For the August 2013 Glam Bag, I’m expecting the following items:
- Pixi Lash Booster Mascara in Blackest Black – Approximately $7.14
- Michael Todd’s Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub 1oz – Approximately $5.29
- City Color Cheek Stain – $2.99
- Noya Lip Balm – $3.99
- Pacifica Alight Mineral BB Cream 0.34oz – Approximately $4.80
Overall value: $24.21
For starters, I’m definitely disappointed with how my bag is looking this month. Usually I’m fairly satisfied but I guess it’s unrealistic for every month to be a wonderful bag. Unfortunately, this is turning out to be my least liked Ipsy bag based off of first impressions.
My opinions aren’t based on value or brands but rather the overall selection that was chosen for me. My opinions of the products won’t be in the order listed above. But just to throw this out there, my bag was one of the lowest value bags offered this month, if not the lowest value bag out of all variations. Ipsy did post replies saying they would try to make all bags equal value for those not getting Urban Decay but that was obviously a lie. There was a good chunk of Ipsters who got bags valued at $40+ without the referral gift. That right there is disappointing. It’s almost a $16 difference in value between subscribers.
Overall Ipsy is still great if you’re one of those people who aren’t picky about colors and hoarding multiples of the same types of item (blush, nail polish). However, Ipsy for me is just becoming a disappointment since I don’t like to hoard items and I don’t like the colors Ipsy usually hands out.
The first item is a Pixi Mascara in Blackest Black. The mascara is something that will definitely be used so that makes this a nice product. This is the only item that is a definite hit for me so far. It’s nice to try a mascara I’d never buy on my own. Honestly, even after I try this product and even if I fell in love with it, I probably wouldn’t purchase it. It’s pretty expensive and it’s really easy to find amazing mascaras for half the price of Pixi. Still, I’m definitely excited to try this. I love mascaras! I’d be happy if Ipsy sent me a mascara every month (which unfortunately they don’t…boo.)
Next up is Michael Todd’s Charcoal Scrub. I know, I know – it’s a Michael Todd product. But I received a high end scrub last month that was also a 1 ounce sample. Last month’s scrub will probably last me another 2-3 months. Definitely wish I got the mask instead this month but what can I do? At least I’ll use the scrub eventually. I’m going to have to say this is a let down for me since I won’t be using it right away, though I do expect to like it when I use it… 3 months from now.
Third product is the Noya Lip Balm. Ipsy did well in choosing this product for me over the lipstick. I’m also really happy that it’ll be coming in the original packaging. The packaging raises the appeal of this product greatly. The only thing that makes me nervous is the flavor. If it’s Vanilla, I’m expecting to love it and will definitely use it immediately. If Cherry is the flavor I’m receiving, it’s getting thrown into my “unwanted products” drawer right away. Cherry, to me, is tied to medicine/medicated chap sticks or cheap lip gloss for children. Oh well, I love the kosher concept regardless.
Fourth is the Pacifica Alight Mineral BB Cream. My first rant begins here. This product is described as: “The Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream hydrates, primes, illuminates, and perfects leaving a sheer bare skin finish. Specialized mineral pigments instantly adjusts to your skin shade allows one color to work for many and can be built up for just the right amount of coverage. Your skin will look natural, dewy, youthful and radiant without looking like you are wearing heavy make-up.” First of all, BB cream is a BLEMISH BALM. It should COVER BLEMISHES AND HELP FIX BLEMISHES OVER TIME. I can already tell that this is going to be a crappy tinted moisturizer simply because the description says that it leaves a “sheer bare skin finish”. I wish American brand BB creams would try to take note of what BB stands for. My second issue – this is a terrible selection in general for me and I’m unsure how they stumbled upon the conclusion to stick this product in my bag out of the remaining choices they had. I clearly left primer/bb cream unselected on my profile quiz and it was never once selected. My quiz also states that I have hyper pigmentation, redness, oiliness – everything BUT dryness (my original selections that have never been changed either). Why are you giving me an illuminating/dewy product if I have these issues? Third issue – it’s color adjusting, but it’s a “one shade fits most” BB cream. One shade can match most of us beauties light to dark? Uh, yeah right. That’s a red flag that this will be a very sheer coverage product if there’s any coverage at all. This is most definitely getting thrown into my “unwanted” stash. I don’t even want to try an illuminating “bb cream” aka tinted moisturizer.
The fifth product is the City Color Cheek Stain Blush. The fact that it’s a blush is what has me underwhelmed. We’ve received several cheek products and almost all of them are full size. I’m starting to get sick of all of the blushes. Cheek stain blushes are my favorite type of blushes, so my original hope was for this to compare to my favorite Ulta Gel Stick Cheek Stain. However, City Color Cheek Stain colors look like they’d be unflattering for my skin color. I’m sick of blushes and the colors are unappealing. Based off of first impressions, I’m going to say this is a miss.
The last thing is the bag itself. I appreciate the thought and effort put into this bag, but I thought it was a dud. I don’t mind prints but I really disliked the design this month. There’s too much “Ipsy” being repeated all over the bag. This is the first bag I’ve disliked that Ipsy has given us. I don’t like the shade of purple at all. It’s an eyesore to me and it makes the tacky design stand out even more. I wish that Ipsy used royal purple or blue-violet topped with gold print instead of the awkward bright plum purple. I’m actually in university right now but I can’t see myself using this bag for school. I think it gives a terrible impression of myself to my peers (vain and childish). But to each their own. There are a lot of people who love the bags, which is great. I’m unfortunately a person who likes simplistic things, not things that stand out. The quality of the bag looks great though and I’m glad there are a lot of others who like the bag.
Overall, I’m far from satisfied and I don’t think the bag will be able to redeem itself even after I try the products. Ipsy has done a great job after May at picking products for me, but it may have just been luck. If they had been personalizing products for me accurately, then it should have been accurate this month as well. I shouldn’t have gotten a “BB cream”, I shouldn’t have gotten a scrub two months in a row, and it’s weird that I’m always getting full sized blushes.
At retail price, the items I’ll use this month value more than $10.00 (mascara, scrub, maybe the lip balm). But who thinks about items at retail price? I definitely don’t. I always analyze my Ipsy bags as, “could I have done better at getting these items on my own at this price?” And I always ignore the value of products I don’t use when making the analysis.
Overall, Ipsy has been great but the recent months haven’t been what I want. The value is definitely there for the whole bag but the value isn’t there for me as far as the number of items I’ve actually used and liked. I may unsubscribe after September’s bag. I would unsubscribe this month but I’m really hoping that there will be EM products in the September bag.