October’s Ipsy glam bag was so cute this month. The print on the bag was themed for Halloween! It was printed with candy corn, witches, and bats. It was so adorable I actually took out the bag I’d been keeping in my purse and exchanged it for this one.
When I saw the preview for my bag a few days before I received it, I thought it was going to be a home run. I thought I would love every product. But that just goes to show that you never know something until you try it. (Same philosophy goes for shopping – you never know until you try something on!)
See what I received in my bag this month and what I thought of the products below!
Ciaté London Fierce Flicks Eyeliner – I have really learned to love this brand through Ipsy and I was excited to try this liquid eyeliner. Because who doesn’t love a liquid liner? Well, it definitely did not disappoint. The first 2 times I tried it, it did leave a little bit of a line on my upper lid but after that, it never happened again. So it’s not perfect but I was still very happy with this product. This product retails for $20 at Sephora. The only way I wouldn’t purchase this product at full price depends on how long it lasts. Any liner with a felt tip that I’ve tried don’t usually last that long. I could buy a $5 Wet N’ Wild felt liner that lasts a month and be happy. That being said, I do love this product and would 100% consider buying it at full price!
theBalm Cosmetics Hot Mama Blush – When I originally got this product I clearly wasn’t paying close enough attention because I thought it was an eyeshadow. Turns out, it’s actually both an eyeshadow and a blush. Because of the packaging, I was confused – it’s a really small size for blush, it’s actually the same size packaging as the eyeshadow I received from this brand a few months ago in another bag. And on top of that, the label which says it’s a blush/eyeshadow is written in a bright, fluorescent color red that is difficult to read and easy to miss. All of that aside, it works great for both. I’m not a big fan of the pinky color – again quite misleading because the color is described as pinky-peach with a hint of shimmer, and it’s definitely more pink than peach. This product retails for $21 on theBalm.com and I have mixed feelings about.
tre’StiQue Matte Lip Crayon in Belize Bordeaux or Florence Fig – I received the color Florence Fig. This color is perfect for this time of year. It’s got such a creamy formula that just glides on. It’s so lightweight, you hardly feel like you’ve got anything on your lips. However, it’s not perfect and doesn’t last all day long, but it’s a great formula and I think that really counts for something here. The full-size product is a little different than the sample size, equipped with the lip crayon as well as a BB Lip Balm on the other side. I think that might be worth the $28 retail price tag if you’re willing to splurge.
Adesse New York Liquid Chrome Organic Infused Nail Lacquer in Grand Central – I always love a nail polish in my Ipsy bag because, like I always say, I don’t like buying polishes more than $3 because I change my mind so much it’s not worth it to me. But this polish was a complete disappointment. I thought the color would have been great for the Halloween theme. But to actually get the color to show up dark enough, you have to do at least 4 coats. And then after the 4th or 5th coat, the polish is so thick that it takes SO LONG to dry. It was infuriating! I spent probably an hour waiting for this to dry, and of course, it wasn’t and got completely messed up. I even tried to retouch it, but it just didn’t work. This product retails at $20 and I would 100% not recommend it.
pūr~lisse Daily Lip Nourisher with Mango and Shea Butters – I have mixed feelings about this product. It felt great going on, super hydrating and glossy. But then there is a bit of an aftertaste you can’t avoid. And soon after application the glossiness feeling of the balm fades away and you’re just left with this aftertaste. Even though it feels great going on, the feeling I like with a balm doesn’t last. This product retails for $16 on their website and I probably wouldn’t buy it full price.
Overall, I did love this month’s glam bag and it contents. I just love this brand and that you can pay $10 and get to try $103 worth of makeup products that I normally wouldn’t try.
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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.