Ipsy’s September Glam Bag, Street Style, arrived earlier than usual this month in a pretty silver makeup bag lined with studs. The information card featured Ipsy-affiliated You Tubers who provided street styling tips. Things were off to a great start, but I’m afraid to say that Ipsy didn’t finish strong. This will be my last month with Ipsy because I think after more than a year with them, I should try a different subscription box. I’m considering Beauty Box 5, Olia Jewelry box, or Glossybox. Ipsy continues to be a good value subscription, but I want a subscription service with higher-end products and fashion pieces. I enjoyed the Ipsy Glam bags where Ipsy included the newly released Urban Decay products or Zoya polishes, but those months have been few and far between to justify me spending the monthly $10.
Let me know in the comments what your favorite subscription box is and why you like it, or what box you would want to see me review. As a grad student, I am looking to spend approximately $20 a month (and because I really love receiving goodies in the mail, I hope to replace Ipsy with another service soon). Now, onto the (last!) Ipsy Glam Bag review!
Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush is a double sided synthetic brush that retails for $7. I’m not a fan of double ended brushes since they are difficult to store, but other than that, this Crown Brush seems to be of nice quality. I do appreciate the pointed pencil-end pairing with the blending-end as this is a unique combination that could come in handy.
Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser is a mild cleanser, and aside from the scent, I have been quite enjoying. The Nourish Organic Cleanser retails for $10 full size and is available online or at Target. This product cleanses my skin well and provides nice hydration as my skin doesn’t feel tight or dry after cleansing. I enjoy the Nourish Organic line of products, but the scents are the only thing keeping me from purchasing the full size - this particular cleanser scent reminds me of mushrooms (and I’m not sure ’bout that!).
Pacifica Natural Water Proof Eye Pencil in Gun Metal is a deluxe eyeliner pencil in what seems to be a (you guessed it) gun metal shade. I have so many eyeliner pencils floating about my apartment right now, that I wasn’t prepared to open and swatch this product. Ipsy has included an eyeliner in almost every bag these past few months (to my frustration, as I’m quite picky about my eyeliners).
Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Gloss is a deep maroon red gloss, and it retails $18 for a full size. The color is on the sheer side, so this gloss may look great topping off a lipstick, but on my bare lips, it appeared a bit off due to the lack of pigmentation. While the formula is comfortable and the color is perfect for fall, this product was more than half empty. I contacted Ipsy Care and Ipsy offered to send me a replacement (still disappointed with the situation because I’ve had these kind of issues with Ipsy previously).
Mitchell and Peach Luxury Hand Cream retails for a whopping $34 for a full size, and well, let’s just say I’m confused and don’t really understand why. Although this company originates in Kent, England and the fragrances and ingredients are sourced directly from the estate, free of damaging chemicals and parabens, the hand cream did not wow me, formula or scent wise.
So, end of an era for Ipsy (dramatic, I know, but feels like I’ve subscribed to Ipsy forever and it was the first subscription I ever tried). Ipsy, we’ve had our relationship ups and downs, but tomorrow is another day (thought this quote went with the dramatized subscription finale)!
Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.