[REVIEW] June Ipsy Glam Bag: “On the Wild Side”

ipsy is an online beauty subscription service. Each month, subscribers receive a makeup bag filled with deluxe samples and full-sized products. June’s theme was “On the Wild Side.” Here is my WAY overdue review!

NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Tickled
deluxe sample (0.12 oz) – $6 retail for full size (0.19 oz)
Tickled is a “shimmering peachy-pink,” but at first look, it has an orange hue. On the skin, it is a much more natural blush tone than I would have expected. As a cream blush, it goes on smooth and is best applied with your fingers, starting at the apples of your cheeks and spreading back toward your temples. In the compact, it feels greasy, but on the skin it just feels soft and smooth. I think the only downside is that it takes more application versus a powder blush to get the color to build up. My compact also broke a little during shipping (the window in the lid popped loose), but it’s nothing a little glue can’t fix.

Psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo Spray
travel size – $2.99 retail
I’m hesitant to use anything that lists butane and propane as its first two ingredients. The can also advises you not to smoke until your hair is completely dry. I’ve seen some sites and blogs refer to dry shampoo as “spray-on lighter fluid,” and that doesn’t seem too far off. All that aside, I did try the product. It smells like styling mousse, so that’s not bad. And the product does what it claims to do. It refreshes your hair and absorbs oils on days when you don’t wash it in the shower. I have been trying it out the morning after I take night showers, and I find that my hair doesn’t get too greasy during the day or get that “you didn’t wash your hair” smell. As effective as the product may be, I do not plan on purchasing it for myself.

Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner in Purple
full size – $21 retail
I was a little worried when I saw “purple.” I have never used any color eyeliner other than black and brown. When I tried it on, though, I realized that it is not a very vibrant purple but more like a warm black. This was also my first time trying a gel eyeliner. Lately I just use black eyeshadow applied with a small brush. The gel liner goes on smoothly, and it lasts all day. The Cailyn gel liners come with a built-in brush, which is very helpful. It cuts down on brushes that I have to pack if I choose to travel with this product. The brush has a tapered end, but for eyeliners, I prefer an angled or chiseled end that doesn’t give so much under light pressure.

J.cat Sparkling Cream Palette in Sizie
full size – $4.49 retail
This is some serious stuff. This product is not for the subtle shimmer. This is GLITTER. Ginormous flakes of glitter held together with a creamy base. It’s not just an eyeshadow (actually, the product info advises “attentive application around the eye area”) but can be used, I suppose, anywhere. It is best used with the applicator wands, two of which come in the palette. If you apply with your fingers, good luck getting the glitter off. And be gentle if you choose to use this as an eyeshadow. Some of the glitter feels a little coarse, so rough application can irritate your eyelids, like you’re scraping sand across them. Ouch! I will probably reserve this product for days when I need to look a little more glamorous, and even then, I will probably tone it down with a more matte shadow in neutral tones.

Starlooks Lip Pencil in Tipsy
full size – $12 retail
I can’t remember the last time I used an actual pencil beauty product! I’m glad I still have my pencil sharpeners… I can’t decide how I feel about the color of this product. Sometimes it looks like a bright coral, and other times it seems like Barbie pink. I usually tone down the brightness of it with a neutral gloss. Like many of the other products in this bag, this product goes on smooth and creamy – much more smoothly than I would have expected from a lip pencil. And this is not just a lip liner. I have been wearing it for all-over color, because it is fairly long lasting. You won’t need much of it, either. I normally apply just a little around the edges and press my lips together for full, all-over coverage.

BONUS: BaubleBar O-Ring Stud Wrap
~$20 retail
Two of my friends subscribed to Ipsy, so as a thank you gift for the referrals, Ipsy gave me this bracelet as a bonus gift. I’m generally not a bracelet person. I’m on the computer all day for work, so bracelets always seem in the way. This bracelet, however, I like. It’s delicate and unobtrusive. It’s an elegant approach to simple string jewelry. The bracelet I received had peach string woven around the gold cord, and I found that the gold cord made it easier to adjust and kept the desired size without constantly slipping loose.

This month’s glam bag was a great value, with over $40 worth of products (plus the bonus bracelet) for only $10. If you would like to subscribe to ipsy’s glam bag service, let me know, and I’ll set you up with a referral link.

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