If you’re not familiar with it, Ipsy is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included for the US; with an 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 haven’t used this sample of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer yet, but I have used the product in the past so I can go ahead and give it a thumbs up. It’s oil-free, which is a plus for my skin, and it does a good job smoothing before I apply foundation.
The full size (1 oz) is $36, making the sample (.25 oz) worth $9. Not cheap, but a little goes a long way.
Then there’s Selfie Tan ‘n Go Face Bronzer. Honestly, I have no use for a full-face bronzer, so I only tested it out on the back of my hand. The formula is actually pretty interesting. The gel has little beads of bronzer that burst onto your skin as you rub it in, and the result is subtle as long as you watch how much you squeeze out of the tube. I was worried the gel would leave a tacky or oily feeling behind, but it didn’t.
Selfie’s face bronzer is cruelty free, DHA free, non-comedogenic and fragrance-free.
I believe this is a full size item (1 oz), which retails for $16.
Next up is Shea Moisture’s Shea Butter Lip Crayon in the shade Sarah, a bright fuchsia. It’s another product that I don’t need. Well, I can always use a new lip crayon, but the color I received is just more bright than I like to wear. I’ll be passing it along to someone who’ll appreciate it more than I would.
This is another full size item, and it retails for $10.
When I opened my bag this month, I pulled out trèStiQue’s Mini Shadow Crayon and thought the cap had come off in transit. After a confusing few seconds, I realized the lid is meant to look like the product inside. I received my crayon in Aspen Pine (an ‘earthy green’), and though I wish I’d received any of the other colors (gold, nude pink, and brown) I am determined to make the green work for me. Unfortunately, it creases on me, even with primer. Here’s hoping I find a use for it!
The full size is $26, making this mini worth about $10-$13 (that’s a total guess since I’m not sure how much product is in the full size).
Finally we have a few fiber sheet masks from BioRepublic. I’ve only used the Green Tea Detox version so far, but if the other two perform similarly I’ll be pleased. I never really see any lasting effects from sheet masks, but this one did leave my skin feeling smooth and ‘fresh’ for a while after use.
These masks are $4.99 each on BioRepublic’s site.
Box Value: This month’s Ipsy bag is worth just over $60.
If you subscribe to Ipsy, what did you receive this month?