Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ipsy Bag - April 2014

A couple of months ago I joined Ipsy as a fun way to try out new products and build my makeup collection.  Ipsy is a beauty subscription service similar to many others out there, but is one of the more affordable ones available.  It is $10 a month or $110 for an annual subscription and you get 4-5 deluxe sample size or often full size products.  It has a mix of drugstore & higher end products which is one of the reasons I chose it over Birchbox; as much as I like trying the expensive stuff its more realistic for me and my budget that I'll repurchase something I can pick up at the drugstore.

April is my second month receiving Ipsy and I'm really enjoying it so far.  Ipsy ships mid month and around the 10th of the month you can either sneak a peak at the coming months products in your "Glam Room" or be surprised when it shows up in the mail.  I told myself this month I was going to wait and not look, but failed miserably so I knew what products I was getting. There were quite a few variations in the bags sent out this month, so while I didn't get a product I was really wanting to try (Lollitint!) I'm pretty happy with what I did end up with.  You'll have to forgive my photos, I'm new to trying to photograph makeup swatches and it turns out I'm not great at it.  That said, onto the bag...

The first product, which is the only item that was included in every bag this month, is the Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Black Velvet.  This is a travel sized pencil but it has quite a bit of product and by volume estimate has an approximate value of $6.  It's also my first Urban Decay product so I'm excited to try it out.  I haven't used it on my eyes yet but it glided on my arm very smoothly for swatches and didn't budge once it dried so I think it's going to be easy to use.

Next we have the Coastal Scents medium shadow brush.  I've been slowly changing out my brushes, either for better quality ones or just because they are old and worn out so I was excited to get a brush in my bag.  This sells for $2.99.  It is soft and and worked well when I used it to do a quick swatch over my existing shadow with the Elizabeth Mott eyeshadow I also got in the bag.

This seems to be the month for eye products with Ipsy and I also got Elizabeth Mott Pop goes the Shadow in Champagne.  This is a full sized product worth $12.99 which is more than the cost of the whole Ipsy bag.
Its a gorgeous shadow and well pigmented for a neutral, but unfortunately with my skin tone and lack of proper lighting I couldn't seem to get any swatch photos that did the shadow justice.

The Starlooks Luscious Longwear Lip Pencil in Nude is the fourth item in my bag.  This is also a full sized product worth $14.99.  There were several lip products in the mix this month and I wasn't sure about this one as I don't usually use lip liners.  I decided to try it as an all over lip color and while it's a smooth pencil it was a little drying as a lip color.  It's a peachy pink color and goes okay with my fair skin tone though so I can see myself wearing it occasionally with a gloss over it.

The fifth and final item included was a sample size tube of dr. brandt microdermabrasion scrub.  It's a small sample but that's because the full sized product is $78 (yikes!) so the estimated value of this 7.5g sample is $9.75.  I put a small dab on my hand and it has very fine microdermabrasion crystals, not larger beads like some scrubs.  It also has a very lemony scent, I heard a reviewer describe it as lemon pledge and unfortunately I would say that's an accurate description.  I have mild rosacea so I'm a little worried about this product but have been able to use other scrubs in the past as long as I'm gentle with the application so I plan on trying this out in the next few days.

The bag design itself this month wasn't too exciting for me, it's cute and I like the square shape of it but it's not one I see myself carrying around.  I'm okay with the bag being hit or miss because if I continue to get Ipsy I figure I'll end up with at least a few I use regularly.  March's bag was an abstract print I wasn't sure about at first but it kind of reminded me of nail polish so now I'm using for my go-to nail supplies and it's growing on me. While there's no estimate for the value of the makeup bag itself, I have seen some bloggers estimate it at a dollar or so.  I'm just going to leave it out of the total estimate, but it is definitely nicer packaging than just a cardboard box.

Overall I think this was a pretty great bag.  I'll get use out of everything in it and it included 3 full sized items. I'd estimate the total value of the bag at around $46, which is well worth the $10 subscription price.  I can't wait for next month!

If you're interested in signing up for Ipsy I do have a referral link that you can use here (that will give me points for bonus items), or if you'd rather not use a referral link you can simply go to to sign up.

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