So, lately, I’ve taken a little more interest in my appearance, and have been dabbling in makeup. I’m pretty clueless about it, but am learning more about what products work for me, as well as how to use them. I’m still not even sure about my skin’s undertone, so finding cosmetics colors that work for me has been hit-or-miss. I thought Ipsy might be a good way to try new brands. October’s bag is Halloween-themed, of course. I figured, what better time to try it? I’m all about the ghosts, ghouls, and goth.
The first thing I felt when I opened everything was pure glee. Colors that look appropriate for my dark skin? What magic is this? Then, I reigned in my excitement, simply because I didn’t want to get my hopes too high. Foundation, in particular, is my bane, and I have a helluva time picking the right one. Always. Anyway, now that I’ve used everything at least twice, here are my impressions.
Zippered makeup bag, designed by Valfré
The bag is absolutely adorable, and I love the little Halloween cartoon images. They include all the things I enjoy about Halloween, from candy corn to black lipstick. The zipper opens and closes smoothly. The fabric appears to be coated, and I easily wiped off an eyeshadow spill with a damp cloth.
pūr-lisse Daily Lip Nourisher sample
The lip nourisher contains mango and shea butters, and feels amazing on my lips. My lips, in general, aren’t particularly rough, but I’m a smoker, and they do get dry. The effects of this balm are apparent immediately. It makes my lips soft and smooth, and also makes the little creases around my lips less prominent. Hours after removing my lipstick, my lips are still soft and supple. It also works wonders when I wear it under my matte lippies. Even the ones that dry to a hard matte finish look smoother, and don’t get dry and crumbly after I eat or drink.
Lottie London Perfectly Precise Eyeshadow Brush
This eyeshadow brush is very nice. It’s soft and fluffy, and feels good on the sensitive skin of my eyelids. It doesn’t drag, either, especially on the tender skin under my eyes, which can sometimes get crepe-y. This little brush holds a lot of product, so it’s perfect for dramatic looks that require packing colors onto certain spots and for layering or highlighting. I don’t have many eye brushes that do a better job of blending than this one, though. It’s a little too fluffy for precise jobs like lining with wet or dry shadow, but for general application, it’s in my top three.
trèStiQue mini Matte Lip Crayon in Belize Bordeaux
I love this crayon. I don’t know that I’d call it a bordeaux, as it’s more of a berry color on me, and not as dark as I’d consider a bordeaux. It’s very flattering, though, and this is a very wearable color, all year round. The formula of this pencil is really good. It applies like butter, and feels smooth and creamy; it isn’t chalky, like many matte lip crayons can be. There’s no waxiness at all, and it feels very lightweight on the lips. It’s more of a demi-matte or velvet formula, so, if you’re looking for a hard matte finish, you’ll be disappointed. Because it’s so velvety, it does transfer, but not as much as an outright cream would. This is a very wearable formula, and it would be perfect for winter weather, when a hard matte finish can be too drying.
Ciaté London Fierce Flicks eyeliner
This liner is fierce, indeed, and from the moment it touched my skin, I’ve loved it. In fact, I haven’t even worn any other liner since it arrives. I have a love/hate relationship with brush tips. Oftentimes, they are dry, and drag my lids, which, again, can be crepe-like in appearance. The tip of this liner never has that dry, draggy feeling, and, after several uses, it shows no sign of fraying or fuzziness. The liner itself is amazing. It’s super smooth, and is a deep, rich black. It performs more like a gel than a liquid, and it lays down color like a champ. It doesn’t require any going over, and it doesn’t skip. With it, I can draw thick or thin lines with ease.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover foundation in 177/Y505
This foundation looks perfect on my skin. I was so happy! I now know that shades containing more yellow look best on me. I’m still not sure whether that means I’m warm, cool, or what, but this foundation blends in very well, and I love how natural it looks. Most darker shades, I find, have a reddish undertone that makes me look orange. Nope…this one is great. I was worried it might give me an ashy cast, but it didn’t; it looks more like my skin than any foundation I’ve tried so far. Ever.
It’s very lightweight and feels like nothing on my face. I mostly wore a light layer, though it can be easily built up to medium coverage. If you prefer full coverage, this likely isn’t the foundation for you, but I’m new to wearing makeup, so I try to err on the side of wearing too little makeup than too much. When applied, it has a demi-matte finish, but I found that the oil in my skin broke through after a few hours. My skin is combination skin, with oiliness in the T-zone, and this foundation doesn’t do much to keep it under control. I tried with two different primers and two different powders with the same result. I think it would be ideal for winter, though, when my skin is dryer. Now, it requires powder and blotting sheets throughout the course of the day…I wouldn’t dare wear it on a hot summer day, as I know I’d blot it off my face before even making it to my destination. I would recommend this foundation for someone with normal to dry skin, and definitely not for anyone with oily skin.
For me, this box is great. The colors look great on me, which was part of my concern when I first considered jumping on the beauty subscription bandwagon. I was worried I’d get a bunch of pale pinks and nudes, which I like, but they often take extra work to make them wearable on darker skin. The customization really works, and I’m so happy to get a color palette that suits me. For ten bucks, I’m really pleased with what I got, and even happier that I can use everything included. Score!
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