ipsy Review, January 2017

ipsy, $10 per month (free shipping to US; add $4.95 for Canadian orders)


Henry is such a fabulous model.  He's the cutest little thing.  Most buns enjoy going into the ipsy bag for pictures, but Henry was not a fan of being inside the bag, so I let him pose next to it instead.

ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription.  It costs only $10 per month.  Subscribers receive five items per month plus a cute makeup bag.  ipsy customizes the products based on subscriber profiles, but they tend to be heavier on makeup than skincare.  You'll get a mix of both drugstore and higher end brands in an ipsy bag and most items are deluxe sample size and occasionally even full size.  


Here's what I got this month:

My January ipsy was worth about $58.12.  The size of the full size version of the Trust Fund Beauty gloss wasn't listed on the TFB website, but I think the lip gloss I got might be full size, so I used the full size value.  Almost $60 worth of product for a $10 bag is amazing.  The bag this month was silver with a pewter mesh over it.  The bag wasn't my favorite, but it wasn't bad.  I got three makeup products, a skincare product, and a nail product.  It was definitely a little heavy on the makeup, but that's to be expected with ipsy.

Swatch of Manna Kadar Cosmetics Paradise Pearlized Blush

Swatch of Manna Kadar Cosmetics Paradise Pearlized Blush

I got the Manna Kadar Paradise Blush in my December Mommy Mailbox.  When Manna Kadar comes out with a new product, you're sure to see it in multiple beauty bags over the following months, so I wasn't surprised to see this.  This blush reminds me a lot of NARS Orgasm. It's a peachy-pink with just a little bit of shimmer and should be flattering on most complexions.  It holds up for most of the day and is very buildable, so you can go subtle, bold, or in between.

Swatch of Trust Fund Beauty Lipgloss in Method to the Madness

Swatch of Trust Fund Beauty Lipgloss in Method to the Madness

I absolutely love Trust Fund Beauty's nail polish, but I didn't like their lipstick very much, and I don't like their lipgloss at all.  I don't like gloss in general, though.  This has that sticky feel I hate and the color doesn't show up at all on my lips.  In the swatch above, you can barely see it on my skin -- and I had to build it up a lot to get what you see in the picture -- so it disappears when I wear it.  If you like lip gloss and just want a little shine on your lips, then this might work for you.


Pur~lisse is another brand you see in beauty boxes a lot.  The Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask and Exfoliant is a new product from them, so ipsy subscribers get to try it before almost everyone else!  When I applied this, it stung a little bit.  I don't have particularly sensitive skin, so that surprised me and worried me.  I almost rinsed it off immediately, but the stinging subsided quickly and I stuck it out the full ten minutes.  This is supposed to be exfoliating, smoothing, soothing, brightening, tightening, and detoxifying.  My skin did feel tighter and smoother after I rinsed this off.  I like this, but I would prefer to use a mask that didn't sting, so I won't be using this again.

Swatch of theBalm Cosmetics Bahama Mama Bronzer

Swatch of theBalm Cosmetics Bahama Mama Bronzer

You see a lot of theBalm products in ipsy and they're almost always teeny samples like you see here.  Besides being a bronzer, this can also work as a contour powder, eyeshadow, and eyebrow filler.  You can use a light touch with this to get a very natural looking bronze.  It isn't orange-y at all and was flattering on me.  This is a good, basic bronzer.


The Ciaté Gelology Top Coat was my favorite product in my ipsy this month.  This gives you a gel-like top coat finish that is meant to be used with Ciaté's Gelology polishes, but can be used with any polish.  I couldn't believe how quickly this dried and it kept my nails chip-free for several days.  Best of all, this was really easy to apply.  Most nail polish brushes have a round shape to the bristles, but the bristles on this brush are in a wide, flat shape, which allowed me to get a good, even coat of polish on my nails quickly and without making a mess.  I highly recommend this top coat.

This wasn't my favorite ipsy bag.  I loved the Ciaté Gelology Top Coat, but that was about it.  I liked the Manna Kadar blush, the Pur~lisse mask, and theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer, but they weren't amazing.  The Trust Fund Beauty gloss was not for me at all.  This wasn't a bad month, but it wasn't a great month.  

What did you think of the January ipsy bag?  Did you get the same products?  I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Also, I got a haircut!  I get a pixie every few years and decided it was time to cut it all off again.  That mess in the background is my shelf with my beauty products on it.