Ipsy August 2016 Review

Ipsy can sometime be a shit. “Oh, thanks for the craft glitter!” But sometimes it’s truly a work of glory. I can’t say this bag is perfect, but it’s pretty fucking good.

The bag itself was a missed opportunity. I liked the print when I just saw glimpses of it online and thought it was just a neat abstract print. Unfortunately, that is not the case. I don’t need products that say “Glamor Academy” on them. Incidentally, that sounds remarkably like a failed Vh1 show.

All together, I received:

August 2016 Ipsy All Together!

 Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in 69 (0.03oz), approximate retail value $7.33

This was the big promotional hype-y item that Ipsy has been peddling this month. Subscribers either got this or a chapstick (talk about a lack of parity!) and DAMN I am glad I got this.

As faithful readers know, I have already purchased and reviewed a couple colors of the new Urban Decay Revolution lipsticks. I liked them… but I might like this one even better. The pigmentation on the brighter colors seems to be even more saturated and rich than the more neutral colors I purchased.

69 is a medium red with a hot pink undertone that adds a lovely playful feel.
The lasting power is particularly good on this one, as well. It made it through my entire shift at work and a sandwich. Even after it fades, your lips remain stained for another few hours.

Mica Beauty Shimmer Powder in Bronze (full size at 0.1oz), retail value $14.95

I do prefer my off-the-wall indie loose shadows to this “new penny” metallic color from Mica, but this sucker will certainly get used.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (0.25oz), approximate retail value $9.75

I already own the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, but who doesn’t need a travel-sized bonus?

Michael Todd True Organics Pumpkin Nutrient Rich Facial Mask (1oz), approximate retail value $10.00

I was pleased with this product. First of all, it smells like you are rubbing pumpkin pie on your face, which has always been one of my lifelong dreams. Secondly, some of its ingredients are actually empirically supported! Specifically, glycolic acid, as the smallest alpha-hydroxy acid, can readily penetrate the skin and remove dead skin cells, effectively chemically exfoliating! I will say, I find it… odd that a mask that is advertised as being ‘moisturizing and nourishing’ has a chemical exfoliator, but hey, I’ll take what I can get.

Pixi Lash Booster (estimated 0.1 fluid oz), estimated retail value $6.80

Unfortunately, this product is simply not my mascara soulmate. Although it is lengthening, it doesn’t lengthen as much as other mascaras. It doesn’t thicken my lashes at all. Any attempt to get drama results in my eyelashes clumping together. This might work well for someone who wants a really subtle mascara, but this was a very anti-climactic mascara application for me.

Bonus- Lime Crime Nail Polish in Crema de Limon (full size at 0.3oz), retail value $8.00

As always, Ipsy offers a “bonus” to those who refer at least two new subscribers.

When I first opened this nail polish, I thought, “Wow, I didn’t think companies as small as Lime Crime would make samples of their nail polish.” However, a quick google search revealed that nope- Lime Crime nail polishes are just really fucking small. I generally try to avoid Lime Crime for a wide variety of reasons (their racist ads and their harassment of bloggers who write less-than-glowing reviews being the most salient for me, personally), but I am more than happy to take their free stuff.

The combination of the shade name, the creamy, Easter-y yellow color, and the frosted glass somehow gave me the expectation that this would smell like Lemon Pledge. It doesn’t; it smells like nail polish.

This polish was opaque in two coats, which is actually pretty impressive for a pastel color.

Total Box Value: $48.83 not including bonus, $56.83 including bonus.

Face look featuring August 2016 Ipsy products together.

Overall, I would say that this bag was quite successful. The only thing I won’t use is the mascara, and even that I was happy to try.

If you are interested in joining Ipsy, you are, as always, welcome to use my referral link by clicking here.


1. I just genuinely don’t understand how ipsy can get some people so much awesome and some people utter shit. Your bag is GREAT. Mine had the mascara, gentle exfoliating scrub (the 3rd month in a row I get exfoliant when I didn’t select exfoliators as something I liked!), Chella eyebrow pencil in Black Brown (I’m a red head), Noya lip balm, and BB cream that’s about 5 shades too dark. If they made everyone’s bag what your bag was they’d have a lot more happy customers!

2. Ipsy is definitely hit-or-miss, I think.

3. Looks like a pretty good bag! I love the look you created with the products. 🙂

4. I got the exact same bag, minus the reward polish. Mine is somewhere in Ky though, and I’m in California. Now I’m more excited than before! I hope they change shipping providers..

5. Second or third month in a row for me w/ Ipsy that there was some awesome product and then some cheapie – and I got the cheapie – the chapstick (Noya or whatever). Tiresome. I’d really rather they sent everyone the same box. The same thing always seemed to happen to me w/ Birchbox. Like, – I actually spend $$$$ per year on good high-end cosmetics, so how about throwing some love in my direction in the form of the UD lippie. Considering cancelling at this point.

6. I was REALLY unhappy that I didn’t get the UD Lipstick… especially since I missed out on the Benetint last month, too 🙁 I didn’t get the primer, either. Bleh. Oh well, it’s $10 a month and the value is always more, just gotta keep telling myself that. This has been the first actually disappointing bag for me, so it was bound to happen sometime.

7. I do agree that the lipstick vs chapstick is a… pretty silly thing to do. It’s almost as though they were asking for an uproar! But I know a lot of people were very happy with the chapsticks (mainly those who, of course, do not wear lipstick). I got the UD lipstick, Pixi mascara (obviously), Chella eyebrow pencil, Pacifica BB Cream, and Michael Todd Pumpkin Mask (which I LOVE). I felt very fortunate with this bag, personally.

8. Great Post, i really like to read articles that are informative and truly have good content.job box thanks for sharing your experiences and that i foresee to reading a lot of.