Shame on me. I only lasted two weeks before I resubscribed to Ipsy after cancelling in September. I ended up on the waitlist for 2 months before I was presented with an opportunity to “skip the waitlist” by connecting my Ipsy account to Facebook.
I didn’t mind missing out on October’s bag though I do think it was more up my alley with the color choices and abundance of potential skin care products. I was heartbroken when I missed out on November’s bag though. I think A LOT of ex-subscribers were sad that they missed out on the greatest bag released since the start of Ipsy. It was surprising to see how great the November bag was and I had high hopes for December since it’s the last bag for the year.
On a whole, Ipsy’s December bag was decent but I think it left much to be desired. Overall, I’m happy with the bag. I just expected something equal or better than November. The bag itself is very pretty but the selection of brands and item type is the very reason I gave up my subscription. Ipsy has sent several products from Nyx, Be a Bombshell, and Pop Beauty. They’re not bad but they’re too repetitive for my liking. I personally received Be a Bombshell The One Stick in Flustered, Nyx’s Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Iris, Pop Beauty’s Eyeshadow Trio in Smokin’ Hot, Nicka K New York’s Nail Polish in Ripe Apple, and the English Laundry Fragrance Duo. Let’s start off with my favorite item of the bag.
- Be a Bombshell’s The One Stick – value $16.00. When I first heard of the concept, I originally thought, “meh, I could get something similar from e.l.f for just $1.00.” The amount of product you get with Be a Bombshell is significantly more than the amount you’d get with e.l.f but you could get the same amount of product spending $5 on e.l.f. However, I do prefer Be a Bombshell’s version of this 3-in-1 makeup product. The One Stick is highly pigmented, blends easily, and leaves a nice stain on my skin. I also like the way the product dries. It goes from the gel texture to a powder finish. I’m also very happy with how the color ended up looking on my skin. While the packaging is very nice overall, my stick scrapes against the side of the tube and makes it a bit messy to apply. I have to use my fingers to avoid the glop of product that builds up at the top of the stick. But I found that it’s actually best to apply the product this way anyway. On the lips, I use this product as a stain. I apply the stick to my lips, let it set for a few minutes, wipe it away, and top the stain off with a gloss. It seems a bit wasteful but there is so much product that I can see myself getting over a years worth of use out of it. Overall, this product is great and I think it’s a hit.
- Nyx Extra Creamy Round Lipstick – value $3.99. Despite how easily attainable this lipstick is, this was my first time trying a Nyx lipstick. The formula itself is actually very nice and creamy. The packaging isn’t too bad either. I like the sleek black casing with the color indicator on the bottom. While I am very grateful that I didn’t wind up with a coral, bright pink, or red-orange shade, I wasn’t too impressed with the frosty peach shade either. How a peachy shade of lipstick got the name “Iris” is beyond me (considering the fact that iris flowers are purple). However, the peach is sheer and workable so I’m happy about that. Overall though, I’m going to say this product is a miss simply because Nyx is nothing new and the majority of lipstick shades sent out looked like shades Nyx wanted to get out of their inventory. I’ve been able to try plenty of Nyx items thanks to Ipsy and now I’m ready for some change. I will be seeking Nyx lipsticks out in the future though thanks to this month’s Ipsy bag!
- Pop Beauty Eyeshadow Trio in Smokin’ Hot – value $7.20 (a 10 color palette is valued at $24 or $2.40/shade). This trio is a MAJOR dud. I really dislike smoky eye shades to begin with so the color selection wasn’t the best. However, I do like using black shadow to line to lower lash line so I thought I could at least use that one shade. But nope. The pigmentation of these shadows is terrible. The picture shown is 2 heavy layers of shadow. The L.A. Colors Trio that is normally found at the Dollar Tree has better pigmentation than Pop Beauty’s shadows (I mention those because they have similar packaging). The only good thing about this product is the pretty packaging. Overall, this is a miss for me.
- Nicka K New York Nail Color in Hot Apple – value $4.99. The packaging is unique in my eyes and the nail polish surprised me. The quality is pretty nice. One coat of polish was very opaque and could have easily passed as enough. Two coats created a perfectly opaque color and the color deepened to a darker red when dry. The finish is shiny enough that I don’t feel the need to use a top coat. My only issues are the color (very common) and the fact that it needs to be purchased online. This product is half hit, half miss for me. The miss is the fact that I have to purchase online and pay shipping to get another polish.
- English Laundry Signature Fragrance Duo Him/Her – value $18.00. My vials leaked in transit but I was actually impressed by the size. Both vials are larger than the standard sample vial for fragrance. Each vial is 5mL which is half of the size of a travel purse spray. If you browse through the English Laundry site, you’ll see the 5mL vials being sold for $9.00 each. The fragrance is actually a happy medium for people who like sweet fragrances and those who like florals. This fragrance initially starts off smelling sweet and powdery but it dries down to a vanilla musk. I personally don’t care for it but it’s not bad. I will gladly use it but I can’t see myself even considering adding the full size to my collection. Because I am a female subscriber, I don’t care about the men’s cologne. I would actually value this second part of the item as $0.00 because perfume samples are given for free at a lot of stores, plus I can’t even use the men’s cologne. But eh, I’m going by retail value. Overall, I actually think this product as a whole was a hit. It’s a new brand, the size was generous, and the fragrance chosen seems like a good choice for representing the brand.
- Overall bag value: $50.18.
- Overall rating: 7/10. I loved The One Stick, the bag itself, the fragrance duo, the nail polish formula, and the lipstick formula was great though the color and brand turned me off. Pop Beauty was a major miss for me though.
I’m crossing my fingers for January’s bag to have skin care products, hair care products, or tools. I’d also be happy if I didn’t see a bright pink, red-orange, “apple red”, or coral shade for any cosmetic product. At the very least, I hope to stop seeing low end brands that are online only. I’m okay with cheap products in the bag but I hate it when they’re copycats of a generic drugstore brand and they’re also less attainable than an already affordable product. I hope to see more unfamiliar brands like English Laundry.