Friday, June 27, 2014

Ipsy June 2014 Review

It's the end of the month, and I'm pretty sure that waiting until June is over to write about a June subscription box means I get a late fine or something.

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.

Thanks, Obama!

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.

If you are filled with a desire to join Ipsy, of course, you are welcome to use my referral link by clicking here.


  1. The bombshell mascara had a bad batch lot 0310 - anyone who received that batch may have had a range of issues. Mine was horrific - smelled of fresh road tar and even just putting it near my face to smell it caused my eyes to water and turn red. The other 2 lots that were mailed out appeared to be fine.

  2. My mascara REEKED. As soon as I opened the BOX - Not the tube, the BOX I caught a whiff. When I opened the tube, my eyes watered. It smelled like tar and burnt garlic.

    I had a bad batch of POP lip gloss in April, too.

    I cancelled my Ipsy subscription. I know that accidents happen, but in April, they told me to contact POP, and this month, they told me to check BaB's Facebook for an update. It really bugs me that they won't take responsibility.

    /steps off soapbox

    1. Email Ipsy!!!! I complained and they're sending me a lip gloss. Smells like burning tar....

    2. I did. They told me to check the BaB Facebook for information on the mascara. They said they'd send me something new as a replacement, and I'd get a tracking number, but that was a week ago, and I've got nothing.

    3. Oh, thank goodness... I thought I was the only one who smelled garlic!

  3. The beach spray has rocked my world. I've never tried any before, and it's now my hair care of choice. I have very fine wavy hair, and it turns the mop into ringlets that smell like summer.

  4. My mascara was RANK (fresh road tar is a good description, but with a hint of toxic sludge mixed in), *and* I got the exploding Jessie's Girl eyeliner (as well as that boring-ass NYX you got). They're sending me three shipments worth of replacements for the eyeliner and mascara, and as soon as I got the shipment confirmations I cancelled. $10 a month ain't much but even the products that might not blind me don't do much for me, and I'd rather spend that $10 on drugstore products that are actually in usable colors for me.

  5. I got the exact same bag as you, and my mascara also didn't smell that bad despite also being listed as batch 310. I wonder if it's either something with the batch or a genetic/personal sensitivity to something in it?

    1. I also got the exact same bag. My mascara doesn't reek before opening like some folks report, but it does have an acrid chemical odor when I get it close to my face. I compared it to three other mascaras that just arrived, and none of them have anything similar, so I wrote ipsy. We'll see.

      Sadly with my warm-toned skin, this particular lip gloss = corpse look. I with I had gotten the orangish one!

  6. Great post as always! The bag is actually pretty cute...

    LATE FINE SUGGESTION HERE: You could do a review of MUFE Flash Color Case. I believe you mentionned using it in some old post, so I guess you have it. It looks like it could be a lot of fun, but there are also a lot of bad reviews about colors fading/creasing quickly. Considering the price tag, I would love to have your opinion before making a decision.

  7. Even though you weren't keen on it, this review made me go out and buy the nyx lipgloss (at $4 how can you go wrong), and it's s transparent in me. I've come to the realization that my lipsarent overly pigmented. im really liking the gloss, though. It's not much color, but it looks nice.

  8. hi robin, please do a review on the too faced chocolate bar palette! <3 thank you, i always look forward to your reviews!

  9. I tend to find that (if they haven't loaded it with perfume) *all* mascaras have a certain chemical 'mascara' smell. I tend to find lancome's quite strong, which is unfortunate as their mascaras are actually pretty decent. I don't see a need for really strong smelling mascara though.

    Although I'm not an Ipsy subscriber, if I were, I would have been totally happy with the bag (pineapples!), the Butter gloss (wearing Cherry Pie today, and Creme Brulee looks suitably inoffensive) and the eyebrow pencil The perfume sample is token and I tend to think product induced 'beachy' hair just tends to look a little bit I the only one?

  10. I got one of the stinky mascaras and mine was one of the duds. I opened it up and made a terrible noise, and I'm not sensitive to smells normally. I also agree that the texturizing spray didn't do anything for me but it smells so nice and summery that I'll probably be using it anyways on occasion.

  11. I'm breaking established netiquette I'm sure, but I'm actually wondering if you had a referral thingy for Glossybox. I'm about to shell out, but figured you deserved a freebie (or whatever they do at Glossybox) because I'd never even heard of subscription boxes before.

    Plz and thank you.


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