Here’s my slightly belated review of my April 2013 Ipsy Glam Bag. Least it’s not a month or more late, like some of my other reviews… 😛 I got my tracking number for my May Ipsy bag a lil earlier today, so that review should be in the next week or so. Anywho, onto the review.
Here’s a brief overview of the company.
About Ipsy (formally MyGlam): Each bag feature 4-5 beauty items. All of the items are either deluxe samples or full size.
- There are never any of those foil packets, which is nice because I’d like to have more than 1 use of a product before I decide if I like it or not.
Cost: $10 w/free shipping (USA) | $10 + $4.95 shipping (Canada)
- It’s $110 to subscribe yearly (USA | + $54.45 shipping for Canadian subscribers), which makes each individual bag a little cheaper than with the monthly. If you choose to pay monthly or yearly, you can’t change to the other. You have to cancel your current subscription before you can switch, which if you have they yearly one, I don’t think you can cancel ’til it’s up.
Is there a “skip” option?: No, you can only cancel.
Pretty In Pink – This April, pinks have never looked so pretty! We have a bouquet of amazing beauty products waiting just for you. Create a Look and blend them with your favorite pastels and bright hues for an original and exquisite start to your very own version of spring beauty!
Quite honestly, when I heard that the theme was pink based, I got quite worried since I was worried they’d send a bunch of pink products I’d never use, besides blush, since I don’t like pink much. To my surprise, it wasn’t as overly pink as I had speculated, with the exception of one item.
I was also surprised that the bag was surprising not all that pink, least on the outside. I figured that the bag would have some kind of pink pattern or something, not just a pink trim, so the white threw me off. The inside was a pink and white stripe pattern, so thought that should have been on the outside.
inside pic here
The bag has to have some value on it, but not sure of an exact amount. I’d say $2-3 at most, so I’ll split the difference and value the bag at $2.50. Here’s what I got in this month’s Glam Bag:
MicaBeauty Mineral Eyeshadows are extremely gentle, free of preservatives, chemicals, dyes, talc, oils, and other fillers. With this unique formula, the eyeshadows will look ultra smooth and stay put for hours without creasing or pulling the delicate eye area. Can be mixed with clear lip-gloss, clear mascara, and clear nail polish to add pigment to lips, eyelashes and nails!
Glam Bag subscribers who receive this product will receive Earth, a light shimmery pink.
|Sample received: $11.96 for 2.0g||Full price: $14.95 for 2.5g [LINK]|
Comments: This was an “OR” product. Subscribers could have gotten either a Duo Eyeshadow by Two Cosmetics or Mineral Eyeshadow by MicaBeauty, which is what I got. I’ve never used loose eyeshadows since they tend to be very messy, in comparison to pressed shadows. Even the NYX one I got in my December 2012 bag has still been unopened since I eventually want to press it. Anywho, unlike the NYX one, the packaging is better and thanks to the holes in the clear plastic, you can limit (to a degree) how much product comes out.
I got the shade in Earth, which a light shimmery pink. In the sneak peek, it looked more champagney, and thought it could be a highlight, but instead is actually an eye shadow. Because of color, a light wash barely shows up on my skin. Below is a picture of it blended into my skin.
As you can see, the color pretty much vanishes, but leaves the glitter behind. It’s very apparent on my skin and quite honestly, I’m thinking of the sparkly vampires from Twilight (*shudder*). As such, I could possibly get away with using it as a highlight, but it’s a little to sparkly for my liking for that.
If I want it to be more visible on my skin, I have to pack in the shadow more, like in the image below.
Overall, it’s a nice color that’s great for neutral looks. I just wished that it had slightly better pigmentation and wasn’t as glittery I do like how versatile it is since it can be use in more ways than just eye shadow.
Sexy Hair Soy Renewal is the nourishing styling treatment with multiple benefits! Speeds up blow drying time, nourishes and protects hair, and enhances shine. Made with Moroccan Argan Oil, Soy Renewal addresses moisture, frizz, smoothness, elasticity and shine concerns, while protecting against heat and environmental stresses.
|Sample received: $4.44 for 0.85fl oz bottle||Full price: $21.95 for a 4.2fl oz bottle [LINK]|
Comments: This was another “OR” product. Subscribers could have gotten either the Powder Play or Soy Renewal by Sexy Hair. I got the Soy Renewal, which was funny since I actually wanted the Powder Play as I thought it was a dry shampoo. Turns out that product was a volumizing product, which I don’t need anymore volume in my hair, so I’m actually happy that I got the Soy Renewal, which is a hair treatment.
Out of all of the items in this bag, this was the only one that wasn’t related to the “Pretty in Pink” theme. This hair treatment has Argan Oil in it, which is nourishing for the hair, and I actually use Argan Oil in my daily skincare routine. The product can be used with both damp and dry hair. With damp hair, it’ll act like a leave-in conditioner and will help your hair dry faster when blow drying it. With dry hair, it’ll help…
You don’t need to use a lot of the product to make use of it. A little goes a long way. I use 6 drops max with my thick, straight, medium length Asian hair. If you have thinner hair, I would use less than I did. It has a light scent that isn’t overpowering at all and I found that it did help my hair dry faster when I blow dried it. It also made my hair feel quite soft and nourishing as well.
I loved this product, but the one thing I didn’t like about it, was the packaging. The bottle it came in was nearly impossible to squeeze, and almost resorted to unscrewing the cap off the bottle. Luckily, it didn’t come to that since after a lil bit of waiting, it came out of the bottle. I don’t know if the full size is like that, but I’m hoping it’s not. 😛
I don’t know if I’ll purchase the full size since I find Argan Oil on its own works just as well. I’ll keep in mind though. As Sexy Hair doesn’t sell their products on their website, the links for the sample and full price versions are through Ulta.
Sation Nail Lacquer is a contemporary beauty company, infusing a creative direction in nail care through a blend of lifestyle aesthetics. The collection features 120 colors from its seasonal & limited collections.
Glam Bag subscribers will receive Of Corset I’ll Call You, a romantic lavender-rose OR Love At First Byte, a light peachy pink.
|Sample received: $5.00||Full price: $5.00 for a .5fl oz bottle [LINK]|
Comments: Subscribers could have received one of two colors — Love At First Byte or Of Corset I’ll Call you. Both colors are from the Sation line and are part of the Miss Antoinette limited edition collection. I got Love At First Byte, which is a light peachy pink color and was the one I wanted since it seemed like the lesser of two evils as it wasn’t as pink. XP
I will do a longer review on this color in the future, but here are my first impressions of the polish. It’s a very sheer polish and lacks in the pigmentation department, just like the Nailini Frappe polish I got back in February, so it takes 3+ coats to become opaque. For someone who isn’t doesn’t like to spend a lot of time doing their nails, this polish isn’t for you.
I don’t mind spending some time doing my nails, but for just plain nails, I prefer 3 coats max for it to become opaque. Anymore, it’s a little outrageous. The sheer color would work fine for a French manicure or for layering, but on it’s own, I’d recommend a light pink or white base coat first, than painting this on top if you want to make it work.
A highly pigmented pressed powder blush that highlights the complexion and provides long lasting color. Can be used both as a blush or a bronzer.
Glam Bag subscribers will receive Beach Please, a bright matte pink OR Sweet Cheeks, a medium rose pink with shimmer.
|Sample received: $16.00 [LINK]||Full price: $16.00 [LINK]|
Comments: There were two colors of this full-size blush that subscribers could get — Beach Please and Sweet Cheeks. I got Beach Please, which is a matte bright pink. I’ll admit that when I first saw this, I was terrified of how bright it looked in the pan. I’ve never used any blush that bright, so I was worried of how it would look on me.
When I swatched it, I found that it was both smooth and quite pigmented, so a little goes a long way on your cheeks. Best way to apply this is the tap your brush lightly on the blush (literally, I only tapped it once and I had a lot of color on it), tap off then excess, then apply. A light hand is best when using this product since it’s easy to over do it and end up looking clown-like.
I enjoyed this product and I’m happy I gave it a chance, instead of trading it, since I heard that Sweet Cheeks wasn’t as good as this one, in terms of pigmentation and quality. The only thing I’m not too fond of was its packaging. It’s rather bulky, so I plan on depot it in the future.
- Box Score: 4.13/5
- Total Value: $37.40
Final Thoughts: I’m happy to say that this bag is a definite improvement from March’s bag, in both content and value. Considering the theme, it ended up working out well and I enjoyed everything I got. It made up for March’s disappointing bag.
Finally, with each bag, there are coupon codes, but since I posted this review a lil late, some of the codes have expired. 😦 I’ve listed the codes that haven’t expired below:
Sexy Hair (Soy Renewal)
- 108888 – Recieve $5 off your purchase of $25 or more of Sexy Hair products at Ulta.com or in store. Offer valid thru 5/10/13. Valid on Sexy Hair products purchased in all ULTA store locations and on ulta.com. This offer cannot be combined with any other ULTA coupon offer. Cannot be redeemed for cash or gift cards. Not valid on prior purchases. Limit one per customer. See in-store or online for any exclusions.
Miss Professional Nail (Nail Polish in Love At First Byte)
- IPSY30 – Save 20% with purchase. Offer valid thru 5/31. Valid only in the US. Promo code is case sensitive.
Two Cosmetics (Dual Eyeshadow in Heartache)
- IPSTER – Save 25% with purchase. All ipsy orders will recieve FREE lip gloss with order (no minimum, while supples last) Offer valid thru 5/20/13. One time use. Cannot be combined with any other offers. FREE shipping to Contiguous US. Bonus item will be automatically included in your order and will not show up in your shopping cart.