ipsy, $10 per month; ships to Canada for $4.95 extra
ipsy is a monthly subscription that is heavy on makeup and light on skincare and hair care. Birchbox, the other huge $10 monthly subscription, is heavier on skincare than ipsy and tends to have small samples of higher end products. ipsy generally has products that are a little lower end (sometimes even drugstore products), but often has bigger sample sizes. They're both great values, it just depends on what you are looking for. As you can see in the first picture, ipsy also comes with a different makeup bag (or Glambag) every month, so that is an added bonus. Some of them are cute, some are quite hideous. ipsy has each subscriber fill out a survey and they personalize the contents of each bag based on those surveys. They have an item or two every month that every subscriber gets.
Here's what was in my December ipsy Glambag:
- Klorane Floral Water Makeup Remover with Soothing Cornflower (small sample, worth $2.36; full size costs $10)
- Acure Cell Stimulating Facial Mask (deluxe sample, worth $7.42; full size costs $12.99)
- Pacifica Power of Love Natural Lipstick in Nudie Red (full size, worth $9.99)
- Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eyeshadow Primer (half size sample, worth $10; full size costs $20)
- Formula X Nail Polish in Revved Up (small sample, worth $3.41; full size costs $10.50)
My December ipsy Glambag was worth $33.18. That's a little lower than I am accustomed to from ipsy, but it's still a great value for a $10 bag.
I've gotten the Klorane makeup remover a number of times in my subscription boxes. I like this makeup remover, but it's not my favorite. Most makeup removers contain some oil, but this is oil-free and contains water and cornflower. This also acts as a toner. If your face just can't handle oil, this is the way to go. Personally, I find that makeup removers with oil in them are much more effective than oil-free ones. I have to scrub a lot harder to get makeup off when I use a water-based formula. I will use this if it is what I have around, but I certainly wouldn't buy this if I were out shopping for a makeup remover.
I'm always excited to get an Acure product in a beauty box! Acure is an organic skincare company that is sold in the grocery store for reasonable prices. A full size tube of this mask is only $13! Drugstore and grocery store beauty company discoveries are always wonderful. If something works just as well for half the price, then that's my kind of product! I loved this mask. This is supposed to rejuvenate your cells. It contains argan stem cells and chlorella growth factor to stimulate cells, green clay to suck all the dirt, excess oil, makeup, and other impurities from your skin, and seabuckthorn oil, argan oil, and CoQ10 to moisturize. You apply it to your face, allow it to set ten to fifteen minutes, then rinse. My skin felt soft and new after I rinsed this off.
While Acure is one of the less expensive, natural brands I love to see in my beauty boxes, Pacifica is one I dread seeing. I've gotten more Pacifica items than I can count and I have liked very few of them. I got this lipstick in Nudie Red, which isn't very red at all. It is more of a warm pinky tan color. I hated the color on me and found it didn't have good staying power. I don't think it lasted an hour. Emily really liked it because she loves more subtle lip colors.
This is called the Power of Love because, for every one of these lipsticks purchased, Pacifica will donate a lipstick to a woman who is unemployed and/or homeless. While I like the sentiment behind this project, I wish that they had donated money or personal hygiene products instead. While everyone loves a little luxury now and then, I think lipstick is low on the list of things women who have very little want and need. Tampons and pads are so often forgotten when people donate personal care products to domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, and the like, and I suspect most of the women from age 12-50 would much rather have those than a lipstick. I always try to remind people that feminine hygiene products are wonderful items to donate to shelters. I'm torn, really. I know that having some new makeup would raise the confidence of some women and give them a little bit of happiness. I also suspect that most of the women would prefer to have their basic needs met before getting a new lipstick. Pacifica is, obviously, free to donate whatever they want, so my opinion ultimately doesn't matter. What do you think? I'm totally open to hearing differing opinions on this, so let me know what you think about this.
I've liked Elizabeth Mott ever since I got Tints and Sass, a liquid lip and cheek tint, in my ipsy glambag a year and a half ago. I had never tried their eye primer, Thank Me Later. I've given it a try for a few days and I'm impressed by how well it kept my eyeshadow on. My eye makeup still looked great at the end of the day. I found it to be comparable to the Urban Decay eye primers.
This was my first time getting Formula X in a subscription! I've tried the polish out on my nails when I go to Sephora sometimes, but I've never had my own. This is a gorgeous polish! It's a beautiful rose gold. I couldn't believe how well it held up on my nails. I'm hard on my nails, so I'm doing well if my nail polish lasts more than a day or two without chipping. I had this on my nails for the better part of a week and never got a chip. I removed it because I had to try out another polish, so I'm not sure how long it would last without chipping, but it will last a while. It had good coverage after one coat and perfect coverage after two coats. Best of all, it dried quickly! I hope I get some more Formula X nail polish in other subscriptions!
This is one of the better ipsy bags I've had in a while. I loved the Formula X nail polish, the Elizabeth Mott eye primer, and the Acure mask. The Klorane makeup remover was okay, and the Pacifica lipstick was a total miss. Loving 60% of my glambag doesn't happen all that often, so I'm very happy. What did you get in your ipsy bags this month? Did you love it? Hate it? Kind of like it?