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People Say Their Ipsy Makeup Is Being Totally Destroyed In The Mail

"I am definitely feeling totally ripped off."

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Ipsy is a monthly, personalized makeup and beauty product subscription service. It was founded by Michelle Phan, a beauty blogger who rose to fame on YouTube.

Instagram: @michellephan

The service aims to help makeup lovers find products they love by curating packages for subscribers based on individual style and preference.

"With infinite beauty product combinations in the marketplace, choosing the best items for your needs can be a challenge," Ipsy says on its website. "That was why Michelle created Ipsy. Michelle and her team of stylists have selected products they love, for you to try."

Ipsy sends its subscribers a personalized bag of products each month. The service costs $10 a month, according to its website.

"Got my Ipsy bag today, and as soon as I opened my mailbox I could smell the fingernail polish!" one woman wrote on Ipsy's Facebook page. "Which is very upsetting, because it [is] the only thing in my bag I would actually use! Usually only get 1-2 good things in my bag and this time it is unusable!"


"Ipsy is a joke literally just sent me one thing and I always get broken product," one user wrote.

Lol ipsy is a joke literally just sent me one thing and I always get broken products /:

Miranda Reising was one of the Ipsy subscribers who complained on Twitter about getting a broken bottle.

When your excited for your @ipsy bag and a cool nail polish is broken 😩 #sadday I was excited 😕

She told BuzzFeed News that she has been subscribing to the service for three months.

"It was disappointing to receive my May Glam bag that came with broken nail polish," she said.

However, Reising said she was pleased with how quickly Ipsy's customer service solved her issue.

Instagram: @ipsy

"I sent a tweet about my disappointment with a picture and not even an hour later they responded back to fix the issue," she said, adding that her new nail polish is supposed to arrive on Tuesday.

Other customers agreed, saying that Ipsy's customer service has been quick to resolve their issues.

This bag was pretty awesome plus the ipsy team on twitter were so helpful when my eyeshadow came in broken.

One satisfied subscriber, Caitlin Corbitt, told BuzzFeed News she has been impressed by the company's customer service when she received a bent brush and the wrong bonus item.

"Ipsy has always replaced any item that came to me broken, misshapen, or messed up," she said. "They have done it quickly and with grace."

But another customer, Kate Alexander, told BuzzFeed News she had struggled to get a response when she contacted the company about a broken nail polish. She added she was dissatisfied with the items in her "personal" box.

"I would have rather taken that $60 [spent on Ipsy], gone to Sephora or Ulta, and spent it on items that I really want," she said.

The company says on its website that customers can have their products replaced at no charge if they are lost or broken.

Instagram: @ipsy

Ipsy tells customers to email a dedicated line if their product arrives damaged.

"We stand by our products and quality, and we take all necessary steps to ensure each item is shipped in the safest possible way," the website says.

Neither Ipsy nor a representative for Phan immediately returned a request for comment from BuzzFeed News.

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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