To my surprise, September’s Ipsy bag was pretty great. I liked a lot of the items in there and I fairly pleased with the color selection. My only minor complaint was that we received 16 discontinued Nyx eye shadow shades out of 20 shades total. However, Nyx remedied the situation by bringing the shades back onto their website so people can buy shades they like. Also, Nyx offered customers the opportunity to swap their Ipsy shadow for any color shadow on the Nyx website which is really great of Nyx to do. Those who are concerned about the age of the shadows can swap for current shades and then those who simply didn’t like their eye shadow color can switch for a different color.
I’ve only received Nyx products through my Ipsy bags. But after seeing how Nyx handled this situation, I definitely plan to start buying from Nyx over other cosmetic brands. Nyx’s customer service in this situation was top notch, and the customer service of a company matters to me almost as much as the quality of a product.
The items I received this month are:
- Elizabeth Mott’s It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara deluxe size 4mL- $8.00
- Cailyn Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm in Big Apple deluxe size 0.14oz – $16.63
- Starlooks Kohl Eye Pencil in Obsidian full size – $12.00
- Nyx Single Eye Shadow in Hot Crystal full size- $4.50
- Freeman Beauty Facial Paper Masks x3 full size – $6.00
- Em Cosmetics Paper Sample – $0.00
Grand Total: $47.13
The first item is the It’s So Big Mascara. I was blown away by this product when I tried it. This is definitely my favorite item out of this bag. I only used one coat of mascara and my lashes looked like falsies! This mascara added length, volume, and definition. But get this – it washed off CLEANLY. That may sound odd, but let me explain. When I washed the mascara off, it washed off in tubes/strings instead of melting off and leaving me with panda eyes. It’s a BIG plus for me if a mascara comes off cleanly with just water. As much as I love this mascara, $20.00 is too expensive for ANY mascara.
Next up is Cailyn Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm in Big Apple. I’ll start by saying that this is far from your standard lip balm. It’s a very opaque balm stain. When I wiped the product off of my hand, it left a stain (you can see it in my Nyx shadow swatch). It will last for hours and I would consider this product to be transfer resistant. The only downside to this product is how dry it made my lips. But that can easily be fixed with a little lip balm underneath or over the product.
I’m not a big lippie fan overall but I was highly impressed by this product. It’s almost full size, the quality is great, and words cannot express how happy I am that it’s not a coral, hot pink, or nude shade! For once, I received a wearable shade. This shade of red is a “one shade fits most” kind of red. It was a bit bold for me but it was easy to use this with a berry colored lip liner or lipstick to deepen the color or tone it down. This is my second favorite product. Love!
The third item is the Starlooks Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Obsidian. I wasn’t too excited about this product because I have more than my fair share of kohl pencil liners. Ulta usually has their eye pencils on sale and I purchased a good 20 or so when the kohl eye pencils were $1.00 each. Sounds obsessive but I didn’t know that the $1.00 eyeliner sale was a normal sale so I stocked up while I could.
It performed well on the water line and it didn’t blur up my contact lenses, which is always great. It’s fairly creamy and smudged out easily. I also ended up using this eyeliner to create the cat eye and this eyeliner stayed on surprisingly well. It lasted through a workout at the gym and then continued to last the rest of the day. The pigmentation is pretty nice as well. I’m used to wearing liquid eyeliner but I thought that the Starlooks liner was bold enough that I didn’t have to trace over it with liquid. Overall, great pencil. I’ll probably be using it a lot now that the rain has come back. It doesn’t bleed the way liquid liner does and I dislike washing eyeliner off of brushes so I tend to stay away from gel/cream liners despite how much I love them.
The fourth item is a Nyx Single Eye Shadow in Hot Crystal. It’s a cream colored shadow with chunky glitter in it. This shadow is a disappointment in several different ways. When I first used my finger to swatch it, hardly any glitter came off on my finger and the shadow barely showed up when swatched. The Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm left a stain on my hand though, haha. I thought that the glitter would just fall off so I decided to try it as a highlight. When I used my brush with the shadow, it was GLITTER GALORE. I looked like I came from a 70’s disco. This unfortunately for me is a miss. Nyx did offer to swap Ipsy colors for any color they offer on the website but none of the colors are impressive to me.
The last few items are the Freeman Beauty Paper Facial Masks. I tried the Purifying Mask (starfruit) and although the smell was nice, the mask itself was too small for my face. I had to rip the mask up and place pieces of it on my face, and then I took the leftover product from the wrapper and applied a thick layer to places on my face that didn’t get covered with the paper. Aside from the fit of the mask, I did like the actual product. My skin feels nice and soft after using the first mask. My skin was also noticeably less shiny. These masks aren’t a miss but they’re not a hit either. If the mask fit my face, I would actually really like the product. I still have two more shots at having a mask that fits my face. Even if the other masks don’t fit my face, I can squeeze the product off of the paper and apply the product on my face like a normal masque. Overall, I’m content with this product.
We also received a surprise Em sample in our bags but it was a lousy paper sample. You can’t get a feel for the actual product with a paper sample.
I’m not going to lie – L’Oreal is being super stingy when it comes to Em Cosmetics. L’Oreal knows how to create great products and how to market them, but I feel like they’re taking advantage of Michelle Phan’s name by overpricing mediocre quality and poorly packaged items. For example, the Life Palette is very pretty and does aesthetically capture Michelle Phan’s imagine into a palette. However, I think that somebody should have told Michelle Phan, “hey, don’t have powder and lip products together. Let’s create several different layers to this palette like a flip book.” Top layer could have had the same design but with just eye shadows. The second layer could have been four blushes. The last layer could have been the eight lip colors.