Ipsy Review #2 – June 2017
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!
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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
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Visit the Ipsy Swap Page to swap for any of the items you see in this review!
Ipsy’s theme for this month is ‘Volume Up’, and it’s all about being able to express yourself fearlessly. I totally agree that it is now more important than ever to stand by for what we believe in, be it human rights, climate change, or social injustice.
This canvas bag’s quirky design is a small reminder for us to speak up our mind. I think it’s adorable! It’s lined on the inside too!
Now, onto the items!
Beauty For Real – I-LINE 24-7 Eyeliner – FULL SIZE! Value $14
Beauty For Real was founded by a celebrity makeup artist, Leslie Munsell. Their products are Cruelty-Free and developed with ‘high-tech formulas and beneficial natural ingredients along with smart innovative packaging’.
I received this eyeliner in 24 Karat, which is a warm golden shade. It claims to be a waterproof gel eyeliner with 24-hour wear time. It also contains Vitamin E to condition your skin. This eyeliner is creamy, easy to apply, and very pigmented. The swatch on my arm didn’t smudge or budge at all during the day, and it lasted a long time on my eyelid, too. (I used it in place of eyeshadow since it’s not very visible as an eyeliner on my skin tone)
(Swatched in the lower photo.)
Margaret Dabbs London – Treatment-Enriched Nail Polish in Green Daylily – FULL SIZE! Value £14 ($18 USD)
This nail polish came all the way here from England! The founder of this brand, Margaret Dabbs, crafted her products and treatments to be exceptionally effective while ensuring that the scent, look, and feel are luxurious. She uses ‘Emu Oil’ as her key super ingredient as a base for her product lines.
This nail polish is enriched with Vitamin E and Wild Rose to strengthen and protect the nails. While the bright teal color is a little out of my comfort zone, I really do love the formula. It was easy to apply and very opaque (only 1 coat needed), plus it didn’t smell like a nail polish AT ALL. In fact, there’s a subtle rose scent that lasted on my nails for days!
Here’s how it looks on my medium-warm skin tone. This is one coat of application plus top coat. The color looks greener in real life.
Vasanti Cosmetics – Power Oils Lip Gloss in Super Mom – 2.3g Value $6.72 (Full-Size 6.5g Value $19)
**This is my requested item**
I have tried some of Vasanti skincare from GlossyBox and Birchbox, and I have been impressed with their quality. So when Ipsy allowed us to send them a sample request, I didn’t hesitate and picked this beautiful mauvy nude lip gloss. This sample size has almost the same amount of product as Colourpop full-size lip gloss!
This lip gloss is Cruelty-Free, Vegan-Friendly and Paraben Free. It’s enriched by natural oils like Pomegranate Oil and Jojoba Oil, both of which are famous for their anti-aging properties. It lasted about 3 hours on my lips without being sticky. The light citrus scent (I think it smells like lemon tea) is a big plus!
The Balm Cosmetics – Balm Spring Blush – 1g Value $3.74 (Full-Size 5.61g Value $21)
Despite knowing this brand for so long, this is actually the first time I’ve tried any products from The Balm Cosmetics! I like their lively packaging and I can’t wait to see if it’ll last 12 hours as it claims.
This blush is REALLY pigmented. I almost gave myself a clown face because I wasn’t paying attention while sweeping this blush out of its pan. I think the powder blended easily and the color was not too bright for my skin tone. Unfortunately, on my oily-combination skin, I don’t think it lasted more than a few hours.
Here are the swatches of Beauty For Real eyeliner, Vasanti lip gloss, and the Balm Spring Blush.
Delectable by Cake Beauty – Coconut & Cream Triple Moisture Body Lotion – 2oz Value $3.50 (Full Size 8oz Value $14)
Cake Beauty is an ingredient-conscious brand from Ontario, Canada. Their formulas are natural ingredient-driven, and the brand itself has a fun and playful touch!
(Good to know for swaps – this product has an inner foil seal.)
Not only it’s Cruelty-Free, Vegan, Gluten Free, Paraben Free and Phthalate Free, this body lotion also has a sweet coconut & vanilla scent, which is almost too overwhelming for me. Their main ingredients are coconut oil, shea butter, and aloe vera. The lotion absorbed easily and made my skin feel hydrated for hours. This is a sizable sample size and I will be able to use this for a while.
Here is the look I completed using everything from my June Ipsy bag, including the Balm blush, Beauty For Real eyeliner, and Vasanti lip gloss.
Verdict: This box has a value of about $46, which is great for a $10 subscription. I think the value is on par with my regular Ipsy bags (with the exception of May, which had an even higher value). Even though only 2 products were full-sized, I felt like I received 4 full-sized products because the lip gloss and body lotion sample are quite sizable! I love the eyeliner and lip gloss and enjoyed everything they sent me.
What do you think of the June Ipsy Glam Bag? What items did you get in your bag?