MSA Insiders Review the May IPSY Glam Bag
We’re super excited to share this post with you! It’s the first part of our new series where we invite you, the MSA community to review subscriptions with us. (If you missed the original post, you can still sign up for MSA Insiders here, and you’ll be considered for any future review assignments.)
We partnered with IPSY to send some MSA Insiders the May IPSY Glam Bag. We asked them to try all the products and let us know what their favorite item was. Here’s what everyone received:
And here are their favorite products:
Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara in Black
I’ve always been a ride or die Better Than Sex gal, but trying Roller Lash has changed my whole life. I usually use a lash primer, but saw no benefit to it- the Roller Lash looked better without! It was tough to get off, but a little make up remover loosened it up.
I tried the Benefit Rollerlash mascara. I really loved how this product gave my lashes curl with application. Totally eliminated the step of curling my eyelashes which has always been a bit intimidating to me! There was some clumping, but it was easily resolved by running a clean spoolie through my lashes as they were drying. The product and the curl lasted all day and removed easily with makeup remover.
Roller Lash Mascara. I’m typically intimidated by roller mascara wands. However, Benefit’s Roller lash mascara was not intimidating to use! It went on smoothly, did not smudge or leave any clumps. For someone with light and bland eyelashes, this mascara truly brightened my eyes! Will definitely purchase.
Even though there were a lot of hits for me in the May Ipsy Glam Bag, there was one clear winner: Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash mascara in the color black. I have heard of this mascara in the past but never purchased or sampled the product before. I was skeptical at first due that it would live up to its claims of curling the lashes because its wand seems to only be slightly more curved than the average mascara wand. But W-O-W this mascara made my short & straight lashes actually look curled! The formula wore well throughout the day without any major clumping or crumbling (some mascaras ball up on me throughout the day but not this one)!
I loved all five of the products I received in the May 2020 Ipsy Glam Bag but the Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara was definitely my favorite. I thought I had already found my Holy Grail mascara but Roller Lash blew that mascara out of the water. Roller Lash comes with the best mascara wand I have ever used. It is thin with a slight curve that makes mascara application simple and quick. The mascara itself is the perfect shade of black and goes well with countless different makeup looks from smokey to bold to natural. I was impressed with how much volume this product added to my lashes and how it curled them just the right amount. This mascara doesn’t get clumpy or cause the dreaded spider leg effect to your lashes. I love that it doesn’t smear or smudge at all. You can wear this mascara all day and it still holds the curl and volume without needing to be touched up or reapplied. I am so grateful that I have found another Holy Grail status beauty product through Ipsy.
When it comes to mascara, I prefer a product that does it all: makes my lashes look long and sweeping, stays put, and simple to remove. Roller Lash Super-Curling and Lifting Mascara by Benefit Cosmetics, featured in this month’s IPSY Glam Bag does all of this, using a special brush to lift and lengthen eyelashes. I tested it for wear length several times and I’m happy to say my eyelashes still looked great at the end of the day. I was pleasantly surprised at how effortlessly this mascara swept on without clumping and found it also curled the lashes nicely, saving me a bit of time with no need for an eyelash curler! I could feel the brush lifting my lashes as I applied it and could see the difference in how long my lashes looked post-application. Removing it was easy with my standard routine – unlike some formulations, I didn’t find myself having to do extra steps. Since I have a fairly sensitive eye area, gentle removal was a definite plus.
First Aid Beauty FAB Pharma Arnica Relief & Rescue Mask
My favorite sample I received from May’s Ipsy was the Arnica Relief & Rescue Mask from First Aid Beauty. This mask is meant to be applied to the skin and allowed to absorb. However, as someone with acne-prone combination skin, I get hesitant about products like this. Instead, I wore it for 10-15 minutes then wiped it off. My skin felt hydrated without feeling oily afterwards. I’ve now tried this mask twice and am pleased with the way my skin looks when I wake up the next day as it lessens the redness around any recovering spots. This is the third product I’ve tried from First Aid Beauty and they all seem to agree well with my skin. Additionally, the sample size is great! I’d estimate you could get about 4-5 uses from the tube.
First aid beauty mask was my favorite product from this set. I underestimated this item because of the smell. The mask blew me away with the results. My face needs this treatment. My face was soft and hydrated. The de stress was the best part. I would buy this mask in a full size.
Fab Pharma Arnica Relief & Rescue Mask. This is the product sample I was most concerned about. I do have sensitive skin, and my face reacts by turning really red when it’s unhappy with a product. I tested on the back of my hand first to see what would happen and I may have found a new miracle relief mask! There is a slight scent to this, but it is barely detectable. The directions say to apply, allow to absorb, then tissue off any excess. It felt so wonderfully cooling on my skin, absorbed quickly and I can feel the relief in my skin between the hand with the product and the hand without – which it won’t be without for much longer!
ESTATE Cosmetics Dew Me Baked Highlighter in BYEEE
My favorite product was the Estate Dew Me baked highlight powder in BYEEE, a pale yellow gold with heavy shimmer. I have A LOT of highlighters thanks to Ipsy, but Estate Dew Me is one of my favorites. The hard baked surface allows me to pick up just the right amount of product with a big fluffy brush for my cheeks or a firm shadow brush to highlight my brow bone. It applies evenly without too much fall out, a problem I’ve experienced with loosely packed highlighters.
Goldfaden MD Wake Up Call Overnight Regenerative Facial Treatment
I fell in love with the Goldfaden MD wake up call overnight regenerative facial treatment. I’m a skincare junkie and love to try new things, so I don’t often repurchase items, this is one of those items that I will repurchase. It’s a lovely consistency, sinks in super fast and leave’s my skin feeling really smooth. The texture is lovely and melts right into the skin. I woke up with my skin feeling smooth and hydrated. Perfect for a fall and winter moisturizer when the skin needs an extra boost of hydration.