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.
Dirty Little Secret Eyeshadow in Teaser (full palette 6g/$38; single pan 1.5g/$9.50) – This light terra cotta shade is a nice neutral for fall, and is pretty average as far as shadows are concerned. Applied well and blended out fine, but didn’t have much staying power. Primer definitely recommended.
Trestique Mini Highlight Stick in Maldives (full size 0.21oz/$34; sample size 0.04oz/$6.48) – If there are two makeup items I wish I’d quit receiving in subscription boxes they would be highlighters and bronzers. That’s not to say anything negative about this particular highlighter; it’s actually decent. Applies smoothly, blends out well, isn’t overly shimmery.
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black (full size 2g/$20; sample size 1.2g/$12) – I want to like this liner, and if I can find a way to keep it from smearing/smudging my opinion of it will become more positive. Perhaps it’s just my eyes, since I’ve read so many glowing reviews, but the combo of my oily lids (even with primer) and this liner… it’s no good. I also wish the felt tip were a bit more precise.
Épicé Restorative Toner (full size 5oz/$27; sample size 1oz/$5.40) – This toner is something between a watery liquid and a gel. I wouldn’t recommend it for sensitive skin, given the AHA and alcohol within.
Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish (full size 3oz/$29; sample size 0.33oz/$3.19) – I received this sample in a past Birchbox (November 2015) and I don’t remember being terribly impressed. It’s a fairly gentle exfoliating scrub, but it made my skin feel oily. No thanks.
Bag Value: ~$36