Ipsy July 2016 Review
Oh, Ipsy. I know you’re trying. Well, I don’t know. But I assume. Still, your alleged effort seems to be consistently for naught.
Another month, another bag of junk. As per usual, WOW this clear, pink, plastic bag is unbelievably tacky. It would look at home filled with Lisa Frank merchandise.
Not to mention: Why are you getting here so damn late in the month? If you were my period, I would have taken about eight pregnancy tests by now.
Here’s what I got:
BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Sample (estimated 0.09 oz), estimated retail value $0.62
This sample epitomizes what I hate about Ipsy. Is it a sort of reasonable-looking size? Yup. Is it acceptably packaged? Sure. Is it so low-quality that I would have snubbed my nose at it in middle school? DEFINITELY.
There are three colors: Hollywood, a royal purple, San Francisco, a medium brown, and Malibu, a gold. These eyeshadows have virtually no pigmentation when swatched dry. Using a damp brush alleviates some of the intensity issues, but leaves them looking muddy.
|Dry swatches on top, wet on bottom.|
To be frank, I would much prefer to get a smaller sample that has decent quality.
Pop Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon in Coral Crush (0.1 oz), approximate retail value $4.17
I am convinced that everything Pop Beauty touches turns to crap. There’s no way they can be this bad on accident, right?
I like the color, but the product is patchy, easily smeared, greasy, and quick-to-fade. I will say that I appreciate the fact that these are twist up, removing the need to sharpen them.
Coola Rose Essence Tinted Moisturizer (0.23 oz), approximate retail value $4.87
Coola is apparently under the impression that you can make tinted moisturizer and only make it in one color. I don’t know who suggested that is the case to them, but, as someone who would prefer not to dramatically change skin colors, I’d love an apology. This orange gunk had to immediately be washed off my face.
Even leaving aside the color problems, though, this product was a fail. At a mere SPF 20, it’s not really appropriate for summer. And, although it claims to smell like roses, it smells like roses where there is something “off” about them, rather than a nice fresh scent.
Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray (1.7 oz), approximate retail value $8.88
This was probably the best product that I received in my bag. I am super glad I checked my mail with wet hair today, since spraying this on my damp mop led to relatively pretty results. It takes a bit of a punch to get body into long hair, and this did the job successfully.
Nailtini Nail Polish in Mai Tai (0.5 oz), retail value $6
Mai Tai is an orange-y, coral-y red that is opaque in two coats.
Bonus: Nicole By OPI Nail Polish in Pretty In Plum (0.5 oz), retail value $7
My “Oh, hey, I guess you referred some people” bonus was another nail polish. (Clearly Ipsy doesn’t know how much nail polish I own.) For some reason, this nail polish is Selena Gomez themed.
|Messy manicure using the nail polishes I got from Ipsy.|
Total Box Value: $24.54 without the bonus, $31.54 with it.
|A look using the shadows, the lip pencil, and the hair shit.|
Overall, I’m obviously pretty displeased with this bag. It doesn’t help that other people received Benefit products and/or a nice-looking facial scrub, which would have been much more pleasing than the stuff I received.
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