My supervisor confessed to me today that she was browsing my blog and couldn't figure out the whole subscription box thing, so maybe I should explain it a little better on the off chance that some of you are encountering this for the first time. It costs $10 a month. You get a monthly bag of makeup-y stuff. That's pretty much all there is to know!
The bag design this month was a little controversial. Personally, I like it. It brings me back to playing with modeling clay as a child. The only thing that made me raise an eyebrow is that a national service is calling the artist "local". She may be local to Ipsy's headquarters in San Francisco, but nothing in San Francisco is local for me! Very minor quibble; I just thought it was odd.
Here was my loot:
Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer (0.4 fl oz), approximate retail value $8.80
The back of this product assures me that it "adds a youthful glow". I found this a little bit intriguing, as it is the opposite of the "matte vampire" look I usually go with. Unfortunately, it didn't work out well for me.
Despite assurances that the "...flattering golden peach pigment suits all skin tones", the especially pasty crowd are not included there. It's very dark and kinda looks like I coated my face in a really serious layer of bronzer. It's also really shiny. Like, "I just applied half a tube of sunscreen" shiny. If you have a medium skintone and love the dewey look, though, this might be up your alley.
NYX Love in Rio Meet Me At the Copa (full size at 0.105oz), retail value $6.00
This isn't the worst eyeshadow I have ever used... but that is not very high praise. I guess that's what happens when you choose a relatively unexciting Frank Sinatra song as your inspiration. (I was going to say that "Fly Me to the Moon" would have to be an amazing eyeshadow palette... but the internet tells me that that eyeshadow palette already happened, and it wasn't very good. Bummer.)
This is a neutral trio containing three frosty shades: a light brown, a yellowish beige, and a slate gray.
The colors are very dull and sallow, so they actually swatch a little better than they are looking in pictures-- they just don't stand out well against my skin. Still, pigmentation is pretty "meh" and the texture of the shadows is relatively gritty.
Even at a $6 pricepoint, I think there's better stuff on the market.
BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready (0.05oz), approximate retail value $7.50
I am officially a BareMinerals convert. Keep their foundation away from me, but everything else I've tried has been jolly good. Happily, this lipstick is no exception.
"Get Ready" is a saturated, pink-y rose color with a moderately glossy, satin finish.
The formula is smooth, the lipstick is pretty. I have nothing much to say except that this is great.
Chella Eyeliner Pen in Indigo Blue (full size at 0.034 fl oz), retail value $24.00
My favorite thing in the box, though, was my Chella Eyeliner Pen. Although it's labeled as an "indigo", I think it's more of a cobalt. It pokes you in the face with its incredible blue-ness.
The tip is fine, making it easy to work with.
Did I mention it is really, really blue?
The only minor complaint I have about this product is that it seemed to get clogged up by eyeshadow a little too easily.
I should also note that I got the NYX Bronze Smokey Look Kit as a "bonus" for referrals, at a retail value of $12. I haven't even opened the thing up yet, so I'll have to review it for y'all at a later time.
Total Box Value: $46.30 ($58.30 if you count my bonus item).
Here's a full face using all four of my March 2014 Ipsy products:
Overall, I'm pretty happy. Although the primer and the eyeshadow didn't happen to ring my bell, they didn't feel like junk samples that were total throwaways. I love the lipstick and the eyeliner (I would have paid full price for that eyeliner and certainly would have paid at least a few bucks for the mini lipstick.), so they more than made up for the $10 I spent on Ipsy.
If you think an Ipsy subscription would ring your bell, you are always welcome to sign up using my referral link here.