Hello, ladies! Another month and another amazing Ipsy bag. Ah, can life get any better?
This is my personal favorite of many beauty subscriptions that I’ve tried and I just can’t get enough. In case you don’t know, Ipsy is a monthly subscription of 4-5 deluxe and full size beauty products that costs $10 per month (with free shipping). These samples also come in an exclusive travel-sized cosmetics bag! Ipsy consistently has generous product sizes and great values. Unlike other beauty subscriptions, they focus almost solely on makeup (and sometimes skincare or hair) products instead of lifestyle. This means that their bags are loaded with long-lasting products. Personally, I really love services like Ipsy because they allow me to build my makeup collection without spending too much money in one sitting. Thanks to these subscriptions, I will never need to buy blush, lip-gloss, or eyeliner ever again. If you are interested in subscribing after reading my review (or past reviews), then please reach out to me for my referral link so that I can get credit for introducing you to your new soul mate.
This month’s theme is “Glamour Academy” in honor of August being back-to-school month. After seeing the spoilers for this bag, I was dying to know which variation I would receive. Ipsy uses an in-depth beauty quiz to determine which products get sent to subscribers and I always have my fingers crossed for makeup, makeup, makeup. Ipsy also now has a feature that allows its subscribers to review the items in their bags, much like other subscription services. Hopefully those reviews will also help personalize subscriptions in the future. So, let’s see what the ladies at Ipsy sent this month!
Of course, Ipsy also sent out their signature monthly cosmetics bag.
Surprisingly, I find this bag absolutely adorable. In the photos, it looks a little cheap and the design seems like it would be tacky… but it is lovely in person! I love the gold/purple combination. Unfortunately, I don’t really have a use for this bag right now, so I might just end up giving it away… Now, onto the goodies!
1. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick (Anarchy)
Well, let’s start with the most sought-after product this month: a brand new Urban Decay lipstick!
This lipstick only came out a few weeks ago (maybe more than a month by now) and it is already the talk of the blogosphere. Highly pigmented, lots of fabulous colors, and a super creamy texture from the makers of other great cosmetics. Understandably, a lot of Ipsy subscribers were upset that this was not guaranteed to every member. Unfortunately, Ipsy was only able to secure a certain amount of samples from Urban Decay so this had to be an “either/or” item, which resulted in some subscribers receiving a lip balm. Honestly, I don’t use lip balm and I LOVE bold, bright lipsticks, so I am very happy that Ipsy personalized my bag so successfully. The color that I received is called “Anarchy” and it is a very bright pink (almost fuchsia).
After only one swipe, this lipstick is completely opaque. This is one of the most pigmented lipsticks I have ever used! It is seriously unbelievable. At first, I was a little intimidated by the color, but that didn’t stop me from trying it on and falling in love.
This color is so bright, yet it is also very flattering on my skin. It’s a fun color that will be great all year. Even though the sample seems small, a little goes a long way with this lipstick. I expect to get dozens and dozens of uses out of this tiny tube. Ahhhhhhh, so in love. Even my boyfriend gave it the seal of approval (who am I kidding, he likes anything).
Full-size product price: $22.00 Sample value: $7.33
2. Pixi Lash Booster Mascara (Blackest Black)
Every subscriber received this mascara in their glam bag this month. Mascara is not the most exciting product to receive in a subscription, but it is always very appreciated and needed. And, this mascara came at a perfect time because I just threw away one of my used up tubes. I’m happy to have a new mascara in the mix now! As for effectiveness, this mascara honestly does not blow me away. It has an intensely black and waterproof formula (which is great) and a brush with tons of tiny bristles (which is great in theory), but it seems to be a little clumpy. Below are my lashes before and after.
As you can see, my lashes are definitely longer, but they are also a bit clumped at the top. Ideally, I like my mascara to separate all of my lashes and leave them clumpless (cue the Covergirl Clump Crusher), but this does not do that. However, this mascara does do a great job of holding a curl and it looks decent from a distance. Unfortunately, this waterproof mascara is VERY difficult to remove. So, I’ll use up this tube to save my wallet the pain of buying a new mascara for a few months, but I wouldn’t repurchase.
Full-size product price: $17.00 Sample value: $7.14
3. Chella Dazzling Dark Brown Eyebrow Pencil
I’m a big fan of filling in my brows. I have pretty thick and well-maintained eyebrows, so I don’t fill them in everyday, but when I am spending the extra time to put on a full face of makeup, I definitely don’t neglect my brows. I love how bold brows pull my face together. I usually just use brow powder and I don’t actually own a brow pencil, so I’m really happy that Ipsy sent me this full-size brow pencil! Building my collection, one brow product at a time.
As far as quality is concerned, this brow pencil is lovely. Honestly, the packing feels very dainty and cheap, but the pencil itself is quite versatile. I wouldn’t say that “Dark Brown” is the ideal brow pencil color for me, but this pencil can be used very lightly to have a lighter effect. I’ll definitely work this into my brow routine from now on. It will be great to define the shape of my brows while I use powder to fill them in.
Full-size product price: $18.00
4. Mica Beauty Mineral Eyeshadow (Bronze)
Ipsy sent out a light pink mineral eyeshadow (“Earth”) by this same brand back in April, and I really loved it. I am a huge fan of mineral eyeshadows and I also love metallic colors, so this full-size bronze shadow is perfect for me. Mica Beauty seems to have great pigmentation with all of their products and this eyeshadow is no different.
From top to bottom: “Earth” dry with no primer, “Bronze” wet with no primer, “Bronze” dry with primer, “Bronze” dry with no primer.
I believe the swatch above really demonstrates how easily this shadow can be manipulated and how good it looks even without primer. To be honest, I think that the only benefit of primer with this mineral eyeshadow is to bring out some of the brown undertones. Obviously, this shadow becomes super intense and foiled when used wet, so that is probably how I will use it for the most part. These swatches were created with only a few wipes, so it is very easy to build them up.
On the eyes, this shadow is beautiful. I just used a little bit of a matte brown shadow in my outer corner to create a bit of darkness and blended it into the wet shadow. This was so long-lasting! I already own another bronze mineral eyeshadow by a different brand, but it is much more orange-y, while this bronze is brown/gold based. They are perfectly for totally different things! Again, this is another wonderful addition to my bag. So far, so good, Ipsy.
Full-size product price: $14.95
Here is my sleepy face wearing all four of the above products: the yummy bright lipstick, the delicate brow pencil, the slightly clumpy mascara, and the bold bronze shadow.
5. Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Gentle Exfoliating Scrub
I had never heard of Michael Todd’s organic skincare line before Ipsy sent it out this month, but the blogosphere has informed me that these products are highly beloved and coveted. Even though I am a little overwhelmed by scrub and mask samples right now, I was stoked to see this product in my bag. Other subscribers received a pumpkin mask instead of this charcoal scrub, but I think this scrub is much more suited towards my needs. I love a good purifying treatment! After one use, I can tell that this is a great exfoliator. It left my skin a bit dry and dehydrated, so a moisturizer is absolutely essential. Honestly, I haven’t used this enough to find out if it is a miracle worker, but I’m going to use this up eventually… after I’m done with all of my other samples. :P
Full-size product price: $18.00 Sample value: $5.29
So, my total Ipsy Glambag value was $52.71 (not including the makeup bag or shipping), which is more than five what I paid ($10). Can you say “steal”?!?! There were other products sent out this month, including a repeat nail polish (thank goodness I didn’t receive that!), a cheek stain, repeat blushes, a BB cream, and a foundation primer, but I could not be happier with my bag variation. It was perfect for me! I loved the balance of makeup and a skincare product; it was a perfect ratio. There was not a single product that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy and I cannot tell you how rare that is with subscription boxes. Ipsy is worth every penny that I throw at them.
Ladies, what do you think of Ipsy? If you’re a subscriber: how did you like your bag this month? Did you get the variation that you wanted?