March 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag Review + Swatches

Hello again!

I’m trying to get back into the swing of things and working on posts to schedule in advance because I’m a little behind due to taking a much needed vacation. We had loads of fun and I cannot wait to tell you guys all about it.

But today, I have my March Ipsy Glam Bag review!

Bag Contents:

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  • NIP+FAB Glycolic Scrub Fix
  • GoldFaden MD Facial Detox Mask

  • City Color Cosmetics Glow Duo

  • tarte Cosmetics Sex Kitten Eyeliner

  • Contour Cosmetics Lip Kit Pencil in Stud


NIP+FAB
Glycolic Scrub Fix

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Quick Description & Claims:

  • It’s got multiple benefits—it refines, restores, and brightens your skin each time you use it.
  • Hello, baby-smooth skin. Glycolic acid gently exfoliates and improves your skin’s texture, while salicylic acid helps clean your pores and reduce blemishes.
  • We use it and—zing! It’s got this yummy, grapefruit scent that gives an instant awake feeling, and makes skin feel so fresh.

Mini Product Review:

I LOVED THIS PRODUCT! So so much! The glycolic acid made my skin super smooth and that lasted literally for days! I don’t think I have to use this stuff more than once a week. It’s amazing! It also has a very nice grapefruit scent that I love and it’s really subtle.

I do believe that the salicylic acid has helped with blemishes and breakouts because my skin has been pretty clear recently *knocks on wood* and I have been using it twice a week (even though I don’t need to). I will definitely keep using it and will consider purchasing the full size when I run out.

Cruelty Free? Yes, and vegan (except for a few products)


GoldFaden MD
Facial Detox Mask

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Quick Description & Claims:

  • Feeling clogged in the facial department? Time for a detox. This purifying mask pulls out dirt and debris from way deep down, making your skin look glowy and brand new.
  • It’s infused with a soothing blend of zinc oxide, sulfur, and camphor to cleanse and minimize the appearance of pores without over-drying your skin.
  • Like to plan ahead? This mask also works to prevent future breakouts, so we love using it when an event is coming up.

Mini Product Review:

I thought this mask was good but I’m not a fan of the scent. It smells…like medication. I didn’t mind using this as an all-over mask but I think I might like it better if used as a spot treatment. The times I used it, it helped with my blemishes and they pretty much disappeared within days and it seems as though it has prevented some breakouts as well.

I will be using it a spot treatment and also as a preventative product to really test it out.

Cruelty Free? Yes, according to their site.


City Color Cosmetics
Glow Duo

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Quick Description & Claims:

  • It’s great when you need to glow up on the go. One pan holds a creamy highlighter, and the other a powder highlighter. You can use them alone or together for an even more intense result.
  • The shimmer on these guys = whoa. And they’re very pigmented, so a little goes a long way.
  • The formulas are smooth and blendable, so they don’t look cakey when you layer them on.

Mini Product Review:

I wasn’t going to try this product, but the cream highlighter intrigued me a bit. I do think that they’re pigmented when swatched, but I didn’t feel that way about the cream highlighter when I applied it, which was a little disappointing. I had to keep layering the cream highlighter for it to show as intensely as the powder. BUT, I think it’s a good one for a subtle glow and/or for everyday looks.

The powder was more pigmented than the cream highlighter, in my opinion. But the powder is a bit too dark for my skin tone, I can’t really pull it off without foundation because it just looks like I put bronzer in place of my highlighter. I also feel like this powder highlight works on me ONLY on top of foundation AND under warm lighting.

I don’t exactly know what I will be doing with this duo, I thought I’d like it a bit more, but unfortunately these just aren’t shades that I can wear daily. Maybe I’ll try the powder highlight during the summer when I’m more tanned.

What I liked about this duo is that they can be layered (which looks better) and also they’re pretty blendable, but other thant that, I wish they had different shades (they don’t).

Cruelty Free? Yes! Certified by PETA


Tarte Cosmetics
Sex Kitten Eyeliner

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Quick Description & Claims:

  • This inky black, creamy pencil is our go-to for tightlining, feline flicks, and more.
  •  It’s totally waterproof, so you can have an lol-fest without smudging your eye look.
  • It glides on ever-so smoothly and effortlessly with no tugging or pulling. Pinky swear.

Mini Product Review:

I wasn’t going to use this product either but I can’t say no to tarte products. It’s a brand  I’ve been wanting to try for such a long time but can’t afford.

This eyeliner is so creamy and I think it’s perfect for tightlining (which I do often). I haven’t tried to see if it’s truly waterproof, mainly because I don’t care either way but I love that it doesn’t tug on the skin when it’s being applied.

Cruelty Free? Yes!


Contour Cosmetics
Lip Kit Pencil in Stud

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Quick Description & Claims:

  • This creamy pencil is very pigmented, and glides on easily.
  • You can use it as a regular lipliner, or to contour and make your lips look full, and pouty.
  • Stud is a pretty, brownish mauve color that’s just the right amount of glam.

Mini Product Review:

This lip liner was my least liked product in this bag. It wasn’t as creamy as they claim. At least mine didn’t glide as easily. It pulled a lot and I had to apply pressure for the lip liner to show. I just found it really hard to apply.

I got the shade Stud which is a brownish mauve color. I would have liked to receive Juju because I have a few peachy shades that could use a companion lip liner but oh well.

Overall, didn’t like it much. It was not easy getting it off with a regular wipe which was such an nightmare.

Cruelty Free? Yes, according to their site.


PRODUCT SWATCHES

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If my research is correct, then all these products are cruelty free and that makes me really happy! I didn’t love every single product but I’m glad to have tried them all, especially the NIP + FAB Glycolic scrub.

What did you guys get in your bags?
Leave me links below for unboxings/reviews!

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Disclosure: this review is a personal opinion and is honest. I do not receive compensation for my reviews. Product(s) was/were purchased by me, unless noted otherwise.

20 thoughts on “March 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag Review + Swatches

  1. I tried wearing the powder highlighter as a bronzer for a few days, but it’s too orange for that on my skin. Bummer.

    And I had already forgotten about the lipliner! It crumbled when I tried to use it.

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    1. I think on me it has more of a coppery undertone, but I don’t think I can use it as bronzer because it’s just way too shimmery lol.

      I had high hopes for the lip liner but it’s just not creamy at all, it tugged so badly and it was painful to take off.

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    1. I haven’t checked to see how expensive it is yet, but I’m hoping it’s not too bad because I would love to buy the full size when I run out. And if you do end up trying it too, I hope you like.

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  2. I’ve been using that grapefruit scrub prob more than twice a week now and my face feels SO smooth & I def have been seeing my pores get smaller. I love it, too. 😀 & the scent!! Isn’t it just the best?! That’s weird that there aren’t other shades for the highlighter duo. Sorry that didn’t work out for you! 😦 The swatch of it does really dark. That lip liner looks super dry, blah! Lol but yay to an all cruelty-free bag!

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    1. I know right? I’m afraid to use it all up because I don’t wanna look at the price tag for the full size 🙈 lmao
      Yeah hated the lip liner and idk what I’ll do with the highlighter duo….*sigh*

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      1. The full-size price isn’t bad at all!! It’s like $13 & wow, my face just keeps looking better & better. I’d buy a full-size but then my sub boxes always send me something better!! It sucks when the products don’t work out. It feels like a waste to just throw them in the trash but makes too much clutter if you keep it all!

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        1. OMG! SERIOUSLY?!! $13? I’m gonna have to go check it out on Ulta, brb XD
          True true. That’s why I love these boxes, you discover great new products you’d never thought you’d buy yourself. 🙂
          Yeah I understand, and I’m all for de-cluttering so believe me, if something doesn’t work out, it goes in the trash too, but it’s very rare.

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          1. Do they have it at Ulta?! I went on their website and the price was in pounds and I converted it to dollars in US hahha. Now I went to the website and see they have a US website too hahaha… it’s only $9.95 on there but it’s sold out!!
            It’s so hard for me to throw the stuff in the trash! I just store stuff away where I can’t see it lol.

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          2. They sell a few bath & body products from the brand but not this exfoliant 😦 it seems they have it on Target, but it might only be online 😦 I will have to go to the store and see if they carry the brand.

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