Guys, I gotta be honest and tell you that this is my final Ipsy bag, as I have officially cancelled my subscription.
Don’t get me wrong, this is still a good subscription service, but I’ve noticed that I’m not actually using the majority of the makeup and products Ipsy is sending me. It’s not that I dislike the product, but rather the color is generally not my favorite. So most of my Ipsy goodies are just sitting at the bottom of my makeup drawer, completely untouched because I’d rather wear the colors and products I like and picked for myself.
And I’ve also noticed a big decline in the amount of full sized products that Ipsy is sending out over the past few months. My bags used to come packed with around 3 full sized items, and now it’s usually just one. Not the end of the world, but we tend to have certain expectations after a while….
So anyway, those are the reasons that I’m cancelling. As I said, it’s still a good and FUN subscription to have, it’s just no longer a great fit for me, personally.
** Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription that sends you a combination of deluxe-sized samples and full-size products that are personalized for you based on the results of your beauty quiz. Along with the beauty products, you also receive a monthly (super cute) make-up bag! The cost of an Ipsy subscription is $10/month. **
I thought this month’s bag was pretty cute. A round pencil bag style with adorable orange polka-dots. The only thing I don’t care for is the plastic-y material. If they had chosen another material, it could have been better.
Dr. Brandt Pores No More Primer
Full size = $45.00
Crap – I totally forgot to add my photo of this primer into this post! Sorry!
This is a beige, flesh-y colored primer that makes my skin feel really soft and matte.
I’m not sure if it really blurred my fine lines and pores, but I was happy with the overall effects.
I don’t know if I like it quite as much as the Smashbox Photo Op Light primer, but I definitely do like it and will continue to use my sample until it’s gone.
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
Full size = $22.00
I get excited every time I see an Urban Decay product in a sub box. However, I’m usually let down by the product in some way. And this mascara is no exception. This mascara promises “Bigger, Blacker, Badder” lashes, and I just didn’t feel like it completely delivered.
I didn’t have any problems with flaking or smudging, but I just wasn’t wow’d by the results. I noticed a bit of lengthen and added fullness, but not nearly enough for me to purchase a full size and pay $22.00 for it. Just not enough lash drama for my preferences.
It seems that Urban Decay is just not my brand. :(
Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil in Black
Full size = $16.00
You guys know I love me a black eye liner! I was really excited to try this one by Lord & Berry, a brand I’ve heard of many times, but never tried before.
The pencil felt very luxurious as it glided across my lash line, and created a nice dark line. Application was very smooth, but the pencil still had nice grip so I felt completely in control during application.
Sadly, I did have some smudging by mid-day. The line was still there, but I had black smudges all over my eye lid. That was pretty disappointing.
Absolute Lip Balm, Grape flavor
Full size = $5.99
I was surprised to discover these Absolute lip balm are from the Nicka K brand. Who knew?
I thought the packaging on this lip balm was nice. It’s a little tin pot that looks really cute. But I REALLY don’t like applying lip products, especially balms, from a pot. It’s just unnecessarily messy. Especially when the formula is super soft like this one.
I did find this lip balm to be very moisturizing, and it made my lips really glossy. However, upon closer inspection, I noticed that there was GLITTER in the balm! WHY?????
And while I don’t care for the grape flavor, the scent wasn’t too strong, thankfully.
For those who might be interested in purchasing this lip balm tin, it’s worthwhile to note that the full size is a two-pack with two different flavors.
Coastal Scents Forever Blush Duo in Elegant and Fresh
Full size = $7.95
Coastal Scents is one of those brands that is hit or miss with me. And I was really happy to discover that these blushes are lovely!
I received Elegant, a soft warm pink with a hint of shimmer (also the color on my cheeks in the photo above) and Fresh, a deep apricot which looks very natural and beach-y when applied.
This blush isn’t super pigmented, so you do need to build it up a bit, but the overall results are lovely. And at $7.95 for a full size, I would absolutely pick up a few colors. And even if I didn’t have an Ipsy discount code, Coastal Scent runs promotions all. the. time.
Overall, this was a pretty good Ipsy bag. It had lots of fun items to experiment with, even if they didn’t all work out for me, personally. Part of me will miss my Ipsy subscription, just because it’s fun, but I think overall, cancelling was the right call for me right now.
Did you get anything awesome in your Ipsy bag this month?