Hello, friends! Today, I’m going to be reviewing the items I received in this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag. I will also put together a makeup look using the items in the bag. Let’s get started!
Let’s talk about the bag first. I love it as a makeup bag; it’s so useful to be able to see what’s inside without having to rummage around. I am guilty of over stuffing my makeup bags, and it can be quite frustrating trying to find a product.
Here are the contents! There is a good range of products this month; a mascara, an eyeliner, a brow kit, a highlighter, and a hair mask. I love how varied the Ipsy bags are.
All right, first we have the Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara by IT Cosmetics (travel size retail: $12). Whew, that’s a mouthful! This is a decent product. I’m not the biggest fan of the wand, but with a little work it will lengthen my lashes and give them a decent amount of volume. It does create some pretty gnarly clumps though; even though clumped lashes have been trendy lately, I’ve never been a fan.
Next, we have the Fearless Hair Rescue Masque by Beauty & Pin-Ups (Sample Size Retail: $10). Why they passed up the opportunity to call it a “Resque Masque”, I’ll never know. Anyways, this is a pretty good product. The smell is mild, and it does make my hair a bit softer. This is supposed to be a rinse-out product, and I prefer hair care products that are leave-in. Although, that’s mainly because I’m forgetful and will just leave a hair mask in all day. 😉 I used some on my ends, and it did make them softer. Not as good as my holy grail repair serum though!
Okay, now onto the Bold Brow Kit in Medium by City Color Cosmetics (Retail $3.99). Now, I will be the first to admit that I am awful at brows. This is mostly because I’m a wimp and refuse to get them plucked or waxed, so I just have these big, bushy caterpillars on my forehead. But also because I don’t have the time or patience to outline, fill, conceal, fill some more, and add brow gel. Anyways, this actually helps make my brows look nice, which is always a plus! It came with an awful brush, so I just used a spoolie that I had on hand. It blends really easily, so I didn’t have really awful harsh lines. It also did a good job covering a couple bald patches that I have right in the middle of my eyebrows (I have a bad habit of pulling on my brows when I’m concentrating).
Here is the Endless Silky Eye Pen in BlackNoir by Pixi (Retail: $6.00). I am not a fan of eyeliner pencils, and this was no exception. This definitely lived up to it’s name of being silky, but it was too soft and silky for me. I swatched with normal pressure, and then I swatched with light as a feather pressure… I just couldn’t use this to make a thin line. Plus, with just the slightest touch, pieces were literally crumbling off. I just like being able to have more control over my eyeliner. On the plus side, the wear of this is amazing. I cried my eyes out watching Anne With an E on Netflix, and it stayed put!
I was so freaking excited to see that I had an Urban Decay product in my bag, and that it was a highlighter! It’s like combing two of my favorite things. 😛 This is the Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Powder Highlighter, in the shade Sin (full size retails for $26, this is worth about $7). I LOVE THIS. Easily my favorite thing in the bag. This is a beautiful golden highlight, perfect for transitioning into summer looks. What I like is that it starts subtle, but you can definitely build it if you want in-your-face highlighter. I have been using this on my cheekbones, the tip of my nose, my browbone, my inner corner, and my cupid’s bow. Love, Love, Love!
And, here are the looks I put together using all of the products in my Ipsy bag! I also combined this look with the e.l.f liquid molten eyeshadow in Rose Gold; if you want to read my review on the e.l.f shadows, head here.
All together, the retail value of this bag was $39. Not as good of a value as some other ipsy bags, but still worth much more than the $10 I paid. I will give this bag a rating of 4/5. I can’t get over that eyeliner, but everything else was pretty darn great! I hope you enjoyed this review. 🙂