Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ipsy June 2013

Another month, another Ipsy bag!

This month had a LOT of anticipation behind it. Partly because they gave a lot of awesome picture hints, and partly because I received my bag while I was on vacation so I had to wait a few extra days to open it and find out what I got!

I think this is the first month that I was a bit disappointed. There are still a few excellent products that I am looking forward to using, but I found that I was a lot less impressed with the selection of items that were chosen for me. Looking at a few of the other bags, I found I would have much rather received some of the other products that were being offered. I guess you can't win 'em all! Anyway, let's get to a picture and my opinions on each product!

First off, the bag? I love it! I know a lot of people thought it was loud and tacky, but I really love the animal print with the neon green zipper. It's MUCH different from the normal style of Ipsy bags, and I just find it to be so cute! It also feels much more sturdy/well-made than some of the past bags.

Freeman PSSSST! Dry Shampoo
Uhm. Can you say, "MEH?" Of ALL the things that could have been sent to me this month, this is probably the LAST item I would be interested in. I wash my hair every other day without fail, so I don't need a dry shampoo. Not to mention it's a drugstore/cheap brand...not to mention it's something I've received in other subscription companies...not to mention I was clear in my Ipsy profile that I wasn't interested in hair products...I could go on! I was just really disappointed with this product, especially because many people got full-sized gel liners that were valued at quadruple the value of this product. I don't think that's very fair, but what are ya gunna do?

Starlooks Lip Pencil in "Tipsy"
I've been wanting to try Starlooks makeup for quite some time now, and I'm glad I got a lip liner that is a pretty pink color, as it will go with a lot of different lipsticks. This pencil glides on very smoothly and the color is very pigmented. So far I'm quite impressed. If you're interested in more Starlooks products (they apparently have past MAC cosmetics chemists on staff and claim their makeup is JUST as good!) they offer a subscription box as well for $15 dollars a month. I don't subscribe to it myself, but it's simply because I already subscribe to enough service, but I have been told their makeup is excellent and the subscription is always well worth the money!

Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil
Eh. OK. It's essentially a concealer pencil. There is no highlight to it. I have pale skin so this doesn't really highlight for me. It's not a very good concealer either, considering it doesn't have much staying power. The only thing I can see this possibly working for is lining your water line for a more "open-eyed" look, but even then, the pencil is so large that once the point dulls a bit, it becomes hard to get on the water line. Not really loving this product.

NYX Mosaic Powder in "Spice"
MEHHHHH. Ok. Now that I've got that out of the way...I was REALLY hoping for just the cream blush that Ipsy was also offering. These mosaic powders always have too much brown in them and I find it hard to come up with ways to use them. Too much brown to be a blush on my pale skin, and too much pink to be used as a contour. I do really like NYX products I just wish it wasn't something completely unusable.

J.Cat Sparkling Cream Palette in "Suzie"
UGHHHHH. OH GOD UGH. Honestly, could this be any more blegh?? I can't even come up with words for this. At first glance on the Ipsy FB page, I thought this was a glitter liner palette. And while I wasn't THRILLED at the idea, I thought it would at least get some use. I don't think any Ipsy member over the age of 20 is interested in anything with a TON of chunky glitter. However I found out from Ipsy that these glitters shouldn't go anywhere NEAR your eye, but they are "body glitters." Yes. Body glitters. Like the kind you used when you were 10. The kind you buy on Halloween. Freaking body glitters. Not to mention, they're cheap-ass body glitters that are less than $5 and show it with their lack of quality. I will NEVER use these, and I don't think any Ipsy subscriber that is older than 18 is going to be interested in this product. My mother was interested in subscribing to Ipsy after she saw what I received in last months bag, but now I'm hesitant to convince her to subscribe anymore. What is a 50 year old woman going to do with a bunch of cheap body glitter? What is a 28 YEAR OLD going to do with it? Toss it out, that's what.

Overall, this month wasn't a total bust. I like that they're listening to their subscribers and starting to put things in the bags that we're interested in. I like that they're starting to use Ipsy Match to tailor the bags to each person, but I don't think it's working so well right now. They need to also start taking subscribers ages into consideration. I think the glitter palettes would have been good for anyone under 18. Or the eye brow gel that they sent me a few months ago would have been better sent to someone who needed/desired it. (My brows are so sparse I have to draw them on!) I think Ipsy is still the best and they are still working through a bit of a growth spurt since starting the Ipsy Match usage. It is still MORE than worth the $10 a month I pay for it. But I think they need to come up with a more comprehensive system in order for it to really be worth using, or they're going to have more and more unhappy subbies!

Until Next month!

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