Heeeeeeeeeeeeeey, guys! It’s, uh, been a while, eh? Well, TLD is back and with a bit of an expanded scope. The focus will still be on polish, but I’m also going to include product reviews, subscription box openings and first impressions, as well as other random posts.
To that point, here’s my January Ipsy bag!
If you’re not familiar with it, Ipsy is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included for the US, with additional shipping fee for Canada). Each month, subscribers receive 4-5 deluxe sample or full-size beauty and skincare products. You also get a (sometimes) cute makeup bag containing all of the samples.
I have to admit, when I saw the spoiler for this product I was worried. In mid-2014 subscribers received a Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo and the quality left a lot to be desired. It was chalky, had little pigmentation, and didn’t last long on my lids (even with primer). Luckily, the single shadow Ipsy sent this month seems better by leaps and bounds.
Pacifica’s Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in Ethereal is a beautiful, shimmery champagne shade. The texture is soft and a quick swatch showed a decent color payoff. I haven’t tried it on my eyes yet, so I can’t speak to lasting power or creasing. I think it would make a really nice brow highlight.
Pacifica doesn’t have single shadows listed on their site (I only see palettes) so I’m not sure of the price, but this is what I would consider ‘full size’. I’d guess the value is somewhere around $4.
The Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow Brush has 100% synthetic hairs, is soft, and I’ll definitely use it. I haven’t, but I will. It retails for $9.99.
The Hikari Eye Liner is in the shade Storm, a slate grey. Let me get the positives out first. I like that the packaging is slightly squared and that the liner is retractable. The color is a nice medium grey with a hint of shimmer. Unfortunately, it takes quite a few swipes to build up any noticeable color and the staying power could be better. This is a full-size product and retails for $13.
Next up is Probelle’s nail polish in Into the Blue. The formula is thin, but you can build it up to opacity in two to three coats. I have it on my toes at the moment so no swatch pictures, but it’s a fairly standard blue.
The polish is full size and retails for $6.
Eco-Beauty’s Good Day. Day Moisturizer. Okay, first of all I love this packaging. The top screws off and on, so using the sample day after day is no problem. Such a great idea for travel; it’s a space-saver and has just the right amount of product inside (0.5oz / 15g). A ‘foil sample’ done right.
I’m saving this for an upcoming trip so I don’t want to open it, but the reviews seem positive. The full size is $40 for 1.7oz / 50g, so this sample is worth $12.
And finally, an item I picked up with some of my Ipsy points – Benefit’s Posiebalm. I actually received this in a past Birchbox, and was happy to see it offered as a bonus item from Ipsy.
An aside: Ipsy’s points program has always been an issue for me. When compared to Birchbox’s point system, it’s simply not that great. The items up for offer have been things I didn’t want or didn’t have enough points to redeem. I say that as someone who had been saving points since at least June 2013 and never used them until this month. I’d had points lapse without being able to redeem them for a product I actually liked. Then I saw this up for 500 points, and I just redeemed another 250 points for a lotion sample I enjoyed in a previous bag. It seems Ipsy is trying to offer more items at different point levels, so kudos to them. Here’s hoping that trend continues.
Anyway, the balm itself feels nice on the lips – smooth and a little moisturizing. The color is a very subtle pink that I can wear on its own or over another stain or lipstick for a slight shine. It has a rose scent, so if you’re not a fan of that… you’re not going to like the balm. I happen to love rose scents, so it’s a hit for me.
You’re looking at the entirety of the sample, by the way. Tiny amount of product. But it’s perfect to throw in my bag and I’m guaranteed to finish it, soooo…*shrug*
Bag Value (excluding the Posiebalm): $44.99.
If you subscribe to Ipsy, what did you receive in this month’s bag?