Ipsy Review: December 2012

So I just realized that I should be getting a tracking number from Ipsy within a day or two, but that I never reviewed my December bag.  Sorry, folks.  The flu took precedent.  I’ll keep this (relatively) brief.

The Bag – It’s smaller in height than other bags, but it’s the first I’ve gotten that’s wide.  I really enjoy this bag!  It’s silky and I’ll call the colour Weimaraner.

Loose Pearl Shadow by NYX – I don’t have this in front of me right now, and I can’t figure out which shade it was supposed to be.  It comes with a strange brush inside that seems to just get pigment everywhere.  When I finally got reins on the product (I just poured some out and used my own brush) it was pretty standard-issue stuff.  I didn’t like the colour on me at all–it went on more neutral than it looked in the bottle (sort of army green gunmetal,) but it was still pretty overwhelming for my pale face.  For $3 for 0.06 oz, I feel like this is on-par with other brands, even though the packaging is awful.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Zero – Zzzz.  I already have this.  I’m sure people who got Woodstock the last time these were in the bags are happy. Then again, the people WHO ALREADY GOT THIS are probably shrugging.  It’s a great black eyeliner, but c’mon.  I shouldn’t need eyeliner again until sometime in 2016.

Mai Couture Highlighter Paper – I just don’t care for products like this.  I haven’t even opened it.

Mirabella Primer for Face and Eyes – This was silky and nice, and worked okay as a primer.  It’s $29 at Mirabella, which is downright ludicrous.  Suggested alternative: $6 elf Mineral-Infused Face Primer

Be a Bombshell Lipgloss in Hot Mess – I was expecting this to be like last month’s Be a Bombshell lip product, so I was surprised to find it was a gloss.  I was doubly surprised to find that it left a nice amount of colour, thought it was more pink than the tube would suggest.

The Overall – This is decent for making a vampy face, but meh.  I’m considering cutting this subscription.  I’ve been happy to get such deals on some of the products, don’t get me wrong.  I still think it’s wonderful for someone on a budget who wants to fill a close-to-empty makeup drawer.  But I have so many products that are so similar, and I’ve gotten plenty of stuff to keep my face done up.  The sneak peeks for January are okay.  The products include SPOILER ALERT an eyeshadow crease brush, argan oil for the face, Pacifica blood orange scented lotion (I love this brand,) Big Sexy hairspray (no idea how they’re getting these products to us…) and red nail polish.  I’m really only excited for the lotion, but who needs more lotion?  No one.  The hairspray will be nice if it’s a can, simply because I don’t have any at the moment.  Meh.

We shall see.

My Glam/Ipsy Review: October 2012

This bag game in three days and shipped on the 10th.  So much speedier shipping, but I think that was thanks to the SmartPost-esque shipping.

The Bag – It’s a black and white chevron with a bright red zipper.  I think it looks SO GOOD.  I don’t tend to equate chevron with bombshell, but the black, white and red are spot on!

the Balm What’s Your Type mascara in The Body Builder – This mascara is lovely.  It has a curvy brush that made my lashes both thicker and longer–they’re batting against my glasses as I type!  Love love love.

Be a Bombshell eyeliner in Onyx – This eyeliner is a thick marker.  It’s a little tricky for that reason (I tend to line my eyes with the marker turned on its side.)  Liquid liner tends to bleed along the little creases of my eyelids, but this stuff goes on and stays put pretty nicely.

Coastal Scents eyeshadow quad Set 2 – When I saw the preview of this, I thought it would be larger.  The pans are just a bit bigger than an M&M.  I’ll review these shades separately.  Bright Yellow is a bright yellow, a bit darker than a crayon.  Without primer, it doesn’t have very good payoff.  Jewel Green has lovely payoff and is a nice mermaidy teal.  Gypsy Gold is a brownish gold with a sheer application, which is nice as a shader.  Dark Golden Olive is an almost black-olive-brown.  The application is a bit sheer.  It would be nice for a smoky eye.

Mirenesse Lip Bomb in 4 – This is a pink that’s believable as a red lip.  I applied it without reading the packaging, so I just thought it was a nice, thick gloss.  It’s not terribly sticky and it’s slightly minty.  It’s a lip stain, and stain it does.  I keep marking myself with it on accident!  I keep accidentally brushing my lips, so I get little rubs of it on my hands and nose and everywhere.  Now, would I pay $35 for it, ever?  Oh my God, no, not ever for any lip gloss, ever.  EVER.

Pequi Oil hair shine treatment – This smells somewhat coconutty.  A little goes a long way.  I use these products, but it’s hard for me to be terrifically excited about them.

The verdict? – This bag was so exciting.  I watched the sneak preview spoiler images on the Ipsy Facebook page, and each one was more exciting than the last.  I pulled these out and started reviewing them right away, which I normally don’t do.  I did a whole face, which I normally either can’t do for lack of product or simply don’t have the immediate desire to do.  This bag was FUN!

The Ipsy (still can’t get over that dumb name) team promises that the next bag is just as exciting.  I really hope so.


Edit: The yellow eyeshadow is amazing over primer–perfectly yellow!  The lipgloss has garnered about a billion compliments.  This bag is a huge success!