Today, I’m going to walk you guys through the items I got in my May Ipsy bag! This was my first month as an Ipsy customer, and I’m hooked. I’m kind of a stickler for the things I know (and trust), so because I don’t always seek out new beauty products, I figured this was a great way to get my feet wet.
Ipsy is similar to a lot of other subscription boxes in that you fill out a profile of your likes and dislikes, skin tone, eye color, etc, and they tailor a bag of makeup and beauty products each month to best suit you, according to what you filled out in your profile. You can then review your bag to let them know what you loved or what you hated, or you can update your profile at any time if you decide that you have enough eyeshadows, no longer like bronzer, or whatever else you may change your mind on later down the road.
You get the jist, right?
But the best part is that it’s only $10 a month, and each time, you’ll get a mix of high to low end brands and a combination of full-size products and smaller sample-sized products. I received two full-size products, three samples, and an adorable bag to boot. The two full-sized products I received retail for a combined price of $39, so it doesn’t just seem like a good deal – it IS a good deal. Wooooo!
Okay, without further ado, onto the reviewing…..
The May bag was a clear makeup bag with ice cream cones on it! It’s perfect for sitting by the pool all summer, or taking to the lake. I’ve seen these clear bags all over the place, but I’ve never bought one, so I was really excited to receive this!
Caked Makeup, Lip Fondant in “Low Key” ($16)
First Impression: I’m a sucker for cute packaging, and this fit that bill for me. I love anything pink, and I’m really into liquid lipsticks right now, so I was excited about this. It smells just like cake, which was not a huge selling point but definitely a plus.
It went on smoothly, and although definitely a liquid lipstick, this didn’t dry as fast as I like. Let me expand on that by saying that I like my lippies to dry FAST, so I think most people would be fine with the speed at which it dries – I just might be a bit picky.
This dried to exactly the color I was expecting which is HUGE bonus. The worst is when your lips dry to a totally different color than you were hoping for – no, thank you.
I have not worn this on a full night out yet, but I’m confident it’s long-lasting because after a makeup wipe, two cotton pads of rosewater, and A SHOWER, my arm still has remnants of the swatch.
VERDICT: LOVE – all staining and drying-speed-complaints aside, I love the consistency and color of the Lip Fondant. I will be using this for a long time to come.
Jelly Pong Pong, Eye Shadow in “Supercharged” ($22.95)
First Impression: Again with the cute packaging! I am not a huge eyeshadow person, but this was too cute to stick my nose up at. I’m also not big about shimmer. But, these colors were beautiful and rich, so I gave it a shot.
What I really loved about this eyeshadow compact was that it has a mirror! Look – if I’m doing my makeup, chances are, this is not going to be my mirror of choice, but I love that they went far enough to add that small touch. It makes a difference.
Whatever I said about not liking shimmer was negated with one swipe of the gold shadow. It was GORGEOUS. It was super pigmented and only needed one coat.
Sadly, the same cannot be said for the rose gold shadow… I had high hopes for the rose gold shade after seeing how nice the gold was, but man, after three swipes (with a dense brush, mind you), this one was still patchy.
VERDICT: LIKE – I’m not a big eyeshadow person, and while I really did love the gold, the rose gold was less than impressive. I’ll use this, but I wouldn’t buy it.
Urban Decay, Afterglow in “Sin” ($26)
First Impression: Okay – we already know I don’t like shimmer. Unpopular opinion: I’m also not a huge fan of highlighter. I do like it on other people – it’s beautiful when it’s done well. But because I still have imperfect skin (see previous post), I don’t like the way it highlights (pun intended) those weird little things.
BUT, I do love Urban Decay products, and this one claims to last eight hours, so I was open to it.
This highlighter went on really smoothly, and I didn’t need to swipe the brush more than a couple times to get a decent coverage.
However – it claims to last eight hours, but with one wipe of a finger, this stuff was just about rubbed off. If you’re wearing highlighter, you’re probably also wearing primer and setting spray which is excellent because I’m not sure this would last eight hours without it.
VERDICT: NEUTRAL – I don’t love this, I don’t really like it, but I don’t dislike it either. The champagne color is pretty, but highlighters just aren’t my thing. I’ll use this, but I wouldn’t buy it.
First Impression: I’ve heard good things about this brand and was excited to receive this. I’ve been bleaching my hair (babylights are the bomb) for nearly ten years, so I use these types of products daily. I’m a fangirl for It’s A 10 products, and this seemed to have a similar consistency.
Also, it lists the nasty things it doesn’t include which is a huge plus. I’m from San Francisco, so I drift towards the natural beauty products. This seemed close-ish.
The first thing I noticed when I used this was how strong the smell was. Don’t get me wrong – it’s nice, but it’s intense too.
The second thing I noticed was that it comes out like a true spray. If you’ve ever used It’s A 10‘s version of this, you know that it comes out like a thick spray, so that’s what I was expecting. This one is a finer mist, which is totally cool. We’re trying new things here!
VERDICT: NEUTRAL – I’m not in love with this. It didn’t make my hair nearly as soft as It’s A 10 does, but it did what it’s supposed to. My hair does seem a little less crazy today, but I’m not convinced it’s because of this product.
IT Cosmetics, Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara in Super Black ($24)
First Impression: I LOVE mascara, so I was stoked for this one. Full disclosure, my eyelashes aren’t particularly long, but they are curly, so they take to mascara well. The packaging wasn’t mind-blowing, but hey – it’s a black tube. What could you really expect?
The listing for this on the Ipsy website talks the product up pretty well, so I was pleased with the wand. It’s similar to the wands on all the other mascaras I love (little bristles rather than the weird rubber ones).
Admittedly, I did not take a before and after photo, but one coat of this was all I needed to walk out of the house. on with my day, and with really, really nice looking lashes. I’m all about efficiency, so SCORE!
VERDICT: LOVE – I will use and buy this, over and over again.
Overall, I was really impressed with my Ipsy bag. These things can feel like a shot in the dark, and you never really know what you’ll end up with, but they figured me out pretty well. I discovered that it’s crucial to fill out your beauty profile as specifically as possible, so the company can get a good idea of what you are searching for.
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