Say hello to the February 2013 Ipsy bag! I hate to say it, but this is the first month that left me feeling underwhelmed when I first unzipped the bag. Maybe Ipsy spoiled me with all that fancy Urban Decay eyeliner and Josie Maran Argan Oil they sent in December and January. This month, my first reaction was Oh, look at the eye bag. Sure, go ahead and imagine a bag full of craft googly eyes.
|(or just imagine the Edith with Googly Eyes tumblr)|
PixiBeauty Flawless & Poreless Primer, 0.5 oz. (full size/1.01 oz. is $29.00): $14.36
Here's the problem: The Pixi primer contains shea butter, which usually breaks me out. Until I'm sure this doesn't break me out, I'm withholding judgment. This unscented primer looks pink when it comes out of the tube. It feels smooth and heavy, blends easily, and rubs down to a translucent finish. I like the way it feels, and it didn't make me more shiny than usual, but I prefer the sheer coverage of a BB or tinted moisturizer.
MicaBeauty Gel Eyeliner, label doesn't state size (full size/0.18 oz is $30.00): $6.67 (I estimated, this number might be a liar)
This stuff is awesome! I was afraid that a gel eyeliner would be difficult to apply, but it was easier to use than my usual liquid liner. I used a very small brush to get a super-thin, 100% solid line in one swipe. It comes in a very heavy glass pot that feels luxurious. And a little went a long way, so this sample should last a long time.
Coastal Scents eye shadow quad, 0.07 oz. (a full size .04 oz. shadow is $1.99): $3.48
This one was the dud. These shadows are tiny. I'm not crazy about getting two black eye shadows in one quad, and the palest shade is terribly unflattering. That cool, sickly gray is the height of zombie chic. But the medium gray is alright. I'll use that one.
Pop Beauty Smoky Lash Kapow mascara, 0.17 oz. (full size/0.25 oz is $18.50): $12.58
Mascara is always rad. This formula doesn't clump, and it makes my lashes look unnaturally long. WIN!
Lash Cards, four (full size/10 cards is $6.99): $2.80
These were my unexpected favorite! When I saw them, I laughed. Who holds a piece of cardboard behind their lashes when they apply mascara? Um, from now on, THIS GIRL. The Lash Card doesn't just keep you from getting mascara on your lids. Any mascara that isn't actually on your lashes sticks to the card, so you don't get clumps. When I used the Lash Cards on my lower lashes, they gave me perfect Twiggy eyes. SCORE! Throwing a card away after each application is very wasteful, so I'll get a real mascara guard when these run out. But hey, at least I found a useful new tool!
Total Value: $39.89
Ipsy Price: $10.00 + Free shipping
This month's bag wasn't the most exciting one I've ever received from Ipsy, but it was nice to try gel eyeliner for the first time. And those Lash Cards got me out of my beauty rut, which is exactly why I subscribed to Ipsy in the first place. I'm looking forward to next month's bag, and hoping it has more color. Pink cream blush or coral gloss, please?