Wednesday, May 13, 2015

April Ipsy Bag Reveal & Review


Seems like every month I'm late with my Ipsy bag review! That might have something to do with my receiving it half way through the month, not wanting to use anything until it's been photographed and my desire to give everything a thorough test run. Anyway, better late than never I guess? You know the drill...here's what I got and what I thought.












This was probably the sample I was least excited to see in my April Glam Bag. I'm not really a fan of MicaBeauty products and because of the packaging I worried that the consistency of the primer would be too hard to apply evenly to my lids. Though the texture is quite solid in the pot, it softens a bit when you swirl your warm fingertip on the product. This is definitely the kind of product that needs the heat of your hands, rather than a brush, to apply well. I just dab a bit onto my lids and smooth it out. The primer has a thick, almost waxy consistency and pretty good pigmentation that makes for an interesting base. It did keep my shadow in place and minimized fading throughout my workday but I would not recommend it for eye-shadows that already require a lot of extra help. All in all, not the easiest eye primer to apply but I'd give it about a B for its results, though it'll never be my go-to eye primer.

This was one of the samples I was most excited to receive. I'm already a fan of Klorane hair-care and have heard wonderful things about this dry shampoo. It applies clear and does a great job of blending into the scalp and soaking up excess oils. Unfortunately, it actually left my scalp feeling a bit itchy and dry when I tried to use it 2 days in a row. So, though this isn't the best dry shampoo for my sensitive scalp, it definitely did a good job of making my hair feel clean.

It's always great to see a full-sized product in my Ipsy bag! This blush is extremely pigmented and has a smooth, finely-milled texture that makes it a beauty to apply. The color is a bright, pink-coral that's very warm and would look great with a tan in the summer. The extreme level of pigmentation does make it somewhat harder to work with as it requires a bit of extra blending but the quality is actually really impressive. If you're a fan of bright, pigmented blushes that'll make your cheeks pop this is definitely one to check out.







This sample was pretty much an absolute win. I'm already a big fan of TheBalm's smooth, pigmented eye-shadows and already own their Nude 'Tude palette. This single is pulled from the NUDE Dude palette and is not sold individually. The shade Flirty is a lovely violet color with golden shimmer running through it, unlike anything else I currently have in my collection. Plus, the color just makes my brown eyes pop. It's a beautiful spring shade that I've been wearing across the lids on days I wanted something a bit less neutral than my ordinary look. And to top it all off, the packaging has an adorable, buff, cartoon man wearing nothing but a towel. Eye-shadow and muscled men are some of my favorite things so Ipsy really nailed it with this one.

This product was probably the biggest surprise out of the whole bag. I was kind of disappointed when I found out I was getting this polish, mostly because I'm just not a pink nail kind of girl. But this fuchsia color has just the right amount of blue in it to make it a bit edgier than your typical hot pink. I think it's the perfect color for summer nails and would look amazing with tanned skin. Plus, the creamy formula went on well, without any streaks. Seven days and counting with no chips and just some minimal wear around the edges of my nails. I'm very impressed!

The final component of my April Glam Bag was the makeup bag itself. As this month's theme was Beautiful Bohemian, the pouch has a colorful, woven pattern that's very Coachella-esque. It's the perfect bag to throw your makeup or personal items into and toss in your beach bag. I'm sure I'll be getting some use out of it in the summer months.

That's everything I got! I think this month was actually one of the best bags in recent history! None of the products were a fail and they all lived up to their claims. If you would like to sign up for your own Ipsy bag, you can register for just $10 a bag and receive a monthly, individualized bag filled with beauty samples and full-sized products. You can use my referral code.


So what do you think? Was this all worth the $10 price tag? Would you wear any of these products? Have you tried any of them? Let me know.

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