some full-size products, reasonable cost
focus is on glam looks, many products are low-end and low quality
AI've been an Ipsy subscriber for about 7 months, and I'm going to drop my subscription. For me, there were two major downsides to the service:
1. Ipsy's focus is very much on the 'glam'. In their profile quiz, they do allow you to select natural/subtle/sporty looks as your preference, but the majority of their products each month don't fall into those categories. I've gotten ultra-long false eyelashes, silver glitter eyeliner, glitter eyeshadow, bright blue sparkly eyeshadow, bright blue ink eyeliner. I knew that was their focus when I subscribed - it's hard to miss when their featured looks are multicolor cat-eyes and rhinestone nail decorations - but I'd hoped they offered a wider range of products.
2. They send more full-sized products than, say, Birchbox, but those products are generally very low-end, low-quality brands. You go to the companies' sites, and it's $2.99 lip glosses, 66 eyeshadow palettes for $10, ten nail polishes for $10. Do a little Googling, and you find most of the stuff is made in China. Essentially, it's dollar-store makeup. There are samples from more high-end brands like Bare Escentuals or Dr Brandt, but I would say at least a third of what I've gotten has been the cheap stuff.
It was the Pop Beauty lip gloss fiasco that finally convinced me to give it up. Yet another of the low-quality brands; there was a 'mixup' in the ingredients when they shifted manufacture to Taiwan, and Ipsy customers ended up with this foul-smelling gloss that actually burned some people's lips. Did I find out about this from Ipsy? Nope, I had no idea the product was defective until I joined this site. I'd already tossed it out because of the smell and lip irritation, but an e-mail from Ipsy warning customers not to use the gloss would have been nice.
Ipsy has its place in the subscription box world; if you just want a whole lot of makeup to play with for a very reasonable price, you love to glam it up, and you're not fussy about brands, there's value there. It's just not what I'm looking for in a subscription box.