Here's what I got from Ipsy this month:
Jesse's Girl Eye Color Collection Palette in the Eyes Have It (full size at 0.22oz), retail value $3.99
A $3.99 eyeshadow palette can be anywhere from a tragedy to a cause for celebration. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this Jesse's Girl palette is right in between.
Ipsy sent out all four of the Jesse's Girl Color Collection Palettes and, based on what I am seeing elsewhere, it appears that 'the Eyes Have It' is one of the better ones. Still, I definitely wouldn't pay more than the $3.99 pricetag for this little bugger.
The Eyes Have It is a mix of greens, blues, and browns, all of which have a relatively frosty finish. From left to right, it contains a light, grassy yellow-green; a silvery sky blue; a "the color I imagine that the ocean is in Hawaii" turquoise; a darker-but-still-yellow-leaning green; an olive-y bronze; a camo green; a forest green; a dark brown with a shitload of gold in it (the most pigmented of the lot); and a warm, medium brown.
The pigmentation is... okay. You can actually build it up to look pretty nice if you have a really good primer and use a white base like NYX's Milk for intensity. Given that the product is coming out to an incredibly inexpensive $18.14 per ounce, I don't think you can reasonably ask for much better. Still, I think that people who have higher quality tools are going to get a much better effect out of it than someone who is just starting out. (I mean, that's probably always true, but it's especially true for an iffy product like this.)
If you are comfortable with your eyeshadow game, this is a totally acceptable not-really-impulse-because-you-are-reading-reviews impulse buy.
Pop Beauty Plump Pout in Peony Petal (0.14oz), approximate retail value $7.47
For some reason, I was expecting this to be a lipgloss. I was really bummed when I saw that I was getting it, since 1. I don't like lipgloss and 2. The majority of the products that I have tried by Pop Beauty have been terrible.
Happily, this turned out to be more like a lip lacquer than a gloss. It's not fully opaque, but it is very pigmented, with no stickiness. The Pop Beauty website says that the product "combines the high-shine of a lacquered gloss with the long wear of a stain". That's just pretty much not true; the product isn't long lasting at all. BUT it's pretty and very, very wearable. It is comfortable on my lips and the effect is nice, even if I have to re-apply more than I might hope.
The color is sort of a cotton candy rose, if such a thing were to exist.
J Cat Beauty Eyelashes in EL13, retail value $3.99
I hate the aesthetic of these types of lashes, so I'm not sure that I can give the fairest review. For some reason, someone decided that random-ass gaps in the middle of your falsies is a good idea. I don't know. I don't know why you would do this. To me, it's bizarre.
There's nothing wrong with these lashes, per se, (except perhaps that the band is a little thicker than I might prefer, but it's just not a style of lashes that I would really enjoy wearing because it looks too artificial without bothering to make any sort of statement.
First Aid Beauty Deep Cleanser with Red Clay (1oz), approximate retail value $5.11
Facial cleansers are so fucking boring that I have a really difficult time reviewing them. This does the job, I guess? It's also red in color, so I guess that is vaguely interesting in a really dull sort of way.
Zoya Nail Polish in Dot (full size at 0.5 fl oz), retail value $9.00
Dot is a pastel pink with surprisingly good coverage, given how light it is. With three coats, it's opaque as a motherfucker. If you really gloop on the polish and/or are in a huge rush and don't care that much, two coats will probably do the trick.
Bonus: Benefit High Beam (full size at 0.45 fl oz), retail value $26.00
Benefit's High Beam was my 'bonus' for referring people to Ipsy. I was really excited about this because it is a full-size product, which I wasn't expecting at all, especially from a brand like Benefit, who I tend to really enjoy. I anticipated a mini!
High Beam is a liquid highlighter that I already like and use. My review of the product can be found here.
Total Box Value: $29.56 not including the bonus, $55.56 including the bonus
Here's what it looks like when I use my Ipsy products on my face together:
|Why are these eyelashes so silly looking?!|
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