The Overall this Month? I think I received 5 full-sized products worth nearly $80, plus a large eye shadow. I definitely feel like the $10 was well spent this month! I’m not in love with every shade I received and I was underwhelmed to receive yet another black mascara, but I’m excited to use these products in the future.
em Michelle Phan Cosmetic lash gallery mascara “dramatic volume” in black: So we got em makeup, and I get mascara? Seriously? It’s a fine mascara. It’s got a nice applicator wand. I don’t think it was terribly volumizing or lengthening, but it swiped on nicely. I think $20 is overpriced, though.
Be a Bombshell lip crayon in Shameless: This has a tiny bit of texture to it, but swatched on my hand, it looks really smooth. This shade is just about perfect for me. It’s a pleasant pinky mauve with a little brown to it. The site describes it as a burgundy, but it’s very sheer. Unfortunately, the lipstick came loose. It didn’t break; it actually fell out of the inside. I wonder if these are poorly made. They’re $14 on the Bombshell site.
Pixi Beauty Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched: First, I hate bronzers. I’m fair skinned. Bronzers are usually too dark on me. This looked really dark in the package, but when I swept it on, it was a little pink and more like a blush. The site describes it as “medium honey tan”. I don’t expect to use this much because I’m pretty rosy-cheeked. This is $18 on their site, but it does come with a kabuki brush. I think it’s on par, price-wise.
bh Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Baked Eye shadow in Sun: In the tradition of “baked” eye shadows, this is a dome. It’s gold with rosy red splotches. It goes on like a really nice rose gold. Unlike the last bh eye shadows, this went on nicely without any primer. It’s a great shade for me. I love that they package their products especially for the ipsy bags. This is part of a palette that’s $14.95 and I think it might be a nice buy, though it’s a bit heavy on pinks/reds and blue/purples.
Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil in Amethyst: The pencil itself looks purple, but on, it shows up as mostly silver. I think $14 is steep for an eye pencil. This doesn’t make a terribly solid line and it’s slightly spotty–you can definitely see the pieces of glitter and there’s some fallout. Still, I really love this. Is it better than $1 Wet n’ Wild? Yes, but I’m not sure it’s that big a difference.
Nailtini Straight Up Nail Color in Champagne: In the bottle, the color is somewhere between champagne and rose gold. It goes on pretty sheer, so I’m thinking this needs three coats. I didn’t get there because it looks pretty sickly on me; it’s too close to my skin tone. I know I’ve complained about this before, but their nail polish is $13 a bottle and they claim the whole concept behind their shades is to layer them. I was disappointed with the formula on this, so I feel confident saying this particular shade is not a buy.