February Ipsy Glam Bag Review
My Ipsy bag arrived last week. Sadly, this has been the least exciting Ipsy bag I’ve received since I’ve subscribed. There were a couple of products in it that I, personally, can’t use due to my trichotillomania. Mascara? Useless. Lash Cards? Like buying Louboutins for a Boa Constrictor.
The bag itself for this month is a cute, patent leather number with red lining. It arrived a bit wrinkled. It’s still pretty cute in spite of the wrinkles, and it’s small enough that it’s perfect for dropping in my purse.
Inside the bag this month:
• Deluxe Travel Sized Pixi Flawless & Poreless Primer ($15)
• Deluxe Travel Sized POP Beauty Smokey Lash Kapow Mascara ($9)
• Full Sized pack of Lash Cards ($7)
• Full sized MicaBeauty Gel Eyeliner in Black ($30)
• Coastal Scents Eyeshadow 4-color Sample Palette (No Retail Value)
Total Value: $61
The Pixi Flawless & Poreless Primer is interesting. It’s a water-based primer, as opposed to the countless number of silicone-based primers on the market. I’ve been wanting to try a water-based primer since silicone primers tend to give me clogged pores. This one in particular has some really interesting ingredients – salicylic acid, shea butter, titanium dioxide. It promises to minimize pores while simultaneously helping to unblock them, as well as create a smooth, silky canvas for your foundation and prolonging its wear.
It looks tinted when it comes out of the container, but it goes on translucent. It seemed to brighten my face a bit, but that property was invisible once I applied my foundation. It goes on smooth and has a nice slip to it, though it’s not as slippery as a traditional silicone primer. My makeup smoothed over this primer very nicely. I can’t tell if it minimizes the appearance of pores. The size of mine didn’t look any different, but then, I don’t have very large pores to begin with. In terms of makeup longevity – I didn’t really see a big difference in the lasting power of my foundation. One of the main functions of a primer is to extend the longevity of makeup. For that reason, I would never pay the $30 price tag for a full size bottle of this. As far as primers go, I like this one more than others I’ve tried, but I’m not a big primer fan to begin with. Primer is great for a lot of people, I’m just not one of them.
The POP Beauty Smokey Lash Kapow Mascara just looks like standard black mascara. It’s waterproof and claims to volumize lashes with a glossy black finish. Unfortunately, I can’t really test it out. Because of my trichotillomania, I don’t have enough lashes to make it worth trying this product. I opted to mail it to a friend instead.
Same goes for the pack of Lash Cards. Lash Cards are supposed to help with your mascara application. By holding the curve in the card just above your lash line as you apply mascara, it’s supposed to prevent smudging, and help with lash separation and curl. I dropped this in my friend’s package with the mascara.
The MicaBeauty Gel Eyeliner is really nice. The thing is, all gel eyeliners are nice, which is why I love them so much. The formula for all gel eyeliners is virtually identical, so I get the same performance from a cheapo version as I do from a $30 version like this one. I’m not complaining though – this is the product that will get the most use from me out of this month’s Ipsy bag. I just wouldn’t pay the high price tag for this when I know I’m going to get the same performance out of a $5 version.
Lastly, we have the Coastal Scents Eyeshadow sample palette, which features 4 dime-sized pans of Coastal Scents Eyeshadow. The colors in mine were lovely neutrals. I’ll definitely use this, but I have enough BH Cosmetics eyeshadow palettes, which are identical to the Coastal Scents palettes, that I’m not going to be purchasing any of this eyeshadow. Plus, the one time I tried to place an order with Coastal Scents, they charged the credit card but never sent out the order. When I contacted their customer service about it, they couldn’t find the order but they did reverse the charge. They were very prompt about it, but the whole ordeal was disappointing enough to make me distrust their website’s ordering system.
So, this Ipsy Glam Bag wasn’t very exciting for me. Even though it wasn’t as exciting as past Ipsy bags, it still felt worth more than the $10 I paid for it, and was still far better than any Birchbox I ever received. Hopefully next month’s Ipsy bag will be more exciting!
Skin & Tonics Rating:
Performance: 3/5 The primer was just okay, but the eyeshadow and gel eyeliner were nice.
Quality: 2/5 The bag was cute, though a bit wrinkled. The products were okay, but not spectacular.
Value: 3/5 Not as many full sized products in this bag.
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