Ipsy (www.ipsy.com) is a subscription that costs $10 a month and sends out four or five deluxe sample size beauty items. Because of the price point it invites comparisons with Birchbox. Ipsy is more make up based, and has a “waitlist.” You can skip this wait if you pimp out your social media. I just emailed and asked to be put on the list and it was done very quickly.
I will be honest and say I found it off putting to have to trick my social media for perks even before I had the actual product in my paws. It is a shrewd way to do business but comes off crass.
Floral Fantasy Bag: I like that they send a bag. I feel this bag is cheery and not really a “Floral Fantasy.” But then what is? I seriously want to know who puts together these themes. It all seems ripped off from some Bath and Body Works Spray from the early 90s. Once again, I find myself wishing I could be in charge of naming themes for bags.
When you sign up for Ipsy you take a quiz that has you pick which stylist you like. I don’t know anything about these women. If I did I would probably not have one eyebrow that seems to be longer than the other. I remember my mouse just sort of floating above the choices. I tried to pick the woman with the least amount of make up because the others really pile it on. I secretly think Ipsy is trolling us and all of the stylists are actually the same person just with different disguises.
NYX Butter Lipstick – Little Susie: Whoever Little Susie is, she likes to keep her lips startlingly pink. I doubt I could ever go outside wearing this shade unless I had a few drinks first. Which isn’t a problem for me usually so perhaps I will get some use out of this product. I was shocked and dismayed that out of the many ingredients not one was actual butter.
My Value: It makes me look like I was making out with a cupcake!
3 in 1 Revolution Light Toner, Serum, and Moisturizer: I find it weird that they use all caps for “LIGHT” and “One” on the label. They seem to think that capital letters can be used willynilly. This is one of those never tested on animals, natural, vegan, and… wait for it… gluten free products.
While I get there is a form of topical celiac disease, it is pretty rare. As a whole it is estimated that 1 in 133 people have the genetic disorder, and much less have the topical form. It is tough to respect something that is playing on this trend. Though I could just be all bitters because once I was forced to drink gluten free beer and it tasted like a dump smells. True. Story.
I also take issue with the directions. You “apply a generous amount after washing face and TAP GENTLY.” Wait, what? Tap what gently? My foot with impatience? My face so that the residual gluten from my soap know it doesn’t have to go home but it can’t stay here?
My Value: I now hold in my possession the most smug product on earth and am charging only .10 a look!
Pur~lisse – Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser and Make Up Remover: I have talked about how I hate to wash my face and prefer face wipes. This “4-in-1” cleanser works pretty well but did not remove all of my mascara. It did get rid of the BBQ sauce that lingered from my meal.
What is up with every product wanting to do a zillion things these days? I see this “soothes and tones skin.” I honestly felt it worked just like a gentle face wash and didn’t irritate my eyes. It would not replace more than one product for me.
My Value: I can now act incredulous when I see friends use another brand and ask why they did not opt to buy something that has “lotus lupine 5.” When they ask me what I am talking about I will just shake my head at them and “tsk tsk.”
Crown – Shadow/Crease Duet Brush: Yay a brush! I like that this is double sided but can foresee forgetting to turn it to the right side and messing up my make up. Yeah, that’s the ticket, my eye shadow looks bad because of the brush!
Seriously this is something I was really happy to get because goodness knows a girl can never have too many pickles or brushes. This is just fact.
My Value: This will also be useful as a baton for when I pretend to conduct an orchestra!
Pixi – Apricot Glow: Nothing about these colors say “Apricot” to me. Maybe the pit? I do like that these colors are wearable and work together. A nice duo for when you want your make up to be understated.
I find it hilarious that this is a “Mesmerizing Mineral Duo.” Ohhhhh! This duo is like MAGIC. In fact just by looking at a picture of it on this blog you might be under my spell…
My Value: I will be sure to wear this when I ask for a raise!
Verdict: Ipsy does provide a pretty good value for it’s cost. I am not sold on the theme as none of these products struck me as a “Floral Fantasy” save for maybe the pink lipstick. It could be that they just have a theme for the actual cosmetic bag.
In all I am happy with this month’s picks!