This is part two of Revisiting My Glam Bags! This post will cover the bags I have received so far in 2013. To read about all the bags from 2012 (and the December 2011 bag) check out Part One!
**Note: all of the following photos are screenshots from my Glam Room while logged into Ipsy.com.
Part 1, I haven't tried it yet. (Perhaps I should do a series of trying a new mascara sample each week for however many weeks it takes to get through that drawer? Haha!) I do like the Mica Beauty gel liner, I use that almost every day. And the Lash Cards. I haven't tried them, I don't know that I will... They just seem unnecessary. I don't seem to have a problem applying mascara without getting it everywhere.
my post about it earlier this week, I actually haven't opened anything from it yet. I will likely try out the Starlooks lip liner and I know I'll try the NYX blush. Other than that, I'm not really interested in the rest of the items. The J.Cat glitter palette feels a little young to me, I'm sure I'll give that away. The Cailyn gel liner will probably get given away as well since I pretty much only use black liner and it's purple. (And I think the packaging is wacky.) I'll probably hang onto the J.Cat lashes. I'm sure they will live in my little false lash drawer until they eventually get used.
Liked: ?? (I'm sure I'll like the NYX blush, I already have and like several other shades of it.)
Adding up all the numbers of products received, used and liked for all 19 bags gives me the following:
Products Received: 92
Products Used: 50
Products Liked: 30
Looking back at all these Glam Bags has been interesting. Unfortunately, I'm using less items that I thought from them. I am using several of the bags for various things, and I didn't factor that in because I kind of think of them as a bonus. I am paying for the subscription for the products, not for the bags. While I have used over half of the products I have received in my Glam Bags, I have only liked about a third of the total products I have received. I have paid $10 a month for 19 months to receive these bags, totaling $190. (When you look at it that way, ouch!) I have given so many items away, so its like I'm just giving away money. I can think of many products I could have purchased with the $190 that I know I'd love.
So is Ipsy worth it?
For me, I'm thinking no, it's not. It is fun to get a surprise in the mail every month. It is fun to sample new products and brands. I'm so torn because I have really loved some of the samples I got from my Glam Bags. But when I'm only liking a third of the samples I'm receiving, I'm not sure its worth the subscription. I think perhaps for someone who doesn't already have a lot of makeup and is looking to discover some new products, Ipsy could totally be worth it. I am looking forward to the July Glam Bag, but I just don't know if it is worth it for me to continue to subscribe after that. At this point, I think I'm going to plan on canceling after July.
Now you know what I think of the samples I have received, But what about the bags? :)