The Overall: Solid! I thought I’d be most excited about the Urban Decay lipstick, but the face mask won me over. This shipped fast (go DHL and your updated tracking page!) It came with a mascara, which I didn’t really need, but I was pleased, in general. As far as I can tell, the nail polish and eye shadow are both full-sized and everything else is a deluxe sample.
The Bag: This month’s theme is “Glam Academy”, which I guess is supposed to be some sort of cheeky “Back to School” thing? The bag is a nice red purple but the print (disappointingly to me) reads “Ipsy Glam Academy”. I don’t care for the bags being Ipsy branded. Is that just me? Also, I know this is picky, but the zipper purple doesn’t match the body. I know, gripey.
Michael Todd Pumpkin Facial Mask: Whoever put this in the August bag is a genius. Pumpkin Fever is creeping up on me, so I was happy to smell pumpkin as soon as I squeezed this out of the tube (and pumpkin is the first ingredient, so rightfully so.) This formula is a bit thin for my taste (my boyfriend didn’t even notice this stuff on until I got close to him, at which point he called me Pumpkin Face and Oompa Loompa.) It was a bit stingy over some parts of my face that have been a little irritated already and felt sort of warm all over (it contains Glycolic Acid.) The full size of this is 3.7 oz and at $34, I feel like the price is pretty typical for this sort of product. Any pumpkinholic would certainly love this, unless said pumpkiphile has sensitive skin.
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in 69: Sigh. When I saw that we might be getting a sample tube of Revolution in our bags, I was over the moon. Unfortunately, it’s a shade that’s pretty unwearable for me. 69 is a brighter raspberry pink than the card shows. I just swatched this quickly on my hand to confirm that the coverage is fairly opaque, meaning it’s not gunna work for me.
Nailtini Laquer in Mai Thai: This is a bright, cheery pink (the website calls it coral and shows the bottle as much more orange, but holding my dried nail next to my own bottle, I’d say it dries even pinker!) The formula is nice and creamy. One coat is perfectly suitable coverage, but two coats will ensure it’s perfectly opaque. This retails for $13, which I think is just too pricey, but that’s me.
MICA Beauty Shimmer Powder in Bronze: The website specifies this more as an eye shadow. I feel like the packaging should reflect that, as well–I assumed it was bronzer. This is a fairly wearable shade and it sticks pretty well with primer. It blends nicely, too.
Pixi Beauty Lash Boosting Mascara in Blackest Black: Straight out of the tube, it took some real effort for me to get this stuff to clump or give me spider lashes. Not sure how it’ll hold up over time, but score one for Pixi. I’m not really sure what’s supposed to be boosted, but this seems like a nice mascara.