Here's what I got in Ipsy this month:
For once, I think the bag is pretty darn cute!
Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara (full size at 0.25 oz), retail value $15
The Be a Bombshell mascara was the subject of great controversy this month. Early Ipsy receivers balked at the smell that allegedly smelled like something so caustic it would set your lashes on fire.
Either these people got something way nastier than I did or they are all fucking bloodhounds. Mine smelled like slightly yucky-smelling mascara.
I did use the mascara several times and can confirm that I still have both eyes and most of my other body parts, so take that as you will.
That's not to say that the mascara is any good, though.
The formula leans drier and it just doesn't have any drama. It's kind of like using those disposable mascara wands you find in Sephora-- you just kind of scrape the thing along you lashes and make grumbly noises in dissatisfaction.
|Be a Bombshell Mascara on Human Face|
It's not the worst mascara I have ever tried, but it really doesn't do a particularly good job.
Ofra Cosmetics Universal Eyebrow Pencil (full size at 0.04 oz), retail value $13
The eyebrow pencil I received was a lot better. I sometimes forget that eyebrow pencils have a time and a place because I tend to prefer creamier products, but it's nice to be able go, "Yeah. This is the line where I am going to put my eyebrows. Stay put, brow. Stop having weird, hairless gaps."
The pencil was nice and soft, and the color was good on me. "Universal"? Probably not. I wouldn't recommend it to any blondes who aren't into the "Orlando Bloom as Legolas" look or to anyone with very dark hair. But it's cool and light brown and it will probably look decent on people who want their eyebrows to be cool and light brown.
|Ofra Cosmetics Eyebrow Pencil on Human Face|
NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brûlée (full size at 0.27 fl oz), retail value $4.99
I was not looking forward to this product when I first got it because the name "Creme Brûlée" is makeup code for "too nude for you, Robyn. Pick a different color."
I will say, though, I didn't hate it nearly as much as I thought that I would. It does nude out my lips a bit, as the color is lighter than my natural lip color, but it's still pink enough that I don't feel the need to roll my eyes at it.
The gloss is sticky, but not dramatically so. It kind of feels like how Elmer's glue might feel immediately after you put it on your lips, before it has had a chance to dry at all.
|NYX Creme Brûlée on Human Face|
Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray (1.52 fl oz), approximate retail value $3.25
I don't know what to say about this because I didn't find that it did anything. Here's my head, though, in case you want to see it:
Realtree For Her Eau de Parfum (estimated 0.15 fl oz), estimated retail value $0.88
This perfume has a vintage "Cherry Blossom Body Spray" kind of vibe to it. In other words, it is perfect for any of you who happen to be a teenager from the 1980s.
Total Box Value: $37.12
Everything all together looks like this:
Overall, I'm pretty happy. Ipsy is cheap at $10 a month, and they send out a lot of "meh" brands, so getting a few duds is par for the course. I'm quite happy with the brow pencil and moderately happy with the lipgloss, and that's good enough.
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