Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ipsy February 2014 Review

Ipsy has the most distinctive mailing packaging out of anything that I order online. If you see a postal service worker with a metallic pink padded envelope, it's got to be either Ipsy or really indiscreetly packaged sex toys.

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?!
Putting the full-size High Beam aside (which I am ECSTATIC ABOUT), I'm pretty content with this bag. The only real problem is that there were no truly standout products. Nothing that deserves either jumping on the bed or writing in all caps. Most of the stuff that I got was fine. The eyeshadow palette and the lip lacquer, especially, will both get used. The lashes will probably sit on my bathroom counter until they start looking gross and I throw them away. The face wash will go in my giant drawer of face washes. The nail polish will go on my giant shelf of nail polishes. (Seriously, I have no idea why I have so many nail polishes. As anyone who has seen them can attest to, nails aren't really my thing.) If you have less random junk than I do, though, you might be more likely to break out the jazz hands.

If you really want to join Ipsy because of reasons, you are welcome and encouraged to use my referral link by clicking here.

32 comments:

  1. Does your lip gloss tube stink? Like, literally? I thought it was the gloss at first, but upon further inspection, I realized that it's the black rubber top... It smells so awful I don't want to put it near my face :/

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    1. Nope! I went and checked: Mine smells totally fine.

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    2. Mine smelled too - I thought it might just be the product, but now I think I should contact customer service.

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    3. Mine, like Robyn's, did not smell. I would say that's definitely a reason to call CS.

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    4. Hello! In case any of your commenters check back here --- the smell is an actual issue --- POP claims a "manufacturing" one, that some sort of "flavoring ingredient" was left out. Apparently, this bad smell is causing some serious problems on some, including chemical burns.

      You should contact Ipsy, POP, and probably your local FDA people. This is the most useful account I have found of the whole story:

      http://www.zadidoll.com/2014/03/pop-beauty-plump-pout-mini-part-2.html


      ALSO: i found this blog a few weeks ago and have been hooked ever since. Robyn, you are hilarious.

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  2. Finally a sub reviewer who's candid! Thank you. Do you have a post where you talk about what's your favorite sub and why?
    Thanks :)

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    1. I think this may be what you are looking for: http://www.brightestbulbinthebox.com/2013/11/birchbox-vs-ipsy-one-year-analysis-by.html

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  3. I got the blush and eye pencil instead of the palette and face cream and, along with a better set of lashes than the ones you got, ended up loving everything in my bag for the first time ever. I even bought more of the blushes. Sorry your bag was kind of a bummer!

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    1. Oh awesome! The blush in Melon looked really pretty!

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    2. I got the blush as well. It's gorgeous! A little easy to overdo but definitely an extremely pleasant surprise. It sheers out well, but is definitely a true matte.

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  4. I think I'll donate a less-used portion of my stash to a women's shelter, if my friends don't want a certain thing, so that might be an option for you too :) (if you want to declutter, of course).

    It's easy to go into hoarding mode, either unconsciously or by choice, isn't it :| ?

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    1. Women's shelters in my area don't take used products for sanitary reasons! Only new stuff is fair game.

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    2. Ah, yes, I didn't think of that in the moment.

      I got a ton of completely unused stuff and samples (I go a bit "Oh, so nice, yay!" every time I get a sample (they're very scarce around here) and then... never use them), so that should still work.

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  5. I accidentally added some jazz hands into the ballet I was doing this evening. It wasn't really a good look...

    More on topic, whe I saw the full size High Beam in the top photo I was like "WHOA! Ipsy upped their game!' :-D I guess they didn't, but I'm glad your bag wasn't too bad this time around.

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    1. Hahaha, yeah, that would be pretty exciting as a regular box item! Everyone who didn't get it would feel crushed, though, in all likelihood.

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  6. That box looks not half bad. They don't sell Jessie's Girl around here, so even if I hated it, trying the palette would've been fine. Cleanser's about the most useful skincare they ever give out. Full size polish in a brand I like. What appears to be one of the better lip products they've included. Only horrible thing for me would be the lashes--I wore a set once for Halloween and spent the next day with my eyes nearly swollen shut, so I've been uninterested in seeing if I could repeat the effects.

    ...not gonna give ipsy my money again, though. I've basically been spending that money on Graze twice a month. If I tell THEM I hate something, they won't ever send it again.

    Haha, you wonder about your polish stash when you subscribe to Julep? That's the source of your wall of nail polish, right? ;) At least you have something to blame it on, I've bought most of my nail polish on purpose, and I need a spreadsheet to keep track of it all.

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    1. Yeah, Julep is probably half of my nail polish stash!

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  7. I had the exact same reaction to the Pop lip color. I hate lipglosses, but I actually don't mind wearing it and love the color. I got a blush and eye pencil instead of the eye shadow and cleanser. I don't wear blush, so you can have mine. The eye pencil is just meh. I got a pretty greyish purple nail polish. The bag as always was ugly as sin.

    Any thoughts on what would happen if they allowed subscribers to pick their bags? Or at least say which of these two would you prefer? I keep getting blushes even though I don't wear them.

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    1. I know there are a few subscription box services that give you options... I think the problem would be that there would be shit that no one would want, haha.

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  8. I applied the lip gloss I received, and was horrified! A weird purple-y bronze color, that dried to an unpleasant MATTE finish. WTF??? What is this stuff???

    Oh. Cream eyeshadow.

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    1. Bahahahaha! How did it work as an eyeshadow?

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  9. I wound up giving away most of this bag (including the bag itself) to my co-worker. I only kept the nail polish and some hair treatment stuff that I'm not sure I'll like but it's not something I have much of so what the hell. The nail polish I guess is a nice color and I like Zoya a lot. I'm like you, though, bajillions of polishes and I'm not a nail person. Now I'm going to continue laughing about the person who commented they thought the cream eye shadow was lip gloss. I can see myself doing the same and it is making my morning much better.

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    1. Zoya is a lovely brand! I'm glad that they have decided to work with Ipsy.

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  10. The lashes look weird in the packaging, but I actually think they look nice on you.

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    1. Aw thanks. To me, it looks like my eyes are striped...

      ...which would probably be pretty cool, actually.

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  11. I was shocked by that fill size High Beam too. It makes their points system seem slightly less pointless. Except not really, because most of the other options are sad, and there aren't many. I do not want that nail glitter kit . . . I wish the points were just redeemable for a free bag/month instead.

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    1. Me tooooo! Or if they just had more options... especially since they expire! I have a shitload of points because I'm a blogger, but they're just never gonna get used.

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  12. The lashes have a doll-like effect (which do look cute on you), but I agree with you - if I am going to deal with the hassle of false lashes, I want glorious full sexy lashes!

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    1. I'm a half-lash kind of lady, myself!

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  13. Dot is pretty. I think you've said, 'I'm really not a nail polish blogger' a couple of times, and yet your polish arsenal must be fully stocked. One day, I would like picspam.

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    1. One day, I will clean my vanity to the extent that it is not embarrassing to show people...

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