though they did charge me for it, and that I ended up getting both the regular glam bag and the plus one. Because the plus was delayed, I got it like two months after I was supposed to receive it, and when I opened it, I realized that I hadn’t gotten the makeup bag they advertise or the booklet with information about the products. Besides that, the five items were ridiculous, and so were their prices. I’m still mad about that whole shitshow.
Are you subscribed to Ipsy or any makeup service? Let me know in the comments below.
Love, Miss Camila