Beauty | December Ipsy Review



I really liked this month’s bag. It’s a light blue with silver sparkle trim and light blue interior. The zipper’s sturdy and the bag is roomy. I think Ipsy really listened to its subscribers after last month’s mellow yellow blah bag. I really like this one and could easily see using it as a clutch for a holiday party or as an insert into a larger bag to hold makeup or other small items.


Purlisse Beauty Coconut + Rice Nourishing Sheet Mask & Green Tea + Ginger Treatment Sheet Mask: Ipsy describes these masks as full of “nourishing botanicals, antioxidants, and minerals…to detoxify and rejuvenate your skin.” Personally, I really like the Purlisse brand. I think their cosmetics and skincare are reasonably priced, products have ingredients that aren’t full of chemicals, and I don’t think any of the products I’ve tried (ranging from sheet masks like the one included in this bag, face washes, or creams) have had any overpowering scents-they’re very subtle, if noticeable at all.

  • I really like that these are sheet masks and not paint on, because it makes them super easy to pack for a flight or trip where you want a little pampering. Granted, I’ve never actually traveled with a face mask…so don’t quote me if TSA gives you a hard time because they’re kinda liquid, kinda not. I’d probably err on the safe side and pack them in a checked bag, but that’s just me.
  • These masks are full-sized and retail for $8/piece…so for two at .74oz, total value is $16.

Smashbox Cosmetics Always On Gel Liner in Fishnet: This is your typical black liner, but what I really like about this one is that it’s compact and glides on like it’s liquid. No joke, I tried it out as a swatch on my hand and that line lasted all night long.

  • Ipsy says that it’s waterproof, but I never 100% trust that from any brand, because what kind of waterproof are we talking? Swimming with the sharks in Hawaii? Taking an hour long hot shower? Or invincible to even my toughest makeup remover? In all reality, I just need the wings to stay put for the day…they can fly away at bedtime.
  • Full size comes in .04oz and retails for $18; this sample at .03 oz would be valued at $13.50.

Too Faced Melted Latex in Hot Mess: I first tried this lippie in a Sephora value pack I got on Black Friday. It’s bright…so if you’re not into a bold lip, maybe opt for a different color. Ipsy mentions that it’s buildable, which it totally is…so if you’re like me and lather up frequently, you’ll have giant pink lips by the end of the night (so apply sparingly).

  • Another feature worth mentioning about this lipgloss (it’s like a cross between a gloss and a stain), is that it has a “doe foot applicator,” literally like the foot of a tiny animal. Personally, I prefer brushes or tubes and not furry applicators, but this one isn’t bad. It’s easy to apply from a variety of angles and according to Ipsy is “so easy to apply, no matter your lip shape.”
  • Full size comes in 11.83ml and retails for $21 typically, but is currently on sale at Sephora and Too Faced for $10; this sample at 3ml would be valued at $2.54. I’m not sure if Too Faced is discontinuing their Melted Latex line, but you can snag these at a discount on both Sephora and Too Faced’s websites.

Son & Park Beauty Water: I was pretty stoked to have a cleansing water in my bag. It’s supposed to remove “makeup, dirt, and grime without drying out your skin.” It’s infused with “exfoliating willow bark and papaya extract to gently exfoliate and brighten.” Overall I’d say it’s a nice beauty water.

  • A little pricey full-sized in my opinion, but I might be biased because I’m currently loving another k-beauty makeup remover that’s more of a rice cream that washes even my toughest makeups off. This is nice though and it’s trying a new brand like this that keeps me coming back to Ipsy, because I probably wouldn’t have tried it full-sized or randomly while shopping.

  • Full size comes in 11.49oz and retails for $30; this sample at 1oz would be valued at $2.61.

Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel: If you’re like me, I was a child of the 90s that believed “the tinier the brow, the mightier the gal.” Not really a quote, but you know what I mean…overpluck central. Needless to say I’ve spent my twenties perfecting the filled-in brow, but sometimes when I don’t feel like doing much or want the fill to stay in place, I go over it with a clear brow gel.

  • I like that the tube is opaque, because I have a different brow gel that has a see-through tube and it’s kinda gross what eyebrow pomade + clear brow gel looks like. Ipsy suggests using brow powder first so the gel has something to stick to, or use the gel after to set your brows (that’s what I do). I use to line my brows with a powder, but I’ve found without a clear brow gel, it usually falls off mid-day, so this is great for whatever base product your using, or as a standalone if you’re blessed (and haven’t messed with) pretty brows.

  • At 4oz, this is a full-sized item that retails for $18.


  • I’d say that this bag is definitely worth it. It includes higher-end brands like Too Faced and Smashbox. There were 3, almost 4 items (out of six because of the two masks)…which is a pretty good ratio, compared to other bags where most are just sample sized with a few deluxe offerings.

Author: 2LWithIt

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