Ipsy Review — September 2015

SeptIpsy1Another Ipsy bag showed up this week! This month the theme is Face Fashion and it’s taking advantage of smokier autumn tones, which I always love.

Ipsy Details

The service is only $10 a month. Upon signing up, you fill out a brief beauty quiz about what types of makeup you love and would like to receive, your features (eye color, skin type, etc.) and what brands you’d like to try out. Many brands they list are common, but there are some I’ve never heard of.

You get billed the first of each month and your glam bag is sent in the middle of the month. Unlike Stitch Fix, where it allows you the option to schedule boxes at will, Ipsy automatically schedules one every month and you must cancel on your own when you want to stop receiving bags. You get to keep everything that comes in the bag.

Each month’s bag features different products and a different theme, but subscribers mostly receive the same or similar products each month. For example, my bag might be the same as someone else, or it might have a few of the same and a few different items inside.

SeptIpsy2Since the site gives you look into your glam bag before it arrives, I knew what I was getting, but it only made more excited to find it in my mailbox. I also once again love the bag, and really like that it could be used as a clutch during a night on the town.

Lets take a closer look at what I received!

NYX Cosmetics 3 Color Shadow Palette

NYX is a well-known brand and I’ve only recently come to try and love their products — especially their liquid eyeliner. This eye shadow trio screams fall with a satin bronze shade, satin auburn shade and matte black shade. All three would work really well for a smoky look and I’m looking forward to trying them out together. I’m very pleased to be sent a quality full-size product. It normally retails for about $6.

SeptIpsy3Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

This product by Vasanti is new to me, and so is the Canadian brand. It’s an exfoliating cleanser which has papaya enzymes, aloe vera, coconut and panthenol, a provitamin of B5. It’s also paraben free, so that’s a win in my book. I got a sample-size bottle (20g) and a full-size bottle (120g) sells for $34. Honestly, this product feels a lot like one of the Satin Hands exfoliators, which is not a bad thing!

SeptIpsy6Evelyn Iona Cream Blush in Ash

Evelyn Iona is yet another new brand! But I laughed when I took it out because it has to be the smallest sample I’ve ever seen. I had to use a dime for scale, and it’s not much larger. This cream blush is super pretty, but the pot is so small I had a hard time figuring out how to get any product on my finger without my long nails digging into the product. I used a small brush, but that was still challenging. Nevertheless, I was able to try it out. It’s creamy and simple to apply, but it comes off very easily. The website says the blush is vegetarian, cruelty free and made in the U.S. Due to the size of the pot and difficulty to extract any of the blush, I’m not sure how much I’ll use it. The full-size pot costs $18.75.

SeptIpsy4J. Cat Beauty #MOTD Waterproof Slide-on Eyeliner in Bronze

I had the hardest time photographing this J. Cat Beauty eyeliner and even when editing the picture, the bronze color did not want to show up well. So the color is a little off, but this is a pure bronze eyeliner. And it’s gorgeous. It applies really easily and I think it’ll go perfectly with the NYX eye shadow. I received a full-size pencil, which originally retails for $2.49

SeptIpsy5Pixi Beauty Mini Brow Trio

And the award for the second smallest sample-size product I’ve seen goes to Pixi Beauty! This brand is not new to me, but I’ve never tried their products. This trio has three shades for different brow colors — blonde, light brown and dark brown — made to be mixed and matched. The picture below shows swatches of each with the help of an eye primer. As you can see, the blonde shade barely stands out on my arm. The other two appear to be well pigmented. A palette of six brow colors retails for $12.

SeptIpsy7Overall Thoughts

For the second month in a row, I really enjoy the products I receive from Ipsy. I really feel I am given products I will want to use and continue to do so until they’re gone.

In my last review I mentioned how bad the shipping tracking was. Well, I think Ipsy listened to all of the complaints from their customers, because this time it was quick and accurate!

If you want to try it for yourself, here’s a referral link you can use: https://www.ipsy.com/new?refer=ub1q2

What do you think of September’s glam bag?

—K

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About Karin

Journalist, singer, reader, movie fanatic, photography buff, GVSU alum, wanna-be-Brit, Crohn's fighter, Coca-Cola addict, animal lover, not a kid person, hater of winter, Michigander
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