This month’s Ipsy bag was interesting, to say the least. I don’t want to give away too much before I review the products so let’s dive right in.
Trust Fund Beauty
Nail Polish in $12 Latte
I was excited about this because I’ve received Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in past Ipsy bags and they’ve always been a success. I love this brand because the products are vegan and cruelty-free, something I am all about. But this color – a deep purple-brown – I’m kind of on the fence about it. I’ve tried it once already and I’ll probably wear it again so I won’t give it away just yet. If you like this kind of color and don’t mind the $15 price tag, this is your product.
Related: Why I Buy Cruelty-Free
The Organic Pharmacy
Lip & Eye Cream
I was not excited about this product and I’m still not. I know this is not the kind of product I’m going to use. The brand is okay and the product might be great but I’m just not interested in it right now. However, it retails at $48 so I’ll be giving it to my mom. I think she’ll appreciate it more than me.
Volumelash Waterproof Mascara
I was excited to try this product – it’s full size, cruelty-free, and a brand I love. Wow, was I disappointed. While it does have some decent qualities, the formula is the biggest disappointment. It does not dry fast enough and is too messy. Each time I have attempted to use it, this mascara has ruined my makeup. It left streaks and spots under my eyes and on my lids. I even tried altering my makeup routine so the mascara application was the last thing I did to avoid touching my face anymore. It was less mess, but still not great. What really put me over the edge was one day about 10 minutes after I’d finished my makeup, I sneezed – and it went everywhere. My makeup was ruined for the day. I mean even 10 minutes later it should have been dry, right? That was the last straw. It’s definitely not worth the $20 price tag.
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NOURISHING COCONUT MILK DAILY FACIAL SCRUB WITH WALNUTS & SUGAR
I have been using and loving this product! It smells amazing, like something you might make yourself or buy at a farmers market. Even though it’s a scrub containing walnuts and sugar, it’s surprisingly gentle. While I’d have to use it over a long period of time to properly review its effectiveness, I still think it’s a great product. I also love that the brand is cruelty-free, so I’d like to explore more of their products. You can buy this at CVS for only $9.99!
NYX Professional Makeup
Butter™ Lipstick in Ripe Berry or Lifeguard
I’ve wanted to try this product for a while and Ipsy got the shade spot on for me – Ripe Berry. It’s the perfect dark berry-tone red that I would’ve picked out for myself. The Formula is great when you don’t want a matte lipstick. It’s super creamy and moisturizing, which is probably the biggest draw to a product like this. Matte lipsticks can leave your lips feeling dry and uncomfortable after a while. I’d be willing to try other shades in this butter lipstick. I recommend wearing it with a lip liner for a longer wear. It’s only $5.99 at Ulta! This is the best product of this month’s Ipsy bag, for sure.
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Now let’s talk about the bag. I usually don’t say much about the bags themselves because they’re usually super cute. However, this bag was the worst bag design I have ever received. There have been a few duds, but this is just flat out ugly! It’s denim (first mistake) with orange trim (second) – I mean, seriously? Unless you’re a Florida Gators fan, this bag is particularly hideous. It’s going right into the donation bag.
Overall, this bag was not a winner. Sure, there were some okay products and one good one, but this bag has seriously made me rethink my Ipsy Subscription. I know it’s not Ipsy’s fault if the products themselves aren’t good – that’s just the chance you take with this kind of subscription. But damn, was this a bad Ipsy bag.
The good news for you is that February is over! If you want to sign up for Ipsy you won’t get this ugly bag, you’ll get March’s bag. Here’s hoping it’s better. No matter what, $10 to try all these products isn’t a bad deal at all. At least now I know what not to buy.
If you do have Ipsy, what did you think of your bag this month? Did you like the bag itself or the contents? Let me know in the comments below!
Christina is a twenty-something living with her beagle, Mash, and husband, Nate in their van. She loves traveling, shopping, art, and photography. She’s also a vegetarian, pop-culture enthusiast, book-lover, and Dave Matthews Band fanatic. Catch her somewhere around the country in a converted camper van or at home in Florida for a visit.