I wasn’t looking forward to May’s Ipsy bag as much as the past few. I have been getting lots of really fun makeup products, so I’ve been spoiled. Each month, Ipsy subscribers receive a makeup bag with 4-5 deluxe samples and full sized beauty products for only $10.
The canvas bag is REALLY cute, but as I’ve said before, I hate things that say things. This one has “Ipsy” printed all over the leaves. It’s not obscene, though, and it’s actually cuter than all of the others I’ve received so far. It definitely suits my style, so I’m sure it won’t get stashed away in the back of my bathroom cabinet like some of the others.
Okay, this is sunscreen, but I kind of liked the idea of being able to carry a mini sunscreen in my purse. Especially with summer coming up. It’s not greasy at all, but it still feels kind of heavy like most sunscreens tend to do. I would never put this on my face. The scent is a very subtle typical sunscreen smell mixed with rotten bananas. Seriously, I hate it. 1 oz, $2.17 value.
I rolled my eyes when I pulled this out of my bag. ANOTHER champagne color. Boring. I already have way too many. Nailtini Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer in Champagne is something really, really special, though. I wanted to hate this over and over again, but I finally gave in and fell in love. It takes a million years to dry. Drying time is something that is extremely important to me when it comes to nail polish because I don’t have time to sit around and wait for paint to dry. After two coats, I waited…and waited. When it was finally dry, I walked into my kitchen where there was more light to take a look. IT WAS GORGEOUS! It’s a pale pink with a very subtle silver and gold shimmer. My picture does not even do it justice. As an added bonus, the durability is pretty incredible. My nails actually started growing out before the polish even started chipping. I love this brand so far. Can’t wait to try more! Full size 0.5 oz, $13.00 value.
I was so excited to finally get a new brush to try in my bag this month. The Crown Brush Pro Blending Fluff Brush looks a lot like my MAC 217 Blending Brush. The bristles on this one are a tad bit shorter, which I prefer because it’s easier for me to blend deep into my crease. It picks up a lot of shadow, making the pigmentation better, but at the cost of having a ton of fallout. It also feels scratchy and rough on my eyelids. I am mixed about this brush. I love the fact that it makes blending easier on me, but it will have to be used as a blending brush only because applying eye shadow with it makes a huge mess. $5.49 value.
I am always wary about trying out new moisturizers because I have sensitive skin. This Pur~lisse pur~moist hydra-balance moisturizer felt like a splash of cool water. It has almost no scent whatsoever and feels very light on my skin. It goes well under my makeup and doesn’t cause any extra oiliness. It is very pricey, but a little bit goes a long way. 0.5 oz, $16.18 value.
This Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in Moonbeam & Unicorn was bad news right out of the bag. As soon as I opened it, the lid popped off. I snapped it back on, but it’s still poor packaging.
The colors are a shimmery dark purple and a shimmery white with gold sparkle.
The pigmentation on this is awful. I had to layer and layer to get them to look like much of anything. The purple goes on relatively smooth and is blendable. The white is incredibly flaky and has lots of glittery fallout. It is barely blendable and ended up looking very cakey. It has been a very long time since I used an eye shadow with such poor quality. I have heard lots of good things about the Pacifica brand, but with this being my first product to try, I am not impressed. 0.07 oz, $3.92 value.
Total bag value is $40.76. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this bag. I was not expecting to really love any of it, but man, that nail polish.
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