Friday, March 14, 2014

Ipsy March 2014

Ipsy arrived in what might be the most noticeable packet in the universe.  BRIGHT, HOT PINK! Yes, I needed to do all caps to explain the color.  PINK and SHINY!  So very girly.  I'd think there would be something a little more spicy than make-up in a bag like that.  I'm thinking lingerie from a naughty company somewhere out there.

Ipsy caters mainly to make-up lovers.  It is curated by Michelle Phan and her team of stylists. The bag usually includes 5 items, although this month was only four.  Your products are sent each month in a cute make up bag that is different every time.

The Cost: $10/mo

What you get: Each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products.

This month the make-up bag was designed by Klari Reis, a San Francisco based artist.  It's quirky and cute and I like the side zip a lot.

 First up,

Chella Indigo Blue Liquid Eyeliner- I am in love.  This might be the best eyeliner I have ever encountered.  The brush itself is just the right width and stiffness, it doesn't spread out at the merest hint of pressure like some I've used.  It glides on like... I don't know... room temperature butter?  No, seriously, it's on and perfect before you realize what you've done.  I don't know if I can go back to any liner after this.    The color is gorgeous, a dark sea blue.  Not navy but not bright or crazy either.  LOVE!
Included Size: FULL SIZE
Full Size Value: $24

bareMinerals marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready-
I'm putting up a comparison pictures so you can see how small this lipstick is.  And this is NOT a negative in my opinion.  I *prefer* to have small, compact lipglosses and lipsticks in my clutch, especially when out on a date/dinner/dancing, etc.  I can have full color without the full size taking up too much room.
This is a fantastic color on me.  Its a brownish pink (more pink than brown) and it seems like it might have the tiniest hint of orange in it. Orange can go wrong pretty quickly but this doesn't.
The Get Ready Shade blends perfectly with my Bobbi Brown lip liner in Rose.
Included size: .05, mini
Full Size Value: $18, .12oz

Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer: Evens skintone, adds glow and hydration.
Included size: .4oz
Full Size Value: $9, 1oz

NYX Love in Rio in The Brazilian-   I took a closer pic of the colors.  They are labeled as: Dark Brown, Nude Pink and Shimmery Toffee
The darkest shade has no shimmer, the other two do.  I like this palette because I'm particularly fond of neutral shades.  I have brown eyes and it just seems to work better for me.  BUT with my new blue Chella liner, I'm thinking of branching out :)  Still, I'm keeping this for sure.
Included Size: FULL SIZE
Full Size Value: $6, 3g

VERDICT:  I was initially worried that I might not like Ipsy.  This bag eased my fears.  I am very happy with the product spread, I like the colors, I've been introduced to a new product (Chella) and I an use everything in here.  I also think the make up bag it came in is cute and useful, as well.  The bag also came with a coupon code for  a free sample (lash domination mascara) and free shipping for any bareminerals purchase.  No  minimum so thats nice!

Now I can't wait for my next one!  If you want to sign up, head over to Ipsy and make sure to fill out your Beauty Profile.  Ipsy also gives points for buying monthly bags and leaving reviews.  These add up and then you can make purchases using your points.  What's not to love?!

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