Ipsy Review – May 2017
Note from Liz: I’m so happy to introduce our newest reviewer to the MSA team! Welcome, Jira!
Ipsy is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription box. Each month you get full-size or deluxe-sized beauty products, plus a cute makeup bag. I think Ipsy is perfect for anyone who likes to discover and try new beauty items before committing to full-sized products!
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Ipsy
The Cost: $10 a month (free shipping) or $110 for yearly subscription
The Products: Full-size and samples of makeup and beauty products (including makeup, skincare, hair care, and nail care), plus a makeup bag!
Ships to: U.S. and Canada
Delivered via: USPS
Visit the Ipsy Swap Page to swap for any of the items you see in this review!
Ipsy’s theme for this month is ‘Summer Friday’, and everything was chosen for those ‘fun in the sun’ moments!
The bag design was inspired by pool floats and ice cream, my favorite dessert! I also like the fact that it’s transparent and water resistant! This is my 4th Ipsy glam bag and I think they keep getting better!
Now, onto the items!
Mellow Cosmetics – Creamy Matte Lipstick in Nude – FULL SIZE! Value $13
I’ve never tried any products from this brand before, but from a quick search, Mellow is a makeup brand from New Zealand. Their products are Cruelty Free, Vegan, and Paraben Free!
This lipstick provides great pigmentation with a matte finish. It feels comfortable on my lips and also has an impressive lasting power. (I had noodles for lunch and I didn’t need any touch up afterwards.) It has a sweet vanilla scent, but doesn’t really linger. If you are not a big fan of liquid lipstick, I think this lipstick is a good substitute. The shade is definitely far from being ‘nude’ like its name suggested though. To me, it looks more like mauve-ish pink tone, which is very wearable on me!
(Swatched in lower photo.)
Urban Decay – Afterglow in Sin, 2.4 g – Value $9 (Full size 6.8 g Value $26)
I can’t help but notice that subscription boxes have been sending a lot of highlighters lately, but I love Urban Decay products! I own a few of their Naked Palettes and lipsticks, so I’m very happy to try their highlighter.
This highlighter is said to last for at least 8 hours, and it did just that on my oily-combination skin after I set my makeup with a setting spray. It has a beautiful champagne gold color which gives me a perfect natural glow without being glittery. It was so natural that I had to pack it with my fingers to make it visible in the photo down below.
I popped this little pan into my magnetic palette. From the above picture, you can see that it’s about the same size as my eyeshadows from Makeup Geek and Colourpop.
(Swatched in lower photo.)
Starlooks Artist Edition – Luxe Longwear Star Stamp + Liner Pen – Full size? Value $19 (or $10.07 with their subscription program)
This eyeliner is so unique and creative! You get a black felt tip applicator on one side and a cute tiny star stamp on the other. Other stamp patterns like smiley faces and hearts are also available on their website.
To be honest, I prefer brush tip applicators for my liquid eyeliner, so it was quite a challenge for me to ‘wing’ my eyes using this. I ended up getting a much thicker line than I normally would. With that said, I think the formula of this liner is really good. It was matte and lasted all day on my eyes without budging. The star stamp is a fun addition, but with my age being close to 30, I don’t see myself wearing them anytime soon. (Maybe Halloween?)
Here are the swatches of Urban Decay highlighter, Mellow lipstick, and the Starlooks eyeliner:
Adesse New York – Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Surfer Girl – FULL SIZE! Value $18
Another full-size item? Yes, please! From a quick look at their website, all of their products are made in New York and are named after famous locations and people here, too. (Madison Square and Belvedere Castle, for example, how cool is that?!)
This nail polish is 5 Free, Cruelty-Free, Paraben Free, Sulfate Free, Vegan, and the formula is infused with organic bamboo extract, argan oil, and shea oil. It is said to “give your nails the ‘plump’ look of a gel manicure without a UV or LED lamp.”
Here’s how it looks on my medium warm skin tone. It wasn’t the easiest nail polish to work with, but after 2 coats and a top coat, I really like the result! The formula made my nails look smooth and even, despite the fact that I have an uneven nail surface! The color is fun and perfect for summer as well.
All the brushes Ipsy sent me so far are right up my alley! This gorgeous light blue foundation brush is no different. I love everything and anything in pastel!
Like the other Luxie brush I received from Ipsy, the bristle of this brush is so soft! It has a round semi-flat shape that works well with liquid foundations. I tried it with my Tarte Water Foundation today and really like the natural-looking yet flawless result this brush helped provide.
Here is the look I completed using everything from my May Ipsy bag, including foundation brush, highlighter, eyeliner, and lipstick, and a close-up look of this star-liner.
Verdict: This box has a value of about $82 (and that doesn’t count the value of the makeup bag)!! That’s amazing for a $10 beauty subscription box, and I think it’s my favorite glam bag yet!! I was a bit bummed at first for not getting the Estée Lauder foundation, but I think the other products made up for it. I also really appreciate that Ipsy seems to take my feedback seriously and curate the products they send me accordingly.
What do you think of the May Ipsy Glam Bag? What items did you get in your bag?