Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ipsy March 2014 Review

It's not quite Spring, but it sure looks like Spring on my Ipsy bag.

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:


In order from my least favorite to my favorite item:

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.

50 comments:

  1. I got the same bag as you, and I think my nyx palette was a different one. Mine comes off a little warmer, more bronze like. Even so, I like it but dang you have to build it up. So you worded it well - for the money, there are better shadows out there.

    Your reviews of everything are always fabulous.

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    1. Thank you! I am not sure whether or not there were a mix of NYX palettes sent out or not.

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  2. I liked that liner too..wondering if come in other colors. Humm. It was so easy to apply that was scary..whoa. did I just sweat a nice line here?

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    1. It doesn't seem to come in any other colors, unfortunately! (At least none that I can find!)

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    2. Any other good liner that get close to this one?

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  3. I'm with you on the matte vampire thing -- so I'm glad I didn't end up with the primer in my bag. I am very jealous of the Chella liner, though...what a bright pop of colour!

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    1. Definitely having fun with the blue!

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  4. Wow, the blue liner is so stunning on you!

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  5. Jealous, I wanted the blue liner. I got a nail polish instead which I do kind of like, so it's cool. Was there other controversy regarding the bag other than the local artist thing? I didn't hear about anything, but I have also been with stunted internet access recently so it's very likely I missed something.

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    1. I think she just means that a lot of people didn't like it.

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    2. I was wondering that too, because although it isn't my personal style, it's a lot more interesting and less ugly/tacky than a lot of their bags have been in the past.

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    3. Yeah, I kind of love the bag. Like worlds better than that blue one with the bathroom dispenser containers. I am kind of oblivious, though, so I was like oh no am I missing something??? haha

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    4. Yeah, I just saw a LOT of people who were angry about how much they hated the bag. But I like it!

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  6. I got the exact same bag. I love the blue eyeliner but I'm so neutral with my makeup I don't really know if I can ever pull it off. It is an awesome colour though.

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    1. Blue eyeliner with a really neutral eye is one of my favorite combos, actually! If you don't dig it, no pressure, but you can definitely pull it off if you decide to give it a try.

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  7. I'm paler than pale (or at least as pale as you are) and I thought the primer worked OK under foundation. I like being a shiny vampire though, so I can see how the matte vampires out there wouldn't like it.

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    1. It tinted my non-full-coverage foundation just a hair, and it definitely added some shine. No tragedy, but I didn't like it.

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  8. I also got the same bag. I used the primer and got the same results as you- it was horrible. I always love BM lipsticks. Haven't tried the eyeshadow yet. Since I'm an older and more conservative person (LOL) I gave the eyeliner to my babysitter.

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    1. I hope that the lipstick works well for you, at least!

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  9. I consider myself deathly pale and that primer blended out okay for me under foundation. It is *really* sparkly, though. I swatched it on my arm and kept looking at it thinking it had glitter in it but I'm not really sure what the deal is.

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    1. It looked like just an extreme amount of sheen, to me. Hm. I'll go back and look for glitter, maybe.

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  10. I can't believe that lipstick is only $7.50 at full retail. It's beautiful! Seems like this bag was worth it on the lipstick and liner alone!

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    1. The lippie is actually a half size or so - full size, it retails at about $18 I think. Still pretty good for a prestige brand, and they really do feel marvellous on your lips. Pun...not intended...

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    2. As buttercupcake said, the lipstick is half size! The full size is $18.

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  11. I liked the bag and the eyeliner the best- for $10, I think Ipsy is a great option!

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    1. Yup! Hit and miss, but it definitely works for me in general.

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  12. That liner is stunning! I've been looking for a blue liner to use over my Mac Waveline eyeliner ( which I wouldn't recommend - it's really sheer and flakes when you layer it D: ). The packaging of the liner reminds me of the Pixi Lash Line Ink. :o

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    1. I really like the NYX Studio Liquid Liners for a blue choice, too!

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  13. The lipstick and the eyeliner definitely make this bag worth it, in my totally unrelated opinion :-D

    Seriously, THAT EYELINER! Did I mention I love blue stuff?

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    1. I think your opinion is completely related

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    2. This blog is mostly comprised of opinions. ;)

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  14. So I've been on that Stila Stay All Day Liner bandwagon for awhile now because I don't know which alternative to trust. I am getting this Chella one in a trade but I'm really hoping for a black liner. Did you ever find a cheaper/comparable one? It really is expensive as all fck.

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    1. have you tried the jesses girl one? I have never tried the stila one so I can't compare but the jesses girl one is the same kind of tip and it is waterproof, smudgeproof, etc. And only like $6? They also included it in the ipsy bag one month so if you are subscribed you might have gotten it then.

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    2. I haven't used the Stila one, but I can vouch for the Jesse's Girl liner. If you have a bit more to spend, the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper ($18) is amazing. They both apply very smoothly and very black, but the Kat Von D lasted a lot longer, both on my eyes and in the tube. After about a month my Jesse's Girl had dried out, I could tell there was still product in it, but it was impossible to get out.

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    3. That is the thing I worry about with cheaper liners - Stila hasn't dried out on me, and I've had it for 4 months. The price tag does make me squirm still though. How long does Kat's last before it dries out?

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    4. Are you looking for a pen-style in particular?

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  15. We got the exact same bag! I love that blue eyeliner on you. Btw, since every time you wear Shame in your pictures you make me do a double-take and go "WHAT is she wearing I love it" then I realise oh it's Shame again god that looks good on her, you've successfully enabled me to go buy it. I don't think it'll look as good on me though - it contrasts so magnificently with your porcelain skin.

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    1. I think I get more questions about Shame than any other lipstick!

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  16. I got the same bag except different nyx shades. I loooove the blue eyeliner too. It's EXACTLY what I've been desiring for a long time.

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  17. The only thing I got that was the same was the lipstick. You can see my bag and review here: www.polishedmamatellsall.blogspot.com

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  18. Hey, I was wondering if you would be willing to write a post about the buzz on r/makeupaddiction about Anastasia's beauty genius gel as a lipstick sealer. I personally love it, but want your opinion about its effectiveness and lip use safety. Save me Robyn, you're the only one I trust!

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    1. Ahhhh I don't know anything about it! Sorry!

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  19. I like the bag design, reminds me of Gumby. I am finally going to stop hemming and hawing and get one of the Moxie lipsticks come payday

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    1. It does look like Gumby! I didn't think of that!

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  20. Oo that eyeliner looks great! I love colorful liner, and also that lipstick seems nice especially because it's not patchy or streaky. I have yet to be able to decide if I want to get a subscription box and which one if I do.:/
    Glossedonbeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. Let me know if you decide to take the plunge!

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  21. As someone who is also super duper pale, I tried mixing the Pixi primer with my normal primer (which is clear and also water based) to retain some of the shimmer/dewiness without making it look like i had a fake tan. The result was eh. My foundation (NYX HDF, which doesn't have the greatest staying power anyway) didn't stay particularly well, but I like the effect it gave since that foundation has the tendency to be drying and make me look way too matte. Worth a try for fair skinned people!

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  22. NYX should apparently just stop making trios of things. Their singles are fantastic. Their bigger palettes are decent (enough good shadows to make 1 or 2 icky ones allowable), but whenever they do an eyeshadow trio, it seems to be crap. It's the weirdest thing ever.

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