Ipsy March 2014

24 Mar

Of my humble two subscription boxes, Ipsy is definitely my favorite. While the products aren’t as high-end as Birchbox’s offerings they are almost always full-sized and are far more makeup-oriented. Plus, you get a cute bag in the mail too!

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Or, you know, usually you get a cute bag. March’s is kind of a monstrosity. Like weird 80′s pop art. But the contents are much better!

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I joined Ipsy in May 2013, and every bag since that date has had five items. I had heard rumors of the times of desolate, 4-item bags but this is my first experience with this particular brand of horror in the flesh. Just kidding, it’s not so bad! You tend to get better brands when there are fewer things. At least there’s no POP Beauty, right? My bag seems to be the most common configuration, and it features the two items I really wanted–the lipstick and liner–though once again I missed out on the Pacifica lotion.

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NYX Love in Rio Palette in No Tan Lines Allowed ($6/full size): Ahh, NYX. There are products from them that I adore: anything they make for lips, most of their cheek & face items, but eyeshadow… is not their forte. Or rather, I am quite picky when it comes to shadow. I’ll wear drugstore mascara every day of my life, but try to take away my Lancome shadows and I will bite you like I’m some kind of wild animal.

So for now, this little palette is staying sealed. I might trade it, but I’ll probably wind up giving it to my mom instead: she loves neutrals and I have WAY too many neutral palettes. It’s kind of an issue.

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Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer ($9/mini size): Don’t let the name fool you, this is not actually a primer. Unless when you think “makeup primer” you also think “shiny tan-orange sparkly spackle for your face.” That’s right, this is not only glittery but tinted. Why have a tinted primer if it is not for color correcting? Truly, a mystery. But it does make an okay highlighter if you use it very minimally. Or, you know, have any sort of pigmentation at all and aren’t a vampire.

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bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready ($18/.12oz, mini size $7.50/.05): Ahh, my beautiful baby. This was the one thing I REALLY wanted from this bag, and there was about a 50/50 shot of getting it. It’s a gorgeous my lips but better shade and I’m very fond of the Moxie formula so this was worth the bag to me.

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Chella Indigo Blue Eyeliner ($24/full size): Thankfully, I don’t have to rely JUST on the lipstick for this bag to be a winner. While Chella’s prices seem to be a bit inflated to keep up with the rate they stuff their items in subscriptions, this liner is still worth over twice the value of the bag by itself. Also, it’s amazing. The felt tip is very precise, the color is gorgeous, and (on me at least) it lasts longer than Stila’s Stay All Day formula which is very hard to beat.

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Wow, that is an unfortunate swatch shot, isn’t it? Yeah, next time I am enlisting some help because let me tell you, it is VERY hard to take pictures of your own arm with one hand using a 50mm lens. In any case, it gets the point across well enough: the Chella eyeliner is magic (that flower was on my damn arm for over a day), the lipstick shade is gorgeous, and that is NOT a primer.

The total overall value of this bag is $46.50. Yup, almost $50 for a $10 sub. Which is why, even if half of an Ipsy bag is junk, it is totally worth it to me personally. Even if I ditch the NYX shadow and primer, it’s $31.50 worth of items. And I’ll probably use the primer for, uh, pretending to be a faerie princess. I mean normal adult things. If you too would like to be an adult while playing with makeup (or a vastly superior faerie princes), feel free to use my referral link!

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