ipsy Review April 2017: What’s in the Bag?

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Hi, all!

It’s that time, and my ipsy Glam Bag has been put to the test! I meant to get this out earlier but got behind, so I’ll jump right on in!

The bag

This bag is the cutest yet. Being a giant kid, the ticket shape had me at hello. Though I don’t often wear red, the tomato color of this bag instantly appealed to me with its brightness. As the weather breaks and it gets closer to the time for amusement parks and carnivals, I know I’ll have this adorable clutch in tow.

touch in SOL No Poreblem! Primer

So, this primer promises to blur lines, even skin tone, and shrink pores. As you may know, my huge pores are my bane, and, while I don’t fret too much about them anymore (they run in my family, and I’ve had a couple of them since my early teens), I’m always happy when I can accomplish a smoother look. This primer actually does minimize my pores, and it helps blur my breakouts and scarring. It keeps my makeup in place all day, and helps keep my face matte but not ashy. I woke up with a couple pimples, and did a search of the ingredients (which were somewhat difficult to find), and sure enough, it’s silicone-based. I’ll still use it when I’m not planning to wear makeup all day, which seems to minimize my breakouts.

Luxie Beauty Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush 669

Two words: Luxie and brush. You already know. I’m always happy to get new brushes, and since I’ve placed myself on a brush no-buy (I’ll have to post a picture of my collection someday soon), I’m doubly excited. Luxie brushes are some of my favorites, and this one is no exception. I was a little disappointed about not getting the Lisa Frank unicorn brush included in some bags, but my disappointment didn’t last long; I’ve used this Luxie brush with every look I’ve done since I got it. It’s been put through its paces, because I wash my brushes every time or two I use them. I’m not the best at applying foundation with a brush, but I love brushes like this for highlighter. A fan brush is cute, but my looks tend to be more -ahem- dramatic, so I’ve been using blush brushes, and this one’s the perfect size. As with all the Luxie brushes I have, this one holds its shape perfectly after washing and doesn’t shed. Win!

Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Glow Shimmer Shadow and Highlighter

I like the Elizabeth Mott products I’ve gotten to try, and I love that this is another multitasker. Since I’m so extra, I’m much more likely to use this as a highlighter, though as a shadow, it’s a very nice nude. I’m not really a nude kinda gal, so, of course, I choose to glow. The powder is smooth and finely milled, so it’s very blendable. Though it’s very fine, it doesn’t sink too badly into my large pores, which is always a concern of mine when I highlight. This highlighter is tiny, so I use a concealer or foundation brush to apply it instead of a fan.

EM Cosmetics Illustrative Liner Brush Tip

I’ve been trying to switch things up from my typical jet black winged eyeliner, so I’ve been using other colors and pigments more often, but let’s face it…a black cat-eye is timeless, and there’s always room for a black liquid liner in my stash. I’ve been a Michelle Phan fan for years, but have never tried any of the products from her line, so I was super-excited to get this liner. As it turns out, it’s a yes. It goes on smoothly, and even over glittery and foiled eyeshadows it doesn’t skip. I like that it’s got an agitator bead in its barrel, so there’s no worry about the liquid thickening or clumping. The one complaint I have is that I’ve used it three times, so far, and I notice the tip starting to spread. It hasn’t fully frayed, but like with most marker-tipped liners, I feel it’s coming.

MintPear Vitamin C Serum

I’ve had a couple MintPear brushes and blenders that I really like (I particularly like the brow brush), and I had no idea that they had skincare products as well. Because of the high quality of the beauty tools, I had high hopes for this serum. After several nights using it per the instructions, I’m seeing some slight improvement as far as moisture retention, but mostly, I see a brightening effect that I like. I hadn’t even realized that my skin was so dull. It also seems like the effects of exfoliation last longer, too, and I’ve got fewer dry patches apparent under my makeup.

In the look here, I’m wearing all the products except the highlighter, because I featured Notoriously Morbid products. My eye look was inspired by Brooke, a lovely lady in the NM Customer Crypt whose work I admire. Here’s what I used…

Logic Boy: base
5 By 5: crease, outer corner, lower lash line
Swallow up the Flame: lid, lower lash line
Kill Us Both Spock: transition
Misery Loves Company: lower lash line
Wanna Play With You: brow bone, lower lash line

Skin: blush
Wanna Play With You: highlighter

Under the Moonspell

Overall, I’m quite happy with this month’s ipsy bag (and not having to worry about getting hair products, yes!), and feel it was an excellent value. Considering I’ll be using the bag, too, I’m pretty chuffed about the whole thing. If you’d like to customize an ipsy bag of your own, you can find out how here.

Have you tried any of these products before? Are there any you’d like to try, or that you wouldn’t?

Thanks for reading!

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