Friday, August 8, 2014

Ipsy July 2014 Review

Next up in ridiculously belated reviews… SHIT I GOT (from Ipsy).

This is what it looks like in a pile:

BeFine Food Skin Care Daily Moisturizer with SPF15 (1.5 fl oz), approximate retail value $22.06

Moisturizer! You could wear it! Marginally more exciting that body lotion! SPF 15! That's technically better than not wearing sunscreen at all!

This moisturizer advertises "rosemary, pomegranate, and rice" on its label. If you want to know what it smells like, rice is definitely the closest.

Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil (1 fl oz), approximate retail value $1.50

This was probably the biggest cause of tipsy-related "sad trombone" noises last month. It was sent to a wide variety of people ranging from very dark skinned to very light skinned, many of whom responded with an "Um, no thanks."

I'm actually not as offended by this product as I have been by other tanning products that subscription boxes have hoisted on me, simply because there's nothing deceptive about it. I won't use it, but I don't use all sorts of random shit I get sent in low-cost boxes like this one.

BareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow in Divine Wine (0.03 fl oz), approximate retail value $5.40

A new product from a known brand isn't an Ipsy sample to shake a stick at.

Although the fact that BareMinerals is trying to capitalize on the whole "BB" trend is pretty eye-roll-worthy, the product is decent.

It's a very creamy formula with a consistency that is reminiscent of Cool Whip. You can apply it with the included doe foot applicator and blend it with your finger (or a brush for people who don't mind immediately having to wash your brushes). It blends relatively well and, once dry, stays put. It's also quite opaque.

Divine Wine is mysteriously a taupe color, rather than the burgundy shade the name implies.

Elizabeth Mott Tints and Sass Lip and Cheek Stain (full size at 0.35 oz), retail value $22.99

Another cheek/lip stain that is identical to all the cheek/lip stains on the market? Bring it on…

You could find a hundred near-identical products if you wanted, but this one is fine.

On lips and cheeks.

Pür Minerals Big Look Waterproof Mascara (0.12 oz), approximate retail value $14.12

I found this mascara to be consistent with drugstore mascaras in quality… but the packaging is pretty excellent. The glittery water droplets on the handle are cute as hell.

Otherwise, it's a thick-brushed, medium-wet formula that gives both length and volume, but is spectacular in neither characteristic, and that has a tendency to cause your lashes to stick together.

If you want glamorous packaging, though...

Total Box Value: $66.07

Overall, this box was fine. Obviously, the dollar value is pretty good, given the $10 a month price tag on the subscription service, but there was no standout product that I'm excited about. Most of these things I will probably never use again. The tanning oil, for example, only made it out of its plastic wrap so that I could take a photo.

If you like getting random makeup in the mail and you don't especially care whether or not it sucks, Ipsy will get the job done. Still, I definitely wish that a greater percentage of these products were something new, interesting, or high quality.

If you are feeling the urge to join Ipsy, you are always welcome to use my referral link by clicking here.


  1. I put that hang ten oil in my hair before swimming in chlorine, or before bed as an oil treatment, as it has Argan oil in it. Lemonade out of lemons, et al.

  2. I got the bb cream eye shadow as well, only in a different color than you. I'm super pale and thought it would be hard to find an eye shadow paler than my skin. I was wrong.

  3. How is an eyeshadow labeled BB... Is someone somewhere just throwing darts at a dart board looking for new words to throw in to make their products seem trendy and new?

  4. I like that the box contained the Bare Minerals thing (could you use it as a cream contour, out of curiosity?) and I am totally in love with little fake water droplets (the MAC Alluring Aquatic collection sorely tempted my 'no MAC' policy). Otherwise *shrug*. The tanning oil is the low point, but I like Christina's comment above about repurposing!

    1. I got the Soft Linen version of the Bare Minerals thing and it actually appears to be functional as a concealer as well as eye shadow for me. I would be leery of contouring with it because it sets up fairly quickly, but maybe if you mixed a dab with a bit of foundation or the like it would work?

  5. I'm another one who wasn't impressed with the tanning oil - I try to avoid activities that could give me cancer. I was going to send it to my sister, but yeah, I like the idea of making it a hair treatment.

    The eyeshadow was actually pretty decent. I could see myself using some of that provided I could get shades I really liked.

  6. What this particular lip/cheek stain has that others don't, however, is a name that made me chuckle and pretty cute packaging! Me gusta.

    If that "BB" eyeshadow indeed comes in a shade paler than pale, then I am very interested.

  7. I got the same stain and eye color, and gave both away. I have tried benetint and stainiac and I guess I am just the non-universal that color looks meh at best on, so all this one did for me was give me an eye-roll at the name before sticking it in the "nope" box.

    I am interested in trying the eye shadow in a shade that won't make me look bruised. There is a small one in the "neutral eyes tutorial" box I got with my 20% off Ulta purchase that should be showing up soon.

  8. The only thing I actually enjoyed was the tint and sass simply because I wear red lips every day so it's nice to put on under my lipstick. But yeah, the whole ipsy bag thing is pretty meh. I ended up subscription after this bag.

    Also I love the amount of sass in this post. I laughed several times :)

  9. I got the bareminerals shadow in the other color they sent, the super pale one. And I actually like it. Like I took it on vacation with me and that means something. Other than that we got totally different things. I am less "meh" about this bag than previous ones. My new one coming seems like it might end up going back to being super meh, though. I see a tin of lip balm coming my way and I haaaaaate lip balm.

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