It’s that time, and my ipsy bag is here! This month, there was some good news and some bad news. Let’s take a look, shall we?
I think this month’s bag is really cute. It’s more like a pouch, and has a zippered top. I’d describe its color as a sort of dusty blush pink. It’s got a textured black and white mesh netting over one side. It’s smooth on the other side, and is made of a soft fabric that feels almost like moleskin. The top of it can be folded over to make it compact, or it can be carried unfolded at its full length to fit more inside.
Infusium Repair + Renew Smoothing Serum
Sigh. Yep, a hair product. Of course I couldn’t test it, even on my favorite guinea pig. My daughter is still enjoying her natural hair (yay!), but even in the event she wore it straight, this isn’t a product we’d use. It contains several silicone derivatives, which means even if I could, I wouldn’t use it, and it’s even less likely that I’d put it on her hair. We’re already naturally dry, and try to avoid products containing silicone or alcohol. So, that this is something no one in my household has any use for is the bad news.
The good news is that I reached out to ipsy to explain my dilemma, and that I have alopecia. They got back to me really quickly, and, thanks to the very kind Rose, as of next month, I am permanently opted out of receiving hair care products! Huzzah! So far, it’s only worked with ipsy, as it’s about the only customizable subscription I have, but it’s a win, nonetheless. The couple others I’ve tried responded that they don’t currently offer the ability to customize boxes (clearly!), but that they are working on it for the future. I’m hopeful that other services will jump on board. I realize that my circumstances are fairly unique, and I genuinely appreciate ipsy’s willingness to accommodate this special need of mine.
ModelCo Eye Define Retractable Crayon Liner in Black
I like that this liner pencil is so thin. It allows for precision and the freedom of choosing a thick or thin line. This isn’t the creamiest of liners, and it takes a couple runs to get a solid line, especially over eyeshadow. On the plus side, though, it’s great when I want a lighter, thinner line to smudge. It also works well on my waterline. I like it best for everyday looks when I don’t feel like my usual dramatic cat eyes and eye popping shadows.
INT Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Goddess Gold
I like this shade. On me, it’s more champagne than rose gold. I see the pink tinge in the pan, but it doesn’t really translate to my skin. On me, it becomes a shimmery taupe, which still a very usable color for me. I usually find shades similar to this hard to wear because they’re too silvery and make me look ashy. It’s got enough gold in it, though, to make it flattering on warmer skin tones, too. This shadow is a nice addition to a nude, office-friendly look. It can also easily be paired with more vibrant colors for highlight and transition. It’s a bit powdery, so there is some fallout to deal with. It’s in a larger-sized pan (56mm, I believe), so you get a lot of product. As a bonus, this color can double as a highlighter, and you know how I love my double duty products.
tarte cosmetics tarteist quick dry matte lip paint in vibin
This is a very pretty and wearable brick red with the perfect amount of brown. It’s a great everyday color. This will be in my purse, because there’s really no occasion that it wouldn’t fit, from a wedding to a cookout. vibin has a great formula, and while it dries down to a hard matte finish, it doesn’t dry my lips out. It doesn’t have that hard-shell feeling, like many mattes do, but instead feels soft and velvety. The wear time is amazing, and I was out for about 6 hours with no need to retouch. There aren’t many conventional lip colors I wear, and it’s even more rare that I wear red, because I struggle with finding the right shade, but I think this one is really flattering. It’s slightly muted, and that makes me more comfortable wearing it.
Elizabeth Mott Blending Brush
I’m a total brush hoarder, and this blender is already a treasured part of my stash. My hopes were dampened when I cleaned it before I used it and lost three bristles. It dried nicely, though, keeping its shape, and though I’ve cleaned it twice more, the brush has retained its bristles. Woot! It’s soft, fluffy, and does an excellent job of blending. I used it for the look below, where I used two different shadows.
Points reward: Styli-Style Pressed Pigment in Liquid Gold
I’d saved up some points, and got this pigment, which arrived with my ipsy bag. When they called it Liquid Gold, they weren’t kidding. This is the most vivid gold I own, and the metallic finish is incredible. It’s creamy and applies like a dream. It can be blended out for daytime wear, and packed on or foiled for a night out. I did an everyday look with it, but definitely plan to wear it in all its drama soon.
Overall, I’m happy with this month’s bag and ecstatic about the customer service I received. Besides the one dreaded product, this bag was full of things I’ll actually use. I like that the colors are on the softer side, and they make great additions to my collection, which is full of extremely bright or bold shades.
Here’s my simple look. Goddess Gold for the lid, brow bone, and inner corner, Liquid Gold on the crease and outer corner, ModelCo liner on the lid and waterline, and tarte vibin on the lips. How’d I do? If you’re interested in signing up for ipsy or learning more, you can find more details here.
Have you had any notable customer service experiences lately? Were there any products in this bag that you would (or wouldn’t) use?
Thanks for reading!