Ipsy Bag Review: May 2013

The Bag/Theme: VERY cute, loved that it was blues and orange.  I’m not a fan of pink.  The theme was “Spring Fling”, which I feel is a little late for the season and a very UGH phrase, anyway.  This is the FIRST bag where they’ve confirmed that they chose products based on our website profiles.

Under the cut, because I know some of you don’t care. 🙂

Shipping: My bag shipped on 5/7, arrived 5/11–and went a much more direct route this month, so yay for that.  My real issue with the shipping this month is that they didn’t update the Glam Room until today.  I wasn’t 100% sure what some of the products were, and I would’ve liked to have had access to that information immediately.


Yaby Concealer Refill: I’m assuming, despite its small size, that this is a full-size product.  I wasn’t sure if it was definitely concealer or a glossy shadow–the texture looked sort of strange and oily in the pan.  I applied it with my finger and it had really impressive coverage (though it did skip over my pores a bit–application was much better with a brush.)  I have a bad sunburn on my nose, and just a few dabs really toned down the redness.  It worked nicely under my eyes, as well!  I got this in the second-to-lightest shade, in spite of my profile marking my skintone as “fair”.  This is priced at $5 per 3.5 gram pan, and I think that’s pretty expensive.

Zoya nail polish in Piaf: I wasn’t terribly excited by this.  It’s a pastel yellow with frosty glitter.  Two coats was sufficient, but it looked really thin in the bottle.  For $8 a bottle I’d pass on this, but they might have other shades worth checking out.

Mirabella Perfecting Powder: This was WHITE in the container, so I was a bit concerned.  Brushed on, it mostly disappeared, leaving behind just a faint shimmer.  It reduced my shine and was an overall okay product, but this rather small amount is listed for $30.  Nope nope nope.

Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss in Fig: This shade scared me in the frosted tube.  It looked sort of dark and rusty.  I swatched it on my hand and I was really pleased, so I picked that swipe up and put it on my lips–and discovered I’m allergic to this.  Reading the ingredient list, I have no idea how that’s possible.  Either I’m allergic to something I don’t know about (the only thing on the list I haven’t eaten is the goji berry) or there’s something in there that’s not on the ingredients list.  Anyway, before my lips started burning I was really pleased with this.  The texture is nice and it really suited me much more than I expected.  I feel like $15 is a reasonable price for an ingredient list that most anyone can read!

Pacifica Body Bronzing Butter: Full disclosure?  I didn’t open this.  Do not want.  Both product options in this field were body bronzers, which is the most icky combination of words I’ve ever seen smashed together.  I especially don’t like that it purports to smell of my arch-nemesis, coconut.

The Overall: FIVE full-size products and one cute bag for $10?  I’m not complaining!  Though this month caused my lips to creep outside their usual boundaries and tried to inflict orange skin on me, I’m pleased with the end result.  I don’t think this month really showed me much in terms of what the beauty quiz system can do, I’m glad they’re finally coming up with a clever matrix for this stuff.  Hopefully, this will mean even better bags with great product size/quality!

2 responses to “Ipsy Bag Review: May 2013”

  1. Yaby is a very high end pro brand, so yes, it is full size. I’m an ex model turned photographer. This is one of those brands that literally EVERYONE in the modeling community raves about. I had never used it before or had it used on me, so I hope you can imagine my excitement when I saw it. 😀

    1. It’s really great to know that it’s something of an “insider” brand. Thanks for the info!

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