Ten dollars invested, ten dollars of random crap sent to my house. Thanks, Ipsy. It's the life of a subscription box addict.
Here's what I got this month:
(Note: The canvas, leaf-covered bag would have been pretty cute if it didn't have the word "Ipsy" scrawled all over it.)
Pacifica Natural Beauty Mineral Eyeshadow Duo 2 (0.07 oz), estimated retail value $3.92
As a duo of dusty plum and burnished white-gold, this eyeshadow looks nice, in theory.
Unfortunately, the duo is not actually being sold in stores or online. After testing the quality, it's not difficult to determine the reason.
This eyeshadow has pigmentation that borders on embarrassing. It takes some serious scraping to reveal a hint of color. What's worse, the tarnished effect on the light golden highlight, which might have looked striking in a highly pigmented eyeshadow, reads as muddy and unflattering here. It looks like I contaminated my eyeshadow with dirt.
Here's how it looks on my face:
This definitely does not tempt me to purchase any Pacifica makeup.
Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF50 (1 fl oz), approximate retail value $2.17
This piña colada-scented sunscreen formulated by Coola is lightweight and has a great texture-- no greasiness detected. The one ounce sample, though, is only a single full-body use. It's also sold in relatively small tubes, making it too pricey, ounce per ounce. I wouldn't buy this unless I got the product at a substantial discount.
Derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub (1 oz), approximate retail value $15.00
This scrub is incredibly harsh. Not only is loaded up with citrus oils for some reason (the tub smells like a carton of Sunny D), the abrasive aluminium oxide crystals make this the gooey version of sandpaper.
I would use this on my feet, but not my face.
Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask (2.03 fl oz), approximate retail value $1.92
This conditioner has a distinct candy corn scent, but no distinct difference from less expensive conditioning products.
Olive Natural Beauty The Olive Lip Balm in Refreshing Rosemary (0.07 oz), retail value $5.95
This lip balm has a minty rosemary scent and no other distinguishing qualities.
Bonus: TokyoMilk Dark Femme Fatale Collection Lip Elixir Lip Balm in No. 36 Salted Caramel (full size at 0.7oz), retail value $7.00
Bonus: BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Light It Up (full size at 0.12 oz), retail value $18.00
Last month, I got a TokyoMilk La Vie En Rose balm as a bonus for making referrals. This month, they inexplicably sent me a second one-- this time in Salted Caramel. Although the scent is a little darker, stronger, and more artificial than any caramel you might eat, the similarity is otherwise remarkable. I also got a full size BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lipstick, which I have been totally unable to open because the unnecessarily complicated triggering lever is stuck.
Total Box Value (without bonus items): $28.96
Total Box Value (with bonus items): $53.96
I'm really happy with the bonus items I received for making referrals, but I'm not happy with the rest of the box. I also have a really difficult time finding the bonus items in time to redeem my points for them, which means I am racking up referral points much more quickly than I am spending them. Additionally, Ipsy's point system is pretty useless for non-beauty bloggers (most of you are probably not making high volumes of referrals, meaning that it's hard to hit the 1000 point threshold of a reward) so the box really needs to be good even when you take out the issue of bonus items. This box wasn't.
If you are somehow tempted to join Ipsy, you are always welcome to use my referral link by clicking here.