March 1, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses


No, that's not a typo. I really am posting my December ipsy bag product reviews in March! Because I live in Miami my bags get here laughably slow. Like to the point that I assume they have been stolen and a postal person somewhere is looking extra pretty every month. And because I really believe in giving products a chance before making a decision about them my reviews usually take a little bit of time to actually test the makeup (a little envious of people that know themselves well enough to have a very specific and definite opinion of an entirely new-to-them product like minutes within getting it, or maybe that's sarcasm not sure). ANYHOOOO, this post is a little pic heavy because Ipsy is a subscription service that is a little heavy on the color cosmetic items (i.e. makeuppppp) with a sprinkling of beauty tools (eyelashes and brushes) and occasional skincare stuff, too! For me reviewing color cosmetics means lots of photos so you can get a better grasp of the products in different lighting, in the pan, how it swatches, on my face, etc. Read on to find out what I got in my bag and which products are hits and misses for me!!


Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses

Every month the bag has an overall theme, and December's theme is appropriately 'Celebration!'. I received 5 products, 4 full sized and 1 'deluxe' sample that contains full-sized eyeshadows (just less shadows than the brand normally does in a palette). Let's start at the top of this photo with the lashes and work our way to the Be a Bombshell item at the bottom of the photo!

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | Salon Perfect Perfectly Natural Strip Eyelashes #53 black

Salon Perfect Perfectly Natural Strip Eyelashes #53 Black

full size sample // retails for $2.98

Confession: It's possible I'm the only beauty blogger that doesn't know how to put on lashes >.< I've tried, but never mastered the art of false lashes. These seem fine?!

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | Pop Beauty Eyeshadow Palette Smokin' Hot swatches, review, eye look, glittery smokey eye

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | Pop Beauty Eyeshadow Palette Smokin' Hot swatches, review, eye look, glittery smokey eye

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | Pop Beauty Eyeshadow Palette Smokin' Hot swatches, review, eye look, glittery smokey eye

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | Pop Beauty Eyeshadow Palette Smokin' Hot swatches, review, eye look, glittery smokey eye

POP Beauty Eyeshadow Trio in Smokin' Hot

deluxe sample || .15oz of product valued at $7.20

This brand doesn't sell trios, only larger palettes so I think this is 3 full-sized eyeshadows from this brand but in a smaller container [but I could be wrong, idk]. Smokin' Hot is your classic mega-glittery smokey eye trio of shadows - with a white-silver highlight shade, medium gunmetal silver shade, and a black (all with glitter). Glitter. Did I mention glitter?! I feel like this brand did themselves a disservice by making this trio ALL glitter shades because without a sticky base, these aren't very pigmented. A trio showcasing the different eyeshadow finishes this brand has to offer (like hopefully a matte, pearl, and glitter) would have been a much better choice IMO

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | Pop Beauty Eyeshadow Palette Smokin' Hot swatches, review, eye look, glittery smokey eye

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | Pop Beauty Eyeshadow Palette Smokin' Hot swatches, review, eye look, glittery smokey eye

Highlight shade is a frosty white-silvery shadow with silver glitter. Like with all the shadows in this trio, the formula is a little meh because it is dry and the glitter is sort of loose once you take a brush to the pan.

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | Pop Beauty Eyeshadow Palette Smokin' Hot swatches, review, eye look, glittery smokey eye

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | Pop Beauty Eyeshadow Palette Smokin' Hot swatches, review, eye look, glittery smokey eye

Medium shade is a shimmery mid-tone silver with silver glitter. It pulls a little blue on my eyelids, so I feel like I can confidently say that it is in the gunmetal family.

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | Pop Beauty Eyeshadow Palette Smokin' Hot swatches, review, eye look, glittery smokey eye

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | Pop Beauty Eyeshadow Palette Smokin' Hot swatches, review, eye look, glittery smokey eye

Dark shade is more of a satin-matte charcoal shadow with blue and silver glitter. This shadow in particular is very "buildable" and the glitter feels the most gritty.

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | Pop Beauty Eyeshadow Palette Smokin' Hot swatches, review, eye look, glittery smokey eye

top row: patted onto Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue // bottom row swatched on bare skin
[below is the same but slightly out of focus; shows off the glitter a smidge better]

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | Pop Beauty Eyeshadow Palette Smokin' Hot swatches, review, eye look, glittery smokey eye

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | Pop Beauty Eyeshadow Palette Smokin' Hot swatches, review, eye look, glittery smokey eye

I'm wearing all 3 colors from the trio over Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue. Sadly, there's still creasing, not much pigmentation, and glitter creeping up into my eyebrow (and on my nose, and my cheeks, and my chin, etc.). I do like the sponge tip applicator that comes with this trio because it is much smoother than what I think a 'traditional' sponge applicator looks like + it works well to pat the glittery eyeshadows onto a sticky base. 


Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | J.Cat Beauty The Big Lip Pencil Red Rose review, swatches, on lips
Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | J.Cat Beauty The Big Lip Pencil Red Rose review, swatches, on lips

J.Cat Beauty - The Big Lip Pencil in Red Rose

full sized sample // retails for $3.99

I must admit, I love jumbo crayon-style lip pencils like this because I feel like it's easier to apply and super easy to take the pencil with you for touchups! The only downside is that you have to sharpen this particular pencil [but so do the $20 Urban Decay Gloss pencils and the pricier NARS lip pencils, so I don't think that makes this a fancy vs. low end thing packaging issue]. Red Rose smells sweet but not nauseating, thanks to the Carnauba wax and it has a nice, creamy formula that doesn't tug when applying. I do feel like the creamy formula can wear away a little faster than I would prefer for a bold lip like this (especially at the corners and wherever you think you would touch a glass to your mouth), but blotting and reapplying (and a coordinating matte lip pencil layered below) would hopefully help it wear longer. I was so pleasantly surprised to find out this product retails for $4 - I thought it would be much more than that!

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | J.Cat Beauty The Big Lip Pencil Red Rose review, swatches, on lips

PS. I'm wearing Be a Bombshell The One Stick in Sunset (also from this bag) on my cheeks in the photo above!

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | Mirabella Eye Blending Fluffy Brush

Mirabella Eye Blender Brush

full size brush // retails for $27 [?]

At first I felt like this brush was too fluffy, too floppy, and not helpful because I was trying to use it to apply color to the crease. Then I learned what the heck this is for - i.e. BLENDING (I mean duh, it's part of the name right?!) - and realized how AMAZING this brush is! It's perfect for blending transitions between colors all over the eye, and diffusing harsh lines of color between the crease and the browbone. Another plus is that this dries super quick, which makes washing it more fun ((because then I never have to be without it)). The only thing I don't love is that the brushed aluminum ferrule can make a grating noise on the side of my brush container and it's very much a nails-on-a-chalkboard type sound (but it does wake you up in the morning!)

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | Be a Bombshell Cosmetics The One Stick in Sunset (cream multiple product) swatches, review, wear test - on eyes, lips, and cheeks

Be a Bombshell Cosmetics - The One Stick in Sunset

This product is similar in concept to the NARS Multiples - a single stick product that can be used on cheeks, eyes, or lips. While a multipurpose product sounds like a wonderful thing, sadly this Sunset stick doesn't work equally well in all areas. It's a cool thing to be like "Hey, this product has the added semi-secret bonus of being able to be a lipstick and a cream blush" (because I'm no stranger to putting tinted lip balms on my cheeks) but it's another thing - a bad thing in fact - to advertise a product as working in multiple face locations and then failing to perform. The other ~interesting~ challenge with all-over products like this is finding a color that you would want to put all over your cheeks, lips AND eyes (and possibly at the same time?!). Sunset is a pretty color - it's a deeper red-coral with gold shimmer than the typical NARS Orgasm//all the dupes (which are more peachy-coral). 

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | Be a Bombshell Cosmetics The One Stick in Sunset (cream multiple product) swatches, review, wear test - on eyes, lips, and cheeks

On Cheeks: I like it as a blush; it seems to set to sort of a cream-to-powder type finish. I think one of the big beefs with cream blushes is that some of them don't really 'set', that they stay sticky or "dewy" all day however this one does set to a nice finish on my cheeks. This isn't my go-to cheek color, but it works. I'm not totally sold on it because sometimes I feel like I look sunburnt or permanently embarrassed (i.e. it's too red).

On Eyes: I wore this over primer and applied it heavily with a synthetic eyeshadow brush. Because it is also meant to be a blush it has a tendency to sheer out, which is great for cheeks, but not so great for eyes. My eyes were a creasy mess before I even finished the rest of my makeup (like literally ~5 minutes).

On Lips: I think this is a really pretty lip color, but the texture feels so awful when wearing it that I would never wear Sunset on my lips outside of a "dutifully testing this for my blog" setting. The pretty golden shimmer is much more apparent when worn on the lips and it's a nice foily, metallic-y coral color. However, it's drying and tight while also being greasy.

Wearing these all at the same time gives me a fun Catching Fire // baby's first attempt at Capitol couture type feel. I don't usually do monotone looks, but this one was subtle enough to be wearable!

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | Be a Bombshell Cosmetics The One Stick in Sunset (cream multiple product) swatches, review, wear test - on eyes, lips, and cheeks

Wearing Be a Bombshell Cosmetics The One Stick in Sunset on eyes over Milani eyeshadow primer, with some gold pigment pressed onto the lid and some lightly smoked out grey-ish liner (above and below).

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | Be a Bombshell Cosmetics The One Stick in Sunset (cream multiple product) swatches, review, wear test - on eyes, lips, and cheeks

Wearing Be a Bombshell Cosmetics The One Stick in Sunset on eyes, cheeks, and lips in the above photo. Below photo shows the migration and creasing after wearing Sunset on my eyes all day.

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses | Be a Bombshell Cosmetics The One Stick in Sunset (cream multiple product) swatches, review, wear test - on eyes, lips, and cheeks

Overall

At first I was incredibly bummed about my first Ipsy bag; I self-spoiled the surprise of which products I would be getting by visiting my 'Glam Room' on the  ipsy website too early (i.e. before I got my items). On one hand it is exciting to know what's coming, but because I knew what options I could have had I found myself a little pouty that I didn't get the bronze-toned Pop Beauty trio (more my style), or a different The One Stick shade ((or an indie brand nail polish)). BUT! I am really very happy with my items after playing with them - plus now I know to basically never check the ipsy website since my bags take approx. an extra 10 days or more to get here in Miami.

Total Value of December bag: $57.17 - a great deal for only $10 (and that doesn't include the value of the cute bag itself, which is useful and not horribly smelly like January's bag!)

One thing I admire about ispy is that they don't do extra special 'first time' bags; I'm not a big fan of subscription services that spoil you too much on the first month to leave you disappointed later. Another thing I like about ipsy is that the bag is only $10 a month and the low-to-mid-range brands that come in the bag means it won't break the bank if you want to buy a full-size version or replacement of the products after trying them (while a more ~luxurious~ sample box might be less affordable for full-sized versions).

Hits, Mehs, & Misses!

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses

I LOVE the J.Cat Beauty Red Rose lip pencil and the Mirabella blending brush! I use the blending brush almost daily now that I have it.

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses

I feel a little ambivalent about the Salon Perfect lashes and the Be a Bombshell The One Stick. Lashes are a nice addition to a beauty bag, I just don't personally use them (yet). I feel a little conflicted about The One Stick - not 100% sure the color 'works' for me and it's definitely not useful for me as anything other than a blush. It's a great cream blush but sometimes I feel like it makes me look sunburnt (or like I've enjoyed too many adult beverages).

Manicurity - Ipsy Glam Bag December 2013 Hits & Misses

Sadly the Pop Beauty Smokin' Hot Trio is a miss for me. Objectively I find the product to be dry, prone to fallout, and not particularly pigmented without some help (i.e. primer and sticky base). Personally I don't love glitter shadows because of the fallout and I simply don't like these colors (I like 'earth tone' neutrals more; I'm really nitpicky and weird and haven't found a midtone silver/gunmetal like shade that doesn't look incredibly blue on me). I don't reach for this palette - except for when I was testing it for ye olde blog posts - and don't expect to in the future.

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12 comments:

  1. You could cut the eyelash into sections and apply it that way. You have to be careful when doing that because they could overlap and look unevenly thick in one spot compared to the other side's.

    I just use the fuller lash section on the outside of my lashes whenever I feel like wearing false eyelashes.

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    1. Interesting tip Dana, thanks for sharing! I think my main issue with lashes is the glue. Either I don't wait long enough for the glue to get tacky before attempting to put them on, or my glue has separated too much or it was never sticky enough, etc. I just never get them to actually *stick* to me!!

      I did recently buy some DuoLash tho, do hopefully that helps *fingers crossed*

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    2. The glue is important, too! I was using an eyelash glue, it'd dry quickly, and then it'll start loosening so that the ends of my false eyelash sprung up and I had to take them off.

      I started using KISS Ever EZ Lashes glue and haven't had that problem since.

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    3. Thanks for the glue suggestion, Dana! I will definitely try out the KISS Ever Ez Lashes glue if the DuoLash doesn't work :)

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  2. Oh I thought you were still in Georgia, didn't know it was Miami.
    I went to check to remind myself what I got in this bag, it was the neutral eyeshadow you wanted, which I also do use quite often (yet ironically I was l was thinking how I need greys). Also a bombshell stick I haven't opened, the Nicka brown nail polish I swatched but haven't worn, an NYX lipstick I haven't opened, and Andrea lashes. I have never tried false lashes, but who knows, maybe some day. Maybe cut'em up like Dana said in her comment...
    Good and thorough review!!

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    1. Thank you Arathael!! Do you like cream blushes? I really do like the consistency of the Bombshell stick as a blush, just not sure I LOVE the color (just 'like it', I'm sure you know how that goes lol).

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    2. Nah, I don't really do blush at this point. Seems nuts to cover up redness on my face, then put it back? I should probably get on YouTube and educate myself, but I just prefer a very neutral face, with the color on my eyes and just balms on my lips. So some of the lip and cheek stuff in my Ipsy bags has just sat unopened. But hey maybe someday! This time last year I don't think I ws bothering with makeup at all.

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    3. Arathael if you're lucky enough to have redness just on your cheeks I am a little jealous! I haven't been using blush very much lately either because I'm almost constantly reapplying sunscreen, and it just doesn't play well with face makeup.

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    1. Thanks Lisa! Do you get any subscription services?

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  4. That's a great bag. I cancelled my ipsy subscription because I wasn't getting anything useful. But I love that red lip pencil on you! And that brush is awesome. If I had gotten that bag I would have only used the brush. Because I cannot pull off red like you can!

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    1. Oh Kirsten you are so sweet! Trust me that it took me a while to work my way up to full-on lip colors like this red lip pencil! Plus being in pencil form makes it so easy to apply it I feel like half of the stress is eliminated LOL.

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