It’s that time, and I’m back with my review of July’s ipsy bag. Let’s jump right in!
This month’s theme is Over Easy, with the mascot being Gudetama. Gudetama! I love this little guy, and have several Gudetama items, including a tank top, nylon lunch bag, and notepad, and he’s an ode to lounging around and chillaxing.
This month’s bag is super cute! It’s made of high quality polyurethane and lined with nylon. Even the zipper pull is adorable, having the usual ipsy logo on one side and “meh…” on the other. This bag immediately replaced the cosmetic bag I was carrying in my purse.
OFRA Cosmetics eyeshadow in Gold Rush
Another gold shadow. Sigh. I love a gold shadow, but that’s the problem…I’ve got dozens of them, and don’t need any more. I long ago checked the box for adventurous eyeshadow colors. Give me blue or green. Neutrals? I don’t need no stinkin’ neutrals! Sorry I got all Cheech on you, but seriously – it seems all I get is gold. Now that I’m done ranting, I will say that the formula of this shadow is incredible. This swatch? One swipe of my finger. One. Swipe. This is more a pressed pigment than an eyeshadow, and it really is gorgeous. If I’m being honest, it is actually a really good fit for the bag, because it’s perfect for a quick, lazy girl one-and-done look. I want to be mad about this shadow, but I can’t quite do it. Darn it, it’s fabulous!
Ciaté London Wonderwand Gel-Kohl Hybrid Liner in black
This pencil goes on more like a kohl liner than a gel, in that it has that slightly dry consistency. It goes on pretty easily, though, and I like that its other end has a brush for smudging. This eyeliner will smudge, but is less likely to do so after it’s allowed to set. It wears more like a gel liner, in that it lasts for hours. I like it, and it, too, is ideal for a laid-back day.
Japonesque Velvet Touch Primer
This primer is decent for being silicone-based. My skin doesn’t particularly like silicone, but despite that, this one is okay. It doesn’t do that great a job of refining my huge pores, but it definitely gives my makeup staying power. The next-day breakout I always get from a silicone primer was fairly minimal, and I woke up the first time I used it with two small pimples, and the second time, only one. I still use my silicone primers, because, frankly, I’m too broke to throw anything away, and this one, while not the best, isn’t too bad.
Tony Moly I’m Real sheet masks in Green Tea and Lotus
I love the effects of these sheet masks, and have tried quite a few in the line (you may remember my mask haul here). While I like them, shortly after I’d purchased them, I made the decision to only buy cruelty-free, and was very disappointed to find out Tony Moly isn’t a CF brand. I’ll be doing a post, hopefully in the near future, to update my journey in going cruelty-free. That being said, I’m currently in the process of using up my non-CF products, though I’ve stopped knowingly purchasing them. I updated my ipsy profile months ago, and removed any non-CF brands, but, they don’t guarantee that you won’t receive those brands…clearly. Of these two masks, the tea tree is my favorite. I can’t help but say that I like these masks very much, and am currently looking for an effective cruelty-free alternative, so if you know of any that provide great results, please feel free to let me know!
So Susan Blender Brush
I always seem to forget So Susan when I’m asked about brushes I like, but i have several, and like them very much. This is no exception, and it’s soft, fluffy, and free of shedding. It didn’t need any trimming out of the package, and it stands up well to cleaning. This brush blends beautifully, and I’ve found myself reaching for it almost daily.
Overall, this month was a pretty good one on the ipsy front. I do wish there was a way to ensure getting cruelty-free products, and I’ll be doing some investigating to see if it’s at all possible. While 4 out of 5 ain’t bad, I’d still prefer to get 100% CF products. If it’s not possible, I’ll make the decision on whether it’s a sub I’ll keep. I have to say they did a good job, when it’s all said and done. If you’d like to know more about ipsy, you can check it out here.
Have you used any of these products before? Are there any you’d consider trying?
Thanks for reading!