Tetris x Ipsy Full Collection Review


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Ipsy x Tetris May 2019 makeup subscription box review

Update 5/31: images of the eye palette ingredients and eyeshadows modeled added.

Love Tetris? Me too! ipsy recently collaborated with the iconic NES game to bring us an incredibly colorful makeup collection celebrating 35 years of tile-matching magic!

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This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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About the Tetris x ipsy 35th Anniversary Makeup Collection

The Box: Tetris x ipsy

The Cost: $39.99

The Products: An exclusive collection of eyeshadows, lipglosses, lip balm, and a highlighter, all Tetris themed!

Ships to: US

Delivered via: USPS

FYI: This collection has launched! If you are already an Ipsy or Ipsy Glam Bag Plus subscriber you can expect to see some of this collection arriving in your June bags! The entire collection set will be available for sale in the Ipsy Shop!

Our Review

I can’t claim to have played Tetris when it first launched. That was back in 1985 and I hadn’t quite been born yet. My memories of this game are directly tied to my oversized grey brick of a Gameboy and playing it sneakily in church. There was something so soothing about the different shapes and the concentration it took to play out a strategy and maximize the number of lines you could clear per piece before you ran out of space and had to start all over again. I remember arguing with my mom about what song we preferred to play in the background as we cleared line after line. She has always been better than me and is our family’s reigning champ.

There was something so blissfully nostalgic and yet totally unexpected about this collaboration. Tetris + makeup? What?? Would it be good? Would it stay true to the heart of this iconic game? Could a video game beloved by so many and an incredible makeup brand truly have a meeting of the minds?

Well, friends, they totally did.

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    Tetris x ipsy Lip Gloss in ‘Tetrimino’, 4 g 

    This lovely lipgloss is as demure as this kit gets. (I figured I would start off easy!) ‘Tetrimino’ is a soft champagne with sparkles for days! Beautiful on its own, or over a favorite lipstick, this is an easy to love gloss. The formula is smooth, not overly sticky, and the scent is some sort of mixture of beachy coconut vibes and sunshine. All of the lip products in this collection share this scent.

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      Tetris x ipsy Lip Gloss in ‘Matrix’, 4 g 

      The icy-silver counterpart to the golden gloss above is ‘Matrix’ a flash of silver and shimmer. Like ‘Tetrimino’, this gloss is incredibly subtle and can be worn alone or layered. Because it is such a cool shimmer, I found that this one had a more mirror finish.

      Ipsy x Tetris May 2019 makeup subscription box review lip gloss swatches

      Top: Matrix, Bottom: Tetrimino

      The picture doesn’t really do justice to the amount of shimmer and shine these glosses have!

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        Tetris x ipsy Lip Balm in ‘l33t ‘, 2.8 g 

        This collection comes with three lip balms. The first ‘l33t’ is an orange/red with a hot pink core. On the lips, it is super sheer and gives a natural flush of red, like you have been eating a cherry popsicle. The formula is very, very sheer, but super hydrating.

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          Tetris x ipsy Lip Balm in ‘n00b ‘, 2.8 g 

          This is another incredibly subtle lip balm. The outer is a sheer beige which looks like naked lips on my face. The core is an iridescent blue shimmer which gives the lips just the smallest amount of dimension. Because this is by far the most demure item in this collection, I could see some people being underwhelmed. I personally think it is excellent for those makeup-free days where you still want to put something fun on your lips and feel fancy.

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            Tetris x ipsy Lip Balm in ‘m4d sk1llz ‘, 2.8 g 

            Lastly, ‘m4d sk1llz’ is a pinkish shade that can’t decide if it also wants to be purple or not. Like the other balms, it is very sheer and natural looking and has that same beachy smell. This one had the most staying power of the trio.

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            Top to bottom: l33t, n00b, m4d sk1llz

            At this point, you are probably thinking “But Megan…where is all the COLOR?”

            Buckle up!

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              Tetris x ipsy ‘Tetris Life’ Highlighter, 3.8 g

              Wow. This is one metallic highlighter! I am going to admit right now that this is far too warm for me to even consider using, but that shouldn’t detract from its ‘WOW’ factor. A true honey gold, this highlighter defines what it is to shimmer. Apply with a light touch and you are rewarded with sheer, gilded cheekbones. Applied with more drama and you have a borderline chrome level of intense reflective coverage. If you love a bold, warm, metallic highlight, this one is for you. And hey, if you are like me and think it might not work as a highlighter with your skin tone, try it out as a shadow!

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                Tetris x ipsy ‘Game On’ 6 Eyeshadow Palette, 13.5 g

                This palette is everything. I want these colors on my face, in my home, in my closet, everywhere!! What a curation! There is a true mustard (Game Changer) and it works SO well with the more neutral shades of pink champagne (Game Day), rose gold (Block Party) and the matte shell (Stack It Up). Those four alone would be incredible but also included is a bold metallic moss (Game Night) and the most incredibly saturated navy (Game Over). If you read any of my beauty box reviews you know I tend to lean more towards natural makeup looks, but even I can’t help but get incredibly excited by these bold shades. The pigment is fantastic and the fallout isn’t bad! They all blend very easily.

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                From top to bottom: Game Changer (matte), Game Day, Game Night, Stack It Up (matte), Block Party, Game Over (matte).

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                  Tetris x ipsy ‘Block Party’ 6 Eyeshadow Palette, 13.5 g

                  More color! This second palette is a little cooler than the first and is a healthy mix of wild colors and a few basics. My eye first went to the shimmery hot pink (Line Clear) and then to that bold, true purple (High Score!) They are both beautifully shimmery and pigmented. Top Out is a gorgeous metallic teal and the mercury metallic T-Spin is a dream. These bolder colors are cleverly anchored with the versatile brown and neutral (Skyline and Back-To-Back) shadows that give this palette a very well-rounded feel. Like the other palette, all of these shades have great pigment and are velvety smooth.

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                  Top to bottom: Skyline (matte), T-Spin, Top Out, Back-To-Back (matte), Line Clear, High Score!

                  You can also experiment with using them wet as a liner. (The navy shade works so beautifully.) Top to Bottom: T-Spin, Game Night, Game Over, Top Out, High Score!, Line Clear

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                  Tetris x ipsy 5 Piece Brush Set

                  Finally, finishing this collection is a really fun synthetic brush set. Including a variety of shaders, fluffers, and angle brushes, these are perfect for applying your next Tetris shadow look flawlessly. The handles are slightly square in shape instead of round, which makes holding them really easy and prevents them from rolling off your vanity. Each one has a different color metallic neck and iconic Tetris shapes going down the handle.

                  Want a closer look at the brush tips? Peep below!

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                    Here is a closer look at the ingredients for each item!

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                      Per a reader request (thanks Karen!), I wanted to also add some images of these shadows on my actual eye.  I am not even CLOSE to a makeup artist and while I would normally feel totally comfortable with the neutral shades on both of these palettes, I really wanted to try out some of the bold shades!

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                        Here is a quick look I put together with the ‘Game On’ palette. I used ‘Game Over’ as a liner and used a blend of ‘Game Changer’ and ‘Game Day’ on my lid and into my crease. I did have to use a tarte shade ‘Gleam’ on my brow bone because I am fair and the ‘Stack It Up’ shade wasn’t light enough for me to use here. I have a little bit of ‘Game Night’ in my inner eye. Mascara is BADgal BANG!

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                          Next, I tried to create a look with the ‘Block Party’ palette. This one reminds me of Lisa Frank! Under my lower lash line, I have a blend of ‘Line Clear’ to ‘High Score!’. I used ‘Back-to-Back’ all over my entire lid, up to my brow. My lower lid is mostly ‘Top Out’ with ‘T-Spin’ blended in towards my duct.  I used ‘Skyline’ (which was so pretty!) in my crease. I also have a little bit of the ‘Tetris Life’ highlighter on my upper cheek. These were really fun to experiment with, especially for someone like me who usually avoids brights. Mascara is W4NDER Mile High Club.

                          Verdict: I absolutely loved this collection! When I first heard about this collab I was a little confused, but they really nailed it! Both of the glosses are beautiful alone or layered and the sheerness makes them incredibly versatile. The lip balm trios were also understated, but utterly wearable! I thought the different colored cored were visually brilliant. The palettes were by far the highlights for me because the color combos were just insane in the best way, a careful mixture of bold and bright, with grounding neutrals to give balance. Including a little brush set was as thoughtful as it was practical because you can immediately start experimenting with those incredible shades. Though the highlighter is not something I think I can wear, I am still so impressed by it! My only complaints were that the names of each lip product were not on the bottom info sticker, making it hard to figure out which shade was which if you open a few items at once. I do wish they had also included a few super bold/crazy lipsticks and eyeliners, but maybe that is something that could happen someday in the future. For now, I am pretty smitten with all of the different pieces of this collections that seamlessly fit together. (See what I did there?)

                          To Wrap Up:

                          When will this collection launch?  It is active as of June 1st!

                          Good to know: If you already subscribe to Ipsy, you can expect to see a lip product in your June bag and a palette in your June Ipsy Glam Bag Plus.

                          Value Breakdown: This box costs $39.99 + free shipping, which means that each of the 9 items in the box has an average cost of $4.44.

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                          Written by Megan Kirkland

                          Megan Kirkland

                          I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

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                          148 Comments

                          1. Love Love Love this lipstick where can I purchase it

                          2. I really liked the collection but the lip balms were really soft. Two of mine broke at the base (easy enough to fix but just a little annoying)

                            Might also be because it’s been over 100 degrees where I am. Maybe they need some time in the freezer.

                          3. Ordered June 1, received shipping notice June received the box today, June 14.

                            I checked over all my items thoroughly (I’ve seen smashed shadows & even a broken palette mirror on reddit) & found a small black fleck of something embedded in the side of my Mad Skills lip balm. I sent a photo to ipsycare along with the explanation & request for a replacement. I received this response a few hours later: “wish I could send a replacement, but we’re out of inventory. I’d be happy to give you a partial refund of $4.82 for the trouble.”

                            Um. Girl. I do not believe for a SECOND that ipsy is completely out of Mad Skills lip balm. At this point, I’d rather have the refund, tbh, cause that thing smells very strongly of fake vanilla to me. This just reconfirms my suspicion that ipsy has been lying to customers that they don’t have replacements, specifically for Shopper orders, for about the last year & a half. I had NO troubles getting replacements before then.

                            • *received shipping notice June 4

                          4. I got the pallet and I’m not impressed by it at all!!! Doesnt swatch good and doesnt go on good. Very cheap in my opinion

                          5. Hey guys I was wondering if I should get the Tetris collection on ipsy? Still deciding if I should get it? Everything looks so cute though!! I really want the whole collection hehehe 😁😄😋😍🤪

                          6. I will be getting the standalone Block Party palette as part of my GBPlus this month. I wonder if it is worth holding on to it, unopened to sell as a collector’s item later?

                            • Thinking the same exact thing, I won’t use it but don’t want to sell it either and since eyeshadows have long shelf life if kept in right condition ie. no humidity , and sanitary upkeep , I’ll probably just hold onto mine I got block party which look like great colors, but could never pull off I’d look like a clown lol. But the packing is just so kawaii 😁

                            • Would people really collect something like this?! I know things like game of thrones/ urban decay type things and some of the older kat von d are collectors…but do people really think this is something people will collect?! I’m so curious to know what others think….

                              • I am still awaiting my collection for TETRIS, but I will comment that this is absolutely something people will collect. The marketing alone on this is a big turn on and this review really reinforces its worth. I think a lot of people are scared of the golds/yellows, but you don’t have to be! You just have to distort things to work for you rather than against you.

                                The reviewer makes me happy because our eye color is a super similar hazel, but mine has slightly more green than this. It looks like it would easily accommodate a range of coloring. Thank you for the closeups! Stunning.

                          7. I love the pics of the shadows on your eyes so much! The colors in the palettes are so beautiful, but it’s hard to know how to wear them without looking ridiculous. But I can totally see myself copying this, especially with the gorgeous teal color! Can’t wait to get my palettes!

                            • Thank you Lilly! I appreciate that because I felt out of my depth. I really loved experimenting with those colors though!

                          8. love the eyeshadow pics on your eyes. really gives a good idea of color pay off better than swatches.

                            • Thank you! I am so happy those were helpful. <3

                          9. Reveals/add-ons are up!

                          10. Omg I was charged for GBP and GB before I could pause the GBP for the month of June. I got boxyluxe this month and I didn’t want any of this Tetris mess and they charged my card way before midnight. 😣 oh well I just hope there are some other products I like from GBP. Ill be happy to get the Sunday Riley or skin111. I’m just really not feeling tetris beauty …. Ill play all day long but ehhh…. And I got the ugliest color orange bag for GB haha…..just my luck.

                            • Me too!!! I thought I skipped and I went to check to make sure last night and it was already charged. I’m just looking at it like something fun to try! 🤞

                              • I know right! I guess I’m ok with the fact that I got the 111skin and added on Sunday Riley. Hope you got something you liked!

                            • How do you already know which color bag you got?

                              • If you scroll down the GB page, it shows a bag on the bottom. Mine also shows orange, but hopefully that’s just a placeholder for the real bag color.

                                • I’m hoping the same b/c there are so many fun colors & mine shows the oangeish brown!!

                              • When you look at the app whatever bag you see on the glam bag page is the color you get. Hope this helps 🙂

                                • Everybody’s is showing as orange and so nobody knows the actual color they’re getting.

                                  • Well – for me personally….and in my experience every time there is a bag variation whatever color that is on my GB page has always been the color I receive for that month. Thanks 😘

                                  • No on facebook they said they’ll surprise people with the color their getting when they send the bag 🙂 so that’s good bc I wasn’t liking the orange brown hoping for any color , but that 🤞

                                • Mine was orange on the ipsy website and app, but i got blue 😘

                                  • Well that’s def. Good to hear. That orange color is the worst. 😳 I don’t know why I really care bc I already have a ton of make up bags now… Glad you didn’t get orange!

                            • Leslie, I tried to pause too (actually, my account was already paused, but then I got off the waitlist for GBP and that somehow…magically unpaused it), but found it now says on the site that you have to pause by 12PM ET on the last day of the month (e.g. May 31st). Just a heads-up for people – like me – who tend to procrastinate on stuff like that.

                              • Yea girl me too I was about to pause it and it was like 8 pm 😱 on may 31st. I was like welp…I guess I’m getting it this month 😳

                            • I was on the waitlist for GBP.. and thought.. thank goodness, don’t have to worry.. I didn’t want any that that stuff… then… I came home from work on 8/31 to discover I had an email that said.. wow.. I got off the GBP waitlist… when I went in to “skip” the month.. it said you had to do it by 12 pm … UMMMMM… I did’t get my “you’re off the waitlist” email until 3:11 pm!!! I didn’t want any of this mess.. I too, am already getting Boxyluxe this month.. didn’t want to spend the money for this stuff.. oh brother. Oh.. well maybe I will find at least a few things in this mess that I may enjoy.

                              • This Tetris x Ipsy stuff is collector’s items. They may turn out to be worth something more someday.

                              • I know!! So crazy how that happens. It was like 8 pm on the 31st when I got charged! I was like ohhhhh k! I guess I will be getting it then! I’m just really excited for boxyluxe this month I really wanted the hair dryer. My box subscriptions are getting expensive girl! Its kind of like Christmas every month though 😘

                          11. It’s on Ipsy shopper right now!

                            • The FOMO is real. Even though I wouldn’t use most of it, I want it all. 🙂

                              • Me exactly!!! Do I chance missing out or wait and hope I get the palette with the navy and mustard.

                                • I just bought the entire set. I have no idea of what will be in my GB or GBP but I just want it all.

                              • Me too!

                            • Bought my collection this morning!

                          12. This is fun. It’s a collectors set. I’m loving the lip products. It would make a great gift too!

                            • for a whole set, it’s reasonably priced AND wearable colors!!

                          13. Idk how to feel about this collab myself? I’m almost 40 and although I did play Tetris when it came out on NES as a child, I really don’t want to carry around Tetris products in my bag with me at my age now. I feel I’ve completely grown out of it and it just doesn’t give a feeling of sophistication at all. I’m sure I have many other brands and products in these same shades that will perform the same if not better than this collab. I’m not saying the products are not good. I’m just saying it’s not for me at my age now.

                            • Don’t worry – when you get to be 60 plus you will just do what you want. I am no longer serious because life is too short! I love the collection but I honestly love sophisticated as well. I just like the happy colors in this one.

                              Still love my Chanel and Guerlain though! I think I am just a makeup addict!

                              • I’m 54 and in the F it stage too.haha. I want cute silly bright items as much as I want Tom Ford.

                            • I’m nearly 41. Everything doesn’t have to be sophisticated and mature. Chill out, grab something colorful to put on, and enjoy life. We’re about half dead anyway. Why not enjoy the time we have left. Who cares what others think. I’ll shove Tetris lip balm into my Hello Kitty makeup bag that I keep in my Pokemon purse. Live a little. Everything doesn’t have to be brown and boring.

                              • Stephanie 😂🤣😂

                                Funniest comment ever!

                              • I absolutely LOVE your comment Stephanie. I’m about to hit my 40’s and I’ve finally learned life isn’t about impressing others, it’s about living the short life we have to the fullest.

                              • Yes! I didn’t play much with makeup when I was younger but now at 45 am having so much fun getting these subscription boxes and loving it! And since I’m old enough to have played Tetris when it was new, excited to see this. Mixing up fun and sophisticated and enjoying everything!

                              • Oh Stephanie that just made me laugh hard ! Rofl ! So true though who cares the age if people can rock it ! Do so girls 🤣 ps I still have and love my Pokémon backpack 😍

                              • THIS! I couldn’t agree more. Thank you! My current favorite quote (courtesy of RuPaul) “What people think of me is NONE of my business”. But seriously women need to stop constantly judging each other and feeling judged. We’re in this together and who knows for how long so let’s have some fun and stop being boring.

                            • I’m almost 40 myself but after a health scare, have skipped right to the F it stage. Life’s too short to worry about “acting my age” or what others think about me, which I’m sure is often not very much at all!

                          14. It would be nice if they sold the brush set separately. That’s the only other thing I’d like other than a lip balm and the purple palette

                            • The brush set is available as an add on!.

                          15. Great review, Megan. I especially love the close up of the looks you created with the eyes. I am very excited to get one of these palettes in my IGBP next month. If they have the lip items as add-ons I’ll be a happy camper.

                            • Thank you, Zo! I was a little nervous about them (because some of those shades are way out of my wheelhouse!) so that that is good to hear! <3

                          16. While the collaboration between ipsy and tetris is a cool idea, I am so glad I skipped this month.

                          17. FWIW, I am not endorsing the purchase, but the entire collection is visible on the Shopper part of Ipsy for $39.99 starting in 24 hours from right now.

                            If this is what some of you like and want, good luck. Seriously. 😉

                            • Thank you for the heads up! ❤️

                          18. Didn’t they tell us that the Glam Bag Plus would contain only name brand products? This is ” No name” IPSY sourced Made in China products.

                            I have a feeling there are going to be some very disappointed millennials, and I think some of this review was emotionally based on a sentimental game memory, not the actual products.

                            I don’t want it and I don’t know how to get out of it. If I skip the stuff in June, I’ll just get it in July. That’s how IPSY works, as far as I can tell.
                            I definitely don’t want any of it for any month. Made in China, the entire collection, with no known brand behind it is really bad, IMO.

                            • I feel exactly the same. I kind of liked it at first because as a late 80’s/early 90’s kid it was quite nostalgic for me. Plus Tetris is the only game I still like to play once in a while. I thought one of the palettes had some cute colors and I liked two of the lip balms. And the regular Ipsy bags are cute. I was actually going to get 2 regular and 2 Plus subs for June so I could give my younger sister the 2nd set. Once I found out they were tested on animals as all beauty products in China are, I canceled all but one Plus for June. Like you said, I could skip but would likely get a palette next month anyway. I’ve been so pleased with Ipsy lately but this is very disappointing.

                            • uh, millennials played tetris. Millennials are currently between the ages of 23 and 38, lol.

                              • Yep, that’s exactly why I said ” some millennials may be disappointed”. It was a way of referencing the target market for the Tetris makeup, you see. 😉

                                I’m a Baby Boomer who was handed a now- priceless Barbie at the end of my first day of first grade. 🙂 She’s exactly my age.
                                I’m not at all interested the things my mid- 30’s son was or is in passing: old computers, vintage or game console games, Cabbage Patch Kids mass produced by Coleco, Beanie Babies, ” My Little Pony” or ” Hello Kitty”. My offspring, the biggest disappointment in my life personality- wise as he’s such a self- proclaimed super duper genius snowflake, played Tetris on his Gameboy when he was a toddler. He was bored with it by the age of 2 and a half.

                                Most of us DO know the designations for the different generations, as we read news and topical discussion of popular culture and trends down through the past 100 years to the present.

                                Did you know the Gen Xers and Millennials are said to be responsible for a huge downturn in the stock of the following US products and brands?
                                Diet Pepsi, Budweiser, Harley- Davidson, The GAP and its subsidiaries, Victoria’s Secret, boxed traditional breakfast cereals like Wheaties and Frosted Flakes, and 3 items I would’ve thought to be extinct way before now: Tupperware, Jell-o gelatin in the box, and Campbell’s Soups.

                                I’m in total agreement with the choices of people half my age. Those are some more over-priced products in some cases, and just tired old boring crap in others. It’s like me remembering that my parents ( both born into the Greatest Generation) liked fried Spam sandwiches every now and then at a time when my father owned a 2,000 acre prime Angus beef stock farm and we dined in some of the best restaurants in Europe on vacations.

                          19. Hey Megan! Thanks for the review! I still play Tetris (now on a simulator), and it’s my favorite stress relief brain drain game–i joined ipsy because of the first spoiler about the line. Now that its bearing and I could purchase a box, I realized that nothing has ingredients listed…were they on the boxes or package? I have a paraben allergy, which means I occasionally have to give a sample away…but I’d hate to get the box and then learn about it.

                            • You can go into the Ipsy deals for sale, not the actual ” name brand” shopper part but the part on your Ipsy home page, and click on a product for sale now.

                              Once you have that product up, you’ll see ” other items you might be interested in” at the bottom and the Tetris collection is the obnoxious blinking thing on the carousel.

                              If there are Parabens or other things you can’t use in the ingredients list, you can see them because there’s a page long list of ingredients of all the collection, separated by color product or palette.

                            • Hey Rachel! Just added close up ingredient shots for you. Hope they help! Please let me know if I can answer any additional questions 🙂

                              • Thanks Lily and Megan! I sincerely appreciate the extra effort to type up instructions to look at them (I kept going to the shopper page), and to post the photos of the ingredients. <3

                          20. I cannot wait for this to land in my mailbox. The nostalgia of hours of Tetris has me giddy. Well played Ipsy.

                            • I see what you did there!

                          21. I like both palettes and the pink lippie!!!! Cuuuuute!!!!!

                          22. Not a fan of any of it actually and hate the idea that it will be taking up valuable space in my bag. Some of the bag colors are nice so I don’t mind the bag itself. I am a skin care fan so really prefer to get as many skin care products as possible. So, I’m anxious to see the bag reveal.

                            • Since you prefer skincare, do you also sub to another box/boxes? There are better subs for skincare (Beautyfix, Testtube, Pearlesque, Boxwalla, etc). I find that Ipsy only gives me 1-2 skincare items at best (sometimes none) and I don’t expect it to meet my skincare needs.

                            • Totally second NewBeauty TestTube if you want crazy amounts of skincare. I also lean more towards that direction than makeup, so I get it! <3

                          23. Do you have to be an Ipsy subscriber to buy in their shop?
                            I’m still mulling over whether I should subscribe or not.

                            • Yes you have to have an active subscription to buy from the Ipsy Shopper. You either have to join or have an account with a month you are skipping.

                              • I meant a month you are not skipping or paused. Sorry about that!

                              • No, actually you used to have to have an accont to use shopper, but recently they changed it so anyone can use it. However members get %10 off

                                • Members no longer get 10% off or at least I haven’t lfor months now.

                                • Oh wow! I had no idea! What I do not understand is why they keep pushing Glam Bag Plus while they waitlist people! The GBP is not that good.

                                • I’ve purchased from shopper fine on months I haven’t had an active subscription, but you do need to register an ipsy website account to see the deals and start the checkout process.

                          24. Way too expensive. This box is worthy of a $19.99 price tag. Because it has the name Tetris attached to it, they can have a small upcharge bringing the price to S24.99 (max!). Easy pass for me.

                            This box makes me feel old too, lol. Nothing appeals to me except maybe the berry colored lip balm sticks , even the brushes look cheap. The lippies should be squared edges to resemble the Tetris “stick” block.

                            And if theyre going to go with the Tetris theme, why not go all the way with 1) the actual Tetris colors (since theyre going BRIGHT anyway), 2) go with a verticle palette to resemble the actual game, 3) inside go with eyeshadow pans shaped to look like Tetris falling blocks or Tetris blocks stacked. Just my idea 🙂

                            • I am actually shocked it is only $40 I figured it would be between $50-$100 when I saw Ipsy offer video. The palettes alone are probably worth $15-$20 each.

                            • Fantastic idea for the palettes!!! They’d look so much better, so much more genuine that way! These only have a tetris-like design on the front. They could’ve done so much more! The lip balm shape you suggested would be cute too. Maybe even in a rectangle tube—kinda like a smaller Pez dispenser maybe?
                              And I definitely don’t see a connection with the silver and gold lip glosses other than the rectangular containers, but that’s super common for lip products anyway.

                          25. Hi Megan!
                            Did you actually apply the shadows to your eyes or just swatch them? Would be interested in seeing a look/how they apply to the eyes and if they have staying power. Swatches look great but we all know sometimes shadows that look great swatched can barely show up on the lids…

                            Wouldve liked to see a more cool toned highlighter for paler skin as well. I couldnt wear that shade of gold either.

                            • Hey Karen! A little bit of both. I know it can be hard to visualize from a swatch, especially when it comes to coverage. Let me see if I can take some images in the next day or so and add them! Thanks for the feedback <3

                            • Hey Karen! I just added two looks, one for each palette. Bear with me, I NOT a makeup artist! I tend to apply shadows lightly in general, but I tried to be a little bolder to show off the colors! I even tried out the gold highlighter in the second look since we have similar skin tones. I hope this helps, and thanks for the suggestion.

                              • You did a fantastic job Megan! Love the unique but very wearable looks you created! It’s pretty clear you have an art background given how creative you are.

                                • You made my whole day Dani! <3

                          26. Oh wow, I hope it is not made in China. Who knows what is in the makeup.

                            • It says on the products themselves: “Distributed by Personalized Beauty Discovery Inc.” They are made in China.

                              • Thanks so much for posting this. I find this incredibly disappointing. I sent a message saying so to Ipsy Care along with a request not to receive any of the Tetris items as I don’t want anything that animals were tortured to produce. I’ve been a loyal Ipsy subscriber and shopper for many years but I may decide to boycott them after this.

                            • They are made in China. That is why the entire set is so cheap! I was bummed to find that out.

                            • Not just that, but ALL makeup from China is tested on animals. It’s a law. What a bummer. And here I ordered 2 bags this month in hopes of getting several of the Tetris products. I wish I’d known this sooner.

                              • All makeup SOLD in China is tested on animals, not all makeup made there. That’s why brands like MAC that don’t test stateside are still considered animal testers.

                                • Thanks so much for clarifying that! I feel a bit stupid for not foung better research when I read this somewhere. At least now I know and can make my buying decisions more wisely and accurately!

                          27. Hi Megan! What ratio would you recommend for the eyeshadow and gum arabic mixture?

                            Love this idea by the way. I have some old and swatched eyeshadows that I haven’t wanted to throw away because they’re so pretty and now I know what to do with them. I know a couple of tiny artists who are going to be so impressed with their Auntie!

                            • Hey Kat! I don’t have a real ratio, but I start by putting the powder on a flat surface then I just do a few drops at a time! I like to mix with a palette knife. You want it to be a thicker liquid, not too runny, but also “liquidy”. Then put the mixture into a little paint pan or other small something (bottle caps and small shells work well!) and let it dry! Let me know how it goes. 🙂

                              • I love this idea too! I have some older shadows that are too pretty to throw away and now I have the perfect way to repurpose them. Thank you!

                                • Ditto! I’m so excited! I have 2 drawers full of eyeshadow palettes and singles. Most aren’t that old, in fact many are untouched, but I very rarely wear makeup, especially eyeshadow anymore now that my health keeps me home most of the time. I’m definitely NOT even a semi-talented amateur artist but I love to paint anyway.

                                  • I love making paints almost more than painting. It is really rewarding. Hope you have fun!

                          28. Any information on who manufactured the collection/where it was made?

                            I wonder if they’ll be selling individual pieces, too, because they’re sending out an eye pallet in each GBP, & I personally don’t want 2 of the same palette.

                            • Hey Marion! It says on the products themselves: “Distributed by Personalized Beauty Discovery Inc.” They are made in China. I hope this info helps, but let me know if I can provide any additional info that might be in that hard to read print!

                              Not 100% sure on how they plan on sending pieces in June boxes.

                              • Thanks for the response! I appreciate the extra info!

                                • Anytime! <3

                          29. This surely shows me I need to stick to my more comfortable makeup. Am I too old? Hmm, just maybe because these colors make me want to run away…and fast!

                            • lol

                            • Not just you – I was chuckling as I scrolled down because the color palettes are not really designed for the people who would have actually played Tetris back in the day… I love the concept and Tetris nostalgia, but there’s not a thing in the collection (except the n00b lip balm) that I’d actually wear.

                              • Gotta wholeheartedly disagree Lizzie. 🙂 I played TETRIS on NES when it came out. Lifelong fan. And so are several of my friends who all pretty much universally hate the neutral makeup trend and are all about bright, vivid, adventurous color.

                                Just because it doesn’t appeal to you doesn’t mean they didn’t make it for those of us who really would’ve played the games back then.

                                Because they absolutely did. Which is probably why they chose to go more low key with the glosses and balms for those who maybe wanna’ rock their love of TETRIS without going hard on color.

                                They just chose to stay true to the actual games where eyeshadow was involved.

                                Pretty sure palettes full of neutrals would’ve been pretty boring for a TETRIS based makeup set.

                                • I agree wholeheartedly! However, to me the palette with the yellows is at least fairly neutral. Even the included navy isn’t exactly a radical color. That’s why I really really hope I don’t get it! 😄

                                  • We don’t all have yellow undertones. Yellow is hideous on pink undertones. Not the least bit neutral

                                • It’s all going to be okay.

                          30. I only want a lip balm.

                            • You’re most likely in luck. As far as I’ve seen from spoilers and the like, normal Glam Bag gets a balm.

                              • Regular GB gets a Balm or a Brush or a Gloss

                                I subscribed my mom for this month to have an extra pouch and Tetris product, and while the pouch may be a worth $ endeavor, she got burned on the Tetris item – the stupid gloss. She’s 61 and I’m 21 and it has been at least a decade since either of us touched a gloss, so we made sure both of our profile said no gloss.

                                I got a brush, which I’m happy with, but I wanted another brush or a balm in the other bag and the Ipsy overlords went against her profile to give something neither of us can use. I would maybe have bought the balm, but I’m also peeved that they said my account “missed customization” when I checked for it multiple times throughout yesterday and this morning, so neither of our accounts did add ons this season

                          31. I want it all! Super cheerful and brings back a lot of memories!

                            I can’t believe that they are going to offer the entire collection for sale!

                            I love those brushes and lip balms the most!

                            • Are they going to have this whole collection for sale? I mean like the whole 40$ box for sale? Or just whatever items they send you or can add on?

                              • The whole set is going live tomorrow in the ipsy shop for $39.99 🙂

                          32. Megan, I love your reviews! I’m a sucker for lip balms (especially tinted) but I don’t use eyeshadow. I’m tempted to get this just for the beautiful colors. I may have to try this out as on a mixed media art piece (I have a ton of beauty products, but it *pales* in comparison to my fine art supplies 🤦)

                            • Thanks Flora! Its so funny you mention art supplies! I have an art degree so that stash is also significant in my home. If you happen to love watercolors but not eyeshadow, one of my fave things to do is to mix eyeshadow powder with gum arabic (you can get at Michaels) and then let it dry in a pan over a day or two. Homemade, shimmering watercolors!

                              • Great idea Megan! I just started in watercolors last year (I usually use colored pencils or acrylic and I have many, many different brands/types of colored pencils lol). I will have to try the gum arabic. I also haunt the clearance aisle at my local Hobby Lobby and I’ve been known to bring my kids so I can take advantage of the 40% off coupon on regular priced items. 🤭

                                • Keep me posted on how your experiments go! <3

                          33. Set of 5 brushes? Then the set would be in the Ipsy plus?

                            • I am not 100% sure but I believe one of the eyeshadow palettes should be in the GPB!

                            • Oh I hope that’s one of the few unspoiled items… But probably not since everyone is getting one of the palettes.

                          34. Just amazing , beautiful colors , brushes , designs and nostalgia !! I’m in love ❤️❤️

                          35. I could be wrong but I don’t think brush set will be included in box. Plus will be getting palette and regular is getting single brush.

                          36. I love it all! I love the brushes the most. I wonder if they will be a possible item in GBP or will be available as an add-on.

                          37. Can’t decide if I should just ditch my 2nd sub and just buy the collection. The bags being random, chances are I will have to purchase some items as add ons IF they are available. There’s also the possibility that these may not be available as add-ons at all and only for purchase as a full set

                            • Same dilemma. I decided to ditch my second bag and they offered it to me for free so I’ll take it to see what’s in it at least?

                              • Which bag did you ditch? Ipsy glam or plus?

                            • I decided to keep both my regular subs as the (literal) bags have more use to me than the makeup itself. If I don’t end up getting the stuff I want or there was no option to buy them individually, I still get to keep and use the bags however I want

                          38. Aye, this is awesome!! Normally I would buy this, but.. I have soooo much already!! I haven’t even touched my Pat Mcgrath Labs collection I got for Christmas.

                            It’s just like, they keep pumping out new collections, Urban Decay, Too Faced, Colour pop.

                            At the end of the day it’s all the same make up just different packaging!

                            So giving my wallet a rest, I like opening up my savings bag & seeing a few $100’s laying there instead.

                            I have to keep reminding myself this, I am a spender but savings is better. It’s pointless having things that are rarely touched and it piles up.

                            • Same… thanks for the reminder!

                            • Game over, I like it! 🙂

                            • Good reminder for us all. But please use the Pat McGrath! Her products are way too nice to sit unloved 😂

                          39. Wow… is mostly all I can say except.. the price is amazing. When I watched Tuesday for the daily deals, I imagined this would top bare minimum $50. For this to be under $40 is fabulous and no way will I be able to resist though I should.
                            Say what you will about Ipsy when they goof up on some things, because of them, great makeup is affordable.

                          40. I hope I get a brush set in each of the 2 boxes I get and the rest will be up for swap. I think lip gloss and lip balm is overkill and I feel like this whole collection is geared for much “younger” than me. I can see throwing in a few of the collection and then other things but to make the whole box a “game” is a bit childish for me.

                            • All the samples in June will not just be from this Tetris collection. Here’s some of the other things in June for the regular bag: https://www.mysubscriptionaddiction.com/2019/05/ipsy-june-2019-spoilers-round-2.html

                              This is just the whole set which will be for sale in the shop in June. I’m guessing there will be at least one Tetris themed item in each bag, but I’m not sure why you think all the samples will be from this.

                            • The whole collection is based on a game. It would be pretty silly to box it another way and not at all true to the Tetris theme.

                          41. Both of my kids would love this! Might be great to buy now and tuck away for birthdays 😀

                          42. Whew, dodged a bullet. I dropped 4 Ipsy and Glam Bag Plus accounts. Only kept one, and may pause it because this is all ugly to me.

                            ” In house” no name brand makeup is definitely not my thing, and this is probably all made in China.

                            • I feel the same way. I paused my glam bag plus knowing everyone was going to get one of these palettes. If the whole collection costs $40, these items have to be super cheap made in china crap.

                            • It is made in China!

                            • Me too! I’m not feeling this at all. I love Tetris but I’m going to keep it where it belongs and that’s on my TV computer or phone as a game. I think this bag is my least favorite of all ipsy bags. I’m definitely going to pause my glam bag plus this month. The only thing I’d be happy to receive is the brush set. Sorry….not sorry…

                            • Ugh. I felt the same way when I could not figure out the manufacturer. Some very low price palettes cause my eyes to swell. Sometime for daysssss

                          43. Un-paused my subscription just to see if I get any of these amazing Tetris products.

                            Fingers crossed — It’s been awhile since I got an Ipsy bag. So hoping to be impressed!

                          44. Oh my gosh I love it! I want everything! I’m a gamer, so this speaks to me on so many levels. <3

                          45. Oh the lip gloss is adorable. I like colors from both palettes. The brushes are cute as well. O can’t wait and see what products Ipsy will use in their subs.

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