It’s that time of the month (no, I’m not talking about that…), it’s time to review another Ipsy bag! This month’s theme was Spellbound, which is fitting with Halloween just around the corner.
This bag marks my one year anniversary with an Ipsy subscription, so I feel a little conflicted about whether or not I should renew it for next year? It’s only $10 a month, but I feel like some months the products have been huge misses for me (like concealer in the wrong shade, or getting black eyeliner three months in a row).
I really liked the theming of this bag-it has a little bat on the zipper and the outside of the bag (which you can’t see very well in photos) has what looks like a lace applique design on a plastic-like esterior. My only qualms with the bag are that the zipper is made of plastic (aka can easily break) and the exterior of my bag has already absorbed makeup residue because of the pattern having little indentations in it. Overall though I’d give it a solid 4/5.
–Context Skin Vitamin C All Day Eye Cream: Initially I wasn’t really a fan of this cream because it’s very see through and squirted out when I opened it. What I do like about it is how easily it dries without any kind of residue and it’s a cruelty free brand, so I like to support that whenever possible. Ipsy says that the formula is supposed to hydrate and brighten under eyes…but I didn’t notice much of a difference. I’ve had better success with PTR under eye masks or actual rollers for under the eye to stimulate collagen production. This sample is actually full-sized and retails for $35. VALUE: $35
–Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-1 Mascara: I’ve tried this mascara before and like it. It’s a standard black with a long wand. My only issue with it is that it does flake more than other mascaras I’ve tried…so I probably wouldn’t purchase it in full size. This sample is 3ml, a full 7ml tube is $23 at Sephora (it’s no longer sold on Tarte’s website). That means this sample is a little under half a full-sized mascara. VALUE: $9.86
–IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder: I’ve also tried this product before as a sample with an IT Cosmetics order. It’s good to bake the under eyes, but you have to be careful that you dust it off completely, otherwise it can leave your face with white residue. The formulation has silk and collagen, which is great for restoring fine lines and wrinkles. A full-sized 9g compact of this retails for $29; this sample is a third of that amount. VALUE: $9.67
–Tonymoly Peach Hand Cream: This was the one item I picked for my October bag (it’s a bummer that subscribers no longer have this option to be guaranteed one item of their choosing as of November 2017). I really like how this hand cream smells (like peaches and apricots). My only complaint is that the packaging is not a mini peach like the full-sized (which I think is what makes Tonymoly products so cute and unique)…that aside though, it’s a great product. Full-sized this item is 1.05oz and retails for $12. This sample was a third of that size. VALUE: $4
–Hey Honey Trick AND Treat Active Propolis Cream Concealer: This item was probably my least favorite in the bag because it’s too dark a concealer for my skin tone. It’s a bummer because Ipsy does take complexion into consideration in their beauty quiz, but ah well, 4/5 isn’t too bad for a bag that only costs $10. This sample was .27oz, full size is .5oz and retails for $36. VALUE: $19.44
TOTAL VALUE: $77.97
I’d say for $10, getting almost $80 in products (plus a cute bag) is a good deal. It’s a bummer Ipsy no longer allows item requests (something I’ll have to factor in if I choose to renew for 2018). Let me know in the comments if you have any other favorite beauty subscriptions or if you have advice on how to decide about renewing or not!
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