It’s that time, and my ipsy bag’s been put to use, so I’ll go ahead and show you what I got!
It’s clear, it’s cute, and it’s got ice cream on it…win! I’m probably the only nerd that gets excited about a cute bag, but I use these little bags for all sorts of things, from makeup bags, to clutches, to controlling my stash. This one’s adorable, and water resistant, so no need to worry about spills.
Jelly Pong Pong Supercharged Eyeshadow Duo in Electric
While I really like the formula of these shadows, the colors are meh. They’re a bit too similar on my skin tone, and while I like the gold one, I wish the pink eyeshadow was a little darker, just for some contrast. They’re both very wearable, and would work for day or evening, especially with a darker color in the mix. I’m more likely to wear them one at a time than together, because it’s not easy to tell them apart on my lids. They’re both finely milled and easy to blend, though. Also, while they’re soft, there’s not a ton of fallout. I used the pink on the outside and gold on the inside, not that you can see a difference. I added a dark matte from my Studio Makeup Cool Down palette on the outer corners. Swatches are below.
Hey Honey Bésame Mucho Lip Balm
This balm is excellent, because it lasts long and provides some pretty intensive moisture. I keep this one in my purse, and use it after exfoliating, which leads me to believe it’s worth getting an extra, so I can carry one and keep one in my makeup stash.
Starlooks Artist Edition Luxe Longwear Star Stamp and Liner Pen
This liner is evvv-er-y-thing. With it, I can draw thick or thin lines, or uncap the other side and add a star stamp. A star stamp, y’all! It’s super black and dries semi-matte. Best of all, it doesn’t skip, and even over heavy eyeshadow, there are no broken lines and no patchy spots that need going over. Even the stars stamp cleanly and are fully opaque. It’s waterproof and not easy to get off…I’d definitely suggest using coconut or any other oil you’d like to remove it. Going dancing or to the pool? This is the liner I’d recommend, hands down. Swatches are below.
Royal & Langnickel MODA Precision Angled Brush
This brush is so nice for concealer. I’m not sure I’d ever used a brush for concealer before, besides one of those with the toothbrush-style handle, but I think I did an okay job, and found it way easier than I expected. The slanted edge gets into the tight areas near the inner corner of my eye and around the bridge of the nose. It’s also great for knocking away the powder from those areas when I feel like baking. It’s very soft and doesn’t shed.
Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Highlighter in Sin
This was the item I was most anxiously awaiting… and the biggest disappointment. It’s a beautiful color, and the powder feels good to the touch, but on the skin, it’s nearly nonexistent. It takes an incredible amount of product to get it to even show up. This would have been good before I fell in love with highlighter and became less timid about using it. On top of that, my skin doesn’t like it, and I had a reaction everywhere I put it. Thankfully, I’d only left it on long enough to take pictures, and I’m glad I didn’t wear it out, or there’s no telling how bad it would have been.
Here are the swatches. L-R, liner, pink shadow, gold shadow, and highlighter.
Here’s the look I did. You can see the reaction beginning under my eye, where I really laid down the highlighter, trying to get it to show up.
Overall, this month’s bag was pretty good, despite my disappointment in the highlighter. While the colors of the shadows are just okay, the formula is excellent. The brush and lip balm are great additions to my stash, and are already in heavy rotation. The liner is, surprisingly, my favorite product this month, and you’ll see it in an upcoming look. If you’d like to know more about ipsy, you can check it out here.
Have you tried any of these products before? What did you think?
Thanks for reading!