For the last couple of Ipsy Reviews I’ve contemplated canceling my subscription in hopes of trying something new. Well, after some research I realized that Ipsy is one of the best make-up boxes out there. It’s cheap, only $10 a month and no extra shipping cost; you get five personalized items, one of which is full size. You also receive cute bags every month. So, I don’t think I’ll be cancelling any time soon.
That being said, December’s Ipsy Bag was super cute. They were going for a bag that can also be a clutch, with a wristlet strap – perfect for the holiday season. The products themselves weren’t particularly exciting but there were two definite winners.
See my review of the products I received below:
Marc Anthony True Professional
Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Deep Hydrating Treatment – I’ve always said I’m not a big fan of receiving hair products in my bags but then I get them and I love them! I just don’t use them enough; I’d rather get something that I will use more often. The bottle says use weekly; I’d probably use it less than that. When trying it for this review, it proved to be effective as a deep conditioner. My hair definitely felt hydrated and soft after I used this product. An 8.4 oz. bottle retails for $7.99 at Ulta. There’s also a smaller 1.69 oz. packet size retailing for $2.99.
NYX Professional Makeup
Prismatic Shadow – Bedroom Eyes –I was disappointed this month when, for the first time, I received a broken product. This eye shadow was in pieces inside the container. Luckily, there are plenty of videos and tutorials on how to fix broken eye shadows. The color, Bedroom Eyes, is a beautiful metallic bronzy-brown. It’s perfect for anyone with blue eyes (which I have). After I fixed it, I was able to try it and confirm what I already knew – that I would like it. The formula is quite pigmented and blends well with other shadows. You can buy it at Ulta for $5.99, but I probably wouldn’t purchase it because even though I like the shade, it’s not really unique. Maybe if I tried a different shade I would purchase it.
REN Clean Skincare
Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask – I was not excited about this product. I was even less excited about it when I tried it. It’s described as a hydrating and renewal mask. When I put it on, it’s like applying a sticky coat of honey to my face that smells like citrus. Maybe that’s what you need, a hydrating mask, to reinvigorate your skin; I’m just not really a fan of this kind of mask. My skin is more on the oily side so I prefer the mud style mask. Plus, this product retails for $55 at Sephora. At that price I think I’d rather use the honey. (You can read about DIY Honey Face Masks here).
the POREfessional face primer – I absolutely love this product. There are so many great things about this product – it’s tinted (but just a little), it smells amazing, and it feels amazing. It goes on so smooth and doesn’t sit too thick on your face. It’s not terribly expensive for a brand-name primer that works so well. The small size is 0.25 oz. and retails for $12 at Ulta. The larger size is 0.75oz. and retails for $31 at Ulta as well. All in all, this is a really great product and I would 100% recommend.
Liquid Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Pin Up – This product may actually tie for favorite of the month with the above primer. I haven’t really delved too far into liquid lipsticks and I’m seeing now that’s a mistake. This liquid lipstick is wonderful. Ipsy always seems to pick the perfect shade of lip color for me – a dark berry color. It glides on the lips very light and smooth (completely living up to its name) and lasts quite a long time. The only issue I have with this product is that the formula tends to clump a little on the inside part of my lips that touch each other. It’s not terrible but I find myself wiping away small clumps throughout the day. I will definitely wear this product and would highly recommend it. It retails at $19 on at Sephora.
Overall this month’s Ipsy bag wasn’t my favorite set of products, but it had a few winners. The primer and the liquid lipstick were two of my favorites. I am always buying primer and lipstick so I would definitely buy these products in the future. I’d also like to point out that the value of this bag is $118.99, which is more than any total bag value since I’ve been reviewing Ipsy.
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