For those of you just tuning in, Ipsy is a beauty subscription service. For $10 a month, Ipsy sends 4 - 5 surprise beauty products to your door in a cute cosmetics bag. They even mail it in a shiny hot pink envelope! Seeing that envelope in my mailbox always makes me dance around like a little kid. If you don't want to get in a beauty rut, Ipsy is for you.
It's Ipsy bag time! This month's review is late, because honestly, I wasn't sure what to do with some of this stuff. This bag's theme is "On the Wild Side." I suppose I"m not wild enough, because I have no clue what to do with false eyelashes and body glitter! The value breakdown is very good, though. Take a look:
NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Natural: $6.00
Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil: $18.00
J. Cat Beauty false eyelashes: $3.99J. Cat Sparkling Cream Palette in Volta: $4.49
Starlooks lip pencil in Tipsy: $12.00
TOTAL VALUE: $44.48
Ipsy Price: $10.00
Ipsy Price: $10.00
Ipsy recently started customizing the items in our bags bags using our beauty quiz results. Three items in this month's bag were sent to all subscribers, and two items were matched to us based on our personal preferences. They still have a long way to go, but I can see what they were trying to do.
All Ipsy subscribers received a NYX blush, and they chose a color for us based on our quiz results. The cream blush I got is very blendable and delivers a subtle, natural-looking flush. It might be too subtle for some makeup lovers, but I like it precisely because of its subtlety. Lately I've been wearing highly pigmented Be a Bombshell blushes, and I needed something more natural-looking.
All subscribers also got a Starlooks lip pencil. The product itself has a creamy formula that applies smoothly and is long-lasting. Unfortunately, the pale coral color is too bright and light for my skin tone. It makes me look like a child playing dress-up with Mommy's makeup! I wish I could wear this, but I can't.
Finally, all subscribers received a body glitter palette from J. Cat Beauty. This is the big WTF item. It's basically Vaseline with big chunks of glitter in it. REALLY? I don't know any post-college, adult woman who would wear this, except perhaps on Halloween. Or if she was a burlesque dancer. Which I am NOT. It might be pretty on the eyes at parties, but the online warnings explicitly say not to use it in the eye area. This is useless.
Ipsy sent me a Chella highlighter pencil based on my quiz results, and I love this. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I've used it every day since I received it, and I'll buy another when it runs out. Swipe it on your waterline, at the inner corners of your eye, and directly below your brows. It does what Benefit products promise to do: It makes you look better without making you look like you're wearing a ton of makeup. People will ask if you got a fantastic night of sleep, or if you just fell in love!
Finally, I got a set of false eyelashes. Really? Really? I subscribed to Ipsy to get out of my
comfort zone beauty rut, and ohboy, this item does precisely that. I'm not opposed to wearing them, but I haven't had the right occasion yet, so I can't comment on their quality. However, I do know that the eyelash adhesive is black--and I love that. I've used fake eyelashes with thick white glue that did not dry invisibly, and it looked like eye boogers. EW. I imagine that this will make you look like you're wearing black liquid liner. WIN!
This isn't the best bag I ever received, and none of the brands stood out to me, but I'm wearing the blush regularly, and I REALLY love the Chella highlighter. Ipsy received a lot of flack on the forums for the trashy body glitter, so I don't think we'll be getting anything like that again--thank goodness! Overall, I think Ipsy is just going to keep getting better. What did you get in your bag this month?