Wow you guys. I’m cutting this April review a little close, starting this at 9:45 p.m. on April 30. But I have some good excuses, promise. 🙂
First, I am quickly wrapping up my sophomore year which is both exciting and terrifying. I feel like I just had my first day of college yesterday, so it is hard to believe that two years have already flown by. Also, I’ve been pretty busy with working on my school’s newspaper. I’m set up to be the opinions editor next year, which is also exciting and terrifying, but definitely in a good way. I am so looking forward to everything that I am going to get to do next year as well as becoming closer with my fellow staff members.
But first, I have one more final and then four long months of summer vacation that I don’t want to rush through too quickly.
And even before that, we have the April 2015 ipsy review!
Ipsy is a beauty subscription service that is $10 a month. It ships out five different beauty, makeup, hair care, and skincare products that typically range in size from smaller samples to full-sized. If you are interested in learning more, visit their website.
April was an amazing month for ipsy, and I can say 100% that this was my most favorite box that I have received. I feel like this was truly the first month that ipsy took into consideration the ratings I’ve given for past bags, because they sent me all of the types of products that I like and none that I do not.
First, the bag is just perfect for spring and summertime. The bamboo mixed with colorful threading is amazing, and it feels incredibly high-quality. It’s cute enough to be worn on its own as a clutch, which I might do on my upcoming trip to the beach.
The first product I received in my bag is the Mica Beauty Eye Primer. I’m very picky when it comes to eye primers because I tend to have problems with eyeshadows lasting a whole day on me without creasing. My personal favorite is NARS’ Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. I’m excited to give this a try though because the consistency seems to be very creamy and maybe even slightly tacky, which I think will help my eyeshadows to stick better. I hope it’s at least a decent product because boy is this expensive. A full-size will run you $44.95. This sample is 4 grams (half-size), and is worth $22.48.
This is probably the only product I am slightly disappointed in. This is the Mullein & Sparrow Mini Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm. This product is meant to be similar to Benetint, but honestly the only problem with this is that the pigmentation is virtually zero. I had to basically take a chunck out of the product to get it to the point that you see in the picture. However, this is still an amazing lip balm! It’s handmade with all-natural vegan ingredients, and the formula feels incredibly moisturizing. While it doesn’t have any color to it, I will still be using (and loving) it. The mini version sells on their website for $10.00.
This is the Pandora’s Makeup Box Blush in Carnation Pink. The packaging is adorable, but my only complaint is that it doesn’t really come in packaging haha. There’s a flimsy plastic container that’s used a lot with testers, but that’s it. It looks like from the website most of their products come like that and that you can buy separate compacts, so keep that in mind. The color is a really pretty coral-pink that will be perfect for summer. It reminds me of MAC’s Fleur Power, which was my first MAC product ever and still one of my favorite blushes to this day. While my swatch makes this powder look dry and not very pigmented, it’s actually the opposite. I’m not sure why that turned out so poorly, but this applies beautifully. This is a full size, and it retails for $14 CA.
I love The Balm products so I was pumped to see this in my bag! It is an eyeshadow from their Nude Dude Volume 2 Palette. The packaging is super fun and vintage-y, which I adore. The shadow itself is Fit, which is a pretty copper/gold. It’s very pigmented and very shimmery, so I think this will be best suited for the summer when I am tan. Can’t go wrong with a nice neutral eyeshadow. The palette retails for $36, so this is worth $4.
Now on to the product which is easily my most favorite thing I’ve ever received from ipsy. This is the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Red Door Red. I was so thrilled when I checked my ipsy bag spoilers and saw that I was going to be receiving this. The packaging has a gorgeous vintage look and is nicely weighted. It reminds me of something Megan Draper would have in her makeup bag. The color itself is a knockout. I’m a little picky when it comes to reds, but this is a perfect shade. It’s got blue undertones, so your teeth won’t appear yellow. The formula is moisturizing like the name hints at, and it lasts for hours. This is the first ipsy product where I am already planning what other colors I want to buy. They hit the target on this one. This is a full-sized lipstick, which retails for $25.
This bag has a pretty astonishing value of $75.47, which is killer for a $10 service. This would be awesome if ipsy could keep it up every month, but I’m not keeping my hopes up.
I also used up my ipsy points that were about to expire on Benefit’s Cha Cha Tint (full size!) and a Pacifica eyeshadow. I don’t love the Pacifica makeup line, but this was pretty much the only product that was cheap enough to use the leftover points on. I’m excited to try the Cha Cha Tint, though, which has been on my wishlist for a while. It’s nice to get it for free!
Thanks for reading as always, and good luck to everyone taking finals this week!