The Overall: The products were a bit of a snore. I got two full-size products (though I consider a pocket-pack size to be as good as a sample, so.) I was a leetle disappointed this month. Granted, not every bag can be a winner, but this was a thumbs-down from me. Mostly, I just felt like the shades were a miss for me and I really detest one of the products. Two of the products are going to be part of my daily routine until they’re used up, so I’m not crying.
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Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow in Pearl – The shade is pretty close to my skin tone. Applied on me, it looks like my eyelids are just greasy, with just a hint of frost. It’s an okay highlighter (a bit TOO shiny for that, in my opinion), but this definitely didn’t sell me on a full-size product. I originally had a rant written up about how small this pencil is, but someone on the ipsy site mentioned that this was meant to be sharpened. Um, why don’t we ever get told this stuff?
Apothederm Bright Skin Serum – These products are so eye-rolly for me. The product claims are never terrifically specific about what the product actually does: “refines, brightens, hydrates”. The trial size dispenser sucks and it was a nightmare to get even a little bit of this product out. I put it on and my skin now feels sticky and gross. The full size is $70, but I can’t get past the crappy sample or the sticky feel to tell you whether this pays off over the long term.
Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner – I love leave-in conditioners and this didn’t disappoint. Smells okay but feels really nice in my hair. I’m always happy with the size of Sexy Hair samples, but I think I’ve gotten one of their samples every time they’ve been in the bags.
MicaBeauty Tinted Lip Balm in #5 Natural – In the pot, this looks like a brownish mauve. I used my fingertip as an applicator and it looked pretty dark on my fingertip. When I put it on my lips… I felt nothing. It looks like nothing was on. I piled it on twice more and I could detect a little bit of mineraly graininess, but no real moisture. The colour didn’t really deepen. I feel like this would be a nice product for cold days when my lips go pale, but that’s about it. Apparently, this comes with a very different applicator normally, so maybe that makes a difference? Either way, for $30, that’s a nope.
Absolute! Makeup Cleaning Tissue with Pomegranate Extract – I always like these products and the smell was generally nice, though there was a whiff of weirdness in the background. Still, these did a nice job and left my face feeling clean. For $2.50, I think they’re right on as far as price.