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.
Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Big Apple (full size) - $19.00
Elizabeth Mott "It's So Big" Volumizing Macara (4 oz. sample) - $7.99
Starlooks Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Onyx (full size) - $12.00
NYX Single Eyeshadow in Nutmeg (full size) - $4.50
Freeman Paper masks in Blue Agave, Starfruit, and Rose (full size) - $5.97
TOTAL VALUE: $49.46
Ipsy Cost: $10.00
I was really excited about this month's bag because with three eye products and a very bold lip product, I could use it to create a complete vintage look. Well-defined eyes, red lips, and glowing skin make me feel like an old school movie star! I tested each product thoroughly before writing a review; some performed better than others.
The Starlooks Kohl Eyeliner Pencil is a matte, true black that glides on with minimal tugging. It's not quite as smooth as my beloved Urban Decay eyeliner... but then again, no other pencil is that smooth! Once the Starlooks Kohl is there, it stays put and looks great.
The Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm is the best product in the bag, even though the name is a big misleading. Most people expect a balm to be slippery, lubricating, and shiny. This product, on the other hand, has a velvety, powder-matte finish that lasts 8+ hours. It feels dry on the lips, but it doesn't actually dry my lips out; when I removed it, they were super-smooth and soft. A word about removal: You'll need an oily eye makeup remover to get this stuff off your face. It's VERY long-wearing!
I wanted to love the Elizabeth Mott mascara. It goes on gorgeously, with absolutely no clumps. It made my lashes look impossibly long, and helps curled lashes hold their curl. The problem? It flakes off in big, fibrous chunks that hurt like the dickens if they get in your eye. The first time it happened, I thought it was a fluke. When it happened again the next day, I realized the product is flawed.
The NYX eyeshadow is a beautiful, neutral golden brown with a very slight shimmer. It's subtle enough for work, and very good for covering the entire lid before adding a more dramatic contour color. It's not as dramatically pigmented as MAC, but if you're looking for an everyday shadow, it's a good choice.
Remember that company that the made peel-off face masks we'd use at sleepovers in the 90s? They're back! The Freeman paper masks are kind of hilarious: They're big face-shaped moist towelettes with eye holes. You're supposed to stick 'em on your face and let them sit for 10 minutes, and while you're wearing it you look like a monster with scary peeling skin. But the real problem is that the eye holes are too small and close together, so it's hard to prevent the product from getting in your eyes--and when it does, it stings like a bitch. I tried the moisturizing one, joked a lot about my monster face, and noticed that it made my pores look tighter and my skin felt less dry. There is another mask for drying out oily skin, and a "brightening" one.
Overall verdict: Good job, Ipsy! I can't wait to see what they send next month... hopefully no novelty Halloween products like the nasty body glitter that came in the June bag! I'd like to see some lotion or perfume with a pumpkin spice scent, a nail polish or eye product in metallic gold, a deep conditioner, and perhaps a reverse lip liner. My wedding makeup artist clued me in to their existence, and now I want one!!