ipsy Review, September 2016

ipsy, $10 per month US, add $4.95 for Canadian addresses


This baby bun was sad he couldn't fit into the ipsy bag!  He's one of my favorites -- such an adorable little guy!

At $10 per month, ipsy is one of the most affordable subscriptions out there, and it's also one of the most popular.  Each month, subscribers get five sample size (and, occasionally, full size) products plus a makeup bag.  Ipsy chooses products for subscribers based on profiles that are filled out upon joining.  Ipsy tends to be heavier on makeup than skincare and there is a mix of both drugstore and higher end products.  Sample sizes are usually bigger than those you find in Birchbox.  If you're new to beauty boxes, ipsy is a great introductory subscription.


Here's what I got in my September ipsy Glam Bag:

My Glam Bag was worth $40.77 this month.  That's on the lower end of value for ipsy, but it's still four times the cost of the subscription, so no complaints here.  The bag this month wasn't quite my style.  The women on it look like they have bags over their heads.  I got two makeup items, two skincare products, and a hair care product, so the product mix was good.

Dirty Little Secret Eyeshadow in Teaser

Dirty Little Secret Eyeshadow in Teaser

I've seen ipsy feature a lot of Dirty Little Secret products recently, but this is the first time I've received one.  I got an eyeshadow in the color Teaser, which seems to have been made especially for ipsy as they don't sell individual eyeshadows on the Dirty Little Secret website and the palette they have doesn't include this color.  The color is a peachy taupe, which isn't a color I want or need.  The pigment was better than I expected, but it didn't have much in the way of staying power.  Even with my Urban Decay primer, this wore off pretty quickly.  I would not recommend this product.


My Skin Mentor Dr. G Daily Safe BB cream is meant especially for those with sensitive skin.  It contains sunblock, flower extracts for hydration, and essential oils for cell repair.  This is a heavy BB cream that is closer to foundation.  It provides you with a good amount of coverage, so, if you need coverage but don't quite want to go the foundation route, this might work for you.  It's a little too dark for my skin, but once I put foundation over it, it was fine.  I used it as a primer and it worked well.  It doesn't look like this comes in other colors (although perhaps I'm wrong and just didn't find them), so unless you are within a couple of shades of this color, it probably won't work for you.


Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme plumps lips by drawing blood to them.  While other lip plumpers I've tried have had minimal effect, this actually does work.  I was surprised by how big it made my lips.  My lips are full enough on their own, so I don't know that I would ever use this, though.  This made my lips very tingly; it was bordering on painful.  This adds a little gloss to your lips, but, if you're going to go to the trouble of plumping them, you'll probably want a sexy lip color.  You can apply lip color a minute after you've put this on.  It didn't last for an extraordinarily long time, so you might have to touch this up throughout the day.  If you want fuller lips for a special occasion, I would recommend this, but I probably wouldn't use this regularly.


The Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Tonic can be used as a toner, primer, or refreshing mist.  I prefer to use it as a toner after washing my face.  I don't see how this would make a good primer, but Rodial claims it does.  This contains zinc, which is supposed to minimize redness, and rosewater, which firms skin and tightens pores.  I didn't notice any pore tightening or reduction in redness, but it was fine as a toner.  I've used better toners that were much cheaper than $42, so I would suggest going with one of those.


The last product was the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment.  This is a cream that you're supposed to put in your hair when it's wet then blow dry.  It says you can use it when you air dry, but you'll get the best results if you blow dry.  According to Living Proof, the five benefits are "smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength, and polish."  I saw a little extra volume, sadly, as that was the one benefit I didn't want, but I didn't notice any of the other four benefits.  My hair seemed especially unruly after I used this, perhaps because I air dry instead of blow dry.  I loved the other Living Proof product I got this month, the Night Cap Overnight Protector, so I had high hopes for this product, but it just didn't do it for me.  If you blow dry and you've used this product, did you get better results than I did?

This was the worst ipsy I've had in a while!  The My Skin Mentor BB cream and the Rodial tonic were okay, but the other products were not for me.  The Living Proof hair treatment did nothing for my hair, the Dirty Little Secret eyeshadow color was boring and the eyeshadow didn't last long, and the Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme worked well, but I don't need a lip plumper.  I don't know how ipsy chose those products for me based on my profile.  I think I might have to update my ipsy profile today!

What did you think of the September ipsy?  Did you get anything good?  I hope your bag was better than mine was this month!